We’ve been lucky enough this week to receive a batch of exclusive set photos giving us a taste of the Game of Thrones prequel, Blood Moon, as the pilot films in Northern Ireland. Today, our source has uncovered a few fresh angles among their stash of photos, offering a few more nuggets of info for us to pore over, including a hint at a familiar Great House of Westeros!
We more or less saw this shot yesterday but it was far away, as you can see in the photo up above, showing us the exterior of the cave; below you can see it with the weirwood tree off to the left. We can’t actually assume all these pieces are part of the same set; it’s possible that portions are sectioned off or shuffled around as needed for shooting.
Looking close….that’s a lion’s head statue! Game of Thrones packed up their stuff and left a long time ago, so this isn’t random.
What do they need this for? Speculation time! The new show is reportedly set in Westeros’ past, per the official announcement, “the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.” House Lannister began around this time, with the surfacing of Lann the Clever, when he tricked Casterly Rock away from the Casterly clan. Will we see these famed events from the kingdom’s past? GRRM was always sketchy on the details so the prequel is a good opportunity to expand and fill in the blanks. It would be tremendously fun, and Lann would be a charismatic character- everyone loves a trickster.
In addition, our source has confirmed that the photos published this week were all taken at the Terraces location at the Studios, near the lion’s head.
The other new find from the photos, is a clearer shot of the prop board June schedule. It mentions for locations, WI COURT, VILLAGE (most likely Galboly filming), INN, ENCLAVE, BARN, SY & RA HOUSE, LONG HALL, FORT HALL/BATH HOUSE, OUBLIETTE, and TERRACES.
The filming at Marble Arch Caves Geopark appears to be for the “Enclave.” The created cave-tunnel at Titanic Studios is the Terraces, and of course Titanic Studios is used for almost everything else done on the lot or indoors.
Someone’s going to be in a rough situation though, because oubliettes are a particularly nasty type of dungeon.
What are your thoughts, readers? What do you hope to see in the prequel, based on this?
Earlier today an enterprising source in Northern Ireland sent us a quick pic snapped from the set of the Game of Thrones prequel pilot being filmed in Belfast at the moment, giving us a glimpse at the new logo being used. Our friend came through again, sending Watchers on the Wall the rest of the photos from their visit to Titanic Studios, giving us a look at actors, sets, and behind the scenes crews at work, confirming the rumors across the internet about the filming to come!
Several of the individuals in the photos couldn’t be identified but it’s still great to get a look at the hair and costuming. Secretly praying that’s Miranda Richardson below with her back to us, but I can’t truly say. Up at the top of the post, I’m really intrigued by the collection of rusty armor. There’s something so arresting about it, visually.
This fella has his back to the camera but our friend who sent us the photos believes it’s Toby Regbo. I spent more time than is normal looking at photos of his ears, and I couldn’t confirm it- what say you, Reign stans? And what do we make of the elaborate hairstyling with somewhat soft fabric costuming? It feels noble in style, almost Essosi, but not quite. I’m really interested to see what the costume designer does to put their stamp on the new show- it’s a long-ago era in Westeros, and fashion evolves quickly.
The obstructed view makes it tough to say but the woman in the middle looks like Denise Gough.
Here we have Blood Moon director S.J. Clarkson and some of the crew. (Yeah I’m going with Blood Moon until they drop us some footage or a poster or something that says otherwise. “Untitled Game of Thrones Prequel” is a bullshit title. )
The sets being used have a familiar look, and some we’ve seen being worked on the last couple months such as the large blue-screen- backed cave piece.
All of which brings us to…this helpful piece of paperwork left posted for our enjoyment! I wish the writing were just a tad larger on the first paper, but the second one is clear enough. In addition to showing the Blood Moon spear and reflection logo. Along with already established Northern Ireland info, the paper confirms shooting dates planned: – June 11th- July 10th, Northern Ireland locations – July 15th in Italy
That works with what Italian press has been reporting, that the prequel pilot would be filming in the Grotta del Turco in Gaeta. Photos of the Grotta online are incredibly beautiful; I’m happy to see HBO and the new showrunners are continuing the Thrones tradition of choosing stunning locations around the world to bring Westeros to life.
When we first heard of the title “Bloodmoon” for the Long Night-set Game of Thrones prequel, it was unknown whether it was just a production codename or the actual title for the show. George R.R. Martin has made it clear he’s partial to the straightforward “The Long Night,” but he later admitted it isn’t official. So, what’s the deal? Though HBO has not yet confirmed or denied either title, we can now offer you an exclusive look at the logo design the show’s production is using, which may put the title dispute to rest.
Before we take a look, I must note the logo is taken from a production sheet; it’s a simple version, not intended for public viewing. As it should go without saying, whenever we get the title and logo officially from HBO’s marketing, it should look more impressive.
The iconography is intriguing. What first stands out is the titular “blood moon”, represented as the second “O” in “Blood”, with its reflection as the first “O” in “Moon”. Also, a spear separates the two words. As Game of Thrones fans, a piercing spear may make us think of House Martell’s sigil, but of course this story takes places thousands of years before their appearance becomes feasible — at least in the form we are acquainted with. No, what’s more likely is that the spear is a symbol of the show’s prehistoric setting, not unlike the mammoth sign we saw being used by production.
Now, does this definitively prove the prequel will be titled “Bloodmoon”? HBO hasn’t publicly used it (yet), so not technically, but it would seem strange for production to bother to create a custom logo for a mere codename, wouldn’t it?
Until we hear otherwise, we’re going to go with the notion that Jane Goldman’s prequel is titled “Bloodmoon.” Granted, it’s way too early to put the title in its proper context (remember how lame we all thought “The Door” was as a title, until we watched Hodor’s last stand?), but, knowing as little as we do now, what do you think of the title?
The Game of Thrones cast at San Diego Comic Con 2015, which seems like a million years ago.
Still craving that Game of Thrones content? We can’t say we blame you — and if you have the ability to make it to San Diego in a few weeks, you too can experience another Hall H panel discussion with cast and crew from the show!
HBO announced today their schedule for appearances at SDCC 2019, with panels and autograph sessions lined up for Thrones, returning favorite Westworld and new series His Dark Materials. The Thrones panel will be held July 19 at 5:30pm in Hall H, featuring Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei of Naath), Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont), Conleth Hill (Varys), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark). Despite early rumors that creators and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would not participate, they are also listed as panelists, along with director and executive producer Miguel Sapochnik.
Autograph signings will take place earlier at 3:30 p.m.
It should be an interesting discussion, given the much-talked-about series finale. Follow Game of Thrones‘ official Twitter account for updates during the Con or check in with us here at Watchers for news!
It was inevitably coming once Game of Thrones was over: a collection of the entire show on Blu-Ray and DVD. But there’s more to it than that. Housed in a stunning wooden shadow box illustrated by Robert Ball, of ‘Beautiful Deaths’ fame, the Complete Collection includes a never-before-seen reunion of the cast, past and present, hosted by Conan O’Brien. You will be able to get it on December 3! And there’s more!
Naturally, season eight will be released on its own as well in the complete collection. Out the same day, you may get Season 8 on DVD or Blu-ray, and the Steelbook Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD versions. Additionally, Game of Thrones: The Complete Series will also be available on DVD and Blu-ray without the collectible packaging, with this cover:
As mentioned, the ultra-premium, limited-edition Complete Collection Blu-ray set features ‘Game of Thrones: Reunion Special’, a two-part reunion show with cast members from the final season including Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner and more, as well as previously departed fan-favorites like Sean Bean, Jason Momoa, Mark Addy and others. Hosted by Emmy-award winning host Conan O’Brien, the reunion was shot in front of a live audience in Belfast and includes segments of footage from both the show and behind-the-scenes. Here’s a pretty hilarious clip of the special:
Additional bonus content includes all-new deleted and extended scenes, animated histories and lore pieces, fascinating behind-the-scene featurettes, audio commentaries and the documentary Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, by filmmaker Jeanie Finlay, first aired on HBO after the end of the season, featured here on DVD in two parts.
Robert Ball’s artistic contribution to the package summarizes the Game of Thrones story: each season is represented by a different layer, showcasing iconic characters and memorable moments from the show, all clambering toward the Iron Throne. The set also contains a “Hand of the King” pin clasp, which holds all nine custom plated disc sleeves. You can preview an unboxing of the set here.
Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection and Game of Thrones: The Complete Series on Blu-ray Bonus Features Include:
Last month, we reported that Ramin Djawadi‘s Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience was returning for a second North American tour. If that wasn’t exciting enough, today George R. R. Martin announced he would host an additional date for his hometown of Santa Fe!
The special event will benefit Martin’s Stagecoach Foundation – a nonprofit “dedicated to eliminating the opportunity and wealth gap for New Mexicans in the film and television industry through free training and workforce development facilitated by film and television professionals.” Martin posted the news to his Twitter account; check out the video below.
Martin also spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the event, saying, “We’re a relatively small town and it should be a beautiful place to have the show. This will be the first time the show has come to New Mexico. I’ll play the host role to some extent. And it benefits my Stagecoach Foundation which provides education and opportunities and training for local youth, particularly disenfranchised groups…Ramin’s been amazing from the very first season and [his hire] was one of the great decisions [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] made right from the beginning.”
The concert will be held at the Santa Fe Opera on September 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Presale tickets will be available beginning tomorrow, June 25th at 10 am MDT. Sales to the general public start at 10 am MDT on June 28th.
Earlier this week we reported on the ongoing for filming for the Game of Thrones prequel pilot at Northern Ireland’s Marble Arc Caves, which began this past 17th and will continue for a week and a half until June 26. That makes it not a terribly long shoot (as we speculated, the interiors of the cave may be complemented by the cave system set they’re building outside the good ol’ Game of Thrones Titanic Studios in Belfast), but we’ve already got a few photos showcasing a lot of movement around the caves.
Before we get to that, there’s this little casting call by The Extras Dept., which of course doesn’t say anything about the spin-off but could be related. And yet, to be fair, there’s a strange absence of beards for a Thrones-related show: they’re looking for “males with medium to long hair of all ages.” If you live in Northern Ireland and are interested, “any males with hair past their ears are encouraged to sign up.” As we said, we can’t confirm this is prequel-related, but it may well be. We’ll keep you updated if we learn more!
Now, the Marble Arch Caves photos, courtesy of @BloodmoonIRL, show nothing of the filming location for the so-called “Bloodmoon” spin-off, as that is underground, in a highly controlled area with no public access. Instead, what we can see, for the first time ever, are numerous Warner Bros. production trucks, signifying the organizational changes brought about by AT&T buying Time Warner; now, HBO and everything else has been consolidated under WarnerMedia Entertainment —hence the Warner Bros. trucks:
Of course, there are also the usual horde of G&H trucks and cast and crew trailers:
We can also see the famous pink “GOT” signs that once directed the crew to filming sites have been substituted by orange signs with a curious image on them: a mammoth.
This could just be a symbolic image to indicate the time period for the prequel, which may I remind you takes places thousands of years before Game of Thrones. That is true. What is also true is that Cersei was promised elephants by the Golden Company —we were promised elephants. And yet, they did not come. Our disappointment was shown by Cersei herself: “I wanted those elephants.” Granted, we got a few actual mammoths in season four, but it’s been a long time since then. Are you ready to hopefully see many more mammoths than ever before in this much earlier era of Westeros? I know I am!
And if we don’t get them, we shall get out the big guns: Headey’s excellent face-acting!
If you think that a world-renowned, Academy Award-nominated actress wouldn’t get nervous about joining the small-screen world of a television series, well, you don’t know Naomi Watts. In her defense, however, joining the world of Westeros means having some very big shoes to fill.
The Australian actress is “very excited” to be the lead in the Game of Thrones spinoff (or prequel, if you’re picky) that started filming this week, according to an interview clip with the Associated Press that was tweeted out early this morning:
GOT JITTERS: Naomi Watts admits she was “intimidated” to join the “Game of Thrones” prequel, but says she has confidence the upcoming series will please fans. #GOTpic.twitter.com/yC8abKewMq
Despite her excitement, Watts also admits that being part of such a worldwide phenomenon is “very intimidating,” especially because the original series just ended and “the world was blowing up over it, everything was Game of Thrones-related.”
She hopes that “those fans will come along and find something new and interesting in this world,” but she also thinks the chances of that happening are high.
“I think they won’t be let down,” she says with a smile.
Make no mistake, we’re still a loooong way off from the spinoff — tentatively titled, or at least codenamed for filming purposes, Bloodmoon — appearing on our screens, but we’re following it closely and we’ll have every bit of casting, filming and production news we can scrounge up for you. Stay tuned for more!
Feeling the post Game of Thrones blues? We are here to ease your withdrawal pain with some news about the prequel series – reportedly titled (though most likely just codenamed) Bloodmoon – currently filming in a rather intriguing location.
BelfastLive is reporting that the prequel crew is currently at the popular Marble Arch Caves geopark in Northern Ireland for a two week shoot for the greenlit pilot, from June 17th to 26th. A production source is quoted as saying, “There’s a lot of hustle and bustle. There’s been a lot of work done on the grounds, for example, portacabins. Security is closing from the entrance of the caves which to me suggests they may be using the landscape more so than the cave. It’s a big enough operation.”
The site is beautiful, and an interesting choice. The prequel will take place during the Age of Heroes and will tell the story of the origin of the White Walkers and the Long Night. The use of caves brings to mind the Children of the Forest, as well as the caves on Dragonstone where Jon Snow mined dragonglass and discovered drawings about the Children and First Men coming together to fight the White Walkers.
According to the source, more of the filming will take place in the park, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see the caves as well. Earlier this month, Twitter user A Red Priestess shared some photos of what looks to be a cave system set being constructed.
As she mentions in her tweet, the photos were actually taken on May 20th, so they could be completed by now. If they will be used to show cave drawings or dragonglass being mined, it would certainly make sense to construct a replica of the real caves.
Speaking of photos, we have some screenshots from Georgie Henley‘s Instagram stories to share. Henley was spotted in Northern Ireland earlier this month along with a few other cast members, and posted videos with Alex Sharp and possibly Ivanno Jeremiah.
She also shared a video of Marquis Rodriguez doing the worm next to Naomi Ackie.
Finally, Rodriguez shared his own Instagram story, which appears to be a video from his hotel room. It’s difficult to say for certain, but this could be the Lough Erne Resort near Marble Arch Caves. Wherever it is, they seem to all be having a wonderful time!
Dany is happy about GoT bringing home more awards!
The Oscars are finished, the Emmys have come and gone, the Tonys wrapped up two weeks ago, but awards seasons wasn’t over quite yet — at least not until Saturday night, when MTV held its annual Movie & TV Awards. And as long as there are accolades to be had where television is concerned, Game of Thrones stands a chance of winning them.
For its final season, Thrones was nominated for Best Show, Best Performance in a Show (Emilia Clarke), Best Fight (Arya vs. the White Walkers) and Best Hero (Maisie Williams), although it only took home the golden popcorn for Best Show. Jacob Anderson, who played the stoic Unsullied commander Grey Worm, was presented with the award on the red carpet ahead of the ceremony itself.
“A lot of amazing people work on Game of Thrones, so I feel weird being the one to hold this, but I’ve always wanted to hold one of these,” he said. “So, congratulations to everybody, all the people I love on the show, who have worked incredibly hard, you will get to touch this. Cast and crew, and everybody who’s amazing, we did it!”
Elsewhere in the broadcast, which aired Monday night, host Zachary Levi filmed a hilarious segment with himself cut into the Season 8, Episode 5 scenes at Dragonstone — flaunting new clothes he picked up in Dorne, writing “Jon and Dany are boning OMG!!” on raven scrolls and finally begging Tyrion to hand him a can of dragon repellent as Drogon prepares to roast him to a crisp. Levi’s comedic timing make it all work perfectly, and it’s worth four or five minutes of your time today:
In my latest video essay, I look back over Daenerys Targaryen’s 8 season arc and break down why her tragic fall didn’t feel earned to me and how, in some glorious parallel universe where I was in the writer’s room, it might have been done differently.
Smell that, Game of Thrones fans? That’s the scent of dissatisfaction around the realm. While some people really liked the finale, unfortunately not everyone was satisfied – and that’s OK! While the show has been dead for barely a month, it has not stopped the cavalcade of discussion a show of its caliber has always been successful at inspiring. While for many, that will mean endless fan speculation, cheering, complaining, contemplation, and more (it does!), it also means that sometimes the actors or those behind the scenes might have a few thoughts of their own from time to time. In an interview with The Guardian, quoth Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) herself: “I will say I wanted a better death.”
Now hold on just a minute, before the tabloids get too carried away with this headline. Lena makes very clear that she is not out on a mission to rewrite the final season, like some million-odd fans, but she wants to point out that as a viewer and a fan herself, she has her own thoughts and opinions on how everything shook out: “No, listen, I invested as a viewer and I have my favourite characters. And I’ve got a few of my own gripes. But I haven’t sat down drunkly with David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] yet.”
I mean we’re all fans of the show, even the actors, themselves! So it makes sense to me that one can have their own disagreements with the direction of their character. Still, she acknowledges that even if it had gone differently, it doesn’t mean that the fan response would have been any better. “Obviously you dream of your death. You could go in any way on that show. So I was kind of gutted. But I just think they couldn’t have pleased everyone. No matter what they did, I think there was going to be some big comedown from the climb.”
Next up for Lena are several projects involving her as actor and even director. Most excitingly for GOT fans (are there any of you out there?) is her upcoming short 30 minute piece, The Trap, which will reunite her with fellow former GOT cast member, Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark). Check out the rest of the interview to see what else is going on Lena’s life. It looks like Lena Headey has a lot of upcoming projects on the horizon, so I can’t wait to see what she brings to the table next!
What’s a Lannister without their favorite sellsword? Con of Thrones announced today that Game of Thrones star Jerome Flynn (Bronn) will appear at Con of Thrones 2019 on Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13. Con of Thrones, the premier convention for fans of Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire, and the epic worlds of fantasy author George R. R. Martin, will return to Nashville, Tennessee this summer. Festivities will take place at the Music City Center July 12–14. Tickets are available for purchase at ConOfThrones.net/register.
Autograph and photograph experiences with Flynn are available for purchase now. Autographs are $80 and photographs are $100. Tickets for a joint photograph session with Jerome Flynn and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) on Saturday, July 13 are available for $225.
Previously announced special guests include Game of Thrones stars Coster-Waldau, Joe Dempsie (Gendry), HannahMurray (Gilly), Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel), Game of Thrones Concept Artist Kieran Belshaw, Art Director Hauke Richter, fan-favorite podcasts Binge Mode, History of Westeros and A Storm of Spoilers, and wolf ambassadors from Wildefell Wolves.
Watchers on the Wall is the happy to be the official programming partner for Con of Thrones, helping create 150 hours of programming with in-depth discussions about the series, Special Guest Spotlight interviews, live recordings of fan-favorite podcasts, and much more. The Con of Thrones programming schedule can be found at ConOfThrones.net/schedule.
Due to professional obligations, John Bradley (Samwell Tarly) is no longer able to attend Con of Thrones. Mischief Management states that if you have purchased an autograph/photograph session with him, or a joint session with John and Hannah Murray, you will receive an email from Customer Service.
Bastard. Man of the Night’s Watch. Lord Commander. King in the North. Heir to the Iron Throne. Kit Harington took on a variety ofroles as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, but through them all he remained true to his portrayal of the honorable, brooding son (in spirit if not by blood) of Ned Stark. Kit didn’t just play Jon Snow, he became Jon Snow.
Kit was fresh from drama school and his first major acting role – in the National Theatre’s adaptation of War Horse – when he auditioned for the Game of Thrones pilot. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss remember it well. “The moment Kit walked into [casting director] Nina Gold’s office we thought, ‘Oh, man, please let this kid be good.’ He looked like the Jon Snow in our imaginations: dark, brooding, sensitive, and very, very ugly. He opened his mouth and he was better than good. He was Jon Snow.”
Hopefully they were kidding about the ugly part – have they seen him? Nevertheless, Kit was a perfect fit for the moody and sullen teenager who never felt like he belonged. He wasn’t only good at brooding, however – he was also a talented fighter. Kit proved himself to be an excellent swordsman early on, so he was given numerous opportunities to show off his skills: sparring at Castle Black, facing off against a White Walker at Hardhome, and fighting for his life during the Battle of the Bastards and the Long Night, just to name a few.
Kit was able to reveal his romantic side in season two, when Jon captured the wildling Ygritte (Rose Leslie). She then captured his heart, and their doomed love affair was the highlight of Jon’s time with the Free Folk. Jon’s anguish at abandoning Ygritte to return to the Night’s Watch, and then again as she tragically dies in his arms, was played by Kit to heartbreaking perfection.
Life sometimes imitates art, and this onscreen romance became a real one as Kit and Rose began dating after working together on the show. They eventually married last June, with several of their cast mates in attendance. At the Emmy awards later that year – when asked what being part of Game of Thrones has done for him – Kit remarked, “I met my wife in this show. It gave me, hopefully, my future family, and my life from here on in.”
While Kit had the good fortune to meet the love of his life while working on Thrones, it hasn’t been all sunshine and roses. Playing Jon has tested the limits of Kit’s endurance, physically and emotionally. Hardly a season went by without him being subjected to harsh weather, gruelling fight scenes, and tragic events, but through it all Kit put his heart and soul into whatever he was asked to do. Perhaps his biggest acting challenge was pretending Jon was truly dead at the end of season five and having to keep the secret for a year.
“It was probably one of the darkest periods I have been through in my life,” he said in an interview earlier this year. “I think it must have had something to do with being a walking cliffhanger: I didn’t enjoy it. You want to be a lead, and then you get all the spotlight of the biggest show in the world onto you for a few months.” Jon’s death and subsequent resurrection in season six propelled his character into the spotlight for the remainder of the series.
Jon later shared that spotlight with Daenerys – who sailed to Westeros and eventually joined his cause to defeat the White Walkers. She became his second love, which was unfortunately just as doomed as his first. Theirs was a complicated relationship: initially antagonistic, then cooperative, and finally romantic. Kit’s range was definitely put to the test as Jon navigated the complexities of his alliance with the dragon queen.
In the final season, Kit was pushed to his limits (along with the rest of the cast). He admitted to GQ Australia, “Everyone was broken at the end. I don’t know if we were crying because we were sad it was ending or if we were crying because it was so fucking tiring. We were sleep deprived. It was like it was designed to make you think, Right, I’m fucking sick of this. I remember everyone walking around towards the end going, ‘I’ve had enough now. I love this, it’s been the best thing in my life, I’ll miss it one day – but I’m done.’”
Not only did he endure 55 nights of shooting for episode three, “The Long Night,” Kit’s emotions were put through the ringer as Jon learned his true parentage, causing a rift in his relationship with Daenerys. The consequences were ultimately tragic, forcing Jon to murder his lover to save the realm. Kit cried when he read the script, and you can certainly see the anguish on his face during the scene.
The finale ended with Jon riding off with the Free Folk beyond the Wall, away from the politics, fighting, and intrigue he despised. Kit, too, has earned a well deserved respite from the challenging role of the reluctant hero who always tried to do what was right. Kit truly brought Jon Snow to life and put everything he had into the role. I’m sure we are all grateful for his efforts, and I look forward to his future work. Thank you, Kit, for eight wonderful seasons.
This past March, HBO and Insight Editions announced four new Game of Thrones books, each focusing on one aspect of the show’s production: the costumes; the photography; the art; and, finally, the storyboards. We even gave you a sneak peek at the now available Game of Thrones: The Storyboards. And yet, if you’re still unconvinced, here’s the show’s Principal Storyboard Artist Will Simpson in an exclusive video in which he not only tells us about his involvement with the show (“We need more blood!”) but also provides us with another sneak peek into this new beautiful artbook:
In the clip above, Simpson speaks to Insight Editions regarding a very special episode of the show, season two’s “Blackwater,” and the corresponding storyboard that helped inspire the scene in which, having arrived at the walls, Stannis is witness to one of his men getting his head absolutely smashed to a pulp by a rock. According to Simpson, director Neil Marshall’s only note when working with him was: “We need more blood.”
“The boards are meant to fill in part of the gap from a director’s mind to what actually gets shot on a particular day,” Simpson explains. “If you’ve enjoyed the show, and you’re more interested in seeing how the whole thing was developed, please take a look at my storyboarding book from Inside Editions.”
Are you interested? I know I am! Order Game of Thrones: The Storyboardshere.
If you’ve been anxiously awaiting the Beautiful Death illustration for “The Iron Throne,” wait no longer! Robert M. Ball’s last poster for Game of Thrones was unveiled today, and it is stunning. Along with the artwork, we have also been treated to a video of Ball sharing his creative process and an interview about his final contribution to the series.
In the video, Ball reveals the impact the Beautiful Death project has had on him, saying, “It’s been bigger than I expected. To put it mildly, it’s been quite overwhelming.” He goes on to explain how he gets the inspiration for each piece and his method for bringing it to fruition. Check it out below.
Over on the Making Game of Thronesblog, Ball discusses his poster for “The Iron Throne” and describes some of the details included in the piece. “The idea is the Iron Throne is sat on a kingdom of rubble, and that rubble is a mixture of swords, representing all the bloodshed it took to get here, plus a visual journey of Daenerys’ progression through all 8 seasons — if you follow the blood trail it will take you past certain important objects like Sons of Harpy masks, Dothraki camp, Viserys’ ‘crown’, broken chains and so on. The color scheme is very simple, but there’s a lot going on if you scrutinize the image.”
Ball wanted his final piece to not only represent the death of a major character, but also the overarching theme of the show itself. “Ultimately, it’s Dany’s death, but really the image is about how power corrupts all. It’s meant to be an encapsulation of the whole series.” Mission accomplished.
You can find all the Beautiful Death posters here.
Con of Thrones announced today that Game of Thrones Art Director Hauke Richter will appear at Con of Thrones 2019 on Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13. Richter joins a lineup of previously announced special guests including Game of Thrones stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Joe Dempsie (Gendry), Hannah Murray (Gilly), Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel), GoT Concept Artist Kieran Belshaw, fan-favorite podcasts Binge Mode, History of Westeros and A Storm of Spoilers, and wolf ambassadors from Wildefell Wolves. This year’s convention will take place in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Music City Center July 12–14, 2019. Tickets are available for purchase at ConOfThrones.net/register!
Richter served as an art director for Game of Thrones for the final four seasons of the show, from the season 4 premiere “Two Swords,” through the series finale “The Iron Throne.”
This year’s convention programming was curated in partnership with Watchers on the Wall; we’re proud to have helped with bringing you all 150 hours of original programming, Con of Thrones will host in-depth discussions about the series, Special Guest Spotlight interviews, live recordings of fan-favorite podcasts, and much more. You can find the up-to-date Con of Thrones programming schedule at ConOfThrones.net/schedule.
Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss accept the writing award at the 2015 Emmy Awards
Welp, it’s that time of year again, nerds. No, not wabbit season, it’s duck EMMY SEASON!!!!! And as predicted, Game of Thrones candidates are all over the submitting ballot, from the acting categories as assumed, to cinematography, and everything else in between. While GOT has won its fair share of Emmys (aka, the most ever for a Primetime show, and still growing), it’s always come up curiously short in the category that people end up talking about most. I’m referring to, of course, the acting categories. To date, Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) is the only acting nominee to ever win an Emmy (3 out of 7, in fact). It is my devout hope that in GOT’s season 8 victory lap, we are able to break this curse. A full write up of Emmy speculation will come in the following weeks, but in the meantime, let’s check out who is in contention for nominations this year. Here are the candidates currently sitting on the Emmy ballot:
1. Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series
2. Outstanding Cinematography For A Multi-Camera Series (3 candidates)
The Long Night (803)
Fabian Wagner, ASC, BSC, Director of Photography
The Last of the Starks (804)
David Franco, Director of Photography
The Iron Throne (806)
Jonathan Freeman, ASC, Director of Photography
3. Outstanding Period Costumes
The Bells (805)
4. Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series (3 candidates)
The Long Night (803)
The Last of the Starks (804)
The Iron Throne (806)
David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
5. Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series (3 candidates)
The Long Night (803)
Hair team includes department head plus four others. Of 22 actors, 4 had lace wigs. Of 16 pictures/stunt doubles, 12 had lace wigs. Using dirt made of hair gels/oils mixed with dirt powder and dry shampoos. Fresh blood plus fresh scab. Episode 803 had continuity jumping pre/post battle, cleaning actors up on set. 25 crowd hairdressers did over 400 extras. Special lace wigs for the dead in the crypt/library. 7 Whitewalker wigs, 2 giant’s wigs.
Kevin Alexander, Department Head Hairstylist Candice Banks, Key Hairstylist Nicola Mount, Hairstylist Rosalia Culora, Hairstylist
Night King full silicone head and hands make-up, contact lenses and dentures. 6 White Walkers, each consisting of 9 silicone appliances, dentures, contact lenses, lace hair pieces. The Hound: Silicone burn makeup. Bespoke Wights silicone make-ups : 9x in Library scene, 9x mummified wights in the Crypt, Hero Wight which attacks Arya on battlement. Plethora of Wights silicone make-ups throughout the battle. Giant Wight, silicone head and hands make-up. Many various wounds and blood gags.
Emma Faulkes, Special Makeup Effects Artist Paul Spateri, Special Makeup Effects Artist Chloe Muton-Phillips, Special Makeup Effects Artist Duncan Jarman, Special Makeup Effects Artist Patt Foad, Special Makeup Effects Artist John Eldred-Tooby, Special Makeup Effects Artist Barrie Gower, Prosthetic Designer Sarah Gower, Prosthetic Designer
Progressive wounds and injuries applied throughout to tell the story of the battle. Wounds sculpted freehand with thicken sculpting-prosaid, painted with various make up and finished with blood splatter, dirt effects and rubber dust mixture for depth and texture. Character faces created with latex then painted to create broken veins and liver spots for a weathered look. Colodion scars, hair lace beards, laid on Yak hair beards. Frozen effects on facial hair with petroleum wax. Jane Walker, Department Head Makeup Artist Kay Bilk, Makeup Artist Marianna Kyriacou, Makeup Artist Nicola Matthews, Makeup Artist Pamela Smyth, Makeup Artist
6. Outstanding Main Title Design
7. Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) (2 candidates)
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (802)
Evyen J Klean, Music Supervisor
The Long Night (803)
Ramin Djawadi, Composer
8. Outstanding Actor in a Drama
Kit Harington (Jon Snow)
9. Outstanding Actress in a Drama
Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen)
10. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama (5 candidates)
Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy)
Pilou Asbæk (Euron Greyjoy)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister)
Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister)
Richard Dormer (Lord Beric Dondarrion)
*edit from David – yes, it says “Lord” on the Emmy ballot for him but no others, don’t @ me, please @ them*
10. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama (4 candidates)
Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth)
Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister)
Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark)
Maisie Williams (Arya Stark)
11. Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama
Carice Van Houten (Melisandre)
12. Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series (3 candidates)
Crispin Green, Editor
The Long Night (803)
Tim Porter, ACE, Editor
The Iron Throne (806)
Katie Weiland, ACE, Editor
13. Outstanding Drama
14. Outstanding Sound Editing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (One Hour)
The Long Night (803)
15. Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (One Hour)
The Long Night (803)
16. Outstanding Special Visual Effects
The Bells (805)
17. Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Limited Series Or Movie
18. Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series
The Iron Throne (806)
David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
*edit from David – Um. Good luck guys. It’s right now them vs. the wrath of the Internet, and I say this as someone who unreservedly and unapologetically adored the finale.
So there you have it. 35 candidates up for nominations for Game of Thrones, although it should be noted that The Last Watch, the documentary special of season 8, is up for quite a few awards itself. And of course, tons of late night and sketch shows that involve GOT to a small or large degree. I’ll follow up in the next few weeks with some speculation about the upcoming nominations, but in the meantime, what do you think?
Nominations will be announced on Tuesday, July 16, and the awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, September 22!
Deadline brings fans an exclusive report today- we can look forward to one last big splash at San Diego Comic Con with the cast of Game of Thrones. The outlet reports that GoT “looks certain to be returning to Comic-Con’s Hall H next month,” and that “talks between HBO and confab organizers are in the final stages.” It’s not clear exactly which cast members will be taking to the massive stage at the San Diego Convention Center. They hint that the line-up is still to be determined.
Deadline confirms that HBO didn’t respond to a request for comment on their report. GoT skipped Hall H last year, reasonably since there was no new season. This year Comic-Con runs from July 18-21 (preview night July 17). With the Thrones appearance not technically official, there is no date or time set, but it would be a great year for one. The cast can finally discuss the show without fear of getting a slap on the wrist about spoilers. Would Benioff and Weiss show up? That seems unlikely as the showrunners have not done a single interview about the finale, and said that was their intention in advance. Could they face the rowdy audiences of Comic-Con? I very much doubt it. It would still be a very entertaining panel, even with just the cast, and who knows- maybe we’ll get some kind of hint about the prequel pilot?
It’s been rumored for months that A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin was in some way involved in the creation of Dark Souls developer FromSoftware’s new project, and Martin himself lent credence to the rumor last month when he mentioned on his Not A Blog that he’d “consulted on a video game out of Japan.” Yesterday, this was confirmed when Elden Ring was announced at the Microsoft E3 2019 press conference!
As usual with FromSoftware, Elden Ring is an action RPG, of which there is no gameplay available yet. The teaser trailer above is all there is, where it’s revealed that Martin was involved, as one may expect, in what appears to be his favorite realm of writing: worldbuilding. “A new world created by [game director and FromSoftware president] Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R.R. Martin”, the trailer below proudly claims.
In FromSoftware’s official statement, Miyazaki says “collaborating with George R.R. Martin to create the Elden Ring mythos has been a genuinely delightful experience and a source of wonderful inspiration. The team is working hard to ensure that the world of Elden Ring will be a fascinating place for players to explore, filled with peril and wonder from its furthest reaches to its lowest depths. This is a FromSoftware title through and through, rich in fantasy and RPG action. We sincerely hope you look forward to it.”
Martin himself is quoted in the announcement, adding that “building the world of Elden Ring with Miyazaki-san and his team was a treat! The graphics, mythos, and action-RPG gameplay will deliver an unforgettable experience. I can’t wait for people to see what Elden Ring has in store for them.” So there you have it! And here’s the teaser trailer:
For those unaware, ‘FromSoft’ is known for developing incredibly beautiful and challenging games such as Demon’s Souls, the Dark Souls trilogy, Bloodborne, and the recently released Sekiro. If you’re interested in giving Elden Ring a try when it’s released based on Martin’s involvement in its creation but you haven’t touched a game in quite some time, I would advise caution; unless FromSoftware is going in an entirely different direction for once, it’s probably going to be a ruthless experience. It is perhaps quite appropriate that the next game from the developers of a series marketed with the “Prepare to Die” slogan is created with the help of the man behind the similarly ruthless world of Game of Thrones. That said, in this case it’ll be you doing the dying.
What do we say to the god of death? Not today! Will July do?
Con of Thrones announced today that Game of Thrones actor Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel) will appear at Con of Thrones 2019 on Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14. This year’s con returns to Nashville, Tennessee, heading to the Music City Center July 12–14, 2019. Tickets are available for purchase at conofthrones.net/register.
Autograph and photograph experiences with Yerolemou are available for purchase now! Autographs are $20 and photographs are $35.
Another exciting opportunity for fans: Yerolemou will also be leading three Water Dancing sword combat workshops for attendees. Workshop tickets are $60 and will go on sale on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 1 PM ET.
Previously announced special guests for Con of Thrones 2019 include Thrones stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Joe Dempsie (Gendry), Hannah Murray (Gilly), Game of Thrones Concept Artist Kieran Belshaw (Season 5-8), fan-favorite podcasts Binge Mode, History of Westeros and A Storm of Spoilers, and wolf ambassadors from Wildefell Wolves.
Watchers on the Wall is proud to be the programming partner for Con of Thrones, working with Mischief Management to bring you all over 150 hours of original programming, with in-depth discussions, Special Guest Spotlight interviews, live recordings of podcasts, and so much more. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on all year! The complete Con of Thrones programming schedule can be found at conofthrones.net/schedule.
As you may expect, the series finale, “The Iron Throne”, has become the most-watched series finale for any program in Sky, the United Kingdom’s subscription broadcaster for Game of Thrones. But there is a twist! Another episode was the most watched overall…
As originally reported by The Hollywood Reporter, at 5.789 million cumulative viewers, the Game of Thrones series finale, “The Iron Throne” broke the finale record once established by the previous finale, season seven’s “The Dragon and the Wolf,” which stood at 5.170 million. For the sake of comparison, the (somewhat) equivalent figure in the United States, which accounts for overnight and streaming viewers, was 19.3 million.
And yet, unlike in the States, “The Iron Throne” was only the most-watched finale in the United Kingdom; not the most-watched episode in all Sky programs or this season: surprisingly, that would be “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” the calm-before-the-storm second episode in this final season, which enjoyed a viewership of 6.31 million.
In the United States, by contrast, this quiet yet beloved second episode was the least watchedGame of Thrones episode this year, at 10.29 million, behind not only all of season eight episode but also season seven’s “Eastwatch” (which came after the explosive cliffhanger in “A Spoils of War”) and the finale, “The Dragon and the Wolf.”
On average, each season eight episode had a cumulative audience of 6.081 million, which is said to be “the biggest-ever series performance of any Sky program”, and “up 28 percent from the previous record of season 7, which sat at 4.76 million.” Another interesting fact is the demographic breakdown of the audience by reported gender, which was an almost equal 51-to-49 percent male/female split.
It has often been stated that Game of Thrones would not have worked if the child actors had not been spot on, given the many major plotlines that focused on children. Among the many child actors throughout eight seasons of television, you would be hard pressed to find an actor who made a stronger impression on the fanbase than Maisie Williams.
Maisie’s commitment to her portrayal of Arya Stark was so strong that, after being cast, she famously declared she would learn how to sword fight with her left hand, simply because the Arya of A Song of Ice and Fire is a leftie. Never you mind that Maisie is an avowed righty; she wanted to do Arya right, and to her that meant doing it left.
Like Arya, Maisie has always been against the grain. Before the show started, casting directors had the seemingly impossible of finding a little girl who could take on the mantle of Arya Stark. It needed to be someone who would both come out swinging, and be capable of having enough room to keep the character growing. Now, I am not a particularly pious man – I keep to the old gods as did my father and his father before him – but thankfully the old gods of the North heard our prayers:
HOW IS THAT A 12 YEAR OLD? LIKE, WHAT THE HELL MAN?! When they called Maisie in to read this scene, she delivered it like she was a successful actor returning to her acting conservatory to show the students how it’s done. I genuinely am in awe of how good this is. Some of the other actors (adults and children alike) on GOT took time to grow into their characters. But Maisie was one of perhaps two or three who nailed it from the very first scene. Speaking of her first scene, what an introduction that was! Without any dialogue whatsoever, Arya was introduced as the younger sister to someone who was clearly enjoying needlework more than she, only to have her vacate the room to grab a bow and one up her brother during his archery practice. It matched every tone you’d come to expect in Arya scenes, and it’s all thanks to this kid right here:
While Arya spent much of the first season very memorably around her fellow Starks and her dancing master, Syrio Forel, Maisie’s talents were called to a higher purpose in season two. I’m talking of course about the decision to pair her with established actor Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister). Could this thirteen year old with one season’s worth of television under her belt pull off her several scenes with this established, experienced actor? You better believe she did. No one expected the unquestionably best moments of season two to be an older man and a younger girl sitting quietly by a fire, pouring water, and talking about the literacy of stonemasons:
Tywin: “Where is your father? Is he alive? Who was he?” Arya: “A stonemason.” Tywin: “A stonemason who could read!” Arya: “He taught himself. “Tywin: “Quite a man! What killed him?” Arya: “Loyalty.”
This is the kind of dialogue exchange you expect from classically trained actors at The Globe, not from a teenager in a costume drama. What I’m saying is that Maisie is an international treasure (or a national one, if you’re a UK citizen).
Season three saw quite a tumultuous journey for Arya, with Maisie getting some great opportunities to test her acting prowess alongside Richard Dormer, Paul Kaye, Joe Dempsie, Carice Van Houten, and of course Rory McCann. Maisie’s best performance showcase may be how she played coy when Arya went up to a group of Frey soldiers bragging about their participation in The Red Wedding. It’s astounding how quickly Maisie can switch from menacing, to innocent-looking, to her psychopathic revenge-fueled look, to her “What did I do?” look to The Hound. It is golden:
So much of the reason that season four is my favorite is due to the adventures of Arya and The Hound. Every time their scenes were on screen, you would know you are in for a rollicking good time. Let us hearken back to a simpler time on Game of Thrones, when characters going places took forever and a day:
Arya: “Something wrong with your leg, boy?” Polliver: “What? What do you mean?” Arya: “Can you walk? I’ve got to carry you?” Polliver: “Carry me?” Arya: “Fine little blade…Maybe I’ll pick my teeth with it.”
And we all know what she does next.
Maisie plays the vindictive girl so well that you wonder if she uses Needle in place of a toothbrush to prepare for these scenes. Her grasp of Arya, and moreover, who Arya has become, is so strong that I cannot believe how lucky we were. There was no way for the casting team to know in the original audition that, several years down the line, Maisie would be able to flip a switch so easily and become the stone-cold murder warrior to which we’ve become so accustomed, but, well, here we are.
Seasons five and six sent Arya off on a whirlwind adventure to Murder School in Braavos. But as we all know, the real gift was the friends she made along the way.
At this point, we were in full on Assassin Arya mode, and the world was Maisie Williams’ oyster. It’s her world and we were just attempting to not get killed by her in it. Given how far removed from the rest of the main story Arya’s plot had become, it was going to require a compelling actor to keep us invested. Maisie, as always, was all of that and more. As Arya navigated the complicated world of the Faceless Men, Maisie navigated her fighting prowess, never betraying the young girl she was still portraying. But then the show tried something new. A theatrical troupe came along, and Arya was the audience’s proxy for watching an in-world recap of seasons one-through-six. The looks of wonder and disgust on Maisie’s face sold us every bit on what was going through Arya’s head, as she relived Ned’s death, and all those terrible things all over again:
With the journey’s end on the horizon, season seven brought Arya back to Westeros. With it came one of the best one-on-one fights we’ve seen the entire series, due to the incredible commitment of not only Williams but Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth.) One of the reasons it looks so good is that you can see the hard work that Maisie is putting in. She’s always one step ahead of the next blade swing so that it never looks mechanical. Hard work shows, and no one works harder than Maisie:
Season eight had so many incredible Arya moments to pick from, from Maisie perfectly capturing the adult woman Arya has grown into, in her intimate moments with Gendry, to the work she put into crafting the library horror sequence, to the number of takes she apparently suffered through to pull off the Night King’s death scene perfectly.
But the strongest season eight moments for me were Arya’s hellish escape through the ruins of King’s Landing. Eight seasons of building up Arya as a “survivor” were leading up to this moment, and there is no one I would have rather spent that much time with during the decimation of King’s Landing than Maisie Williams. Every turn brings a new look; with every glance, her eyes know exactly what to look for and to look at. As I’d mentioned, Maisie knocked it out of the park from day one, but this scene alone eclipsed it all. Maisie never looked more at home in her character, and I am entirely grateful to her for the talent she poured into this harrowing sequence.
Game of Thrones has more iconic characters than it knows what to do with. You can’t go anywhere in the world without hearing Jon Snow or Daenerys at least 3 or 4 times. But no one gets people excited like Arya does. Maisie Williams slammed the door down of what was possible for twelve year old female representation in TV, and made grown men fall in love with her character. She recently gave a TED Talk, performed on West End, and created Daisie, a platform for creatives to meet and collaborate. Her stardom has barely begun to rise, and I can’t wait to see what she does next.
Game of Thrones may be over but with the prequel-spinoff filming starting, a new adventure has begun. It’s been quiet of late, but news has started to trickle out of Northern Ireland. So it’s time to shed those post-season glums and dive back into filming-season glee!
Rumors are still flying about the title of the new show- it’s unconfirmed whether the title will really be Bloodmoon, or if that’s a production code name, or if that’s entirely a fan fabrication.
News that’s more firm: Local sources tell us that people have been coming and going to Titanic Studios, but production activity is light overall in the area. The large cliff/wall set that’s been in progress for months on the lot is still being worked on, we’re told.
Actors cast in the spinoff have also been spotted in the country, and have been helpfully sharing it on social media!
Jamie Campbell Bower somewhat vaguely last week shared this fun tease:
This tweet from a NI local person confirms the actor was still in Northern Ireland as of yesterday. Having a sandwich apparently. (What’s the menu like over there? It must be a totally different experience. Do they base sandwich names on UK and Ireland transit?)
just saw Jamie Campbell bower tuckin into a subway in a service station in ballymena
Two of the spinoff actors- Alex Sharp and Marquis Rodriguez– were hanging out together this week in Northern Ireland and checking out the sights, including the country’s famed hedge maze and the Giant’s Causeway. The two shared images of the sights on Instagram, including shots on Instagram stories.
Update to add: Alex Sharp shared this image of the Titanic Studios lot on Instagram about an hour ago, shortly after we published this post:
Annnnd another update- Georgie Henley has just posted an Instagram story from Belfast’s Victoria Square:
This early in the game, it’s hard to tell exactly what’s happening, but often readings and costume fittings are happening long before filming actually starts. But June was the officially stated filming start date given by HBO so we’re right on track! We should see a lot more sightings over the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled.
Follow in Jon Snow’s footsteps from Eastwatch-by-the-Sea to North of the Wall, fighting your way through the Night King’s army. This seven minute adventure features high quality, immersive graphics as well as Ramin Djawadi’s glorious score.
According to the official website, players will be able to use, ‘Ranger skills with a sword to defend yourself against the undead threat as you advance through iconic locations. Be prepared to face impossible odds on your quest as you hack and slash your way out of dangerous situations’
The VR experience is available to anyone with SteamVR (1.4.14) and Viveport (1.3.3 or later). You can download it here. Unfortunately this Watcher’s most advance console is a ZX Spectrum, if any of you lovely readers have had a go with this amazing virtual reality journey, let us know in the comments below!