"Game of Thrones" Season 3 hasn't even finished airing, but already George R.R. Martin is ready to skip Season 4 discussions talk about Season 5 -- sort of. The "A Song of Ice and Fire" author visited "Conan" and unveiled what he claims are some pretty major spoilers about what's coming up in future seasons of the series.
"I've been working on 'A Song of Ice and Fire' since 1991 and I think fans will be surprised about what's coming up," Martin says in the above video, which is allegedly leaked footage from the "Game of Thrones" Season 4 DVD commentary. "Joffrey adopts an adorable lion cub and learns the true meaning of Christmas. Next season, the dragons talk! After Season 4, we're doing a complete reboot with Daenerys Targaryen played by Zachary Quinto. Arya Stark discovers the ruins of the Statue of Liberty on the beach and realizes she was on Earth the whole time. Hodor."
He continues, "Jaime Lannister forms Kingslayer, the first heavy metal band in Westeros. The lords and ladies of Winterfell are saved by their long lost cousin, the creator of the Iron Throne, Tony Stark. Winter comes. It's not so bad. Cozy. Hodor. Oh crap, I was supposed to write more books?"
If only even one of these things was true! Unfortunately, as we've already learned, "Game of Thrones" isn't that type of show. If you want some real teases of what's in store for the HBO fantasy show, check out our list of 10 reasons to keep watching "Game of Thrones."
"Game of Thrones'" Season 3 finale, "Mhysa," airs Sunday, June 9 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.
One of the biggest surprises after Marvel Studios announced it would be creating a "S.H.I.E.L.D." television show for ABC was the fact that Clark Gregg's character Agent Phil Coulson would have a central role in it. Considering Joss Whedon killed Coulson off in "The Avengers," there were some big storytelling hurdles that need to be jumped to explain why Coulson is still alive in the post-"Avengers" chronology of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
The full trailer for the show that was revealed at ABC's Upfronts didn't give more of an explanation for Coulson's continued life than the fact that information is relegated to S.H.I.E.L.D. agents with access to "Level 7." During a recent conversation with Zap2it, Gregg confirmed that even he isn't fully sure how Coulson managed to come back from the grave.
"He's an android. I'm lying, I'm lying! He's the Vision. He's a Life Model Decoy," Gregg jokes, referencing fan-favorite "Coulson lives" theories before saying, "No he's not. I don't know if he is. I don't know 100 percent the answer to this so I can't even spoil it, but this was a big concern of mine because I'm an 'Avengers' fan. I've been reading the comics. I love that whole world, and I loved what Joss did with Agent Coulson."
He continues, "I was sad to not be playing the guy but I loved the kind of Shakespearean stakes and he fronts off with the God of Mischief and pays the price. So when they called and said, you know, 'We want to bring this guy back for 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,' I was honestly torn, a little wary. When Joss kind of explained what we start to find out in the pilot, and a mystery still remains that I think will kind of carry through, I was instantly in."
While Whedon co-wrote and directed the pilot for "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," an ensemble creative team is actually developing the show. Showrunning the project are Whedon's brother Jed Whedon and Jed's wife Maurissa Tancharoen, as well as executive producer Jeff Bell and Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb. Gregg says that together that group is doing its best to keep "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"We have a lot of heavy hitters and Joss very much involved, very much keeping everything connected to the Marvel movies that are coming," he says. "The fun thing about being in these movies is each movie's a new chapter in this kind of ongoing giant serialized novel, which I love. This feels like a new chapter as well that connects to the others and may have, who knows, visitors from the other parts of it, but this one really focuses on the part of those movies that Agent Coulson really represented: the human face. The people who don't have super powers or super invulnerability that have to go front off with the various forces in a world after 'The Avengers,' where everyone has seen that there are Asgardian gods, alien invasion forces and serious superpowers and they want them, and some of them should probably not have them."
Gregg hesitates to compare "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." to any of Whedon's previous ensemble projects like "Firefly" or "Angel," or even to a movie like "The Avengers." He does promise that "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will include plenty of Whedon themes that fans have come to love.
"I think the fans will see strong female characters that you see in a lot of his stuff, they'll see his kind of like brilliant nerd love of the comics and kind of reverence of that world and what it means, but I think they'll also see the thing that's great about him is that he loves Shakespeare for the same reason: the human side underneath it," he says. "It's not just some fantasy world. It's based on something we can connect to, and I also think that 'Much Ado [About Nothing]' really shows you he needs something new, like a lot of the most interesting creative people. There's always something we haven't seen before, and this feels like a different chapter for him as well."
"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." premieres in the fall on ABC on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET.
Picking up nine months after the events of the Season 6 finale, Michael is embedded in the Dominican Republic on a mission where he is being ordered around by CIA officer Andrew Strong ("Heroes'" Jack Coleman) as he infiltrates a terrorist ring being led by a former ally who went rogue, Randall Burke ("Heroes'" Adrian Pasdar). In order to do his mission, Michael is forced to revert to being the person he was before a burn notice was put on him -- meaning in a time prior to Season 1.
It's a smart way to keep this final season interesting, but the premiere was just as exciting in Miami as it was in the Dominican Republic. He might be going to great lengths to make sure his cover isn't blown, someone is doing their best to make sure they find him. A mysterious man is tracking Michael and trying to figure out where he is by approaching those closest to him in a number of different disguises. Fortunately, that quickly draws Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell), Fiona Glenanne (Gabrielle Anwar), Jesse Porter (Coby Bell) and Madeline Westen (Sharon Gless) back together.
Fiona seems to have moved on with her life in the nine months since she left Michael. She now has a new partner named Carlos (Stephen Martines) who also happens to be her new love interest, and she makes it pretty clear that she has no interest in helping Michael out. She does, of course, and she, Sam and Jesse do their best to figure out who is trying to hunt Michael down. It's ultimately Madeline who is the weakest link in their group, as she unwittingly gives up key information to the man after he disguises himself as the person she's meeting in order to gain custody of Charlie.
That leak leads to Michael's cover almost being blown, though he of course manages to plug the leak quickly by murdering Randall's underling who discovered that Michael is still working with the CIA. The premiere ends with Michael and Andrew heading back to Miami to try to figure out who is hunting him, while Sam, Fiona and Jesse are attempting to do the same thing on their home turf. Hopefully this means fans won't need to wait long to have the team back together again, even though Randall did pretty strictly forbid it at the end of "New Deal."
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Warning: The videos included in this article contain "Game of Thrones" spoilers from "The Rains of Castamere" episode.
What happens when you meet "Game of Thrones" with "The Princess Bride"? The absolute best response to the Red Wedding we've seen thus far, that's what. As the above video shows, Fred Savage's character said exactly what we all were thinking when the Red Wedding took place.
Fortunately that's not the only response video out there. Ever since the Red Wedding episode of "Game of Thrones" took place, fans have been coming out of the woodwork to share their reactions to the traumatizing event. Check out some of the best responses to hit the web below.
Instead of making you sift through the many, many fan-made reaction videos out there, one nice YouTube user decided to compile the best of the best into the video you can watch below.
This girl got very, very upset when she saw the events of the Red Wedding take place.
Even Hitler was really upset by the whole showdown.
Then there's actress Maisie Williams, who created her own reaction Vine that did a great job summing up what her character Arya Stark's response to the Red Wedding will likely be (in a Southern accent, to boot).
If that still doesn't make you feel better, then maybe this GIF below will. It sure puts a smile on our faces.
The "Game of Thrones" Season 3 finale "Mhysa" airs June 9 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. Check out our 10 reasons to keep watching the show.