It's a long ride until Game of Thrones returns next year, so we're taking a look at what the show's cast and crew are doing with their time off, and also looking forward to some season five news.
As the dust settles after San Diego Comic-Con 2014, there is just far too much happening in the world of comics, TV, movies, games etc. to keep track of all the updates, news and weird tidbits surrounding the things we love. Game of Thrones in particular is always an interesting production to follow, and since the season four finale there’s been a lot of direct and indirect movement in the ensuing months. So here’s a summary of all the activity happening in Westeros and affecting its (Current, future and past) inhabitants.
George R.R. Martin is taking a break from the show, and giving money to wolves.
In a recent interview Martin told Vulture that he’s reducing the amount of set visits and appearances he usually makes each year in order to work on finishing The Winds of Winter. For the same reason he won’t be writing an episode this season:
“Which shooting location are you going to choose to visit this season? Seems like a tough one since you’ve added another warm, exotic locale to the list, with Spain subbing in for Dorne.
I don’t know. I might make it over there early next year, but I’ve got to finish the book The Winds of Winter. So I’m making the trips I’m already obligated to make, but I’m not adding any new trips at this time. So I don’t think I’m going to do a set visit this year, sadly.
Are you still going to write an episode?
Not this year, no — once again because I have this book to finish.”
Meanwhile, when a 13 year old boy missed the opportunity to be killed in an upcoming chapter of A Song of Ice and Fire, he wrote to the series author hoping that if he donated his own pocket money to Martin’s wolf sanctuary fundraiser, his brutal death would still make it into The Winds of Winter. Martin declined, but in appreciation for the boy’s contribution, he donated $10,000 to the UK Wolf Conversation Trust.
Thank you so much for your heartfelt, touching note.
I’ve heard that you donated all your £153 pocket money savings to my Prizeo fundraiser on behalf of the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. I cannot tell you how much that moved me. It pleases me no end to know that my novels, and the TV series based on them, have inspired readers as young as yourself to rally to the support of these majestic and too often stigmatized animals
Alas, I cannot promise you a grisly death in THE WIND OF WINTER. Those spots have already been filled by some very generous donors, and there’s a limit to how many people even I can kill.
However, inspired by your example, my friends at Prizeo and I would love to follow your lead with a $10,000 in your name to the UK Wolf Conservation Trust. That’s a wonderful organization that I’ve heard much about, and they are lucky to count people like you as supporters.
I wish you the best of luck in your future career as a wolf conservationist, and hope that you inspire many others to follow your lead.
Sophie Turner sticks up for Sansa Stark, and scares herself in Another Me.
Near the end of season four Sophie Turner’s Sansa Stark came into her own with a commanding performance at The Eyrie, but the eighteen year old actress doesn’t agree that Sansa is a weak or useless character, as many fans like to complain about. In an interview with Nylon Singapore Turner fought back for her on-screen character.
“I think it’s because people see their own faults in her character, and they don’t like facing their own weaknesses. I think if anyone was a 13-year-old girl put in her situation, they would probably act exactly the same.
I really like the fact that she is quite a silent character. If she had spoken up in court at any point she would have gotten herself killed. She is being compliant with the people she hates just so that she can bide her time and then she can actually get her own back.
This season has been really good for me because Sansa has gone from a vulnerable 13-year-old girl, and she is transformed. She has been learning from all these people at court on how to manipulate others and she is actually putting it into practice now. She is becoming a bit of a dark horse.”
Considering that I’ve long defended Sansa in the books for using her knowledge of Westerosi etiquette as a survival tool rather than a lack of intelligence or substance, I’m right on board with Turner’s argument.
However supporting Sansa’s behavior is not all Sophie Turner is doing during her break. Here’s the recently released first trailer for Another Me, a small horror movie where Turner will have the opportunity to use her acting chops, playing both the monster and the victim.
Another Me also stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Mission: Impossible III) and Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man). It opens August 22nd, 2014.
Rose Leslie lands two movies after leaving Ygritte behind.
The Last Witch Hunter sets Leslie opposite Vin Diesel in a fantasy picture involving – you guessed it – witches, and the hunting of said witches. However the story is set in modern day New York. Very little else is known about the movie so far, aside from Michael Caine also being attached.
However, Honeymoon looks like it might be a fantastic little horror movie.
“Newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) want to spend their honeymoon at a cabin in the woods. But the lovely romantic moment quickly disappears when odd events, such as the appearance of a mysterious light, the unexpected disappearance of Bea, and her strange return, completely hurt and acting differently, are destined to tear them apart.”
Honeymoon is slated for release in select theaters and video on demand September 12, 2014.
Natalia Tena talks about the potential future of Osha in the game of thrones.
[Spoilers for future seasons/books] The actress who plays the brutish bodyguard to Rickon Stark apparently impressed George R.R. Martin that he may change his plans for the character in the next two books. In a Vulture interview Tena talked about such a possibility.
“Apparently, because of the way you’ve portrayed Osha, George R.R. Martin is reconsidering how he’s writing the character in the next book.
I don’t know! I hope so! I hope it bears fruit. Let’s see what happens in the sixth book. I’m hoping he gives us more adventures! Fingers crossed. I don’t know entirely what they’re going to do yet on the show, if they’re going to pick up with us next season. I don’t think they’ve finalized the scripts yet, or who’s doing what, or what they’re picking up from the books, or where they’re going off-book. Where is it going to go? I don’t know.
At the point where they left off on the show, Osha and Rickon were heading towards the Last Hearth, the Umber stronghold. But in the books, they’re rumored to be in Skagos, the island of cannibals and unicorns.
Brilliant. I love unicorns. I want a parrot-colored unicorn. Done! Let’s go there! It’s all in George’s head, and he could do anything, you know? I’ve heard so many fun theories, like how Bran is going to help her control the dragons, and then Dany will take over and be a good queen. I’d love that. I’d love it to be a queen in the end, obviously. I’ve only met George a few times, but I never ask about that. We never go deep on that level. I just have fun with him.”
Comic-Con revealed a large chunk of the new Game of Thrones cast members.
Notice the major focus on the Dornish. One of the strangest transitions in A Song Of Ice And Fire is the sudden inclusion of Dorne starting right around book four. It was a turn-off for a lot of readers who felt the Dornish should have been introduced at the beginning, or not at all. I’m sure that many viewers will also be a little frustrated with another entire family with history and names to remember, but in time some of these new characters will be just as well-liked (Or hated) as the show’s old standbys. And let’s not forget how we all fell for Prince Oberyn this year.
Here’s Winter is Coming‘s full breakdown of the new additions:
Alexander Siddig as Doran Martell
Doran Martell is the ruling lord of Dorne and older brother to the late Prince Oberyn Martell. Unlike his brother, Doran is even-tempered and deliberate. Now, all of Dorne waits to see how their lord will react to his brother’s death.
Alexander Siddig is a Sudanese-born English actor. He is best known for his role of Dr. Julian Bashir in the hit television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as well as Prince Nasir Al-Subaai in Syriana, and as Imad ad-Din al-Isfahani in Kingdom of Heaven.
Toby Sebastian as Trystane Martell
Trystane Martell is Prince Doran’s son and heir to Dorne. His father betrothed him to Myrcella Baratheon as part of the alliance offered by Tywin Lannister, then Hand of the King.
Toby Sebastian is a musician and actor hailing from Oxford. He as last seen in the sci-fi fantasy After the Dark and will appear later this year inBarely Lethal alongside Sophie Turner.
Nell Tiger Free as Myrcella Baratheon
Myrcella Baratheon is officially the eldest child of Cersei Lannister and the late King Robert Baratheon, though in truth her father is Cersei’s own brother, Jaime Lannister. For years, she has been a guest and ward of Prince Doran, betrothed to his son, but her position has become tenuous with the death of Oberyn Martell, the Prince’s brother.
Nell Tiger Free is best known for her starring as Chloe in the BBC adaptation of Mr. Stink, and also recently guest-starred on an episode of the crime series Endeavour.
DeObia Oparei as Areo Hotah
Areo Hotah is the long-serving captain of Doran Martell’s palace guard, renowned for his loyalty and his longaxe.
DeObia Oparei is a London born actor and playwright. He is best know for his role as Gunner in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and can be seen as Thundarian in the (highly disappointing) comedy Your Highness.
Enzo Cilenti as Yezzan
Yezzan was an extremely wealthy slave trader before Daenerys Targaryen outlawed the slave trade.
Enzo Cilenti is an English actor born to Italian parents. He has had an established career in theatre, has also directed a short film, and is currently producing his first feature length movie. He appeared in Kick-Ass 2, and will have a role in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Jessica Henwick as Nymeria (“Nym”) Sand
Nym Sand is the second eldest of the late Prince Oberyn’s bastard daughters. Her mother was an Eastern noblewoman who brought Nym up to be cultured, graceful and deadly with a whip.
Jessica Henwick is an English born actress. She is best know for her role as Bo in the television series Spirit Warriors, and Amy Lang in Silk.
Rosabell Laurenti Sellers as Tyene Sand
Tyene Sand is the daughter of the late Prince Oberyn Martell by Ellaria Sand, his final paramour. Tyene is fiercer than she looks, especially with her twin daggers.
Rosabell Laurenti Sellers is an Italian actress who was born in Santa Monica. She made her Broadway debut at the age of 8 in , and soon after moved to Rome with her family. She appeared in 2010’s The Whistleblower alongside Liam Cunningham, and recently starred in the television series Mia and Me.
Keisha Castle-Hughes as Obara Sand
A fearsome warrior, Obara Sand is the eldest bastard daughter of the late Prince Oberyn Martell. Her mother was a Dornish peasant girl who caught the eye of the late Prince.
Keisha Castle-Hughes is a New Zealand actress who received an Academy Award nomination in 2004 for her role as Pai in the film Whale Rider. She was rumored to have joined the cast earlier this month, it’s great to have confirmation!
Jonathan Pryce as the High Sparrow
A devout and pious man, the High Sparrow came to King’s Landing to serve those forgotten by much of the world – the poor, the downtrodden and the infirm – and quickly amassed a large following. His fellow believers have swarmed over the city, ministering to the lowest and decrying the corruption of the highest.
Jonathan Pryce is an accomplished Welsh stage and film actor. He made his breakthrough performance in the cult film Brazil, and has since appeared in many high profile films including Evita, Tomorrow Never Dies, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
And finally: The Panel…
That brings you up to date on all the happenings in and around Game of Thrones since the closing of season four. With so many plot points moving in a new direction in season five there’s a lot of speculation going on about who will live, who will die, and who will make the next move for power. Make sure to follow Geek for continuing news in the next few months leading up to the season premiere.
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