There’s a lot happening this week, with season 6 on the way and the Game of Thrones DVD/Blu-ray coming out tomorrow.
HBO has just released two clips from the DVD/Blu-ray special features, one explaining the historical inspirations for the Red Wedding and the other other about the construction of the Hardhome set in Northern Ireland.
We have new interviews with Alfie Allen discussing Theon Greyjoy and fan interactions, and Game of Thrones cast members sharing how they’d spend their wealth if they were paid for every Jon Snow question they get.
We also received an update today from HBO providing more details about the event in New York City planned for tomorrow.
Though originally reported to be taking place in Union Square, it looks like fans in the New York area should head to Herald Square tomorrow evening for some exciting Game of Thrones action. The event will be promoting the Game of Thrones Season 5 DVD/Blu-ray.
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It’s no news to anyone that George R.R Martin drew heavily on European history to create Westeros and A Song of Ice and Fire. It turns out, the Red Wedding was inspired by two specific events in Scottish history (“one of the most incredibly bloody histories of any country that I’ve ever studied,” he says): the Black Dinner and the Glencoe Massacre. In a clip from the DVD /Blu-ray special features, Martin and historians discuss the massacres that inspired one of the greatest upsets in literary fantasy and television history.
HBO has also released a featurette about the construction of Hardhome at Magheramorne Quarry in Northern Ireland.
Alfie Allen appeared on the Australian talk show, The Project, to promote the release of the season 5 DVD and Blu-ray. He talked about his off-screen rapport with Iwan Rheon and some of the feedback he’s received from survivors of abuse who connect with his character. Though he was evasive when asked about plot developments next season, he did promise “a lot more Greyjoy action.”
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After over 10 months of being asked variations of the same question, the cast of Game of Thrones discuss how rich they’d be if they had a pound for every time they’ve been asked about Jon Snow’s fate and how they would spend their wealth – both Maisie Williams and Iwan Rheon say they’d buy a “massive” Jon Snow statue.