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"Game of Thrones" arrives April 6. That much we know. But what we do not know are details: key storylines, episode titles, throughlines. HBO has gone some of the way toward sating our thirst and offering some information, too, with the following. From the network, to you:
Encouraged by the Red Wedding slaughter in the Riverlands that wiped out many of their Stark nemeses, the Lannisters’ hold on the Iron Throne remains intact…but can they survive their own egos, as well as new and ongoing threats from the south, north and east? While an unbowed Stannis Baratheon continues to rebuild his army in Dragonstone, a more immediate danger comes from the south, as Oberyn Martell, the Lannister-loathing “Red Viper of Dorne,” arrives at King’s Landing to attend Joffrey’s wedding to Margaery Tyrell, and perhaps act on an ulterior agenda. In the north, a depleted Night’s Watch seems overmatched against the inexorable Wall advances of Mance Rayder’s army of wildlings, which in turn is being trailed by an even more formidable foe: the undead White Walkers. As if that weren’t enough, Daenerys Targaryen, accompanied by her menacing trio of dragons and army of Unsullied, is poised to liberate Meereen, the largest city in Slaver’s Bay, which could ultimately provide her with enough ships to sail to Westeros and reclaim the Iron Throne.
Episode #31: “Two Swords” Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 6 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) welcomes a guest to King’s Landing. At Castle Black, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) finds himself unwelcome. Dany (Emilia Clarke) is pointed to Meereen, the mother of all slave cities. Arya (Maisie Williams) runs into an old friend. Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by D. B. Weiss.
Episode #32: “The Lion and the Rose” Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 13 (9-10 p.m.) Tyrion lends Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) a hand. Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and Margaery (Natalie Dormer) host a breakfast. At Dragonstone, Stannis (Stephen Dillane) loses patience with Davos (Liam Cunningham). Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) finds a purpose for his pet. North of the Wall, Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) sees where they must go. Written by George R.R. Martin; directed by Alex Graves.
Episode #33: “Breaker of Chains” Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 20 (9-10 p.m.) Tyrion ponders his options. Tywin (Charles Dance) extends an olive branch. Sam (John Bradley) realizes Castle Black isn’t safe, and Jon proposes a bold plan. The Hound (Rory McCann) teaches Arya the way things are. Dany chooses her champion. Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Alex Graves.
Episode #34: “Oathkeeper” Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 27 (9-10 p.m.) Dany balances justice and mercy. Jaime tasks Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) with his honor. Jon secures volunteers while Bran, Jojen (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Meera (Ellie Kendrick) and Hodor (Kristian Nairn) stumble on shelter. Written by Bryan Cogman; directed by Michelle MacLaren.
Have you been watching HBO's "True Detective," which wraps Sunday? Of course you have - everyone else on the planet has been. But here's the thing - what the heck is the Yellow King? The whole series seems to revolve around resolution of this urgent question, and lots of clues, some puckishly, are strewn throughout. (There's even a character named LaRue; at least his first name isn't "Jaune.")
College Humor, the website, has a theory. It may be the correct one. Take a look, but be warned - a naughty word at the end you wouldn't want your grandmother to hear. And thanks to Hitfix's TVTattle for locating this amusing theory.
And on this fine frigid morning, something to thaw out with: HBO Sunday delivered this gift to "Game of Thrones'" fans, an extended preview that offers what seems to be a fast-cut of the fourth season. It's not, but there is that illusion. Certainly worth the time, for "Thrones" is TV's best series, and that's a fact.
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Billy Crystal's one-man play, "700 Sundays," is coming to the big stage - a really big one. HBO just confirmed an April 19 airdate at 9 The throughline: "The exclusive presentation is an original two-act play in which Crystal plays numerous characters who have influenced who he is today, dealing with his youth, growing up in the jazz world of Manhattan, his teenage years and, finally, adulthood."
This is of course of significant interest to Long Islanders because so much of it covers with his youth in Long Beach...
And this Sunday, Jonathan Groff's return to the small screen in HBO's "Looking." This eight-parter is intriguing, certainly, and part of HBO's on-going effort to build up its "comedy space" or more specifically, perhaps, its "half hour" one, as some of these shows aren't so conveniently or easily categorized..."Getting On," "Ja'mie Private...Read more »
"The Newsroom" -- HBO's much-loved and/or much-derided TV news drama -- will end next season but perhaps the more significant news would be this: Paul Lieberstein is joining as executive producer, probably to spell Aaron Sorkin (who remains onboard) some relief on the writing chores.
The network said the third and final season will begin production in the spring, and air in the fall.
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"Boardwalk Empire," one of TV's true-blue joys of the past four years, will end after its fifth on the air, HBO just announced.
“We’re thrilled to get the go-ahead for a fifth season,” said showrunner and creator Terence Winter in a statement. “After much discussion with my creative team and HBO, we’ve decided to wrap up the series after such a great run and look forward to bringing...Read more »
If you'll indulge me, let's just get my basic opinion about HBO's "True Detective" out on the table right now: It's a winner.
But it's also an oddball, and a weirdo, and an interesting-cum-strange companion, and someone -- um, something -- you won't mind spending time with.
Sort of like someone you meet at a party whom you find engaging but are not entirely certain whether...Read more »
Now this: James Gandolfini will finally get his HBO tribute this Sunday at 8 p.m. HBO describes it this way:
In this special presentation, more than two dozen friends and colleagues remember the three-time Emmy® winner, who died June 19, 2013 at age 51. Along with first-person reflections, the special features clips of Gandolfini’s work, as well as behind-the-scenes footage.
The title: "James Gandolfini: Tribute to a Friend."
And here's a brief look. Newsday app readers please go to Newsday.com/tvzone:
"Girls" -- third season, Jan. 12, HBO -- has a new season promotion, and it doesn't indicate nearly as much self-absorption as you might imagine! But check it out now.
And Newsday app readers... please head on over to Newsday.com/tvzone for a little more of Hannah and her sisters.
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