Why Bran And Arya No Longer Want To Be Rescued On Game Of Thrones

Season four of Game of Thrones contained some major departures from the books — and some of them underscored just how much Bran and Arya Stark no longer want or expect to be rescued. We caught up with Isaac Hempstead-Wright and Maisie Williams at Comic-Con, and they told us why things are only going to get murkier. » 7/29/14 9:00am 12 minutes ago

21 Books That Changed Science Fiction And Fantasy Forever

Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction and fantasy for everybody. Certain great books inspire scores of authors to create something new. Here are 21 of the most influential science fiction and fantasy books. » 7/25/14 10:00am Friday 10:00am

Is It Time To Retire The Word "Epic"?

You'll see lots of rants on the internet claiming the word "epic" is overused. It's become a blanket synonym for "fun," and people say "I had an epic bath" with zero irony. But maybe this is just a symptom of a larger problem. Maybe the word "epic" in general has lost all meaning, including when we talk about fantasy. » 7/03/14 12:37pm 7/03/14 12:37pm

The Secret To Making Sense Of Last Night's Game Of Thrones Finale

Even George R.R. Martin might have needed to rewind a couple times to figure out some of the characters' motivations in the Game of Thrones season finale. There were out-of-left-field plot twists and self-destructive choices, some of which weren't in the books. But here's one secret to making sense of the whole… » 6/16/14 8:00am 6/16/14 8:00am

Read George R. R. Martin's 1963 Letter To Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

In 1963, George R. Martin (who, at that age, had yet to earn his second "R") wrote to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in feigned praise of Fantastic Four #17, an issue he refers to, dryly, as "greater than great... absolutely stupendous, the ultimate, utmost!" Proving that even as a boy, GRRM was an acerbic, 65-year-old man. » 6/15/14 3:00pm 6/15/14 3:00pm

George RR Martin Moves From Killing Fictional Characters To Real People

No longer satisfied with murdering the characters in his beloved A Song of Ice and Fire books, George R.R. Martin has now set his sights on murdering a Facebook employee named David Goldblatt after he donated $20,000 to the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary to be killed off in an upcoming GRRM novel. » 6/13/14 6:30am 6/13/14 6:30am

All The Best Larger-Than-Life Moments In Last Night's Game Of Thrones

This was Game Of Thrones' big battle episode, and it featured huge set pieces. HUGE. But you know what was really huge? The characters, and their incredible defining moments. There was sex, love, heroism, cowardice... and lots of killing. We've rounded up all of the defining moments in last night's insane showcase. » 6/09/14 8:00am 6/09/14 8:00am

On Game Of Thrones, We Learn The Hard Way Revenge Is Best Served Cold

Last night's Game of Thrones was like a marathon of rug-pulling. Time after time, we saw the truth revealed — only to have it turned on its side somehow. There were so many slippery moments where the truth became the biggest lie, it was only fitting when we saw a confession turn deadly. Spoilers ahead... » 6/02/14 8:00am 6/02/14 8:00am

What's In Store For Your Favorite Game Of Thrones Characters Next Year?

Game of Thrones is taking a week off — but that doesn't mean we can't geek out about it. Now that we're getting towards the end of season four, we're starting to get a sense of what the show is going to do with its major characters in season five... and how HBO will adapt two massive books by George R.R. Martin. » 5/28/14 2:05pm 5/28/14 2:05pm

The 10 Most Shocking Characters That George R.R. Martin Could Kill Off

Westeros is a bloody and unpredictable place, and death is a constant. In fact, George R.R. Martin has taken to reminding people lately that nobody is safe in Game of Thrones or his books. But how far could he go? Here are the 10 most shocking kills he could make in The Winds of Winter, ranked in order of shock value. » 5/21/14 10:00am 5/21/14 10:00am

This Was The Most Emotionally Intense Game Of Thrones Episode Yet

Last night's Game of Thrones was ridiculously eventful, with a number of major turning points. But "Mockingbird" was also full of intense moments, where people revealed their defining tragedies and made life-or-death decisions. And discovered what they're willing to kill, or die, for. Spoilers ahead... » 5/19/14 8:00am 5/19/14 8:00am

Tyrion Is Among The Least Skilled Players Of The Game Of Thrones

Back in Game of Thrones season two, we heard a lot about how Tyrion was taking to court intrigue in King's Landing. How he was enjoying playing politics, and discovering he was quite good at it. The sad thing? He was horrible at it. Almost as bad as Ned Stark. Last night's episode pretty much proves it. Spoilers… » 5/12/14 8:00am 5/12/14 8:00am

Which Character Do We Really Need To Meet In Game Of Thrones Season 5?

Every year, Game of Thrones introduces a few new characters to its massive cast. This year, it's Prince Oberyn, the Magnar of Thenn, and a couple others. But which book character absolutely must be introduced in season five, for the whole thing to work? And who do you want to play him or her? » 5/02/14 2:40pm 5/02/14 2:40pm

Everyone On Game Of Thrones Is An Amateur Compared To Littlefinger

Last night's Game of Thrones had a lot of scenes where people tried to consolidate their power. Some people make alliances, others bully their followers, and still others try to send their enemies on suicide missions. When your hold on power isn't secure, you have to be crafty and ruthless as fuck. Spoilers ahead... » 4/28/14 8:00am 4/28/14 8:00am