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Saturn Awards: Steven Cole teases “Game of Thrones” season three


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It seems fair to say that “Game of Thrones” is the most successful — and ambitious — fantasy TV series of all time. The Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning series recently wrapped its second season to some of the best ratings HBO has ever seen.

Season three isn’t due out until March 31, but IFC had the chance to catch up with one of its actors on the Saturn Awards red carpet Thursday to try to pry any bit of information we could from him about the upcoming season. Steven Cole plays Kovarro the Dothraki warrior in “Game of Thrones” and spends much of his screen time with the show’s leading lady, Emilia Clarke. But since his character is one that was made up for the HBO series (likely meant as a composite of some of the Dothraki in George R.R. Martin’s best-selling books), he said he doesn’t know what’s in store for him.

“The possibilities are endless, really. It could be a good thing, it could be a bad thing. I don’t know. The good thing is I haven’t been killed off yet, so I’m still alive and kicking,” Cole told IFC. “I’m not too sure what’s exactly being kept in [from the books] and what isn’t, so I don’t think I can actually say without getting into too much trouble.”

Cole has read up through “A Feast for Crows,” the fourth novel in Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series. The TV show has only adapted up through the end of the second novel while incorporating some elements of the third into the story. But even though he knows some of what’s coming, Cole isn’t letting that influence how he plays his character.

“I’m trying not to get too clouded by what’s happening in the books and so on and so forth,” he said.

Though he isn’t an avid fan of fantasy and science fiction genres, Cole still respects what “Game of Thrones” has done for television.

“It’s been a long time coming to have a show for the genre on that scale,” he said. “It’s got a bit of everything really, I guess. It’s got the sex, it’s got the violence, it’s got a really good underlying story throughout it. We’re up to season two already, and it still feels like the story’s begun. I always tell people who haven’t seen the show, I say you really have to invest some time in it. Obviously there’s so many characters.”

We consider “Game of Thrones” to be a great adaptation of its source material, so we were curious if Cole had any books that he thought should get the same treatment. “I think some of the Wilbur Smith books should maybe be adapted for TV or maybe for film as well,” he said of the epic ancient Egyptian adventure novels. “I’m a big fan of like ‘The River God’ for instance, a really good novel.”

What are you looking forward to on season three of “Game of Thrones”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

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Lane 27: Broken Windows

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Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

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Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

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Comfy Clothes

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Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


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A-O River!

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