Game of Thrones® Gives Fans the Opportunity to Choose Exclusive Best Buy® Packaging Art!
The spectacular third season of Game of Thrones®is set to be released on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on February 18, 2014. Check out the amazing art featuring Dænery’s beautiful dragon shadow detail right on the box! However, you can only purchase the special boxed art edition courtesy of Best Buy®. This would be a welcomed change from the first two box designs that featured the sigil box–because social media will play a part in the new design. Fans of the show took to message boards and social platforms to speculate over which images will be featured then struggle over which one to purchase. NOW YOU CAN DECIDE!
Game of Thrones devotees will pick the Season 3 exclusive covers. There are three stylish options:
• The Character Edition feat. the third season poster art of Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke
• Season 3 New Sigils feat. the sigils of Houses Tyrell, Tully and Stannis Baratheon who were prominent this season; or
• Bring Back Your Favorite Sigil with Houses Stark and Targaryen (from Season 1) and Lannister (from Season 2).
“We love that Game of Thrones fans are so passionate and vocal about our home entertainment products and the reaction to the Best Buy exclusive packaging has been fantastic for two years running,” said Meredith Vincent, VP of Marketing, HBO Home Entertainment. “This is a fun and exciting way to reward fans and give them a direct voice into what is created for the next release.”
Cast your vote now starting Monday, June 24th on the Game of Thronesand Best Buy (US) Facebook pages. Each page will host a gallery of the exclusive packaging options and fans can cast their single vote by “liking” the appropriate image. The votes will be tallied in real-time so fans can keep track of which option is gaining the most support.
Voting ends on Sunday, July 21st and the winning art will be revealed on both Facebook pages, and available for pre-order, on Friday, August 2nd.
Clubbers? Night gathers? Fans? Thirsty for the highly-anticipated SECOND Game of Thrones beer TAKE THE BLACK. A new stout, which boasts a 7% ABV, is inspired by George R. R. Martin‘s THE NIGHTS WATCH, feature in the book series A GAME OF THRONES and in the insatiably addictive HBO series GAME OF THRONES.
TAKE THE BLACK features unique label art–the sacred Weirwood tree where those who worship the old gods much like the Weirwood tree Jon Snowtook the Night’s Watch oath. Now, there will also be a beer accompaniment for those of whom watch the HBO series. The bottle’s original design created by a52, the same studio that created the title design for the HBO series opening credits.
The Take the Black Stout follows the wildly successful Iron ThroneAlewhere shops across the country SOLD OUT it’s stock in days while bars poured through all it’s kegs–in hours.
So who’s thirsty? I wonder if there will be “review” worthy samples, as well.
Fourteen new cast members. Fourteen new reasons to love HBO.
HBO, Game of Thrones (July 16, 2012) - HBO has confirmed some of the new cast members for the third season of the hit series GAME OF THRONES, with many of the actors appearing in a video that was unveiled Friday, July 13 at Comic-Con 2012. Among the new actors and the characters they will portray are:
Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell. Also known as “The Queen of Thorns,” Lady Olenna is the grandmother of Margaery and Loras Tyrell and is, in many ways, the true leader of their powerful family.
Mackenzie Crook as Orell. A wildling raider, Orell is a “warg” or “skinchanger,” with the ability to enter the mind of an animal and control its actions.
Clive Russell as Bryndon “The Blackfish” Tully. Known far and wide as “The Blackfish,” Brynden is a famous knight and the uncle of Catelyn Stark. He quarreled bitterly with his brother, Lord Hoster Tully, and the two were estranged for many years.
Nathalie Emannuel as Missandei. Originally from the peaceful island of Naath, Missandei was sold into slavery as a child, along with her brother. She received education in various languages and became a translator to the slave trader Kraznys in Astapor.
Kerry Ingram as Shireen Baratheon, the only child ofStannis Baratheon. An avid reader, she escapes her lonely life through myths and stories – her books are her most treasured possessions. as Shireen Baratheon, the only child of Stannis Baratheon. An avid reader, she escapes her lonely life through myths and stories – her books are her most treasured possessions.
Paul Kaye as Thoros of Myr. A key member of the outlaw band known as the Brotherhood Without Banners, he is a Red Priest, in service ofthe Lord of Light, and originally hails from the Free City of Myr, in Essos.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Jojen Reed, a mysterious and enigmatic young man who becomes an important ally to Bran Stark.
New friends and enemies.
Ellie Kendrick as Meera Reed. The eldest daughter of Howland Reed and a staunch Stark loyalist, Meera and her younger brother Jojen seek out Bran Stark to protect him on his hard journey north.
Richard Dormer as Beric Dondarrion. Once the lord of Blackhaven and a celebrated warrior, Lord Beric has now become the leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners, a band of vigilante outlaws.
Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane. A famed wildling warrior and chief lieutenant of the “King Beyond the Wall,” Mance Rayder, Tormund is fearsome and strong, with a large build and a beard to match.
Philip McGinley as Anguy, an extremely skilled archer and key member of the outlawband known as the Brotherhood Without Banners.
Tara Fitzgerald as Selyse Baratheon. The wife of Stannis Baratheon, Selyse spends much of her life in seclusion, shut away in a gloomy tower.
Tobias Menzies as Edmure Tully. The younger brother of Catelyn Stark, Edmure has recently become Lord of Riverrun in the wake of his father’s death.
Anton Lesser as Qyburn, a former maester of the Citadel, who was stripped of his chain many years ago.
Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones is an epic drama set in the world of Westeros, where ambitious men and women of both honor and ill-repute live in a land whose summers and winters can last years. The Emmy®- and Golden Globe-winning fantasy series concluded its 10-episode second season in June, with the third season scheduled to launch in 2013.
Season three credits: The executive producers of Game of Thrones are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger, Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers, George R.R. Martin, Vanessa Taylor, Alan Taylor, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis; produced by Christopher Newman and Greg Spence.
Game of Thrones - Valar Morghulis (June 3, 2012) – FINALE – Closing time my friends. HBO has again darkened our doorsteps with the end of another fantastic season of Game of Thrones. No matter how much I begged and pleaded with The Seven for an additional 2-episodes for this season, and still no answer. Alas, I must proceed with this review–I must say that this episode was a shadow compared to last week’s episode; however, the finale left us enough clues as to the prevailing events to come in season 3.
Grand Mæstere Pycelle returns the favor.
Valar Morghulis was an episode filled with a series of farewells: Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) — Grand Mæstere Pycelle (Julian Glover) was there personally to issue comeuppances after he suffered a night or two in the hole for his betrayal of the tongue in What is dead may never die. He has returned as the Queen Regent’s “spy,” and was more than happy to inform him that he was no longer hand of the King and his accompaniment were no longer in his command–as a matter of fact, no longer in service to anyone.
Tyrion bids farewell to his comforts in Kings Landing, and now dwell in a place with his belongings and will no longer enjoy the vastness and privilege of his lineage. Perhaps Tyrion is afforded one bit of good news–he still has Shae (Sibel Kekilli)–for now.
Tywin. Battle of the Blackwater. Pwned.
Tywin (Charles Dance) rides into the throne room on horseback to assume his role as King Joffrey’s Hand, still reveling in aptly defeating Stannis Baratheon and his army with the aid of House Tyrell soldiers, and also affirming that Tyrion’s no longer part of the Kings counsel. His coronation wasn’t the highlight of the evening.
Run, little bird. Run.
Poor Sansa (Sophie Turner). Can’t win for losing. Not only has she endured Joffery’s cruelness but she will no longer be his Queen, thanks to his conniving Queen Regent. You see my friends, it’s all about wealth. As a reward, Lord Petyr Bælish (Aidan Gillen) is now Lord of Harrenhal–much to Lord Varys (Conleth Hill) disappointment (this sets in motion his own methods for payback).
After House Tyrell sided with House Lannister at Blackwater, Margæry Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) was offered up by her brother to wed Joffrey in an effort to join the two houses. Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) (who at this point of the tale is still annoyingly alive) agreed to marry Margæry, after debating with his mother. Even Pycelle added his own advise to the matter, which was complete and utter bullshit–the lot of it! Never matter, think of it this way; Margæry and the Tyrells are very wealthy, so it is easy to understand why it is important for House Lannister and House Tyrell to unite. This alliance is pivotal, and sets the stage for a lot of important events for season 3 of Game of Thrones.
What of our dear Sansa? Well, Lord Bælish was there to pick up the pieces of her crumbling heart. He still holds a candle for Catelyn Stark, and for this he offers Sansa a way home. Not good.
Hell hath no fury for a eunuch scorned.
Varys, still bitter–well maybe not bitter, more like jealous–that Bælish was awarded Castle Harrenhal for his role in uniting the Lannisters and Tyrells in defeating Stannis. He decides to conjure new alliances, and where better to do this than in the Baelish whore house. He uses his skills as a manipulator, and solicits assistance from Ros (Esme Bianco) in exchange for protection. We can only guess where this alliance will end up.
He is at the bedside of Tyrion as well. Updating him on what all has happened while he rested from battle. He reminded Tyrion that they are still allies–and regret that they will not be seeing much of each other.
Prisoners need not be mistreated.
Traitor Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) is worried now that the North armies are nearing Winterfell. What a fool. Ignoring Maester Luwin’s (Donald Sumpter) advice on how to negate his Iron Born associates–and his true heart. He pays for his wise counsel with a spear to the belly from one of Theon’s men, and while the damn fool Theon was engaging in his men–still refusing to leave Winterfell–wound up being knocked out by his own men and dragged away.
I will only say this; his future isn’t very bright.
As Mæster Luwin lay dying at a weinwood, where Ned Stark (Sean Bean) often honored the old gods, he met again with the little masters Bran and Rickon for the last time. He asked that Osha (Natalia Tena) take care of the young Starks–and to be quick to end his life. Farewell, Maester Luwin.
Mother of Dragons once again.
Finally, we return to Qarth and watch as Dænerys braved the House of the Undying. We did not get to see all the “dreams” that were laid before her as in the books; but we did get to see her first love, Khal Drogo with the son she lost; the Iron throne draped in Snow; and The Wall. As she continued to follow the cries of her “children,” she was captured by the warlock Pyat Pree (Ian Hanmore) formally of the Thirteen–we bid farewell to the warlock when Dænerys’ baby dragons lit his ass on fire!
We also have to bid farewell to the deceiver Xaro Xhoan Daxos (Nonso Anozie) and Doreah (Roxanne McKee)–the Lysene handmaiden who taught Daeny how to seduce Drogo–now find themselves in the empty vault Xaro Xhoan Daxos so claimed to be filled with riches. It is filled now–with both their bodies. Farewell Xaro Xhoan Daxos and his whore Doreah.
Dænerys, along with Jorah Mormont (Ian Glen), now sack the former King of Qarth of its riches should be enough to get her the ship as she now realizes the weight of her responsibilities.
Back at the Wall and other miscellanies.
I decided to list the other events of last night’s episode in this “miscellany” section. Not because these events were of little importance, but are significant in the events to come hopefully for season 3 of Game of Thrones:
• Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) still escorts Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) to King’s Landing when they run into a few men loyal to the Starks. Of course, Brienne obliterates them while Jamie watched–he paid close attention to how Brienne obliterated those men–he thought it would be safer to poke fun at her in an attempt to “trick her” into freeing him. I have a feeling that this will not work.
• Robb (Richard Madden) marries Talisa (Oona Chaplin) in secret–his mother tried to advise him that it wasn’t the honorable thing to do. But he reminded her that her betrayal wasn’t warranted as well.
• Stannis (Stephen Dillane) is back home nursing his wounds– and his pride–from losing the battle at Blackwater. Melisandre (Carice van Houten) was there, trying to comfort him with more promises. Sad really. Stannis, still in love with his wife, has no choice but to settle for Melisandre and all the bullshit she fills his ears with. I guess if you can’t be with the one you love, you have to love the one you are with.
• Arya (Maisie Williams), Hot Pie (Ben Hawkey), and Gendry (Joe Dempsie) are headed towards Winterfell when they meet with Jaqen H’ghar (Tom Wlaschiha). He gave her a coin and taught her a word to say if she ever wanted to find him Calar Morgulis. He also tells her that he is one of the Faceless Men–an assassin from the east. Will we see more of Jaqen? Not anymore. You see, ‘a man has his duties.’ But this is not a farewell to him, nope.
• Finally, at the wall with Jon Snow and the Wildlings. Qhorin Halfhand (Simon Armstrong) forces Jon to fight him so that he may find favor with Mance Rayder–this event set Jon up for season 3, and what he must do to stay alive in next season. It’s not all bad for Jon–he has Y’gritte to keep him warm.
Now, something we have all been waiting for: The White Walkers and the un-dead army. The Others from beyond the Wall made their appearance, finally, and what a spectacular appearance it was! We now know what the people of Westeros will face in season 3.
Farewell, to season 2! Magnificent ending to a fantastic season of Game of Thrones.
Those are brave men knocking at our door…let’s go kill them.
Blackwater – (May 27, 2012) – As the mist and the eerie darkness fell in Westeros, we all knew it and still cannot help but gasp at what’s to come. War. Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) waited to bring war to the shores of King’s Landing. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) sought comfort in Shae (Sibel Kekilli) on the eve of war as he too, waited. For the bell that bode ill of what to come. And as the halls of the King drew silent, I waited.
Varys (Conleth Hill) provided Tyrion with a map that disclosed the hidden tunnels the Targaryens built beneath the castle in case the war did not go in their favor. Tyrion remains steadfast knowing full well that this night may be the last night of their lives.
Newly Captained Darvos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) and his son Matthos (Kerr Logan) discuss how Stannis will win the iron throne and bring judgement to the Lannisters. But not this night.
Queen Regent Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) relayed a bitter offer of protection to the ladies of the court–while drinking heavily and poking questions at Sansa (Sophie Turner) regarding her prayers, loyalty–and how women have an advantage over men and suggested that she learned how to use it just right, but not before she obtained Essence of Nightshade from Grand Mæster Pycelle (Julian Glover). She disregarded his counsel–it is good to see her uncomfortable during a war her incestuous birthed Joffrey has caused. Where was Joffrey during all this? Well, being an asshole, of course. Before King Joffrey headed to the wall with the Kings Men, he “introduced” Sansa to ‘Hearteater.’
I will have to stop with revealing too much of the episode details. It leaves much to be seen and it would be a pity for my goings on how the plot revealed itself–magnificently. When Tyrion anticipated the Stannis would come ashore with his fleet of ships, he doused them all in Wildfire, an amorous jade of horror–sensually tactical–spurred by Bronn’s single flaming arrow. This was a poetic moment in television history. It is a wonder that Stannis urged his armies on to their horrible deaths–as Tryion gave the order to rain fire on his men–one by one they began to fall. Whomever were spared the fiery arrow, met with the Hound’s sharp blade.
Even Ser Lancel got in on the fighting. When injured, he immediately returned to Cersei, who called for her dearest Joffrey to safety. Yes my friends, we have to wait for another episode–or next season–for Joffrey and his mother to get what’s coming to them. The Hound too, retreats. It seems fire was his weakness all along (facial burns courtesy of his brother during childhood) and he escapes to Sansa’s chambers to tell her to come away with him as he would take her to Winterfell. But does she leave with him?
Stannis aims for the weak spot.
I know I went on a bit more about last night’s episode as it was a masterpiece of television viewing. Every moment of screen time was aptly utilized, and did not waste going back and forth with whats going on with Robb, or Jon Snow, or Arya. It stuck with the goings on at Blackwater. The episode was tight, it was sexy, and it leaves much to be seen without me spoiling all of the awesome bits of it for you.
Every actor was on their game especially Tyrion; he made this episode for what it was. There was so much of his influence and onscreen presence that overshadowed everyone else. Peter Dinklage, it was all about you in this one.
When all hope was lost, I have to say that I was cheering when Tywin Lannister and his newly accompanied war-partnered Ser Loras (remember when Renly was assassinated, he swore that he would bring Stannis to justice in The Ghost of Harrenhal) rode in to battle and crushed Stannis’s armies. Poor Stannis, was taken away kicking and screaming.
I have to say this again–I loved watching Cersei and Joffrey squirm in this episode. Too bad things did not turn out how I would have liked–but I also appreciate the writers and HBO for heightening anticipation of their demise. Deliciously so!
Team Tyrion for the win.
We are now on our final episode of season 2. I just do not understand why a show, with such brilliance, has to come to a hurried end? Game of Thronesdeserves at least a 12-episode season. I am worried that the last episode, Valar Morghulis will feel rushed. By the Gods, why?
Did you guys see how Cersei was about to poison Tommen? Oh hell no!
Pretty much angry that I didn’t get to see Joffrey’s head be put on a spike.
Well my friends, not much of a review of the episode but it does not mean I did not absolutely love it. I just thought that it would be better for you to see for yourselves how it all turned out–in all its brilliance. See you at the end of season 2.
UPDATE: Starting Saturday, June 2 at 6:00 p.m. (ET/PT), the HBO Zone channel will present all nine episodes back-to-back three times, ending right before the season finale debuts on HBO!
Game of Thrones, Season 2, The story so far…
The song at the end of last night’s episode, ‘The Rains of Castamere‘ by The National.
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