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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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…

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missing in action

Whatever happened to Gendry (Joe Dempsie)? The last of Robert Baratheon’s seemingly endless number of bastard sons made a sensible choice in legging it at the end of season three, but will we ever see him again? He has a royal heritage, which sets him up as – potentially – a major player. How about one of his old travelling companions? Remember Hot Pie (Ben Hawkey)? The orphan left Gendry and Arya to stay and work at an inn, and was last seen chatting to a passing Brienne and Pod. We’re also still holding out hope that Arya’s swordmaster Syrio Forel (Miltos Yerolemou) may yet make another appearance. We saw him facing off against a gang of Kingsguard, but his eventual fate was left pointedly ambiguous. Where the hell has Rickon (Art Parkinson)…

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…

4 min
lena headey

Lena Headey knows a thing or two about playing a badass. The Brit actress took on Judge Dredd as scar-faced Ma-Ma, traded barbs with Charles Dance on a daily basis in Game Of Thrones and licked a toad (for real) on the set of The Brothers Grimm. Headey has her own drum and she enjoys dancing to its beat. It’s a stifling July weekend when we meet her. Tall in summer wedges, with her tattoos on show, Headey sips an iced drink, a severe black fringe swept to one side. It’s a change from the long blonde tresses she wears as Cersei Lannister, the ice-cold Queen of the Seven Kingdoms in Game Of Thrones. Thanks to that show, Headey’s movie stock has soared in recent years. Though she claims to have only…

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game of thrones season 1

“THIS IS A CRUEL, BRUTAL WORLD WHERE INNOCENT PEOPLE DIE” 1.01 WINTER IS COMING Writers: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss Director: Timothy Van Patten Rating: IT’S AN ODD EXPERIENCE WATCHING ‘Winter Is Coming’ again, in the wake of the following episodes. In comparison it all seems so… calm. The Starks look, for the most part, like a happy and well-adjusted family. The Lannisters are clearly a dodgy bunch, but haven’t yet revealed just how bad they’re gonna get. That calm, of course, doesn’t last. The opening seven minutes make for a fantastic introduction to George R.R. Martin’s world. A group of scouts discover the site of a massacre – and then the creatures that caused it. The Wights are chilling creations, ice-bound zombies with pale blue eyes. Our introduction to the Starks is equally memorable.…