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Here's what to do when Walder Frey shows up at a wedding

The essential ingredients for a wedding, as any Game of Thrones fan knows: something old, something new, something borrowed, something definitely not red.

The Red Wedding, technically a celebration of the marriage of Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey, is much better known as the site of one of the series’ most bloody massacres. So when Reddit user alip_93, a professional photographer, was hired to snap photos at the wedding of actor David Bradley’s daughter, he knew there would be a photo op with the guy who engineered the deaths of (spoilers) Robb, Catelyn, and many other heroes of the North:

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Don't think 'Song of Ice and Fire' will get finished? 'F-- you,' says George R.R. Martin

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The author of the Song of Ice and Fire Saga—still unfinished nearly 20 years after the publication of its first volume, A Game of Thrones—is unbent, unbowed, and unbroken…despite the naysayers who fear that he may never complete his magnum opus.

“I find that question pretty offensive, frankly, when people start speculating about my death and my health,” Martin said matter-of-factly during a recent interview with the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger. (Thank Uproxx for pointing it out.) “So f–k you to those people.” And yes, he punctuated that “eff off” with a chortle and a defiantly raised middle finger. (Tyrion would be so proud.)

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Soon you will be able to drink 'Game of Thrones' wine

When we left off, things were getting rough in the world of Game of Thrones—and fans might need a pick-me-up to get through the next season. So we have to ask, what would Cersei Lannister do? Well, entrapher brother in a sham trial, probably. But not all fans of Game of Thrones have brothers they can easily frame for murder. So, on to the Cersei Lannister life decision that works for everyone: more wine.

The Wines of Westeros will launch next year in time for season five of the fantasy series. The set includes 12 selections, from Shiraz to Sauvignon Blanc, each paired to a house or faction within the land of Westeros.

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How 'Game of Thrones's The Mountain trained for his big fight

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, better known as the murderous Ser Gregor Clegane (nicknamed The Mountain) on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is a pretty impressive guy, physically and otherwise. At 6’9″ and 419 pounds, he competes on Iceland’s strongman circuit, and even finished second in the 2014 World’s Strongest Man competition.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Björnsson revealed his training regimen (including eating 8,000 calories a day), his memories from being on set, and his opinion of his native country (“We have the most beautiful women and the strongest men”).

Some of Björnsson’s best quotes:

Sports Illustrated: What was the most challenging part of filming the now-famous Game of Thrones fight scene with Pedro Pascal?
Björnsson: To be able to finish the whole scene without mistakes after having learned the fight scenes—they were really fast-paced and complicated. All of this was new to me, one big challenge. But we managed to make this incredible scene, one of the more talked-about of all.

You were trained by the swordmaster C.C. Smiff  [who famously worked on Gladiator] for that fight scene. What did that training consist of?
We trained from morning until evening for weeks and went through every detail of the fight. C.C. Smiff is probably one of the more knowledgeable in the [movie fighting] business but the whole GoT team is incredible.

Read the rest of the interview, including details on the strange requests Björnsson gets from fans, here.

Queen Elizabeth II visits 'Game of Thrones' set, doesn't sit on pretend seat of power

Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit to the Belfast set of Game of Thrones Tuesday, touring the series’ vast armory, perusing its racks of lavish costumes, and meeting actors including Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Conleth Hill (Varys), and Rose Leslie (Ygritte). The real queen of seven independent Commonwealth countries did not, however, attempt to gain control of seven fictional kingdoms by taking a seat on the show’s fearsome Iron Throne—a chair constructed by a thousand surrendered blades, “heated white-hot in the furnace breath of Balerion the Black Dread.”

Naturally, the wildest and most lawless kingdom of all—The Internet—was most displeased: READ FULL STORY

The 'Game of Thrones' TV Book Club: Dissecting a heartless (and Stoneheart-less) finale

Welcome, lords and ladies (and smallfolk) to the final edition of this year’s Game of Thrones TV Book Club, a discussion space for Thrones viewers who have also read the five books (so far) of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. This week, Darren Franich and Hillary Busis dive into season 4’s supersized ending, a feast of brawls and murders and missing minor characters. Check out James Hibberd’s full recap of the episode, then join us as we venture into the narrative borderlands of A Storm of Swords (and beyond) below. (You know there’ll be spoilers for both the books and the show, right?) READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' review: All men truly must die

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All men must die. That’s what the Game of Thrones posters warned us, even before the fourth season began. Back then, hard-core Thronies were probably still playing “The Rains of Castamere” on their lutes, mourning Catelyn and Robb Stark, and Talisa and her unborn baby, so the idea that more heads could get staked very soon shouldn’t have come as a surprise. And yet, it still felt like a shock every time we lost someone.

Maybe the hardest to grieve was Oberyn, who evolved from a silly impersonation of Inigo Montoya into a great hero by the season’s end. He was our best hope for happier episodes to come, until his dreams were crushed through the back of his eye sockets. Then there was poor little Jojen Reed, who sacrificed himself for Bran, and the Hound, whose tutelage of Arya made us almost like him, despite his cruelty toward her little redhead friend. It even felt slightly ignoble to let the once revered Tywin Lannister — the savior of Blackwater! — expire while sitting on a toilet. On the upside, Joffrey finally got what was coming to him. But his quick death was heartbreaking in its own way. You could be forgiven for thinking, That’s it? This evil moppet ordered babies to be killed, and all we got to see was a few meager blood tears squeezed from his eyes? READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' finale: No Lady Stoneheart! And why that's a good thing (book spoiler)

Note: This contains spoilers from Sunday’s Game of Thrones finale AND a spoiler about a storyline in George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire novels which could conceivably still be appear on the show

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PopWatch Planner: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Louie,' finales, 'Jersey Boys' premiere, and more

For Game of Thrones fans, today is arguably the most important day of 2014, because it marks yet another season finale, and furthermore, it will probably determine Tyrion’s fate. So to those of you who are obsessed with the show, I wish you good luck. But for the rest of you who are looking past tonight’s finale, there’s an entire week’s worth of possibilities that await you.

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'Games of Thrones' star Rory McCann explains why he can't handle scary movies -- VIDEO

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Yes, he confessed that he can’t help but do a Darth Vader impression when he walks onto the Game of Thrones set dressed as The Hound — but we  also dug deeper when actor Rory McCann visited EW to take our Pop Culture Personality Test. Watch the video below to learn what music gets him fired up (and what it’s like to film an action scene for Oliver Stone), why he thinks twice before watching horror movies, which Game of Thrones costar signed his most prized pop culture possession, and what’s his idea of the perfect summer popcorn movie. READ FULL STORY

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