Leaked Episodes of Game Of Thrones Season 6 Torrents Will NOT Happen?! Despite Efforts to Curb Game of Thrones Leaks and Piracy, HBO Nordic the Guilty Party This Time: S06E05 Leaked a Day Early
by Sally Bartlett / 2016-05-22
Although HBO has put out a concerted effort this year, the 6th of the Game of Thrones television blockbuster, to prevent piracy and advance leaks, they have already had 2 failures in the first half of the season according to The Verge.
The premiere debut episode of Game of Thrones season 6 was leaked hours early due to an unconfirmed leak, which was of course a whole lot better than season 5 when the first 4 episodes sent as advance screeners to reviewers were leaked, pirated and available weeks before the official airings.
HBO announced no more advance screening copies for season 6 and 1000s of torrent sites and known pirates have received notices to cease and desist. Game of Thrones has held the not-so-coveted-title of the most pirated TV show in the world since 2012, and the finale of 2015’s Game of Thrones had over 14 million illegal torrent downloads (not to mention illegal online streaming).
HBO has also tried to stem piracy by offering simultaneous broadcasts in 170 countries and creating other viewing services like Now TV and HBO where viewers can watch Game of Thrones without full HBO cable subscriptions.
This week, ironically, Game of Thrones S06E05, the 5th episode called The Door was discovered online over a day early, apparently an accidental leak from HBO Nordic, the Scandinavian cable company for Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. It was discovered and taken down pretty quickly, but not before damage was done.
Torrent versions of the episode were quickly dispersed among those who covet them.
Game Of Thrones Season 6 Torrents and Online Streaming Sites Under Fire! HBO is Going After Game of Thrones Pirates Strongly; Requesting ISPs and Torrent Sites to Cooperate
by Sally Bartlett / 2016-05-10
Game of Thrones is the most pirated television show in history. Last year, the first 4 episodes of Game of Thrones season 5 were openly pirated and downloaded as torrent files well before the episodes aired due to a media press package leak. Measures were taken by HBO and their anti-piracy partner IP Echelon to see that a leak of that magnitude wouldn’t happen again this year by not distributing advance episodes of Game of Thrones season 6 to anyone at all.
However, now that Game of Thrones Season 6 has passed the 3rd episode mark, with one of the most anticipated and popular cliffhangers of the entire run of Game of Thrones (Jon Snow’s death) being followed, they want to be stronger about piracy this year.
According to torrentfreak, IP Echelon, on behalf of HBO, has sent out thousands of warnings to Internet Service Providers (ISPs), who are the first step on the chain of the pirating cycle. The letters are urging ISPs to cooperate by notifying their clients whose IP addresses had been identified and included, to the seriousness of their actions and that infringement of copyrights is against the law.
Piracy of Game of Thrones episodes is happening all over the world, and different laws regarding copyright infringements may apply. In the United States, the Copyright Act of 1976 helps protect the theft of many types of audio/visual commodities. Both motion pictures and television shows are included in this protection, as well as novels, songs, plays, photos, recorded music and architectural designs.
People who download copyrighted materials that they do not have the legal rights to, whether by theft, hacking or torrent sharing of downloads are called “infringers”. If caught doing so in the US, there can be monetary fines of anywhere from $750 to $30,000 “per work” levied on a case by case basis. The guilty party is defined as the individual who does it; not the ISP or other source where it was obtained. In 2012 an organization called Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was formed but has not been very successful as evidenced by the record number of downloads of Game of Thrones the last few years.
The question of whether sites like BitTorrent and even streaming sites are legal or illegal is ongoing. BitTorrent conducts a legal service of file-sharing however many people use it illegally. The word “theft” used in connection to illegal pirated downloads and torrent files is debated strongly; it is not considered a theft, in the strictest sense of the word, if the main product is still there and in the hands of the original owner. The law can be interpreted for Theft as applying only when something is missing and gone.
HBO is taking the first step to curbing Game of Thrones piracy and trying to convert infringers into legal viewing options. Some ISPs are cooperating, others may be ignoring the letters to contact their users.
The 3 main countries that utilize pirated torrent files are Australia (11.6%), United States (9.3%) and the United Kingdom (5.8%). In 2015, 22 million Australians who downloaded the Game of Thrones season 4 premiere episode was record-breaking. Foxtel, Australia’s main cable provider has 2.5 legal subscribers but maintain there are also over 500,000 illegal downloads happening of Game of Thrones on a regular basis. There is no law protecting this action in Australia like in the US, but prices of subscription TV offerings are up to 400% higher. The 2 main reasons that Australians resort to torrent files are because legal means are too expensive and they don’t want to wait a week or more to view the show.
This year, Foxtel will only show repeat episodes of Game of Thrones season 6 until the entire season is done.
Game of Thrones Simulcasts to Over 170 Countries and the US East Coast: US West Coast Ripe for Torrents, Spoilers With 3 Hour Tape Delay!
by Sally Bartlett / 2016-04-25
HBO’s blockbuster cable hit The Game of Thrones may film their fantastically detailed sets in Spain, Ireland, Croatia, Iceland, Malta, Morocco, and Scotland, but their home base is the United States.
The concept originated in the United States. It’s home country for production, writing and directing is American. The cable station Home Box Office (HBO) is an American premium cable station and satellite network.
HBO has been in operation since 1972 and is the longest running, and one of the most successful pay television services in the United States. If a television series like The Game of Thrones, now in Season 6, could be said to have ancestry and family history, it would indeed be American.
Why, then does HBO cater to simulcasting the Game of Thrones Sunday Night episodes with countries all over the world including UK, Africa, Australia, Belgium, France, Iceland, Israel, Germany, Italy and New Zealand but is seriously failing parts of its own native country?
HBO and its affiliates, HBO Asia, HBO Canada, HBO Europe, HBO Latin America and licensed partners in Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Russia and Spain ALL see the GoT Season 6 programming at the same time…coordinated with the US east coast time. Let me clarify what that means: there are 3 hours between the east coast of the US and the west coast.
What states are in eastern Time zone:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
- Washington DC
These 17 states plus the US capital (where POTUS is assured of seeing Game of Thrones on prime time) are definitely favored in the United States by HBO. There are 50 states in total, which means 32 states have to wait for viewing from 1 to 3 hours and be susceptible to internet spoilers, twitter conversations and temptations to download torrent files. This does not seem like fair and just treatment.
The only legitimate solution for us fans (yes, you have probably surmised that I live on the west coast) is to utilize HBO Now on a mobile device that would only be behind the premiere airing time by about 30 minutes, IF we really don’t want to wait for the delay. HBO Now does not include however, the recaps from previous episodes nor show the preview for the following week. Not a very good token of friendship, HBO; we think the series should be broadcast in our own time zones at the same time as everyone else!
Right now, what I do, is refrain from reading internet news and stay away from Facebook and Twitter and wait out my 3 hours doing something else. When I finally hear those wonderful words: “And NOW, a feature presentation from HBO”, I just pretend I am seeing it with the rest of the world.
It makes a little more sense now to understand that Game of Thrones is the most pirated and torrent downloaded television series in the world. Records have been broken for the number of people sharing torrents with countries where it is not televised, to those who can’t afford or don’t want to pay for subscriptions and quite possibly, with friends who live in the United States on the west coast.
A New Season 6 of Game of Thrones Ignites BitTorrent Users in Spite of Free HBO in US
by Sally Bartlett / 2016-04-25
The 6th season of Game of Thrones premiere episode has also officially launched the BitTorrent file-sharing season as well. Over 1 million torrent files were downloaded a short time after GoT s06e01 finished airing, despite the fact that HBO had offered services free for the week-end in the United States to discourage just such action.
According to torrentfreak the million downloads took only 12 hours and about 200,000 people actively sharing in the same period of time.
Game of Thrones is the most pirated television series ever, and this year there no leaks before the series officially started through legitimate means. The record for torrent downloads happened last season for Game of Thrones season 5 finale with 1.5 million in only 8 hours. The pirating frenzy is likened to the sales of old before internet purchasing, of popular sales of electronics and toys with hordes of people camping out overnight and storming the stores when they opened.
The pirates are even upgrading their work now to a 50-50 split of standard and high definition. A few years ago the split was 90% standard (480p) and only 10% high def (720p and 1080p).
Torrent files are popular all over the world but the countries most active are Australia, India, US and UK.
2016-04-24: Did First Episode of Game of Thrones Season 6 Leak Online Despite Ban of Previews?
by Sally Bartlett / 2016-04-24
According to the Mirror (which has not always proven to be a reputable source in the past) Game of Thrones s06e01, entitled The Red Lady was leaked by a Canadian streaming website with French subtitles in high definition before the airing date. In all probability the odds are 99.99% in favor of this being a hoax.
Screengrabs were supposedly appearing on Imgur and Reddit and spoilers of Game of Thrones s06e01 were said to have been aired before the official broadcast. If this is true, it has since been taken down and can not be verified.
2016-04-23: What We Know About Game of Thrones Season 6 (and Jon Snow!) and What We Think Could Happen
by Sally Bartlett / 2016-04-23
What most Game of Thrones fans are doing as we wait for the premiere of season 6 tomorrow, Sunday, April 24 is holding their collective breaths and crossing their collective fingers that Jon Snow is alive. If the Walking Dead could do it (bringing back fan favorite Glenn Rhee from death)… then so can The Game of Thrones!
Melisandre, the Red Lady, has to be connected to Jon Snow’s resurrection in my humble opinion, with Game of Thrones S06E01 even having that title. Other rumors are that Ser Davos Seaworth will play an important part of season 6 – what connection will he have to Jon Snow?
My guess is Jon will still be alive in some capacity and part of Game of Thrones for the remaining 3 seasons. Agreeing with my assessment and throwing some new light on storylines surrounding him were found in this article by Forbes about what to expect in Game of Thrones Season 6.
Jon Snow’s Back Story
Let’s assume Jon Snow is still involved in the battle for the Iron Throne of Westeros. Possibly, his almost death and departure from the men in black at the wall (if that is what happens!) could mean the true identity of his heritage could be revealed with an interesting relationship to Daenerys Targaryen. The formula R + L = J has been bandied about in the past.
R stands for the mad king Rhaegar Targaryen, older brother of Dany and the king murdered by Jaime Lannister, who received the moniker “Kingslayer” for his deed. L stands for Lyanna Stark, sister of Eddard Stark, who was the master of Winterfell in season 1 before his beheading. J, of course stand for Jon Snow, who has been classed as Eddard Stark’s bastard son and raised by him and Catelyn Stark.
The formula R + L = J is the theory that Jon is actually the son of the mad king and Lyanna Stark. This would make him: 1) Eddard Stark’s nephew and not son; 2) Daenerys’s nephew and most importantly, 3) a Targaryen.
Next conspiracy theory is that Tyrion Lannister may not be the son of the man he was raised by, despised and killed – Tywin Lannister. Instead, the theory is that he too, may have been sired by Rhaegar Targaryen. He is already in Daenerys’ land and helping her with the journey to the throne, so it makes sense that he could also be her nephew. Stranger, is that Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister may be half-brothers!
This changes alliances and makes Dany’s position much stronger and could be primarily why Forbes has ranked her position in Game of Thrones season 6 as the most powerful at this time.
Daenerys, the Dothraki and the Dragons
Daenerys, who may be the future and eventual Queen of Westeros, if my theory proves true, is at the moment a captive of the Dothraki. Two men, both in love with her, Jorah Mormont and Daario Naharis are trying to find her. She dropped a ring in Game of Thrones season 5 finale, which they will no doubt find and stay close. Jorah is suffering from Greyscale, unknown to anyone, so at this point has nothing to lose in his fight to save her.
Drogon, the largest dragon is still hovering around near Dany, but probably still healing from wounds suffered in the uprising that sent Daenerys fleeing on his back. He is said to be black with red markings. Rhaegal (named for Rhaegar) is a green with bronze markings dragon and is named for the mad king. The 3rd dragon is Viserys, named for her brother and gold and creamy white.
Since the producers and show runners have announced that the dragons have now doubled in size from last season, their identities should be easier to determine. From the premiere video of Game of Thrones Season 6, we sense that Tyrion is going to approach the 2 still in captivity and release them to help rescue their “mother”. If Tyrion is truly a Targaryen and not a Lannister, this could prove interesting on how they respond to him.
Tick Tock! Game of Thrones Season 6 Just Hours Away: The Cliffhanger from Season 5 About Jon Snow is Getting Closer to Being Revealed!
by Sally Bartlett / 2016-04-23
It reminds me of the 8 months that Americans spent pondering, talking about and were conspiracy-obsessed in 1984 with the TV Show Dallas. For those too young to remember, the show, basically a prime time evening soap opera, centered on the family of oilman J. R. Ewing of Dallas, Texas played by actor Larry Hagman.
The long running show, from 1978 to 1991, captivated United States audiences for 13 seasons and 357 episodes with many big name actors like Barbara Bel Geddes, who played his mother “Miss Ellie” and the matriarch, Linda Gray, famous for being his ex-wife Sue-Ellen Ewing; Mary Crosby (Kristin, the sister-in-law of J. R. and his mistress who turned out to be the guilty party) and his sons John Ross Ewing III played by Josh Henderson and Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe).
Other famous cliffhangers before Game of Thrones included season 4 of Friends in the 1990s when audiences were technically left at the altar, and Law and Order SVU it’s 13th season when Captain Don Cragen was seen in the finale waking up in bed with a dead hooker and blood on his hands.
This of course was before cable subscription TV and subsequent development of popular TV series like The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones.
I am an HBO subscriber. I have Game of Thrones set up for recording in my DVR files, but even there, between my cable provider Contour by Cox and the advance summaries from HBO, very little is revealed even by snoopers like myself who go to the list of shows in my scheduled recordings list to see if I can detect any spoilers.
The first two episodes for Game of Thrones season 6 are in my list:
- S06E01 is entitled The Red Lady
- S06E02 is called Homeward Bound
The Red Lady is episode 51 overall of the 5 seasons of Game of Thrones plus the first one of season 6. The summary reads: The fate of Jon Snow is revealed; Daenerys meets a strong man; Cersei sees her daughter again. That’s it – not giving away much. Interestingly enough is the cast that is listed includes: Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) and Aiden Gillen (Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish). Not mentioning Kit Harington as Jon Snow is hopefully just part of protecting their cliffhanger.
Homeward Bound, the 52nd episode episode scheduled to air May 1, gives away nothing for a summary and only includes the same cast members at this point. Very disappointing!
Today, in 2016, the biggest cliffhanger on TV is Is Jon Snow Alive? and the clock is ticking down until we know.
As Game of Thrones Season 6 Begins This Week, Let’s Examine the Awesome Sets and Locations
by Sally Bartlett / 2016-04-22
Game of Thrones season 6 begins this week, Sunday at 9pm ET in the United States and at 2am and 9pm on Monday, in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world. Then, just minutes after the Game of Thrones S06E01 episode ends, torrent files will be in process for those who prefer that method rather than paying to subscribe to HBO.
Game of Thrones has the notable distinction of being the most pirated, torrented and downloaded television series in the world. Sunday, Game of Thrones season 6 episode 1 entitled The Red Lady starts. Let the fun, intrigue, magic, murder and mayhem begin!
Since the fictional lands of Westeros and Essos are supposedly set around the 15th century, with castles, glens, forests, towers, bridges, ancient redwoods, forests and stone arches, where does the series film? Well, in actuality, according to wikipedia there have been about 9 countries used for location shooting, plus interior studio sets. The countries that have been used include:
- Northern Ireland
- United States
Most of the interiors are shot in the Titanic Studios of Europe near Belfast, Ireland. This is where you can find the “throne room”, the “Great Sept of Baelor” and “The Red Keep” among other recognizable inside sets.
Castle Black is filmed in an abandoned quarry north of Belfast. Many of the forests, mountains and moorlands seen in Game of Thrones are in Northern Ireland. Actually the Haunted Forest of the white walkers of the far north realm of Westeros is filmed in Ireland as well. Other Irish shooting locations include GoT’s Eyrie, the summer sea, Dorne, the King’s road, Dothraki grasslands, gothic stone arches, Castle Black, the walls of Kings Landing, the Hardhome location, 18th century estates and the Shane’s Castle tourney location.
Who can forget Game of Thrones season 1 episode 1 when the Stark family found the dire wolf pups? That entire first episode was filmed in Northern Ireland. Cersei’s Walk of Punishment and the actual burning of the Craster’s Keep sets were in No. Ireland as well. Much of Game of Thrones, season 6 was filmed in Ireland this season.
A lot of filming for Game of Thrones season 6 was also filmed in Spain during the months of August through October of 2015. Winterfell is filmed in Spain as well as Braavosi bridge, the Dothraki sea, the Tower of Joy, Sunspear and the Long Bridge of Volantis. Historic Islamic palaces in Spain have been used to replicate Dorne.
2 filming units are usually on site at the same time in different countries. Nicknamed Wolf Unit and Dragon Unit, and sometimes a 3rd unit is used called Raven Unit.
In other seasons of Game of Thrones, Croatia was used for the outside King’s Landing scenes as well as Quarth, Slaver’s Bay, and Meereen. The cold country of Iceland is where the Riverlands, Vale of Arryn and the Night’s Watch scenes have been filmed, with actual glaciers as part of the set. Morocco has been the site for the City Astapor. The city of Pentos, and parts of King’s Landing have been filmed in Malta.
The use of the United States and Canada for Game of Thrones sets were used entirely because of wild animal transporting laws. For the fighting pit scene between a bear and Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister who had just lost a hand, 3 bears were auditioned; one from Utah, USA, one in Canada and one in Europe. The Utah bear, Bart the Bear, won the part and it was more cost efficient for film crews, actors and directors to fly to the bear than try to bring him to Europe.
A set was built representing the pit at a Los Angeles movie studio parking lot for the filming of the Pit of Harrenhal. Both Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) and Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) were flown to the US.
Calgary, Canada was also used for the same animal rights reasons to film a full-sized wolf named Quigley who was playing the part of Ghost.
Game of Thrones Season 6 and the Ongoing Fight Against Torrents
by Krzysztof Gil / 2016-04-21
Having read about Game of Thrones Season 6 torrents and Foxtel Australia fighting piracy and illegal downloads with decreased prices for their subscription, doesn’t sound too real to me. When a big cable TV company comes up with marketing tricks, it usually means they are doing nothing more than promoting themselves during peak times when some big series is coming up; in this case, Game of Thrones season 6.
Somehow all this notice about being anti-piracy against Game of Thrones season 6 and illegal downloads (torrents) tells me nothing but that another cable TV network is trying to gather in as many customers as possible with promo subscriptions, hoping to convert those customers into long term subscribers after the featured period has ended.
Nothing can really stop illegal downloads; Game of Thrones season 6 torrents will be available online shortly after premiere, and another year will also show crazy numbers of downloads for sure. It doesn’t matter if it’s Australia, the USA, UK or any other country: piracy is a global problem. After all, Game of Thrones is the top 1 series with illegal torrent downloads ever!
Flashing advertising already started online weeks ago for cable providers like Foxtel, Sky, NowTV and others, and can be found online everywhere any time the words “game of thrones” appear. Traditional advertising (posters) are available in the biggest cities worldwide. London, UK, is over-spammed with posters, as you can’t even walk 5 minutes through central London without noticing Game of Thrones season 6 advertising, all tube stations included. Waiting for a tube? Here you go, you can see how you can watch previous seasons, and how you can watch the new season 6.
Game of thrones has become the number 1 series, and it’s difficult to not notice this.
Game of Thrones Season 6 Torrents? Game On: Foxtel Australia Vs Piracy And Illegal Downloads
by Sally Bartlett / 2016-04-20
For Game of Thrones fans in Australia, according to Business Insider, Foxtel productions is offering a discount this year to discourage piracy and illegal downloading (torrents) of Game of Thrones Season 6.
Foxtel’s basic charge is $25.00 a month which does not include HBO. The premium channel subscription is usually another $25.00, but for the 3 month period of Game of Thrones season 6, they are offering a service of only $5.00 a month, for a total monthly charge of $30.00. That breaks down to $9.00 an episode for the 10 episode season and also gives the viewer access to all the other Foxtel on demand offerings.
For those who may think that is expensive, the average price of a movie ticket in the US is only $8.61, but in Australia, the average price of a cinema trip has risen to an average of $13.68 in 2014. Foxtel’s discount seems a good deal, and one can even stay home and not fight traffic.
Game of Thrones Season 6 Premiere The Red Lady Brings Answers and Action Without Advance Torrents
by Sally Bartlett / 2016-04-17
“When the commander in chief says, ‘I want to see advanced episodes,’ what are you going to do?”
When it was announced that HBO powers-to-be were not releasing any advance screenings to the media this year for the Game of Thrones season 6 due to their behavior of last season when 4 episodes were leaked prematurely, no one was thinking about POTUS. But lo and behold! The leader of the free world and president of the United States, Barrack Obama, asked for the advance copies himself. As Daniel Brett Weiss and David Benioff stated above, “what could they do?” They gave the man what he wanted.
Ironically, it was posted in the news that a clever journalist has petitioned POTUS for him to post the copies under “freedom of press” laws. Good luck with that!
Now they don’t have the press to worry about with Game of Thrones Season 6 torrents and leaks that will end up as illegal downloads, but the US government itself. And, of course, we know that no leaks ever come from there. Not. It is a good thing the premiere of Game of Thrones season 6, entitled “The Red Woman” is set for Sunday, April 24. The HBO show may be seen at 9pm ET in the US and will be shown in the UK by Sky Atlantic at approximately 2am and 9pm on Monday, April 25.
Besides HBO cable subscription service, Game of Thrones Season 6 is shown on HBO Go and HBO Now (ios, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast). Immediately following the first broadcast in the US, torrent files for GoT S06E01, Game of Thrones season 6 episode 1 will be available probably quicker than a speeding dragon.
“I think we’re down to our final 13 episodes after this season. We’re heading into the final lap.”
It has also been published in Variety that Game of Thrones season 6 may be the last full ten episode season. According to Benioff and Weiss, Game of Thrones season 7 may only be seven episodes long and the final and last Game of Thrones season 8 six episodes.
HBO programming president Michael Lombardo has stated that more time would be given each episode on a shortened schedule, which could be a very good thing. Perhaps less time to fret about cliffhangers! “This season there is not a weak episode.”
Game of Thrones producers also are promising that Game of Thrones season 6 will have NO weak episodes. From the advance Game of Thrones s06e01 trailers that have been released, fans have been teased with much of the subject matter for GoT S06E01 and beyond. According to the Den of Geek, there have been at least 5 locations in Spain active with filming Game of Thrones season 6 as well as the Northern Ireland locations. These locations represent the Vals Dothraki Desert, Dorne, Meereen, the Tower of Joy, Kings Landing and the entire realm of Westeros.
It has been promised from advance publicity and trailers that Bran Stark and the 3-eyed raven will be in Game of Thrones season 6 plus action involving Melisandre, Ser Davos Seaworth, Jamie and Cersei Lannister, King Tommen, Gregor Clegane, Maester Qyburn, Ser Lancel Lannister and the Sparrows, the Bolton clan, Arya Stark, Sansa Stark Bolton and Theon, Aeron, Euron and Yara Greyjoy, Tyrion, Daenerys, Ser Jorah Mormont, Daario Naharis and the dragons. Images in the advance trailer videos also let us know that Littlefinger, Brienne, Tormund and Margaery are still around also.
Quotable quotes from some of the major players are:
- “Stand and fight, blind girl.” (unidentified sparring partner to Arya Stark)
- “I choose violence!” (Cersei Lannister’s answer to cousin / ex-lover Lancel Lannister)
- “The dead are coming.” (Ser Davos Seaworth)
- “Dragons do not do well at captivity.” (Tyrion Lannister)
And a final word from the sponsor…
“At a certain point, we realized we were going to outpace the books and we kind of chose to see it as a great thing on both sides – there’s this amazing world George has created and now there are two different versions, and there’s no reason we can see why you can’t be thrilled and surprised and dismayed by both of these different versions of this world.”
Leaked Episodes of Game Of Thrones Season 6 Torrents Will NOT Happen! HBO Decision: No Press Screeners for Game of Thrones Season 6!
by Sally Bartlett / 2016-03-03
- HBO Decision: NO Advance Press Copies for Game of Thrones Season 6!
- Media Leak of Season 5 Resulted in Almost 50% Torrent Downloads
The Media only has themselves to blame for the decision of HBO this year to not distribute press screeners (advance copies) for Game of Thrones Season 6 before the season opener on April 24. Last year almost 50% of season 5 episodes (4 of 10) were leaked prematurely, available as torrent downloads.
Game of Thrones Season 5 Torrent download numbers went wild and Game of Thrones, already the most pirated TV series on the internet beat out the closest competitor, The Walking Dead, by 3 times as many! Michael Lombardo, HBO programming president has stated this will not happen again. Episode plots are being held under lock and key, so to speak.
However, Game of Thrones Season 6 has enough mystery, spoilers and assumptions leaking out to keep most GoT fans happy as the big premiere nears. For one thing, this is the first season of GoT that is ahead of the books.
Although the script of HBO’s television bonanza Game of Thrones did not follow the 5 tomes written by author George R. R. Martin exactly, readers of the series of books entitled “A Song of Ice and Fire” had a distinct advantage (and probably a feeling of superiority) of the material. No longer!
Even though there is unfinished business from prior seasons to keep the writers busy, Martin is frantically trying to finish the 6th book of the Game of Thrones series, called “The Winds of Winter” on which this current season will be based. He missed his deadline and now HBO producers, writers, directors, readers and watchers alike all are in the same uncharted territory of material together.
News on the internet has revealed the latest scouting reports, findings and spoilers about Game of Thrones Season 6. Do not read further, if spoilers are not your thing. Nothing is written in stone however, but vigilant watching of rehearsals in Northern Ireland and attendance at cast parties and conversations with cast members has revealed quit a bit.
The absolute most talked about cliffhanger probably of all time has been “was Jon Snow murdered or not?”. Many conspiracies were offered as to how he could still be alive, but after he was spotted rehearsing on the battle field, the consensus now is that he will be back, either in spirit or human form. The latest scuttlebutt is that Jon Snow is no longer with the men in black and part of the Night’s Watch at the Wall, but a free man fighting for the North in House of Stark garb. How this could be is anyone’s guess, but most feel the magic of Melisande had a lot to do with it.
Other information gleaned from various sources include a possible alliance between Jon Snow and Ser Davos Seaworth, some more flaying and burning by evil Ramsay Boltan (this time on crosses) and the sighting of the Wilding giant Wun-Wun at the filming sites.
All of these spoilers will come to pass as truth or fakes in time; however the biggest news and will probably result in a lot of Media types whining, is that this year there will be no Game of Thrones Season 6 torrenting (if that is even a proper word) before the premiere.
Watch Game of Thrones season 6 premiere on HBO on April 24, 2016 at 9:00 pm ET in the US.
2016-02-07: Game of Thrones Season 6 is Coming and so are The Ironborn of the Western Sea the House Greyjoy
by Sally Bartlett / 2016-02-07
In season one (S01) we met Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) who grew up at Winterfell with the children of Catelyn and Eddard Stark, Rickon, Bran, Arya, Sansa, Robb and Jon Snow. Seems so long ago, but so much has happened to poor Theon. Always the meeker one compared to his queen of the seas sister Yara (Gemma Whelan), he tried to assert himself in seasons two (S02) and three (S03) just to fail badly and fall captive to the evil Ramsay Snow, bastard of Roose Bolton who finally made him legitimate and gave him the name of Bolton.
Ramsay tortured Theon over and over, both physically and mentally, castrating him and brainwashing him to the point he was reduced to a servant taking orders. Ramsay even gave him the nickname “Reek”, a reference to his bad smell. Last season five (S05) HBO GoT viewing audience was witness to Reek’s rare feat of rebellion as he saves his old former foster sister Sansa Stark Bolton, now married to his torturer from harm or death, and last seen the pair of them were jumping off a wall of Winterfell into what we hope was a soft landing to escape. Game of Thrones Season 6 will surely tell us the rest of the tale.
It is rumored that Yara Greyjoy will be back in season six also, after unsuccessfully trying to rescue her brother in season four, as well as appearances of some of the other Ironborn. Balon Greyjoy falls to his death from a bridge in the George R. R. Martin books, and since some of the filming for season six has included the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge in Northern Ireland, the Winter is Coming website gives hints that possibly he will be part of the action.
A new face to season six will be Pilou Asbaek who is cast as Euron Greyjoy. In the books, which may or may not be followed in the TV version, Euron is responsible for sending a fleet to Meereen to bring Queen Daenerys and her dragons to Westeros. Now fans know that Daenerys is not in Meereen at the moment, as Drogon has flown her off into Dothraki territory again. There is another storyline that looks promising.
The ironborn, or House of Greyjoy clan are very unpredictable and unusual to say the least. They worship a drowned god and consider plundering, raiding and piracy their birthright.
HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 6 Rumored to be East Meets West Season; Jon Snow Question Answered; Premiere April 24
by Sally Bartlett / 2016-02-03
Kit Harington who plays Jon Snow, Commander of the Night’s Watch and illegitimate son of Eddard Stark, was quoted as saying: “People didn’t want me to die, but he’s dead. So there you go, everyone has to get used to it”.
Why, then do I have such a hard time believing that? I am a prolific reader and many times have wept over favorite characters in my books dying, and Game of Thrones is not the only drama to kill off favorite characters, yet I am hoping for a miracle. The Walking Dead brought Glenn Rhee back to its viewers, so why can’t GoT do the same? Rhee said he had to hide out for awhile from the public while his death was in limbo, and Harington hasn’t been seen much either since filming a GoT battle scene in October. Could he be doing the same thing?
According to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau who plays Jaime Lannister, the first scene of season 6 set to premiere on April 24 will tell us. He said: “The opening of the show, of Season six, will reveal that Jon Snow is dead. But that’s not a big surprise, really”.
That doesn’t sound good. Will Jon Snow, stabbed by his mutinous men who disagreed with his pro-Wilding politics, and who many have said was changing eye colors as the screen faded to black on last year’s finale come back as a white walker? A ghost? A dire wolf? Oh, the questions we GoT fans have that need answering!
Show runners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have said that many characters’ paths will cross this year. In fact the rumor that East meets West has been bandied about. That could mean the meeting of characters who are important to the future of Westeros may be meeting for the first time. Emilia Clarke (Daenerys, mother of dragons) was heard to report that rehearsing season 6 itself almost killed them.
According to reminders from the Winter is Coming website, the Stark family has been spread far and wide over the past seasons. Game of Thrones Season 6 may be the season that the Stark children really come into their own. The boys, Rickon and Bran have not been seen since season 4, and actually were thought to have been killed by Theon Greyjoy and their blackened bodies shown prominently in front of Winterfell who has fallen to House Bolton. Sansa had just gotten news from Theon (now called Reek) that he indeed had NOT killed her brothers, but two innocent farm boys instead at the conclusion of last season.
Sansa Stark Bolton, played by Sophie Turner, is said to be having her biggest year in Game of Thrones season 6.
Recap on the Stark family (includes spoilers!)
Eddard Stark’s beheading in season 1 will go down as probably the most shocking and unexpected death of all. Most people, like myself, who were just getting into the Game of Thrones mania, had pegged Eddard (Ned) as one of the main characters. Head of the family of Starks, Hand of the King, a good and fair man, how could one not believe that? Yet, it happened. The evil King Joffrey had him beheaded in front of his own daughter who at the time was betrothed to Joffrey. A shocker for sure.
So, with Eddard gone, Sansa in perilous situations and Robb Stark as head of the Stark family battling for the North, it was clear that life would continue. Maybe not as shocking as Eddard’s death, but the brutal slayings of Lady Catelyn and Robb at the Red Wedding were gruesome and not expected either except to the most die-hard book fans. We know where Jon Snow is, the illegitimate son of Eddard whom he raised, but where are the remaining 4 children?
Bran and Rickon Stark
Last seen in season 4, they were headed north. They split up finally, with Rickon and his guardian Osha going one way, and Bran, his carrier Hodor as Bran does not have use of his legs, and the Reed siblings venturing even farther north seeking the cave of the 3-eyed raven who will teach Bran how to use his latent magical powers. This is a story line that I am especially waiting for.
Arya has seen a lot of action, mostly disguised as a young boy. She has kept her sword needle close to her side until she reaches Bravos and the House of the Faceless men. In teaching her to be “no one”, she is instructed to get rid of all her earthly belongings. Most she throws into the sea, but she hides needle which shows her first insubordination. Another happens when she is learning covert ops from the men with no faces and her mentor Jaqen H’ghar; she has an opportunity to kill one her hated people on a death list. She decides on her own to kill Ser Meryn Trant the man who killed her teacher and master Syrio Forel way back at Winterfell in season 1. The Faceless men are not happy and reward Arya with blindness.
Sansa Stark Bolton
Now we come to Sansa’s biggest year. She certainly deserves some happiness and good moments. She avoided marriage to her father’s murderer, by marrying Tyrion Lannister, the dwarf son instead. Tyrion never consummated the marriage and has run off after killing his own father. Littlefinger took Sansa under his wing and got her out of King’s Landing. But, he has married her off to Ramsay Bolton which was worse than what her life with Joffrey would have been like. At least Joffrey (who is now dead too by the way) had his mother to keep him somewhat in line; Ramsay is truly evil to the core.
After being raped on her wedding night with Reek being made to watch, Sansa has been thinking of nothing other than escaping her dire straits. As season 5 ended, she had learned from Reek that her brothers were still alive and she also had received a message to light a candle in the window of an old tower if she needed help.
This message is from Brienne, who has been patiently waiting for her because she pledged an oath to Lady Catelyn, but it appears they are going to miss connection. Brienne has left her watch and has just killed Stannis Baratheon, another pledge for his murder of his brother Renly, and Sansa lit the candle but is escaping with Reek by jumping off Winterfell’s wall as season 5 ended.
George R R Martin Apologizes to Fans: Winds of Winter Book Will Not be Finished Before Game of Thrones 6th Season Begins
by Sally Bartlett / 2016-01-03
Most of George R. R. Martin’s multitude of fans are forgiving to him for admitting and apologizing for not finishing the 6th book of the Game of Thrones series, entitled Winds of Winter before the 6th season of Game of Thrones begins this April. First he missed a Halloween deadline and now the end of the year. He admits he has months to go yet, and since the 6th season of Game of Thrones on HBO is scheduled to begin in April, the book will undoubtedly not be on the market before then.
Since Martin collaborates with the show’s writers, what this means of course is that spoilers will happen in a different order than usual; readers of Martin’s books who usually have the upper-hand over non-readers, will be just as much in the dark now as the general viewing audience. Many of them do not like that, but understand that Martin has been under a lot of stress with his deadlines. As any author understands, the creative process can not be rushed!
There will be a total of 7 Game of Thrones books and 7 HBO seasons. The TV versions do not follow the books exactly, with many surprises to readers when certain characters are either eliminated, ignored or sometimes killed. Occasionally whole new characters are introduced into the GoT TV version too, but now all audiences alike will be seeing Game of Thrones season 6 with the same background knowledge.
Game of Thrones is not only one of the most watched TV series in the world, but was the most pirated TV show again in 2015.
Putting the order of books and TV shows aside, many Game of Thrones fans are still waiting with bated breath on the new season to find out the true and much-discussed plight of favorite character Jon Snow. If one watched the latest marathon of reruns put on by HBO over the Holiday, that last scene of Snow being stabbed slowly and one-at-a-time by his mutinous men of the Black Watch was very, very hard to watch. If he is still alive after multiple stabbings, it will have to be due to some red magic by Melisande.
Reports of Kit Harington being seen at rehearsal venues in Ireland have fueled fans hopes all summer.
Haven’t Seen Game of Thrones, Missing Some Episodes, Catch HBO’s Do-Overs
by Sally Bartlett / 2015-12-28
This is exactly how I got hooked a couple seasons ago. After hearing about all the marvelous reviews of the award winning show on HBO, I recorded and watched in a binge-watching session, the first 3 seasons all in order. The rest is now history. I now have been an avid watcher and blog reviewer for the past 2 seasons.
So, once again, HBO is running the past years and episodes in order. Last night they finished season 2, but check the schedule to see if they are running encores of reruns. Starting with season 3 tonight may be all someone needs, however, season 1 is really mandatory to get the full experience and feel for the series; ended with shocking scenes no one should miss.
The entire Game of Thrones life will entail 7 books and 7 seasons and the TV version has just caught up with the books. The best guess when Game of Thrones season 6 will start is April 24, 2016, so newbies still have time to catch up on past seasons, either by the HBO reruns or downloading via some viewing applications or buying the boxed sets for sale.
Major Game of Thrones Questions, Will Game of Thrones HBO Season 6 Air Before The Book is Published and Will Jon Snow be Alive
by Sally Bartlett / 2015-12-16
For those who read George Raymond Richard Martin’s (usually listed as George R. R. Martin or simply GRRM) series of books that spawned the hit HBO series Game of Thrones (GoT), they have enjoyed a slight “edge” to non-readers. Here is the list of books and publication years so far for the first 5 seasons:
- A Game of Thrones, 1996
- A Clash of Kings, 1998
- A Storm of Swords, 2000
- A Feast for Crows, 2005
- A Dance with Dragons, 2011
Since HBO season one (s01) started in 2011 and season five (s05) just ended in 2015, one can clearly see that the books preceded the television series, but went from a 9 year difference for s01 to only a 4 year difference for s05. AND, there has been no 6th or 7th book published yet, and that is what the promise has been; 7 seasons and 7 books. Will this be the first year that an HBO premiere will actually air before the book is published?
Game of Thrones Season 6 has wrapped!
According to Youth Health Magazine, there is an “accelerated” publishing schedule in the works for the 6th book, Winds of Winter and it may be released as soon as February, 2016 which would precede the premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones season 6. Rumor has it that GRRM has even asked HBO to delay the start. The race is definitely on.
Meanwhile, the cast and crew of Game of Thrones s06 has wrapped up filming and has enjoyed their wrap party already. In Belfast, Northern Ireland, at the Ulster Museum on December 12, the cast was seen celebrating and those who are seeking evidence that Jon Snow may still be alive and kicking were thrilled to see the text posted above.
Whether Kit Harington’s activity in Game of Thrones season 6 is as a live and vital character who may or may not have been brought back either from the brink of or actual death, remains to be seen. Possibly his participation is only through flashbacks, dreams and memories at this point. Alive and well, however, and enjoying the party were Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Sophie Tucker (Sansa Stark Bolton), Carice Van Houten (Melisandre), director Miguel Sapochnik, and Show runners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss.
Although the seasons of Game of Thrones did not correlate exactly to the books and some characters were added, deleted and changed dramatically, this 6th season is supposed to be based on the new book, The Winds of Winter and some leftover material from book 4, A Feast for Crows and book 5, A Dance with Dragons.
Where Game of Thrones left off in Season 5
King’s Landing: Queen Cersei Lannister has been publicly shamed and is awaiting trial for incest and regicide. The new Hand of the King, Ser Kevan Lannister is heavily into damage control and reputation repair.
In the Northern Areas: Sansa Stark Bolton and Theon Greyjoy are escaping their bleak existences as the Bolton’s are enjoying their victory over Stannis Barantheon’s army. Brienne of Tarth may be torn between two loyalties; the one she swore to King Renly Barantheon on his death, or her promise to Catelyn Stark to protect Sansa.
Riverlands: Riverrun Castle, where the Tully’s are under the command of Brynden “Blackfish” Tully, is surrounded by the House of Frey armies. They have the supplies to wait them out for years.
Dorne: Ellaria Sand’s murder of Princess Myrcella may now force Doran Martell into a war he tried to avoid.
Braavos: Arya Stark, also called Lana in her espionage work for the House of Black and White has messed up big time. She killed without permission and has been rendered blind.
Slaver’s Bay and Meereen: As Daenerys flew off on her largest dragon, Drogon’s back, she left behind a bloody mess. Drogon is not responding to her wishes and has instead flown her to the Dothraki Sea and the land where he had been born. Jorah Mormont and Daario Naharis, both men in love with her, are searching for their Queen, while Tyrion Lannister, Missandei, Grey Worm and Varys are attempting to rule Meereen in her absence and restore order.
The Wall: Perhaps the most talked about and most anticipated area of the GoT world right now is the Wall and concerns the men in black of the Night’s Watch. After Jon Snow angered his men by letting some Wildings through to the South, a mutiny was staged and one of the last scenes in viewer’s eyes was Snow being stabbed multiple times.
However, through various conspiracy theories, the actual sighting of Kit Harington at filming locations and the coincidental appearance of the red witch at the Wall moments before the stabbing, has led most fans to believe Jon Snow is still alive. Samwell Tarly left before his friend’s attack and Game of Thrones season 6 is supposed to feature a good deal of Tarly’s quest to train to be the new Maester and his family. Gilly and her son are with him and it is rumored there is a long, treacherous sea voyage involved.
House of Greyjoy: New cast members and advance information has Balon Greyjoy’s large fleet at full strength still and Euron Greyjoy, ruthless and mad will return. Instead of raiding and plundering, he wants to conquer and there will be conflict with Yara Greyjoy.
Children of the Forest: Way up north, Bran Stark has been studying, learning and becoming gifted in new abilities. He will return in Game of Thrones season 6 with his mentor, the 3-eyed Raven, played by Max Von Sydow and it has been revealed that the lame, crippled boy will be able to fly.
What Will Happen in Game of Thrones Season 6; Leaks, Rumors and Analogies From Ardent Fan Spies
by Sally Bartlett / 2015-11-05
The first assumption is that the premiere of Game of Thrones Season 6 will probably fall on April 24, 2016, a little bit later than normal. Why? HBO has a new series called “Vinyl” that is filling the 9:00 pm time-slot on Sundays from February 14 to April 17. A good guess that Game of Thrones will start the very next week is plausible.
Now, before we analyze the photos, rumors and conspiracies of fans from all over the globe, let’s focus on the photo above which clearly shows actors Emilia Clark (Daenerys Targaryen), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell Lannister) all in one location (Malaga, Spain)! How can this possibly be?
Some fans are convinced that the Mother of Dragons and Khaleesi Daenerys has somehow found her way all the way into Westeros much ahead of the books and expected time-line. Many others are just guessing that the 3 actresses found time to take a break together while filming in nearby locations. The probable truth, explained both by Reddit theorizers and some astute fans tweeting on King’s Landing is that the ladies are probably doing a publicity photo shoot for Vanity Fair or some other magazine.
Plot Ideas for Game of Thrones Season 6
We already know that Bran Stark is returning. He has been receiving instructions on reading visions by the 3-eyed Raven, played by Max von Sydow. Now, by combining that knowledge with other sightings of actors seen at locations that are “supposedly dead and gone”, the key word here is Flashbacks!
From Comicbook we can get some excellent information. They confirm some location shooting at the Castillo de Zafra which looks very much like the Tower of Joy in the red mountains of Dorne in George RR Martin’s books from whence the series of GoT is based on.
For non-book readers, many plots and actions from the book were either eliminated, skipped over or postponed by the television writers so it is possible some of those elements may be featured in season six flashbacks. Since one sharp-eyed fan who walked 3 miles and climbed into some shrubbery has reported that he is sure he saw actor Sean Bean (Eddard Stark who was beheaded in season one) in a battle scene, that information could very well explain the Tower of Joy location. This was where Eddard and his allies battled Daenery’s brother Rhaegar Targaryen and his guards to rescue his sister Lyanna. More clues of seeing 2 unnamed actresses (one could be Lyanna), 14 horses and numerous stunt men has strengthened this lead.
And… if this is true, it could also be leading up to revealing Jon Snow’s true lineage of being the son of Lyanna and Rhaegar, a popular theory. In fact a flashback to a season three vision of Daenerys would remind us that she and 2 other dragon riders of her bloodline are needed for victory. Those other 2 could easily be Jon Snow (and not dead!), her nephew, and another possible bastard son Tyrion Lannister who is rumored to be the son of Daenerys’ father, the Mad King Aerys Targaryen, which would make him her dear half-brother. Time will tell on that. Some theorizers have the notion that at the END of Game of Thrones, only the good will be left: Bran Stark, Hodor, Brienne of Tarth and Tyrion Lannister! Woe to us Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen fans if that is true.
Other possible flashbacks for Game of Thrones Season 6
- The Lannister children
- Melisandre’s back story
- Aegon the Conqueror of Westeros
- Jaime Lannister’s murder of the Mad King
Rumor of a huge battle in Game of Thrones Season 6
First of all this quotation was found from the police department of Saintfield, Northern Ireland: “A decision was taken to deploy officers to a site in the Saintfield area where filming for a popular television show is taking place. The officers are there in order to prevent public order breaches and any possible misuse of drones offences, covered by legislation under Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), whilst filming continues. The costs for the policing operation will be met by the production company”. This shows the work that the local law enforcement is using to keep the filming as private and secret as possible.
The biggest spoiler coming out of the Saintfield location photos that still manage to appear is that Season six will culminate with a huge Battle of the North Bastards and is indeed being filmed at Saintfield. The battle would be between bastards Ramsay Snow and his men, and Jon Snow (again, not dead!) and the Wildings. Another way fans get clues is by who is directing an episode, because the 5 directors for Game of Thrones Season 6 is well known and what order. Since the battle is being directed by Miguel Sapochnik, who was responsible for the epic Hardhome battle, AND he is directing the last 2 episodes, 9 and 10, this verifies a big finale.
Game of Thrones Season 6 New Cast Members
George Georgiou, who played a slaver named Razdal in Yunkai back in season 3 is going to be back. This is probably due to the fact that Khaleesi is now again with the Dothrakis. Chuku Modu has been cast also as a Dothraki warrior. A call for a mother with a starving baby has resulted in actor Sabina Arthur being cast as a Meereen mother.
Samuel Tarly is headed home. His family will be present in Game of Thrones Season 6 and played by Freddie Stoma (brother Dickon), James Faulkner (father Randyll), Samantha Spiro (mother Melessa) and Rebecca Benson (sister Talla).
Gemma Whelan will be back as Yara Greyjoy, last seen in season 4 as Game of Thrones Season 6 is supposed to deviate more from the storyline in the books than any other season. Characters Jaime Lannister, Brynden “Blackfish” Tully and Bronn have also been spied on location. In the books, Jaime was due to return to Riverrun and the House of Tully, so Game of Thrones Season 6 may be the time. And of course, the Catelyn (nee Tully) Stark fans are STILL waiting for her resurrection.
Lastly, in the casting news area of this article, there are reports of Tehmina Sunny playing a new red priestess called Kinvara. Here is an actual transcript from the script that was used for her audition (talking to Tyrion about Daenerys): “Her dragons are fire made flesh. A gift from the Lord of Light. But you’ve heard all of this before, haven’t you? On the Long Bridge of Volantis? The dragons purify non-believers by the thousands, burning their sins and flesh away… I will summon mummers and appoint priests. They will spread the word. Daenerys has been sent to lead the people against the darkness… for this war, and the Great War yet to come.”
Game of Thrones Season 6, Everything We Know so Far Including Facts, Assumptions, Conspiracies, Rumors and Spoilers
by Sally Bartlett / 2015-09-26
We know Winter is coming. We know that Game of Thrones season 6 of the most popular, most watched, most pirated TV series on television will start in April, 2016 on HBO. We also know the program and the powers-to-be connected to Game of Thrones, including actors, technicians and behind-the-scenes geniuses just broke an Emmy winning record with 12 impressive wins!
Now, what do we know about continuing the story lines? Hard-core fans of both George R. R. Martin’s books, and the HBO continuing series or possibly only one or the other, are eagerly waiting GoT’s return, but not without a few theories and conspiracies of their own. Much of it is just “wishful thinking”, because Game of Thrones fans hate to lose favorite characters. Ever since the conclusion of Season 1 when a fan favorite, Ned Stark was beheaded to a collective gasp heard all over the world, fans now know that no one is safe.
CLIFFHANGERS OF SEASON 5
Remember the end of Game of Thrones s05e10? At least 5 major cliffhangers are still hanging in limbo:
- Jon Snow
- Daenerys Targaryen
- Arya Stark
- Sansa Stark Bolton
- Cersei Lannister
Over the summer, astute fans, driven media reporters and curious onlookers have reported anything and everything about the goings-on of Game of Thrones actors, what is being publicized in casting call information and sightings of crew, scenery builders and other Game of Thrones clues at various locations. Most of the major actors have been tight-lipped and true to apparent non-disclosure clauses, but there are few detectives in the world as clever as the Game of Thrones kingdom of fans.
As of today, at least 3 locations in Spain and Northern Ireland are claiming Game of Thrones activity, there are more than a half dozen casting conclusions drifting around, many, many conspiracies about whether Jon Snow is really dead, who may be related to who to complete the prophecy of the 3 headed dragon to rule the Iron Throne, whether or not the Stark sisters will finally reunite and perhaps the strangest theory of all, a Clegane showdown is coming between the Mountain and the Hound.
Is Jon Snow Really Dead?
Hopeful fans say no. Unhelpful cast members say yes. Helpful cast members say maybe. Game of Thrones director David Nutter even told the President of the United States Barrack Obama, that Jon Snow was “deader than dead!”. Would he lie to POTUS? Possibly.
Deader than dead could mean a lot of different things to Game of Thrones fans. With a show that allowed Daenerys Targaryen to withstand a fire and emerge with 3 dragon eggs and Melisande and Stannis Baratheon to copulate and give birth to a murderous phantom and has their own form of undead zombies called the White Walkers, who will argue that Jon Snow may not be dead by any number of miracles?
Popular theories are Melisande will bring him back to atone for her sins with Stannis (who also may or may not be dead), he will be reborn again in the body of his Dire wolf ghost, or just not die. Favorite conspiracy stories around who will be the final victor of the iron throne usually include Daenerys, Jon and Tyrion Lannister as the 3 all born of blood (their mothers all died in childbirth) to become the 3 to fly with the dragons to be the final victors.
The most telling of information thus far came from Kit Harington himself. Perhaps by accident in an interview that he thought was insignificant or perhaps just tired of all the questions and non-answers, but Harington let it slip that he is still tied to Game of Thrones for a few more years! In fact the 28 year old said until his 30s. The information came out during a conversation as to making more films, which apparently he is eager to do. Now, a tie with Game of Thrones does not mean he will be the living, breathing Jon Snow again, but it certainly is encouraging.
In fact, just today, The Independent UK reported that Kit Harington was spotted filming in Ireland! Today’s news also mentioned his scene was with Melisandre, which supports most fans number one theory!
The most credible information coming from our GoT fans and media hounds is about Daenerys and the Dothrakis. If you remember the final couple episodes of season 5, you will recall that she had escaped harm as Meereen was in the throes of battle by her largest dragon, Drogon, coming to both her and Meereen’s rescue. He annihilated hundreds of rebels with a couple fiery breaths and then Dany climbed aboard his back, even as he was wounded with spears and rode off to an unknown location.
Leaving Tyrion Lannister and Varys in charge of rebuilding Meereen (see photo above), the finale showed Ser Jorah Mormont and Dario Naharis (both madly in love with Daenerys) leaving to search for her. A scene with Dany and Drogon revealed the dragon too injured to fly her back home just as she became surrounded by the Dothrakis.
Back to now, and many sightings of actors and crew on location in Spain prove that Daenerys may be reclaiming her “Khaleesi title”. It is very hard to hide hordes of horses riding long distance across the plains and hundreds of actors. The scuttlebutt is that Dario is riding alongside of Dany, but Jorah is nowhere to be seen. Did he perish in the search for her from his greyscale? Was he murdered? Or is he just relegated to the back of the line because of the disfavor he had brought her that may still be in effect?
The question is strong among viewers if Arya Stark will remain blind? She was spotted at the Northern Ireland location recently jumping into what had to be a very cold sea at Carnlough Harbor. One could not tell if she was wearing the special contacts that make her appear blind or not according to an update to the Mirror.
Speculation of her trek into the water was she may have been looking for the personal items she threw in there in her commitment to be accepted into the House of Black and White, especially her sword, needle if she is possibly making a run for it from the life of being no one.
More rumors abound about her joining some type of entertainment troupe that could possibly bring her back to King’s Landing and to her sister Sansa Stark Bolton, last seen in the finale jumping off the wall at Winterfell to escape the Boltons with Theon Greyjoy.
Sansa Stark Bolton
Speaking of Sansa, very little information has been leaked, found, surmised or written about her. Hopefully, she and Reek survived their fall and find safety. Their characters on GoT both have received quite a bit of pain and suffering. In the book 6 which Martin is at present writing, Sansa was to be a prominent character under a different name Alayne, which was discarded in the TV version. And let us not forget that Lady Brienne is still nearby.
Cersei’s “walk of shame” was part of the finale of season 5 called “Mother’s Mercy” which was largely responsible for all the Emmy wins. She is now safely back in the castle and under Qyburn’s care. Introduced briefly during the finale was Qyburn’s frankenstein-esqe masterpiece of what was once a near-death mountain of a man, Gregor Clegane, who he promises Cersei will never allow any harm to her. The laboratory-enhanced warrior has taken a vow of silence until all Cersei’s enemies have been slain. One wonders if he will ever talk again?
Game of Thrones – New Locations
Filming has been taking place near Navarra, Spain and Bardenas Reales and an area called La Balsadelas Cortinas. The city of Peniscola, Almeria is also preparing for international attention as sets are rising, roads are being closed and the citizens prepare for many Game of Thrones arrivals. A 13th century castle is supposedly being built at Castillo de Zofra in the Guadalajara Province of Spain.
Media representatives have been seeking admittance to the casting sites from Russia, the UK and France and apparently, Spain, who is known for giving exclusives to just one country in the past, has given Russia the green light. Russian media should be arriving in Almeria next week. Northern Ireland is also again reporting action in Corbet, outside of Banbridge as they are building a castle which astute fans have said is sporting the “Tully sigil of a trout” above the entrance.
Game of Thrones – Casting News
Casting news is one of the best ways to keep abreast of Game of Thrones plot lines. We had already learned earlier this summer that Max Von Sydow was joining the cast of season 6 as the “3-eyed Raven” who is instructing Bran Stark. Bran was missing for all of season 5, so viewers are now pretty certain that he will be back for season 6.
Other casting calls have confirmed looking for 2 young boys with dark hair and northern accents, which most suspect will be for young versions of Ned and Benjen Stark. Other calls have been for a new Red Priestess, the best swordsman in Europe to be a legendary fighter that is heroic, fierce and efficient, theatre troupe players, more dothraki warriors, a young widow and a quick wit warrior.
News that Ricky Champ and Eddie Jackson were hired along with Max von Sydow was exciting, as well as Sam Coleman, Sebastian Croft (the young Ned?) and beautiful actress Tehmina Sunny who fills the bill for a beautiful, intense priestess. A promotional clip has even shown Sunny offering Tyrion and Varys help in ruling Meereen.
Actor sightings are also exciting. Most recent news was Rory McCann was spotted in Belfast, Ireland. McCann’s character of “The Hound”(Sandor Clegane) has not been seen for awhile and with his brother Gregor Clegane “The Mountain” appearing in the finale of season 5, rumors about the 2 headed for a combat showdown may not be too far-fetched.
Ah, the book! Martin is supposedly writing Winds of Winter, the sixth book in the series as fast as he can, but there is supposition that it will not be finished in time for the opening episode for Game of Thrones season 6. What will happen then? Martin is in conferences with writers and no doubt many story lines are set and fans should not worry. There is also the possibilities of picking up some story lines that had previously been skipped or deviated from in the first five books.
It will be strange indeed if the TV version of Game of Thrones gets ahead of the published tomes. George R. R. Martin has given his insights and an excerpt from the new book, however misleading it is because of Sansa Stark’s name change.
Game of Thrones Kicks Butt at the Emmys, New Record Holder With 12 Awards
by Sally Bartlett / 2015-09-21
Including an amazing 8 wins at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards Ceremony held a week ago, the 4 major wins at last night’s 67th Annual Emmy Award Ceremony made Game of Thrones the new record holder for major academy wins in a single year.
They surpassed the previous record holder, The West Wing, who had 9. The major category Emmy wins were:
- Outstanding Drama Series
- Outstanding Supporting Actor (Peter Dinklage) in a Drama Series
- Outstanding Writing (Mother’s Mercy) in a Drama Series
- Outstanding Directing (Mother’s Mercy) in a Drama Series
The win as the best Drama beat other great shows such as House of Cards, Mad Men and Orange is the New Black. The only two major categories Game of Thrones failed to win were for Emilia Clarke as Outstanding Supporting Actress and Diana Rigg as Outstanding Guest Actress. Clarke lost to Uzo Aduba of Orange is the New Black and Rigg lost to Margo Martindale of The Americans.
The writing and directing awards were attributed to David Benioff and DB Weiss (writing) and David Nutter (directing). The Creative Arts Emmy awards honor those in technical positions, behind the scenes geniuses, guest appearances, voice-overs, choreographers, hair and costume stylists, editors and stunt people. The 8 awards that Game of Thrones won were:
- Outstanding Make-up (non-prosthetic)
- Outstanding Production Design
- Outstanding Single-camera Picture Editing
- Outstanding Sound Editing
- Outstanding Casting
- Outstanding Sound Mixing
- Outstanding Special Visual Effects
- Outstanding Stunt Coordination
Game of Thrones is no stranger to record-breaking. Last season five, they managed to break premiere viewing records in spite of the fact that their first 4 episodes had been leaked as torrents. 8 million viewers was a record for a premiere opening, and Game of Thrones also has the distinction of being the most pirated cable television series in the world. The exact date of premiere of Game of Thrones Season 6 has not been announced.
Game of Thrones Adds Internationally Acclaimed Max Von Sydow to Cast and Others
by Sally Bartlett / 2015-09-06
Max Von Sydow, the 86 year old Swedish-French actor who is acclaimed internationally, has been cast for Game of Thrones Season 6. He has played Jesus, a James Bond villain, Ming the Merciless and has played chess with death in some of his most memorable parts. He was nominated for an Academy Award in 1987 for best actor for his role in Pelle the Conqueror, and another nomination in 2012 for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. He has also been cast in Star Wars-7.
He will be the 3-eyed Raven in Game of Thrones, replacing Struan Rodger who was last seen in the character in season 4 finale. The 3-eyed Raven is teaching Bran Stark about the supernatural “warging” or ability to shape-shift. Season 5 did not feature the Stark boys, Bran and Rickon at all, but it is well publicized that they will be front and center in parts of Game of Thrones season 6.
Ian McShane most recently seen in Deadwood has also been cast as an undisclosed mystery person of interest. London born Freddie Stroma has also been cast as Samwell Tarly’s younger and more fit brother, Dickon. Stroma was cast in 2 Harry Potter movies where he played the part of Cormac McGLaggon. Rounding out casting information is Danish Actor Pilou Asbaek who will be seen in the 6th season of GoT as Euron Greyjoy.
The 5th season of Game of Thrones garnered 24 Emmy nominations! Among them were nominations for individual acting for Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and Emilia Clarke ( Daenerys Targaryen). The Dramatic HBO series of the adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s series of books under the title of “A Song of Ice and Fire” also was nominated for an Emmy award. The medieval fantasies about power struggles among the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros is currently the most popular HBO series of all time.
HBO head honcho Michael Lombardo has announced they have plans to take the GoT franchise to 8 seasons before concluding. As of the Game of Thrones season 6, the books and TV episodes are in sync. Readers of the first 5 books no longer have an advantage as to plot, murders, revenge, strategies and character introductions.
Game of Thrones (GoT) Season 5 Coming to Digital Downloads August 31
by Sally Bartlett / 2015-08-26
Before the Game of Thrones promotional department even has the Blu-ray and DVD box sets on the market yet, digital downloads from one of the most riveting, pivotal and exciting seasons of Game of Thrones yet, season 5 will be offered. According to Den of Geek, on August 31 fans and those-not-hooked yet will have the opportunity to see the entire season 5 before Game of Thrones season 6 starts.
New fans could not have a more exciting season to start on. It may entice them to go back and watch episodes from seasons 1 through 4 also, but if nothing else, they will have a good handle on starting Game of Thrones Season 6 without being too confused.
Some interesting facts about Game of Thrones Season 5:
Game of Thrones is the most pirated TV show in history, top torrents downloads ever. Even with the first 4 episodes of Game of Thrones season 5 being leaked early, viewer numbers were not affected one bit from standard subscriber means, nor for encore performances and downloads of the episodes both legal and illegally obtained.
The finale episode of Game of Thrones season 5 (s05e10) broke records with over 7 million watching, 1.5 million downloading pirated versions (torrents) within 8 hours of broadcast and over 250,000 people sharing those torrent files all over the world. The countries most active in sharing files are the USA, UK, Canada and India. In the US, the Game of Thrones finale even beat out the NBA finals!
Most memorable episodes of GoT Season 5:
Game of Thrones Season 5 is not for the feint of heart. Not only in terms of battles, beheadings and blood, but in subject matter also. Those who have read the books by George R. R. Martin have a good idea what is happening, but the HBO TV version throws in its own surprises and new material regularly. And gone is the advantage that readers had in the past. Season 5 was the last to be filmed after the book material. Starting with Game of Thrones Season 6 there will be no written tome ahead of time.
Season 5 included shocker after shocker; Stannis Baratheon’s war tactic based on red blood magic, the appearance of Danaerys Baratheon’s dragon and the abhorrent treatment of Sansa Stark Bolton at the hands of husband Ramsay were just a few. To use a few of my favorite descriptive words in groups beginning with the same letter, Season 5 included beheadings, battles, betrothals and brothels; struggles, survivals, shames and strategy; deceptions and depravity and revenge and rebellion.
Game of Thrones Season 5 Finale’s debate
Ask any fan of Game of Thrones about where the series is now and what can be expected from Game of Thrones Season 6 and they will most likely comment on their refusal to accept the last death (or was it?) of the beloved character to Jon Snow. Conspiracies abound over why he may or may not be dead, and this topic alone has Game of Thrones fans chomping at the bit to get the next season underway.
To Be (Alive) or Not To Be (Alive), That is the Question Concerning Kit Harington (Jon Snow) on Game of Thrones Season 6
by Sally Bartlett / 2015-07-23
It will be a relief when Game of Thrones Season 6 starts in April, and not only just for the reason that Game of Thrones fans will be ready to feed their addiction to the HBO Series once again, but to finally find out if Jon Snow, Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch was really killed in a mutiny by his men or not. The show producers and author George R. R. Martin have insisted he was really killed. The loyal Game of Thrones fans do not believe it.
Rumors have abounded that his eyes turned purple (or perhaps blue) when he died which means he may be turning into a Wight, and a member of the White Walkers. OR many believe he will be brought back from the dead by Melisandre who will use her blood magic on him; some think he will morph into Ghost, his Dire wolf and then a lot of the romantics and die hard fans just hope he wasn’t really dead and his heart is still beating. It will be good to just know…
Heartbeats of Game of Thrones fans are all atwitter again this week, as very sharp-eyed fans alerted reporters of Watchers on the Wall that they personally spotted Harrington among those arriving for the reading of the script for Game of Thrones season 6 in Belfast. It’s true that he may only be shooting funeral scenes as a dead body, but it is also true that one of the most beloved and popular main characters will still be alive and not following GoT’s habit of killing off a lot of good guys, like several of the Stark family already.
What ever the reason Harrington was there for, GoT fans are pretty likely to see him again at least for the start of Game of Thrones season 6. Lucky fans who saw him on the plane and at the airport reported his hair is once again long, so his cutting his hair after the death scene last season may have been just to throw fans off track.
Other WOTW news is that among the cast returning to location, there are new cast members, Ricky Champ who will be playing the character of Flynn and Irish actor Eddie Jackson whose character has not yet been revealed. Flynn will be an outlaw that will appear in at least 2 episodes.
Newest Rumor and Conspiracy About Jon Snow and Game of Thrones Season 6, His Eyes, His Beautiful Eyes
by Sally Bartlett / 2015-06-24
Jon Snow news is not going away any time soon. Jon Snow was probably the most beloved character on HBO’s award winning, most watched serial program Game of Thrones of all five (5) seasons to meet death in the face! It is appearing to be even more shocking than Neddard (Ed) Stark who was beheaded to viewers chagrin in season one.
The more seasons that we watch, the more we get attached, and Game of Thrones Season 5 Finale has probably disturbed viewers more than any previous one. There are still rumors and conspiracies flying around about whether Jon Snow is really dead, if he will be returning to Game of Thrones season 6 and/or is really, really (gulp!) dead.
In my last blog I covered some of the possible scenarios to keep Jon alive. My favorite is that Melissandre, the black magic sorceress who was Stannis’ advisor will transfer her affections and objectives to reviving Jon Snow back from the dead. It is a HUGE coincidence that she arrived at the gate of Castle Black and the Wall of the North moments before the mutiny of the men and black who turned against Snow and stabbed him to what looks like death.
However a new and interesting observation has popped up on the internet (thank you fans to keep digging!). Josh Wigler reported on a MTV news blog that we all missed an important clue.
I know for one I will replay the closing scenes of the finale over and over to verify this, but he swears that just before the credits come on, that Jon Snow’s eyes turn purple!. Wow, if that is true, what does it mean?
If they turned icy blue we could all be worried that he would become a white walker, sort of akin to how people turn in The Walking Dead AMC series that is almost as popular as Game of Thrones. But purple? Now the hope that he is warging into his direwolf Ghost theory is coming alive again, but perhaps it is more mysterious than that.
Even though the books and the TV show content has differed, both do not put a definite end to Jon Snow after he has been stabbed by mutinous men. George R. R. Martin has it all in HIS hands now. He is writing the 6th book of the series “Song of Ice and Fire”, The Winds of Winter where the answers probably lie. All we can do is hope.
Why Game of Thrones Fans Refuse to Accept Jon Snow Death, Conspiracies Thrive
by Sally Bartlett / 2015-06-21
Of all the “good” people who have died on five seasons of Game of Thrones, most deaths were accepted by the fans of the series after an initial outrage and good cry. Lady, Sansa Stark’s direwolf; Ned Stark, whose beheading was the first major shock of all; Khal Drogo, Daenery’s husband and their baby; Rob Stark and his pregnant wife and Cathryn Stark, who many believe will still come back as Lady Stoneheart.
But, Jon Snow? Commander of the Night’s Watch, one of the really good ones, with a big heart, noble causes and so many unanswered questions. How can it be that he is dead; off the show; gone; kaput? Many fans are hoping that the show runners and author George R. R. Martin are spoofing us. After all, as the screen faded to black on the Game of Thrones Season 5 finale, his eyes were still open. Does that mean anything?
Kit Harington, the actor who plays Jon Snow has been heard from various sources both verbally and in writing saying that it is real; he won’t be back. He has already cut that gorgeous curly head of hair. He is looking for new work. But, Game of Thrones fans being what they are, will not even take his word for it. After all, maybe even HE doesn’t know what the writers have in store.
The conspiracies that abound are many. Most are saying that he could not die without learning the identity of his mother. It is just one loose end too many. Others say that the arrival of Melisande (after Stannis has been defeated and slain by Lady Brienne) is too coincidental and that she will use her black blood magic on bringing Jon back to life and transfer her enthusiasm to him. Yet others just think Jon will morph into his Direwolf Ghost or worse, become a White Walker.
My thoughts on the matter as a Game of Thrones avid fan and bloggist is that I look to the Game of Thrones Graveyard on slate.. Surely they must be correct.
After the finale aired, 6 more tombstones appeared. Selyse Baratheon, who hung herself; Stannis who previously mentioned was killed by Brienne (although there are some separate theories about his death—no one really saw him die); Myranda who was pushed off a high wall by Reek (formerly Theon Greyjoy) while we all cheered; Meryn Trant who was revengely murdered by Arya Stark (aka Lana) which has landed her in a whole lotta trouble; Myrcella Baratheon who died in her father Jaime Lannister’s arms and the last graveyard says Jon Snow.
One may click on the tombstones to leave flowers and pay respects and Jon’s tombstone already has almost 90,000 flowers. He has the potential to catch the leader of the flowers left on the graves, Ned Stark who has 244,000.
My logical brain tells me Jon Snow is dead and gone from Game of Thrones. If Slate lists him as dead, I believe them. After all, they have won numerous awards as a daily magazine of facts and even the “National Magazine Award for General Excellence online”. Could they be wrong? Rest in Peace, Jon Snow.