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Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

Photo Credit:  Keith Bernstein / HBO
  • Premiered: 
    April 17, 2011
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  • Network: HBO
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the book series (A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R.R. Martin 
  • Subject Matter: Fantasy
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Plot Synopsis

Two powerful families are engaged in a deadly cat-and-mouse game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros -- from the scheming South and the savage Eastern lands, to the frozen North and the ancient Wall that protects the realm from the darkness beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen vie for power, and their bloody struggle for the Iron Throne will have unforeseen and far-reaching consequences. The story opens when King Robert Baratheon, who is married to Cersei Lannister of the wealthy and corrupt Lannisters, asks Lord Eddard 'Ned' Stark to come South and help run his kingdom after the questionable death of his right-hand man. Meanwhile, there is a threat to the throne from the East by the exiled teenage Princess Daenerys and her brother Viserys, whose family ruled the Kingdoms for many years before their bloody ouster. And there are rumors of strange things happening at the edge of the Kingdoms, North of the Wall, where Jon Snow, Ned's bastard son, goes to be part of the brotherhood of the Night's Watch, which is sworn to protect the Kingdoms. In King's Landing, the coveted Iron Throne is occupied by cruel young Joffrey, counseled by his conniving mother Cersei and his uncle Tyrion, who has been appointed Hand of the King. But the Lannister hold on the Throne is under assault on many fronts. Robb Stark, son of Ned Stark, the slain Lord of Winterfell, seeks autonomy in the North and has taken Cersei's brother Jaime prisoner in battle. Daenerys Targaryen looks to shore up her depleted power in the East with her three newborn dragons. Stannis Baratheon, brother of the late King Robert, rejects Joffrey's legitimacy and aligns with a powerful priestess to raise a naval attack. And Renly, Stannis' charismatic brother, has maintained his own claim since fleeing King's Landing. In the meantime, a new leader is rising among the wildlings North of the Wall, adding fresh perils for Jon Snow and the order of the Night's Watch. Season 3 premiered on Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 9pm ET/PT on HBO, with Blackwater Bay cooling, the victors consolidating their power and rebuilding King's Landing. But new challengers for the Iron Throne rose from the most unexpected places, as everyone navigated the demands of family, honor, ambition, love and -- above all -- survival, as the Westeros civil war raged into autumn. GAME OF THRONES returned for its fourth season on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on HBO. Season 4, which is based on the second half of "A Storm of Swords," the third and arguably most acclaimed book in Martin's series, picks up where Season 3 left off. Encouraged by the Red Wedding slaughter in the Riverlands that wiped out many of their Stark nemeses, the Lannisters' hold on the Iron Throne remains intact...but can they survive their own egos, as well as new and ongoing threats from the south, north and east? While an unbowed Stannis Baratheon continues to rebuild his army in Dragonstone, a more immediate danger comes from the south, as Oberyn Martell, the Lannister-loathing Red Viper of Dorne, arrives at King's Landing to attend Joffrey's wedding to Margaery Tyrell, and perhaps act on an ulterior agenda. In the north, a depleted Night's Watch seems overmatched against the inexorable Wall advances of Mance Rayder's army of wildlings, which in turn is being trailed by an even more formidable foe: the undead White Walkers. As if that weren't enough, Daenerys Targaryen, accompanied by her menacing trio of dragons and army. GAME OF THRONES returned for its 10-episode fifth season on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT on HBO. Jon Snow is struggling to balance the demands of the Night's Watch with those of the newly arrived Stannis Baratheon, who styles himself the rightful king of Westeros. Meanwhile, Cersei scrambles to hold on to power in King's Landing amidst the Tyrells and the rise of a religious group led by the enigmatic High Sparrow, while Jaime embarks on a secret mission. Across the Narrow Sea, Arya seeks an old friend and a fugitive Tyrion finds a new cause. And as danger mounts in Meereen, Daenerys finds that her tenuous hold on the city requires hard sacrifices. Season 6 of GAME OF THRONES premiered on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on HBO. Following the shocking developments at the conclusion of season five, including Jon Snow's bloody fate at the hands of Castle Black mutineers, Daenerys' near-demise at the fighting pits of Meereen, and Cersei's public humiliation in the streets of King's Landing, survivors from all parts of Westeros and Essos regroup to press forward, inexorably, towards their uncertain individual fates. Familiar faces will forge new alliances to bolster their strategic chances at survival, while new characters will emerge to challenge the balance of power in the east, west, north and south. New cast members for the sixth season include: Pilou Asbaek, Essie Davis, Souad Faress, James Faulkner, Richard E. Grant, Ian McShane, Joe Naufau, Freddie Stroma and Max von Sydow.
On July 18, 2016 HBO announced that GAME OF THRONES will begin shooting its next season later this summer; it was announced by Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming. Production of the seven-episode seventh season will be based in Northern Ireland, while additional portions will be filmed in Spain and Iceland, with debut slated for summer 2017 on HBO. "Now that winter has arrived on GAME OF THRONES, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual, when the weather is changing," said Bloys. "Instead of the show's traditional spring debut, we're moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule." Season 7 directors will include Mark Mylod, Jeremy Podeswa, Matt Shakman and Alan Taylor. Locations for shooting in Spain will include Sevilla, Caceres, Almodovar del Rio, Santiponce, Zumaia and Bermeo. Three months earlier -- on Thursday, April 21 -- HBO announced it renewed GAME OF THRONES for a seventh season.

On Tuesday, November 15, 2016 HBO Home Entertainment released GAME OF THRONES: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON. The set features all 10 episodes, plus extensive bonus content. A Must for GOT Fans! Bonus features include:


- The Battle of the Bastards: An In-Depth Look - Behind-the-scenes piece examining the production challenges of creating this epic event, including explorations of VFX, stunts, and interviews with key cast and crew.

- Recreating the Dothraki World - Behind-the-scenes piece looking at the creation of Vaes Dothrak and its importance to Dany's evolution.

- 18 Hours at the Paint Hall - Follow all three shooting units as they converge in this behind-the-scenes snapshot of a day in the life of the largest show on television

- Audio Commentaries - The most commentaries ever recorded for Game of Thrones, featuring:

- Episode 601: Director Jeremy Podeswa, Director of Photography Greg Middleton, and Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne)

- Episode 602: Writer Dave Hill, Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), and Ben Crompton (Dolorous Edd)

- Episode 603: Director Daniel Sackheim, Production Designer Deborah Riley, and Dean-Charles Chapman (Tommen Baratheon)

- Episode 604: Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), and Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm)

- Episode 605 (2 commentaries): Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy), Pilou Asbaek (Euron Greyjoy), Ellie Kendrick (Meera Reed), and Kristian Nairn (Hodor); Prosthetics Supervisor Barrie Gower, Camera Operators Chris Plevin and Ben Wilson, and Executive Producer Bernadette Caulfield

- Episode 606: Director Jack Bender, Director of Photography Jonathan Freeman, John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), and Hannah Murray (Gilly)

- Episode 607: Producer/Writer Bryan Cogman, Ian McShane (Septon Ray), and Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell)

- Episode 608: Director Mark Mylod, Essie Davis (Lady Crane), and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister)

- Episode 609 (2 commentaries): Director Miguel Sapochnik, Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), and Kit Harington (Jon Snow); Director of Photography Fabian Wagner, Visual Effects Producer Steve Kullback, and Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Bauer

- Episode 610 (2 commentaries): Executive Producers/Writers David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), and Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister); Special Effects Supervisor Sam Conway, Camera Operator Sean Savage, and Producer Chris Newman

- Deleted Scenes - Four deleted scenes.

Blu-ray with Digital Copy - includes ALL DVD features plus:

- In-Episode Guide - Dig deeper into the show with this in-feature resource that provides background information about on-screen characters, locations, and relevant histories.

- Histories and Lore - Learn about the mythology of Westeros and Essos as told from the varying perspectives of the characters themselves in 18 history pieces.

- The Old Way: narrated by Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek)

- The Kingsmoot: narrated by Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek)

- The Sunset Sea: narrated by Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek)

- War of the Ninepenny Kings: narrated by Brother Ray (Ian McShane)

- The Great Tourney at Harrenhal: narrated by Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick)

- Robert's Rebellion: narrated by Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)

- Vaes Dothrak: narrated by Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen)

- The Dothraki: narrated by Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen)

- Northern Allegiances to House Stark: narrated by Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner)

- Children of the Forest vs. the First Men: narrated by the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow)

- Brotherhood Without Banners: narrated by Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye)

- Oldtown: narrated by Grand Maester Pycelle (Julian Glover) and Qyburn (Anton Lesser)

- House Dayne: narrated by Young Ned Stark (Robert Aramayo)

- The Little Birds: narrated by Lord Varys (Conleth Hill)

- Knights of the Vale: narrated by Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish (Aidan Gillen)

- House Tarly: narrated by Randyll Tarly (James Faulkner)

- Riverrun: narrated by Brynden 'the Blackfish' Tully (Clive Russell)

- Great Sept of Baelor: narrated by the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce)


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  • Also known as: GoT

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Births, Deaths & Weddings

  • June 12, 2011: Eddard 'Ned' Stark dies
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  • April 21, 2013: Jeor Mormont dies
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  • June 2, 2013: Robb Stark dies
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  • June 2, 2013: Talisa Maegyr dies
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  • June 2, 2013: Lady Catelyn Stark dies
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  • June 2, 2013: Roslin Frey & Edmure Tully are married
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  • April 13, 2014: King Joffrey Baratheon dies
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  • April 13, 2014: Margaery Tyrell & King Joffrey Baratheon are married
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  • June 15, 2014: Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane dies
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  • June 15, 2014: Tywin Lannister dies
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  • April 12, 2015: Mance Rayder dies
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  • April 26, 2015: Margaery Tyrell and Tommen Baratheon are married
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  • June 7, 2015: Shireen Baratheon dies
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  • June 14, 2015: Jon Snow dies
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  • May 22, 2016: Hodor dies