HOLLYWOOD – Game of Thrones continues with the news that Jon Snow is once more dead, but don’t worry chances are he’ll be back again next week.

Everyone was upset when Jon Snow died. But it wasn’t unexpected. Following Ned Stark’s execution, the Red Wedding and then that guy getting his head crushed, it wasn’t as if the loss of a major character was out of the ordinary. However, Jon Snow was handsome and innocent, famously ‘knowing nothing’ so his death provoked both upset and consternation. But it was with definite mixed feelings that fans greeted the news that Jon Snow had once more returned to life last week. Some believed this meant the show had gone too far, others suspected a fan service that was too craven,and even more feared that the showrunners had revived him only to kill him again at a later date.

Well, it turns out the latter were correct as in the next episode of Game of Thrones Jon Snow is once more killed. The manner of his death caused some eyebrows to be raised. Lumbering about in a Frankenstein like manner, Snow takes a header off the Wall in the final scene of episode three of season six. Although there was obvious shock value, the scene concludes with a shade of black comedy as Melisandre sighs and orders the Watch to go and retrieve the body muttering ‘Here we go again!’

Game of Thrones Season 6 is showing on HBO.


HOLLYWOOD – An exclusive reveal of Jon Snow in the next episode of Game of Thrones.

SPOILERS FOR EPISODE 2 of SEASON 6 of Game of Thrones:

Jon Snow is back apparently. And according to this new image that was just released by HBO he is having a whale of a time. Let’s just hope it isn’t a shark of a time, but no worries, if there is a shark, I’m sure he’ll jump it all right.

No black watch for him. It’s on with the swimming costume and off to the beach.

Hordor? Absolutely.

Game of Thrones continues on HBO.


HOLLYWOOD – Jon Snow is dead but Game of Thrones Season 6 will introduce his twin brother Todd Snow.

The new season of Game of Thrones is about to kick off but a major SPOILER just dropped and the internet is wild with speculation. Kit Harington has revealed that he will be returning to Westeros but no longer to play Jon Snow, the bastard of Ned Stark, but instead his twin brother: Todd Snow.  Kit spoke to us EXCLUSIVELY on the condition that we wouldn’t publish anything:

This is so exciting. Everyone is just going to shit their pants. It’s amazing. Basically, going back to the beginning, when Jon was born he was given to Ned to bring up though he was a bastard. But his twin brother stayed with his mother who later died, there’s still a mystery there. His brother is totally different to Jon and that’s why it will be such a challenge playing him. Whereas Jon Snow dressed in black, was very broody and knew nothing, Todd is a font of useless trivia, wears a vest and jeans and hangs around in tractor tires smiling a lot. Like an idiot if truth be told.

Harington – obviously excited – went on to say how the presence of Todd Snow in the show would change the tone:

It isn’t going to be as dark and dour and anal as it has been. It’s going to be more frothy and full of zip and vim. Fizzy is the word we keep using. Far less oh my God deaths, and far more tickling and giggles.

Game of Thrones: Season 6 will be showing April 24, 2016.


WESTEROS – Following a deal between Sony and HBO, Spider-man will appear in the new season of Game of Thrones ‘because basically we want to put him everywhere’.

Marvel’s best-loved web-slinger Spider-man is to join the cast of Game of Thrones for an eagerly anticipated Season Six. Tom Holland who has taken over from Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker’s arachnid alter-ego swung into the Studio Exec bungalow to talk EXCLUSIVELY about his new role:

Hi everybody!

Hi, Tom. So what’s this about Game of Thrones? 

I was so excited when I got the gig to play Spider-man. I grew up watching Tobey Maguire and reading the comic books. Hell, I grew up watching Andrew Garfield for that matter. But the fun thing about my Spider-man is that I’m going to be in a whole bunch of films, not only Spider-man ones. The next Captain America: Civil War for instance, but also Game of Thrones.

So how did you get the Game of Thrones role and who are you going to play?

I have been a huge fan of the TV series and also of the George RR Martin books. They are fantastic. I got an opportunity to talk to George and he told me that one of the characters is actually based on Spider-man, then we ended up having long conversations about how Spider-man might fit in to the Westeros Universe. Sony were dead keen because basically money. We’re in talks to appear in Fuller House and the Walking Dead too.

I see. 

In this season a lot of characters are coming back from the dead. Partly because of the necromancer and also because of the White Walkers. And one character who died very recently is going to come back because he got bit by irradiated spider. Can you guess who? No, you can’t huh. You know nothing Studio Exec! Huh? A clue? Still no?

Game of Thrones Season 6 will drop in April. Image courtesy of @ThePixelFactor.



WESTEROS – HBO has released the first picture of Jon Snow in the new season of Game of Thrones.

Season 6 of Game of Thrones is due for April next year but already the first picture of Jon Snow has leaked EXCLUSIVELY onto the Studio Exec. Actor Kit Harrington also popped down the Studio Exec Keep to discuss his new role and explain what is going on after the shocking conclusion of the last season, which seemed to show Jon Snow being [SPOILER] killed to death.

So Kit what the frick is going on?

Initially everyone who has read the novels knows what happens to Jon Snow and so the producers and writers wanted to carry on the story. They have changed some things but they don’t want to go to far away from George RR Martin’s vision. But the reactions of the fans was unbelievable and I think they began to get cold feet.

So is it fair to say that you are back among the living?

Well, there was the idea that I could be recruited into the army of the White Walkers, but I don’t think that would really work and it wasn’t what my fans wanted to see so they decided that what would happen is they would do… well you know when you break a phone.

You reset to factory settings.

Exactly. What we would do is make part of the show leading up to the climax part of a dream and then I would be in the shower and I would be alive.

That’s amazing. So how far back can we expect to go? Just part of that episode?

That was the original idea but then we got really ambitious because you know, think of the possibilities. And so David Benioff was like there were firecrackers going off behind his eyes. And I said, ‘we’re just going back one episode right?’ And so guess what he said? It was so clever.

You know nothing Jon Snow. 

He said, ‘You…’ oh yeah that’s what he said. So he wanted to go further back basically.

So the season was a whole dream?

I can’t say much. But what I can say is that Sean Bean will be back.

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REVIEW – GAME OF THRONES SEASON 5 – So the 5th season of Game of Thrones has [SPOILER] finished, but what did the Studio Exec think? Read this comprehensive review of the fantasy show that has taken Westeros by storm [WARNING: There be SPOILERS ahead].

It has been the way with Game of Thrones in the past to finish one episode short – with a great twist, or some horrorshow violence – and have the season finale basically be an epilogue. Remember how in Season One Ned Stark was killed in the penultimate episode?

Season 5 did things a little differently. To begin with the first part of the season was a bit dull. This isn’t necessarily the fault of the show. The narrative has no direction in the books either. Lord of the Rings  has a really direction to it. To Mordor and then back again. Likewise the Hobbit: To the Misty Mountain and then back again (although watching Peter Jackson’s The Hobbits… well anyway.) Game of Thrones by contrast has a whimsical arbitrariness. No one is going anywhere much or they’re taking a long time getting there. Daenerys seems to have spent the last couple of seasons being taught Civic Administration in Meereen; Arya Stark is stuck with the God of the Third Person, whose deadly enemy is correct grammar; Stannis and Jon Snow are at the Wall. When Jaime Lannister goes on an excursion to Dorne, it feels like an episode of On the Buses where they all go to Spain for some reason. Jaime gets something to do in a visually different location and although it pays of in the end, it’s a long way to go for something happening to someone we don’t really know.

At its worst, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss can be guilty of a lot of pottering about and then jamming in two or three great WTF moments near the end.  However, this season closed strongly with the last three episode offering some fantastically way out scenes. The finale of Hardhome has already become a classic show defining moment and the end of Dance of Dragons was a good topper, finally giving Daenerys and us a cathartic escape from the drudgery of ruling a city we really don’t care much about.

There is sometimes a danger that the show is now beginning to drown in its need for the epic. Why Daenerys needs to be caught by a million Dothraki and not just twenty makes the scene vaguely daft. However, that scale worked perfectly with Cersei and her Walk of Atonement. I couldn’t help wonder if this scene wasn’t a bit meta, considering the careful misogyny of the show. A woman might use sex but when it comes down to it she is trapped by her need to maintain her reputation and her sexuality and body can be used to bring shame on her. Nudity as a form of punishment to demean a powerful woman? No wonder some female cast members began to demand less flesh in their scenes. The scene effectively sets up the motivation for Season 6’s annihilation of King’s Landing (I’m guessing).

The Starks have not been fortunate. Arya finally refers to herself in the first person and must be punished and Sansa and Reek jumping off the wall was a silly way to escape, but Sansa can continue her wandering. Maybe Brian of Tarth will help her, or Little Penis, or her Walking Dead mother.

Worst to come was Jon Snow. I thought this scene was brilliant actually. It was quick and underplayed and brutal. And totally in line with George RR Martin’s anti-hero methodology. The heroic, the honest and the decent simply don’t survive long in Westeros. Jon Snow’s continued survival was always going to beggar belief somewhat and the show creators were careful to show that he was marginalized all the way through, becoming Lord Commander by only one vote (and not the popular mandate of the novel).

One problem with this removal of popular characters is compounded by a bigger problem. The misogyny of the show has been mentioned and debated time and again, but here’s a thing: what about the misanthropy? The crowd during Cersei’s walk of shame is a good example. The ‘people’, the crowd, the mob, are seen almost constantly as venal, despicable, easily swayed, violent and untrustworthy. The whole population of Westeros are a bunch of bastards who can’t wait to spit at you or jiggle their man bits in your face (and not in a nice way). The most heinous act – burning your daughter alive for instance – is met by no act of disobedience so great as looking a little put out, and then sneaking off later. There is no goodness in the heart of man and the only thing that you can truly rely on is betrayal.

So the question must be, given the moral turpitude, if not outright active immorality of EVERYONE south of the wall: Are the White Walkers now the true heroes of Game of Thrones? 

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