Not a production video! Not a behind-the-scenes snippet! No, it’s an actual, real, honest-to-the-Old Gods promo for Game of Thrones season 2, and it is fucking fantastic. So many badasses, packed into a single minute. Better (if extremely brief) looks at Stannis and Melisandre. And Joffrey being an enormous twatwaffle. Man, that kid who plays Joffrey is so fantastically douchey it’s mind-blowing. How does he do it? I almost feel bad for the kid, because he’s so perfect as Joffrey he’s going to be typecast as a slimeball for the rest of his life. Plus, if I ever saw him on the street, I’d punch him right in his face. That’s how good of an actor he is! It’s actually a compliment that I want to cause him harm!
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.