The lauded HBO series Game of Thrones, starring Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Jack Gleeson, Sophie Turner and Richard Madden, which will return to its adoring fans in 2013, has broken a lot of boundaries in both its storylines and its filming — including a scene in which a decapitated head the likeness of President George Bush showed up on a spike near Ned Stark's in the first season — and now the series is pushing the envelope when it comes to casting calls for extras, too.
It was the question on every Game of Thrones fan's mind Sunday night — would the city of King's Landing and the Iron Throne be taken by the approaching ships of Lord Stannis (Stephen Dillaine) and his army in the Battle of Blackwater on the penultimate episode to the season two finale of the acclaimed HBO program, fittingly entitled "Blackwater.
Everyone was buzzing about the debut of the "shadow monster' at the end of last week's cliffhanger episode of HBO's runaway hit series, Game of Thrones, starring Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey.
While the rampant global popularity of the likes of the Harry Potter series and Twilight have heralded a seismic shift in the way fantasy fiction is received, few amongst us can honestly say hand-on-heart that they saw this one coming.
After taunting viewers with a series of cliffhangers last year that included the beheading of Stark family patriarch Ned Stark (Lord of the Rings' Sean Bean), the regrettable ascendancy of illegitimate Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) to the throne, and the fantastical dragon-whispering by Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), HBO's runaway hit, Game of Thrones, had a lot to live up to upon the return of its second season on April 1.