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A Ton Of Characters Finally Reunited On ‘Game Of Thrones’

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Over the past four seasons of “Game of Thrones,” a majority of the characters hardly, if ever, crossed paths, but Season 5 is already shaking that up.

We know Tyrion is on his way to meet Daenerys, but Sunday night’s episode, “The House of Black and White,” featured three major reunions between eight characters across the Seven Kingdoms. The episode also took us to Braavos and Dorne, introducing us to a few new faces.

Spoiler alert for Season 5, Episode 2, “The House of Black and White”

Brienne and Sansa reunite
Who knew that out of all of the pubs in Westeros, Brienne would be sitting in the same one as Sansa and Littlefinger. The two haven’t been in the same place since Joffrey’s wedding and it’s clear Sansa has grown up a lot since.

Brienne continues to kick major ass
Gwendoline Christie said it herself: Brienne is a total badass. This episode proved it further when she took on the Vale guards single-handedly.

Welcome to Dorne!
Finally, the beautiful, sunbaked kingdom is revealed! “GoT” took us south to Dorne on Sunday, introducing us to Oberyn’s brother, Doran Martell. Ellaria Sand is back (with a shorter haircut) and upset with Doran for not seeking vengeance for Oberyn’s death. We also briefly caught up with Myrcella Baratheon (who was recast) as she strolled the gardens with Doran’s son Trystane, whom she’s expected to marry. But will it happen? Jaime is on his way to Dorne with Bronn to get his niece daughter back.


Arya and Jaqen reunite
All men must die, or all men must learn how to slice off a pigeon’s head in a flash? Both, if you’re Arya Stark. After wandering the streets of Braavos, the mysterious older black man from the House of Black and White re-emerges to reveal himself as Jaqen H’ghar. And now her training begins!

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Jon Snow becomes Lord Commander
Ladies and gentleman of the realm, meet the 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. Jon Snow turned down Stannis’ offer to become a legitimate Stark because he’s a man of his word — but really he just knows nothing. Sam then nominated Jon for Lord Commander and he won by one vote.

Dany seriously pisses off Meereen
It’s hard to blame Dany — she tries her best to carry out justice, but she forgets she’s living in an unjust world that thrives on bloodshed. Mossador, whom we met last week, stood up for his queen by killing one of the rebel Harpies when she instead wanted to give him a fair trial. She responded by having Mossador killed in front of all of Meereen, which was clearly a very bad call.

Dany and Drogon reunite
But Dany was quickly cheered up when one of her babies dropped in for a quick hello. Drogon is practically just a big, cuddly cat that happens to breathe fire.

Cersei takes charge
Cersei likes abusing power as much as Tyrion likes wine, and she certainly takes full advantage of Tommen’s naïveté this episode when she begins ordering around the small council. But can that last long?

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Your 9th Favorite Character Is Coming Back to Game of Thrones

Tom Wlaschiha in Game of Thrones.Photo: HBO

By  and published in Vulture

(Warning: Minor Game of Thrones spoilers within.) According to savvy spotters at Watchers on the Wall, German actor Tom Wlaschiha, who played mysterious assassin Jaqen H’ghar in Thrones‘ second season, will appear in at least one episode of season five. On many shows, it would be easy to assume that a returning actor will come back in the same role, but since Jaqen was a magical face-shifter last seen doing this, it’s unclear whether that’s the case with Wlaschiha. Some book fans have speculated about Jaqen’s possible return to the narrative, while others suspect Wlaschiha will be playing an altered version of another one of Arya Stark’s mentors. Either way, the next season of GOT just got slightly hunkier.

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Faceless Man Tom Wlaschiha

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By Jennifer Vineyard of Vulture

Spoilers ahead for the most recent episode of Game of Thrones.

When Arya crossed the Narrow Sea, she hoped to find her old assassin pal Jaqen H’ghar, he who gave her an iron coin and the magic words for a passage to Braavos. But knocking on the House of Black and White’s doors got her nowhere. (“No one here by that name,” she’s told.) Now we know that Jaqen was just messing with her — or was he? “A man is not Jaqen H’ghar,” he tells her, after swapping his previous face for the one we recognize. Actor Tom Wlaschiha chatted with Vulture about his not-so-secret return, whom Arya should have killed in season two, and what he thinks about that master-swordfighter Syrio Forel theory.

What was it like coming back to the show after all these years away?
It’s amazing! I hadn’t expected it. I mean, I always had a little bit of hope, but I didn’t know. I read the books — the first two books at least — and I started to read some fan theories, and then it got too complicated too quickly. But even though it’s a big change [from the books], the story isn’t going to change. Jaqen is going to be a teacher to Arya, and he’s obviously always had some secret. He’s a bit of a magician, and there’s some stuff that he does that Arya can’t quite grasp in the beginning. So we will see some nice little surprises.

What can you tell us about fan theories, such as the one about Jaqen H’ghar and Syrio Forel, Arya’s former teacher, being the same person?
I haven’t been online researching the theories lately, but three years ago, when I was first on the show, I did. But then you spend hours and hours on the internet, and there’s no end to it! [Laughs.] You want to know if I believe Jaqen is Syrio? I have no idea! I don’t think so, but I couldn’t give you any good reasons why not. They both certainly have a different function in the story for Arya. They both teach her important things, over a certain period of time. I think it would be too easy. I don’t think they’re the same. But who knows? Syrio’s face could be underneath Jaqen’s face. We don’t know. Jaqen is no one.

So in your mind, who is Jaqen H’ghar? And what does it mean to be “no one,” then?
That’s a very interesting question, because we don’t know who or what he is. Jaqen H’ghar has my face, and this is also something we’re finding out this season, he’s trying to teach Arya to become “no one.” So it’s basically, [laughs] we don’t know who or what is behind my face, or the other faces that the Faceless Men can put on. He has motives that he doesn’t always show. With Arya, he wants something of her, but he doesn’t tell her what that is, and she has to figure it out. But the ultimate question — who is Jaqen? — has yet to answered.

And what does it mean to be no one? I don’t know. [Laughs.] To me, in a practical sense, it is like Jaqen is saying to Arya, “Become the perfect actor.” To leave her identity behind. For her to be able to take on a whole different persona, and not be recognizable, in order to get ahead with what she wants. That’s what actors try to do.

When you last worked with Maisie Williams, she was a child …
It’s a real pleasure acting with her.  When I walked into the green room on our very first day, Maisie was sitting there playing my favorite game at the time on her phone, and we then had an ongoing competition all season long. Thankfully, we were called to set once in a while, otherwise we’d probably still be sitting there, trying to beat each other’s records! But she’s an absolute pro, three years ago as much as now. It’s really amazing how she pulls it off. It’s really hard to find someone that age who can move so comfortably in front of a camera, and it seems so easy for her. I would have been shell-shocked in front of a camera when I was her age. The gift her role gives her is that it allows her to grow with it. Arya learns a lot this season, but she also makes conscious choices, when three years ago, she was all impulsive. She could have ended the series right there by naming the right three names for Jaqen to kill!

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What would have been the right three names? Who would you have suggested?
I think HBO would have been very unhappy if she picked the right names! The show would have ended right there.  [Laughs.] Back in season two, to start with, she could have named Tywin. She could have named Joffrey. And Cersei, for instance. Killing the Lannisters would have turned the story in a whole different direction! But me, I’m very peaceful. I don’t think murder is the right means of getting what you want. It always catches up with you, one way or the other.

Well, you look peaceful. Your new costume makes you look like Jesus.
And talk like Jesus sometimes! The only thing I haven’t done is walk on water, but who knows? My Roman sandals need to be featured at some point.


This article was originally published in Vulture.

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HBO Now cuts off Australian Game of Thrones geo-dodgers

HBO has been emailing Aussies to tell them they will be cut off from HBO Now, which many use to access Game of Thrones in high-definition. Image:

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Australians who use geo-blocking circumvention tools to sneak into the US-only HBO Now video streaming service, to watch popular TV shows such as Game of Thrones, are being told they will soon be cut off.

Multiple messages seen by Fairfax Media show that HBO has been emailing Australians and other people in areas outside of the US saying they will be cut off on April 21.

“It has come to our attention that you may have signed up for and viewed video content on the HBO NOW streaming service from outside of the authorised service area (the United States, including D.C. and certain US territories),” the email says.

“We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that the HBO NOW streaming service is only available to residents of the United States, for use within the United States. Any other access is prohibited by our Terms of Use.”

The email goes on to say that if HBO hasn’t heard back by Tuesday next week it will deactivate accounts without further notice.

Those who have received the email so far say they either used Getflix, or Unotellyto access HBO Now – services which allow people to bypass geographic restrictions by making it appear as though they are in the US (or elsewhere) even if they are in Australia. Most also used their Australian credit cards so sign up.

The email sent to Australian HBO Now users.

The email sent to Australian HBO Now users.

Users of the broadband forum Whirlpool have been discussing the issue, with one saying they will go back to illicitly downloading if they can’t pay HBO.

Fairfax asked Foxtel, which has the exclusive rights to air season 5 of Game of Thrones in Australia first, if it had asked HBO to take action against HBO Now users outside the US.

“HBO license content on a territory by territory basis,” a Foxtel spokesman said. “This action has been taken by them to preserve that model. It is not specific to Australia. They do however regularly communicate with Foxtel about their plans.”

Those in Australia who were using HBO Now were paying HBO $US14.99 per month plus the cost of using geo-blocking circumvention tools like Getflix or, which cost about $5 per month, bringing the total to about $20. It allowed them access to high-definition Game of Thrones.

Meanwhile, Foxtel Play is charging Australians $30 per month to access Game of Thrones, but is only offering it in standard-definition.

Those who want to watch Game of Thrones in high-definition need to sign up to Foxtel’s expensive cable subscription service — at least $660 (plus $200 equipment and installation) on a 12-month plan if they want HD HBO content.

News of HBO cutting off Aussies comes as leaked emails showed Sony Pictures had complained to Netflix over its unwillingness to stop Australians and others sneaking into the streaming giant’s US service.

It also comes as the Australian federal government considers a new anti-piracy regime that would allow rights holders to request a block on websites they believe are infringing their copyright. Some fear the laws could impact the currently legal use of virtual private networks (VPNs) and other geo-blocking circumvention services, which are a commonly-used tool to access content blocked in Australia.

But Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who is championing the bill, said it was not the intention of the bill that circumvention tools would be blocked.

Mr Turnbull has previously remarked that the Australian Copyright Act does not make it illegal to use such tools to access overseas content.

“While content providers often have in place international commercial arrangements to protect copyright in different countries or regions, which can result in ‘geo-blocking’, circumventing this is not illegal under the Copyright Act,” he states on his website.

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HBO sends official warnings to ‘Game of Thrones’ torrenters

By David Nield

HBO obviously isn’t happy that so many people illegally downloaded episodes one to four of the new season of Game of Thrones. The company has sent out thousands of warnings to Internet users involved in sharing the torrents — although there will be no legal repercussions this time around.

As TorrentFreak reports, the takedown notices have been issued through HBO’s anti-piracy partner IP-Echelon. They instruct ISPs to identify the IP addresses associated with the infringements and pass on a warning about repeated violations of their terms of service — ultimately users could be cut off, but that would be down to the Internet Service Provider.
These DCMA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) notices are nothing particularly new, but they might make some users think twice before pirating material again — that is, if the alerts ever reach them. It’s estimated that the leaked episodes, copied from a review screener, were downloaded millions of times before the season five premiere last Sunday.

It’s not just those who download torrents that HBO is targeting. The company has also been tracking Periscope users who attempt to livestream the show over Twitter. Again, repeat infringers run the risk of having their accounts blocked if they continue to ignore copyright laws.

Such has been the runaway international success of Game of Thrones, the problem of piracy has long been one that HBO has had to deal with: Some 8 million people tuned in to watch the first episode of the new season or caught up with it on the same day. One way in which HBO is hoping to combat illegal downloads is by making the show more accessible through authorized means — hence the launch of HBO Now, the firm’s standalone online streaming service.

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The Prophesy of Azor Ahai

There are so many things to like about A Song of Fire and Ice. I swear that there will be PhDs done on the books when they are finished. There are so many twists, turns, levels, and interesting prophesies. I love a good prophesy.

I also think it’s fantastic that there is an enticing blend of life as we know it today, mythology, and the supernatural.

Speaking of prophesy and mythology, who do you think is the great Azor Ahai that is alluded to throughout the books and tv series? Here is a breakdown of the most promising fan theories.


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Inside Series 5E1

I love hearing what was going through the minds of the creators of the Game of Thrones tv series. It adds depth to my GOT experience, as does reading the books. What can I say, it’s a passion/obsession, lol.

Don’t you think that the flashback of young Cersei explains a lot? And doesn’t the girl who plays young Cersei do a good job!


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Speaking of Dr Who…

The most astute fans may have noticed that some of the actors from Game of Thrones have also been in Dr Who.  Only the MOST astute, however, will have picked up that there are ELEVEN of them!  There may be more if CULTBOX have missed any.   Thank you to Martin William from CULTBOX for compiling this list.  The original article can be found here.

Here we take a look at some of the actors who’ve appeared in both Game of Thrones and Doctor Who

Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen and as Baines in ‘Human Nature’ and ‘The Family of Blood’


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Mark Gatiss as Tycho Nestoris and as Professor Richard Lazarus in ‘The Lazarus Experiment’


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David Bradley as Walder Frey and as Solomon in ‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship’


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Iain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont and as Father Octavian in ‘The Time of Angels’ and ‘Flesh and Stone’


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Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Jojen Reed and as Tim Latimer in ‘Human Nature’ and ‘The Family of Blood’


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Tobias Menzies as Edmure Tully and as Lieutenant Stepashin in ‘Cold War’


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Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell and as Mrs. Gillyflower in ‘The Crimson Horror’


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Ian Hanmore as Pyat Pree and as Father Angelo in ‘Tooth and Claw’


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Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth and as Captain Zhukov in ‘Cold War’


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Julian Glover as Grand Maester Pycelle and as Scaroth in ‘City of Death’


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Joe Dempsie as Gendry and as Cline in ‘The Doctor’s Daughter’


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Finn Jones as Loras Tyrell and as Santiago Jones in The Sarah Jane Adventures


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Burn Gorman as Karl Tanner and as Owen Harper in Torchwood


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Game of Thrones Star Features in Dr Who

Who likes Dr Who? I do!!

Imagine being a 17 year old actor and having roles in such popular shows as Game of Thrones and Dr Who.  It would be an incredible dream come true!  I would be beside myself with excitement!!

The BBC reports:

Having landed back in the UK fresh from touring the US, today Maisie Williams sets foot on the Doctor Who TARDIS to take up a guest role in the hit BBC One show that returns to our screens this Autumn.

Maisie has already found global fame and is renowned for her role as Arya Stark in the international fantasy drama series Game of Thrones. She also starred in the one-off docu-dramaCyberbully and was cast as one of the leads of Carol Morley’s drama The Falling. As well as beinga three-time Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee, in February of this year she was awarded with a Shooting Star Award at the Berlin Film Festival.

On her first day on set Maisie Williams said, “I’m so excited to be working on Doctor Who as it’s such a big and important part of British Culture. I can’t wait to meet the cast and crew and start filming, especially as we’ll be shooting not too far from my home town.”

Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, added, “We’re thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us on Doctor Who. It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.”

Bursting with drama, wit and heart, the show continues filming with two period adventures – ‘The Girl Who Died’ written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat, and ‘The Woman Who Lived’ by Catherine Tregenna. Starring Peter Capaldi (The Doctor) and Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), the duo continue to time travel through epic adventures Directed by Ed Bazalgette (BBC One’s 18th Century drama Poldark).

Comedian and actor Rufus Hound who recently appeared in the series Cucumber also joins the guest cast alongside BBC Three’s Siblings and CBBC’s Horrible Histories star Tom Stourton, Ariyon Bakare, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, and Struan Rodger.

Doctor Who has had a decade of success since its re-launch and is one of BBC One’s most highly regarded dramas. The much-loved brand is already a phenomenon delivering on a global scale, with the last series’ (series 8) consolidated average at 7.4 million.

The BBC Cymru Wales produced drama will return to BBC One this Autumn with further casting to be announced in due course.

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