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They’ve been making Risk based on movies and TV shows for a while now, but the wait for a Game Of Thrones version is almost over. The game is available for pre-order now with shipping slated for August 2015. If that wasn’t enough, a Marvel Cinematic Universe Risk can also be pre-ordered for release this September.

Product Pages: Game Of Thrones / Marvel ($74.99 / $49.99)

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Showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have finally confirmed what a lot of fans have feared. The show will spoil the books. Benioff told Vanity Fair:

Luckily, we’ve been talking about this with George for a long time, ever since we saw this could happen, and we know where things are heading. And so we’ll eventually, basically, meet up at pretty much the same place where George is going; there might be a few deviations along the route, but we’re heading towards the same destination. I kind of wish that there were some things we didn’t have to spoil, but we’re kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place. The show must go on… and that’s what we’re going to do.

See Also: GRRM Warns About Surprising Deaths On The Show That Will Anger Book Readers

So the show will likely take different paths here and there but arrive at the same outcome. But there are still plenty of reasons to read the books:

I think the thing that’s kind of fun for George is the idea that he can still have surprises for people even once they’ve watched the show through to the conclusion. There are certain things that are going to happen in the books that are different in the show, and I think people who love the show and want more—want to know more about the characters, want to know more about the different characters who might not have made the cut for the show—will be able to turn to the books.

In our opinion, this strategy is for the best. With the delays on Winds Of Winter it was becoming increasingly obvious that the show would need to commit to finishing the story on its own.

So does this mean we can stop bugging GRRM to write faster?

(via io9)

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Game of Thrones isn’t the best bedtime story. It’s too long and too violent. However, that didn’t stop Todd Spence and Shawn Kohne from mashing it up with The Princess Bride.

It’s a hilarious pairing that really pays off with the final line.

See the video after the break (NSFW for GoT violence)…

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The first installment in the new Vanity Fair series, Game of Thrones Quick Draw, tackles the life of Ned Stark. It’s all been shortened into one animated minute that takes us from the beheading that opens the series to the beheading that ends it all for Ned. As Vanity Fair summarizes,

The first installment of this new series follows Ned Stark from his earliest moments on-screen to his untimely end at the close of Season 1. Come for the cute, animated baby direwolves, stay for the Cersei double-cross.

Vanity Fair has teamed up with 1A4 Studio for the project which has more episodes in the works. Can’t wait to see how they handle the Red Wedding.

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We knew Game Of Thrones Monopoly was coming, but now we have a price and an approximate release date.

With locations like Castle Black, Winterfell, and King’s Landing,you can gather up all of the Seven Kingdoms and sit the Iron Throne.

The game comes with 6 collectible tokens, including a dragon egg, the three-eyed raven, a White Walker, a Direwolf, a crown, and The Iron Throne and they’ve replaced the traditional houses and hotels with Villages and Keeps.

It’s estimated to arrive in June of 2015, but you can pre-order now.

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Spotted at New York Toy Fair 2015: This talking George R.R. Martin doll from Factory Entertainment, which the Game of Thrones creator himself recorded dialogue for. One of the ten things he says is “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.” One of the things he doesn’t say, I assume, is “f*ck you.”

See Also: All of our New York Toy Fair 2015 Coverage

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The official Game of Thrones Monopoly is coming this year. The board looks wonderfully themed with a giant map of Westeros in the middle and the best tokens ever. There’s a direwolf, dragon egg, three-eyed raven, White Walker, crown, and the Iron Throne. You’ll also get keeps and villages in lieu of houses and hotels.

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While we all wish George R.R. Martin was ensconced in a cabin somewhere away from any distractions so all he could do was write, he made an appearance at the Writers Guild West Awards and ended up saying some very interesting things.

For one thing, Martin says that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are planning to kill off characters who don’t die in the books. Speaking with ShowBizz411 he notes:

“People are going to die who don’t die in the books, so even the book readers will be unhappy. So everybody better be on their toes. David and D.B. are even bloodier than I am.”

I’ll admit, I sort of hope Littlefinger either takes a trip through the Moon Door or dies slowly of blood loss when Varys castrates him. I know, I’m a terrible person.

GRRM also addressed the possibility of how many additional seasons the show might have:

“Yeah, it’s the hottest show on TV now, but will it be the hottest show on TV two years from now? Hot shows come and go and television changes, and I’ve lived through that before. I certainly hope that we get to tell the entire story. Because whatever happens with the show I’m going to finish the books, it will be seven books. But each of these books are 1500 pages long and they each have enough material in them for several seasons. I have two more books, the one I’m writing right now, ‘The Winds Of Winter,’ and after that the last book, ‘The Dream of Spring,’ so those will be the two final books. But we’re talking 3000 pages of material. How many seasons that translates too? That’s up to D.B. And David.”

Weiss and Beninoff have both said in the past that they only see seven or eight seasons for Game Of Thrones and we’re going into season five now. So I’m curious as to why GRRM is saying things like this. Maybe he’s hoping they’ll extend out the seasons so he’ll have more time to finish his books?

Either way, this seems like a pretty good indicator that the show will forge it’s own path. Perhaps even coming to a conclusion before the books do.

(via Winter Is Coming)

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At New York Toy Fair 2015, which kicked off on Saturday and is running through Tuesday, there is A) a lot of Frozen, B) A LOT OF FROZEN, C) a Tribble coin purse from The Coop (bless), and D) all the Funko you can shake an adorable plastic figurine at. If you weren’t there either because you weren’t in New York or you were in New York but made the completely reasonable decision to stay indoors where it wasn’t frakking freezing, you can live the experience vicariously through me. There’s no visual aid for my reaction to the upcoming X-Files figures, above, but it was something like this. Behind the cut: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jaws, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Arrow, Firefly, The Fifth Element, Star Trek, and more!

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If you’re a Game Of Thrones fan who was holding your breath in hopes of seeing “The Winds Of Winter” in 2015, I am sad to report that Martin’s publisher Jane Johnson confirmed that we won’t be seeing a new ASOIAF book in 2015.

See Also: The Game Of Thrones Season 5 Trailer

Johnson told The Guardian:

“I have no information on likely delivery,” she said. “These are increasingly complex books and require immense amounts of concentration to write. Fans really ought to appreciate that the length of these monsters is equivalent to two or three novels by other writers.”

So, just as it is in the books, Winter is coming, we just don’t know exactly when. If it doesn’t happen sometime in early 2016 though, people may riot.

(via Buzzfeed / Image via s_bukley / Shutterstock.com)