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'Game of Thrones' TV Book Club: 'Song of Ice and Fire' readers talk Purple Wedding and more

Thought we were done with Game of Thrones articles for a few days, given yesterday’s barrage? Think again! Today EW introduces the 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 talk 77-course meals, the truth about Jon Snow’s parentage – and what Game of Thrones might do better than ASOIAF. (You know there’ll be spoilers for the books and the show, right?)

DARREN: It’s been about eight years since I first read Storm of Swords, and in rereading the chapters about the Purple Wedding, it struck me that there was one incredibly important aspect that the TV show left out: The 77 courses! Mushroom and snail soup, peacocks stuffed with dates, fish tarts fresh from the ovens: Eat your heart out, Top Chef! Was there anything that you missed from the Literary Purple Wedding, Hillary? Or, conversely, was there any new addition that particularly jumped out at you?

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'Game of Thrones': The 9 most satisfying deaths

The Red God of Death is no stranger to Westeros. Or Essos, for that matter.

When we talk about the Game of Thrones characters who have shuffled off (or, more accurately, been shoved off) this mortal coil, we tend to focus on the show’s most shocking demises – which often strike GoT‘s most noble, likable characters. (Think of the Red Wedding, or Ned’s brutal decapitation, or even the end of Qhorin Halfhand, which admittedly has more oomph in A Clash of Kings than it did on the show.) But those gut-punching sequences are only one piece of the puzzle. As anyone who’s watched “The Lion and the Rose” can attest, Thrones also excels in meting out justice to despicable folks in spectacular ways.

So on the occasion of The Big Thing That Happened Sunday, let’s take a look back at the Thrones deaths most likely to have viewers pumping their fists — instead of clutching their faces in sorrow. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones': Kit Harington covers 'GQ' (and talks about naked Jon Snow)

You know nothing about Jon Snow’s butt — but you’re about to learn a lot more, thanks to GQ.

For example: Remember that time last season, when Game on Thrones viewers got a glimpse of Kit Harington’s backside? “When it came down to it I had a broken ankle, so the only time you saw my ass, it wasn’t my ass,” Harington explained to the magazine.

The revelation is just one of many the Game of Thrones star dishes in his GQ cover story. Still on the subject of all the HBO drama’s nudity, Harington said, “It’s only right, if you’re going to make a show where nudity and sex is a large part of it, that you be a part of that.”

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Late Night Highlight: Emilia Clarke reminisces about her awkward 'Game of Thrones' audition on 'Tonight' -- VIDEO

The Mother of Dragons can bust a move! Well, sort of.

While stopping by The Tonight Show to promote season 4 of Game of Thrones on Wednesday, actress Emilia Clarke told Jimmy Fallon that GOT co-creator David Benioff “suggested [she] do a little dance” during her audition for the role of Daenerys Targaryen.

Unfortunately, she decided to show off her Funky Chicken moves. Luckily, she still got the part.

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'Doll & Em' review: HBO's latest L.A. meta-comedy

Real-life BFFs Emily Mortimer (Newsroom) and Dolly Wells (Bridget Jones’s Diary) write and star on Doll & Em (Wednesdays at 10 p.m.), HBO’s latest L.A. meta-comedy about a movie star (Mortimer) who hires her childhood pal (Wells) as an assistant. (Possible alternate title: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Ladies!) But once you clear the velvet rope, it’s apparent that Doll and Em is, at its heart, a portrait of female friendship rather than a Hollywood confidential. 

The comedy — which is partly improvised, but never reaches laugh-out-loud levels of funny — debuts with back-to-back episodes, and good thing, considering the premiere is a bit anemic. After the initial set-up (Doll breaks up with her boyfriend in England, hence the hop across the pond and her new responsibilities fetching coffee and yelling at the GPS), the episode’s main conflict revolves around Doll getting locked out of Em’s house — and who’s responsible for the mix-up. Already we see small fissures in the pair’s relationship, but their petty squabbling isn’t exactly scintillating stuff.  READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones': Vanity Fair asks the cast who should sit on the Iron Throne -- VIDEO

The little-watched and rarely-discussed HBO series Game of Thrones got the Annie Leibovitz treatment for this month’s Vanity Fair cover, with the cast coming together on the rocky shores of Northern Ireland Westeros for a rare moment of peace/not-actively-trying-to-murder-each-other. Between takes, Vanity Fair asked each cast member who they personally think should sit on the Iron Throne. The answers may surprise you!

Well, one answer won’t surprise you: Lots of people nominate Tyrion, because he’s great. But Jack Gleeson — out of character but still doing his best Joffrey simmering-homicidal glower — thinks Hodor should be in charge. “He’s got good leadership policies,” he say, “And a sound political policy.”

Meanwhile, the somewhat-beloved Emilia Clarke suggests that Daenerys could co-run the country with her devoted attendant Jorah Mormont. “They could have a bum cheek each!” says Daenerys of House Targaryen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons. Disappointingly, nobody nominates Davos Seaworth.* Watch the clip:

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Lena Dunham talks boyfriend and leaving acting -- maybe -- in 'Glamour' cover story

Lena Dunham is everywhere. She hosted Saturday Night Live this past weekend, she’s working on a series of Archie Comics, she was on the much-talked about cover of Vogue last month — and now, she’s gracing the cover of the latest Glamour. In the accompanying story, Dunham chats about her boyfriend (fun.’s Jack Antonoff), how she chose the cast of Girls, and her future as an actress. Check out some highlights from the story below:

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Hey, remember that time a 'True Detective' villain slept with Charlotte on 'Sex and the City'?

[Semi-spoilers if you haven't seen the True Detective finale. *shakes fist at HBO Go*]

Did Errol Childress — the sister-groping serial murderer whose reign of terror was finally foiled on Sunday night’s True Detective — look weirdly familiar to you? If so, you probably recognized actor Glenn Fleshler from Boardwalk Empire (he played bootlegger George Remus) or Damages (as Detective Milton Trammell).

What you may not realize, however, is that those two shows were hardly Fleshler’s first brush with prestige cable TV. Check out the bottom of his IMDB profile, and you’ll find that way back in 1998, he made one of his very first onscreen appearances in the very first season of Sex and the City — as Shmuel, a smoldering Hasidic artist who briefly tangles with Charlotte (Kristin Davis).

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'SNL' recap: Lena Dunham is just a girl, standing in front of an audience, asking them to like her

So, how did Lena Dunham do in her inaugural episode of Saturday Night Live? It depends who you’re asking.

Those who are generally into Dunham’s work were probably amused on the whole, even if they also wished Lena had broken out of her comfort zone a little more. (Perhaps unsurprisingly, Dunham played a bunch of girls — immature, fast-talking, hyperbole-happy variations on her HBO persona — and one serviceable Liza Minnelli.) But if you’re one of those people who can’t stand cable’s wunderkind — here I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt, and assume that dislike has nothing to do with Dunham’s looks – your feelings likely weren’t swayed by Lena’s SNL performance, since it hewed so closely to what she does weekly on Girls.

Since I’m in the former camp, I’ll give the episode a tempered thumbs up. While SNL‘s writers’ room is clearly still suffering from growing pains in the wake of Seth Meyers’s exit — someone has to, like, remind them that sketches are supposed to have jokes — last night’s show was, pound for pound, stronger than March 1′s Jim Parsons Experience. And it packed in a few  solid laughs, particularly in the night’s…

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