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The Ultimate Guide to Fantasy

The Ultimate Guide to Fantasy

The Ultimate Guide to Fantasy 2016

It may be spring, but winter is (still) coming. We celebrate the return of Game Of Thrones with a huge 47-page section, including 25 things you need to know about season 5. There's also interviews with the cast and crew, a sightseeing tour of King's Landing (aka Dubrovnik) and episode guides for seasons three and four. Outside of Westeros, we go back in time with behind-the-scenes interviews and set visits for all eight of the Harry Potter movies. Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett reveal their Heroes & Inspirations. We celebrate Peter Jackson's Middle Earth hexalogy and present a rare archive interview with special effects legend Ray Harryhausen, plus much more besides...

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1 min.
winter is here

DO YOU KNOW YOUR JON SNOW FROM your John Carpenter? How about your Falcor from your Fizzgig? Then you’ve come to the right place! Here at The Ultimate Guide To Fantasy, we’ve packed an entire magazine full of the very best fantasy going. Top of the pile is Game Of Thrones, and we’ve hunted high and low for the juiciest season six spoilers, plus chatted to the stars of the show. Elsewhere, we’ve assembled the definitive list of the 50 greatest fantasy films ever made, with contributions from genre overlords Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson. Enjoy the magazine.…

6 min.
go westeros

Adapted from George R.R. Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire, the mountainous novel series that made its debut in 1996, Game Of Thrones is now so big that the ranking “most pirated show on television” can be considered a triumph: Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes declared it “better than an Emmy”. Viewing figures soar legally, too. The show once dubbed “The Sopranos with swords” bested Tony’s mob’s record of 18.2 million with 18.4 million for Season 4, a figure whose number includes Barack Obama. Throw in the startling number of copycats (Spartacus, Marco Polo, Outlander) and, indeed, startling number of cats now responding to “Daenerys” and you’ve got a phenomenon: a series that shatters all previous boundaries for TV fantasy. And not only because it boasts more sex than an…

7 min.
21 things you need to know about game of thrones season six

George R.R. Martin might well be a genius, but genius takes its own sweet time. In a recent blog post, the author admitted that the next instalment of A Song Of Ice And Fire – The Winds Of Winter, the follow-up to 2011’s A Dance With Dragons – won’t be ready before season six of Game Of Thrones airs. “Will the show ‘spoil’ the novels?” asks big George. “Maybe. Yes and no. I never thought the series could possibly catch up with the books, but it has.” Which means, for the first time ever, readers and TV viewers alike are in the dark as to where the plot is headed. Exciting, right? So, where were we? Predictably, given Game Of Thrones’ predilection for killing every mother flipper in the room, there…

1 min.
we know nothing, jon snow!

Jon Snow is dead. Or is he? Kit Harington all but confirmed that Jon is back for good while on the promo trail recently: “Let’s just say that Game Of Thrones will remain a part of my life for a while,” he said. “I’ll probably be in my thirties when it’s over.” That admission, coupled with the fact that he’s been spotted shooting battle scenes (apparently wearing Stark armour and leading an army comprised of Umbers and other Northern houses), begs the question: how the hell did Jon survive the night of the knives? There are a few options. First – and most likely, in our estimation – is that Melisandre summons the power of R’hllor and resurrects Jon, much as Thoros of Myr did for the extremely dead Beric Dondarrion. If resurrection…

4 min.
margaery tyrell natalie dormer

On Natalie Dormer’s left forearm lies a quote from Dune, the 1965 sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert – later a muddled film by David Lynch. “Fear is the mind-killer” it says; not only a reminder to “take myself out of my comfort zone”, as she explains it, but further proof that Dormer herself is geeky as hell. For her career has been one forged in fantasy; in her deft portrayal of Margaery Tyrell, the aspiring queen in Game Of Thrones, a character who lives and breathes and schemes in a way she never did in George R.R. Martin’s books. Today, she’s chatting to us in a central London hotel, where she’s promoting the final instalment of The Hunger Games, Mockingjay – Part 2, in which she plays Cressida, a propagandist…

10 min.
into the dark beyond

IN A CAVERNOUS STUDIO five minutes drive from central Belfast, Maisie Williams, as Arya Stark, is tip-toeing through a stone room. Around the walls are carvings of gods and monsters. Her fists are clenched – a standard Arya pose – as she passes a hooded figure, a faceless man, and whispers “Valar Morghulis”. The director says cut. Maisie does a quick running man dance and pulls a face. No notes, no changes, a perfect take. Fans of the books would be able to tell by now that this is the House of Black and White, a key set for season five and the next stage of Arya Stark’s journey from tomboy to cold-eyed assassin. More than that though – well, it’s virtually pitch black, barely a word is spoken and to…