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Game of Thrones returns on April 1, and we can't wait! The show is based on a fantasy book series, but even if you're not usually into that type of genre, there's plenty to love. In this week's episode of The Buzz, Shannon Vestal and Becky Kirsch make their case for why it's so good, if you're not following the series already - and if you are a fan, watch our video to get geared up for season two!
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The last time we saw Jon Snow (Kit Harington), he was headed to the North with the Night's Watch after the brutal execution of his father, and when "Game of Thrones" Season 2 premieres on Sunday, April 1, we'll find out what exactly lies for Jon beyond The Wall.
But despite heading due North, Jon hasn't forgotten about his family in the South. "He does want to avenge his father," Harington told HuffPost TV. "He does want to join his brother eventually, and he wants to tie his position in the Night's Watch into being able to do those things, to take his revenge on Joffrey (Jack Gleeson)."
Fans of the book series know that Jon meets a Wildling -- a name for the free people who live beyond The Wall -- named Ygritte (Rose Leslie) and Harington can confirm that Jon and Ygritte meet in Season 2. "I found the whole storyline between Jon and Ygritte to be very exciting. It's kind of like Jon's been so kept away from women -- and so has Kit," Harington said with a laugh.
HuffPost TV caught up with Harington to talk in depth about the Night's Watch, avenging his father's death, the beautiful Wildling Ygritte and more about the highly anticipated new season of "Game of Thrones."
At the end of Season 1, we see Jon continue on with the Night's Watch instead of going back to his family after his father's death. Does this mean that Jon is 100 percent loyal the Night's Watch?
In Jon's head, he is very loyal to the Night's Watch. To forsake his family, his brothers and sisters down South and after all that's happened in the first season, his position now lies with the Night's Watch. He has to be 100 percent loyal to them because if it was anything less, he would have gone South.
Are we going to see him regret that decision? Will he eventually go south to avenge his father?
I think in Jon's head -- and this is where I've had to piece it together myself -- as to what his future plans are, I think he does want to avenge his father. He does want to join his brother eventually, and he wants to tie his position in the Night's Watch into being able to do those things, to take his revenge on Joffrey. How he's going to do that, I don't think he knows yet, but he's adamant that he will, sometime in the future. His main priority at the moment has to be with his commander and his mission North of The Wall. He hides from everyone, but he has a burning ambition to go South and to join his brother's war, but he can't do that yet.
What lies beyond The Wall for Jon in Season 2?
At the beginning of Season 1, we see a glimpse of what could be lying ahead for him -- the threat of the White Walkers, and it's a threat that no one can predict or knows anything about. Now, he doesn't really believe that these things could exist, but he has seen a man rise from the dead, so he knows that these supernatural elements exist. I think, like Commander Mormont (James Cosmo) says, that going into the unknown, it's not unprecedented. They think they're going, mainly, to tackle the threat of the Wildlings, but what they find is that and other things.
We know that one thing that lies for Jon beyond The Wall is Ygritte. She's a very anticipated character, but she came toward the end of the second book, so how big of a part is she going to have this season?
Ygritte is a part of Season 2, but other than saying that she is a Wildling who Jon encounters, I can't really reveal too much more. My lips are sealed over that storyline. [Laughs.]
So we can't talk about Jon's potential love interest?
It's not necessarily a love interest. It's more complicated than that. Jon meets a Wildling, and it's great for me as an actor, and for Jon as a character, to be able to encounter someone of the opposite sex, whether anything happens romantically, we don't know.
Of course, there are a lot of fans of the show who can't wait to see Jon have a love interest. Is there any desire on your end?
There is. I love Jon as a character, and I love where he goes in his storylines, but I think you want to have both sexes involved in any acting that you're doing, and usually, you do. It's quite unusual to be surrounded by just males, but it makes it more exciting when you do encounter a female voice. I found the whole storyline between Jon and Ygritte to be very exciting. It's kind of like Jon's been so kept away from women -- and so has Kit. [Laughs.]
Does her presence bring out another side of Jon?
It does. What side? Again, you'll have to wait and see. She's a Wildling; she's the enemy. I have to say, Rose [Leslie] is just brilliant, and what she brings to Season 2 and Jon's storyline is just amazing.
Well, now I have to ask if you're a "Downton Abbey" fan.
You know what? I've never watched "Downton Abbey." It's one of those things that has completely passed me by. I knew Rose had been in "Downton Abbey," and I knew of Rose from around London's actor circuit, but I have never seen "Downton Abbey." I keep meaning to watch it, especially for Rose's bits, but it's one of those series that has slipped through the net for me. It's big in America, right?
It's completely blown up over here. Everyone watches it!
It's an interesting one. It's big over here as well. It's not necessarily my cup of tea, but maybe I should give it a go.
Now, back to Westeros. One of my favorite aspects of Season 1 was the friendship that evolved between Jon and Samwell (John Bradley-West). Are we going to see more of that in Season 2?
Jon and Samwell's relationship from the first season is tested in the second season, and it's something that me and John Bradley felt very strongly about. We wanted to experiment with their friendship in the second season. It's a funny one because me and John are very close off-set. We spend a lot of time together, so it's weird looking at their relationship in the series and then looking at ours off-screen. There are lots of similarities.
Oh really? What are some of the similarities?
Well, John's hilarious. He's one of the funniest guys I know, and like Samwell does to Jon in the books and in the series, he kind of lightens me up sometimes.
Is Jon going to come any closer to finding out who his mother is in Season 2?
I'm desperate to know. Me, Kit Harington, is desperate to know who Jon's mother is. I think as much, if not more than any fan of the books. I think it may be a while before he finds out. Maybe he'll get clues along the way, but it's one of those questions that hangs over him. He has to forget about; he has to let it go. As far as he knows, his father is dead, and his mother had died along with him. That's a big reason why he goes North. There's nothing lying for him in the South, other than his brother's war. The question of who his mother is will plague him, as far as he's concerned, until he dies. For all he knows, she could be dead, unless she comes running to find him, which could happen. She could be anyone!
There are a lot of fans who love the idea of Jon and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) together, but they've never even met. Would you want to have some screen time with Dany?
I would love it, but I don't quite think it's going to happen. I mean, who wouldn't want to be with Daenerys, right? I'd always had it in my head that they'll meet one day. I think it would be really exciting if they did. "A Song of Ice and Fire" is what the whole series is called, and Jon seems to be in the icy part, and Daenerys is in the fire, so it seems like it may happen.
We know that this season there's going to be a fight for the throne. The tagline is "War is Coming," so it's obviously looming over everyone at the moment. If Jon were fighting for the throne, who do you think is his biggest threat?
Jon's biggest threat for the throne, not that Jon wants it right now -- but obviously, I want to sit on the throne -- would have to be those dragons. Once those are grown, it's going to be pretty hard to take that girl down. I think she has a good shot. I also think Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) would be the best king. It's the people who want it for the right things, hopefully. Tyrion doesn't want that throne, and there's an old saying that goes, "Those who are best suited for power are the ones who don't want it." Daenerys wants it for the right things, and she wants to liberate people. So I think I would put Daenerys on the throne and give Tyrion's hand to the Queen.
"Game of Thrones" Season 2 premieres Sunday, April 1 at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.
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Fresh off the heels of Mayor Bloomberg's grand announcement that the city would be opening five new soundstages, comes news that a record number of television drama pilots are currently being filmed right here in New York.
According to Deadline, 11 pilots are shooting this season, up from nine last year and ZERO in 2010. Which all translates into why New York is yet again superior to Los Angeles! The major uptick in drama pilot production signals the first time New York has eclipsed our west coast rival, all part of a lovely trend that follows last summer's record-breaking 23 television series being filmed in New York.
Our introduction to the 11 pilots contributing to our new source of pride:
666 Park Avenue ABC
This "supernatural-tinged" show will reportedly star Vanessa Williams and "Grey's Anatomy"'s Rachel Taylor. It will focus, like so many other shows, on the drama of living in luxury apartments in the Upper East Side.
The Carrie Diaries CW
We'll keep mum over whether or not this drama is jumping the "Sex and the City" shark, but this prequel to the popular series is generating much buzz with the show's leading lady AnnaSophia Robb (see below).
Newcomer Megan Ketch has snagged the lead role in this crime-fantasy drama that unlocks secrets to New York's mysterious history.
Golden Boy CBS
Heard of Theo James? Probably not. What about Kemal Pamuk, the dashing Turk who scandalously took Lady Mary's virginity in "Downton Abbey?" There we go! James, who played Pamuk, will be starring in CBS's new cop drama about a rookie officer making his way to police commissioner. Hear that Ray Kelly?
Explore the dramatics of legendary fashion designer Robert Soulter and his family business with this new ABC show, which will also star "Terranova's" Christine Adams who will reportedly play Soulter's ex-supermodel wife.
Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. joins the cast of Fox's new legal/crime drama about an attorney who uses unorthodox methods to crack puzzling cases.
This Jerry Bruckheimer produced television show casts Mira Sorvino as an ordinary mom turned state trooper. The series has reportedly been filming in Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens.
This modern-day take on the classic Sherlock Holmes will star Lucy Liu as Watson. Apparently the show has been spotted filming all around the city, including the Financial District and in Queens.
Roland Emmerich ABC
This Roland Emmerich produced television show has yet to get a name, but it apparently involves an astrophysicist, assassination attempts on New York senators, and being the "chosen one."
NBC is trying their luck with their latest take on drama, murders, and undercover beauties with "Notorious" starring Meagan Good. Bowery Boogie recently caught producers scouting the Lower East Side for an apartment to film scenes for the upcoming drama.
Baby Big Shot CBS
This legal drama focuses on a working-class woman making her way at a fancy New York City law firm.
Season Two of the Emmy-nominated fantasy series Game of Thrones begins on Sunday night. And it?s fantastic.Over at The Daily Beast, you can read my latest feature, "Game of Thrones' Glorious Return," a review of the first four episodes of Season Two of HBO's superlative drama, based on the A Song of Ice and Fire novel series by George R.R. Martin. "Season Two of Game of Thrones is fantastic, overflowing with majesty and mystery," I write. "The night, we?re told, is dark and full of terror, and so is this provocative and enthralling show."After the ratings and critical heights scaled by the first season of HBO?s Game of Thrones, expectations are dangerously high for the launch of Season 2, which begins this Sunday. Based on the second volume (A Clash of Kings) in George R.R. Martin?s A Song of Ice and Fire series, Game of Thrones has a lot to prove to fans of both the books and of the award-winning HBO drama. Can it top the addictive thrill of the first season? Will it prove to be both loyal to the source material and still work for television? Fortunately, judging from the four episodes sent to critics, Game of Thrones thrills on all levels. The show is a profound achievement, fusing together the taut narrative framework of the novels with a momentous and swift pace that drives the action forward, while writer/executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss manage almost a baker?s dozen of separate storylines. Continue reading at The Daily Beast...
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Despite the fact US audiences have already seen seasons one, two, three AND four of cult TV show Breaking Bad, audiences in the UK haven?t been quite so lucky. Until now. This weekend the first three seasons will be available from the online streaming service and to celebrate we had the chance to interview the [...]
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