3 reasons why…JON SNOW IS ALIVE!

SPOILER ALERT: THIS ARTICLE ABOUT SPOILERS CONTAINS SPOILERS THAT MAY SPOIL POTENTIAL SPOILERS

The final episode of Season 5 of Game of Thrones marked the first time readers of the book and watchers on the wall of the television series achieving a level of parity, plot-wise.

This means that all disciples of Westeros and beyond are waiting for one question to be answered.

Is Jon Snow really dead?

To answer this we’re not even going to go into theories within the Song Of Ice And Fire world. We’re talking about real life, citing logistical facts around the production of the TV series.

With George R.R. Martin serving as an executive producer, it’s all but certain that what happens in the show, is what happens in the next book (which we think will be published midway through next year).

Jon Snow is alive. 100%. And here’s why…

1. The Hair!

Harington famously has a clause in his HBO contract that he isn’t allowed to cut his hair while under contract to play Jon Snow, a clause so ironclad that he had to hide his curls under a wig for his performance in the recent Testament of Youth.

Harington has always said how much it annoys him having to live with his famous lion’s mane, and looked forward to cutting his locks when his time on the show was over.

So, Kit, explain this photo, taken at Wimbledon weeks after the finale had aired, and months after completing filming…

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Glorious curls = Contract still in action = Still on the show = Jon Snow is alive

2. The Beautiful Death?

Recently HBO commissioned a series of Game of Thrones “Beautiful Death” artworks, an official episode-by-episode guide to the most iconic deaths in the realm.

So which death is featured as the most ‘iconic’ in the Season 5 finale?

Stannis Baratheon. Over Jon Snow.

It’s nearly as if Jon….didn’t….die.

Right?

3. Kit Harington flew to Belfast yesterday

This one is the most compelling reason that Jon Snow is still alive.

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Consider these points.

a) Kit Harington flew to Belfast yesterday

b) Actors from the series are currently in Belfast where the cast is reading through the scripts for season six.

c) Filming for season six of Game of Thrones begins in Belfast at the end of the month.

d) He’s rocking a man bun. The hair is still there.

Sure, he could be there for a funeral scene, which would be a strong possibility if he were spotted flying at the end of the month. But surely playing a corpse doesn’t involve weeks of rehearsals?

All this can only mean one thing.

JON SNOW IS ALIVE!

Time to start forgiving Melisandre…

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Man the Wall! A Game of Thrones Adult Colouring Book is Coming!

(WARNING: Blog post contains possible GIF spoiler)

Reek, fetch my crayons!

A Game of Thrones adult colouring book will be here in time for Christmas!

You know nothing (about colour), Jon Snow

You know nothing (about colour), Jon Snow

News of the book is not all that surprising if you followed the big talking points at the recent BookExpo America. They were:

1) When is the new George R.R. Martin book coming?

2) Colouring books are awesome.

Feedback which obviously made its way back to publishing offices in the form of this directive:

New awesome George R.R. Martin colouring book? Coming…

Not a great deal is known at this stage, but according to a representative from the publisher, the book will contain approximately 45 original black and white illustrations, with multiple illustrators like Yvonne Gilbert, John Howe, Tomislav Tomic, Adam Stower, and Levi Pinfold contributing.

Time to raise your hands in excitement!

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We’ll send a raven when more news comes to hand…

…actually, we might just tweet about it.

New Game of Thrones Trailer Released

Season 5 is coming!

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Complete Seasons 1-4

The enthralling journey continues with Seasons One, Two, Three and Four of the HBO original series Game of Thrones based on George R. R. Martin’s highly acclaimed book series.

Follow the most powerful families of the Seven Kingdoms as they battle each other for the coveted Iron Throne. From King’s Landing to The Wall, alliances are built and broken as each player vies for wealth, power and revenge.

Click here for more details

Will George RR Martin’s The Winds of Winter be published this year?

It happens every time. Whenever we cross paths with HarperCollins, George R.R. Martin’s Australian publisher, the conversation invariably leans towards A Song of Ice and Fire.

532357935209ba3172b1158a_george-rr-martinWhen will the next book be coming?

Is it this year?

It’s this year isn’t it?

Blink once if it’s this year.

Was that a blink?

But it appears it wasn’t a blink after all, as Martin’s UK publisher Jane Johnson from HarperCollins gave fans the big news overnight.

“I have no information on likely delivery,” she said. “These are increasingly complex books and require immense amounts of concentration to write. Fans really ought to appreciate that the length of these monsters is equivalent to two or three novels by other writers.”

Martin too is feeling the strain of impatient fans.

“I know how many people are waiting, how long they have been waiting, how anxious they are. I am still working on Winds. When it’s done, I will announce it here,” the bestselling author said recently. “There won’t be any clues to decipher, any codes or hidden meanings, the announcement will be straightforward and to the point. I won’t time it to coincide with Xmas or Valentine’s Day or Lincoln’s Birthday, the book will not rise from the dead with Jesus on Easter Sunday.”

But while we wait for another book, the show goes on.

The TV show that is, with the release of season 4 of Games of Thrones nearly upon us, and season 5 set to air in April this year.

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The Complete Fourth Season

Based on George R.R. Martin’s best selling book series A Song of Ice and Fire, the fourth season of Game of Thrones features returning cast members, plus some exciting additions.

While the Lannisters hold on the Iron Throne remains intact, new and ongoing threats from the south, north and east threaten to tip the scales. As Stannis Baratheon and Daenerys Targaryen continue to grow their respective armies, the arrival of the Lannister-loathing Red Viper of Dorne poses a more immediate danger. In the north, the depleted Night’s Watch seems over matched against the advances of Mance Rayders army of wildlings, which in turn is being trailed by an even more formidable foe: the undead White Walkers.

Complete Fourth Season is packed with exclusive new bonus content including roundtable discussions, on-set interviews, audio commentaries, and brand new animated histories giving fans hours of extensive, never-before-seen material.

Order your copy of Game of Thrones: Season 4 here

What happens when Game of Thrones catches up with A Song of Ice and Fire?

Ever wondered what happens when Game of Thrones, the TV Show, catches up with A Song of Ice and Fire, the books?

It’s cool. George R.R. has it covered. He tells us it’s all going to be okay in this Variety magazine interview.

The season that’s about to debut covers the second half of the third book. The third book [A Storm of Swords] was so long that it had to be split into two. But there are two more books beyond that, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons.

A Dance with Dragons is itself a book that’s as big as A Storm of Swords. So there’s potentially three more seasons there, between Feast and Dance, if they split into two the way they did [with Storms]. Now, Feast and Dance take place simultaneously. So you can’t do Feast and then Dance the way I did. You can combine them and do it chronologically. And it’s my hope that they’ll do it that way and then, long before they catch up with me, I’ll have published The Winds of Winter, which’ll give me another couple years.

It might be tight on the last book, A Dream of Spring, as they juggernaut forward.

He’s a smart cookie, Georgie. Clever boy.

Now listen, gather round.

The show is good. Very good. But the books are extraordinary.

I turned my nose up at them for years thinking, because I wasn’t a fantasy reader, that they weren’t for me. But I was wrong. They’re brilliant. Hard to believe, but better than the show, much better.

So don’t wait for 5 years to see what happens next. Get reading, you’ve still got time, and take pleasure in spilling spoilers to all your friends!

Do we really need to tell you how good the Song of Ice and Fire books are?
Grab one today!

 

A Game of Memes: The Best Game of Thrones Memes of All Time

In honour of tonight’s final episode of Game of Thrones Season 4, we’ve plucked some of our favourite memes from Westeros and beyond.

Want to know the spoilers and plot twists for the next season? Creator George R.R. Martin has written a series of extensively detailed manifestos containing details on what will happen next season. Click here to find out.

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Pie Chart Fun

 

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We’ve got a soft spot for a witty Venn Diagram

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And another onetumblr_n2lf73oCvv1qz581wo7_400

 

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We also love Hodortumblr_n2lf73oCvv1qz581wo1_400

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At the end of the day, we can all just blame Robert Baratheonrobert-meme

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Game of Thrones > Harry Potter? game-thrones-memes-4

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Seriously, did we mention how much we love Hodor?378d99de8e195661bfa0c76dd62ceca35c7441951dda790a03ce981fafd296c8

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If only this name wasn’t already taken…

 

Game of Thrones: Season 3 – Order Your Copy Today

Season 3 of Game of Thrones is out on DVD next week. Never before has a television show received as much attention as the extraordinary adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s acclaimed novels.

In the third season of the hit HBO drama, the Lannisters barely hold onto power after a savage naval onslaught from Stannis Baratheon, while stirrings in the North threaten to alter the overall balance of power.

Robb Stark, King in the North, faces major calamity in his efforts to build on his victories over the Lannisters while beyond the Wall, Mance Rayder and his huge army of wildlings continue their inexorable march south.

Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen – reunited with her three fast-maturing dragons – attempts to raise an army to sail with her from Essos, in hopes of eventually claiming the Iron Throne.

In one of the most celebrated series in television history, the battling families of Westeros continue to fight for power as bonds are strained, loyalties are tested, and cruel fates are met.

Beat the rush, pre-order your copy of Game of Thrones: Season 3 today

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Seasons 1 – 2

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, Seasons One and Two of the epic HBO original series Game of Thrones are set in a world where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime.

From the scheming south and the savage eastern lands, to the frozen north and ancient Wall that protects the realm from the mysterious darkness beyond, the powerful families of the Seven Kingdoms are locked in a battle for the Iron Throne.

With tensions and treaties, animosity and alliances, it’s a thrilling journey through a riveting and unforgettable landscape.

Check out Seasons 1 and 2 of Game of Thrones here

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