Depth of Field: Game of Thrones Was Always Doomed to Disappoint

I've never seen an episode of Game of Thrones, which, in this case, makes me the perfect critic. I come with no bias, no allegiance, no screwball theories as to how the series finale failed to rise to to the level of its previous seasons (as I've heard). All that I know of Game of Thrones I've acquired via Twitter. What I've mostly discerned is this: It's a show about sex and dragons and dragon sex (I'm actually not sure about the latter, but if I'm being honest—and I always strive to be—that'd be incredibly cool); Peter Dinklage has a role on it; there was a very-hard-to-see (literally) battle at night where the Night King (the blue-faced Darth Maul–looking dude) …

What We Need From the Game of Thrones Finale

First, an awkward acknowledgement: This final season of Game of Thrones has been hella uneven. For every incredible high—Ayra shivved the Night King!—there have been scores of lows. (Like, seriously, does anything Tyrion proposes make rational sense?) Granted, the show has a lot of loose ends to tie up, but in doing so, it's left quite a few of us totally frayed. But there's hope. Season 8 may have been a roller coaster up until this point, but Game of Thrones has one final episode left in which it could make everything right. It is possible! It's highly unlikely, but still possible. To that end, WIRED gathered some in-house Thrones enthusiasts—writers Emily Dreyfuss, Emma Grey Ellis, and Peter Rubin, and …

Game of Thrones Recap: The Problem With Prophecies

Much was made, at the outset of Game of Thrones, about the elemental conflict that loomed at its end: the malign, icy evil creeping silently in the frozen lands beyond the Wall, the fire rising everywhere else to meet it. Blue-eyed wights awoke from the bodies of dead men in the forests of the North; living dragons hatched from stone eggs in the heart of a funeral pyre, and the glass candles of lost Valyria burned with magic for the first time in a hundred years. Laura Hudson Game of Thrones Premiere Recap: Jon Snow Still Knows Nothing Laura Hudson Game of Thrones Recap: That's What Death Is Angela Watercutter What Will Game of Thrones Mean When It's All Over? …

Last Night’s Game of Thrones Leaked Early Online

Good morning and welcome to a brand spankin' new edition of The Monitor, WIRED's collection of all things pop culture. Spring has sprung, dear reader, and we have a lot to share with you, including news about last night's Game of Thrones, Kanye West's appearance at Coachella, and this weekend's boring box office. Let's get going. Game of Thrones Leaked Online First, the most important question: Did you watch Game of Thrones last night? Lots of folks did, but a few got to see it—or at least got to see spoilers about it—before anybody else. The eighth season's second episode—"A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," aka "Episode 69"—leaked online early via Amazon Prime in Germany. News about the leak hit …

This week’s Game of Thrones was a booze-fest and the most moving episode yet

Wine was glugged, songs were sung, and things got emotional in what might serve as the final chance to hang out with some of our favourite characters How do you kill time before the actual time for killing? Perhaps you amuse yourself with wordplay. Episode two of the final season of bottle episode, with Tyrion providing a steady flow of passable northern wine. It is odd to think of Game of Thrones, probably the most lavish show on TV, fretting about budgets in a final season that must have essentially come with a blank cheque attached, but this instalment never left the Starks chilly family stronghold, although with dozens of glum extras milling about in the background preparing siege defences, …

Game of Thrones: What We Wantand Needfrom Season 8

Thank the gods, the day is nearly upon us. Winter has (almost) come. Kick the squires and light the fires: The final season of Game of Thrones is about to begin. It's all come down to this, and now this show that so many people have dedicated hours of their lives to will fulfill each and every one of their expectations. LoL. Just kidding. It'll fulfill, like, one-eighth of those expectations. Regardless, it's going to try. The point, however, is that people—including members of the WIRED staff—want a lot out of these final six episodes. Like what? We assembled the biggest Game of Thrones fans from amongst our ranks to hash out what we desire most from Game of Thrones …

Game of Thrones: the shocking book moments that never made it to TV

There just isnt enough time in eight series to cram in all the juicy bits from George RR Martins novels … but here are the ones we wish had made the cut Warning: this article contains major spoilers from George RR Martins A Song of Ice and Fire books Cramming five novels worth of the dense plot and detailed characterisation of George RR Martins A Song of Ice and Fire into posted an image of a heart shape made of stones in 2014 but perhaps the vengeful, reanimated corpse of Catelyn Stark would have been a little hard for viewers to swallow. Equally, her pudding-like skin the colour of curdled milk would have looked terrible without some budget-busting CGI. Aegon …

Emilia Clarke Shares 5 Never-Before-Seen Photos From Hospital After Having Two Aneurysms

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is opening up about her life-threatening brain aneurysms with never-before-seen photos of her hospitalization Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: cbs On CBS This Morning the actress shared the photos from her hospitalization and opened up more about what would become on the ongoing fight. Clarke had returned to work six weeks after the incident and told her bosses she wanted her health condition to remain private, “I told my bosses at Thrones about my condition, but I didn’t want it to be a subject of public discussion and dissection. The show must go on! Season two would be my worst. I didn’t know what Daenerys was doing. If I am truly being honest, every minute of …

Tourism is coming… Northern Ireland turns into a Game of Thrones hotspot

Tourism boon for country as fans flock to visit sets and locations of the award-winning fantasy saga The group, tourists from Britain, Germany, the US and half a dozen other countries, followed the guide deep into Tollymore Forest and gathered around a tree stump. Ladies and gentlemen, cameras ready, said Eric Nolan, who had chaperoned them from Dublin to this state park in Game of Thrones. The visitors clustered around the stump and aimed their cameras. Click, click, click. It was probably the least dramatic moment of the day-long tour there would be a castle, replica weapons and petting wolf-like dogs and still they were enchanted. Such is the spell cast by the HBO fantasy saga, which returns to screens …

Game of Thrones Marketing Is Out for BloodMine

On the first Friday of SXSW, a warm, sunny afternoon in Austin, I walked up to a large hangar across from a half-built luxury condo. A line snaked down the block, all hopeful visitors to one of the festival’s many “experientials.” This one was meant to gin up excitement for Game of Thrones’ final season premiere, on April 14. As a devoted watcher of the show, I couldn’t resist the invitation to the “immersive activation.” Especially because it had a novel twist that felt like catnip for the press: At the event, put on by HBO and the American Red Cross, guests could donate blood and then “walk in the steps of the characters who bled and relive their sacrifices …