HBO’s Game of Thrones is back, and it’s at its sprawling, brutal best in the premiere episode of the second season. In “The North Remembers,” the narrative jumps regularly across continents to re-introduce the audience to the characters, and the rapidly changing world they inhabit. That the episode reconciles all this, and accomplishes these tasks in a satisfying dramatic package is a pretty remarkable feat of storytelling.
The much anticipated second season of HBO’s Game of Thrones debuts this weekend on HBO Canada. We’ve seen the first four episodes of the upcoming season, and there’s a lot that fans of the novels and the series will be happy about for this second go around.
Last week we were fortunate enough to speak with actress Michelle Fairley, who plays Winterfell matriarch Cateyln Stark on HBO's Game of Thrones. We discussed the series, her character's headspace at the beginning of this season, Fairley's favourite season two characters, what the future holds for Catelyn Stark, and more!
Game of Thrones: The Exhibition opened yesterday in Toronto, and runs for he next eight days at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Dork Shelf was lucky enough to get a guided tour on Thursday, and we were pretty impressed by all of the costumes, props, and weaponry from HBO's fantasy series that were on display.
We recently had the chance to interview Steve Van Zandt, who's most famous for being the lead guitar of Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band, as well as his role as Silvio Dante on The Sopranos. He’s got a new series called Lilyhammer, it’s the first original programming on Netflix and he was in Toronto to promote the series. We discussed the series, what it's like working with a mostly Norwegian cast and crew, and the show's memorable title sequence.
Dork Shelf talks to Amy Price-Francis, star of the Showcase comedy-drama King about the pressures of carrying a television show as a lead, the group dynamic of creating a crime procedural, and what to expect from season two of the show.
When TIFF announced earlier this year that A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin would be coming to the Bell Lightbox in Toronto for a speaking engagement, fans of his novels and the HBO series it spawned were elated. The "In Conversation..." event sounded great, but we knew that a simple visit would not be the only thing that the film fest group had in store for Game of Thrones fans. And boy, did they not disappoint. Today, TIFF along with HBO Canada and Random House announced Game of Thrones: The Exhibition.
Aside from the rarity of being a twin (roughly only 33 out of every thousand births are multiples of any kind), being born at the same time as another human being imparts a special bond that people born through single births simply can’t understand. Growing side by side as their bodies develop turns into growing older at the same rate and often going through the same familial issues. It’s the shared experience of brothers and sisters – complete with different personalities and personal quirks – amplified even further through closer proximity. But what happens when someone’s biological other half passes away?
With the second season premiere of the sword & sandals epic Spartacus just around the corner, we had the opportunity to talk with Australian actress Viva Bianca, who plays the manipulative Roman aristocrat Ilithyia on the Starz series.
If you've been missing the humorously misogynistic d-baggery of Entourage, then Showtime's newest hard hour comedy House of Lies might just be the show for you.
This week's instalment of Boardwalk Empire brought us a heaping portion of the old ultra-violence that we so cherish. It's Veteran's Day in Atlantic City, a city “built to help people forget” says Nucky in his speech to the throngs gathered to commemorate the occassion, “but today is for remembering.” Is it ever. Nothing in this episode seems to be forgotten or forgiven – every past slight is remembered and every debt paid for.
What a crazy episode. The tide has clearly turned in Nucky's favour in Atlantic City: his lawyer has an ingenious plan, Owen Slater is good at blowing things up, Chalky is out of jail, and the conspirators are vulnerable as a result of the ███████████████████. By the episode's completion, Nucky has exacted some costly vengeance against Jimmy, while Gillian violently slaps around a ████████...
With the exception of Nucky's confrontation with the Commodore and Jimmy in the restaurant, the third episode of Boardwalk Empire's second season is the least eventful of the episodes we've been treated to so far. Titled “The Dangerous Maid” for Katie, Margaret's maid, who at this point “knows too much,” the episode is preoccupied with Nelson's functional imprisonment of Lucy and fully fleshes out her resultant desolation, but otherwise, it's a table-setting episode.
The fourteenth episode of Boardwalk Empire is a busy one, centered around the growing conspiracy against Nucky and his imminent rally; a rally that is sure to be buttressed by his live-in girlfriend Margaret Schroeder. Mistaken identity abounds as Nucky is released from jail, Jimmy heads to New York to "lay some ground work" for the planned takeover in Atlantic City bootlegging, and Chalky find himself in a revealing bottle episode.
Boardwalk Empire – the star-studded prohibition era drama from HBO - returned to our television screens with a bang this past weekend. The show seems to have found its footing right out of the gate, and is at its well-acted, violent, multi-faceted best in this season's opening episode – titled “21” for the year portrayed (1921).
Actor Michael K Williams was in Toronto this week - and we were lucky enough to sit down with him to talk about Boardwalk Empire, his upcoming role on NBC's Community, and his love for Game of Thrones.
Finale?! WHAT?! Why did no one tell me this season was only 12 episodes long? Oh, I'm supposed to know that because I'm the reviewer? Oh, I see how that works now. On Sunday night, True Blood ended its fourth season with a bang… or a wet fart, depending on who you ask. It seems Alan Ball chose to dangle plot promises for next season in front of our faces instead of making the end of this one any good.
As the season’s end draws near, True Blood amps it up this week with the eleventh episode ‘Soul of Fire’. This latest installment was dynamic, but felt somewhat rushed. That can only mean Alan Ball is gearing up for one hell of a finale, right? Here’s hoping.