Because there’s so little to really report on about Game Of Thrones these days, what with the books being spoilers out there for anyone who wants them, and the show taking it’s long, horrible time to come back on tv, sometimes you have to make due with the little things that are out there, as you collect them bit by bit. Unfortunately sometimes those little things are really terrible and suck a big one, like the recent news that Wilko Johnson, the actor who plays Ser Illyn Payne has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
You may remember Mr. Johnson as the guy who beheaded Ned Stark near the end of season 1, or as that guy in the background in the King’s castle who never talks, and just glowers menacingly. In the books his tongue was ripped out with burning pinchers by The Mad King, so whenever you see him he’s always silently staring. The guy did a great job emoting with the character and telling a story using just his facial expressions. As lousy and unfitting it is to such a talented actor, stupid goddamned cancer seems to go and ruin everything for everyone once again.
[quote] “I am very sad to announce that Wilko has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas. He has chosen not to receive any chemotherapy. He is currently in good spirits, is not yet suffering any physical effects and can expect to enjoy at least another few months of reasonable health and activity. He has just set off on a trip to Japan; on his return we plan to complete a new CD, make a short tour of France, then give a series of farewell gigs in the UK. There is also a live DVD in the pipeline, filmed on the last UK tour.
“Wilko wishes to offer his sincere thanks for all the support he has had over his long career, from those who have worked with him to, above all, those devoted fans and admirers who have attended his live gigs, bought his recordings and generally made his life such an extraordinarily full and eventful experience. Thank you.” [/quote]
Well that just bloody stinks. Fortunately, there is a lot of other community created content out there to cheer us up from that terrible news, and to help hold us over until March 31st, when the show finally returns.
Firstly, there’s the kids who play the Stark children all beatboxing the Game Of Thrones theme song:
As much fun as they’re having, british people trying to rap just makes me ill. It sounds awful always, even when it’s meant as a joke, but I hope it entertained you. Secondly, there’s a video showing what it would have been like of Game Of Thrones was a show on The CW, which is… horrifying:
Then here’s a handy dandy list of all the characters referred to by their colloquial nicknames as opposed to their character names. There’s so many, I can understand the average viewer getting confused and just calling them these in response:
This amusing collection of fake OkCupid quotes edited into pictures of GoT characters works surprisingly well. Lastly, here’s some great gifs of Tyrion being as quotable as ever:
Oh how I’d love to bro out with Tyrion. Man there’s no way this is making the wait until March 31st any easier. DAMN IT ALL!