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confederate: game of thrones writers criticised for new show

Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and DB Weiss are turning their attention to new projects, but their planned HBO series, Confederate, has already set off alarm bells.See related Game of Thrones season 7: Key questions after premiereGame of Thrones Season 7: Clues from the castAlthough details about the production are still sketchy, the project has been criticised over its premise. Confederate is set in a future version of the US where slavery still exists.Variety reported this week that the show had got the green light.Confederate envisions the lead-up to a third American Civil War, with the breakaway southern states maintaining a system of slavery.It follows characters on "both sides of the Mason-Dixon Demilitarised Zone", including freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abol

game of thrones' creators have had a terrible, terrible idea

HBO has plans for a new series, and it may prove to be controversial. The network will be home to a new series called ‘Confederate’ from the team behind ‘Game of Thrones,’ and it’ll focus on an alt-history timeline in which the confederacy was to some degree successful, slavery still exists, and the US is a divided nation with a demilitarized zone along the Mason-Dixon line. An alt-history story is one in which storytellers present alternative versions of history, imaging what the world would be like if some major (or not so major) past event had ended differently. We’ve seen Amazon successfully embrace this genre with its ‘Man in the High Castle’ series, which imagines what the world would have been like if Germany had won the second world war.In HBO’s case, ‘Confederate’ will take a look

game of thrones may get an hbo spin-off series…or four

HBO’s massively popular Game of Thrones television show will likely be getting a spin-off series, and recent business happenings indicate that a single spin-off may be just the start. Four different writers have been tapped to create spin-off material for ‘multiple’ possible shows, indicating we could be seeing two or four or more new series based on the original. Book series author George R.R. Martin will be ‘attached’ to these projects, though he won’t be writing any of them.The four writers, according to Variety, are: Carly Wray, Jane Goldman, Max Borenstein, and Brian Helgeland. A spokesperson speaking to the publication went on to say, “We’ll take as much or as little time as the writers need and, as with all our development, we will evaluate what we have when the scripts are in.” By

game of thrones spinoffs: hbo developing 4 shows

Game of Thronesmay be just two shortened seasons away from its (hopefully) epic end, but the show's universe will officially live on in spinoff form. After months of speculation over Westeros' future, HBO announced Thursday that it is developing four possible spinoffs exploring "different time periods of [author] George R.R. Martin's vast and rich universe," according to Entertainment Weekly.However, there is currently no set premiere date for any of the potential follow-ups. "We’ll take as much or as little time as the writers need and, as with all our development, we will evaluate what we have when the scripts are in," a spokesperson said.The four ideas will be developed by four different writers — Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Brian Hel

game of thrones: george r. r. martin interview

He’s the mind behind the world of Westeros.George R. R. Martin is the novelist from whose imagination sprung Game of Thrones, the biggest show on TV. His A Song of Ice and Fire book series (whose first book of what is now a planned seven, A Game of Thrones, was published in 1996) serves as the source material for HBO’s Game of Thrones. Though the TV series will end in 2018, before Martin’s books do, fans still eagerly await the books ending the way their creator intended — or the way he, discovering new details about the world of Westeros even now, finds his way towards. One of many takeaways from talking to the polymath Martin: “I am going to finish these books!” Martin spoke to TIME, in an rare and wide-ranging interview, in March for our cover story on Game of Thrones, whose seventh sea

game of thrones season 8 might not arrive until 2019

July's penultimate season of Game of Thrones will come several months later than normal, and now the eighth and final season could face an even longer delay.HBO's president of programming Casey Bloys hinted that the last season of Game of Thrones might not air until 2019, meaning the show's diehard fanbase might have to wait well over a year until they see the fate of Westeros, Entertainment Weekly reports.When asked in an interview whether the final season could arrive as late as 2019, Bloys told EW: "[The showrunners] have to write the episodes and figure out the production schedule. We’ll have a better sense of that once they get further into the writing.”Fans up in arms about the potential delay can take solace in a crucial point — the cast and crew wants to do everything they can to g

game of thrones sets: deborah riley on mereen, braavos

"It’s interesting, because people always assume that these places exist already," says Deborah Riley, the production designer for Game of Thrones. "But every single detail has to be mulled over again and again and again by all of us."Riley, who's worked on the show since its fourth season and has won an Emmy each year since, is the mind behind the show's sweeping sets — both at the show's Belfast production hub and on location. Riley spoke about some of her favorite sets — from Meereen to Braavos — for TIME's cover story on Thrones, whose seventh season premieres July 16. Here's an edited transcript of our conversation.What’s the process like of starting the design at the top of each season? How many voices weigh in? The first time that I read the outline [of the season's plot] is immediat

game of thrones: stunt coordinator interview

The practical stunt work on Game of Thrones has lent the show real gravity, creating a sense of physical space that visual effects still cannot quite credibly convey. Rowley Irlam is the show's stunt coordinator, and has led the show through sequences including the epic "Battle of the Bastards" in season six, covered in more detail here.In January, Irlam spoke to TIME for our cover story on Thrones (whose seventh season debuts July 16) and explained the process of planning and executing the complicated stunts that have won him two Emmys so far and won the show legions of action-hungry fans. Here's an edited transcript of that conversation.Talk me through the genesis of stunt sequences.Before we start, we get a whole season outline that will go into detail about battles and other key things

game of thrones: maisie williams on arya stark, season 7

Maisie Williams’s performance as Arya Stark on Game of Thrones has helped make her a role model for girls everywhere — both an opportunity and a challenge. “I leave all of that at the door when I come back home,” she says, “because it kind of drives you a bit mental after a while.”Thrones debuted two days after Williams’s 14th birthday; she’s now 20. As the biggest project of her life so far winds down, she’s coming into her own. “I think it’s quite exciting that the show’s coming to an end,” she says. “I think it’s a time to look quite positively at the future and really try to shape my career without being tied to anything.” Williams spoke to TIME in March for our cover story on Game of Thrones, whose seventh season premieres July 16; here’s an edited transcript of that conversation.What

xfinity tv customers can catch up on 'game of thrones' for free

If you're clamoring to catch up on Game of Thrones but don't have an HBO subscription, you'd better get ready for an epic binge watch. Starting today, TV customers can access all six seasons of the show through Xfinity on Demand for free. The promotion will run through Sunday, July 16th, which is the premiere date for the show's seventh season.

game of thrones fan kobe bryant meets george r.r. martin

Kobe Bryant might be retired, but it looks like the NBA legend has been making the most of his free time — most recently, getting personally schooled in the "art of the story" from none other than Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin.Bryant, who's such a superfan of the show that he binge-watched the entire series after he finished his last NBA game last year, took to his Twitter account to share a photo of him with Martin, along with the caption: "Learning about the art of story from one of my muses today. Thank you." Bryant also used the hashtag #musecage, which refers to Mamba's storytelling venture.Next up on Bryant's list of literary heroes to meet? J.K. Rowling, who he'd like to discuss "characters and story" with.This isn't the first time that Bryant's shown off his extreme fan

game of thrones: new harvard class on history behind books

Just as Game of Thrones fans are getting excited for the coming of the show's seventh season, the professors behind a new Harvard class have revealed exclusively to TIME that they'll be offering a course this fall about real medieval history called "The Real Game of Thrones: From Modern Myths to Medieval Models."This Folklore and Mythology class will look at the way the George R.R. Martin's series and HBO TV show based on those books "echoes and adapts, as well as distorts the history and culture of the 'medieval world' of Eurasia from c. 400 to 1500 CE" by exploring " a set of archetypal characters at the heart of Game of Thrones — the king, the good wife, the second son, the adventurer, and so on — with distinct analogues in medieval history, literature, religion, and legend," according

deal: game of thrones season 5 available for free on play store

Game of Thrones is still one of the most popular shows on TV and fans are patiently waiting for season 7, which will premiere on HBO in July. Those of you who want to recap on previous episodes or haven’t yet watched every available episode will be happy to hear that season five of Game of Thrones is available for free right now. You can download it to your device from the Google Play Store.It is worth mentioning that the season is only available in Standard Definition, which isn’t great, but still better than nothing. Before you get too excited, let me just add that the offer, unfortunately, isn’t available in every country around the world.See also:Google Play Movies & TV changes to a dark theme in latest updateFebruary 14, 2017It is available to those living in the US as well as a few o

game of thrones touring exhibition opening date

One of Game of Thrones' biggest achievements is making its medieval fantasy world seem immersive and real. Soon, however, you won’t need to trek to the HBO drama’s real-world filming locations in Northern Ireland or Morocco to get a taste of Westeros: This fall, HBO is teaming up with GES to launch Game of Thrones: The Touring Exhibition, which will bring sets, props, costumes, and more to fans around the world.GES’ team will work with HBO to create sets that feel just like iconic Westeros environments. Specific exhibits will revolve around locales like the North, Meereen, Castle Black, and the Iron Throne Room of King’s Landing, among others.“Game of Thrones has truly become a worldwide phenomenon, with fans avidly watching the show throughout all corners of the globe,” HBO global licensi

kit harington auditions for game of thrones on kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel delighted his audience Monday evening by playing some "exclusive" screen tests of Kit Harington auditioning for various parts in HBO's Game of Thrones."I'm glad you're Game of Thrones fans, because [Jon Snow] wasn't the only part Kit was in the running for, he actually auditioned for a couple of other characters on the show," Kimmel told the studio audience. "The producers of Game of Thrones gave us his audition tape in anticipation of the season seven premiere this weekend."The funny "never seen before" footage shows Harington auditioning for the parts of Cersei Lannister (whose name he pronounces incorrectly), Lena Headey, Arya Stark and others. He also dons a red wig to tell the camera "You know nothing, Jon Snow," parodying Ygritte's well-known line.But things turn from od

'game of thrones': james' tim booth on 'sit down' soundtracking new trailer

Fans getting their first taste of the upcoming seventh season of HBO's flagship action drama Game of Thrones via the show's new trailer were greeted with an extremely unexpected musical accompaniment: a haunting remix of "Sit Down," the early '90s anthem from British alt-rock group James.Though James is likely more familiar to American audiences via their 1993 smash "Laid," it was actually "Sit Down" that marked their biggest hit in their home country, peaking at No. 2 on the U.K. charts in 1991. And while the group has licensed "Laid" for many movies and TV shows in the past -- including for several of the films in the American Pie franchise -- they've been relatively restrained with allowing use of the more serious "Sit Down." But, as huge Thrones watchers, they couldn't resist the oppor

ed sheeran didn't leave twitter because of 'game of thrones'

When Ed Sheeran briefly deleted his Twitter account earlier this week, many believed it was due to the high volume of criticism he'd received on the social-media site for his controversial cameo on the HBO series Game of Thrones. But in an Instagram post Wednesday (July 19), Sheeran denied that his Twitter absence had anything to do with the show. "I came off Twitter coz I was always intending to come off Twitter, had nothing to do with what people said about my game of thrones cameo," the singer wrote under an unrelated adorable photo of him and his manager. "Why the hell would I worry what people thought about that. It's clearly f---in' awesome."Last i'll say on this. I came off Twitter Coz I was always intending to come off Twitter, had nothing to do with what people said about my game

ed sheeran should have an awesome 'game of thrones' death

We all knew ahead of last Sunday's Game of Thrones season seven premiere that at some point during this season, Ed Sheeran was going to show up in some capacity. But I don't think people were expecting his cameo to come so soon, or to be so... I don't know, jarring? I personally was kind of expecting him to be an extra in the background that you don't really notice until someone on reddit points it out or something like that. The way he was featured in a scene went on too long, but that he wasn't really even the main character in, was just kind of distracting and didn't really make a lot of sense. And of course Twitter had a field day with it, because everyone on the Internet loves hating the same thing all at once.But here's the thing: Ed Sheeran should totally come back for episode two.

game of thrones season 7: ed sheeran on scene with arya

Warning: This post contains minor spoilers for season seven of Game of Thrones.Although showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had previously announced that Ed Sheeran will make an appearance in the seventh season of Game of Thrones, his character's story arc has remained largely a mystery. But during a recent interview with The Hits Radio, the "Shape of You" singer revealed some details about his upcoming cameo.Sheeran explained that the role involves him serenading Maisie Williams, who plays newly-minted faceless assassin Arya Stark on the HBO drama. "I just do a scene with Maisie," he said. "I sing a song and then she goes, 'oh, that's a nice song.'"The cameo is fitting, as Sheeran's inclusion in the show was in some ways a gift for Williams, according to Benioff. "For years we were t

game of thrones premiere: biggest moments season 07 ep 1

Warning: This post contains spoilers for season seven of Game of Thrones.Following a year-long hiatus, Game of Thrones returned for its seventh season Sunday night with a premiere that did not disappoint.The episode — dubbed "Dragonstone" — was a definite crowd-pleaser, offering a slew of plot twists, callbacks and emotional turns throughout its hour-long run. It not only shattered Thrones' previous ratings record — drawing 16.1 million viewers across all HBO platforms — but also quickly became the show's most-tweeted about episode of all time — garnering 2.4 million tweets to date.According to Twitter, here were the top three most tweeted-about moments of the night:Disguised as Walder Frey, Arya Stark poisons the remaining Frey family during the opening sceneEd Sheeran makes a cameoDaener

at&t’s purchase of hbo could lead to 20-minute game of thrones episodes

Enlarge/ Just imagine how many 20-minute Game of Thrones episodes you could watch if you lived as long as Melisandre.HBOShare this storyAs AT&T prepares to purchase Time Warner Inc., AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson has an idea for HBO's Game of Thrones: cut the hour-long episodes down to 20 minutes for mobile devices.AT&T's $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner would give the telco HBO and other lucrative programming properties. Stephenson discussed his thoughts yesterday at the annual JP Morgan Technology, Media, and Telecom conference in Boston.“I’ll cause [HBO CEO Richard] Plepler to panic,” Stephenson said. But “think about things like Game of Thrones. In a mobile environment, a 60-minute episode might not be the best experience. Maybe you want a 20-minute episode.” Instead of showing full

emilia clarke confirms she wants nothing to do with game of thrones spinoffs

While little is known about the potential Game of Thrones spinoffs, we now know at least one pivotal character won't be making a reappearance. Actress Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen in the hugely popular television series, has confirmed she doesn't want anything to do with a Game of Thrones prequel, sequel or whatever other form producers come up with. Vince Colosimo caught DUIVideo duration00:31Previous slideNext slideVideo duration00:45No Game of Thrones spin-offs for Emilia ...No Game of Thrones spin-offs for Emilia ClarkeAmongst swirling rumours of spin-offs, the actor has stated she has zero plans to reprise her character after the hit HBO show concludes in 2018. Vince Colosimo caught DUIVideo duration00:31Video duration00:31Vince Colosimo caught DUIVince Colosimo caught

game of thrones: emilia clarke teases daenerys storyline

Warning: This post contains potential spoilers for Game of Thrones.With Daenerys Targaryen poised to finally arrive in the Seven Kingdoms, season seven of Game of Thrones is sure to be full of new challenges for everyone's favorite khaleesi.But while many fans speculate that Dany will be paying her first visit to King's Landing, Emilia Clarke — who plays the dragon queen on the HBO drama — recently hinted that her character may also show up in an unexpected location."Spoiler alert – I normally don't spend very much time in Belfast, but this last season I spent a little more time there," she told Rolling Stone. "It's a really interesting season in terms of some loose ends that have been tied, some really satisfying plot points, some things where you're like, 'Oh, my God. I forgot about that

game of thrones: how jon snow will discover r+l=j theory

Warning: This post contains potential spoilers for season seven of Game of Thrones.The season six finale of Game of Thrones seemed to confirm the fan-favorite R+L=J theory — i.e., that Jon is not the illegitimate child of Ned Stark but rather the son of his sister Lyanna and Rhaegar Targaryen — during a flashback scene in which a time-traveling Bran Stark witnessed Jon's birth at the Tower of Joy.However, while Bran is (possibly) the only person alive who knows this piece of history, there may be another way for Jon to discover his true parentage.During the "We the North: The Starks of Winterfell" panel of Con of Thrones — a new Game of Thrones fan convention — the hosts discussed the possibility of Jon learning about his Targaryen heritage from Daenerys' dragons."How cool would that be fo

kit harington thinks jon snow is pretty much 'a psychopath' on game of thrones

Game of Thrones does an incredible job of humanizing its characters to the point where not a single person is entirely good or evil — and the newly anointed King of the North, Jon Snow, is no exception to that rule.Ahead of the seventh season premiere on July 16, The Hollywood Reporter sat down with Kit Harington, who plays the brooding warrior on the HBO hit, to discuss what's in store for Snow, his war against the White Walkers, a possible reunion with the Stark siblings ("It would be bittersweet ... I don't know that it would be exactly what everyone wants"), and whether or not he thinks Snow truly is a Targaryen (Harington says yes: "It looks clear that this fan theory is going to come true, but we don't know that yet").GAME OF THRONES SEASON 7 TRAILER">The most surprising thing, thoug

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