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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Jul 27, 2019. 4 comments

Turns Out Daenerys and Drogon Were Not the Most Destructive Forces in Game of Thrones' Battle of Kings Landing

Turns Out Daenerys and Drogon Were Not the Most Destructive Forces in Game of Thrones' Battle of Kings Landing

Despite what you think, Daenerys Targaryen and her dragon Drogon were not what ultimately laid waste to the city of King’s Landing in Game of Thrones’ final season. No, that distinction goes to the show’s visual effects crew.

Scanline VFX posted a new video this week showcasing some of the work it did on the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, and it’s pretty significant and...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Jul 22, 2019. 18 comments

Dungeons & Dragons Is Celebrating 5 Years of the 5th Edition With a Gorgeous Return to Its First Adventure

Dungeons & Dragons Is Celebrating 5 Years of the 5th Edition With a Gorgeous Return to Its First Adventure

When Dungeons & Dragons rebooted its ruleset for its 5th official edition back in 2014, alongside the rules, Wizards of the Coast offered an epic battle against Tiamat herself as the first adventure for new heroes to deal with. Now, five years on, they’re revisiting it for a special, and rather fabulous looking treat.

Announced at Comic-Con yesterday, Wizards of the Coast will release Tyranny...

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Jun 25, 2019. 14 comments

A Medievalist's Guide to Decoding the Creatures in Godzilla: King of the Monsters

A Medievalist's Guide to Decoding the Creatures in Godzilla: King of the Monsters

The recent release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters and the introduction of a whole new “monsterverse” has got this medievalist thinking a lot about the creatures that are coming to define our time, and their origins both as kaiju monsters developed in the 1950s and ‘60s by Japan’s Toho Studio and their far older inspirations from Japanese and Western myth and lore.

Godzilla was born in the...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Jun 01, 2019. 7 comments

This Week's Toys Are in Awe at the Size of This Absolute Pikachunit

This Week's Toys Are in Awe at the Size of This Absolute Pikachunit
Toys and CollectiblesAction figures, statues, exclusives, and other merchandise. Beware: if you look here, you’re probably going to spend some money afterwards.  

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular roundup of the merchandise threatening to drain our wallets of their life essences. This week: McFarlane takes on the wizarding world of Harry Potter, Hasbro conjures up an adorable little...

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Charles Pulliam-Moore Charles Pulliam-Moore May 31, 2019. 20 comments

Drogon Knew

Drogon Knew
Your browser does not support HTML5 video tag.Click here to view original GIFDaenerys and Drogon arriving to Motherboy 2019 in style.Image: HBO

The miraculous births of Daenerys’ dragons changed Game of Thrones’ balance of power and brought true magic back to the lands of Westeros and beyond. With the trio of mythical creatures by her side, Daenerys was all but certain that she would be able...

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Charles Pulliam-Moore Charles Pulliam-Moore May 21, 2019. 21 comments

Emilia Clarke Thinks Game of Thrones Needs a Rest and Wishes You Wouldn't Call Daenerys the 'Mad Queen'

Emilia Clarke Thinks Game of Thrones Needs a Rest and Wishes You Wouldn't Call Daenerys the 'Mad Queen'

Years ago, Emilia Clark became one of the first people to know who would ultimately emerge victorious and sit on Game of Thrones’ Iron Thron e. For obvious reasons, she was sworn to keep the information secret, but now, she’s finally free to speak out about how the series played out and everyone’s sudden fondness for seeing Daenerys as a mad queen .

In a new interview with the New Yorker,...

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Jill Pantozzi Jill Pantozzi May 18, 2019. 17 comments

Stephen King's Sword and Sorcery Novel, The Eyes of the Dragon, Is Being Adapted at Hulu

Stephen King's Sword and Sorcery Novel, The Eyes of the Dragon, Is Being Adapted at Hulu

Well, add another one to the ever-growing pile ! Stephen King’s fantasy novel The Eyes of the Dragon, which has connections to The Dark Tower and The Stand, is finally going to be adapted.

Deadline reports 1984's The Eyes of the Dragon will be adapted into a pilot. And unlike King’s Dark Tower series—which will soon live at Amazon —and The Stand—headed to CBS All Access —this one is going to...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus May 16, 2019. 24 comments

OK, But Do Dragons Ever Run Out of Fire?

OK, But Do Dragons Ever Run Out of Fire?

Game of Thrones has clearly lost its own thread, and I can’t help but feel held captive by the eight years I’ve already sunk into this series as I begrudgingly plod through its mercifully short final season. And yet, something wonderful happened in the midst of last week’s episode—“The Bells”—that I’ve been unable to shake since.

No, it wasn’t anything to do with David Benioff and D.B Weiss’...

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Charles Pulliam-Moore Charles Pulliam-Moore May 07, 2019. 24 comments

Turns Out Game of Thrones' Dragons Are Kinda Weaksauce

Turns Out Game of Thrones' Dragons Are Kinda Weaksauce

Game of Thrones has made an incredibly big deal out of how important Daenerys’ dragons, the last ones in existence, have been in Westeros, because of the unique advantage they’ve always afforded the Targaryen family. Over the course of the last two seasons, though, the show’s been trying to tell us something about the magical beasts that finally came to a head last night : On their own, and...

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Beth Elderkin Beth Elderkin May 02, 2019. 21 comments

Looking at These Game of Thrones Teaser Images, You'd Never Guess There Was Almost an Apocalypse

Looking at These Game of Thrones Teaser Images, You'd Never Guess There Was Almost an Apocalypse

Man, Winterfell is looking pretty spiff these days—almost like that war with the undead never happened! The latest images from the fourth episode of Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season show Winterfell’s “good side” during a funeral, followed by battle strategizing, and creepy vibes between a pregnant lady and a pirate.

Game of Thrones has a hard act to follow after “The Long Night ,” a...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Mar 06, 2019. 12 comments

In the New Tolkien Trailer, It's Smaug's Turn to Head to World War I

In the New Tolkien Trailer, It's Smaug's Turn to Head to World War I
Your browser does not support HTML5 video tag.Click here to view original GIFHere be dragons.GIF: Tolkien (Fox Searchlight)Trailer FrenzyA special place to find the newest trailers for movies and TV shows you're craving.  

This movie really, really wants you to remind you at all times that J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit that sometimes it looks less like a biopic and...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Feb 22, 2019. 3 comments

The Director of How to Train Your Dragon 3 Reflects on His Long Journey to The Hidden World

The Director of How to Train Your Dragon 3 Reflects on His Long Journey to The Hidden World

We could have been having this conversation three years ago. That’s when How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World was originally going to fly into theaters. But, in that time, it’s had a long, interesting road to the big screen, much like the main characters.

In the five years since the release of the second film, How to Train Your Dragon 2, The Hidden World has been delayed three times....

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Feb 21, 2019. 10 comments

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Is More Rewarding as a Third Chapter Than a Standalone Story

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Is More Rewarding as a Third Chapter Than a Standalone Story
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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World doesn’t quite fit with the previous two movies . Oh sure, it tells the continuing adventures of Hiccup, Toothless, the people of Berk, and it has more than its fair share of epic adventure and action. But with the trilogy reaching its inevitable end,...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Feb 14, 2019. 19 comments

A Brief How to Train Your Dragon Recap Before The Hidden World's Release

A Brief How to Train Your Dragon Recap Before The Hidden World's Release

Almost ten years have passed since movie audiences were first introduced to Hiccup and Toothless, the puny Viking and mythical dragon who became friends and changed their whole world. Five years have passed since we last saw the pair together, expanding and building their mythology. Now, finally, their story concludes.

The third and final film in Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon series ,

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Cheryl Eddy Cheryl Eddy Dec 04, 2018. 11 comments

December's New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books Will Help You Get Through the End of 2018

December's New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books Will Help You Get Through the End of 2018

It’s December—traditionally, not a month that brings too many book releases, but there are still plenty of juicy sci-fi and fantasy stories to help get you through the rest of the year. We’ve got you covered with dragons , interstellar treasure hunters, apocalypses , werewolves, evil AI, and so much more!

The Frame-Up by Megan Scott Molin

A comic book writer is called in to help the LAPD’s...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Aug 22, 2018. 11 comments

Your Very Own Game of Thrones Ice Dragon Won't Come Cheap

Your Very Own Game of Thrones Ice Dragon Won't Come Cheap
Toys and CollectiblesAction figures, statues, exclusives, and other merchandise. Beware: if you look here, you’re probably going to spend some money afterwards.  

It was one of the most shocking moments in all of HBO’s Game of Thrones. The Night King resurrects the dragon Viserion and rides it toward the Wall, bringing the structure down in a blaze of icy fury. It’s one of those moments you...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Aug 18, 2018. 7 comments

Among Other Things, Viserion's Roar on Game of Thrones Is Made of Human Screaming

Among Other Things, Viserion's Roar on Game of Thrones Is Made of Human Screaming

Whoever thought that a giant zombie dragon could be so relatable?

Viserion’s resurrection as the icy plaything of the Night King in Game of Thrones’ season seven finale left us with many questions over the last year or so...mainly because we’ve had over a year of waiting for more Thrones, and have even more left to go. So we’re gonna pass that time and keep wondering about ice-fire breath ,

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Beth Elderkin Beth Elderkin Aug 10, 2018. 18 comments

A Game of Thrones Script Has Seemingly Settled That Big Ice Dragon Debate

A<i> Game of Thrones </i>Script Has Seemingly Settled That Big Ice Dragon Debate

It’s been over a year since Game of Thrones last aired, but the mystery of Viserion still lingers like a chilly breeze on a gross muggy day in midtown Manhattan. Now, thanks to a look at the script, we know the answers behind a couple of those key questions: Is he an ice dragon or a wight? Does he breathe fire or ice? And how did those stupid chains work ? Okay, that last one’s unrelated but...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Jun 15, 2018. 5 comments

No Dinosaurs Were Harmed in the Making of This T-rex Foot Garbage Can

No Dinosaurs Were Harmed in the Making of This T-rex Foot Garbage Can

The illegal wildlife trade is a big problem around the world, leading some species to go extinct at the hands of humanity. But you don’t have to worry about the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service busting down your door to confiscate this T-rex foot garbage can. Dinosaurs are already extinct, and besides, this trophy is made from artificial materials like fiberglass and foam.

You might remember Regal...

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Beth Elderkin Beth Elderkin Jun 09, 2018. 22 comments

The How To Train Your Dragon 3 Trailer Gives Us a Bearded Hiccup and a Dragon Mating Dance

The<i> How To Train Your Dragon 3</i> Trailer Gives Us a Bearded Hiccup and a Dragon Mating Dance
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Goddammit Toothless, you’re adorable. The third film in the saga from Dreamworks, How To Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World, introduces a whole new dragon paradise and a major threat to their Dragon-Viking utopia. But all of that has to get put on pause for a second: Toothless is looking for a date.

Dreamworks has...

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