'Game of Thrones' will resume production in July

HBO announced on Friday (June 17) that Season Two of "Game of Thrones" will begin production on Monday, July 25. Once again, "Game of Thrones" will do the bulk of its shooting in Northern Ireland based out of Paint Hall Studio in Belfast.

Sean Bean on 'Thrones': 'Covered in Capes and Wool, With Ice Packs Under Your Clothes'

. It's been a tumultuous week for Sean Bean, both on and off the screen. On Sunday, HBO aired the penultimate episode of the first season of "Game of Thrones," the 10-part series based on the novels by George R.R. Martin; the episode ended with a shocking event involving Bean's character of Eddard "Ned" Stark, a lord who'd been imprisoned for daring to (rightly) question the legitimacy of a newly-ascended teenage king. Read More...

Top Moments: Game of Thrones Comes to a Head and Introducing MC NPH

Our top moments of the week: 12. Tell It Like It Is Award:   Ice-T   and his voluptuous wife   Coco   compare their Twitter follower counts on   Ice Loves Coco . It's no contest — she's more than 100,000 followers ahead, which she attributes to her upbeat tone. "My conversations are always positive and happy," she says. "You're a little more hardcore. I think that has something to do with it." Ice's understated reply tells the real story: "You have 270,000 people looking at your pictures because you look good in pictures." 11.   Most Hypocritical:   On   The Glades , Callie gives Jim a piece of her mind for not telling her about Sam, his ex-partner and ex-girlfriend from the Windy City. "I get that we have people in our past. It's just — you never bothered to mention her to me?" she says. Well, Cal, have you told your estranged husband that you're hooking up with Jim? You know, the guy with whom you've agreed to postpone a divorce? 10. Slipperiest Slope:   After working so hard to beat his gambling addiction on   Men of a Certain Age , Joe unfortunately slips right back into his bad habits when he takes a bet for Manfro's bookie business. True, he's not technically betting himself, but the look of euphoria on his face has us worried for what comes next. Read More...

Why Sunday's Big Death Is Good for Game of Thrones

There's some real outrage going on toward HBO's  Game of Thrones  due to Sunday night's episode. "Baelor," after all, did see the death of Lord Eddard Stark (Sean Bean), the early protagonist of the series. While fans who read the book (and some who didn't) loved the twist, many watchers are calling foul regarding Stark's death. If you're one of those fans, I'm here to reassure you: don't quit the show. What you just saw last night is a turning point for the rest of the show. You can't hit a turning point without making it something drastic; with  LOST , it was the flashforward at the end of season three. With  Mad Men , it was the sudden disbanding of Sterling-Cooper-Draper and the formation of Sterling-Cooper-Draper-Pryce at the end of season three. And while  Game of Thrones ' game-changer happens somewhat early, it will set into motion events that will resound for the rest of the series. Ned's death is the beginning of a war. Sure, Robb Stark was involved in a little fighting with Tywin Lannister before, but we're about to see a full-out war that will last for several seasons. And you bet, none of it would have happened if it wasn't for Ned's death. And character development! Think of Arya, who was forced to witness her father's death as part of the crowd at the execution (though thankfully, Night's Watchman Yoren spared her the bloody view). This death is the turning point for her, too. It's the loss of her innocence, and too soon. Let me put it this way: Sansa might have thought Arya was wild, but even stabbing the stableboy isn't even close to the dark, violent road that Arya's going to take. She's absolutely got the best storyline in book two, and none of it would have happened without Ned Stark's death. Read More...

Free Beer! The Stars of Game of Thrones Pick Their Sigil, Issue Royal Edicts

It's been a bloody and arduous journey, but the Game of Thrones cast has emerged from their first season unscathed, although we can't say the same for the characters they played. Going into the finale Sunday (9/8c on HBO), the actors reflect on how difficult it is living in the Seven Kingdoms and beyond. So asked them to weigh in on two very important Westerosi subjects: 1. What personal sigil would best represent you? 2. If you ascended to the Iron Throne in modern times, what would your first ruling as king or queen be?

Game of Thrones Sex Is 'Tricky' for Actress Emilia Clarke

Game of Thrones  is, first and foremost, a well-acted, brilliantly plotted medieval political drama featuring lush settings and beautiful set design. But it also is full of one HBO staple: sex. Whether it's the monologue-over-lesbian-sex scene in "You Win or You Die" or the scenes featuring Theon and the prostitute Ros, there's plenty of intercourse to be had. You'd imagine that for first-time actress Emilia Clarke, things aren't exactly comfortable while filming those scenes -- and you'd imagine right. Well, kind of right. Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen in the series, actually found the scenes in which Dany, fully clothed, was taught sex positions by one of her handmaidens. "The mildly lesbian scene was most the most tricky, I found,"  Clarke told  Digital Spy .  "I think it was because Dany found it tricky." Read More...

Sean Bean to Appear in 'Game of Thrones' Finale Despite Ned's Tragic Fate

The Stark patriarch will show up in the upcoming episode since two of her children will see him in a way which would be expected.

Sean Bean Stabbed Outside Pub In London

British actor Sean Bean is recovering after he was stabbed outside a pub in London on Sunday night. Game of Thrones star was attacked outside the Hill Bar and Brasserie in Camden, north London du...

'Game of Thrones': Fans vs. HBO?

Spoiler alert from Sunday’s episode… “The only reason we watched [ Game of Thrones ] was for Sean Bean,” groused EW reader Steve. “Way to go HBO, time to switch to Showtime.” That’s a pretty common reaction among some viewers after watching Sunday’s episode of HBO’s fantasy series, especially among those who didn’t read the Thrones  novel by George R. R. Martin. With the show’s ninth hour taking the unprecedented step of killing off a drama series’ main character (and its best known actor) in the first season, some fans are threatening to never watch the program again. Read More...

Watch Game of Thrones’ Tyrion Slap Joffrey for Ten Minutes Straight

The footage is from an earlier episode, but given the events of last night, it seems particularly relevant. Slap that anger away. [ Warming Glow ]