We’re all fatigued enough to the point that reality and the daily news cycle have begun blending together, so allow Stephen Colbert to sharpen that point. On a pike, specifically, as Colbert throws presidential advisor Stephen Miller onto Game of Thrones, Stranger Things and more to test his “I’m prepared to go on any show” claim.
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No one necessarily bat an eye at filming on the first season of Stranger Things, but the Netflix thriller’s overnight success meant Season 2 would have great deal more eyes on it. So it was, that creators turned to the Game of Thrones spoiler experts for advice on keeping Season 2 under wraps.
When it comes to predicting future Oscar winners, few institutions are as prescient as the Directors Guild of America. Only once in the past decade has the DGA honored a filmmaker who did not go on to win the Academy Award for Best Director; that took place in 2012, when the DGA selected Ben Affleck for Argo while the AMPAS went with Ang Lee and Life of Pi. If the DGA selects you as the best director of the previous year, you might as well start working on that Oscar acceptance speech.
Game of Thrones Season 7 may have been delayed to summer, but the adjusted production schedule keeps the cast and crew teasing us on the regular. Celebrate with Emilia Clarke lip-syncing the close of production, and check out Brewery Ommegang’s new House-themed concoctions.
Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin wouldn’t dare confirm The Winds of Winter to be published in 2017, but fans of the Song of Ice and Fire franchise will nonetheless get a new corner of Westeros to explore in print. Martin confirms that previously-unread short “The Sons of the Dragon” will see the light of day in a new 2017 fantasy anthology.
Game of Thrones isn’t necessarily known for its seasonal cliffhangers (Season 5 was more “did that really happen?” than “what happens next?”), but might the penultimate year leave us on a mammoth twist? That’s the suggestion from series star Maisie Williams, claiming “We’ve come to the climax and it’s rolling down to the end.”
Game of Thrones generally doesn’t hide the fact each season features a celebrity cameo or two, but those expecting to see UFC fighter Conor McGregor putting up his dukes in Westeros are apparently in for a bit of a dodge. McGregor apparently denies taking any role, adding “I’ve never even heard about it!”
HBO has a lot to look forward to in 2017, including the returns of both Game of Thrones and Curb Your Enthusiasm, but if British men shouting is your thing, they’ve got you covered too. Welcome back John Oliver for 2017, as HBO goes all-out with the hits to promote Last Week Tonight Season 4.
Even the deadest of dead Game of Thrones characters are hardly off-limits by Season 7, though it had appeared Season 6 made short work of lingering figures to tighten up its final years. Surprisingly, we may not have seen the last of a Game of Thrones villain who made a brief return in Season 6, despite a pretty large hole in his neck. Allow us to explain.
For as long as Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss have discussed the final two seasons, the suggestion has been seven episodes for Season 7, and six episodes for Season 8. That final year doesn’t yet have an official renewal, which may yet lead to an increased episode order for the final Game of Thrones.