10 Authors Who Wrote Gritty, Realistic Fantasy Before George R.R. Martin


When George R.R. Martin released A Game of Thrones in 1996, he helped to change the game with his grounded approach to fantasy tropes. At the same time, people sometimes talk as though Martin was the first to bring realism to epic fantasy. So here are 10 other authors who were doing "gritty" fantasy before Martin. » 4/01/15 4:30pm Today 4:30pm

Wow, Game Of Thrones Season 5 Is Even Darker Than We Expected

We kind of assumed this year on Game of Thrones was going to be as bitter and dark as graveyard-shift coffee. After all, it's based on the two ugliest books, A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons. But we saw the season premiere last night, and it's even nastier. Here are our spoiler-free impressions. » 3/24/15 5:09pm 3/24/15 5:09pm

5 Game Of Thrones Book Plots We're Glad The TV Show Is Skipping

The Game of Thrones TV series has been a remarkably faithful adaptation of George R.R. Martin's fantasy series so far, but that will change when season 5 debuts on April 12th. But not every alteration from the books is a bad thing! Here are five storylines from the novels we won't miss at all. » 3/16/15 2:52pm 3/16/15 2:52pm

The People Who Make Brutal Video Game Porn

Before you can understand one of the most popular Tomb Raider porn videos online, you need to know about a key scene in a recent Tomb Raider game. » 3/11/15 8:37pm 3/11/15 8:37pm

Daenerys Plots Her Return To Westeros In Newest Game of Thrones Trailer

This brand new season 5 trailer for Game of Thrones is offering up a whole mess of spoilers for the new season. And we can not wait. » 3/09/15 1:46pm 3/09/15 1:46pm

The Greatest Spies In Pop Culture, Ranked

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If you believe fiction, spies are everywhere. You cannot turn around without bumping into someone in a wig, armed with a gun masquerading as a tasteful pair of earrings, and carrying secret plans in microdot form. There are so many, we decided to rank them. » 2/12/15 3:42pm 2/12/15 3:42pm

This is how the dragons of Game of Thrones are made

The Game Of Thrones Season 5 Trailer Is Here And OMG—Update! NOW IN HD

Updated: Here's the official trailer! And here it is on the show's Facebook page, too, for those who can see it. » 1/30/15 11:58am 1/30/15 11:58am

The Ultimate Guide To 2015's Science Fiction And Fantasy TV

This is going to be a huge year for science fiction and fantasy television, including some major A-list creators (Jonathan Nolan, Chris Miller and Phil Lord!) coming to the small screen to make beautiful love your eyes and faces. This is your year, people! Here's our complete guide to 2015's science fiction and… » 1/06/15 6:35pm 1/06/15 6:35pm

Game of Thrones in IMAX Is Coming

According to reports, both the season five trailer for Game of Thrones and the last two episodes of season four will get a week-long run in IMAX theaters later this month. Yes, that means a jumbo-sized fight for The Wall. No, you shouldn't feel bad about doing an excited little involuntary clap right now. » 1/06/15 12:18am 1/06/15 12:18am

The Best And Worst Television Moments of 2014

This year's science fiction and fantasy television delivered amazing highs and some cringe-worthy lows. We've rounded up the year's best moments, along with some of the absolute worst (in no particular order) for your viewing pleasure. SPOILERS AHEAD. » 12/18/14 8:54pm 12/18/14 8:54pm

Here's some new Game of Thrones season 5 footage

HBO has very slowly teased and trickled footage from Game of Thrones season 5 with a secret website and now this new elaborate seemingly self-destructing mobile-only video teaser. Luckily, the footage—which could only play once and not be screenshotted—was leaked online and we have a few more seconds to get excited. » 12/16/14 11:19pm 12/16/14 11:19pm

First official look at Game of Thrones season five finished footage

Game of thrones's official twitter account just posted the first few seconds of season five finished footage. The cryptic teaser announces their new website ThreeEyedRaven.com » 11/26/14 8:27pm 11/26/14 8:27pm

Leaked Game of Thrones season 5 footage shows six people burning

Spoilers, probably. I wouldn't know because well, I don't want to know more. But this video is supposedly leaked footage from Game of Thrones season 5 (can't wait!) and it shows six people being led to their death by fire. Like, seriously. Hell on Earth doesn't even begin to describe how hot this fire burns. » 11/05/14 9:20pm 11/05/14 9:20pm

Four seasons of Game of Thrones summarized in a beautiful animation

This lovely animation, directed by BlackMeal and Baptiste Pagani, tries to sum up all the major happenings from the first four seasons of Game of Thrones in under a minute. Obviously, there are spoilers for the TV show. The animation get a lot of it but also miss some key plot development and character deaths too. » 10/08/14 1:24am 10/08/14 1:24am

The screen time of 65 Game of Thrones characters visualized

In case there was any doubt, Tyrion Lannister is the absolute winner of Game of Thrones —when it comes to screen time. However, the Starks win over the Lannisters, at least until season 3, before the Red Wedding. Here's the interactive version of the cool visualization above, if you want to check all the characters. » 10/06/14 7:23pm 10/06/14 7:23pm

1960s version of Game of Thrones' opening credits is perfectly retro

Milan Vuckovic mashed up two things most humans love by re-imagining Game of Thrones' opening credits in the style of Saul Bass, the master of the title sequence. It's like if Game of Thrones existed in the 60s. » 9/02/14 8:30pm 9/02/14 8:30pm

How Game of Thrones Crafted Last Season's Emmy-Winning Visual Effects

Game of Thrones walked away from the Emmys last week with four of the biggest technical awards, including a very well-deserved win for best visual effects. One team responsible has posted some of their process videos from season 4. Let's just say it looks tougher than conquering the walled city of Meereen. » 9/02/14 12:19pm 9/02/14 12:19pm

Video replaces the sounds in Game of Thrones with old video game sounds

If you think there's too much violence and sex and awful human behavior in Game of Thrones, you'll enjoy this light hearted remix where all the sounds of the show are replaced with old school video game noises. If you like Game of Thrones already, you'll like the video because it's more Game of Thrones. » 8/21/14 10:39pm 8/21/14 10:39pm

Game of Thrones blooper reel is more fun to watch than the actual show

Sometimes you just need a good laugh after you watch Game of Thrones. You need to see Lannisters act goofy and White Walkers fall off their horses and see beautiful actors screw up their lines. Here's the blooper reel for season 4 of Game of Thrones, where you get to see all of that. » 7/25/14 6:20pm 7/25/14 6:20pm