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Weapons of Westeros: Wildfire

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“Winter is Coming Live” chat “Maester” Bryan Forrest takes a behind the scenes look at the weaponry used in HBO’s original series Game of Thrones. In this episode of “Weapons of Westeros,” Bryan discusses the history of “Wild Fire” and how it has been used around the Seven Kingdoms.

You can also check out the first episode of WOW, in which Bryan talks about the Stark ancestral sword, Ice.

Both segments are after the jump!


Weapons of Westros: Wildfires by Winter Is Coming


Weapons of Westeros: ICE by Winter Is Coming

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Dame of Thrones: Daenerys Targaryen

Welcome, my lovelies, to Dame of Thrones. What’s Dame of Thrones? It’s a new biweekly panel expressing love, admiration, and all sorts of positive feelings for the approximately twenty thousand female characters in A Song of Ice and Fire. George R.R. Martin looks at all your other shows’, like, three lady characters with any amount of screentime and he laaaaaughs and laughs. Your friendly neighborhood appreciator of the ladydom of Westeros and beyond is me, new Winter Is Coming contributor Rebecca Pahle. I am: An Associate Editor at The Mary Sue, where I take Game of Thrones perhaps a bit too seriously (ha no). A regular contributor at Pajiba, where ditto. A lover of puns. And an ardent supporter of the One True Lobster King of Westeros, Stannis Baratheon. All shall love him and despair.

But with Dame of Thrones I’ll be providing handy run-downs of the women, one every two weeks. First up: KHALEEEEESIIIIIII.

There are no spoilers beyond the jump for non-book-readers, don’t worry.

Name: Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons.

Family: Brothers—Viserys and Rhaegar Targaryen, deceased. Parents—Mad King Aerys II and Queen Rhaella, deceased. Husband—Khal Drogo, deceased. Son—Rhaego, The Wouldabeen Couldabeen Stallion That Mounts the World—Deceased. Basically a whole bunch of dead people.

Known Associates: Backup dancers Ser Khaleesi Notice Me Jorah Montmont, Ser Barristan Selmy, The Most Adorable Eunuch You Will Ever Meet Aka Grey Worm, Skeezy Blue-Haired Fabio (at least in the books) Daario Naharis, Miss Missandei, Ser Not Appearing In This Film (or Strong Belwas. Miss ya, buddy).

Weapon Of Choice: Dragons, one-liners.

What’s Her Deal?: The last living child of Targaryen King Aerys II, Daenerys is determined to roll into Westeros with an army at her back and claim her outrageously uncomfortable throne. At the moment she’s across the Narrow Sea concerning  herself with the business of freeing slaves, but make no mistake, she’s still the teenage girl-shaped pall of death hanging over the heads of all the usurpers. Or flying over. On dragons. She is coming for your souls.

Why Is She Awesome?: Dany rose from an inauspicious background—most of her family killed, no friends, and there was that whole thing where she was married off to a guy she never met so her sadistic brother could be king, and she was basically expected to shut her mouth and let the dudes in her life do the talking—to be one of the few contenders for the Iron Throne who actually has a shot at getting and keeping it. (Stannis, I love you, but I am not deluding myself about your chances.) Daenerys knows she might only have one shot at achieving her goal, so she bides her time and makes (for the most part) smart decisions instead of behaving rashly. Plus she has dragons. Dragons.

Most Badass Scene: The freeing of the Unsullied in season three, episode four. Kraznys mo Nakloz? More like Kraznys mo Nakloser. A greater mic has never been dropped.

Best Quote: Where are my dragons?!” “Dracarys.” It’s so nice and succinct.

Fan Theory Du Jour: Remember Daenerys’ son Rhaego, who was supposed to be the prophesied Stallion Who Mounts the World until, whoops, magical shenanigans led to a stillbirth? One fan theory says that the Stallion Who Mounts the World is one of Ms. Mother of Dragons’ metaphorical children: The dragon Drogon.

Merch Me Up: People love the Mother of Dragons, so there’s a lot you can spend your money on if you want to proclaim your allegiance. You can get yourself a dragon claw necklace or a Targaryen sweatshirt, or you can even wrap Dany’s dragons around your fingers in ring form.

It Belongs In a Museum: AKA Rebecca picks a piece of fanart she really likes. There’s a lot of Daenerys fanart—more Dany fanart than dresses with weird necklines in Margaery Tyrell’s closet—but I saw this painting by Jason Wright (available as a print on Etsy) and was smitten like a kitten:

Daenerys and Falkor by Jason Wright

That wraps it up for the inaugural edition of Dame of Thrones. Have a character in particular you want me to turn my eye toward two weeks from now? Drop me a comment. If there’s a bit of merch or fanart you want to pimp at me Littlefinger-style for possible inclusion, you can send the link to rebecca.pahle@gmail.com. And you can find me on Twitter @RebeccaPahle.



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Natalie Dormer visits Late Night with Seth Meyers

Last night, Natalie Dormer stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers to promote Game of Thrones. Natalie and Seth talk about her recent completion of the London Marathon, and then talk turns to Game of Thrones, as Seth is a big fan of the series. Natalie discusses the Purple Wedding, playing Scrabble with the girls on set, Margaery’s bad luck, and the differences from the book. She also talks about her new role in The Hunger Games, and today’s anti-spoiler culture.



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Michiel Huisman talks Daario Naharis, a very professional horse, and Season 4

In this week’s episode of Game of Thrones, Daario Naharis proved his worth as Champion of Daenerys Targaryen, while Michiel Huisman proved his worth to some viewers who were still wary of his recasting. In a new interview with The Daily Beast Michiel discusses his take on Daario Naharis, shooting Breaker of Chains, and what we can expect in Season 4.

Daario’s looks may have changed this season, but he can still put on quite a show. Michiel explains his take on the character:

“I see Daario as a tiger-like fighter; someone who’s not really in for the long fight, but a quick one. He’s showy, but his showy side comes from not having anything to lose. Up until meeting Dany, he didn’t have anything to live for, so he feels he might as well have a little fun. That’s also why he pees after killing the warrior from Meereen. It’s very showy, but it also comes from, “Whatever, let’s go have some fun.” Daario is a fun character in the Daenerys storyline because he pushes her a bit.”

Daario and Daenerys closed out Sunday’s episode, Breaker of Chains, outside the great walls of Meereen, which Michiel says weren’t quite there when they were filming.

“We shot it in an abandoned quarry just outside of Split in Croatia. Whenever you see the rock walls, those are the actual walls of the old quarry, and then the big walls of Meereen with the statues and all that stuff are all CGI, because we were just looking at rocks. The director would come up to us and say, “Imagine the biggest castle walls you’ve ever seen… and then double it!””

In front of those rocks we saw Daario single handedly take down a horse and Meereen’s Champion without getting his hands dirty, which Michiel reveals was made easier with a bit of CGI and the help of one very talented co-star.

“Obviously, I didn’t actually hit the horse with a knife and it was all CGI, but what the horse did do is fall over in front of me. I was completely blown away. This horse was such a pro…It would just throw himself onto a huge, soft mat covered in a bit of sand, and then it would get up right away. A total pro.”

Michiel was also very impressed with another co-star, Emilia Clarke, who he confirms he can’t wait to work with again for Season 5.

“It’s very inspiring. At the end of Episode 3, we did the stunt and then she goes right into addressing the people of Meereen and the intensity with which she did that was through the roof. She’s all-in and gives everything she’s got. I love that, and I can’t wait to go back for the next season and work more with her.”

But before we get ahead of ourselves, what can we expect from Daario Naharis in Season 4?

“I think it’s clear from the first three episodes that there is a tension between Dany and Daario that is building, and I think that Daario is not only mesmerized by Dany’s beauty, but also sees something in her that he’s never seen before—a certain heart that he hasn’t seen in any leader he’s fought for. He’ll do anything to get closer to her and it’ll be exciting to see where that goes.”

For more from Michiel’s interview, including how he was cast as Daario, and talk of his many other projects, visit The Daily Beast.



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