Game of Thrones News Flows from SXSW Like So Much Blood

first_imgWith the premiere of Game of Thrones Season Seven being so far away, we’re grateful for any updates out of Westeros we can get. Thankfully, the cast and crew behind the hit HBO fantasy drama were more than happy to share a few this weekend at South By Southwest. After this year, we’ll only have one more season before the show calls it quits. Sadder still, the eighth season will be even shorter than the seventh at only six episodes long. Our days in Westeros are numbered, but I suppose the same can be said for pretty much everyone who lives there.Of course just because Game of Thrones is ending doesn’t mean that’s the last we’ll see of George R.R. Martin’s world. When you play the game of television, you spin off or you die. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss said there’s a definite possibility that surviving characters might have their own spin-off shows. No details on what those might be, but Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams immediately shut down the idea of a “Zombie Stark sister” show, according to Deadline. Whatever the spin-off show ends up being, if it ever even exists, Weiss and Benioff say they will not be involved.Ed Sheeran in “Castle on a Hill” video. (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube)Probably the strangest news to come out of the talk was the Ed Sheeran will have a guest role on the show in the upcoming season. Yes, that Ed Sheeran. His appearance was meant as a surprise for Maisie Williams, who has been a fan of the singer for a long time. The showrunners say they’ve been trying to get Sheeran to make an appearance for years, and they were finally able to make it happen for season seven. No word yet on what kind of role he’ll play or what his story will be, so I guess we’ll all find out together this summer. Maybe things in the Castle on a Hill were much more messed up than the song let on. Come July, that chorus will need an update.Now I’m on my wayto incest and murderand I’ll never sayTyrion’s a tiny dancerHe won’t appreciate those jokes, he’ll poke out my throatAnd my head will show upOver the castle on a pike.Game of Thrones returns to HBO on July 16. If that isn’t soon enough to get your fix check out our GoT Gift Guide!last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “We’re going to be an inside running team, for the most part,” Mitchell said. “He proved that he can carry the ball; very explosive once he gets in the open field and he’s a powerful runner between the tackles. I think he definitely complements Rashard (Mendenhall) and the other running backs that we have.”Taylor, who never missed a college game due to injury, may be behind those other backs when training camp begins, but head coach Bruce Arians didn’t seem too concerned when asked about it last week. While in Indianapolis a year ago, Arians faced the same situation when quarterback Andrew Luck, also from Stanford, couldn’t participate in OTAs.“He’s got a whole lot easier position to play,” Arians said of Taylor. “He knows how to run the football. The plays are so very similar to what he’s run in college. His thing will be picking up the blitzes, but he’s a very bright young man. He’s already had exposure to it all in the (rookie) minicamp. He knows what the rules are. It’s just coming back, like everybody else, putting the pads on and getting to do it.”Added Mitchell, “There’s nothing like having reps. He’ll get those in training camp.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals have seen very little of running back Stepfan Taylor since they drafted him in April.But it’s not his fault.The team’s Tempe training facility has been off limits to the Stanford rookie.Again, not his fault.He did participate in the three-day rookie minicamp, May 10-12, but then missed all ten organized team activities (OTAs) and the just completed three-day mandatory minicamp. 0 Comments   Share   center_img Taylor, a fifth round pick (140th overall), didn’t have a choice.Players coming out of college cannot take part in any NFL spring practices until their college or university has had its graduation.Stanford, because it’s on the quarter system, didn’t wrap up final exams until last Wednesday, keeping Taylor away from his new employer.That changes Monday.Taylor, as well as the other rookies, will be spending this week at the training facility, getting individual instruction.“We’ll get an opportunity to take a look at the video, the practices that we’ve had since he’s been gone,” running backs coach Stump Mitchell said. “We’ll get a chance to go through the playbook so he can get an understanding of what we’re trying to do and his responsibility as a back in this offense. He’s a smart guy.”After playing behind All-American Toby Gerhart his freshman year, Taylor rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his next three seasons at Stanford, leaving as the school’s all-time leader in career rushing yards (4,300).That success, plus the work he did get done in May, have coaches excited about Taylor once he puts the Cardinals uniform on full-time. Top Stories – / 6 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more