'Game of Thrones' season 5 production updates have felt poorer of late since Comic-Con 2014, but the newest tidbit from Croatia proves the richest of all. Following a brief appearance in season 4, 'Sherlock' star Mark Gatiss has officially been confirmed to return as Iron Bank-er Tycho Nestoris in season 5. Plus, more nudity updates!
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If you want to see Cersei Lannister throw a bucket of ice water over her head in support of ALS awareness -- who knew she had a charitable side, right? -- or Jon Snow or even George R.R. Martin himself, watch the stars and creator of 'Game of Thrones' perform the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Because it just wouldn't be a new 'Game of Thrones' season without some controversial nudity, it seems that production of season 5 may have hit something of a snag with the Croatian church. Bewaring potential spoilers of a major book scene, find out what 'Game of Thrones' star may be forced to cover up for an impending outdoor nude scene!
All too often 'Game of Thrones' fans have had to worry that series creator George R.R. Martin's lengthy writing process might one day deprive them of a true end to the 'Song of Ice and Fire' series, but even with the HBO series angling to tell the tale in its entirety, it seems a few clever fans have already deduced the answers to some of 'Game of Thrones' biggest mysteries for themselves.
HBO fantasy drama 'Game of Thrones' is no stranger to cast changes between seasons, but a season 5 role will have a darker cloud over it, as we've learned that 86 year-old Irish actor J.J. Murphy has sadly died. The 'Dracula Untold' star was set to appear in 'Game of Thrones' season 5 in the role of eldest Night's Watch member Ser Denys Mallister, and had completed the first day of filming before his death.
HBO's 'Game of Thrones' season 4 may not have unfolded in any manner familiar to fans of the series, spacing out multiple climaxes throughout the 10-week run, though the fantasy drama undoubtedly reached an FX peak this year. Do you want to know how 'Game of Throne' brought to life giants riding mammoths, fighting skeletons or its biggest dragons yet? Watch this new FX reel from season 4 to find out!
One of the reasons fans of the original books have been so cool with the major deviations 'Game of Thrones' made from the novels has been the direct involvement of author George R.R. Martin. As a producer and writer on the series, he's been present to give his blessing to the showrunners and wag his fingers at aggressive fans, but not this year. Martin will be sitting out 'Game of Thrones' season 5 altogether to finish writing the sixth book in the series, 'The Winds of Winter.'
HBO's smash hit 'Game of Thrones' might make for some very serious television, what with all that blood and death and battling and poisoning and dirty political machinations, but that doesn't mean that the series is without its own special humor, even if it not all of it makes its way into the final product. Turns out, when it comes time to film the small screen version of the beloved George R.R. Martin book series, even 'Game of Thrones' can't get away from tongue-twisting misread lines, a few unplanned pratfalls, and some unexpected getting down.
'Game of Thrones' may not have any new footage to show us at Comic-Con 2014 (they haven't even started filming season 5 yet!), but they didn't show up empty-handed. The HBO series revealed the addition of a few new cast members for the upcoming season, which will see some of the action take place in Dorne, home of the late Prince Oberyn Martell.
HBO's 'Game of Thrones' season 4 production courted a bit more controversy than usual, specifically with regard to director Alex Graves' thoughts on the multiple rape controversies, and it seems we're in for a shakeup in season 5. Not only will Graves sit out the coming season, but showrunners and occasional directors Dan Benioff and David Weiss will also step back, along with action go-to Neil Marshall and former 'Breaking Bad' director Michelle MacLaren.