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Game of Thrones merchandise coming to India

Rejoice, India: soon your 1.2 billion citizens will be able to buy locally licensed and developed Game of Thrones merchandise through Mumbai-based firm Black White Orange Brands (no relation to the Assassin’s Guild hall). After working for over a year to close the deal with HBO, Black White Orange CEO Bhavik Vora is hoping that the merchandise will bring in between $35 and $40 million in sales during the first two years of the exclusive deal. And unlike otherGame of Thrones-related distribution deals, this one will allow the company to develop its own set of products, as opposed to distributing previously existing merchandise sold in other countries. Vora appeared especially enthused when discussing the deal with The Economic Times. This is a huge achievement for us. Game of Thrones fans get transported into the world of Westeros when watching the show and are eager to extend that experience into their everyday lives. Founded less than a year ago, Black White Orange Brands has been o…

‘Game of Thrones’ Live Concert Tour Coming in 2017

COURTESY OF HBO Live Nation announced the 28-city “Game of Thrones” Live Concert Experience on Monday at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. The show, based on music from the hit HBO show, is described as a “music and visual experience that will bring the Seven Kingdoms to life on a scale never seen before.” The USC marching band kicked off the event, marching through the streets of Hollywood while playing the “GoT’ theme, to the delight of the hundreds of fans and to the chagrin of cars in traffic. https://www.instagram.com/p/BI3Un2gDKKe/embed/captioned/?v=7 Inside the venue, Bran Stark himself, Isaac Hempstead Wright, introduced “Game of Thrones” composer and tour mastermind Ramin Djawadi. RELATED HBO Confirms ‘Game of Thrones’ Will End With Eighth Season Djawadi explained the idea for the tour came from the TV show’s creators. “We were in the studio together reviewing some music and one of them said, ‘I would love to see this live. I want to full orchestra. I want to see a choir.…

Game of Thrones season 6 episode 5 leaked: HBO accidentally leak ‘The Door’ online

Although HBO has attempted to stop Game of Thrones leaking this year by not releasing early review copies of each episode, somehow episodes have still found their way online before the official broadcast. First of all, the sixth season’s debut appeared online just hours before broadcast. Now, the fifth episode, titled ‘The Door’, has leaked, according to Torrent Freak. The initial upload occurred more than 24 hours before the episode was set to broadcast on HBO, and soon after a high-quality video appeared on Torrent websites. Ironically, the leak hasn’t been traced back to hackers but to HBO themselves – keen fans noticed the episode had been uploaded early to HBO Nordic. A screenshot of the episode available on the website has appeared online. View image on Twitter In recent weeks, HBO has reportedly been sending pirates warnings about illegally downloading their show, while online links have also been taken down within minutes of going up. Here’s how to legally watch the show. Meanw…

Someone is leaking the plot of every new ‘Game of Thrones’ episode — and HBO is trying its best to stop it

Helen Sloan/HBOWarning: Spoilers ahead for “Game of Thrones” season six. The internet is darker and more full of spoilers than ever these days — and “Game of Thrones” is no exception. But the problem that has arisen in the last several weeks has nothing to do with spoiler-filled discussions of the episodes after they air. A man known as the “Spanish Spoiler” is uploading videos to YouTube in which he details the entire plot of the upcoming week’s episode. But he’s doing it two full days before HBO airs the show. In each video description, the mysterious YouTuber writes the following disclaimer (roughly translated using Google): I cannot put spoilers for the 3rd episode of the 6th season of Game of Thrones, because HBO forbids it. But we can always count predictions, theories, and make analysis of what will happen. And who knows, maybe guess everything. Nothing about the Spanish Spoiler’s descriptions is guesswork. Multiple plot details were revealed to be accurate for the first two ep…

There’s a new heir to the Iron Throne, and nobody on ‘Game of Thrones’ noticed

Tommen has a new successor. Good luck getting anyone in King’s Landing to care, apparently. Caution! Spoilers immediately ahead for Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 2, ‘Home.’ Go watch it, it’s a really good one.  The body count in Westeros is really starting to pile up — and the return of oneresurrected Lord Commander doesn’t begin to make a dent in the numbers. In Season 6’s first two episodes, three of the Seven Kingdoms’ most powerful leaders have been usurped and unceremoniously tossed on the scrap heap: Roose Bolton (along with his wife and hours-old heir), Balon Greyjoy (last of the participants in the War of the Five Kings and the last of the leeches burned in the fire by Melisandre) and Prince Doran Martell of Dorne (that guy in the bathrobe and wheelchair). But the most important death is the one that barely got any attention: the poisoning of Princess Myrcella Baratheon, sister to King Tommen and official heir to the Iron Throne. She was the last Baratheon in Westeros — leg…

Game of Thrones, season 6 episode 2, spoilers: will we find out who Jon Snow’s parents are?

Ellie Kendrick as Meera Reed in Game of Thrones season six, episode twoCREDIT:HBO What can we expect? Earlier this week, HBO delivered another tension-filled tease of what we can expect on Monday from TV’s bloodiest drama. The network has released a trailer for episode two of Thrones’s sixth season, which promises to move events on swiftly from the fast-paced season opener that aired in the UK earlier this week. Ramsay Snow, who looked grim as he realised he had savaged ties with potential allies in the north in season six episode one, can be seen making a plan to storm Castle Black in an attempt to restore Sansa Stark, his reluctant wife, to Winterfell. Meanwhile, Arya, still blind, is gaining strength against the Waif, and we see the long-awaited return of Bran, who was last seen on screen at the end of season four.

Isaac Hampstead Wright as Bran Stark in Game of Thrones season six, episode twoCREDIT: HBO Despite protection from a mute and terrifying Frankenmountain (what we’ve taken t…

Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 2 live steam: Watch online

Last week, Game of Thrones hit the ground running with “The Red Woman,” the show’s sixth season premiere. Sansa finally got some allies, half the people in Dorne were shuffled off this mortal coil, and Melisandre let us all in on a little secret. Producers and cast members have promised that Season 6 is a thrill-a-minute affair, so we can expect tonight’s episode—entitled “Home”—to keep the momentum going. Here’s HBO’s official synopsis: Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) trains with the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow). In King’s Landing, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) advises Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman). Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) demands good news, but has to make his own. At Castle Black, the Night’s Watch stands behind Thorne (Owen Teale). Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) proposes a plan, and Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahide) entertains other proposals. From that description alone, we can extract some interesting things. Most obviously, this episode will feature the return of at least two old …

The Political Science of Game of Thrones

If there is one thing Machiavelli’s The Prince needed, it was more dragons. Alas, it would have been so easy! All he had to do was mention Saint George. Although the closest Machiavelli came to discussing these mythic beasts was a brief shout-out forChiron the centaur, such omissions make HBO’s Game of Thrones and George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire all the more interesting in today’s classroom. After all, if Daenerys Targaryen were a Poli Sci major today, she’d have every reason to throw down her textbooks and demand: “Where are my dragons!” Where are her dragons? That’s a good question. I say they belong in her classes alongside Hannibal’s elephants. It may sound ridiculous to reference works of fantasy in order to better explain politics, but such a practice is as old as Plato’s dialogues on Atlantis. After all, what is a well-written fictional character other than a device for better understanding ourselves? One philosopher famously examined the moral conscience ofHuckleb…

Hey, Game of Thrones, WTF Is Up With Dorne?

If you watched this past Sunday’s season premiere of Game of Thrones, you were treated with a brief return to Dorne, that south-most region of Westeros where last season’s most boring storyline took place. And then, after seeing one of the show’s greatest deviations from the books, you started wondering what the hell is happening here. Spoilers ahead… On a surface level, Ellaria Sand and the daughters of the late Oberyn Martell assassinated Prince Doran, tired of waiting for him to get around to taking revenge on the Lannisters for the many, many Martells killed at their commands. It’s almost as if the Sand Snakes had watched season five themselves, and got bored waiting for something interesting to happen in Dorne. Certainly now that Doran is dead, things are about to move a lot faster. But where, exactly, is this story moving faster towards? There’s no coup in George R.R. Martin’s books, and while the Sand Snakes are very much trying to pick a fight with King’s Landing, it seems ex…

Why Is Westeros So F*cked Up?

There comes a moment in the fifth season of Game of Thrones (and I believe the third book of A Song of Ice and Fire) when Lord Varys, of all people, possibly reveals what the entire series is all about. In pleading with Tyrion Lannister to hold on to hope at the lowest point of his life, Varys asks him to imagine a world in which the strong do not prey on the weak, and where the neverending political intrigue and blood feuds are left behind. This being the shifty Varys, such lofty words are best taken with a grain of salt. Still, his suggestion makes one wonder: Is A Song of Ice and Fire ultimately the story of a long, bloody transition from a feudal, monarchical system to some kind of proto-democracy, in which all castes have a voice, and the nobles and the various religions must yield to the rule of law? In other words, can the game of thrones finally end, replaced by a civilization that actually works? This leads to another question, a far simpler one: Why is Westeros so hopelessl…