Conor McGregor Fights The Mountain That Rides, Somehow Avoids Death

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson is a professional weightlifter and former silver medalist in the World’s Strongest Man competition. He also plays Gregor Clegane, aka The Mountain, possibly aka Ser Robert Strong (minor spoilerage, but not really) on HBO’s Game Of Thrones. He once declared himself the “future of strength.” I’m… »11/01/15 6:15pm11/01/15 6:15pm


All The Ways Game of Thrones’s [REDACTED] Might Not Be Dead

Learning that a major character died in a Game of Thrones season finale shouldn’t surprise you. But exactly who died in last Sunday’s episode very well might. Is this character really as dead as them seem, though? Here are all the reasons viewers and book readers alike have devised that [REDACTED] may yet be around.
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All The Deaths On Last Night's Game Of Thrones Finale, In Slow Motion

While HBO’s Game of Thrones may be leaving viewers wishing for death, several characters on last night’s season finale actually received such glorious release from the corporeal realm. Probably. So here’s everybody who died, we think, last night; since we love ruining things, we present all the Game of Thrones deaths… »6/15/15 5:20pm6/15/15 5:20pm

The Fan Theory That Makes Game Of Thrones Make Sense

Game of Thrones is a confounding show to watch. It’s confounding because it is based on an interminable series of novels in which people are regularly burned alive or skinned or drowned in service to one god or the next, often for reasons like “calling in a warm front to melt some snow,” but also because after five… »6/15/15 3:21pm6/15/15 3:21pm

A Complete Guide To The Mythical History Of Westeros

Long before the events of Game of Thrones and George R. R. Martin’s fantasy books, Westeros was home to magic and strange, sinister creatures. We’ve only just started to glimpse this backstory on the show, but the books contain lots of hints. Here’s our complete guide to the fantastical past of this grim world. »6/09/15 9:11pm6/09/15 9:11pm

On Game Of Thrones, Remaining True To Yourself Is The Worst Lie Of All

A few characters face terrible choices in this week’s Game of Thrones. They pretty much all choose expediency over principle. In the midst of all this, one character says these choices should be easy as long as you remain true to yourself. But that’s the most insidious lie of all. Spoilers ahead... »6/08/15 12:51pm6/08/15 12:51pm

One Thing the Game of Thrones TV Show Does So Much Better Than the Books

As an adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, the Game of Thrones TV series will always be compared to its source material. Given how beloved the books are, the show can usually only match them, more often falling short. But there’s one way that the show is kicking the books’… »6/02/15 4:05pm6/02/15 4:05pm

On Game Of Thrones, Recruiting Followers Is Hard...Unless You're A Wight

Last night’s Game of Thrones was a welcome return to form. It was also a weirdly structured episode: Half a series of vignettes about faith and learning to read people, and half a rip-roaring apocalyptic action movie. But it was all tied together by the contrast between single-minded zombies and undependable humans. »6/01/15 2:46pm6/01/15 2:46pm

Game Of Thrones Is Gross, Exploitative, And Totally Out Of Ideas

At this point, it’s disingenuous for anyone to complain about Game of Thrones being too violent or disturbing—the series’ five seasons have had a fair share of rape scenes and tremendous acts of violence—but the final frames of last night’s episode, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” were emblematic of everything that has… »5/18/15 3:31pm5/18/15 3:31pm

Last Night’s Game Of Thrones Was Actually Pretty Hard To Watch

Two different groups of scary fanatics went on a rampage in the latest Game of Thrones episode, and it was pretty upsetting to watch, even by Thrones standards. The Sons of the Harpy and the Sparrows both want to restore old traditions, and they both build on the weaknesses of two very different queens.Spoilers… »5/04/15 12:41pm5/04/15 12:41pm

The Next Three Weeks Of Game Of Thrones Recaps, Spoiled

Over the weekend, the first four episodes of Game of Thrones leaked onto torrent sites. In one day, they were downloaded more than a million times. And yet on an Internet that mainlines recaps, teasers, spoilers, and breakdowns, no one seems to want to talk about them, at least beyond the odd mealymouthed appeal to… »4/16/15 2:19pm4/16/15 2:19pm