George R.R. Martin Explains How Game of Thrones' Ending Will Be Like Lord of the Rings

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The Halo TV show is still happening. Rutina Wesley’s Arrow role is revealed, while Marc Guggenheim discusses the “one time only” deal to bring Constantine to the show. Plus, rumors of a big fight for Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman, and when to expect The Expanse and Childhood’s End. So Many Spoilers!


Batman v Superman

Heroic Hollywood are reporting on another scoop for the film, this time the fact that Wonder Woman will allegedly have a major role in the film’s climactic fight scene... against DC Comics villain Doomsday. The fight will see Diana lop one of Doomsday’s hands off with her sword, only for the monstrous being to grow a “bone sword” out of the stump before engaging in combat once again. As ever, pinch of salt and all that.

Henry Cavill briefly touches on how DC’s cinematic universe ties itself together:

There’s a big plan in place at WB for the whole DC franchise. So, all of this stuff ties in. They’re not thinking from movie to movie, they’re thinking from a big tent pole type thing and each story has its own story, which is attached to the major issue. Yeah, there’s a big plan.


Star Wars: Rogue One

Chinese actor Jiang Wen has allegedly cast in the film, in an undisclosed role. [/Film]



The Revenant’s Mark L. Smith has been tapped to rewrite this “smart and scary” Edgar Wright-directed film. [Deadline]


The Hateful Eight

Here’s the first trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s new movie.

Kung Fu Panda 3

Fat puns abound in the new poster for the film. [Coming Soon]

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Game of Thrones

Although he’s not talking about the TV show specifically, author George R. R. Martin discusses how he intends to end the series—not in the hopelessly tragic manner most fans expect him to:

I haven’t written the ending yet, so I don’t know, but no. That’s certainly not my intent. I’ve said before that the tone of the ending that I’m going for is bittersweet. I mean, it’s no secret that Tolkien has been a huge influence on me, and I love the way he ended Lord of the Rings. It ends with victory, but it’s a bittersweet victory. Frodo is never whole again, and he goes away to the Undying Lands, and the other people live their lives. And the scouring of the Shire—brilliant piece of work, which I didn’t understand when I was 13 years old: “Why is this here? The story’s over?” But every time I read it I understand the brilliance of that segment more and more. All I can say is that’s the kind of tone I will be aiming for. Whether I achieve it or not, that will be up to people like you and my readers to judge.


[Watchers on the Wall]

Spanish fan site Los Siete Reinos has allegedly confirmed what several Spanish filming locations will stand in for in the series—the city of Girona will serve as both Oldtown (home of the Citadel of Maesters) and Braavos, rather than previously used locations in Croatia.


Perhaps most interestingly however is the confirmation that the Castillo de Zafra, as heavily rumored recently, will stand in for the Tower of Joy in Dorne. The Tower of Joy played a major role in the backstory of the books, being where Ned Stark’s sister Lyanna was being held captive by Rhaegar Targaryen during Robert’s Rebellion—seemingly indicating, given longstanding fan speculation, that the series will begin hinting at the true parentage of Jon Snow. [Via Watchers on the Wall]

Meanwhile, the cast and crew have begun their return to Belfast for filming on the next season of the show. Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and Emilia Clarke have all been spotted in the city (through social media interactions with fans), but notably so has actor David Bradley, who recently teased that his character, Walder Frey, would be reappearing in the show in the near future. [Watchers on the Wall]


Halo: The TV Series

Speaking at the the TV Critics Association Press Tour, Showtime President David Nevins has confirmed that Microsoft and Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the iconic sci-fi game franchise is still in “very active development”, despite no details appearing since confirmation of its existence two years ago. [CBR]



Rutina Wesley’s role on the show has been revealed: she will play a version of the old-school DC comics character Liza Warner, aka Lady Cop (yes, she was called Lady Cop). In the show, Lady Cop will be a member of an anti-vigilante police task force in Starling City. [THR]


Meanwhile, here’s Marc Guggenheim once again on John Constantine’s appearance in season 4—something he refers to as an alleged one-time deal:

We are super-crazy excited about this. Each year on the show, we have added and expanded the mythology with different elements. In Season 2 we introduced the idea of superpowers, last year brought in the League of Assassins, and for Season 4, we always had a plan to introduce magic and mysticism. We were already swimming in those waters and that’s why Constantine is this great organic little development.


[TV Insider]


True Blood alum Brit Morgan has been cast as the DC Villain Livewire, a former shock jock who gains electricity powers. The show’s adaptation will apparently not stray far from the comic book original, this time with Livewire—aka Leslie Willis—working as a radio host for the CatCo Media company. [TV Insider]


Doctor Who

Toby Whithouse has refuted rumors that he has been approached by the BBC to replace Steven Moffat has showrunner:

No-one at the BBC has ever had this conversation with me! No-one has asked me, no-one has approached me about if Steven leaves, when Steven leaves. These are conversations that happen purely among fans, not on any official level.


[Doctor Who TV]

The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar

Rob Lowe and Gabrielle Union have been cast in undisclosed roles for a made-for-TV animated sequel to The Lion King. James Earl Jones will reprise his role as the late Mufasa. [TV Line]


12 Monkeys

The third episode of season two is called “One Hundred Years”. [Spoiler TV]


Executive Producer Craig Sweeny discusses Bradley Cooper’s role in the TV series:

We knew Bradley Cooper was going to be involved, and so it seemed like, if we wanted the option of having him on screen, we shouldn’t recast the role of Eddie Morra, and that informed the show to a certain extent. But I think we would have done it that way regardless because part of what’s appealing about this particular property is that the McGuffin of the NZT pills is infinite. So why not tell the story of somebody else’s interaction with this drug?



Expanse/Childhood’s End

Finally, Syfy have announced premiere dates for the two shows: Expanse will premiere with a two-night event on Monday, December 14 and Tuesday, December 15 at 10PM. And Childhood’s End will air over three consecutive nights on Monday, December 14, Tuesday, December 15 and Wednesday, December 16 from 8-10PM.


Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Top image: Game of Thrones.




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