Why Game of Thrones passing the books shouldn’t be a bad thing

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The following is an opinion piece from guest contributor and WoTW reader Morgoth. The opinions expressed below do not necessarily reflect those of Watchersonthewall or its staff.

By Morgoth

This is probably going to sound rather cliché, but here we go: I’ve been a fantasy fan for most of my life. It all began with J.R.R. Tolkien’s book The Hobbit. My father got it for me during a time in which I had given up reading books in favour of television and video games. I couldn’t pick up a book to save my life.

But the story of a hobbit whose life suddenly changes when a wizard and a bunch of dwarves take him on an adventure changed my life as well. For the better. After finishing with The Hobbit, I was left hungry for more. I tackled The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and other Tolkien stories, and developed a taste for epic fantasy.

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Thank you Game of Thrones, the giveaway

Happy Thursday everyone, it’s nice to say hi again during what’s remained (between the action overseas/recent release of TWOIAF) an exciting offseason. We’re very proud of the staggeringly triumphant community you’ve built here together, these are happy times.

If you’ll allow me a moment — please feast your eyes upon this arts and crafts project I created today using a spare bit of paper, dragoned coasters, and a golden sharpie. If you’ve been keeping up with the podcast, it’s relevancy is clear. If not, read on and learn more about the pile of Thrones goodies we’re slowly giving away. The mound is waning, but there is still time.

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HBO Signs Game of Thrones Cast Members for Seventh Season


Valar morghulis… All men must die- but it looks like at least some of the major Thrones characters will survive through to the seventh (and potentially final) season of the HBO show.

THR is reporting that HBO has renegotiated several contracts to include the option for the seventh season of the show, many of which include “huge raises” that will “make the cast members among the highest paid on cable TV.”

Spoilers after the jump where we list which actors have the potential to make it to the final season of the show.

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Press Roundup: Preparation in Northern Ireland, Spain wrapping up, and other GoT news


The ball is definitely rolling in Northern Ireland while things are wrapping up in Spain.  At the top is a photo of Shane’s Castle where the Antrim Observer noticed some GoT preparation. From Osuna, Juego de Tronos posted a photo looking into the bull ring where we see many costumed extras.

More news and photos after the cut–maybe some mild spoilers.

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The North Remembers: October 2011

  • Raven LogoAxechucker (then better know as Fire and Blood, or FaBio for short) and I reported from the first TitanCon in Belfast, dedicated to celebrating season one of Game of Thrones and teasing season two hints out of the actors present. Oh, and lots of merrymaking, too.
  • The shoot in Dubrovnik was still going on, and we got hints of an expanded Qarth storyline for season two. We learned that the primary Iceland shooting location would be the Vatnajökull glacier area.
  • Casting decisions were still being made and announced, most notable we got Rose Leslie as our Ygritte in October. Also, Simon Armstrong was cast as Halfhand, John Stahl as Rickard Karstark, and Nicholas Blane as the Spice King.
  • The winners of S1 awards you guys voted for were announced, and Natalia Tena as one of them thanked our Game of Thrones community in a video message. Miltos Yerolemou did that at TitanCon itself. Speaking of awesome!
  • Also, this teaser came out.

Looking Forward Game of Thrones S5, Part 1: A Blind Attempt at Leading the Blind

lhlfcfigpy9mtnbqxr8qWelcome and glad tidings from the new and improved home of all-things Thrones, the Watchers on the Wall.

If you are new to our fanatical escapist plot of internet property, then thank you for joining us. We have constructed this monstrosity so that you may find even more enjoyment out of your Game of Guilty Pleasures.

This one’s name is Oz and I have the somewhat inglorious prestige of being one of the only Unsullied (non-book reader) contributors for this fine site of GoT extremists.

After the cut, I will attempt to somewhat loosely explain what this series typically entails and will do my best to get it jumpstarted. With only five more months or so before the premiere of Season 5, there is little time to waste.

Scan your WotW fast pass, and let’s ride…

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Iron Islands plot to be omitted from Game of Thrones season 5


Filming of various locations for Game of Thrones season 5 has been well-documented so far, giving us insight into King’s Landing, Meereen, Dorne and beyond. However, we now have clarification on the exclusion of one particular area/plotline: the Iron Islands.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the Iron Islands subplot as realised in A Feast for Crows will be omitted from season 5.

While the Dorne-based subplot will be in season five, producers have previously indicated the Iron Islands subplot has been omitted.

Future plot spoilers below the cut.

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Watchers on the Wall Awards: Best Visual Effects Scene


Here we are, at the last category for the Watchers on the Wall Awards: Best Visual Effects Scene. It’s been a long road of voting, through preliminaries and final rounds, but the end is in sight.

The Watchers on the Wall Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, November 2nd, beginning at 8PM Eastern Time. Stop by and see if your favorites take home the big prizes!

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