Game of Thrones Season 5: News Blast

By Rhiannon Kavity on Aug 7, 2014 to Game of Thrones

It’s almost impossible to stay completely up to date on all of the Game of Thrones news flooding the Internet. It’s seems as though the moment you turn around, or log off your computer, new casting information or an interview is revealed.

Game of Thrones just might be the only show that’s popularity seems to increase during the off-season.

In an effort to keep all our fellow HBOWatchers up to date on all things GoT, we’re going to do a quick break down of all the highlights this week just in case you missed anything.

Hopefully, it should help to fill the gaping hole left in your hearts by the lack of Westeros.

George R.R. Martin, author of the infamous A Song of Ice and Fire series, aka the book that led to the Game of Thrones show, spoke out on his blog regarding the accusations of racism in GoT casting. People raise questions on why so few people of color have been cast in roles and why those who have end up playing slaves or servants. This isn’t something new, or the first time such allegations have been made, and as always Martin perfectly combats the issue.

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Speaking of the Creator of all things GoT, he will be rereleasing his children’s book The Ice Dragon on October 21, 2014. The story, though for children, takes place in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, and is sure to top the Best Sellers list just like the original series. You can pre-order it today by clicking here!

Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, had her first appearance at SD Comic-Con this year. She teased some big changes for the eldest Stark girl, which is hardly surprising considering her sudden partnership with Littlefinger. She even discussed her experience with her on-screen husband Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) and gave her opinion on their character’s relationship by saying:

“Doing the scenes with Peter is fun because he’s so funny and we get on really well. It’s nice because we both really understand the relationship that they have. They have this unspoken trust – she’s so much more open with him than she is with [other people]. You can see she’s a lot more relaxed around him, even if it’s just a snarky comment, she wouldn’t say that to someone else in court. She doesn’t want to trust him because he’s a Lannister but she knows that she can. It’s really sweet.

Sean Bean (Ned Stark) hosted an AMA on reddit this week. The thread was in support of his new show “Legends” which will air on TNT August 13th. Whether he expected it or not, Bean was bombarded with questions not about his new show but about the dearly departed Ned Stark.  If you want to read the entire thread, you can see it here.

Here are some of his best responses:

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Not that’s it’s a surprise to any of us but Game of Thrones finally hit 19 million viewers, which basically means there’s 19 million of us fanpersoning over how we badly want to fast-forward through the next year and get to the premiere!

Stay tuned to HBOWatch for all your GoT news and leave some comments below with your own thoughts!

  • Alexandra Mitchell

    That Sean Bean AMA is amazing! I was cracking up as I read through it. I bet Sean Bean would be great in a comedy film or show where he didn’t die. Ahh, a girl can dream…

    • Rhiannon Kavity

      Hopefully his new show will have a better outcome for him! He is a fantastic actor who deserves more than one short season at a time.

  • Eleonora Iafano

    Great article, Rhiannon. I, being one of those over the top obsessed GoT fans, need to have snippets of information over the coming months to make it through. Lol. Now, when it comes to the diversity of the casting, what a lot of people need to understand is, that Westeros is based on a medieval society and it’s not meant to be racist. This is what GRRM envisioned and brought to life through his writing. I took enough Medieval History in university to understand that the countries that were focused on the most were England, France, Italy and Spain. I don’t think that my courses were biased. That’s just the way they were written and taught. I think that Dan & David are doing their best, with respect to casting a variety of actors/actresses, but what people have to realize is that a lot of actors/actresses are also involved in other projects and may not be able to commit to GoT. I think Pedro Pascal as Oberyn and Indira Varma as Ellaria was perfect. The next season will be particularly interesting, given that Spain is a location for the Dorne story lines and who they have hired so far. This is just my humble opinion.

    • Rhiannon Kavity

      I agree with you 100%, El. I think people automatically jump the racism gun in this day and age because it IS such a huge issue in mainstream media. However, with the time frame and the setting of the show and the novel, it’s understandable why there aren’t more diverse characters. You see the same things in novels like Jane Eyre and Gone with the Wind, classics that are infamous, but no one accuses those authors of being racist simply because it’s almost expected that with a period novel you’re going to deal with a different societal dynamic. I think Martin is getting the brunt of it because of the time period he lives in, not the time period he writes in.

    • Shanna

      The problem with this is that there were people of color in Europe during those times. Just because some classrooms and perhaps even colleges fail to teach this doesn’t make it any less true. So, I think that’s where some of the claims of racism are coming from. Also, I find it interesting when I look at the choices they made with who all ended up being shown as slaves and such. They are all black or brown, very few seem to be white.

      So, are they trying to have it both ways? It’s medieval Europe and so no coloreds existed then (which they did and they weren’t just servants), AND all of the slaves in “Europe” at that time were brown and black. I didn’t like Dany’s white savior thing in the season 3 finale. That seemed kind of racist considering what the slaves looked like. When do they show a decent black person that’s not a slave/super-subservient or corrupt in some way? I’m very sure they existed then, even in Europe. So, why can’t we see one or two and them not use the trope where they are killed almost immediately when when and if (big IF) we do?

      And they have chosen to make people black on this show that weren’t black in the books. The xaro xhoan daxos character I don’t think was black in the books, but on the show he’s a very dark skinned man who has nothing but boasts that he has everything. I find it interesting that a dark black person is who they choose to have a pale white Danaerys learn that “lesson” from. Of course, the white spice owner actually had something and so he wasn’t offering Dany the world on a silver platter if she’d marry him. This is not what happened with Xaro in the books. So, they actively chose to have a black person in this role playing out these particular “changes.”

      Now, they’ve made Areo Hotah a black person in Europe. The actor seems amazing, so I’m glad he got a job, but again, this is a character who’s mantras are “It’s for my prince to command and Hotah to obey” and “Serve, obey, protect.” You could say that sounds like a good soldier, but it also sounds kind of like a good slave. Is that why the character is played by about the darkest person they could find? Are they trying to make some sort of statement about what they think should be the case with black people here? That is, until anyone says something about it, and about how we don’t see any black people of stature that are good on the show. Then it’s “well black and browns didn’t exist in Medieval Europe.” VERY interesting…

      • trueRouteRunner

        You see what you want to see. Dany is on a journey nowhere near her place of origin. She is in a foreign land far across the sea. Most humans in this regin have dark colored hair darker skin tones, (if you watch the ending again the crowd is filled with Latino, Arab and Asian Actors, some might have African lineage but so do Egyptians they are from Africa as well. Remember how big Asia is? I don’t need to go into how many countries there are in that continent) that does not make them “BLACK”. If Dany was dark skinned ( I hate the term “Black” as no one is actually BLACK) and came across slaves in the Seven Kingdoms and the majority of them happened to be of light skin, would that be a problem? Would there be an uproar of people complaining how there are slaves of light color? You seem to forget there were slaves in the second season that were all light skinned and being tortured and murdered everyday until Tywin Lannister intervened. I am not judging you, for this is how you see it. I see it differently. Our world will never progress if we ignore these things and cant talk about them, but it will also never progress if we keep resorting to assumption’s of racism.

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