6 years of waiting are over. The great families of Westeros are finally going to war. Let’s take a look!
One of the most fun parts of twitter is getting to see the pictures the actors take of what goes on behind the scenes. In addition to Nick Holmes’ photo of the great makeup job on Guardians of the Galaxy here’s some of what you may have missed this week…
Whenever someone asks me about a movie one of my two standing jokes is _”everyone dies at the end”_. The problem with saying that about Game of Thrones is that may yet turn out to be a legitimate spoiler, as the new poster for season 4 makes clear.
Here’s a first look at the upcoming fourth season of Game of Thrones. 15 minutes worth of look, in fact. You may want to go in blind and I wouldn’t blame you, however rest assured that even if this does spoil something minor for you you can rest assured: there’s going to be crazy shocking left turns in this season, just like _every_ season so far. George R. R. Martin’s books are replete with death, destruction, sex, betrayal, battles, politics, and weird language, so there’s plenty in them to surprise you.
Game of Thrones got a new trailer for their upcoming season tonight and you know what? It looks _awesome_.
This years Hugo Awards were presented last night at LoneStarCon 2013. Big winners include Game of Thrones and The Avengers in the Drama short form and Long form categories.
_The Avengers_ was up against _The Hunger Games_, _THe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey_, _Looper_, and _The Cabin in the Woods_. The former two of those are films that make the list because they are such big adaptations, however the latter two are both legitimately good films. It would have been nice to see _Looper_ take it home but it’s plot inconsistencies are a bit much for some people. From a purely structural standpoint The Avengers is clearly the best here, if not the most affecting and/or deep.
_Game of Thrones_ had a much easier time though, pitting the fantastic season 2 episode _Blackwater_ against an episode of _Fringe_ and three different episodes of _Doctor Who_. I haven’t seen the episode of Fringe, but the whole season of Doctor Who in question wasn’t as amazing as many would have you believe so this was pretty much _Game of Thrones_ category to lose.
There are Hugos for a great deal more categories, you can see them all after the jump, and despite having a relatively low profile in the main stream they are one of the most prestigious awards for science fiction and fantasy. I don’t expect to see them have the same pomp and circumstance as the Oscars any time soon, but hey, a boy can dream for “within my lifetime” right?
Hit the jump for the full list of nominees and winners.
If there’s one constant in Westeros it’s death. At ComicCon this past week HBO debuted an awesome new promo reel for the show memorializing all the characters who have died so far.
**Warning: this video is full of spoilers.** If you haven’t watched the series yet I highly suggest you give this one a pass as a lot of the character deaths are pretty major plots points.
[Adam Chitwood writing for Collider](http://collider.com/game-of-thrones-season-4-renewed/)
> As if you didn’t see this one coming: HBO has renewed the immensely popular fantasy series Game of Thrones for a fourth season. The pickup comes just a couple of days after the show’s season three premiere, which pulled in a record-breaking 4.4 million viewers. The renewal was essentially a foregone conclusion, as Game of Thrones has been a massively profitable series for HBO. Not only does the show pull in great ratings, but its DVDs and Blu-rays—an incredibly lucrative market for the pay cable network—are record sellers. Hit the jump for more.
I’m reasonably sure that exactly no one is surprised by this news. I can count on one hand the people I know who _don’t_ watch Game of Thrones (Simon is one of them for some reason). The show is amazingly produced and the writers are doing a great job distilling all the best parts of the incredibly dense books into the series. Also, they throw all the money at it to make it look amazing.
In case it’s not clear: yes, I’m excited.
Game of Thrones is going to be good. There’s little doubt in my mind of this fact because:
1. The source material is good
2. The source material filtered down through the people at HBO has been amazing so far
3. HBO is still throwing all the money at it
4. It remains perfectly cast
And now this trailer has happened:
First off, it’s bloody brilliant that they’ve used the _Tron: Legacy_ music. It’s a perfect fit for the suspense and tension the trailer is trying to build and it’s just cool to hear it again.
Second, looks like this season won’t be short on action. In fact, if it holds true to the books it’ll be full of action and that’s a good thing.
Third, Cirian Hinds as Mance Rayder? Amazing casting yet again.
Yeah, this is gonna be good. It is known.
Without Further Ado:
I’m quite excited by this. This season promises to get into territory I’ve not read yet (I haven’t read books 4 or 5) but also it’s finally time to maybe see some real dragon action!
It’s amazing how a good trailer can get me excited for something without actually showing me anything substantial. I suppose that’s the point, but still.