Friday news roundup: Pinball, Finn Jones on season 6, Jaime Lannister treats and inside the Game of Thrones tour with some special sightings

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In a new interview with Express Online, Finn Jones (Loras Tyrell) teases the upcoming season of Game of Thrones calling it ‘very shocking’. Additionally, there is new merchandise a plenty making its way before Season 6 hits as fans are more excited than ever to see the series continue. We’re still excited over the new items recently announced but naturally are hungry for more.

We last saw Loras being imprisoned by the religious fanatic cult The Sparrows leaving us worried about his fate. A new interview with Finn Jones leaves us a more eager for Season 6 and maybe even more worried for our Knight of the Flowers.

I was a little bit nervous when I got the scripts through but I’ve started filming now and so the nerves aren’t there anymore. So I know what’s happening, a lot of good stuff to do this year. There’s a transformation in Loras’ state and character and it’s fun to be able to go a little bit deeper and darker in the character. I’ve really enjoyed being able to go to those places.

He also adds that since it’s Game of Thrones, it’s bound to be shocking but he says this season in particular is especially so.

The end of season six in particular is very shocking.

As if we already couldn’t wait!


 

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First we had a Game of Thrones-themed Monopoly, then the newly announced Risk and now a pinball machine is on its way from the makers at Stern Pinball.

The Wall Street Journal has the teaser from HBO and we’re eager for more details!


If you’re still craving some Thrones merchandise and are looking to cool down this summer, why not venture to Spain for one of these bad boys?

That’s right, in the spirit of recent filming Girona has Jaime Lannister popsicles complete with a blood red filling:


Finally, a fortunate Game of Thrones fan journeyed through the filming locations of the series and recounts her adventure featuring a special guest!

Tessa depicted her journey in three fun articles:

Part 1

Part 2

And another

The adventurer encountered Wildlings, Direwolves, and bastards (oh, my!) on her trip and lucky for us kept a digital diary of the entire endeavor.

From Iceland to Spain, to Morocco and Croatia, to Malta and back to Northern Ireland, this trip has it all.

Even an evening with Kit Harington! Tessa had the pleasure of meeting Kit, Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) and Ben Crompton (Eddison Tollett) in Belfast early this August. She couldn’t photograph Kit’s face….but she did get a shot of his shoes in an amusing photo and story. Visit Part 2 of her articles to check it out!


What do you think this means for the future of the Tyrells? Are you anticipating the newest Thrones styled game? Let us know your thoughts below!

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    1. Finn Jones has the script for the last episode? Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but I think he’s going to be sent to the Wall and

      see it crumble.

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    2. As if the wait wasn’t going to be hard enough… Next season is sounding so epic. I’m just sad I’ll have to wait til its on DVD before I’ll be able to see it in full.

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    3. Moonlight: Anyone else think Margaery may be losing her head this season?

      She might not need to do so: she had a nasty cough when last we saw her, and whenever English actresses have nasty coughs, then they usually are on death’s door pretty soon. (Or is that only when they play Jane Austen characters?)

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    4. tyjon,

      Strictly speaking, they didn’t say what the punishment was. But you’re right that perjury is not something typically considered a capital offense.

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    5. Wimsey: She might not need to do so: she had a nasty cough when last we saw her, and whenever English actresses have nasty coughs, then they usually are on death’s door pretty soon.(Or is that only when they play Jane Austen characters?)

      Watch it!! You are coming close to committing heresy. *proudly wears her Jane Austen defenders league pin* 😛

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    6. Greenjones,

      Semi-regulars like Finn Jones seem to get all the scripts (I believe Finn participates in the read-throughs, so it’s not like he’d be ignorant of things in episodes he wasn’t in anyway).

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    7. sept,

      I don’t have HBO. Nor a hi-speed connection at my home (a sad peril of living out in the middle of the boonies), so no HBO Go either. And I don’t really do digital copies.

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    8. Wimsey,

      Austin and what seems like every other 19th century romantic novelist. There’s always that poor soul too beautiful for this harsh world that gets tuberculosis or some similar shit and leaves a handsome if pale corpse.

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    9. That Kit/Ben Crompton story was very cute. They sound gracious and sweet. Gotta compliment the fan (Tessa) and her smooth moves too!

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    10. tyjon,

      I think Cersei is going to project the anger and humiliation from her own penance onto the Tyrells, specifically Margaery, and that that will ultimately lead to Marg’s demise.

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    11. I live in Northern Ireland and I am highly envious of people who get to filming locations before me. I still need to cross some of those off my list…

      she is correct though, regardless of if GoT filmed in Tollymore Forest / Shimna River, it is a must go-to location. Superb!

      That Ice Lolly though…

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    12. Great articles, even though I’m jealous as hell, lol. Especially Tessa’s experience with Kit and Ben!
      Does anyone know why Kit isn’t allowing himself to be photographed right now? I mean, if he’s ‘dead’ dead then why not?

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    13. Tywin of the Hill,

      I would love to see him at The Wall. His character hasn’t shown much fighting ability in the series considering how good he is supposed to be. I’d like to see him in a worthwhile battle.

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    14. Wimsey,

      I had forgotten how sick she appeared. I think you could very well be right. Though I’m sure there will be more to it than just a sickness. I can’t see her character dying without a good amount of dramatic flair, lol.

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    15. Gravemaster:
      http://lossietereinos.com/noticias-desde-girona-irlanda-e-islandia-teatros-mendigos-asambleas-y-retornos/

      Los Siete Reinos report on the second day of shooting. From what I can understand, in 6×03 or 6×04 there will be a short scene where a still blind Arya is begging in the streets and then the Waif finds her and starts beating her with a stick.

      Also, there are new pics of the banners above the scene and it’s 100% a scene, because on the sides there are painted decorations that depict King’s Landing.

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    16. You know, generally I don’t really understand the obsession to travel along with a tour/band/show etc, but Tessa rocks. Love the shoe idea, and her shot with ‘Summer’ and ‘Greywind’ is too cute. 🙂

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    17. SciFiFantasyGirl: I had forgotten how sick she appeared. I think you could very well be right.

      It could have been nothing, but it just felt like they were showing us something, instead of it being something in the background. If nothing else, then the coughing interfered with the clarity of her dialogue (as coughing does!): so, why “harm” a scene if it’s not to mean anything?

      That written, nothing came of it last year, and it might not be wise to set up something for this season like that. Still, I have long suspected that Margaery is going to wind up dying because of Cersei’s machinations, and that this will lead to all sorts of trouble for her (e..g, losing Tommen, losing King’s Landing, that sort thing….)

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    18. Ravyn: Oh Finn, the only ending that would shock us now is if it was a scene where everyone sat down and had a nice dinner together.

      Not if half the characters were eating the other half of the characters.

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    19. Pigeon: I’m finding myself more of a Loras fan than before.

      Yeah, the show has made Loras more notable and a bit more fleshed out: he’s not just the callow narcissist in the background. Of course, this probably is just a book->screen adaptation issue. Books require a lot of tertiary characters like Loras who are largely just names for undeveloped individuals. After all, you cannot just write “the vain haughty-looking young man with just too nicely curled hair and stunning blue eyes that followed the other young men rather than the young women” over and over and over: you just write “Loras” or “Manderly” or something like that. TV/film frequently will condense lots of them to Greek Choruses for key scenes, but the ones that they do retain usually get “elevated” by virtue of the fact that they have to get some nominal development to attach a personality to the face. So, most of the Lorases get cut (e.g., his brother Gawain), but the few Lorases that remain (e.g., Loras, Margaery) get emphasized a bit more than they do in the books.

      I don’t think that it is either a “good” thing or a “bad” thing: really, it’s just a “thing.”

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    20. Cathair,

      You are so lucky to live in Northern Ireland – such a gorgeous place! Yes, I loved hiking around Tollymore Forest. It was an extra treat to have visited Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge as a side stop, before it was used for filming.

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    21. Wimsey,

      SciFiFantasyGirl,
      Wait wait wait!! Now that you mention it, she seemed very weak and SICK…and did Cersei bring her the previous night’s dinner in the MORNING? Did D&D not hang the future heir gun upon the wall in episode 1 or 2 last season?! Is Marge preggers!?! Get hype!!!

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    22. Wimsey: the show has made Loras more notable and a bit more fleshed out: he’s not just the callow narcissist in the background

      And yet…I have no problem seeing show!Loras go the way of the dodo while I am highly curious to read if book!Loras will make a surprise reappearance after his Dragonstone adventure. Hoping for a twist there.

      Admittedly, I am intrigued by the implied S6 “twist” for Knight of Flowers. Please!

      [Fingers not crossed for another cringeworthy Sansa-Loras flower garden discussion!]

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    23. Ravyn:
      BTW, here’s another miscellaneous article for you: Daario 1.0 talks about why he left GoT and says it wasn’t a movie role, but “politics”. I’m guessing that means “they wanted a better actor”. http://www.eonline.com/news/692770/ed-skrein-game-of-thrones-1st-daario-explains-why-he-left-the-hbo-show-find-out-what-he-said

      Interesting. I doubt they would recast because they wanted a better actor. It’s a big upheaval recasting a part and jarring for (a lot) of the audience (not all I know). It must be some behind the scenes goings-on, perhaps disagreement with one of the cast or crew, who knows.

      But it’s still a shame for me, he was much for charismatic in the role. Ah well we move on.

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    24. Also, thanks for posting the links from Tessa’s trip. I did the tour in Dubrovnik with Anna too, she’s awesome, and the tour is well worth the money, just amazing!! 🙂 I just got back from Malta a few days ago and did a self tour of some of the Season 1 sights, very nice! Tessa looks like a pro, can’t wait to read more closely.
      also for a graphic map of some of the places check out this link, very helpful and mostly correct 😉
      http://distractify.com/beth-buczynski/its-like-youre-really-there/
      it’s pilot to season 5 stuff.

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    25. Ravyn,

      I don’t like recastings because I’m opsesed with continuity. I don’t care which actor plays him, but I prefer to have only one.

      Well, Daario 1.0 was only in 3 episodes, so I can swallow it.

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    26. I am one of the people who thinks Margaery will lose her head next season.
      Briefly said, I think Doran will send Tyene/Obara/Nymeria to KL next season to undermine the city and weaken it for Daenerys. One of the Sand Snakes will then make up a lot of crimes for Margaery, causing her to lose her head, causing the Tyrells to lose their grip on the throne, causing them to support Dany when she arrives in Westeros.
      But the plot twist is the QoT sees through this plan and sends an army because of the ongoing war with Dorne, led by Loras. Dany arrives during the battle and Loras and the Dornishmen bow for her, Loras believing that the Tyrells don’t have any grip on the throne anyway. Ta-dah, conflict! 😀

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    27. Wimsey: She might not need to do so: she had a nasty cough when last we saw her, and whenever English actresses have nasty coughs, then they usually are on death’s door pretty soon.(Or is that only when they play Jane Austen characters?)

      I think that was a convention of the novels of the time, Wimsey. After all, although he was writing in the 19th century not the 18th like Jane Austen, Charles Dickens bumped off David Copperfield’s first wife and Little Nell in “The Old Curiosity Shop”. I can think of one American writer who did something similar – I always felt a bit cheated that in “Little Women” Beth fought off the fever only to be killed off in “Good Wives” (though maybe Louisa M Alcott felt that being snatched from the jaws of death twice would be overdoing it). I was disappointed that Jo didn’t marry Laurie too.

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    28. Sam the Slayer,

      Well I like to think Tyrion’s statement to Dany about the Tyrells as possible allies was not a coincidence, though

      I’m not sure this is a direction in the books as the Tyrells are hostile to Aegon’s invasion.

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    29. Jaime’s girl,

      Thank you for the kind words! 🙂 Yes, Anna’s awesome and we were lucky to be in Dubrovnik during filming last fall.
      Malta wasn’t on my travel radar so I was so glad to have a reason to go – such a lovely little country! Did you enjoy your trip?

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    30. Tywin of the Hill:
      Finn Jones has the script for the last episode? Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but I think he’s going to be sent to the Wall and

      Do you really think the Wall falling would be “shocking”? The Big Wall keeping the Really Bad Monsters Out falls or is otherwise breached in 110% of works that such a wall appears in. It would be shocking if it held!

      I think rlj is more likely to be what Finn is referring to. That blew my mind when the lightbulb came on.

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    31. Ross: Interesting. I doubt they would recast because they wanted a better actor. It’s a big upheaval recasting a part and jarring for (a lot) of the audience (not all I know).It must be some behind the scenes goings-on, perhaps disagreement with one of the cast or crew, who knows.

      But it’s still a shame for me, he was much for charismatic in the role. Ah well we move on.

      When he said “politics”, my first inclination was that he didn’t get along with someone, perhaps even Emilia, though she seems like a pretty chill person, but who knows? I don’t know. I liked him in the role, but they’ve given Daario more to do the past season, and maybe even more upcoming, so it could just be they wanted a different actor. Seems like Skrein’s doing OK for himself, regardless.

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    32. Wimsey,

      Yes I’ve see another theory floating that this season may see her death and that of Pycelle’s. If she doesn’t die she might just crack altogether, especially when she finds out about Marcella. Vengeful people often get desperate, and desperation often leads to slip ups because of the emotional state a person is in. She’s got a lot on her plate right now and is handling it all by herself for the most part.

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    33. Ashara D,

      Margaery’s sickness seems more like a pneumonia or something like that. I’ve been looking on the internet to see if anything has been written by anyone else who has noticed her being sick and I’ve found nothing. They wouldn’t just have it on the show for some reason but after three babies of my own, nothing about her sickness is convincing me that she was pregnant.

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    34. Sam the Slayer: Briefly said, I think Doran will send Tyene/Obara/Nymeria to KL next season to undermine the city and weaken it for Daenerys.

      I will be really surprised if the Sandsnakes are anywhere that Doran can send them places. If any of them do any such thing, then it will be working for someone else.

      Dame of Mercia: I think that was a convention of the novels of the time, Wimsey.

      Oh, I know! I was just joking (or being tongue-in-cheek), really. Of course, when Austen and others were writing these things, their ideas on what caused illnesses were comically wrong. It’s sort of like when Tyrion tries to tell the shipcrew that Grayscale is caused by “humors” rather than by curses: the learned ideas were a silly and the unlearned ideas really really silly!

      SciFiFantasyGirl: Margaery’s sickness seems more like a pneumonia or something like that.

      I’ve known many woman to have terrible nausea and headaches because of pregnancy. Lung ailments would be a new one to me.

      That written, if Margaery did have pneumonia, well, that would be a bad thing: it’s only been fairly recently that pneumonia has stopped being a life-threatening illness.

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    35. Hodor’s Bastard: Fingers not crossed for another cringeworthy Sansa-Loras flower garden discussion!

      I didn’t find that scene cringeworthy at all! To the contrary, I found it really funny. Poor Sansa: she really put the “less” into Clueless…..

      But as for book Loras, I am indifferent as to whether we see him again. He’s been a useful foil for developing Sansa and Jaime over the books, but useful foils are dime-a-dozen. Heck, they might be penny-a-dozen…..

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    36. Wimsey,

      Exactly.
      As a new book reader, is there any introductions of the massive spreading of a sickness or plague to come in the books? Has anyone noticed anyone else coughing and feverish in the streets or anywhere else?

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    37. SciFiFantasyGirl,
      I had two of my own (in college now) and I was sick, sick, sick in the beginning. Not coughing from pregnancy, just looking awful and turning away in utter disgust from the food. She could be coughing because her throat is raw from puking.
      [trying to keep my hype train on the tracks]. We haven’t had a baby in play like in the books–no Val, no baby switching story of Aegon–such a soap opera twist is not out of the question. Yet I say all of this with my tongue waggling my cheek… 😛
      I could see her dying and becoming a martyr before Cersei gets her “revenge.” Take THAT, Mad Queen! 😛

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    38. Ashara D: I could see her dying and becoming a martyr before Cersei gets her “revenge.” Take THAT, Mad Queen!

      Absolutely! It seems that there have been a lot of casting calls for hundreds of extras in many of the areas of shooting, including “KL” making me think that there must be some sort of uproar/rioting something big happening in the streets and their lovely Queen’s death while in captivity might very well be the precursor.

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    39. Tessa,

      Apologies for the late reply – I can’t get notifications or subscribe to posts for some reason so didn’t see your response until just now. Anyway, you’re very welcome! You went about it exactly the right way and I was very impressed. I’m old enough to know better and normally a very confident person but I know I’d be paralysed with nerves in their presence. So, better you represent the female fandom than me! Congrats and thanks for the very thorough report 🙂

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    40. Tessa,

      I don’t get to travel much so I love reading about other people’s experiences, thanks for sharing! You met the bastard! Does Kit look the same in person as he does on the screen? Thanks!

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    41. Ygritte,

      You’re welcome – I’m happy to share it with fellow fans. Kit was very casually chic in real life, and he was wearing a pair of black rimmed glasses but overall, yes, he did exude the Jon Snow aura 🙂

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    42. I wouldn’t be surprised if Margaery has some form of illness. The cell is damp and dark. It is a breeding ground for mold and nasty bactria. They don’t clean those cells that well either. They might send in a scrubber after the person is executed or leaves alive after finishing their sentence. Maybe. You are sitting, eating, and sleeping in filth. I don’t know if it will kill her but she will be in bad shape.

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    43. Ashara D:
      SciFiFantasyGirl,
      I had two of my own (in college now) and I was sick, sick, sick in the beginning. Not coughing from pregnancy, just looking awful and turning away in utter disgust from the food. She could be coughing because her throat is raw from puking.
      [trying to keep my hype train on the tracks]. We haven’t had a baby in play like in the books–no Val, no baby switching story of Aegon–such a soap opera twist is not out of the question. Yet I say all of this with my tongue waggling my cheek…
      I could see her dying and becoming a martyr before Cersei gets her “revenge.” Take THAT, Mad Queen!

      You mean morning sickness puking? It could be a possibility. You never know because it could be from being in a filthy cell.

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