Westworld TV series to debut in October

On the day HBO confirmed the end of Game of Thrones, it threw us a bone by announcing the premiere date of new scifi series Westworld.

The one-hour drama kicks off a ten-episode season in the US on Sunday 2 October at 9pm (ET/PT).

Westworld is based on the iconic ’70s film starring Yul Brynner (watch both trailers below), which in turn was based on the Michael “Jurassic Park” Crichton novel.

The basic plot is the worst day ever for Alton Towers’ PR office after Worf forgets to turn the safety protocols back on after a particularly challenging holodeck workout with Lore and the Final Five pre-switch-on.

It was created for television by Jonathan Nolan (“Interstellar,” “The Dark Knight,” “Person of Interest”) and Lisa Joy (“Pushing Daisies,” “Burn Notice”), both of whom are executive producing and writing, with Nolan also directing.

In true HBO fashion Westworld boasts a knockout cast: Ed Harris as the evil Man in Black, plus Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins, Jr.

Excited much?



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Blue Man Group Does Game of Thrones

Hodor? Hodor!

Hodor’s Horde has been fretting since it was announced that Hodor and Bran would not be appearing in Game of Thrones Season 5.

Now the Hodorites have gained some unlikely allies in the shape of Blue Man Group. Unveiling their cover version of the Game of Thrones theme music, the group announced (in writing, natch) that: “Blue Man Group’s vow of silence to remain in place until Hodor’s status in season 5 is confirmed.”

If you’re missing Hodor already, here are the greatest moments of “‘Hodor,’ said Hodor”:

Game of Thrones 5 premieres in the US on April 12 at 9PM ET on HBO

Game of Thrones 5 premieres in the UK on April 13 at 9PM  on Sky Atlantic

Game of Thrones: The Exhibition Returns For 2015

Ever fancied standing on top of The Wall above Castle Black? If so, it’s time to dust off your Night’s Watch cloak and get ready: Westeros is coming. And it’s free!

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HBO

HBO has announced that Game of Thrones: The Exhibition (#GOTExhibit) will be back for 2015 with even more fun stuff for fans to enjoy.

Right now, it’s been confirmed that the 2015 touring exhibition tour will stop off at seven cities — London, Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Madrid, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris — but more cities may be added at a later date. Presented by HBO and its international partners, Game of Thrones: The Exhibition will feature all-new installations focusing on key places, characters and relationships from Season 4 of the worldwide hit.

New for 2015: fans can pledge their allegiance to their favourite Game of Thrones family by joining a House before entering the exhibition and having their photo taken on the Iron Throne.

Organisers promise an unprecedented, immersive Game of Thrones experience courtesy of the “Ascend the Wall” 4D Oculus Rift virtual reality experience. Back by popular demand this Night’s Watch experience allows fans to ascend the 700ft Wall by stepping into a physical recreation of the Castle Black winch elevator while wearing the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and a pair of headphones. From that moment on, they’ll find themselves inside a virtual version of the elevator — one that looks, sounds and feels extremely real.

Let’s hope there aren’t any White Walkers waiting for them at the top.

In addition, a new integrated web-based companion and photo stations will provide exciting new ways for fans to interact within the exhibition, placing them inside some of Game of Thrones’ most shocking and talked-about moments.

Game of Thrones: The Exhibition will also display original artefacts used on set from Seasons 1-4 plus some never-before-seen pieces from Season 5, which premieres in April 2015. Created by artisans whose extraordinary craftsmanship has lent authenticity to the show since its inception, the collection includes costumes, model dragons, House banners, armour, weapons and costumes.

Excited much? The 2015 tour kicks off at the O2 in London on 9-12 and 15-17 February. Tickets are up for grabs on 26 January from Sky: www.sky.com/gameofthrones.

For further dates and details on the exhibition, visit the official website: www.GOTExhibit.com

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Game Of Thrones 4: The ‘Secrets’ Trailer Is Amazeballs

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HBO

It’s only a matter of days until Game of Thrones Series/Season 4 hits our screens and to whet fans’ appetites HBO has been releasing a steady stream of trailers.

This latest, third, trailer focuses on the women: Sansa hell-bent on revenge for the slaughter of her family; Cersei still seeking to make her loved ones safe (at the expense of making lots of other people considerably less safe); Daenerys continuing to dish out justice The Targaryen Way.

Oh, and there’s also Jon Snow. And Samwell Tarly. And Giantsbane. And dragons. Big dragons. My, haven’t they grown? Enjoy!

Game of Thrones 4 premieres in the US on HBO, Sunday 6 April at 9pm ET

Game of Thrones 4 premieres in the UK on Sky Atlantic, Monday 7 April at 9pm

Game of Thrones 4: HBO Unveils New Trailer

“veni, vidi, vici” — Winter, to Ned Stark

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HBO

Cold winds are rising, so it must be time for the new Game of Thrones Series/Season 4 trailer. And it looks good (obvs). Thank you HBO!

Dragons, Wildlings, ginger beards, John Snow’s curls vs. Jamie Lannister’s new ‘do, it’s a jam-packed 93 seconds of Game of Thrones action fit to whet anyone’s whistle.

Though after last season the thought of another GoT wedding is enough to set anyone’s nerves a-jangling.

Game of Thrones 4 premieres in the UK on Monday 7 April, 9pm on Sky Atlantic

Game of Thrones 4 premieres in the US on Sunday 6 April, 9pm ET on HBO

The Game of Thrones Cast: Don’t I Know You From Somewhere?

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HBO

As the magnificent Game of Thrones Series/Season 3 cracks on apace, viewers could be forgiven for thinking that some of the faces look a bit familiar.

The Game of Thrones supporting cast is, quite frankly, awesome, despite the lack of Timothy Dalton and Christopher Eccleston.

The latest appearance to have TVClaw spilling wine on the floor was Stannis Baratheon’s wife, Lady Macbeth Selyse.

Creepy Selyse is played by Tara Fitzgerald who, back in the early to mid-’90s, cornered the market in period drama heroines with starring roles in The Woman in White, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and The Camomile Lawn.

She also co-starred as the small but determined heroine in films with Hugh Grant and Ewan McGregor before heading back to the small screen post-2000 as Dr Eve Lockhart in Waking the Dead and its spin-off series, The Body Farm.

So, who else looks familiar? Check out the TVClaw “Who He?” Game of Thrones rundown and feel free to add your own celeb spots in the Comments section.

But please: NO SPOILERS.

Keen-eyed viewers will have most recently seen Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton), Brynden ‘Blackfish’ Tully (Clive Russell), Bronn (Jerome Flynn), Ser Barristan Selmy (Ian McElhinney), Hodor (Hodor! Kristian Nairnand Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) in Series/Season 1 of Ripper Street.

In fact, the Game of ThronesRipper Street bonds are so deep that when the luxuriant ginger beard of Tormund Giantsbane first hoved into view, TVClaw initially thought it was Artherton (David Wilmot). But alas, it wasn’t.*

Meanwhile, Ser Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) and Ser Barristan featured in recent nautical drama Titanic: Blood and Steel

Davos was then joined underwater in a Cold War-era Russian submarine in Doctor Who by Lady Catelyn’s brother Edmure Tully (Tobias Menzies).

Long ago, Edmure was the man to whom a blood-soaked Mance Rayder (Ciarán Hinds) uttered the immortal line, “et tu, Brute?” in Rome.

Viewers with long memories may remember Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye) as the celeb-baiting spoof interviewer Dennis Pennis. Remember when he squirted Tom Cruise with water?

How about Maester Pycelle (Julian Glover)? Remember him from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade? Or The Empire Strikes Back?

Before he was smithing in Game of Thrones, Gendry (Joe Dempsie) was hunted by Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) in The Fades, a short-lived supernatural thriller on the BBC.

Margaery’s Gorgon of a grandmother, Lady Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg), originally found fame as Emma Peel in The Avengers.  (No, not that one, this one.) She was also — briefly — Mrs James Bond.

Before he was King in the North, Robb Stark (Richard Madden) was in the Birdsong trenches with his uncle Benjen Stark (Joseph Mawle).

Karl (Burn Gorman), the treacherous Nights Watchman who killed Kraster, was known in a previous life as the libidinous Owen Harper in Torchwood.

Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish (Aidan Gillen) cut his scheming teeth in Baltimore, playing conniving local politico Tommy Carcetti in The Wire.

You may have recognised wildling Osha (Natalia Tena) as Tonks from the Harry Potter films, but did you spot Jojen Reed (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) as the kid from Love, Actually or the classic Doctor Who two-parter, ‘Family of Blood’? (Which also starred Viserys Targaryen, a.k.a. Harry Lloyd.)

LATE ADDITION: Watching Hot Fuzz last night I spotted The Hound (Rory McCann) as the homicidal supermarket trolley boy who just says “Yarp” a lot. Plus Walder Frey (David Bradley) as the incomprehensible, heavily armed local with a sea mine in his shed.

*Giantsbane is played by excellent Norwegian actor Kristofer Hivju. Who features heavily in this ginger beard “appreciation blog.” 

In the UK: Game of Thrones airs Mondays at 9pm on Sky Atlantic
In the US: Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9pm ET on HBO

Ripper Street Series/Season 2 premieres on BBC1 and BBC America in early 2014

Twitter: @TVClaw

Game of Thrones 3 New Trailer: Dragons, Darkness, Daenerys

For Game of Thrones fans winter can’t come soon enough. So here’s a new trailer to relish until Series/Season 3 starts.

It has dragons, darkness and Daenerys. Enjoy!

Game of Thrones Season 3 premieres Sunday March 31st on HBO in the US

Game of Thrones Series 3 premieres Monday 1 April on Sky Atlantic in the UK