Game Of Thrones: Barristan Selmy Actor Says George R.R. Martin Has Finished The Last Two Books

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The series finale is the only episode left for Game of Thrones following Season 8 Episode 5, "The Bells." The ending of the epic tale has drawn ire from many fans, but there might soon be another version for them to devour instead. According to one Game of Thrones actor, the conclusion of George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy series "A Song of Ice and Fire," on which Game of Thrones is based, is already written.

As flagged on Reddit, Barristan Selmy actor Ian McElhinney made a claim during a panel in April at Epic Con in St. Petersburg, Russia, that will have book fans screaming: Supposedly, Martin has finished the last two books of the series, "The Winds of Winter" and "A Dream of Spring." He just hasn't published them yet.

"I don't know if you know more than me about this, but what I've been told is that George has already written books six and seven," McElhinney said. "And as far as he's concerned, there only are seven books. But he struck an agreement with David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss], the showrunners of the series, that he would not publish the final two books until the series has completed. So all goes well, in another month or two, we might get books six and seven, and I'm intrigued to know how Barristan, for instance, ends up going through those final two books."

Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 Review: How Did We Get Here?

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Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 Review: How Did We Get Here?

Game of Thrones is at its best when bad choices have consequences and effect logically follows cause. The Red Wedding was the result of a string of terrible decisions that ended with devastating tragedy, making for one of the show's most impactful events; compare that with Cersei's destruction of the Sept of Baelor (and an entire city block) with zero repercussions over the show's last couple of seasons, which made Game of Thrones' world feel smaller and less realistic in the end.

In a short-lived callback to this show's better seasons, Varys paid the price for his uncharacteristic carelessness in Season 8, Episode 5, "The Bells." Like almost every other character on this season of Game of Thrones, the Master of Whispers made bad decision after bad decision in the last couple of episodes. His scheming was remarkably un-Varys-like; "Hey, I'm thinking about doing some treason. Would you like to hear about it?" When Varys burned toward the start of this episode, it felt like just one more choice for Dany that really was no choice at all. But in retrospect, it stings more than most of the deaths this season because of what we learned by the episode's conclusion: Varys was right.

Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 Review: The Bells Are Tolling

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Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 Review: The Bells Are Tolling

Game of Thrones is at its best when bad choices have consequences and effect logically follows cause. The Red Wedding was the result of a string of terrible decisions that ended with devastating tragedy, making for one of the show's most impactful events; compare that with Cersei's destruction of the Sept of Baelor (and an entire city block) with zero repercussions over the show's last couple of seasons, which made Game of Thrones' world feel smaller and less realistic in the end.

In a short-lived callback to this show's better seasons, Varys paid the price for his uncharacteristic carelessness in Season 8, Episode 5, "The Bells." Like almost every other character on this season of Game of Thrones, the Master of Whispers made bad decision after bad decision in the last couple of episodes. His scheming was remarkably un-Varys-like; "Hey, I'm thinking about doing some treason. Would you like to hear about it?" When Varys burned toward the start of this episode, it felt like just one more choice for Dany that really was no choice at all. But in retrospect, it stings more than most of the deaths this season because of what we learned by the episode's conclusion: Varys was right.

Xbox Game Pass Removing Six Titles Very Soon, See The List Here

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From time to time, the Xbox Game Pass library loses titles based on deals Microsoft had in place with publishers, and that's happening again this month. Six titles are leaving Xbox Game Pass on May 15, including two Xbox One games and four backwards-compatible Xbox 360 titles, according to True Achievements.

Starting with Xbox One games, the Mega Man Legacy Collection and MotoGP 17 are leaving the Xbox Game Pass library on May 15. The Xbox 360 titles being removed on May 15 include Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, Ms. Splosion Man, and Comic Jumper.

The official Xbox Game Pass FAQ page states that removed games will become unplayable (but not deleted from your hard drive) so if you're in the middle of any of the titles scheduled for removal, you may want to finish them now.

Game Of Thrones: Aaron Rodgers Cameo In Episode 5 Revealed

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The penultimate episode of Game of Thrones, "The Bells," aired tonight on HBO, and it might have featured a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo appearance by NFL superstar QB Aaron Rodgers.

Viewers think they spotted Rodgers as a Lannister archer or someone who got torched by a dragon. Here are some screencaps of the supposed cameo in question:

So either @AaronRodgers12 was a Lannister archer or that dude that just got burned by himself or both idk. pic.twitter.com/4tnKSKCVKB

Game Of Thrones Creators Explain All The Key Scenes From Episode 5

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The penultimate episode of HBO's Game of Thrones aired tonight--and it was dramatic.

As it does for each episode, HBO has now released a cool behind-the-scenes mini-feature in which showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff break down all the key scenes and moments from Episode 5, which is titled "The Bells." A lot happened in Episode 5, and it's very interesting to hear directly from Weiss and Benioff about the pivotal moments from the episode and how they might impact next week's series finale. You'll want to have seen Episode 5 before watching this breakdown. Here you go:

Next week's Episode 6 is the 73rd and final episode of Game of Thrones. It is 80 minutes long, and given it is the final episode, we may finally learn who wins the throne. For more on Episode 5, check out GameSpot's review of Game of Thrones: "The Bells."

Game Of Thrones Series Finale Trailer Debuts

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HBO's popular fantasy show Game of Thrones is almost over.

Following the penultimate episode that aired tonight (read our review of "The Bells"), the network has now released a trailer for Episode 6, which is the very last one of the entire series. As the trailer alludes to, the series finale is expected to be a dramatic conclusion to the show that began back in 2011.

Episode 6 is the 73rd and final episode of Game of Thrones. It's written and directed by Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. The episode is 80 minutes long.

Trailer For Game Of Thrones' Last Episode Debuts

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HBO's popular fantasy show Game of Thrones is almost over.

Following the penultimate episode that aired tonight (read our review of "The Bells"), the network has now released a trailer for Episode 6, which is the very last one of the entire series. As the trailer alludes to, the series finale is expected to be a dramatic conclusion to the show that began back in 2011.

Episode 6 is the 73rd and final episode of Game of Thrones. It's written and directed by Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. The episode is 80 minutes long.

Epic Games Store Picks Up Another PC Timed-Exclusive

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The Epic Games Store has locked down yet another timed exclusive PC release. Developer Mobius Digital has confirmed that its crowdfunded sci-fi game Outer Wilds will be released on PC through the Epic Games Store as a timed exclusive. In an update to its page on the crowdfunding site Fig, Mobius said the game will come to "additional platforms" later.

The game is also coming to console on Xbox One through a partnership with Xbox.

Mobius said it is is aware that fans want Outer Worlds on Steam (and other systems). The studio said fans can "rest assured" that their feedback is heard. The overall goal is to "bring the game to your preferred platform as quickly as possible."

Uncharted 4, Last Of Us 2 Designer Joins New Xbox Studio

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One of Microsoft's newest internal development studios, The Initiative, continues to add to its already impressive lineup of talent. The company recently hired former Naughty Dog developer Robert Ryan as a senior systems designer for the studio's new, unannounced game.

Ryan worked at Naughty Dog from 2011 through 2017 where he was a game designer for Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, The Last of Us, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, and the upcoming The Last of Us: Part II. He moved to EA's Motive Studios where he worked on an unannounced title before coming to The Initiative.

WindowsCentral first reported Ryan's move to The Initiative, working off changes made to his public LinkedIn profile.