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Jane Goldman's 'Game of Thrones' Prequel Will Be Better Than the Original

As Empress of the Fantasists, if you will, Jane Goldman's prequel to Game of Thrones promises to be far less straightforward, way messier, and much more fun -- even without the dragons.

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'Fanfiction and the Author' Gives Well-Blended Discourse for Maximum Fan Enjoyment

Scholar Judith May Fathallah's work blurs lines between author and ethnographer, fan experiences and genre TV storytelling.

Garret Castleberry
Television

On 'Game of Thrones' and Its Problematic Nod to John Ford Westerns

With Game of Thrones' massive cultural power comes responsibility. Alas, the John Ford homage "The Spoils of War" episode fails to address "savage Indian" stereotypes.

Michael Green
Television

Is a Feminist Revolution Unfolding on 'Game of Thrones' and 'Twin Peaks'?

Game of Thrones and Twin Peaks share cultural DNA in their pervasive and structural violence against women, yet both seem to be transforming into unlikely forms of feminism on television.

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'Game of Thrones' Live Recaps Six Seasons of Westerosian History at Madison Square Garden

Game of Thrones epic live concert experience featuring Ramin Djawadi's powerful score also serves as a two hour "previously on..." catch-up for the upcoming seventh season.

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Service of the Gods: An Interview With Composer Ramin Djawadi

As composer for Game of Thrones and Westworld, Ramin Djawadi will satiate your wait between seasons by touring his most famous compositions.

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Game of Thrones: Season 6, Episode 9 - "Battle of the Bastards"

"Battle of the Bastards" may have satisfied the age-old bloodlust for war; unfortunately, it did so through the more recent tradition of dramatizing, aestheticizing, and making war cool.

Mark W. Pleiss
Television

Game of Thrones: Season 6, Episode 7 - "The Broken Man"

The seventh episode of Game of Thrones season six featured the return of two of the show's most curious and charismatic characters.

Mark W. Pleiss
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HBO Moves Ahead on 'Game of Thrones', Which Shows Risk of Adapting Popular Material

By surpassing their source material in such dramatic fashion, show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are in a sticky situation without precedent in the television business.

Meredith Blake
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Growing Apathetic to 'Game of Thrones: Episode 4' and '5'

The plot of Telltale's Game of Thrones continues with some new minor wrinkles, but on the whole, the experience has lost a sense of originality.

Eric Swain
Books

Is Literary Adaptation Better on Film or on Television?

Literary adaptations have been a cinematic staple for more than 100 years, but does TV offer the better format?

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HBO Cracking Down on 'Game of Thrones' Watch Parties at Bars

The civil war between HBO and bars is not new but has become recently heated as HBO has battled piracy of the popular Game of Thrones, which drew a record 8 million viewers for its season 5 premiere this month.

Tracy Swartz
Television

Who Should Rule Westeros in 'Game of Thrones'?

As Game of Thrones begins its fifth action-packed season, PopMatters examines the show's many contenders for the titular throne.

Samantha Cass
Games

Decision Making in 'Life is Strange' and 'Game of Thrones'

While the deadly realm of Westeros is a far cry from the calm Pacific Northwest, the two experiences are not as removed as you might think. Both games bend genre expectations and explore their narratives while fully aware of their opportunities.

Television

In the Game of Genre Television, You Win or You Get Cancelled

Networks will continue to falter in their attempts to imitate Game of Thrones if they fail to prioritize character development over flashy fantasy storytelling.

Games

Death and Do-Overs in 'Game of Thrones'

There shouldn’t be any "game over” screens in Westeros. That's too merciful.

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The Best Television of 2014

In 2014, we let Russian spies, biker gangs, Silicon Valley techies, and existentially frustrated detectives into our living rooms. As these 25 picks reveal, we had good reasons for doing so.

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Disaster and Individualism in 'Game of Thrones'

Game of Thrones trades in everything good and bad about nations and realms for everything good and bad about pure individualism.

Katherine Murray
Television

In Defense of the Phrase 'Spoiler Alert'

Hey, did anybody else have the Good Wife plot twist spoiled for them last week? Thanks to Google, Time and the Associated Press, I did.

Television

Isn't It Shocking?

With ample amounts of blood and guts, TV today is pushing the envelope of the violence. But is all this gore just masquerading creative shortcomings?

Television

The Women Behind 'The Throne'

Just what is it that is drawing these new female viewers to a show and genre that has historically been the realm of a largely male audience? It probably has something to do with fact that the women of Game of Thrones are some of the most powerful and dynamic female characters on television right now.

Aaron Williams
Games

Cable TV of Thrones -- Why 'Game of Thrones' Does Not Work as a Game

From a marketing standpoint, basing a game off Game of Thrones seems intuitive. The problem that nobody seems to have considered is that the kingdom of Westeros is a miserable place that nobody should want to be in.

Games

A Character Creator That Creates Real Characters

The need to balance stats during character creation in Game of Thrones helps us create fully realized characters, not just hero templates.

Reviews

Drawn Together: Cornell's "Demon Knights" and the Ideal of Camelot

In Demon Knights Paul Cornell not only dramatizes the idea of Camelot, but exquisitely reenacts it at one of the oldest comicbook publishers.

Television

TV Highpoints and Lowpoints of 2010-2011... Number 1

Several new series debuted in April 2011 to transform what had been a mediocre season into an exceptional one, including Game of Thrones. AMC, meanwhile, systematically abused three of its great series, calling into question whether the cable network is truly ready for the big time.

Television

Character Assassination: 'Game of Thrones' Urge to Kill

Is the story told on our favorite show bigger than any one character? Or is it characters who make the story?

Television

More of the Best Summer TV

Because we know you like the cool A/C, but love these cool shows. The following represents the incredibly entertaining programming now airing in the hot, sweaty summer months, even if it's not (yet) good enough to make the fall schedule.

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