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Watchers on the Wall Awards Season 8: Funniest Scene – Preliminary Round

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Game of Thrones isn’t exactly a barrel of laughs, is it? But oddly enough it’s made us all laugh quite a bit over the years, whether from scathing witticisms or broad physical comedy. Every season, including the final one, has a great deal of humor laced between the dark and dramatic moments to lift us up and avoid weighing down the audience too heavily.  It’s with that in mind we celebrate the funniest scenes of season 8, nominated by our readers. Your task this week: narrow it down to your favorite 5, in our preliminary round of voting!

Please choose your five favorites from the preliminary poll. The ground rules: Select up to FIVE nominees from the poll. You can choose fewer if you like, but you can’t choose more than 5. (Visit the initial WotW Awards post for a complete explanation of the rules and process.)

At the end of one week (Saturday 09/07/19 at 10PM Eastern Time), whichever five scenes have the most votes will continue on to the finals. The results of the poll will be revealed when it’s time to choose the winner of Funniest Scene in a few weeks.

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Game of Thrones Showrunners Benioff & Weiss Give Rare Post-Season 8 Interview!

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Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss aren’t known for extensive interviews, and that’s been particularly true after this final season. Not that it came as a surprise: for months before the final season aired, they made clear that their post-season plan was to hole up without an internet connnection, relax for the first time in a decade, and get drunk. It appears their vacation may be over, as they have now addressed the final season in a new video interview coming out of Japan.

This surprising interview comes from Star Channel, the Japanese group of premium television channels that airs Game of Thrones. The showrunners were asked about the show’s legacy has turned out to be in their lives and to the world:

“To have [the show] become what it became, and to be able to spend not one year or two years but more than ten years of our lives making it at this level, with [all] the people [behind the camera] that we got to work with…”, Weiss trails off. “We didn’t have any idea that the show would be so big,” Benioff follows up his companion’s thought. “When we first started going to Northern Ireland, where we shot the show, the customs officers would ask us what we were doing there; we’s say ‘we’re working on this show…’ [and they’d be like] ‘what is it, Game of Thornes?’ And then, by the third season, [at London’s] Heathrow Airport, the [customs] guy was reading A Game of Thrones, George’s book, and we knew that something was starting to cross the threshold of public awareness.”

For the first time since the finale, the showrunners address the controversial final season, with Benioff highlighting his favorite scene when asked about it:

“One [season eight scene] that sticks out to me, because Brienne of Tarth has always been one of our favorite characters, is the moment where she’s knighted by Jaime Lannister; it’s just a wonderful thing in the story, and to see Gwen’s face in that moment… I’ve probably seen that scene four hundred times and every time it gets me. It makes me a little bit thrilled, it makes me tear up. I love that scene.”

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Regarding the infamous coffee cup incident a few episodes later, in which a coffee shop cup briefly appeared on the table during a feast scene in “The Last of the Starks”, Benioff gets a bit philosophical about it, though with a definite tone of irony:

“I think in Persian rugs it’s tradition that you make a little mistake when making the rug, because only God can do anything perfect, so for us I guess that just was our [mistake].” Weiss interrupts, jokingly: “That’s why I put the coffee cup there. Conscious, concerted statement of our imperfection.” The real answer, provided by Benioff, is of course not as funny: “We were concentrating so much on Daenerys and Jon Snow that we just didn’t see this coffee cup right in the middle. So, at first I couldn’t believe it, and then it was embarassment; ‘how did we not see this coffee cup in the middle of the shot?’. And then, eventually, it was just funny. This one is just a mistake, and it’s kind of funny to us now.”

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Finally, as for the the astounding (and record-breaking) 32 Emmy nominations the final season received, Weiss welcomes them for the sake of the cast and crew’s hard work but rather candidly admits he did not expect the show to break its own record again:

“It was kind of surprising? I did not know that we expected [that]. At least in my mind, I thought that the [previous] season would have been the peak and that we would’ve ended up with maybe a couple less, at best,” Weiss emphasizes. “I felt very happy for all of our team of people, all of the actors and all of the crew who got recognized. Each made us feel really proud of them and happy for them, because we know first-hand how hard they worked; we saw it every day for many years.”

“And it’s also just fun,” Benioff interjects, “because once people get nominated, that means they come to L.A. for the ceremonies. Ten of the actors are nominated, and so many of the crew members, so it’s just a great excuse for everyone to get drunk again.”

That’s the spirit! Literally, perhaps.

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Vikings actor joins the cast of the Game of Thrones prequel pilot

Tadhg-MurphyThings have been quiet, as expected, on the Game of Thrones spinoff front since filming completed on the pilot in mid-July, in Italy.  But as always in the world of GoT, fresh casting news crops up after the fact as actors’ resumes fill out slowly, providing us with new surprises, letting the fun roll out for months to come.

The newest Blood Moon casting comes to us today via a tip from our friends at Redanian Intelligence.

According to the actor’s CV, Irish actor Tadhg Murphy has filmed a role in the Game of Thrones prequel.


There are no details at the moment as to what role he’s playing in the prequel pilot, as HBO is keeping things hush-hush, and the actor’s resume lists only the show and the director S.J. Clarkson, no character name. Currently Murphy is best known to audiences for his roles on Vikings as Arne and Black Sails as the real-life pirate Ned Low. He had a recurring role in the TNT show Will (which co-starred Jamie Campbell Bower), and will be appearing in the upcoming third season of the Amazon series Absentia.

I really enjoyed Murphy in his Black Sails and Vikings roles so hopefully HBO has something meaty for him to work with. This is still just a pilot, so it’s hard to know who is in for a long run or not, but we can wish!

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Preview the 2 Upcoming Game of Thrones Art Books on Concept Art and Photography!

Experience the beautiful photography of Helen Sloan for Game of Thrones in one of these new art books

Experience the beautiful photography of Helen Sloan in one of these new art books

You might have heard of the four-book Game of Thrones art book collection from Insight Editions and HBO, announced back in March, which aims to highlight the show’s absolutely beautiful photography, storyboards, art, and costumes. “The Storyboards” is out now (Buy Now!, etc), and “The Costumes” is coming soon, but what we bring you today is a sneak peek of Michael Kogge’s book on Helen Sloan’s iconic photography, as well as the striking cover for Jody Revenson and production designer Deborah Riley’s volume on the imaginative art created to inspire GOT’s production design.

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“The Photography of Game of Thrones”, written by Michael Kogge, offers you a window into the world of Westeros and Essos through the work of Helen Sloan, the principal stills photographer for the series. This deluxe, 320 page-long hardcover compendium, which will be available on November 12, 2019 for $75.00, gives fans a rare behind the scenes peek at some of their favorite characters and moments in gorgeous detail.

Here is a preview of what the tome will offer:

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Helen Sloan has compiled the most iconic shots from the acclaimed show. The best of her collection, along with the work of the unit photography team, is featured here.

Bold and gorgeously crafted, The Photography of Game of Thrones captures in striking detail the scope and nuance of the show, celebrating a world of iconic characters, shocking moments, breathtaking locations, and much more.

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Finally, there is “The Art of Game of Thrones,” with this astounding cover featuring the concept art for the early Daenerys scene in the show’s final episode. Written by Jody Revenson and Deborah Riley, this 320-page book is filled with gorgeous illustrations and artwork, and will be available later in November 2019, for $75.00 as well.

Deborah Riley, who started working on Game of Thrones as its production designer for the fourth season, has earned four consecutive Emmy Awards, three Art Directors Guild Awards, and a BAFTA for her work on the epic, groundbreaking series. This beautifully crafted book presents a visual chronicle of the early concept stages of Riley’s team; all the meticulous work done by artists to bring the world of Westeros to life on-screen.

Fans will recognize thrilling moments and stunning locations from the show. Showcasing a multitude of fascinating and beautifully rendered images and previously unpublished works of art, this collectible book contains the visual legacy of Game of Thrones and is a must-have for fans of the show.

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The Night’s Cast Episode 27: Summer School at the Citadel, Part 2

John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, at the Citadel. Photo: HBO

John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, at the Citadel. Photo: HBO

The Night’s Cast, the official podcast of Watchers on the Wall, is continuing our series of Westeros History 101 with another installment in Summer School at the Citadel — so if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with the talk behind the Game of Thrones spinoff in the works, which deals with a Westeros thousands of years older than what we saw in the original show, pick up a quill and have a seat!

Your co-maesters Petra, Samantha and Vanessa are back this week, talking about the Westerlands, the Reach, the Casterlys and early Lannisters, and some other things we may — or may not, it’s still all speculation at this point — see in the still-tentatively-titled Blood Moon.

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The podcast is available on iTunes and SoundCloud, and you can follow us on Twitter as well. Happy listening!

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Watchers on the Wall Awards Season 8: Best Supporting Actor – Preliminary Round

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So, a fun thing happens when you slaughter a good chunk of the cast before the final season of Game of Thrones– it really clears the decks when it comes time for fandom awards season. In all of our acting categories, the nominees are few and unified enough that we can go ahead and confirm the final nominations for all the performance categories. That is except for one, the category that is an absolute bloodbath every year due to an overabundance of talent. And that’s the one we’ll be voting on today- Best Supporting Actor!

But before the voting, Watchers on the Wall is happy to confirm the finalists for five categories. The nominees for Best Leading Actor are:

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
Kit Harington as Jon Snow
Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark

The nominees for Best Leading Actress are:

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark

The nominees for Best Supporting Actress are:

Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth
Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei
Bella Ramsey as Lyanna Mormont
Hannah Murray as Gilly

Our Guest Performer categories are also ready! For Best Guest Actress, our nominees are:

Laura Elphinstone as Nora (In “The Bells”)
Bea Glancy as Teela (In “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” and “The Long Night”)
Carice van Houten as Melisandre (In “The Long Night”)
Gemma Whelan as Yara Greyjoy (In “Winterfell”and “The Iron Throne”)

For Best Guest Actor, the nominees are:

Lino Facioli as Robin Arryn (In “The Iron Throne”)
Vladimir Furdik as the Night King (In “The Long Night”)
Harry Grasby as Ned Umber (In “Winterfell”)
Tobias Menzies as Edmure Tully (In “The Iron Throne”)
Marc Rissman as Harry Strickland (In “Winterfell” and “The  Bells”)

Voting on the above categories will take place with the final round, after we’ve completed the prelim round!

Now, onto Best Supporting Actor… please choose your five favorites from the preliminary poll. The preliminary round rules: Select up to FIVE nominees from the poll. You can choose fewer if you like, but you can’t choose more than 5. (Visit the initial WotW Awards post for a complete explanation of the rules and process.)

At the end of one week (Thursday 08/29/19 at 10PM Eastern Time), whichever five actors have the most votes will continue on to the finals. The results of the poll will be revealed when it’s time to choose the winner of Best Supporting Actor in a few weeks.

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George R.R. Martin says Game of Thrones could have gone ’13 seasons’; Funko prepares two new releases

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George R.R. Martin speaks at Dublin 2019: An Irish WorldCon last week.

Dublin 2019: An Irish WorldCon, the 77th World Science Fiction Convention, wrapped up just a few days ago in the Irish capital, and the creator of Westeros himself, George R.R. Martin, had been a prominent figure, attending events and giving interviews. It’s always nice to hear from the man who built the fictional world we love, especially when he’s offering interesting tidbits into things like his writing process and how he designed the shape of the fictional continent itself (spoiler: it’s just the map of Ireland turned upside down!).

As part of WorldCon and in conjunction with the Irish Film Institute, Martin gave an extension interview to the website Joe.ie, covering a wide range of questions about Game of Thrones, the prequels, the possibility of pitching his other series to HBO, and much more. The interview is a lengthy one, but some of the intriguing moments include:

In the show, is there an actor, or performance that best encapsulates the character as you envisioned them on the page when you were writing?

Well, that’s a hard question because you’re asking me who’s my favourite child! … They’re all great. You know, the one that was the easiest to cast — although it could have been the hardest to cast — was Tyrion. We never really looked at anyone besides Peter Dinklage. We auditioned no one else for that role.

What’s your ideal writing process like? I’m sure plenty of aspiring writers are curious about what it takes to reach your levels.

It’s different for every writer. I have friends who can write anywhere at anytime. … When I’m in my own place and office with my own computer, I can fall through the page. I can go to Westeros and be these characters. That’s what I need to write. Anything that disrupts that isolation and takes me out of that process, I don’t like that. I do my best work in the morning. I get up early and have a coffee and start to work. Even if I’ve got an appointment at 4 pm, that’s going to distract me at 11 am. Just the knowledge that I’ve to break off at 3:30 pm to make that 4 pm appointment throws me off.

When the show ended, you said you had ‘mixed feelings’ about it because in an ideal world, you wanted it to continue on for more seasons.

Yeah, I’ve got to finish my books. I said everything I had to say about that years ago. There’s enough material in the books that if they had included all of it, we could have gone for 13 seasons instead of eight. Really, we did seven-and-a-half seasons because the last two seasons were shortened. … Who knows? Maybe that was the right decision. You can’t quarrel with the most popular television show in the world, but I have my books in mind and I’m going ahead. I know I’m very slow, but I’ll get there eventually.

How are the prequels going? A few months ago you said that things are coming along nicely but since then, I believe Jane Goldman’s pilot has wrapped filming. That must be good news?

Jane Goldman’s show has wrapped up in Belfast. I just saw her in London, she’s deep in the throes of post-production. I hope to see a cut of it (the pilot) probably by early September.

And you said that there are three other shows are in various stages too? 

Well, we’re counting her’s as one of those shows, but there are two others that are still in the script stage.

There’s so much material in your back catalogue that’s perfect for adapting. What would you love to dip into and adapt – not HBO now or another studio – but what would you love to see made?

Any of the material in Fire and Blood. When I was going through that, there’s 20 novels there and at least a dozen TV shows if they want to make them. There will be equally as many in Fire and Blood: Part Two.

Again, the entire interview is much longer than we what summarized here, but definitely worth a read — you can find it in its entirety here.

Meanwhile, the Thrones merch train is making another stop! Two stops, actually, and both will be wonderful additions to anyone’s collection: Funko, maker of those adorable big-headed interpretations of our favorite fictional characters, will be offering new Hodor and Brienne Pop! figurines. Beware, though — both are kind of heart-breaking, albeit for different reasons.

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The “Lord Commander of the Kingsguard” Brienne is my favorite Brienne.

Hodor holding the door! Brienne as the knight (and Lord Commander of the Kingsguard) she deserves to be! It’s too early in the morning for me to be this teary-eyed. Funko didn’t release any additional information about when these two new Pops will be available or their price points, although website Entertainment Earth has the Hodor one listed at $24.99 with an estimated ship date of January 2020. Take that with a grain of salt, however, since it’s not from the official Funko source. I suggest signing up for Funko’s newsletter so you can get the news directly from them when these two beauties will be ready to take home.

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The Game of Thrones Spinoff’s Twisted Potential for Unreliable Storytellers – a video essay

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According to HBO, the highly anticipated Game of Thrones spinoff about the Long Night won’t be “the story we think we know,” which begs the question… why? In this video essay I discuss the spinoff’s potential to explore historical revisionism in Westeros and what sort of prequel that might create.

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What do you think? Are you hoping for a certain historical/legendary figure to feature in the spinoff? Tell us below.

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Alfie Allen chats about his Emmy nomination and the importance of talking about mental health

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In anticipation of the Emmy Awards next month, Alfie Allen spoke with Deadline and Gold Derby about his absolute shock at being nominated, the fan reaction to Theon’s story and the importance of talking about your problems.

In his interview with Deadline, Allen’s excitement for his first Emmy nomination was evident.  “For me, it’s dream stuff,” he said. “To be nominated alongside people I’ve spent eight, nine, ten years working with; it’s a dream.”

However, he admitted that part of the reason the nomination feels so gratifying is that it’s for playing a character who took him on such dark journey. “Theon was kind of hated. Reviled, in fact, might be the word,” he said.

“I was pouring my all into this character, and I would feel it at times, when I would enter rooms and people would give me a certain look,” he said. “It was like I was wearing a really bad outfit or something. That was testing, at times, without a shadow of a doubt.”

“Even up to the point of getting an Emmy nomination, this character did make me get inside my own head a lot, and there were dark, dark moments. To have fans give the character a pat on the back after all of it, and end it on a note of positivity for Theon, that feels nice.”

One unexpected benefit of the struggle to play Theon was that it got Allen to open up to friends about his problems and helped him realize the importance of addressing mental health issues directly.

“Gwendoline and Kit were the two people (everybody a little bit, but them most so) who were always willing to talk to me about that stuff. There’s a lot to be said about men’s mental health within Theon’s journey to Reek and back again.”

Indeed, Allen said he’d like to address mental health in his work moving forward.

“I’d love to try writing something,” he said. “I’ve always had an idea, again on the topic of men’s mental health, to look at the world of conventions, and make a really positive story set there … It’s about something larger I’m interested in, too, involving mental health, because that idea of the male ego and toxic masculinity, if we can talk about it a little more, and start a next generation without those kinds of ideals, I think that would be a good thing.

“I also have a nine-month-old daughter, so I’m going to try my best to show her that I talk about my problems, rather than projecting them on her. It was something I learned with Theon, where I shied away from talking about how hard it was, and how much I struggled with it. I think if we can just open up and talk about that, and allow ourselves to be more vulnerable, that’s the way forward.”


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Allen also spoke with Gold Derby editor Rob Licuria about Theon’s arc and his Emmy nomination, which he really, really, really was not expecting.

“I was just – I still am in shock. I wasn’t expecting it because all that had just kind of faded into  ridiculousness that that would even happen,” he said (at :58). “I’m not going to lie. When I first started Thrones there was a part of me that was like, ‘Maybe one day I’ll get an opportunity to be up for an award or something’ but all that faded into … [it] just definitely wasn’t going to happen … It wasn’t that I didn’t have any hope. It just wasn’t realistic. And so for it to happen, it’s just insane.”

Again, Allen expressed how gratifying it is that his long-suffering character ended the series with honor and redemption.

“Now that the character is in more of a positive light … to have that kind of turn around is nice because the fans feel that way about me and the character,” he said (at 10:00) “So, yeah, those dark moments do stay with you but the positive ones do as well.”

When asked about Theon’s arc and his quest for identity and redemption, Allen said he doesn’t think Theon found closure until his death scene.

“I think he only really comes full circle in those last moments, you know?” he said (at 10:52). “… And then, morbid as it may be, you know, that’s what they say, isn’t it? People have those struggles their whole life and if you don’t address them and try to do something about it and kind of take care of your mental health you’ll be on your death bed and realize these moments of clarity when you’ve only got so much of your life left. So, I think we all kind of owe it to ourselves to work through those things and, eh, not have an identity crisis.”

Lastly, Allen talked about how Game of Thrones has changed every aspect of his life. Interacting with fans, though, remains a positive experience for him.

“I’ve not really had any moments of weird fandom. If everyone’s nice I don’t mind, you know?” he said (at 15:47). “Obviously people have related to Theon’s trauma and his aspects of PTSD and I think it’s important that we just talk about that openly moving forward without a shadow of a doubt. It’s all just positive for me.”

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Johnnie Walker to release two new ‘Game of Thrones’ scotch whiskies!

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There’s something new to add to your Game of Thrones collection this August, thanks to Johnnie Walker.

You didn’t expect the Game of Thrones merch train to stop now that the series is over, did you? Not that we’re complaining — and with this most recent release, neither will memorabilia collectors and scotch connoisseurs who want to add to their liquor cabinets.

Johnnie Walker, in conjunction with HBO, will release two new scotch whiskies to the world “in honor of the enduring legacy of the critically acclaimed series,” according to a press release from the longtime scotch staple. The two limited edition blends, named A Song of Ice and A Song of Fire, are inspired by House Stark and House Targaryen, respectively, and are successors to the White Walker limited edition blend launched in 2018.

“Johnnie Walker and Game of Thrones are an epic pairing. There is as much for people to discover and explore within the world of whisky as there is within the world of the show,” said Sophie Kelly, Senior Vice President, Whiskies Diageo North America. “Each new blend brings to life a different profile of flavors — one crisp and clean, the other rich and spicy. We hope people enjoy trying both while reliving the series with friends.”

As “a nod to the complicated interactions between the two great houses in the show’s storyline,” Johnnie Walker’s iconic Striding Man logo uncharacteristically faces backwards on the A Song of Fire bottle, resulting in a face-off with the Striding Man on the A Song of Ice bottle when paired side-by-side.

A Song of Ice features single malts from Clynelish, one of Scotland’s most northern distilleries, and exudes a crisp, clean taste “like the unforgiving force of ice that shapes mountains and stops rivers,” according to the press release. The new blend has an ABV of 40.2% and the bottle design evokes an icy setting with frosted blue and gray colors inspired by the North, known for its cold winters and frozen landscapes. A Song of Fire, meanwhile, is rich and spicy, boasting flavors of subtle smoke from the peated malts of the Caol Ila distillery with an ABV of 40.8%. Inspired by the dragons of House Targaryen, feared for their fire breathing, the bottle design evokes a fiery setting with deep-red colors.

“We were very proud to partner with Johnnie Walker again to bring more whiskies to the realm. The Game of Thrones audience continues to both engage with the culture fostered around the series and look for the special collectibles that let it live on,” said Jeff Peters, Vice President, Licensing & Retail at HBO. “After seeing the excitement there was for White Walker by Johnnie Walker, we are thrilled to celebrate the end of an epic tale by offering more quality whisky for fans of the show and whisky enthusiasts to collect and enjoy.”

The new releases will both be available nationwide this August, and globally starting October 2019 wherever fine spirits are sold until supplies last.

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George R.R. Martin on celebrating fans’ reactions, and distancing himself from the internet

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As usual, it doesn’t take much for people to twist a Game of Thrones-related interview out of proportion these days. Frankly, I’ve seen a lot of outlets repurposing George R.R. Martin’s new interview with The Guardian into clickbaitish, misleading headlines. And that’s disappointing because it’s really a thoughtful and interesting discussion with the author who is frank about his relationship with his work, fandom and the inadvertent effect the show had on his process.

“I need more hours in the day and more days in the week and more months in the year because the time does seem to go very fast,” Martin admits to The Guardian.

There were a couple of years where, if I could have finished the book, I could have stayed ahead of the show for another couple of years, and the stress was enormous…I don’t think it was very good for me, because the very thing that should have speeded me up actually slowed me down. Every day I sat down to write and even if I had a good day – and a good day for me is three or four pages – I’d feel terrible because I’d be thinking: ‘My God, I have to finish the book. I’ve only written four pages when I should have written 40.’ But having the show finish is freeing, because I’m at my own pace now. I have good days and I have bad days and the stress is far less, although it’s still there… I’m sure that when I finish A Dream of Spring you’ll have to tether me to the Earth.

He’s also taken a step back from the internet because of Game of Thrones, and the possibility of fans influencing him. “At first I was very flattered and I’d go on message boards and think: ‘Oh, this is cool, they’re all really excited.’ But then I began to think: ‘No, I should really steer clear. I don’t like the fact that some people have figured things out that are correct, and I don’t like the fact that other people have figured out things that are wrong but that could influence me too.’ So I took myself out of all that and let fans have their theories, some of which are right and some of which are wrong. They’ll find out which when I finish.”

The author however appears to maintain a positive attitude toward fans and the massive emotional reactions generated by his work- and the show based on it. “I’m glad of the emotional reactions, whether to the books or the television show, because that’s what fiction is all about – emotion. If you want to make an intellectual argument or persuade someone, then write an essay or a piece of journalism, write nonfiction. Fiction… should feel as if you’re living these things when you read or watch them. If you’re so distanced by it that a character dies and you don’t care, then to an extent the author has failed.”

Visit The Guardian to read the original complete interview which covers much more and is worth the read!

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Watchers on the Wall Awards Season 8: Best Death Scene – Preliminary Round

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After a lengthy break between awards sessions, thanks to that Long Night between seasons, we’re thrilled to welcome everyone back to the Watchers on the Wall Awards! It’s time to kick off our awards preliminaries, Game of Thrones fans. As always, you the readers suggest the nominees for every category; we gather them up and knock ’em down with a couple rounds of polling, until we find the best of the best!

What do we say to the god of death? We say…good job! The final season of Game of Thrones was bloodthirsty, sending countless faves packing, so let’s start off our voting this year with a category sure to inspire some fun discussion: Best Death Scene.  Choose your five favorites from the preliminary poll!

That’s right, five! Our preliminary round rules: Select up to FIVE nominees from the poll. You can choose fewer if you like, but you can’t choose more than 5. (Visit the initial WotW Awards post for a complete explanation of the rules and process.)

At the end of one week (Saturday 08/25/19 at 4PM Eastern Time), whichever five death scenes have the most votes will continue on to the finals. The results of the poll will be revealed when it’s time to choose the winner of Best Death Scene in a few weeks.

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As always, these preliminary nominees came from Watchers on the Wall readers, and the winners lay entirely in your hands. Have fun, and thank you all for nominating and voting!

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Game of Thrones Quick Hits: The Road to the 2019 Emmys Interview Round-up!

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Emmys season is bringing out all the stars and technical wizards of Game of Thrones, for a round of new interviews. Gotta love it! Everything from the crown choices of Westeros to the creation of “The Long Night” is covered.  Here are the latest interviews featuring Sophie Turner, Carice van Houten, Gwendoline Christie, Alfie Allen, and more!

Best Supporting Actress nominee Sophie Turner speaks her mind in an interview with The Wrap, defending the writing of the show, and some of the final choices made. “The fans are incredible and so loyal, and we love them because of the fact that they’re so, so passionate. I cannot fault them there. But when people were saying that there was no effort, that the writers were terrible …The most effort was put into this final season.”

As for the decision to play Sansa’s brother Bran on the throne, she says, “I think it’s true what Tyrion was saying: Bran holds all of our stories, and we can’t move on unless we remember our history. Daeneyrs had to die. Cersei was a mad queen. Arya is too much of a free spirit. Sansa probably wouldn’t want to rule the seven kingdoms anyway — she wanted to stay in the North and defend the North. I really think Bran might be the perfect person for the job.”

But Turner has her dream ending, which she shares with The Wrap.I thought Arya would kill Cersei. And I would like to have seen Sansa and Cersei reunited, or Arya and Cersei. But there were so many ways the story could have turned out. I felt very passionately about the ending for Sansa, and I was very happy with the ending that turned out for her.”

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The Hollywood Reporter talks to GoT’s sound supervisor and sound designer in their piece examining several nominated shows. “The biggest challenge was keeping the battle interesting and dynamic,” sound supervisor Tim Kimmel tells THR about “The Long Night”, the episode featuring his nominated work. “The scene where the Army of the Dead breach the fire trench and start to climb the walls of the castle to attack was particularly challenging. There were so many layers — with vocals and movement, bows and flaming arrows, weapons and body movement and falls — that keeping it all properly detailed and organized for the mixers to do their job took a lot of time and patience.” Sound designer Paula Fairfield tells them “a pass of weather-related sounds such as wind and rain contributed to a sense of disorientation.”

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“The Long Night” was a big moment for Carice van Houten as well. It marked her triumpghant return and death. The actress speaks to The Wrap about her death. “I was very, very happy with my ending. It gave me goosebumps when I read it, and it was the same when I saw it on screen. I thought it was a very elegant, beautiful ending to a bombastic, dark, violent episode.”

Any regrets? She tells The Wrap, “I would have loved to have some sort of little scene with Cersei. I’m so curious what would have happened if those two women got together. That would have been an interesting meeting.”

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Debate the success of the final season all you want, but you can’t deny the VFX was amazing. Joe Bauer, the show’s lead VFX supervisor talks to Indiewire about the creation of the devastating Battle of King’s Landing, explaining that “[A]fter seven years of building out the physical and sometimes emotional world of ‘Thrones’ through use of visual effects, in ‘The Bells,’ it was time to add an exclamation point…Our brains registered a level of shock when reading the script pages. Now our world building methods would be used to un-build, to de-construct.”

“Unleashing the full, almost Godzilla-like force of Drogon on a rampage was a thrill,” Bauer says, “but what it meant weighed heavily on us: Dany would never again represent hope for a better world. Finally she could not escape her own blood line. Heavy stuff. The city had to be leveled, and we had a single dragon to execute the carnage. And that took some backward engineering.”

Read the full piece at Indiewire for details on how it all came to life!

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THR also talks to Thrones editor Tim Porter about his nominated work in “The Long Night” which offers insight into the show’s motives in what they want us to see and feel.   He describes the episode as “three acts” with one to build tension, the second full of action, and then the third “slowing down… with Ramin Djawadi’s amazing score synthesizing the intercut of the Night King’s entrance and our heroes fighting for their lives and ultimately Arya’s arrival and her slaying of the Night King.”

He explains, “As there were so many characters fighting different battles, we were trying to make sure that we weren’t away from each beat for too long, keeping the characters under pressure and the audience involved with their plight. All except for Arya, we wanted to lose her, to take the focus off where she was, and what she was doing, until we see her entrance into the Godswood to save the day.”

He takes us inside the incredibly tense and tightly edited library scene as well- read about it at THR!

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And finally, from The Wrap’s Emmy series, Gwendoline Christe and Alfie Allen, among others, weigh in on their characters and Emmy noms. Christie address complaints  about Brienne crying when Jaime left her, saying, “I was incredibly pleased to have that moment, because I think we see that Brienne has allowed herself to love someone. I don’t think there should be any thought that loving someone and being in pain when that person leaves her should be painted as a weakness, ever. She showed strength in every different area. Why shouldn’t she be allowed to be devastated?

As for Allen submitting himself for Emmy consideration, he admits he did so, because he “had people advising me to do it, and it felt right. I really don’t know how the mechanics work, but it felt like the right time to do it. But I had no expectations whatsoever.” As for Theon’s and the show’s conclusion, he says, “Some people weren’t satisfied with how it ended, but it’s the same with a lot of these TV shows. But in terms of the arc of Theon, I hope people were happy with it. On the day I felt happy with it, and when I got to see it, I was thankful that Dan and David had given me that kind of stuff to do.”

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HBO and Insight Editions release sneak peek of “Game of Thrones: The Costumes”

Game of Thrones: The Costumes coverIf you’ve ever dreamed of flipping through a weighty volume of detailed photographs and sketches of Game of Thrones‘ gorgeous costumes and reading the brilliant insights of the show’s costume designer, Michele Clapton … well, your dreams really do come true, sometimes.

HBO and Insight Editions have released a sneak peek of the fourth installment of their 2019 publishing program, Game of Thrones: The Costumes. By all accounts it is everything a Westerosi fashion aficionado could ever want.

From the practical, layered fabrics of Winterfell to the finery of King’s Landing, the costumes of Game of Thrones play an integral part in transporting viewers to the land of Westeros and beyond. Game of Thrones: The Costumes, written by Michele Clapton and Gina McIntyre, celebrates the incredible artistry involved in creating each outfit, with beautifully detailed photographs of the costumes and behind-the-scenes details.

Feast your eyes …

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Game of Thrones: The Costumes will be released on November 12th and priced at $75.00. The other three books in HBO and Insight Editions 2019 publishing program are:

  • Game of Thrones: The Storyboards (Spring 2019, $60), Art by William Simpson, lead storyboard artist for Game of Thrones; Written by Michael Kogge
  • The Art of Game of Thrones (Fall 2019, $75.00), Written by Jody Revenson and Deborah Riley
  • The Photography of Game of Thrones (Fall 2019, $75.00), Photography by Helen Sloan, principal unit photographer for Game of Thrones; Written by Michael Kogge.

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The Night’s Cast Episode 26: Summer School at the Citadel, Part 1

John Bradley as Samwell Tarly. Photo: HBO

John Bradley as Samwell Tarly. Photo: HBO

Feeling a little lost with all the prequel talk of “the Age of Heroes” and other Westeros history? Have no idea who Lann the Clever is? Why does that Stark sigil we glimpsed from the set look different? Not to worry — school is in session!

The Night’s Cast, the official podcast of Watchers on the Wall, is your visiting maester for a couple of episodes we’re calling Summer School at the Citadel, in which we dive into any and all Westeros (and some Essos) history that might be relevant to the upcoming spinoff. This week, join Vanessa, Petra and Samantha for lesson number one on the Dawn Age, early Starks and more.

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The podcast is available on iTunes and SoundCloud, and you can follow us on Twitter as well. Happy listening!

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Director Miguel Sapochnik discusses his Emmy nominated episode; George R.R. Martin on the unexpected success of Game of Thrones

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The Emmys will be awarded next month, and Game of Thrones is well positioned to take home a considerable number of trophies with its historic 32 nominations. Miguel Sapochnik has an excellent chance at winning in the Outstanding Directing category for “The Long Night,” having previously won in 2016 for “Battle of the Bastards.” In a new interview with The Hollywood ReporterSapochnik shares some of the behind the scenes work involved in bringing the battle of Winterfell to life.

In addition to enduring 55 grueling nights of shooting in adverse weather, Sapochnik admits he “questioned everything, and we worked long and hard to find the right balance of credibility versus wish fulfillment. Then we shot it and reshot it and found that what was really important was rhythm.”

He addresses the decision to have Arya leap from nowhere when attacking the Night King, saying, “At one point there was an elaborate plan to have her fight her way into the weirwood forest, but as we progressed we realized she’d already done that earlier in the episode, so it felt like a repeat. In the end we felt it didn’t matter how she got there — what mattered was setting up that moment when the Night King catches her mid-leap and we think she’s done for, then she pulls her knife switch and takes him out. I loved Maisie’s performance post the takedown as well, sharing a moment with her brother, Bran. That weary smile. ‘Not today.’”

Whether he takes home the Emmy or not, Sapochnik will  forever be grateful for his experience working on Thrones. “It’s been the opportunity of a lifetime. I made a lot of friends. I worked with the best actors, crew, producers and showrunners I’ve ever worked with. I got to know the people of Northern Ireland and learned about their history. I had an experience that I would never have had otherwise, and I can take that with me to every project I do.” Here’s hoping he gets rewarded with a win for his incredibly hard work on “The Long Night.”

George R.R. Martin

Author George R.R. Martin is currently in Ireland for Worldcon, and while he didn’t address his progress on The Winds of Winter (shocking) he did speak to The Irish Times about the phenomenonal popularity of his A Song of Ice and Fire novels and the Game of Thrones television show. Martin admitted there is always an uncertainty about how well a project will be received. “You never know with either books or television. I had a book about 10 years before, The Armageddon Rag, a rock-and-roll book…It was going to be a bestseller, and it died totally. It almost destroyed my career.”

“It’s not a bad book – why did it sell so poorly? Why did Game of Thrones sell so well?…If people knew what would work, they would do it all the time.” He added that no one can anticipate what will succeed, saying, “[Game of Thrones] became the most popular television show in the world. When it started David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss], the showrunners, I remember them saying, ‘Well, let’s hope we can get three seasons, so we can get to at least the Red Wedding. Obviously, we got more than that.”

Martin also explained that while popularity and success is nice, it’s not what’s most important to him. “When an actor finishes a play they come out for the curtain call and the applause. The check is not enough. I want to know what people think of it. Maybe they’re going to throw fruit, or maybe they’re going to give you a standing ovation. You never know, but you’ve got to get it out before people, right?”

Read the rest – including his thoughts on genre fiction and fandom – here.

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Creators of Game of Thrones, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Sign Global Deal with Netflix

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From the masterminds who brought you eight seasons of Game of Thrones come, well we’re not sure just yet! News recently broke that David Benioff and D. B. Weiss (known mostly as David and Dan round these parts) have officially signed their next global deal. After a lengthy courting process which included bidders from Comcast, Disney, Amazon, and Apple, they ultimately set their sights and signed their pens with the hottest ticket in global TV. No, it wasn’t with HBO, though you’d certainly not be wrong for guessing that, given their decade-long recently concluded residence at the WarnerMedia-owned hub. It would appear that they have ultimately decided to take up residency at Netflix. So what’s cooking for them over at the ‘ol streaming site? Let’s see if we can figure that out…

We’ve had a beautiful run with HBO for more than a decade and we’re grateful to everyone there for always making us feel at home. Over the past few months we’ve spent many hours talking to Cindy Holland and Peter Friedlander, as well as Ted Sarandos and Scott Stuber. We remember the same shots from the same ‘80s movies; we love the same books; we’re excited about the same storytelling possibilities. Netflix has built something astounding and unprecedented, and we’re honored they invited us to join them.

Sources tell Deadline that David and Dan’s deal might be in the 9-figure range, worth as much as $300 million, and rumored to span 5 years. So this begs the question: Is that 5 years’ worth of varied content? Or 5 seasons of a single show? We don’t have too much to go off of. Over the last couple of years, Netflix has pooled its money behind major talents such as Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy, but each of them is well known for producing multiple shows on television, often overseeing them from afar, with no more than an executive producer credit slapped on to many episodes of their shows. That’s not to say that their mark is any less evident, but I want to specify that it’s not an apples to apples comparison if we’re using this to try and figure out what David and Dan are up to. D&D were not just executive producers, but the writers, showrunners, and even sometimes directors of GOT, so this could suggest that the rumored $300 million is more than likely to be for one show they can focus their attention on. Would it be another high fantasy to compete with the HBO’s upcoming GOT spinoff, Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings or Wheel of Time, or Showtime’s upcoming Kingkiller Chronicles, or one of the other 800 zillion other ‘high fantasy prestige drama’ that are innumerably upcoming? Who knows?

We do know a few things, however. We know that D&D will have their time occupied for quite a while, given the next Star Wars movie following this December’s Episode IX will be theirs, and also that it will be the first of a trilogy. So this begs the question of how involved they will be able to get with their Netflix project(s). Amidst all this speculation, my ultimate guess is that they will fall into the aforementioned roles of overall executive producers, where they will oversee multiple projects, and won’t have to spend day to day on any one set (other than their Star Wars trilogy, where I expect them to fully be in charge).

Of course, your guess is as good as mine, and I’d love to hear what it is. What say you?

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Gwendoline Christie on the Road to her Emmy Nomination, Naomi Watts Isn’t Allowed to Say Anything About Game of Thrones Spinoff

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We’re in that ‘between’ phase, Game of Thrones fans. We’re currently between the Emmy nominations list, and the final Emmy awards in which GOT is eligible (and has beaten its own nomination record.) We’re between the end of GOT, and the start date of whenever the spinoff decides to debut. We’re between the debut of the final list of our eligible season 8 WOTW nominees, and the reveal of which of those nominees will be announced on nomination night. Amidst all this, news of the spinoff, or lack thereof, whose pilot recently concluded filming, has been rather sparse, so we’re always on the look for news to report about the spinoff or our dearly departed GOT itself. And right now, it looks to be an interview with the always exciting Gwendoline Christie on her road through Brienne’s arc, and some words of wisdom from a very tight-lipped Naomi Watts, on spoilers from the upcoming spinoff. Read on to check them out!

Gwen sat down with Hollywood Reporter to walk them through her identification with the character of Brienne: “I felt that my experiences as a woman, with the way that I look, and [the feeling that] my experiences of life somehow weren’t relevant and didn’t have a place, and somehow didn’t mean success. All I knew was I had an extreme emotional connection to her. I wanted to play this part because, for me as an actor, I felt like this was a character with something to say, that allowed me to speak my truth.” After revealing that she had told no one other than her partner about her self-submitted Emmy nomination, her reaction was: “I was in a taxi on my way to work, to the theater, where I’m doing a play at the moment. The phone rang, and it was my publicist. When they said I’d been nominated — well, let me tell you, I experienced every single emotion known to man.”

We all know that Gwen was a powerhouse from the day we first saw her take off Brienne’s helmet in season 2, but even more impressive was Gwen’s portrayal of the character from beginning to end: “We saw a woman who wanted to be a member of the Kingsguard, and she ends up being not just a member of the Kingsguard, but ends up as the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. She also allows herself the opportunity to have a sexual experience, which is her choosing. She takes responsibility for any potential outcomes of it. She allows herself to be vulnerable and emotional.” Gwen is also aware of the importance Brienne has to influence the industry, in terms of the way future roles are portrayed: “I will say women often find it difficult to put themselves forward, and maybe that’s what we need to take the courage to do in order to see a greater diversity in the world. We can empower ourselves by putting ourselves forward for something we never believe is going to happen.”

Meanwhile, Naomi Watts, in an interview with Net-A-Porter dished on her mysterious new character in the upcoming spinoff, or what she’s allowed to tell us at any rate (hint: nothing): “I am literally not allowed to say anything about it…I didn’t start watching [Game of Thrones] until I was approached about this job…But my brother [photographer Ben Watts], who is heavily into it, told me, ‘Under no circumstances are you going to turn this down.’” Following this, she immediately binged seasons 1-7 of GOT, and then presumably watched season 8 in real-time along with all of us. However, she fears that in spite of her already famous persona, the hype train that follows GOT might just increase her public profile: “I still have fears about that…I don’t really know what to prepare for.”

Unfortunately, she doesn’t have much more to say for the time being about the contents of the mysterious GOT spinoff, but in the meantime, head over and check out the rest of the interview to hear Naomi talk more about her journey as a woman through a difficult industry. Additionally, you can check out the rest of the interview with Gwendoline Christie – she had a bunch of awesome things to say about Brienne and women in the industry as well.

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Gwendoline Christie on the Road to her Emmy Nomination, Naomi Watts Teases Game of Thrones Spinoff

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We’re in that ‘between’ phase, Game of Thrones fans. We’re currently between the Emmy nominations list, and the final Emmy awards in which GOT is eligible (and has beaten its own nomination record.) We’re between the end of GOT, and the start date of whenever the spinoff decides to debut. We’re between the debut of the final list of our eligible season 8 WOTW nominees, and the reveal of which of those nominees will be announced on nomination night. Amidst all this, news of the spinoff, or lack thereof, whose pilot recently concluded filming, has been rather sparse, so we’re always on the look for news to report about the spinoff or our dearly departed GOT itself. And right now, it looks to be an interview with the always exciting Gwendoline Christie on her road through Brienne’s arc, and some words of wisdom from a very tight-lipped Naomi Watts, on spoilers from the upcoming spinoff. Read on to check them out!

Gwen sat down with Hollywood Reporter to walk them through her identification with the character of Brienne: “I felt that my experiences as a woman, with the way that I look, and [the feeling that] my experiences of life somehow weren’t relevant and didn’t have a place, and somehow didn’t mean success. All I knew was I had an extreme emotional connection to her. I wanted to play this part because, for me as an actor, I felt like this was a character with something to say, that allowed me to speak my truth.” After revealing that she had told no one other than her partner about her self-submitted Emmy nomination, her reaction was: “I was in a taxi on my way to work, to the theater, where I’m doing a play at the moment. The phone rang, and it was my publicist. When they said I’d been nominated — well, let me tell you, I experienced every single emotion known to man.”

We all know that Gwen was a powerhouse from the day we first saw her take off Brienne’s helmet in season 2, but even more impressive was Gwen’s portrayal of the character from beginning to end: “We saw a woman who wanted to be a member of the Kingsguard, and she ends up being not just a member of the Kingsguard, but ends up as the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. She also allows herself the opportunity to have a sexual experience, which is her choosing. She takes responsibility for any potential outcomes of it. She allows herself to be vulnerable and emotional.” Gwen is also aware of the importance Brienne has to influence the industry, in terms of the way future roles are portrayed: “I will say women often find it difficult to put themselves forward, and maybe that’s what we need to take the courage to do in order to see a greater diversity in the world. We can empower ourselves by putting ourselves forward for something we never believe is going to happen.”

Meanwhile, a couple of weeks ago, Naomi Watts dished on her mysterious new character in the upcoming spinoff, and dropped this absolute BOMBSHELL on late night:

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Woof. That’s a load to take in. I’m not sure I can handle that many spoilers at once. Gotta cool down for a moment. While I sit and process all that information, check out the rest of the interview with Gwendoline Christie – she had a bunch of awesome things to say about Brienne and women in the industry, in general.

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The 2019 Watchers On The Wall Awards: Now accepting nominations for the final season of Game of Thrones!

WOTW AWARDS EASON 8It’s time for the 2019 edition of the Watchers on the Wall Awards, celebrating the best of the best for Game of Thrones! After every new season, GoT fans around the world nominate and choose their favorites from the latest season, from performances to dialogue and beyond. It’s up to you all to decide, and it starts now! What were your favorites of the final season?

First up, how does it work? The initial suggestions for nominees in every award category come from you! Fans and run-off voting determine which top five nominees win the final nomination in their category. The final five battle it out in each category, with readers choosing our ultimate season 8 winners. Eventually, after the voting for every category is finished, we will announce the winners in a live Watchers on the Wall Awards video ceremony packed with fun and giveaways!

For a more detailed (yes, boring) explanation of the process, jump to the Rules & Process wayyyy below.

Let’s get to it! The 2019 categories are:

Best Episode: You do NOT need to make any nominations in this category- all six episodes of season 8 go into the category final!

Your favorite leading performers, the ones who hold up the show and their storylines:

Best Leading Actress

Best Leading Actor

The supporting categories, suitable for regular/recurring Game of Thrones actors who support the leads:

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actress

It’s not always easy to decide who is a lead and who is a supporting actor on GoT, since this can change between seasons and not everyone agrees on which actor/character belongs where. We’ll use your votes as our way of deciding, with factors such as screentime to help, should there be ties.

Best Guest Actor

Best Guest Actress

Next are the guest categories, for the short-term scene-stealers who steal your attention with a limited amount of screen time. Who qualifies for this? Actors and actresses with credited appearances in 1 or 2 episodes in Season 8. *Check the performer’s credits on IMDB if you’re uncertain if they qualify. Anything longer and they’re not a guest, because it’s a short season! People nominated for this who don’t qualify will be dropped into the Best Supporting pool of potential nominations.*

We also have:

Best New Costume! Celebrating the incredible costume design work of Game of Thrones, in this category you’ll nominate your favorite new costumes from season 8! (This is one category, not divided by gender.)

Next: our quote categories celebrate the best of the words in season 8, and the dialogue’s delivery! These categories are:

All-Around Best Quote: the most brilliant and memorable quotes from the final season of Game of Thrones.

Funniest Quote: A funny/clever line of dialogue or short exchange that you find humorous.

Best Speech: what it says on the tin.

We love to award great individual scenes throughout the season, not just the Best Episode ,so we have several types:

Best Visual Effects Scene: There are many to choose from, so think long and hard. Nominate the scene that you think best demonstrated the show’s Emmy-winning effects. Be specific (not just episode titles or battle names, because battles take up half the episode sometimes) about the scene you’re choosing!

Best Death Scene: There is only one god, and his name is Death. Choose your favorite death scene from the carnage-filled final season.

Funniest Scene: An entire scene that tickles your funny bone the most.

Best Dramatic Scene: the one scene with the greatest dramatic moments of the year- heartbreaking or terrifying or exhilarating. The very best of Game of Thrones.

Action categories can present some difficulty in categorization! So we have two distinct categories- one for smaller-scale fights and skirmishes, and one for the big episode-consuming battles.

Best Fight: smaller-scale fights, 1 on 1, small groups, etc.

Best Battle: large-scale battles

As always, try to be specific! But if you’re not sure which category your choice belongs in, nominate the scene you have in mind anyway and we’ll figure it out where it belongs. It’s all in good fun! In this first stage, we want to get as much input as possible and people hate getting to the final stage and realizing their favorite scene or actor was never even nominated for something because no one remembered it/them.

Post your list of nominees in comments below, with the categories/nominees clearly labeled. You’re permitted to submit more than one nominee per category in this initial submission process. Go on and have fun, and have your choices in by Monday, August 12th, at 12PM Eastern Time!

For our newer readers, here is the complete run-down. #1 is especially important as it pertains to the nominating starting today!

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The Rules & Process

Phase 1- Initial Gathering of Nominees: Please submit your nominees ONLY in the Comments section below. Please make your nominations with the categories they’re for clearly labeled in Comments.

You may use more than one post, as many as you need, or if you decide to add more nominations at a later time, that’s fine. You may nominate more than one performer or scene for an award in this initial submission-gathering process!

People have very different opinions on whether an actor is supporting or lead, so it’s important to label your nominations carefully! Ultimately, a performer can win a best actor/supporting nomination in only one category, and it will be in the one in which they gained the most votes. Using the submission ballots, storylines and season 8 screen time as a guide, the determination of placing a performer into lead versus supporting will ultimately be at WotW’s discretion.


Phase 2- First round Preliminary Poll: After everyone has posted their nomination submissions, the pool of info will be sorted into categories by the WotW staff. Each category will then have a run-off poll. The top five vote-getters in each category win the nominations.

There may be some categories where they aren’t five noms to begin with. They’ll skip this round and go right to phase 3.


Phase 3- Final Round Voting: A second round of polls will determine the winner of each finalized category.


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The winners of the Watchers on the Wall Awards will be announced all at once in a live party, on a date to be determined in the near future!

We’ll keep these comments open until Monday, August 12th, at 12PM Eastern Time to accept initial nominations.  We’ll count up and sort the votes, and soon after that, we’ll start the preliminary voting polls.

Put your thinking helms on and get to nominating!

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