Michael Slovis on creating Dorne and Braavos on Game of Thrones, and Ramin Djawadi takes us through his process

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Game of Thrones director Michael Slovis talks to The Hollywood Reporter about the first two episodes of season 5, focusing on his work bringing Dorne and Braavos to life onscreen and his experience with Breaking Bad.

Slovis joined the Thrones directing roster this season after a string of successful stints as a director on other television shows, most notably Breaking Bad, similar to Thrones vet Michelle MacLaren.

According to THR, Slovis says MacLaren prepped him “for all the Breaking Bad questions he would receive,” because the Game of Thrones crew and actress Carice van Houten in particular are huge BB fans.

“All anyone talked about on Breaking Bad was Game of Thrones. And everybody on Game of Thrones wanted to hear about Breaking Bad,” Slovis tells THR.”It was really funny.”

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Curtain Call: Ciarán Hinds

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He said his people had bled enough, and he meant it.

Back in August 2012, the announcement that Ciarán Hinds would be portraying Mance Rayder in Game of Thrones was met with equal parts excitement and trepidation. Many were fans of Ciarán’s previous work, yet others could not see him in the part.

After his performance as the King-Beyond-the-Wall, I think all negative notions can be well and truly quashed.

Ciarán played Mance with a sense of understated grimness. He was very clearly of the North, yet with a barely contained jovial side not common among the region’s typical residents. Despite only appearing in five scenes (six if we count Jon’s plea and Mance’s execution separately… which we probably should), his presence was felt throughout all four full seasons so far, and what we have seen of the fifth.

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Game of Thrones Season 5 Episode 2 Preview: The House of Black and White

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“I will burn their cities to the ground if they touch her.” -Cersei Lannister

From the HBO Game of Thrones Official Synopsis: “Arya arrives in Braavos. Pod and Brienne run into trouble on the road. Cersei fears for her daughter’s safety in Dorne as Ellaria Sand seeks revenge for Oberyn’s death. Stannis tempts Jon. An adviser tempts Daenerys.”

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Manhattan Pedicabs Get The King’s Landing Treatment

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If you’ve ever had that Littlefinger desire to see yourself on the Iron Throne, now is your chance! To our Westerosi fans in The Big Apple, you could sit the Thousand Blades of Aegon’s enemies and even be carried through the city like the Queen Regent herself.

In honor of HBO’s new standalone streaming service HBONOW, cab service Uber has teamed up with HBO to bring the royal treatment to some lucky NYC fans.

Today and tomorrow from 11am-5pm, users can access this feature through Uber’s mobile app by using the code “ThroneRides” to request a pedicab ride or photo op with the Throne.

The pedicab rides will be available in Manhattan between 14th and 59th Street and can carry up to 2 passengers (with a limit of 30 minutes).

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Game of Thrones Creators Interview about the Journey and “The End”

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Now that Season 5 is “in the bag” the creators and executive producers of Game of Thrones are looking back over the journey they have taken, while trying not to rest on their laurels before they reach the end.  Or as D.B. Weiss put it in a new interview with Variety,

I think that everything starts to go to hell when you start smelling your own farts and complimenting yourself on how great they smell. We’re not going to turn into fart-smellers.

That was just one of a few good metaphors in the article. More highlights after the jump.
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Nell Williams on becoming Cersei in the Game of Thrones premiere

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After making a strong impression in Sunday’s season premiere of Game of Thrones, actress Nell Williams is talking to MTV about becoming Cersei Lannister and the behind-the-scenes filming process.

The young actress tells MTV, “I told a few of my friends who have been sworn to secrecy,” about her casting on the show. “I think people at school are going to get a bit of a shock tonight. It’s really, really hush-hush… I had to sign a contract that signed away my rights to the universe about putting any pictures on social media of any costumes, or hair, or literally anything. I couldn’t put it anywhere until tonight.”

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