Premiere Day Interview Round-up: Maisie Williams, Kristian Nairn, Daniel Portman and John Bradley on the season ahead

From the season 4 finale. Photo: HBO

From the season 4 finale. Photo: HBO

Bran Stark is making his big return this season on Game of Thrones, and everyone knows you can’t have Bran without Hodor. Kristian Nairn teases the season ahead in these brand new interviews.

Talking to the Wall Street Journal about Hodor’s season 6 storyline, Nairn says, “I’m happy. Obviously, I can’t say too much. I’m very happy how season 6 has played out for us. It’s a very cool turn of events. It’s worth the wait.”

The actor doesn’t appear to be too worried about Hodor being phased out of the picture. Nairn says, “They’re inexorably tied together. They can’t really survive without each other at the moment. They’re kind of symbiotic.”

The popularity of his universally beloved character is examined. “Every time you appear, or every time Hodor appears, the crowd just goes nuts. There are much bigger characters there, like Peter and Lena, amazing actors and incredible characters, and all you hear is people yelling ‘Hodor!’ And I say, ‘wow.’ People can get behind him. He’s easy to get behind.”

Check out the rest of the interview at WSJ!

Nairn also talks to Philly.com this week about the extra secrecy surrounding season six.

“It’s a different territory this season. So they’re super-secretive,” Nairn says, “and we really want people to be shocked and surprised this year.”

Even the actors in the show are curious about the twists and turns of Game of Thrones, though. According to Nairn, he and his co-stars “only get to see the scripts of the episodes that we’re in. But we talk. […] We all try to find out each other’s story lines from each other. But we’re pretty good at keeping it tight. . . . We try to keep it in the family.”

The increased security isn’t the only change around the set this year. Nairn’s co-star, Isaac Hempstead Wright whom he often has to tote around, is now six feet tall.

“He’s like a Great Dane,” he says of Hempstead Wright. “When you see a Great Dane puppy, you sort of say it grows into its legs. He has these really long legs, and I’m assuming he’s going to grow into them. . . . So he’s going to be a tall chap. So for me to carry him for the remainder of the show – you never know when we’ll end up leaving the show, who knows? – it’s going to be more and more difficult.”

Here’s hoping Bran does a lot more seated scenes and visions, for the sake of Kristian’s back.

You can read the complete interview at Philly.com.


Pod

Podrick Payne is another one of the few truly “good” characters on Game of Thrones. His portrayer, Daniel Portman, talks to STV this week about his favorite castmates, his other projects, and the season ahead.

Season six is “the best one yet by a mile,” Portman says. “There’s most twists and turns, more shocks, more things you won’t expect and I think a lot of characters you’ll see a much more human side of, so I will leave it there.”

He does acknowledge, “Now every year the pressure is greater, and now that we’re coming closer -the show is at season six – we’re on the downhill now.”

As for the new year, Portman says, “All the Starks are wiped out that had any sort of power, the king is dead, and then the guy that you thought was the hero is gone. So who is going to step up? That’s what season six is all about.”

As for the question of whether there would ever be anything romantic between Pod and Brienne, Portman nixes the idea and says that, “The show is so sex heavy, to have a really innocent, pure friendship between a man and a woman in the show is really nice.”

He addresses the interesting fact that his father Ron Donachie was a cast member on Game of Thrones as well. Donachie played Winterfell’s whiskered master-at-arms Ser Rodrik Cassel, executed by Theon Greyjoy in season 2.

“He’d been on it since the pilot,” Portman tells STV.  “I was never on set before that and we’ve got different names, and the boys didn’t really know until I’d already got the part.

“My dad mentioned to them when they were on set – ‘you’ve just cast my boy’.”

There’s quite a bit more to the piece so visit the full interview over at STV!

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One of the common issues speculated about after the events of the season 5 finale was, “How will Samwell react to the news that Jon Snow is dead?” Courtesy of the New York Post, we now have the answer.

“He doesn’t find out. Not at all. And that’s interesting,” John Bradley says. When asked how it would change things if Sam did know, he explains, “Sam’s always felt he’s to blame for everything. He’d find a way to … blame himself.”

For viewers looking for impactful Red-Wedding-style moments, relax- they’re coming, according to Bradley. “Toward the end of the season, there are moments of incredible savagery. This show appeals to people’s intellectual capacity, but a lot of the moments are the visceral ones that hit you right in the gut.”

Bradley talks about sex and love scenes on GoT, and Jon’s moment of sacrifice in the New York Post so visit the complete interview.


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Maisie Williams speaks with the Telegraph about the season ahead, and whether Arya can continue on her current path to becoming a Faceless Man.

The actress agrees that season 5 finale murder of Meryn Trant is “probably” the most shocking scene yet she’d had to do on Game of Thrones.

Watching it back, however, it was definitely a lot more gruesome than I had let myself on set. Because this sort of thing shouldn’t affect Arya, she shouldn’t be freaked out by the thought of someone else’s blood on her hands. Personally, I’d find that awful… I guess I distanced myself from the emotion of that scene when I was filming it. When I watched it back I thought “oh wow, this is dark.” But the scene went down really well and it’s always nice when everyone can rejoice together and think “Oh well, he’s a bad guy!” It was a messed up thing for Arya to do but we were all in agreement that we didn’t like Ser Meryn. So there’s no controversy on that front.

 

Though Arya is capable of killing, is she capable of becoming No One? That is the question she’ll face this year.

All the other Starks have been let down by the fact that they have a heart. I think that’s the reason she’s still alive. She has this very dark side to her and she will stop at nothing to get what she wants. The reason it’s worked so well is because it’s about what she wants – but to now channel all the same emotion and energy into working for someone else, I don’t know if that is something she is cut out for. And that’s a huge thing we see coming into season six, we see a massive conflict within her.

Maisie has a lot more to say about Game of Thrones, acting, and fame, so swing by the Telegraph to read the rest!

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    1. GeekFurious:
      While I am sure episode 1 will be great, I’m looking forward to next week’s more… because no one has spoiled what happens in that episode yet.

      With Episode 2 being titled “Home”, I wonder if we’ll see Euron and Oldtown/Horn Hill already?

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    2. I am so excited to see Bran again this season, I hope people who found his story line boring, will finally see how much of an important character he is.

      I have never been this excited for a show before ahaha.

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    3. Episode one should be good, can’t wait to watch it in all its glory.
      What story lines are some of you guys anticipating the most over season 6 ?
      The Wall/the North for me <3

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    4. What time does the open chat thread usually open up on Sundays?

      Can’t wait to see the astonishing thing Mel does that Liam has been hyping up.

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    5. Jack Bauer 24: With Episode 2 being titled “Home”, I wonder if we’ll see Euron and Oldtown/Horn Hill already?

      I’m of the mind that the episode was temporarily titled “Homeward Bound,” and so I think we might see Oldtown (surely he won’t stay on the ship long) and Euron at Pyke, but we’ll also see some Starks dreaming of Winterfell and how to get back there, I hope, and others turning toward home.

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    6. Matthew The Dragon Knight:
      Episode one should be good, can’t wait to watch it in all its glory.
      What story lines are some of you guys anticipating the most oversatile season 6 ?
      The Wall/the North for me <3

      Really hyped for Euron overall and of course everything the Wall/North.

      Really hyped for Mel’s astonishing reveal tonight, whatever that is.

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    7. Matthew The Dragon Knight:
      What story lines are some of you guys anticipating the most oversatile season 6 ?
      The Wall/the North for me <3

      Definitely! I’m also hoping that Oldtown will be as wonderful as I’d imagined she’d be. Please, please, please! I’m also a Stark-lover, so I’m looking forward to all things Jon, Arya, Bran, Sansa, and even Rickon.

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    8. Hempstead Wright certainly is an exception to the usual rule for child-actors! Of course, so many are cast for roles early because they are runty: a small 11 year old is ideal for playing an 8-year old.

      It is moderately amusing that the one actor around whom Turner would never need to slouch is now photosynthesizing! (But, no, it is not ironic.)

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    9. Don’t know if this counts a spoiler but,

      Game of Thrones Facebook just posted a small teaser for tonights episode, its the panning shot of Castle Black onto Jons body and you can hear Ghost howling 🙁

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    10. Lol, Winter is cumming! 😀

      YouPorn, RedTube, PornHub and Tube8 are paying tribute to Game of Thrones – no, I’m not talking about one of those porn parodies of GoT… and no, not talking about Sibel Kekilli’s former career neither. They just changed the font and added the sigil of House Stark (YouPorn), House Lannister (RedTube), House Targaryen (PornHub) and House Martell (Tube8).

      Funny thing, if you pass your mouse over the sigil of Lannisters you can see: “House RedTube – Hear Me Moan!” 😀

      Of course, somebody else told me. I didn’t even know those sites existed, no…

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    11. Ginevra: Definitely!I’m also hoping that Oldtown will be as wonderful as I’d imagined she’d be.Please, please, please!I’m also a Stark-lover, so I’m looking forward to all things Jon, Arya, Bran, Sansa, and even Rickon.

      I really hope we actually see Oldtown and not just a cut to Horn Hill.

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    12. “How will Samwell react to the news that Jon Snow is dead?” Courtesy of the New York Post, we now have the answer.

      “He doesn’t find out. Not at all. And that’s interesting,” John Bradley says.

      I’m starting to get worried for Sam’s storyline now. There is no way he would not find out about Jon’s death if he makes it to Oldtown or even Horn Hill. They would certainly have gotten a raven about it, and as a NW brother they would definitely tell him. There was a conspicuous lack of footage from Oldtown in the trailers — usually they showcase new locations in the trailers. I wonder if he’s going to wind up somewhere else… or whether they make more out of

      his encountering Arya in Braavos

      than was done in the books….

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    13. Matthew The Dragon Knight:
      Episode one should be good, can’t wait to watch it in all its glory.
      What story lines are some of you guys anticipating the most over season 6 ?
      The Wall/the North for me <3

      My most anticipated
      1. Jaime
      2. Wall
      3. Tyrion & Varys
      4. Sansa & LF

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    14. Raynald Westerling,

      High Sparrow, really? I mean the character’s an ass but Jonathan Pryce is amazing as the character and HS has quickly become an integral part of the show, so I hope he’ll be around for awhile.

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    15. crimethink: I’m starting to get worried for Sam’s storyline now.There is no way he would not find out about Jon’s death if he makes it to Oldtown or even Horn Hill.They would certainly have gotten a raven about it, and as a NW brother they would definitely tell him.There was a conspicuous lack of footage from Oldtown in the trailers — usually they showcase new locations in the trailers.I wonder if he’s going to wind up somewhere else… or whether they make more out of

      than was done in the books….

      I’ve been worried that we won’t see Oldtown. We know he makes it to HH because of the Tarly castings though.

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    16. I hope Podrick doesn’t die this season, or die at all in future seasons. He’s one of my favourites.

      He also looks like one of my friends who is very short lol.

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    17. Rafael,

      The Wall/the North
      Jaime
      Bran
      Tyrion
      Dany
      Arya
      Brienne
      Shit, looking forward to everything.
      Snow will rise again

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    18. Jack Bauer 24: I’ve been worried that we won’t see Oldtown. We know he makes it to HH because of the Tarly castings though.

      Not so sure…in the books Horn Hill and the Tarlys initially come into play for reasons unrelated to Sam.

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    19. Jack Bauer 24: I’ve been worried that we won’t see Oldtown. We know he makes it to HH because of the Tarly castings though.

      At least they chose a shooting location for Oldtown so I’d imagine it’s in. We also know the location where HH was shot.

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    20. crimethink:
      I’m starting to get worried for Sam’s storyline now.There is no way he would not find out about Jon’s death if he makes it to Oldtown or even Horn Hill.They would certainly have gotten a raven about it, and as a NW brother they would definitely tell him.

      Not if Jon comes back before word gets out (it’s not like Thorne and co. are likely to be in a hurry to advertise to everybody that they murdered the Lord Commander).

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    21. Dutch Maester,

      Maybe I am too hard on the Sparrow, he’s a great actor for sure.. I’ve just never been a fan of the religious uprising of the faith of the seven in the books/show.

      I’m waiting for their downfall but it doesn’t seem like it’s coming any time soon!!

      Olly can suck a D though

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    22. I am a Targeryen and Lannister fan yet this year I find myself looking forward to the Starks’ story, in particuar Sansa’s, as I’ve always been keen on “rise to power” arcs and it looks like that’s how her storyline will develop this year, and Bran’s as he’s getting a lot of interesting visions. Can’t wait!

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    23. I am excited for the big White Walker scene this season! I hope we get to learn more about them, and hear them speak (hopefully)

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    24. crimethink,
      There may not be any ravens sent out due to the chaos that will be The Wall in the wake of Jon’s murder. And the rest of Westeros barely cares about what’s going on there anyway, so how would he find out? It’s not like the ravens would fly to him. Sam’s storyline kind of depends on his NOT knowing that Jon is dead. Remember, he’s searching for a way to help his bestie survive, not really for a way to save the realm or bring glory to himself. It’s all about his best friend.

      I cannot wait for the Oldtown storyline to begin. I have lots of questions that have been rolling around my brain since the end of Dance of Dragons. I’m anxious to see where it goes.

      Also, cannot wait to see

      the Quiet Isle. How will they handle the Gravedigger reveal? Good stuff!

      Also, ToJ! And Bran! Just a few more hours…

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    25. Connor:
      I am excited for the big White Walker scene this season! I hope we get to learn more about them, and hear them speak (hopefully)

      Agreed my friend. I really hope we get to see the NK actually fight as well.

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    26. Hoyti Von Totiy:
      Help me remember do we get “in the next episode preview” after Ep1 airs?

      I forgot about that! Yeah the preview for the following episode plays directly after. I wonder if they’ll do away with those this year because of the spoiler lockdown.

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    27. The other Game of Thrones Episode Titles are leaked:

      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 1 S06E01 – The Red Woman
      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 2 S06E02 – Home
      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 3 S06E03 – Oathbreaker
      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 4 S06E04 – Bloodriders
      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 5 S06E05 – Old Wyk
      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 6 S06E06 – Promises
      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 7 S06E07 – The Mummer
      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 8 S06E08 – Remember Your Name
      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 9 S06E09 – Our Blades Are Sharp
      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 10 S06E10 – The Citadel

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    28. Hodor Targaryen:
      The other Game of Thrones Episode Titles are leaked:

      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 1 S06E01 – The Red Woman
      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 2 S06E02 – Home
      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 3 S06E03 – Oathbreaker
      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 4 S06E04 – Bloodriders
      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 5 S06E05 – Old Wyk
      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 6 S06E06 – Promises
      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 7 S06E07 – The Mummer
      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 8 S06E08 – Remember Your Name
      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 9 S06E09 – Our Blades Are Sharp
      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 10 S06E10 – The Citadel

      What!

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    29. Wylie:
      Matthew The Dragon Knight,

      Hmm. I can’t get the video to start. I suppose you need to be a member… Oh well, gonna go to bed soon anyway and wake up early tomorrow. See you all then!!!

      won’t play with me on Chrome browser. Then I switched to Firefox and it played ok. Maybe try that

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    30. Hodor Targaryen:
      The other Game of Thrones Episode Titles are leaked:

      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 1 S06E01 – The Red Woman
      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 2 S06E02 – Home
      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 3 S06E03 – Oathbreaker
      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 4 S06E04 – Bloodriders
      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 5 S06E05 – Old Wyk
      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 6 S06E06 – Promises
      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 7 S06E07 – The Mummer
      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 8 S06E08 – Remember Your Name
      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 9 S06E09 – Our Blades Are Sharp
      Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 10 S06E10 – The Citadel

      Are those for real?! Because if so, OMG! episode 6!! Squeee! And 6×09!! And why does 6×08 ring a bell?

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    31. Jack Bauer 24,

      Naw no way in hell, we will get a preview like we do every season at the end of the episode.
      Looking forward to the preview of episode 2, the episode titles for episode 4 and 5 should leak or be announced this week or next.

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    32. Ginevra: I’m also hoping that Oldtown will be as wonderful as I’d imagined she’d be. Please, please, please!

      tsk, tsk: what have I warned you about using your imagination instead of GRRMs! 😀

      (I do not remember the town being described in the books save that it has a really tall tower.)

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    33. Hey, i got this Episode Titles from a Game of Thrones Thread @ reddit and the Reddit User seems to be really trustworthy because he revealed a lot of content in the last seasons correctly so this might be the real deal.

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    34. “It’s worth the wait,” Nairn says.

      Show watchers don’t know shit about waiting. Fucking watcher bullshit privilege.

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    35. Marco: Started on 4chan /tv/, you know, that special place where trolls are not welcome.

      Aw, poop, I knew I shouldn’t have gotten all excited. 🙁

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    36. mau,

      Maybe.

      The fact is, i cannot confirm those Titles on my own. We have to wait but the leaker was a trustworthy member of the Subreddit from Game of Thrones. I think we should give it a chance because the Titles seems to make sense.

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    37. 4chan is dark and full of horrors.

      It baffles me as to who would spend time in that place of chaos.

      It looks like someone took a message board or a forum and had 40 000 dorthraki fu*k it and their horses too. You cannot make out who writes what and who replies to whom …

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    38. Hmmm. Those titles seem like something a book-reader would come up with. 4chan doesn’t have a good track record with episode titles- the last couple years, all the leaked ones have come from GeeklyInc.

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    39. Wimsey: tsk, tsk: what have I warned you about using your imagination instead of GRRMs!?

      (I do not remember the town being described in the books save that it has a really tall tower.)

      No power in the ‘verse can stop my imagination, Wimsey Without Whimsey. I was thinking more of the characters and what goes down in Oldtown than the physical setting, but I’ve used loads of my imagination on those, too.

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    40. mau,

      Yeah, and that point in the new season we’re well past “remember your name” part of Theon’s story. Also there is absolutely no way they will have 2 episodes named after Greyjoys.

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    41. hodor:
      mau,

      Yeah, and that point in the new season we’re well past “remember your name” part of Theon’s story. Also there is absolutely no way they will have 2 episodes named after Greyjoys.

      I thought immediately of Arya, but wouldn’t that be too late in the season for her to start embracing who she was?

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    42. Ginevra,

      mau,

      Funny
      I thought about dany ” Remember who you are ” and it will be late in the show as well

      Blood riders and promises had me pumped though

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    43. GeekFurious:
      While I am sure episode 1 will be great, I’m looking forward to next week’s more… because no one has spoiled what happens in that episode yet.

      hahaha, that was funny. Same here. Though this episode, if not spoiled, would have probably be my favourite ever. I regret with all my heart that I looked at the leaks.

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    44. 7 more hours to go.
      Im really wondering in which episode Bran returns because i have a feeling that it wont be the first episode.

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    45. DanTheMan:
      7 more hours to go.
      Im really wondering in which episode Bran returns because i have a feeling that it wont be the first episode.

      I think it’ll be Episode 2.

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    46. ash,

      You’re welcome.

      Rereading the vow, I’ve never had to deal with others talking or touching my remote – until now. The girls have always gone to bed at the same time the show starts, and the old man knows well enough to leave me alone and let me scream in peace. But this year, the eldest will be going to bed half an hour in. We’ll have to have a talk. I may need a sign on my door that says, “You Shall Not Pass!” (She kept waiting for Moses to say that line when he parted the Red Sea in Exodus. I had to tell her that was Gandolf.)

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    47. Matthew The Dragon Knight,

      This got to be from the premiere and we saw Wildlings bursting though Castle Black gates. At least Davos defending Jon’s body is premiere. The big event might not be in the premiere but later on. The Wall seems to hype people a lot along with Dothraki and Riverlands.

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    48. I doubt it, but That would be exciting.
      We have a lot to get to in the premier, i’d be more then happy to see it tonight if we are lucky. 🙂

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    49. Okay got told by work to fly cross country to LA tonight. I got HBO GO setup & ready on the ipad. Flying jetblue and I’m told streaming works okay if you pay for the enhanced service (the regular service is free). Avoided spoilers so far, but when I land in LA I’m sure people will be talking. Wish me, or more specifically my inflight network connection, some luck!!! I’ve waited so long I can’t miss this… I guess I can watch it on HBO GO when I get to the hotel but if anyone understands its this group of folks!

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    50. Hi Guys, I’m looking for a Season 5 finale meme, the first picture is Jon Snow and it says “Everyone wants him to be alive” and the second picture is Cersei and it says “but I just want to see the epic revenge happen”.

      Thank you!

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    51. What locations do you think will be in the opening intro besides the usual KL, Winterfell, and Wall? I’m going with Braavos, Mereen, and Dorne. I wonder if they’ll use both Mereen and Vaes Dothrak in the intro?

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    52. Watchers of no Trailers:
      Okay got told by work to fly cross country to LA tonight.I got HBO GO setup & ready on the ipad.Flying jetblue and I’m told streaming works okay if you pay for the enhanced service (the regular service is free).Avoided spoilers so far, but when I land in LA I’m sure people will be talking.Wish me, or more specifically my inflight network connection, some luck!!!I’ve waited so long I can’t miss this… I guess I can watch it on HBO GO when I get to the hotel but if anyone understands its this group of folks!

      Good luck!

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    53. Ginevra,

      We’ve been told that some new faces were cast to be Sam’s Family, so I’m thinking he’ll probably stop in at his home on the way to Oldtown. I’m an unsullied fan, but perhaps he’ll drop Gilly and the baby off there so they’ll be safe and he can devote more time to his studies?

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    54. Jack Bauer 24,

      Judging by the season 5 recap that’ll air before the ep which shows Loras and Margaery, I’m assuming we’ll get the prison scene between them tonight. As for Olenna, maybe. Mace certainly won’t appear.

      Jack Bauer 24,

      It’ll be those 6, yes. They won’t reach Vaes Dothrak in this episode as we saw the clip from ep 2 or 3, so I’m guessing that will replace Dorne starting next week. I’m really hoping we’ll get Iron Islands and Riverrun back at some point, as well as the (only?) new addition Oldtown, but judging by how KL, WF, Wall, Braavos and Meereen are pretty much stuck that will involve 7 locations on the map, which they’ve never done before. Or they will have to change the map episode to episode based on what’s in each episode, which they’ve also never done.

      Of course, depending on how the story unfolds, Braavos and Vaes Dothrak might be removed from the sequence by the 9th and 7th episode, respectively.

      .

      Also… HYPE!!

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    55. Gods, this day is dragging. I keep looking at the time and I swear it’s going backwards. Not even baseball can keep my mind off GoT today. 6 hours. *weeps*

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    56. Dutch Maester:
      Jack Bauer 24,

      Judging by the season 5 recap that’ll air before the ep which shows Loras and Margaery, I’m assuming we’ll get the prison scene between them tonight. As for Olenna, maybe. Mace certainly won’t appear.

      Jack Bauer 24,

      It’ll be those 6, yes. They won’t reach Vaes Dothrak in this episode as we saw the clip from ep 2 or 3, so I’m guessing that will replace Dorne starting next week. I’m really hoping we’ll get Iron Islands and Riverrun back at some point, as well as the (only?) new addition Oldtown, but judging by how KL, WF, Wall, Braavos and Meereen are pretty much stuck that will involve 7 locations on the map, which they’ve never done before. Or they will have to change the map episode to episode based on what’s in each episode, which they’ve also never done.

      .

      Also… HYPE!!

      I think it’s guaranteed we’ll see II/Pyke back in the intro sometime before mid season with Euron being introduced.

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    57. Jack Bauer 24,

      It’ll be those 6, yes. They won’t reach Vaes Dothrak in this episode as we saw the clip from ep 2 or 3, so I’m guessing that will replace Dorne starting next week. I’m really hoping we’ll get Iron Islands and Riverrun back at some point, as well as the (only?) new addition Oldtown, but judging by how KL, WF, Wall, Braavos and Meereen are pretty much stuck that will involve 7 locations on the map, which they’ve never done before. Or they will have to change the map episode to episode based on what’s in each episode, which they’ve also never done.

      They have in fact changed the map from episode to episode before. Moat Cailin, Harrenhall, the Eyrie, and the Twins were definitely not shown on the map for an entire season.

      Jack Bauer 24: I thought it was the premiere? Remember Mel does something “astonishing” tonight, so I think they have his body.

      There are a lot of astonishing things she could do. I don’t think the thing you’re talking about would be considered astonishing by the fandom, since most people expect it.

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    58. What…no spoilers? Bummer. I guess I’ll have to trawl the internet for gossip and whacko theories.

      It would be awesome if you had a post for spoilers only where everybody regurgitates every bit of gossip they’ve heard. It would be awesome!

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    59. I find it interesting that Sam never hears that Jon was killed. That certainly belies the notion that news travels quickly and everywhere.

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    60. Cersei:

      I’m looking for a Season 5 finale meme, the first picture is Jon Snow and it says “Everyone wants him to be alive” and the second picture is Cersei and it says “but I just want to see the epic revenge happen”.

      Hmm, it seems to be in hiding based on my search! Here are a few others–they’re not what you were looking for, but they’re still funny 🙂

      http://heavy.com/entertainment/2016/04/game-of-thrones-premiere-memes-jon-snow-funny-pictures-photos-tweets-reactions-tyrion-daenerys-cersei/

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    61. Whats up with the website? Whenever I try to reach the website by entering it into my address bar it takes me to a version from 8 days ago…I can only reach the updated page by clicking on facebook links one post at a time…can anyone clue me in?

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    62. I’m really disappointed they didn’t get Daniel Portman to divulge more about Pod in the brothel.

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    63. crimethink: I’m starting to get worried for Sam’s storyline now. There is no way he would not find out about Jon’s death if he makes it to Oldtown or even Horn Hill.

      Sure there is. Remember, this is not a world in which “news gets out.” That’s especially true for things in the far North, where few people go and there are no active centers of trade, which has been badly decimated by war and probably still has internal strife, and where Winter has set in for a while. Ravens might not be sent, and those that are might not get through.

      Too often fans expect that the characters should know as much as we do. However, they don’t: and given where the plot has gone, they are apt to know less than usual right now.

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