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Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones ensemble cast, Deborah Riley, Michele Clapton nominated by their guilds for Season 8

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The end (of the year) is nigh and that means only one thing: we’re one more year closer to extinction–and after the apocalypse, A Dream of Spring will finally be released. Oh, and I guess the end of the year also means it’s award season! The final year of Game of Thrones may have been controversial to say the least, but it was also a monumental achievement of television and the various filmmaking guilds are acknowledging that hard work, including the Art Directors Guild, Costume Designers Guild and Screen Actors Guild.

This past Monday the Art Directors Guild nominated production Deborah Riley for her magnificent work in the final season, specifically for “The Bells,” in the category of “One Hour Period or Fantasy Single-Camera Series.” The explosive episode’s (also explosive) production design goes up against Bo Welch’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Martin Childs’ The Crown, Andrew L Jones’s The Mandalorian, and Bill Groom’s The Marvelous Mrs. Meisel. The winner will be revealed on February 1, 2020.

I probably don’t need to remind you this penultimate episode included the Red Keep’s crumbling stairway where the Clegane brothers battle it out and, most prominently, an immense recreation of the streets of King’s Landing in the midst of fire and blood, based on the architecture of Dubrovnik, the Croatian city most commonly used to depict the capital of the Seven Kingdoms. The work of Riley and her team was so good, in fact, that so many watchers at home understandably didn’t realize the streets we saw were a built set, but I assure you it was a thing to behold:

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Riley is nominated alongside her team: supervising art director Paul Ghirardani; art directors Philip Elton, Hauke Richter, Nick Wilkinson, and Harry Pain; standby art Directors Mark Lowry and Rachel Aulton; senior draughtsman Brendan Rankin; draughtsmen Owen Black and Jamie Shakespeare; junior draughtsman Grace-Anna Hay; concept artists Kieran Belshaw, Philipp Scherer, Daniel Blackmore, Ulrich Zeidler, and Jessica Sinclair; graphic designers Jim Stanes and Rhiannon Fraser; scenic artists David Packard and Thomas Kirkwood; and set decorator Rob Cameron.

Interestingly, the nomination is accompanied by a design presentation document that shows not only their extensive King’s Landing work on “The Bells” but the major expansions of Winterfell for the final season, in pretty great detail:

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When one sees what went into designing and buildings these gigantic, modular sets, one begins to appreciate a fraction of the work that goes into this job. I closely followed the construction of the new Winterfell and King’s Landing sets since their inception during the eighth season’s production, and even I was amazed by the end result–or perhaps I was so amazed precisely because I saw the kind of time and resources it took to make it all real. Whatever the case may be, and whatever you think of the final season, I hope you can appreciate Deborah Riley’s and her team’s hard work and we can all together hope for them to win this Art Directors Guild award.

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Next day–yesterday, that is– the Costume Designers Guild presented, as per Deadline, their own award nominees, which of course included Game of Thrones‘ perennial costume designer Michele Clapton and her work on the series finale in particular, “The Iron Throne.” Nominated for the “Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television” CDG award, she is competing with Joyce Schure for Carnival Row’s “Aisling”, Natalie Bronfman for The Handmaid’s Tale’s “Household”, Cynthia Summers for A Series of Unfortunate Events’ “Penultimate Peril: Part 2”, and Sharen Davis for Watchmen’s “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice.”

There is little doubt why “The Iron Throne” was chosen to stand for Clapton’s work in season eight. All of it had marvelous work, especially in regards to Daenerys and Sansa’s amazing costumes, but “The Iron Throne” featured Sansa’s coronation dress (for which you can still vote –amongst others– in our own Best Costume award.)

I would say it’s the perfect costume for Sansa’s coronation as Queen in the North–with the quintessential Northern design mixed with all the people who inspired her, all of it with Sansa’s own flair–, but don’t let a costuming ignoramous like me explain it to you; instead, go read professional fashion designer Hogan McLaughlin’s final “Game of Threads” piece here at Watchers on the Wall. It truly is a work of art, and it holds a special place in the show’s history (and in Michele Clapton’s heart, reportedly) as her own hands are seen on-screen helping Sansa put it on, in one of the show’s final scenes.

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Last but not least, today the Screen Actors Guild released their nominees for their 26th annual awards, and Peter Dinklage was among them in the ‘Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series’ category. The other nominees were Sterling K. Brown for This Is Us, Steve Carell and Billy Crudup for The Morning Show, and David Harbour for Stranger Things.

Dinklage has always been an awards-favorite, especially compared to his sometimes undervalued Thrones co-stars, as it’s so difficult to stand out in such an ensemble show. Nevertheless, Dinklage’s Tyrion gets to shine on awards season one last time, adding this SAGA nomination to his long list of nominations and wins. He may not have been the standout protagonist of season eight, as he was in seasons two and four especially (for which he didn’t get so many awards, funnily enough), but Dinklage still delivered an excellent performance, particularly in the series finale.

Remember what I mentioned about standing out in an ensemble? Thankfully, the SAG Awards account for that with the ‘Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series’ award, for which Game of Thrones‘s entire main and recurring cast was nominated: Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Pilou Asbæk (Euron Greyjoy), Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Ben Crompton (Dolorous Edd), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Joe Dempsie (Gendry Baratheon), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Richard Dormer (Beric Dondarrion), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Jerome Flynn (Bronn of the Blackwater), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), Conleth Hill (Varys), Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane), Rory McCann (Sandor ‘the Hound’ Clegane), Hannah Murray (Gilly), Staz Nair (Qhono), Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne), Bella Ramsey (Lyanna Mormont), Richard Rycroft (Maester Wolkan), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Rupert Vansittart (Yohn Royce), and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark.)

When competing for a lead actor award, it’s easy to see how Game of Thrones may lag behind, as it just doesn’t have the time to dedicate to a single actor or character that other shows do, but this kind of ensemble cast award appears to be tailor-made for this show, so I really hope it wins. The cast did magnificent work this final season, and it deserves to be rewarded. The other nominees are no slouches, though, with the ensemble casts of Big Little Lies, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Stranger Things all competing for the big shared prize.

Finally, there is the ‘Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series’, in which Game of Thrones is up against Glow, Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, and Watchmen. I’ve watched all of these shows, and there’s some incredible stunt acting in all of them, but–pardon my bias–I can’t see how the Game of Thrones stunt team doesn’t go home with this award. Some truly remarkable (and record-breaking) stunts were performed in this final season.


While we’re in this awards spirit: TVLine included Jaime and Brienne’s sex scene in its list of sexiest TV scenes of 2019, pointing out they are “happy to pretend that Jaime and Brienne’s story ended after Ser Jaime introduced his Oathkeeper to her maidenhead, and they lived happily ever after”. Jorah’s death in defense of his queen also made the cut in their list of the year’s best TV deaths. Here I Stand!

Before you go–this time really last but probably also least–The Wrap reports that Game of Thrones was the most tweeted TV show of 2019. A dubious honor, to put it mildly, but it does reflect how much of a cultural juggernaut the show had become by its final season.

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“Loner Throner” Kit Harington on Being the Sole Game of Thrones Golden Globe Nomination

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Winter may still be yet to come, but Game of Thrones continues its awards demolition, whatever the season (of Earth or of television). However, among the plethora of awards shows, the Golden Globes have never really been GOT’s jam. While it’s been fairly regularly nominated for best series, its history of actor nominees record few and far between nominations. Season 5 and season 7 only received nominations for best TV drama, and season 6 received nominations for best TV drama as well as Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) for best supporting actress – TV. Prior to that, the ONLY other actor ever nominated for a globe was Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), for best supporting actor – TV. So, Kit Harington (Jon Snow) being the only nominee for GOT this year, acting or otherwise, is no small feat, and one of which he should be proud. Well, it just so happens that he is.

“I’m the ‘loner Throner,’ it seems…I just imagine myself sitting down at a table all by myself as the ‘loner Throner!’” Kit tells the Hollywood Reporter. Speaking of sitting down at a table, it turns out that’s where he was when he found out about the nomination, blissfully unaware that an announcement was even being made: “I didn’t expect to be nominated[.] I thought the show might be, but I was just at home, learning lines, and then my publicists called. It was very unexpected and wonderful.”

Now, before the hoity toity “See, I told you even he didn’t care about season 8!” backlash rolls in, I’ll let you know that Kit does not waver in his defense of the show and his character: “We spent a lot of years with this thing [GOT]. Obviously, I dearly loved it. I loved every moment of it. I loved the character. It’s a weird feeling, but I feel kind of happy for him, the character, if that makes sense.”

Ok, fine, but…surely Kit couldn’t have loved the ending, right?

“For me, that’s the perfect ending for him…It’s where I wanted him to be. I didn’t want him on the throne, and I didn’t want him to be dead. I wanted him to be in the North, where he belongs. My feeling is where he ended in the show is exactly where he should have ended. There was a full-circledness to it. This [nomination] feels full circle, too. It’s a lovely way to say goodbye to the character. It’s a lovely way to say goodbye to the show. It’s perfect, in my book.”

The Golden Globes will be hosted by Ricky Gervais, and air Sunday January 5th on NBC.

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Kit Harington gets Golden Globes nomination for Game of Thrones Season 8!

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The 77th Golden Globe Awards will be celebrated this coming January 5, which means the nominations were revealed today, just four weeks before the event. Game of Thrones never sweeps at the Golden Globes as it does at the Emmys, but the show did get a key nomination: Kit Harington!

Nominated for the ‘Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama Television Series’ category, Harington is accompanied by stiff competition: Brian Cox for Succession; Rami Malek for Mr. Robot; Game of Thrones‘ own Edmure Tully, Tobias Menzies, for The Crown; and Billy Porter for Pose.

This time Game of Thrones didn’t get any nominations for Best Actress (with, say, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, or the many other likely candidates), which is business as usual; Lena Headey was the only Thrones actress to ever be nominated, back in 2017. As for Best Drama Series nods, the show’s gotten them in the past, but it’s never been consistent: it got none for seasons two or three, and it’s never won. In fact, the HBO show only ever won anything at the Golden Globes back in 2012, when Peter Dinklage went home with the Best Drama Actor award for the first season.

With this track-record and the impressive competition, Harington’s chances for winning on January 5 don’t look stellar, but we can hope, and we certainly congratulate him for the nomination alone!

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Game of Thrones scores 4 Critics’ Choices Awards nominations!

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Nominations were announced today for the 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards, and Game of Thrones performed well, pulling in four nominations for the final season of the show. The winners will be announced live on The CW network Sunday, January 12th, 2020, in a gala ceremony at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA. The event will be hosted by Taye Diggs, and broadcast live 7:00 – 10:00 pm ET.

The nominations for Game of Thrones are:

Best Drama Series

The Crown (Netflix)
David Makes Man (OWN)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
Pose (FX)
Succession (HBO)
This Is Us (NBC)
Watchmen (HBO)

Best Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us (NBC)
Mike Colter – Evil (CBS)
Paul Giamatti – Billions (Showtime)
Kit Harington – Game of Thrones (HBO)
Freddie Highmore – The Good Doctor (ABC)
Tobias Menzies – The Crown (Netflix)
Billy Porter – Pose (FX)
Jeremy Strong – Succession (HBO)

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Asante Blackk – This Is Us (NBC)
Billy Crudup – The Morning Show (Apple)
Asia Kate Dillon – Billions (Showtime)
Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones (HBO)
Justin Hartley – This Is Us (NBC)
Delroy Lindo – The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
Tim Blake Nelson – Watchmen (HBO)

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Helena Bonham Carter – The Crown (Netflix)
Gwendoline Christie – Game of Thrones (HBO)
Laura Dern – Big Little Lies (HBO)
Audra McDonald – The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
Jean Smart – Watchmen (HBO)
Meryl Streep – Big Little Lies (HBO)
Susan Kelechi Watson – This Is Us (NBC)

Congratulations to Kit, Peter and Gwendoline! Christie reacted to the news on Instagram in typically exuberant fashion, complimenting her fellow performers and showing gratitude for the nom.

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Tune into the CW in January to see if Game of Thrones wins!

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John Bradley got so into character during GoT that Sam’s anxiety became all too real

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As a character, there’s embodying a character and then there’s becoming said character. Apparently, John Bradley may have unwittingly gone too far in his decade-long portrayal of Samwell Tarly, as the character’s characteristic stutter eventually got out of control and started even affecting Bradley outside of his role in Game of Thrones.

As we learnt via Metro, as a recent guest at the Blank Podcast with Giles Paley-Phillips & Jim Daly, Bradley opened up about his performance anxiety caused by playing Sam Tarly:

“I got into this trap with Sam, I set myself traps, because he had a traumatic childhood and suffered a lot – and it manifested through a stammer and a twitch sometimes. It can cause psychological barriers to show how he was brought up in a highly charged environment and he was almost frightened to speak and he’s not sure whether he’s allowed to speak or to express his opinion on things and so I thought how am I going to show that?,” the actor explains how he as an actor arrived at Sam’s stammering.

Unfortunately, things went a bit too far. By the mid-point of the show, Bradley had reportedly lost complete control of when he stammered or not. And, in his words, “towards the end of Game of Thrones, it became the only way I could act, and I got into the unconscious mindset that people want me to do this.”

“There are takes of me where it felt like it would be five minutes where I am just standing with other the actors and I couldn’t speak and I just can’t get the words out and certain sounds would trip me up,” he recounts, highlighting one incident with Jon Snow’s actor in particular: “In one scene I came in first with Kit Harrington and in the nicest way he said to me ‘can you come in a bit quicker?’ so I can react a bit quicker and I was like ‘I can’t, I just can’t.’ As lovely as the crew were, they assumed it was because I had forgotten my lines. It took me a while to get out of it and it went away over time.”

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To make matters worse for poor John, this stutter ended up being not only an uncontrollable part of his portrayal as Sam but a habit that seeped into any other roles he’d portray: “Towards the end of that journey, that stammer would turn up in non-Sam acting and I’d do auditions when I’d stammer because it just seemed like the default place that I went to when I acted. I think people thought it was part of me but it wasn’t, but it was performance anxiety.”

I think we can all agree Bradley did a wonderful as Sam from start to finish, and that he embodied the character as few others could. Nevertheless, it’s a pity to hear that such an excellent portrayal had a dark side of sorts to it, or at least unintended consequences.

I myself can’t imagine getting into character so much that the character takes a live of their own; but that’s (one of the many reasons) why I am not an actor. As for Bradley, who is very much an actor, I believe all there’s left to say is that we should all wish him well and hope Sam’s contagious performance anxiety was only temporary.

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Watchers on the Wall Awards Season 8: Best Guest Actor & Actress

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As part of the Watchers on the Wall Awards, we like to pay tribute to all the actors who appear on Game of Thrones, from the leads, to the supporting actors, to the guest performers who bring their talents to the show for a shorter amount of time. It’s time to show some love for the short-term scene-stealers who leave a lasting impression and add to the colorful landscape of Game of Thrones‘ final season!

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”)

*To qualify for a guest category, nominated actors and actresses required credited appearances in 1 or 2 episodes in Season 8.*


Final round rules: To choose winners, cast your vote in each category in the polls below. In the finals, unlike the preliminaries, fans have one vote to cast in each category. At the end of one week (Friday 12/13/19 at 12PM ET), the performer in each category with the most votes will be the winner! The results of the polls will be revealed during the live Watchers on the Wall Awards ceremony, specific date to be announced in the near future!

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Game of Thrones wins AFI awards and makes onto Best of the Decade lists

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The end of the year and thus, the decade is fast approaching and the “Best of” lists are pouring in, many of them celebrating Game of Thrones for being the television game changer it is. Game of Thrones was also honored at the American Film Institute (AFI)’s 2019 Awards!

Game of Thrones was named one of the 10 most “culturally and artistically significant” television programs at the AFI 2019 Awards.

Indeed, ‘tis the season for top 10 lists (as well as top 50, top 100, etc) not just for the year but for the 2010s decade. And I’m glad to say that Game of Thrones is featured on quite a lot of them.

Uproxx included it on its list (with no numerical ranking) of Best Shows of the Decade, in which Jason Tabrys says that, despite its controversial ending, the show remained a standout for “the creative mixology that turned an unfinished set of fantasy novels into a cultural juggernaut.”

Mashable placed it at #11 in their 15 Best TV Shows of the 2010s along with a truly beautiful summation of how Game of Thrones created a community, as “it gripped viewers in a way that nothing had in years, crossing bridges of culture, age, and other seemingly arbitrary distinctions between people that cease to exist when we’re bonding over television we love.”

Esquire placed Game of Thrones at #10 on its top … uh, 10 list, though with some kind words: “This was a television event the likes of which we’d never seen and will likely never see again.”

PasteMagazine.com put it at #16 on its 100 Best TV Shows of the 2010s, where Josh Jackson highlighted the complex humanity of the story as what “made this show an epic cultural juggernaut,” even past had he considers its prime.

TVGuide.com placed it at #10 on its 25 Best Shows the Decade, with Amanda Bell emphasizing the first few seasons; “when co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had the strength of George R.R. Martin’s books to guide their scripts, their adaptation was superb.” Despite any issues, it “absolutely defined the decade.”

AV Club put Game of Thrones at #30 on its list of the 100 Best TV Shows of the 2010s, with Myles McNutt pointing out how “at its fiery peaks, few shows in the decade burned brighter, but the icy reception to its finale reflects its struggles to measure up in a decade with so many of TV history’s finest endings.”

Film School Rejects ranked it #4 on its 50 Best TV Shows of the Decade list. According to Farah Chedad, “at its best (its mid-point), Thrones was peerless TV, raising the bar for the medium by delivering moral complexity and dramatic curve-balls with great finesse.”

Finally, The Independent and Buzzfeed really showed Game of Thrones some love:

The Independent ranked it at #1 on its list of 30 Best TV Shows of the Decade: “At a time when viewing tastes were meant to be becoming more atomised, Game of Thrones was global event TV, which made household names of the Starks, Lannisters and Greyjoys and provided a whole generation of English character actors with a regular income.”

Buzzfeed ranked it as the #1 best (and “arguably the biggest”) show in its list of the 55 Best TV Shows of the Decade, claiming it “will endure long after the 2010s,” and highlighting Season 6 as its peak.

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Moving on from the show overall, there were many lists of best episodes of any TV show released this year or decade, and understandably Thrones made it into a few of them:

TV Guide ranked “A Knight if the Seven Kingdoms”, the quietest yet perhaps most lauded episode of season eight, #5 in its list of the 15 Best Episodes of 2019. Lindsay MacDonald commends it for “taking a break to settle down and do some real character work” in an otherwise breakneck season.

Even more ambitious, in a list of the 50 Best TV Episodes of the Decade, Film School Rejects ranked “Blackwater” at #6, pinpointing it as “the moment Game of Thrones went from a great show to something truly special.”

Finally, Buzzfeed News listed “Baelor”, the episode that first defined the show for much of the audience, as one of the 25 Best Episodes of TV of the Decade, precisely because “no episode of Game of Thrones had a larger impact, on the show, and on television itself.”

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These lists are pretty much designed for creating conversation… or conflict (clicks, at any rate), so I imagine there will be many people disagreeing in the comments section below. Let’s just remember it’s all opinions, and that the most productive thing you can do is offer you own instead! Let’s not get angry and celebrate the show that defined the decade for many of us, in more ways than one. Happy holidays!

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The winners of our Game of Thrones Complete Series & Season 8 Blu-Ray Giveaways!

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The Game of Thrones: The Complete Series and Season 8 DVD and Blu-ray boxsets are available as of today, and Watchers on the Wall is celebrating the occasion by revealing the five winners of our recent giveaway contest.

We’ve gathered up all your entries, and if you’re one of the lucky five, you’ll get either the Complete Series Blu-ray, the Season 8 4K Blu-ray, or one of three Season 8 Blu-ray boxsets.

Imagine a drum roll, please, for the revelation of our first winner…

Queen Marx!

Queen Marx said her favorite moment from the final season is Jon going beyond the Wall at the end. A beautiful ending for a character who’s gone through so much… and now, Queen Marx, you’ll get to relive it, alongside the rest of season eight… and every other season! Indeed, Queen Marx goes home with the grand prize: Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection!

Exclusive to this amazing all-encompasing collection is the Game of Thrones: Reunion Special, a reunion show shot live in Belfast with cast from previous seasons as well as the last one, hosted by Conan O’Brien, assembled in segments focused on Houses Lannister, Stark, & Targaryen and concluding with the key players all onstage for their final reflections on the years they shared in Westeros and Essos.

Next, the winner of the 4K Blu-Ray copy of Season 8 is…

Michelle Carlton!

Michelle’s favorite moment was Drogon melting the Iron Throne and then carrying Dany away, which she’ll now get to rewatch in excruciating 4K detail.

Finally, we have three Blu-ray copies of Season 8 to give away. The boxset contains not only all six episodes of the final season but amazing extras such as The Last Watch, Jeanie Finlay’s documentary of the making of the season; When Winter Falls, an exclusive 30-minute featurette with cast, crew, and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, chronicling the filming of the “Battle of Winterfell”; Duty is the Death of Love, with Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke, and the writers and producers discussing the series finale; several audio commentaries; deleted and extended scenes; new Histories and Lore animated pieces; and more.

The first two winners of our three Game of Thrones Season 8 Blu-ray boxsets come from Twitter, and they are…

Heike Accorsi!

Joey Joyy!

And finally, a winning entrant from Facebook…

Sergio Leonardo Cabrera!

And that’s it! Congratulations, Queen Marx, Michelle, Heike, Joey, and Sergio! These five winners will soon be gifted five new copies of Game of Thrones Season 8 or, in the case of Queen Marx, the Complete Series. We hope you enjoyed the giveaway! Happy holidays and thank you to everyone who took part!

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Season Eight Wins 3 Clio Awards, Pterosaur gets Game of Thrones name, and more!

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It’s a busy time of year for Game of Thrones fans, is it not? We’re on the cusp of the new year, with season 9 right around the – Oh. Oh, right. Sigh. Well, in any case, the show might be over, but the hits, they keep a’coming! From awards wins to stars idolizing one another to science and GOT merging, we’re seeing it all. We’ve got a couple of itty bitty tidbits to round up so buckle up, and head on in.

Up first? The awards. Never one for sitting on the sidelines, GOT continues to steamroll the competition, and this time at an awards show I’ve never never heard of! What are the Clio Awards? Where are the Clio Awards? Who are the Clio Awards? According to a quick Bing search, I should head over to Google. But according to a Google search, the Clio Awards are the “premier international awards competition for the creative business, celebrat[ing] creative excellence in advertising, and honor[ing] the work and talent that pushes boundaries, permeates pop culture, and establishes a new precedent around the globe.” More specifically, it nominates and awards trophies to ad campaigns, rather than the shows themselves. GOT won three Clio Awards:

  1. Game of Thrones, ‘For the Throne’

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2. Game of Thrones, ‘Joust’

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3. Game of Thrones, ‘Bleed for the Throne’

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Well done, all! And now I’ll add this awards show into my knowledge bank!

Next up, a star in his own right gets starstruck by the star of our show, our very own mother of dragons:

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I’ve always wondered what it would be like to be famous and run into another famous person. Do you just talk like friends, or do you freak out like so many of us? Well now we have an answer that People would be proud of: Stars. They’re just like us!

Next up: the science stuff. Turns out, paleontologists have a sense of humour too, as shown when they discovered a brand new pterosaur. The newly dubbed Targaryendraco wiedenrothi has some meaning behind its name: “…pterosaurs have inspired some biological aspects of the dragons” claim the scientists. Says study leader Rodrigo Pêgas, “I always thought this was very nice, especially because I work on pterosaurs….I am a big nerd and a big fan of Game of Thrones.”

Well these are all the odds and ends for today. What else is going on the world of Westeros? A release date for The Winds of Winter? A casting notice for House of the Dragon? I’m not sure; You tell me!

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Watchers on the Wall Awards: Best New Costume of Season 8

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There’s a reason the Television Academy keeps throwing costuming Emmys at Game of Thrones, year after year: they deserve it. Costume designer Michele Clapton outdid herself once again, with the help of a stellar team to bring her designs to life onscreen, one more time, in the final season. After round 1, our readers have narrowed down the list of nominees to the top five. Now it’s in your hands to choose the Best New Costume! The finalists are…


Daenerys’s sueded grey leather coat-dress with red seams

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Sansa’s black leather armor dress

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The red-inflected updated version of Daenerys’ fur coat

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Sansa’s elaborate coronation gown

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Daenerys’ black leather embossed riding coat, with red details   

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You can view results from the first round of voting HERE!

Final round rules: To choose the winner, cast your vote in the poll below. In the finals, unlike the preliminaries, fans have one vote to cast. At the end of one week (Monday 12/09/19 at 12PM ET), the costume with the most votes will be the winner! The results of the polls will be revealed during the live Watchers on the Wall Awards ceremony, specific date to be announced in the near future!

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Watchers on the Wall Awards: Best Dramatic Scene of Season 8

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We hope everyone has refreshed your memory of your favorite scenes from Game of Thrones season 8 in our newest giveaway post because today we’ll begin choosing the Best Dramatic Scene of the final season! This year was packed with important moments, and our preliminary round was intense, with dozens of initial nominees for fans to choose from. Some may be controversial choices, but surprises and passionate debate have always been a part of the Game of Thrones experience. The final five, as voted by the fans are:


The climactic sequence of “The Long Night” – Theon and Jorah fall, and Arya kills the Night King

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In the battle of Winterfell, the Dothraki charge, their flaming arakhs go out and the dead come

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The people in Winterfell ready for battle to the sound of “Jenny of Oldstones”

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Jon kills Daenerys and Drogon destroys the Iron Throne

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The knighting of Brienne of Tarth by Jamie Lannister

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You can view results from the first round of voting HERE!

Final round rules: To choose the winner, cast your vote in the poll below. In the finals, unlike the preliminaries, fans have one vote to cast. At the end of one week (Thursday 12/05/19 at 12PM ET), the scene with the most votes will be the winner! The results of the polls will be revealed during the live Watchers on the Wall Awards ceremony, specific date to be announced in the near future!

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Enter to Win Game of Thrones The Complete Series and Season 8 on Blu-ray!

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Here it is, Watchers: the giveaway to end all Game of Thrones giveaways! Our favorite show has ended but the watching lives on with the home release of Season 8, and the arrival of Game of Thrones The Complete Series.  They land on December 3rd, one week from today, just in time for the holidays. The Complete Series contains all eight seasons, with bonus features including the exclusive Game of Thrones: Reunion Special hosted by Conan O’Brien, the Game of Thrones: The Last Watch documentary chronicling the making of the final season, all-new deleted scenes, featurettes and more.

Thanks to the folks at HBO, we’re giving away a stack of Blu-ray sets to our readers, including:

  • one winner will receive Game of Thrones: The Complete Series on Blu-ray
  • one winner will receive Game of Thrones Season 8 on 4K Ultra HD
  • three winners will receive Game of Thrones Season 8 on Blu-ray

What do you have to do to enter? Tell us your favorite moment of GoT Season 8! Post it in comments here and you’ll be entered in the giveaway. We’re accepting entries for the next seven days, and we’ll announce the winners on 12/3/19. For the complete rules and even more ways to enter, keep scrolling!

*This giveaway officially is worldwide; however, since these are Blu-rays, they do have a Region Code and will only work with Region-A compatible players. Region A includes North America, Central America, South America, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. Anyone is free to enter but just be aware of player compatibility!*


The Official Rules

How do you enter? You can enter in three different ways, earning up to 3 entries total!

Method #1:  Comment on this post, and tell us your favorite moment of Game of Thrones Season 8!

Method #2: Twitter: Follow our Twitter, WatchersOTWall, and retweet the Game of Thrones: The Complete Series/Season 8 Contest tweet (you must do both for the extra entry). If you already follow us, no problem. Simply retweet the contest post.

Method #3: Facebook: Like the WatchersontheWall Facebook page, and Like and Share the Game of Thrones: The Complete Series/Season 8 Post (you must do both for the extra entry). If you already Like our page, again, no problem. Just like and share the contest post and you are entered!

Entries are accepted for a week, until 8AM on December 3rd, 2019. The five (5) winners will be randomly selected among the entrants and announced shortly thereafter.

**This is a worldwide contest** The winners are selected by random drawing. The winners must respond within 72 hours of notification or will forfeit their prize and other winner/s will be selected. The winners must have a valid shipping address.

Twitter and Facebook are their own entities and are in no way associated with this giveaway.

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From “The Greyjoy Rebellion” Histories & Lore

Game of Thrones: The Complete Series on Blu-ray- Bonus Features include:

· Game of Thrones: Reunion Special: A reunion show shot live in Belfast with the cast, both past and present, hosted by Conan O’Brien and available exclusively on these complete series collections. The reunion special is assembled in segments focused on Houses Lannister, Stark, & Targaryen and concludes with the key players all onstage for their final reflections on the years they shared in Westeros and Essos.

· Bonus content and retail exclusive videos from previously released individual season box sets, totaling more than 15 hours of extra materials for fans to explore when they’ve finished watching the series.

The Complete Series and Season 8 formats also exclusively feature:

· Game of Thrones: The Last Watch: A documentary featured on DVD in two parts by filmmaker Jeanie Finlay chronicling the making of the final season.

· When Winter Falls: Exclusive 30-minute featurette with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with major stars and behind-the-scenes players, breaking down all that went into the colossal filming of the “Battle of Winterfell” in Season 8, Episode 3.

· Duty is the Death of Love: A compelling look at how the team behind Game of Thrones and its major stars, including Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke, brought the show to its conclusion in the series finale, “The Iron Throne.”

· Audio Commentaries: Audio Commentaries with cast and crew, including the show’s creators, Benioff and Weiss, on the final season.

· Deleted and Extended Scenes: 5 never-before-seen deleted or extended scenes from season 8.

· Histories and Lore: New animated pieces giving the history and background of notable season 8 locations and storylines, including “The Greyjoy Rebellion” which we exclusively previewed yesterday.

Game of Thrones: The Complete Series on DVD/Blu-ray (along with the Collector’s Edition featuring a stunning Wooden Shadow Box illustrated by Robert Ball), Game of Thrones: Season 8 on DVD/Blu-ray, and Game of Thrones: Season 8 Steelbook Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD versions all arrive on December 3rd. Pre-orders are open now!

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Exclusive Preview From the Game of Thrones Season 8 Blu-ray: The Greyjoy Rebellion

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We have an amazing treat for you all today! Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection and the all-new Game of Thrones Season 8 on Blu-ray/DVD arrives on December 3rd- that’s in a week, just in time for the holidays. Today we have the pleasure of previewing one of the six new Histories & Lore features from the home release: “The Greyjoy Rebellion,” narrated by Thrones stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Pilou Asbaek. The video features vivid illustrations detailing the ill-fated uprising of Balon Greyjoy.

The animated Histories & Lore also include:

Siege of Duskendale, with Conleth Hill as Varys
The Blackfyre Rebellion with Conleth Hill as Varys
King’s Landing with Conleth Hill as Varys
Maegor The Cruel with Conleth Hill as Varys
The South with Kristofer Hivju as Tormund

Enjoy your exclusive preview of “The Greyjoy Rebellion”:

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The Complete Collection and the Season 8 home release will feature new audio commentaries for every episode of the final season, from a variety of Thrones talent. The lineup includes:

HBO_LogoTan2_CS3Episode 1: Winterfell – Dave Hill (Co-Producer & Writer) and Deborah Riley (Production Designer)

Episode 2: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms – Bryan Cogman (Co-Executive Producer & Writer) and Dan Portman (Podrick Payne)

Episode 3: The Long Night – Miquel Sapochnik (Director), Sean Savage (Camera Operator) and Fabian Wagner (Director of Photography)

Episode 4: The Last of the Starks – David Franco (Director of Photography), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm) and Pilou Asbæk (Euron Greyjoy)

Episode 5: Bells – Miguel Sapochnik (Director), Fabian Wagner (Director of Photography) and Conleth Hill (Varys)

Episode 6: The Iron Throne – Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Dan Weiss (Executive Producer/Writer/Director), David Benioff (Executive Producer/Writer/Director)

HBO is loading up the Blu-rays for the final season and pulling out all the stops. We’ll tell you more about it tomorrow…when we launch our massive Game of Thrones home release giveaway!

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Entertainment Weekly names the Battle of the Bastards to ‘Best of the Decade’ list

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Kit Harington as Jon Snow in “The Battle of the Bastards.”

With 2019 coming to a close and a new decade on the horizon, Entertainment Weekly is compiling a look back at the movies, music, TV shows and more that changed the pop culture landscape during the 2010’s. And is anyone surprised that something from Game of Thrones on the list? Frankly, I’ll be more shocked if it’s the only thing that GoT makes this list for.

That “thing” is the legendary Battle of the Bastards, from the Season 6, Episode 9 episode of the same name, in which Jon Snow and Sansa Stark defeat Ramsay Bolton’s forces and take back Winterfell. At that point in its evolution, Thrones had become a show of massive proportions — both in its storytelling and its production values — but in spite of this, people were still unprepared for the epic nature of the battle (and the episode itself) when it premiered in 2016.

“There are certain battle sequences committed to film that are unforgettable, and the Battle of the Bastards ranks with the best of them,” said Netflix executive Channing Dungey, who was interviewed for the EW piece. “Dave [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] devoted a decade of their lives to Game of Thrones, and all that work is evident in what feels like the pinnacle moment of the series. The degree of difficulty here is just massive — night shoots, stunt work, the CGI dragons — and director Miguel Sapochnik delivers all with incredible scope and specificity.”

Action aside, the episode is also a masterful example of the emotional, character-driven storytelling at which Thrones had excelled in earlier seasons, from the moment Ser Davos finds Shireen’s burnt toy stag in the ruins of her funeral pyre to the conversation between Daenerys and Yara in Meereen about doing better than their fathers. And who doesn’t love seeing Ramsay being fed to his own starving hounds by a steely-eyed Sansa?

The episode won seven Emmys, including for writing and directing, and “overnight erased any lingering perception that TV is in some respects less than cinema — while also raising the bar for all competitors to come,” according to the EW piece. We couldn’t agree more.

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Kristofer Hivju Claims There’s an Alternative Ending To Game of Thrones

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Kristofer Hivju caused a bit of a stir at the Game of Thrones BFI event this week with a particular announcement. The actor, who played the redheaded wildling Tormund since season 3, claimed that the show shot another ending in addition to the controversial one shown in the series finale, “The Iron Throne.”

“Well, we shot an alternative ending,” he reportedly told Metro. “That was mostly for fun but I don’t know if I’m allowed to tell you about that.” The actor declined to provide details for the outlet such as outcomes or other performers involved in the alternative scenes.

Probably for the simple reason that the “alternative ending” does not exist. (Unfortunately for those who had their hearts set on a juicy Blu-ray extra!)

We checked in with a few sources at HBO today, and they all confirmed that Hivju must have been having a bit of fun with the press at the event. No alternative endings were filmed for season 8.

In a way, it’s too bad. While I’m mostly comfortable with the finale, I would have liked to see what else they whipped up just to throw us off the scent.

Oh, and speaking of the Game of Thrones Season 8 home release, we’ll be kicking off a huge giveaway next Monday, so be sure to stop by next week to enter!

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Watchers on the Wall Awards: Best Fights and Battles of Season 8

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Welcome back for another exciting round of Watchers on the Wall Awards Finals! This week, as part of our ongoing celebration of season 8, we’ll be voting on the best action sequences of Game of Thrones. Every season is packed with action, and the final one was no exception. We break down our voting into Best Battle and Best Fight, and our readers have narrowed down the finalists for our categories today. It’s time to announce the final nominees, and vote!

The nominees for Best Battle are:

Battle for Winterfell (“The Long Night”)

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Daenerys battles Euron’s Iron Fleet (“The Last of the Starks”)

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Battle of King’s Landing ( “The Bells”)

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*These are not the battles in their entirety- they’re too long for most YouTube clips, but this should be enough to refresh your memory! Or get you started on a bender of rewatching favorite GoT clips which is also fun.*

The nominees for Best Fight of Season 8 are:

Arya takes on wights with her customized spear on the ramparts

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The Clegane Brothers fight to the death

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Jon and Daenerys fight the Night King on dragonback

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Jorah Mormont and Daenerys fight off wights together

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Lyanna Mormont faces off against a giant

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The complete results from round 1 voting for Best Fight can be viewed here. 

Both polls are found below, so go forth, debate, consider and vote!


Final round rules: To choose winners, cast your vote in each category in the polls below. In the finals, unlike the preliminaries, fans have one vote to cast in each category. At the end of one week (Friday 11/25/19 at 12PM ET), the battle/fight in each category with the most votes will be the winner! The results of the polls will be revealed during the live Watchers on the Wall Awards ceremony, specific date to be announced in the near future.

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Emilia Clarke defends season 8 and wishes she’d taken home a Daenerys wig!

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Emilia Clarke continues her media whirlwind adventure to promote Last Christmas (a truly delightful holiday romcom, if I do say so myself).

Most recently, she was invited onto BBC Radio 1 to chat with Ali Plumb and Greg James about everything from toilet paper preferences to Christmas carols to, of course … Game of Thrones!

On “Movies with Ali Plumb,” Clarke shared some of her fond and funny Game of Thrones memories, like how Peter Dinklage was the best swearer in the cast or how she asked too politely to take home a memento from set (“P-p-p-p-please sir, can I take a wig? Seeing as there’s eight and I played the role for ten years?) and thus never received any.

When asked which one of Daenerys’ lines she’ll never, ever forget she answered, “I’m a Khaleesi, not a queen” but then also suggested ‘We’ll break the wheel togeth-” and then stuck out her tongue and pantomimed being stabbed.

She also discussed her various fan encounters, some of which she described as positive experiences, others … not so much.

“The worst one I got recently – and it really hurt, like it genuinely cut me up a little bit – [was at] the supermarket the day after episode 5 had aired of the last season when Daenerys had just gone out, all out … had a moment” she said. “This woman turned to me and went, ‘I don’t know how you can show your face around here.’ And I literally went *pained gasp* ‘I just need to get some milk.’ It was heartbreaking”

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She also appeared on “Unpopular Opinions” to help Greg James assess callers’ (what else?) unpopular opinions, which led to in-depth discussion of the merits of quilted toilet paper, Christmas cards and sleeping in separate duvets.

When it came time for Clarke to offer an unpopular opinion of her own she confessed that she hates the Christmas song “Fairytale of New York” and “would rather never hear that song again in [her] life.”

Game of Thrones came up when a caller named Dan insisted that “the last season of Game of Thrones wasn’t that bad.”

Both Clarke and James, who had clearly been expecting a different take on season 8 from Dan, reacted with enormous relief and appreciation.

“Ayyyyy! You can stay!” Clarke said. “That was about to kill me. I was about to be like, ‘do you need me to kick off? … Dan, thank you! God love you, Dan!”

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Watchers on the Wall Awards: Best Episode of Season 8

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We have a big category up for voting today in the Watchers on the Wall Awards: Best Episode! It’s a tad easier this year, as we only have six episodes to choose from, but they’re six episodes packed with love, action, death, blood, and epic drama, from start to finish. We’ve provided a summary for each one, in case you haven’t had time for a rewatch lately and need a bit of refreshing. Read, remember, cry, think it over, and vote for your favorite episode of the final season of Game of Thrones!

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Episode 1, “Winterfell”

Written by Dave Hill and directed by David Nutter

The royal procession arrives in Winterfell, and Jon is reunited with Arya and Bran.  The Northern lords meet and question dangers to come. Tyrion and Sansa discuss their marriage and the current situation. Jon goes on his first dragon ride, with Daenerys. Arya has a less than tender reunion with the Hound, and a warmer one with Gendry. Daenerys and Sam meet and he learns of his father and brother’s deaths. Euron presents Cersei with the Golden Company, and she gives in to his advances. Theon rescues Yara, and decides to return to Winterfell to defend it. Bronn is sent away with a new mission. Sam reveals to Jon that Jon is Aegon, son of Rhaegar Targaryen- and heir to the Iron Throne. Last Hearth and the Umbers are discovered to have been attacked by the army of the dead, with young Ned Umber reanimated as he’s pinned to the wall. Jaime Lannister arrives in Winterfell, under the watchful eye of Bran Stark.

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Episode #2, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”

Written by Bryan Cogman and directed by David Nutter

Jaime stands trial for his crimes before Daenerys and the people of the North. Later, he and Bran meet in the godswood to reckon with their past. Afterward, Jaime shares a warm and honest reunion with his brother Tyrion, and offers to serve with Brienne as she prepares for the battle. Arya visits Gendry in the forge and requests a custom weapon. Jorah encourages Daenerys to forgive Tyrion for his lapses in judgment. Sansa and Dany face off in a private meeting and find some common ground and conflict. Theon is welcomed home to Winterfell. Grey Worm promises Missandei he’ll take her home to Naath someday. The leaders makes plans for the battle and consider what the Night King really wants: to destroy the memory of the world. People gather around the fire to pass the time until the army of the dead arrive. Arya and Gendry get a lot closer. Sam gives Jorah the sword Heartsbane, while Jorah shares a moment with young Lady Mormont. Around the fire, Brienne of Tarth is knighted by Jaime Lannister. Tyrion asks for a song, and Pod Payne sings “Jenny of Oldstones”. Jon tells Dany the truth about his parentage, and the dead arrive at Winterfell.

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Episode 3, “The Long Night”

Written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss and directed by Miguel Sapochnik

Melisandre returns unexpectedly and lights the Dothraki arakhs, but their fiery charge is snuffed out quickly. A first wave of Unsullied and catapults also fares poorly against a tide of wights. Jon and Dany take to the air with dragons, blasting wights, but the White Walkers fight back. The Unsullied are ordered to retreat. In the battle, Sam is surrounded and nearly killed but saved by Dolorous Edd, who is then killed. Melisandre lights the trenches around the castle. In the crypts with Varys and the women, Tyrion regrets his powerlessness, but Sansa reminds him he’ll be needed in the time to come. The Night King directs the wight to break through the trenches, and Winterfell is breached. Brienne and Jaime fight together, and Sandor Clegane freezes; he breaks through with Beric’s encouragement to help Arya. Lyanna Mormont takes on a giant, and kills him with her last breath. Arya sneaks through the library, and reunites with Sandor, Beric, and Melisandre. Dragons and their riders battle in the skies over Winterfell. The Night King falls to the ground, and Dany learns that even dragonfire cannot kill him. The Night King resurrects everyone that has fallen this night, and the dead in Winterfell’s crypts, who attack the unarmed women and children inside. Dany and Drogon are swarmed by wights, and Jorah comes to Dany’s aid; he dies of his injuries. Wounded Viserion blasts Winterfell with blue fire as the battle rages on and Jon runs.  Theon and other shoot the dead in the godswood, defending Bran, until the Night King kills Theon. Arya saves Bran at the last second, slaying the Night King, causing all White Walkers to shatter, and all  wights to fall where they stand. At dawn, Melisandre leaves Winterfell and dies.

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Episode 4, “The Last of the Starks”

Written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss and directed by David Nutter

The battle’s dead are given a funeral pyre, and Jon eulogizes them. At the feast, Dany legitimizes Gendry, Davos and Tyrion ponder Melisandre’s death and the future,  and Tormund toasts Jon as the hero and king, while Dany watches on. Jaime, Brienne, Pod and Tyrion play a drinking game. Drunk and jealous Jaime later shows up in Brienne’s room and the two of them make love. Sansa and Sandor have a conversation about how far they’ve come since they saw each other last. High on life Gendry tracks down Arya and proposes, but she gently lets him down. Dany and Jon kiss and struggle with his recent revelation. The war council takes stock of their assets and allies, and decide they must head south toward Dragonstone and King’s Landing. The last of the Starks meet in the godswood. Bronn confronts Tyrion and Jaime, and makes a deal. Arya and Sandor hit the Kingsroad. Jon says goodbye to his friends in the North. Sansa shares the secret of Jon’s parentage with Tyrion; he reveals it to Varys and the two ponder the far-reaching ramifications. The fleet is attacked by Euron, Rhaegal the dragon is killed, and Missandei is captured. Cersei gloats. Tyrion and Varys consider their options, especially now that a new contender for the throne has been presented. Jaime receives a raven informing him of a new threat to Cersei; he departs Winterfell. Daenerys and her army meet with Cersei at the gates of the city. Missandei is executed.

The Bells

Episode 5, “The Bells”

Written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss and directed by Miguel Sapochnik

Daenerys grieves, and Varys plots and makes a choice. Varys is executed by dragonfire. Jon pledges loyalty to Dany but rejects her romantic overtures. Dany and her advisors make plans for attacking King’s Landing. Tyrion frees his brother and says goodbye to Jaime. Dany and Drogon destroy Euron’s fleet, and they and the Unsullied annihilate the Golden Company. Lannisters surrender and the bells ring, but Daenerys snaps and scorches King’s Landing. Northmen attack, and Jon kills one of his own men assaulting a woman. Jaime runs into Euron and the two give each other mortal wounds. Sandor urges Arya to walk away from her path of vengeance and survive. Sandor confronts The Mountain, as Cersei escapes quietly, and the brothers duel to the death. Cersei and Jaime reunite, just before the Red Keep collapses and kills them. Arya runs through the city, dodging fire and explosions; she tries to help a mother and daughter but fails. Waking up in the rubble of the city, she finds a horse and rides away.

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Episode 6, “The Iron Throne”

Written and directed by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss.

The survivors take in the devastation of King’s Landing; Tyrion discovers his sibling’s bodies. Grey Worm executes surviving Lannister men, to Jon’s horror. Daenerys gives a celebratory speech, and Tyrion quits. Tyrion pushes Jon to see how dangerous Daenerys is and to take action. Jon urges forgiveness, and Daenerys counters with her vision of the world. Rejecting it, Jon kills Daenerys. Drogon melts the Iron Throne and carries away Dany’s body. Lords meet at the Dragonpit, debate and choose a new leader for Westeros with Tyrion’s persuasion: Bran Stark. Tyrion and Jon meet in prison and muse over what’s happened. The Starks say farewell at the docks. Brienne writes in the final details of Jaime’s paige in the Kingsguard’s Book of Brothers. The new Small Council meets, they squabble over administrative details, and Samwell presents “A Song of Ice and Fire.” Sansa is crowned Queen in the North. Arya goes on a journey to finally find out what is west of Westeros. Jon returns to the Wall and reunites with Tormund and Ghost. He goes north with wildings, and we see that grass is growing, and spring is coming.


Final round rules: To choose the winner, cast your vote in the poll below. In the finals, unlike the preliminaries, fans have one vote to cast. At the end of one week (Monday 11/18/19 at 12PM ET), the episode with the most votes will be the winner! The results of the polls will be revealed during the live Watchers on the Wall Awards ceremony, specific date to be announced in the near future!

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George RR Martin offers details on the House of the Dragon writer’s room!

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You thought it was going to be a sleepy Sunday, didn’t you? Never fear, George R. R. Martin and his Not a Blog are here to brush away the weekend boredom. Martin took to his blog today in a surprise entry to subtly reassure fans that there will be a full writer’s room on the new Game of Thrones spinoff titled House of the Dragon, recently announced by HBO with co-showrunners Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik.

Martin confirms that Condal wrote the pilot script and the series bible so far, but announces a line-up of writers also in the mix, comparing them to Aegon the Conqueror and his sisters, Rhaenys and Visenya.

According to GRRM, the three other writers involved are:

WES TOOKE was Ryan’s right hand man on COLONY, where he served as an executive producer and wrote thirteen episodes. CLAIRE KIECHEL is a young playwright out of New York who came to HOUSE OF THE DRAGON after stints on Netflix’s THE OA and HBO’s new WATCHMEN series. TI MIKKEL came to the show from my own Fevre River Packet Company, where she’s served as a writer’s assistant, helped in the development of a series of short films I hope to produce, and is spearheading the development of TUF VOYAGING as a television series… when she’s not working on her own novel.

He explains their role helpfully:

Those unfamiliar with the way television works may wonder… if Ryan Condal wrote the pilot and the bible, what did Wes and Claire and Ti do? The answer is: a lot. They sat with Ryan every day in a writer’s room at HBO for months, talking story, going over drafts, giving notes, correcting errors (not that Ryan or I ever made any, no sir, not us), catching inconsistencies, discussing character and plot, offering ideas and suggestions, filling in gaps, breaking down the episodes to come and drawing up a roadmap for the first season and all the seasons to follow. The HOUSE OF THE DRAGON could never have been built without the help of Ti, Claire, and Wes, three terrific young storytellers. They have my thanks, and Ryan’s.

Here’s hoping the writer’s room will continue to have a broad mix of talent to keep things interesting and fresh!

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Watchers on the Wall Awards: Best Supporting Actor and Actress of Season 8

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Game of Thrones is nothing without its incredible supporting cast. The numbers have gone up and down over the years with thoughtful additions and bloody subtractions, but the supporting stars always offered their best performances, showing that actors don’t need top billing to win our hearts. This week we’ll be choosing our favorite supporting performances of the final season of Game of Thrones- make sure you vote in both categories!

The nominees for Best Supporting Actor are…

Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy
John Bradley as Samwell Tarly
Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth
Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont
Rory McCann as Sandor Clegane

The nominees for Best Supporting Actress are:

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

The complete results from round 1 voting for Best Supporting Actor can be viewed here.

Final round rules: To choose winners, cast your vote in each category in the polls below. In the finals, unlike the preliminaries, fans have one vote to cast in each category. At the end of one week (Friday 11/15/19 at 12PM ET), the performer in each category with the most votes will be the winner! The results of the polls will be revealed during the live Watchers on the Wall Awards ceremony, specific date to be announced in the near future!

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9th and Final Whisky Joins the Game of Thrones Single-Malt Collection: Six Kingdoms!

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All good things must come to an end, including the Game of Thrones single-malt scotch whisky collection, but at least Diageo are doing it with style.

HBO and Diageo announced this week the ninth and final piece in the Game of Thrones Limited Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection: the Six Kingdoms Mortlach Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Aged 15 Years. The new addition pays tribute to the series finale in which Seven Kingdoms becomes six and Bran Stark accepts the throne of Westeros.

The beautiful presentation of the whisky reflects the new king. Encased in a metallic gold cannister, it features an intricate pen and ink drawing of the three-eyed raven.

As for the taste of the final whisky in the collection, according to Diageo: “Evocative of the past and crafted for the future, the Mortlach Single Malt Scotch Whisky Aged 15 Years, has been matured in first-fill sherry-seasoned casks and finished in American Oak ex-bourbon casks. The delicious whisky imparts a bold, smooth taste with notes of vanilla and spice befitting of those with a noble palate.”

Whisky Collection“Eight fantastic scotches toasted the coming of the final season of the show, and we now look back on the most captivating television show of all time and raise a ninth glass in celebration,” said Jeff Peters, Vice President, Licensing & Retail at HBO.

“We saw an overwhelmingly positive response to the launch of the Game of Thrones Limited Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection and as Game of Thrones fans continue to explore both the world of whisky and the world of Westeros, we are proud to introduce the final addition to the collection. Mortlach is one of our most sought-after super premium single malts, and seemed fitting as the perfect finale to complete the collection,” commented Kavita Agarwal, Diageo Global Brand Director, Malts.

Game of Thrones Six Kingdoms Mortlach Aged 15 Years will be available in extremely limited quantities nationwide this December with suggested retail price of $150 for 750ml. Check online at ReserveBar.com or through your local retailer!

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The Night’s Cast Episode 29: Spinoffs News and Notes!

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As we discuss on this episode of The Night’s Cast, it’s damn shame we’ll never see Naomi Watts in a Game of Thrones spinoff.

Last week was — to put it mildly — a bit of a rollercoaster as far as Game of Thrones news was concerned, especially when it came to the spinoff/prequel shows in development at HBO. It gave the fandom whiplash, but it also gave us plenty to talk about!

On this week’s episode of The Night’s Cast, the official podcast of Watchers on the Wall, Vanessa, Petra and Samantha do just that: we talk about which prequel got the (somewhat unexpected) axe and which one seems to be fast-tracking toward production.

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Watchers on the Wall Awards: Best Death Scene of Season 8

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It was inevitable that the final season of Game of Thrones would force us to say farewell to many of our favorite characters. Season 8 made good on that unspoken promise by cutting down people left and right, from the first episode of the season (poor Umber kid, he never had a chance) to the last of the series (oh, Dany). After years of speculation, reception of the deaths was varied but always passionate. After the first round with such a bounty of choices for prelims voting, we’ve narrowed it down to the top five death scenes of season 8. Now it’s up to you all to choose the Best Death Scene of Season 8.

The final nominees are:


Jorah Mormont dies protecting his khaleesi in battle:

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Lyanna Mormont dies after killing a wight giant with her last breath:

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Melisandre walks out of Winterfell at dawn and gives up her life:

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The Night King falls to Arya’s blade and shatters:

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Theon defends Bran to the very end, in the godswood:

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That’s right- all the nominees are from episode 3, “The Long Night,” directed by Miguel Sapochnik!

The complete results from round 1 voting in this category can be viewed here.

Final round rules: Cast your vote for the winner in our Best Death Scene poll. In the finals, unlike the preliminaries, fans have one vote to cast. At the end of one week (Sunday 11/10/19 at 12PM ET), the scene with the most votes will be the winner! The results of the poll will be revealed during the live Watchers on the Wall Awards ceremony- specific date to be announced in the near future!

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HBO Confirms Bloodmoon, Former Frontrunner for Game of Thrones’ First Spinoff, Is Canned

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Confirming what we have more or less all but already known, HBO is officially announcing that Bloodmoon/The Long Night/The Untitled Game of Thrones Naomi Watts-Led Spinoff, or whatever else you want to call it, is dead in the water. Granted, we’ve known this for a couple days now, as the craziest news week in recent GOT memory was concluded with the announcement that set the Internet ablaze. But for some reason HBO did not officially confirm it, until now…

“After careful consideration, we have decided not to move forward to series with the Untitled Game of Thrones prequel…We thank Jane Goldman, S.J. Clarkson, and the talented cast and crew for all of their hard work and dedication.”

As unsurprising as this news is, it would have been nice if they provided us with a little more detail on the thought process behind all of these decisions. And why did they wait two days to confirm?! George R. R. Martin himself confirmed it in a blog post on Wednesday: “It goes without saying that I was saddened to hear the show would not be going to series. Jane Goldman is a terrific screenwriter, and I enjoyed brainstorming with her. I do not know why HBO decided not to go to series on this one, but I do not think it had to do with HOUSE OF THE DRAGON.”

As for me, I still hold out hope that one day HBO will find a way to revisit the origins of Houses Lannister and Stark. While it remains disappointing, at least we have the Targaryen civil war to look forward to…

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Watchers on the Wall Awards: Best Leading Actor & Best Leading Actress of Season 8

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Welcome, everyone, to the final round of the 2019 Watchers on the Wall Awards! Every year we celebrate the best of Game of Thrones, as chosen by the fan community. Every year we gather your suggestions for nominees, and after a preliminary round of voting, narrow it down to just five candidates in each category. We’ve finally reached the last step, voting in in the finals, and it’s time to get down to it, choose the biggest winners of season 8!

We’re starting with a pair of important categories- Best Leading Actress and Actor of the year. These are the stars who led the show and their storylines in the last season of Game of Thrones.

The nominees are….

For Best Leading Actor:

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

Final round rules: To choose winners, cast your vote in each category in the polls below. In the finals, unlike the preliminaries, fans have one vote to cast in each category. At the end of one week (Friday 11/08/19 at 12PM ET), the performer in each category with the most votes will be the winner! The results of the polls will be revealed during the live Watchers on the Wall Awards ceremony, specific date to be announced in the near future!

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Emilia Clarke makes the rounds on late-night and morning shows, talks Daenerys Halloween costumes and the infamous coffee cup

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Emilia Clarke does her best impression of Kit Harington’s dance moves on an Oct. 30 appearance on “The Tonight Show.”

Oh, Emilia Clarke…your most famous character may have gotten a lousy death (don’t @ me), but you’re always such a joy to watch in interviews! Fortunately for us, it’s something she’s been doing a lot of lately as she makes the press rounds for her upcoming holiday rom-com, Last Christmas.

On the morning of Oct. 30, Clarke appeared on Good Morning America, where she was asked what it’s like to know that a character she made so famous is still a popular choice for Halloween costumes. Clarke said that since Halloween isn’t celebrated “quite the same way” in the UK as it is in America and she hasn’t seen many Daenerys costumes in person, “if I saw myself on the street, I’d probably run.”

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That same night in an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Clarke seemingly solved the mystery of who left the infamous coffee cup on the table during Season 8’s Episode 4, “The Last of the Starks” — a major gaffe that Sophie Turner tried to pin on Clarke on an appearance on Fallon’s show in May. Clarke refuted this, instead placing the blame on none other than the Spider himself, Conleth Hill.

“‘Emilia, I’ve gotta tell you something, love — the coffee cup was mine!’” Clarke told Fallon, relating what Hill apparently told her at an Emmys after-party this year. He apparently confessed to the whole thing, also apologizing for letting everyone think it was hers.

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Mystery solved, or at least until Hill disputes this account? He’s already betrayed his queen once, though — who’s to say he won’t throw her under the bus a second time? Later in the interview Clarke also does a wonderfully spot-on imitation of Kit Harington‘s “poncey” (read: somewhat douchey) dance moves and Jason Momoa‘s haka-inspired ones; the whole interview is only about five minutes long and very worth your time.

Lastly, in a interview alongside Last Christmas co-star Henry Golding, Clarke touched on the “epic” Game of Thrones cast reunion at this year’s Emmys, singer Camilla Cabello bending the knee (yes, really) and relating to her Last Christmas character, Kate, and her health issues.

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If you’re interested, Last Christmas arrives in theaters on Nov. 8, — and in the meantime, you can amuse yourself with all three of these clips!

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Qyburn Actor Anton Lesser Joins Con of Thrones Special Guest Lineup!

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We honestly can’t think of more Halloween-appropriate news for today: Con of Thrones has just announced today that Games of Thrones actor Anton Lesser, who from season three onwards memorably played Qyburn, disgraced necromantic maester turned Hand of the Queen, will make an appearance at Con of Thrones 2020!

Lesser will be a special guest at the convention on Friday, July 17, and Saturday, July 18. 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. Con of Thrones will take place in Orlando, Florida, at the Orange County Convention Center July 17–19, 2020. Tickets are available for purchase now at conofthrones.net/register.

Autograph and photograph experiences with Lesser are available for purchase now. Autographs are $30 and photographs are $45.

Con of Thrones will host in-depth discussions about both the television and book series, Special Guest Spotlight interviews, live recordings of fan-favorite podcasts, and much more. Previous guests include Game of Thrones stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Joe Dempsie (Gendry), Jerome Flynn (Bronn), Hannah Murray (Gilly), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton), Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel), Sibel Kekilli (Shae), Kate Dickie (Lysa Arryn), Esmé Bianco (Ros), Kerry Ingram (Shireen Baratheon), Sam Coleman (Young Hodor), Aimee Richardson (Myrcella Baratheon), and Emmy Award-winning Sound Designer Paula Fairfield. Con of Thrones also provides opportunities for autographs and photographs with some of the most familiar faces from Game of Thrones.

Con of Thrones is produced by Mischief Management, while Watchers on the Wall is the official programming partner. Special guests and additional details will be announced at a later date!

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George R. R. Martin Answers House of the Dragon Questions & Raises a Few More

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It’s been a roller coaster few days for Game of Thrones fans, that’s for damn sure. First, it was announced that series creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss were departing their upcoming Star Wars trilogy to devote their attention to their Netflix projects. Then, I broke down in sobs as I learned that Bloodmoon was not being ordered to series. Several hours later, it was announced that a brand new, unannounced show, House of the Dragon, was ordered to SERIES without a pilot. And all this was amidst the reports of an allegedly disastrous interview David and Dan gave at the Austin Film Festival (I want to stress that these were untrue, as Luka attested when dissecting the actual recording). Yes, it’s been a wild week, everyone, and it’s still only Wednesday. So what did the one true god of Westeros and Essos have to say? Join me, and let GRRM lead the way…

“[Miguel] Sapochnik will be directing the pilot… well, maybe it is more precise to call it ‘the first episode’… of HOUSE OF THE DRAGON, and doubtless a number of other episodes as well. There’s no one better.” I’m not sure how much “doubtless a number of other episodes” suggests, but I’m sure time will tell. There’s no way to predict that far in the future. What is interesting is that, while Miguel Sapochnik was unquestionably one of the strongest directors from the entire ranks of GOT, he was usually brought into handle episodes feature massive battle sequences. So, unless the pilot will start with a bang and a battle (unlikely, I’d venture), it will be nice to see how Miguel handles the smaller stuff. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’d argue that I hope this series focuses less on the fire and the blood and more on the talking and the political machinations. While I of course can’t wait to see the climactic heights of the Targaryen civil war, and the FX that will surely come with it, I long for the smaller, talkier scenes. I can’t wait to see what Miguel does with the lower key stuff now that he’ll (presumably) have the opportunity to do so.

“[Co-showrunner Ryan Condal] tells me that he discovered the series just after A STORM OF SWORDS was published, and ‘I’ve loved the books for 19 years.’ (He is also a huge fan of my Dunk & Egg stories. In fact, that was the show he wanted to do initially, but I’m not prepared to bring Dunk & Egg to television until I’ve written quite a few more stories).” Wow. So it looks like Ser Duncan and his loyal squire won’t be appearing on our TV screens anytime soon. George has often talked about how he has plans to write more about Dunk and Egg’s adventures, so I wonder if he’s now formulating them with a potential series in mind.

George goes on to mention that the writer’s room, budget, and locations are yet to be assembled, but he presumes production will revisit at least some of the many locations GOT frequented. He even suggests that he may get to write some episodes, but before you article in a fiery rage to go send him some hate mail, please read his cautionary reminder:

“…let me make this perfectly clear… I am not taking on any scripts until I have finished and delivered WINDS OF WINTER.  Winter is still coming, and WINDS remains my priority, as much as I’d love to write an episodes of HOUSE.”

Lastly, and most importantly, he weighs in on what happened with Bloodmoon, or as he (and much of the Internet) had been calling it, The Long Night:

It goes without saying that I was saddened to hear the show would not be going to series. Jane Goldman is a terrific screenwriter, and I enjoyed brainstorming with her. I do not know why HBO decided not to go to series on this one, but I do not think it had  to do with HOUSE OF THE DRAGON. This was never an either/or situation. If television has room enough for multiple CSIs and CHICAGO shows… well, Westeros and Essos are a lot bigger, with thousands of years of history and enough tales and legends and characters  for a dozen shows. Heartbreaking as it is to work for years on a pilot, to pour your blood and sweat and tears into it, and have it come to nought, it’s not at all uncommon. I’ve been there myself, more than once. I know Jane and her team are feeling the disappointment just now, and they have all my sympathy… with my thanks for all their hard work, and my good wishes for whatever they do next.

He does have a bit more to say about it, so I’d really recommend checking out his full post. I’m curious why he believes that it had nothing to do with HOTD, but I think he just feels as upset about it as we do, and his sorrow is palpable. And now, like you all, I very much hope the next writing of George’s that I read is not in blog post form…

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What showrunners Benioff & Weiss actually said at Austin Film Festival about writing and producing Game of Thrones

David Benioff, George R. R. Martin and D.B Weiss at Season 8 NYC Premiere.  Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO.

David Benioff, George R. R. Martin and D.B Weiss at Season 8 NYC Premiere.
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It’s been a crazy couple of days for Game of Thrones news, hasn’t it? The showrunners jump from Star Wars to Netflix; the prequel pilot is cancelled; and a prequel concept with no pilot is given a full season order instead! During all of this hullabaloo, there was also a controversial talk with showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss at Austin Film Festival, where they discussed their decade-long learning experience as producers and writers on the show. Why should that cause any controversy? Well, let’s find out!

The polemic wasn’t so much due to what Benioff and Weiss said, but more due to what as of a few days ago was the only existing account of the talk: a live-tweeted thread by someone with a rather obvious axe to grind. Personally, even before being able to listen to the original audio, I could tell some of the statements sounded strange coming from Beniof and Weiss; after a thousand interviews, they repeat themselves a lot. Once I got ahold of the audio, it turned out my suspicions were… not wrong.

Essentially, that Twitter thread showed them in the most terrible light possible, often by quote-mining the writing pair or mischaracterizing their jokes as genuine statements; and a few damning times even outright misquoting them. The audio that’s surfaced since isn’t of a great quality, but I’d argue it’s preferable to an erroneous account:

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At the start, Benioff and Weiss are asked to explain how they broke the first season as writers and how they approached adapting George R.R. Martin’s books:

“When we were outlining season one, and at that point it was just the two of us and Bryan Cogman, we’d start putting scenes out in index cards on the board, as you do; with different colors for each plotline,” Benioff explained, and Weiss took over: “At one point we had 112 different colors on the board. I remember looking at it and wondering ‘Is this actually going to make sense to anybody? Is this going to be something people can follow?’ When we started, we knew what we were up against; George wrote these books to be unproducible. There’s a long story about why, which we discussed in the last panel we did, but the point is he didn’t write it with television producibility in mind, so we knew we were facing questions about the carrying capacity of the television show; how much can you have happening without losing people.”

“Later, when George’s books continued to grow, there were places where we just had to compress and condense to make it producible for television,” Weiss continues, “just because if we’d included all the characters that were in the books we’d be running up against a situation in which people would be dropping the balls of the Tyrions and the Danys and the Aryas; the characters they care about. At that point we stopped putting pieces on the board for the most part.”

In terms of the show’s faithfulness to the source material, Benioff argues “the first season was actually quite faithful to the first book. The second season maybe 10% less. Every season’s gotten a little bit less faithful, just because the scope of George’s story kept getting so much bigger and bigger.”

“I think Steve Martin said something to the effect of ‘Every adaptation process is like a marriage that ends in divorce.’ Sometimes they’re amicable divorces. Sometimes they’re ugly divorces. You always start with the best intentions, to be faithful forever, and then you start to have some other ideas, you start to stray a little bit. In a way, given the scope of what George created, I think we had with what ended up being a very amicable divorce from the source material; because we ran out of it,” he says jokingly. Weiss, in turn, then adds: “Even before that, the carrying capacity of a television show is not the same as that of a book.”

Regarding the original pilot, which famously had to undergo heavy re-shoots, Dan explained that “as a television show, it was the kind of show that was a film/TV hybrid, in a lot of ways [acting as a film] in terms of the production design, the shooting schedule, all of that stuff; but it needed to be done in a TV budget and timeframe. So everyone involved was figuring out how to make something like this for the first time, and it just took one more than one try. We were given a second chance, though they were probably about 50/50 on whether or not to give us that chance.” Though it was a new process for everyone, Benioff doesn’t want to pass the buck: “We were the showrunners, so if the show’s not working, we screwed it up.”

Though they were experienced writers before the show, David and Dan had to learn to communicate their ideas as first-time producers, as Weiss describes it: “We knew about story, we knew about character, and we knew tone, and how we wanted it all to feel, but all the rest of it we had to learn; and translate what we felt into words that would, say, lead a production designer in the direction that would produce the result we wanted.”

An age-old anecdote about the show is that the first season came up short and they had to write additional scenes, but I’m not sure it’s ever been said why that happened in the first place. It turns out the original scripts were timed correctly to fill what HBO required, and they only came up short because the production started running out of money for certain expensive scenes, such as the Battle of the Green Fork with Tyrion and the Mountain. Since they had to cut that and similarly expensive sequences, they had to resort to creating the famous one-on-one conversation scenes they added later, such as the private chat between Robert and Cersei:

“They tended to be two- or three-handers; people in rooms talking, scenes they could just shoot in a morning,” Benioff said. “It was terrifying at first, but then it became fun. Because of their nature, these scenes weren’t plot points; the plot-driven scenes were already in there. So these were scenes that had to be interesting enough to justify their existence but didn’t really move the plot forward,” Benioff said. “These scenes weren’t in the book. This was the first time we deviated at all from the central narrative. By that point, we’d gotten to know the characters a lot better, we’d gotten to work with the actors for months, so their voices were in our heads when writing.”

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At this point in the talk, we arrive at a point whose reaction stumped me the most. The writers have often described how the actors’ performance has shaped their characters, which I see as a laudable artistic collaboration between writer and performer:

“As you get to know Maisie, as you get to know Sophie, and everybody, they find their way into the character,” Weiss illustrated. “It’s like they redecorate the house you gave them, and, after a couple of seasons, in some cases it doesn’t even resemble the house that they moved into. They’ve done their work on it. You’re following their lead as much as they’re following your lead. They’re creating the psychological nuances of their character as much as you are on the page.”

Unfortunately, some people apparently see this perspective as sacrilege; as if they were leaving sacred source material to chance. But that’s not the case. Actors aren’t just marionettes hired to perform a reader’s or writer’s imagined version of a character; part of their role is shaping the character, even if it results in deviation from the source material. I can’t help but see this as a positive element of cinema and television, which is made in collaboration between sometimes hundreds of artists, instead of a single writer.

Additionally, you may have heard that David & Dan wanted to “remove” as many fantasy elements as possible because that wasn’t “the type of fan” they wanted to appeal to. It’s also been reported that Weiss (rather misogynistically and paternalistically, if I say so myself) stated that they wanted to appeal to “mothers,” as if mothers were unable to enjoy fantasy. Thankfully, that’s very much not what they said:

“With the fantasy genre on television, tonally it’s very easy [go too] campy. Every scene, you change these two lines and it’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” Weiss jokes. “Also, in terms of fantasy exposition, with proper nouns, it’s almost like a game of Jenga, where you’re trying to plow as many of them as possible without the whole thing falling over. In the first pilot, we had one too many and the whole thing fell over. Going forward, we tried to keep that stuff to a minimum, because we didn’t just want to appeal to a fantasy fanbase. We wanted them to love it, and we wanted our parents to love it, and people who play professional football to love it. We wanted to reach a wider audience, and to do that keeping the tone [under control] was very important.”

Weiss later adds that when they first pitched it to HBO, they just didn’t tell them about all the fantasy elements, though David and Dan obviously were very much aware of them and in favor of including them: “We told them ‘This isn’t about a million creatures fighting a million other creatures. This is about people.’ We knew, having read the four books that existed at that point and also just being able to extrapolate the future of the story, that it was gonna turn into exactly what we promised HBO it wasn’t.”

In a similar vein, discussing Craster’s baby boy brought by the White Walker north and put on an altar of ice, in that famous season four scene that one could argue was the first to pass the books, the showrunners say they’ve never been more stressed; not because of the Night King, but because the baby was real. You might’ve read that Dan said that “the mother was not happy because Dan just kept talking about a close-up of the baby’s penis,” which is quite strange, or perhaps even concerning. What Dan actually said was a funny, self-aware anecdote about the fact that they had to establish that the baby was a male, since only Craster’s boys were taken by the White Walkers, so he loudly said so on set, which understandably made the mother uncomfortable.

“The two of us and [Director] Miguel [Sapochnik] talked a lot, exhaustively and exhaustingly, about the importance of shooting the battle from a point of view,” Weiss said about planning the famous Battle of the Bastards. “We wanted everything to be from someone’s potential point of view, if possible, because that’s what prevents a special effects-driven battle from having that certain video game quality. That happens because the camera can do anything; there’s no real camera a lot of the time, so when you can do anything, you do anything. You’re sweeping around with this God’s-eye point of view of a camera that doesn’t exist in a set that doesn’t exist, and it starts feeling fake. We wanted to pin it to a character and make it feel like this isn’t the experience of this battle; this is the experience of Jon Snow’s experience of this battle.”

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As for the value of considering other people’s feedback, Benioff didn’t egotistically dismiss it outright, as you might have read, but instead said that they “realized at a certain point that it would drive us crazy” to check everyone’s opinions online, and that it wouldn’t have the intended effect. That’s not to say they believe themselves to be infallible: “Good things are done by groups of people: [the show wasn’t done by] two people or four people, but probably two hundred people, [all of them] essential, working together. But I don’t know about the value of a committee of ten million people.”

Finally, neither of them said they “didn’t try to understand the books’ major elements,” or dismiss themes per se, as Benioff has been quoted as saying before (out of context.)

“There’s this famous Russian poet who read his poem and someone in the audience said, ‘You mind explaining the poem?’, and so he re-read the poem, and that was his response. That’s it,” Benioff said. “[A Song of Ice and Fire] is such a complex story that I don’t think we ever tried to [boil it down.] You kind of have to have a prepared answer –‘It’s about power, and family,’ and that’s all true; it is about power, it is about family. But I think it’s also true that two shows can have the same themes and be wildly different, and one’s good and one’s bad, and honestly it’s about the complexities they try to depict, it’s the characters. To try to cram it into a single aphorism isn’t helpful for me. There are other writers I know and respect who feel very differently, and operate differently, but for both of us, it’s not the way we work.”

As I have said elsewhere, David Benioff and Dan Weiss are not my favorite people. I don’t want to be their friends. And it is undoubtedly frustrating to see them admit their producing inexperience (however self-aware and self-deprecating they may be) while having way more opportunities than anyone who isn’t rich, cis, hetero, white, and/or a man (I, for one, certainly hope “House of the Dragon” has a proper writers room with a diverse set of voices.) All of that is true. Perhaps more relevantly to this discussion, it’s always been true; even before the ending to their series was so disliked.

Despite that essential truth, the tone of that original account, in which David and Dan were made to look like they were speaking about their ignorance and inexperience with a frustrating, happy-go-lucky lack of self-awareness, is just not reflective of reality. If you don’t believe my transcription, feel free to listen to the original audio.

I don’t believe any reasonable person would conclude they are speaking mockingly, or lacking awareness about their failings. In fact, I would argue what anyone who’s ever listened to them before must have known before being able to listen to the audio: Benioff and Weiss are always self-deprecating, often to the point of it being awkward, and always with the explicit purpose of crediting the rest of the producers, cast and crew, most of whom have nothing but good words for them as showrunners.

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HBO Orders a Full Season of Game of Thrones Spinoff “House of the Dragon”!

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Never mind that it ended five months ago: Game of Thrones rules the world. Today has been absolute chaos, with fandom discourse over the infamous Austin Film Festival interview and the news that the Naomi Watts-starring “Bloodmoon” prequel spinoff was officially dead. The internet has been on fire with discussion about the future of Westeros, the ramifications for Benioff and Weiss (and Star Wars!) and fans wondering if George RR Martin’s creation had any future left on television at all.

HBO answered that last question resoundingly with a huge announcement tonight. The spinoff announced in development in September focusing on the Targaryen Civil War (commonly called The Dance of the Dragons) is not only getting a pilot- it’s moving forward with a full-series order! The new show’s title: House of the Dragon!

Entertainment Weekly confirmed the new details. House of the Dragon will have ten episodes. As announced previously, it was co-created by author George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal, a showrunner on the new series. Beloved GoT director Miguel Sapochnik will be a co-showrunner and he’ll be directing the pilot.

As the poster notes, the series takes its cues from Martin’s Fire and Blood, his tome of Targaryen history, with events set hundreds of years before the era of Game of Thrones. EW confirmsThe events in the new series will eventually lead up to The Dance of the Dragons, a massive civil war in the Seven Kingdoms held between two rival branches of House Targaryen.”

They also confirm that “the news was announced at WarnerMedia’s presentation to investors on Tuesday focused on the launch of its 2020 streaming service HBO Max.”

And here I was set to make an impassioned yet pointless plea for a Dunk & Egg series. House of the Dragon, hell yeah! Let’s get started with the fancasting!

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Game of Thrones Spinoff “Bloodmoon” Reportedly Not Moving Forward

Photo by Joel Ryan

Photo by Joel Ryan

In a move that not even Varys or Littlefinger could have predicted, Deadline is reporting that the Game of Thrones prequel, which was to be headlined by Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts, is dead in the water. While as many as five spinoffs were once said to be in development, the one that had gained the most traction was the one set during the Age of Heroes. A pilot had been filmed, and we’ve been tracking its progress rather diligently, with updates slowly trickling in. While a filmed pilot is by no means a guarantee that a show will go to series, we were all pretty sure that with the eyes of the world on GOT, the hunger for more (by both the fans and the HBO execs) would only grow larger. And yet….

Right now, reports suggest that showrunner Jane Goldman has been emailing the cast and crew to let them know the devastating news, but it should be noted that it has not yet been confirmed by HBO. We can only speculate at the time being what led to this show’s alleged cancellation. It could be behind the scenes drama, or it could be set or even cost concerns (though unlikely). Reportedly, HBO hadn’t been thrilled with the cut they saw and had requested edits…but even with that, I would still have not expected an outright cancellation of the project!

As recently as mid-September, A Song of Ice and Fire creator George R. R. Martin indicated in a blog post that he would soon see the rough cut of the pilot, and that his earlier behind-the-scenes look had been “spectacular.” He also noted at that time that we were getting closer to the Targaryen-centered spinoff. So, could the rumor mill take us towards an assumption that HBO might be turning tide and putting their eggs in the Targaryen basket? I honestly don’t know, but it seems unlikely to me, given that the Targaryen show has not even been given so much as a pilot order, so they’d be literally comparing a completed episode of television vs. unfilmed text. I know only that as soon as I saw this news and flocked here to start writing this article, my jaw has been agape and still is, even while writing these final sentences. I was immensely excited for this project, and am currently devastated, and rather unsure of what to think. We’ll update this once we get a confirmation from HBO regarding its cancellation.

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Game of Thrones showrunners Benioff & Weiss jump from Star Wars to Netflix; Deb Riley chooses her favorite set designs

Producer Bernie Caulfield with showrunners D.B. Weiss (left) and David Benioff (right)

Producer Bernie Caulfield with showrunners D.B. Weiss (left) and David Benioff (right)

When the news recently broke that Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss had signed a deal with Netflix rumored to be “in the 9-figure range, worth as much as $300 million, spanning 5 years,” many of us wondered how they could possibly find the time for their upcoming Star Wars films, which had been quietly announced just a few months beforehand. As it turns out, the answer is that they could not.

Deadline had the exclusive: the showrunners’ deal with Lucasfilm to create a new Star Wars trilogy, which was set to begin in 2022, is off due to their new Netflix deal:

“We love Star Wars,” David and Dan told Deadline. “When George Lucas built it, he built us too. Getting to talk about Star Wars with him and the current Star Wars team was the thrill of a lifetime, and we will always be indebted to the saga that changed everything. There are only so many hours in the day, and we felt we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects, so we are regretfully stepping away.”

Meanwhile, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy wasn’t as final about it, insinuating they could eventually come back–when they have the time, that is: “David Benioff and Dan Weiss are incredible storytellers. We hope to include them in the journey forward when they are able to step away from their busy schedule to focus on Star Wars.”

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In other news, Deborah Riley, production designer for Game of Thrones from season four onward, just did a really nice, technically-minded interview for Backstage magazine in which she discusses what her work as a production designer on the show means and, in retrospect, what her favorite designs and finished sets turned out to be:

“To this day, I still get quite emotional thinking about the Meereen audience chamber,” Riley says of her first big design project coming into season four. “I was very nervous about my position at that point. Then once that was built, it was like, ‘I’m going to be fine.’ It was a relief to survive. I’ll never forget that one for that. Before it was brought down, I went and said a little quiet goodbye to it because I was very fond of it.”

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“Working all the way through to Dragonstone, I loved,” Riley says of the castle’s amazing throne room first seen in season seven. “Even what we did in Season 8, it was such an emotional experience not only in terms of the story we were telling but in terms of the art department. To build something and then destroy it, and to destroy this throne room that had been standing for so many years, I found it quite traumatic to do all of that.”

For a much deeper look at what her job entailed, read the whole interview at Backstage.

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Review: My Watch Has Ended with a bittersweet finish

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Game of Thrones has come to an end, our long watch has finally come to a close. To mark the passing, Brewery Ommegang has delivered their final installment in their series of Game of Thrones-inspired beers with the poignantly titled “My Watch Has Ended”.  This last in the series is an Imperial brown ale brewed with maple syrup and Fenugreek.

As Ommegang describes it:

My Watch Has Ended is brewed with two-row base malt, specialty grains such as oat flakes and chocolate malt, plus maple syrup and fenugreek, an herb with a maple-like aroma and flavor. Hopped with Hallertau Magnum and Styrian Golding varietals and fermented with an English ale yeast, with aromas of sweet maple and caramelized sugar, the beer pours a rich mahogany. Notes of cocoa and toffee and a smooth, velvety mouthfeel finish dry, with gently smoldering roast.

As is a running gag in my previous reviews, darker beers are generally not my go-to, yet I’m always excited when Ommegang presents us with a reason to give a new taste a shot. They have an endearing way of taking what you think you know about a beer variety and then giving you brand new take on it. The previous entry, For the Throne, was a golden ale co-fermented with pinot grigio and Viognier grape juices, and although I had no idea what that would taste like, it became one of my favorite ones they’ve made.

Before we get to taste, let’s take a moment and talk about the packaging and bottle design. Bottle1Over the years Ommegang’s Game of Thrones bottles have become collector’s items, with people even finding buyers for the empty bottles. Their original designs were more typical of what you see in craft beer with stickers on the front and back, a ring around the neck, and a corked top held on with a wire cage in a brown glass bottle. The Royal Reserve Collection was more experimental using blacked out bottles, bottle caps, and simple yet distinctive color schemes. My Watch Has Ended though returns to the original design showing off a label featuring the House Tyrell, Lannister, Targaryen, Stark, and Baratheon banners across the front. A bit busy, and makes the lettering hard to read but a welcome return for their final entry in the series.

Onto the contents of that bottle, which at first reminded me heavily of their previous offering, King in the North Imperial Stout. It has a very similar dark color, almost black, and also the same tan foam head which dissolves away quickly. The smell surprised me; from the bottle promotion of maple syrup and fenugreek (an herb often used as a maple syrup flavoring) I wondered if it would smell like pouring pancakes into a glass. Instead you get a pleasant aroma of caramel, cocoa, and a little bit of coffee which again reminded me of the King in the North stout.

bottle2The taste starts off very smooth with very little bitterness and no hard liquor bite unlike previous beers such as Hand of the Queen. Which makes sense- My Watch Has Ended is 8% ABV ale compared with the King in the North stout which had a direwolf-sized 11% ABV. Very quickly you get the maple syrup and fenugreek showing up in force, offsetting the small bitter taste. It’s like the brewers at Ommegang read my previous reviews and my dislike of bitter dark beers and made one for me. The taste is not something very sweet, it comes off more as a smooth inviting taste. Generally with Imperial ales and stouts, I have to remind myself to take a drink and brace myself and can sometimes get that feeling of a never ending glass due to small drinks. My Watch Has Ended is far more inviting and drinkable though, and found it disappeared much quicker.

The flavor mixture is fantastic, and the aftertaste lasts for quite a while like The King in the North with similar pleasant results. And again, Ommegang has gotten me to drink and end up enjoying something that I probably would not pick up from the shelf based on the description. That’s the real greatness of their Game of Thrones collaboration. Just by engaging with the collectibility of Thrones you end up trying a far wider range of tastes and styles than you normally would.

George R.R. Martin has been on record saying that the end of his book series will have a bittersweet ending and I can’t help but feel that’s what Ommegang tried to make with My Watch Has Ended. The beer is a little bitter, a little sweet, and leaves you wanting more. It is coming to your local stores soon, and will be available on draft and in 750 ml bottles (suggested retail price of $11.99/bottle).

Also coming soon, in December, will be a re-release of the popular Take the Black Stout, Fire and Blood Red Ale, and Winter Is Here Double Wit beers in holiday packs complete with glasses. You can use Ommegang’s handy beer finder on their website to help you find these products near to you.

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Liam Cunningham defends Game of Thrones ending; and Maisie Williams tries to answer questions as she eats spicy wings

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We’ve got a few more post-Game of Thrones Season 8 interviews for you today, and I promise two of them are more serious than the title may suggest. First of all: yes, Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) recently appeared in the popular be-interviewed-while-eating-increasingly-spicier-chicken-wings “Hot Ones” Youtube channel, and it was hilarious if not informative; but also, courtesy of Spanish fansite Los Siete Reinos, we’ve got costume designer Michele Clapton speaking about her favorite costume (and character!), as well as cast members Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark) and Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth) discussing and defending the ending of the show.

Aside of providing us with a few good laughs at poor Maisie’s expense, her appearance on Hot Ones also serves as an interview of sorts, though one in which the interviewee grows increasingly inarticulate. You may have heard versions of these questions and answers a hundred times (“Is it true you learned to fight left-handed because Arya’s left-handed in the books?”), but the video is worth it for the laughs anyway:

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Now, onto today’s meatier –but not spicier– interviews. Our friends at Los Siete Reinos got the opportunity to chat with costume designer Michele Clapton as well as Isaac Hempstead Wright and Liam Cunningham at a recent Game of Thrones event in Madrid, Spain (which was very much like the touring exhibition we reviewed a few years ago.)

Of particular interest in the interview with Clapton is what she considers her favorite costume of season eight: Sansa’s coronation dress as Queen in the North. As it happens, Sansa’s the character she “loves the most”, and as well as designing her final dress she got the opportunity (as you might have heard before) to appear in the scene in which Sansa’s putting it on; though you may miss her, since we only see her hands.

Clapton says she especially appreciates how that scene was shot, showing the costume up-close and without rushing through it, “because on-set you never see it with such detail; you see things but you can’t tell it was created with such care.”

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Then, again speaking to L7R, Liam Cunningham makes what I believe to be a great point regarding the ending of Game of Thrones, often criticized as “rushed,” about the realities of production, which has time constraints that writing a novel simply does not:

“The books are a beautiful, beautiful thing, but if we’d ‘just done the books,’ you’re never going to match what’s in people’s heads. And [showrunners] David and Dan gave 15 years of their lives, and they love the books… but we have to make a television show that opens it up to a much bigger audience. [George RR. Martin] writes beautifully. To compare the two is ridiculous; one is a visual medium, the other one’s literary.”

“As regard to the end, there’s nothing we could’ve done to make everybody happy… I think we had the most happy ending that we could possibly have. The Starks are in good shape. The Lannisters are gone. Daenerys –the Targaryens– finished. The Small Council at the end is mostly good people; it’s Brienne, Samwell Tarly, Davos, Bran, Tyrion. It’s a pretty happy ending for something that’d had genocides up to that point.”

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“I think it was a really good ending. We got people saying ‘it was too short!’. It was originally going to be 70 hours, and [David and Dan] added three more huge episodes, which is six months more of work than what they were contracted by HBO. So they went the extra mile. But they didn’t want to drag it out. I know people say it was rushed. Well, everything’s rushed. Davos had seven sons in the books. Bran’s more magical. There’s Lady Stark returned. There are thousands of things in the books that we couldn’t [have fitted.] It’s impossible. We’d all die of old age. Think about how long it takes to film these days. Six months for ten hours; or in the last season, one year for six episodes. Isaac would be 75 years old if we’d adapted everything. It’d be impossible.”

Now, it’s only natural for an actor to defend their project, and Cunningham has never been anything but a fierce defender of the show, but I believe he makes some great points: young actors age out of their roles, and time is money, not to speak of good old-fashioned physical and mental burnout by producers, writers, cast and crew alike.

The show just couldn’t go on forever, or even for ten seasons like some, including author Martin himself, had suggested in the past. While it’s true HBO offered the showrunners to go on for longer, either the production value wouldn’t be what the explosive final act of this story deserved or we’d get a season every two or three years. And we return to young actors aging and time being money. The math just doesn’t work out.

Perhaps it’s ironic (or is it just funny?) that that’s partly why Martin started writing A Song of Ice and Fire after working on Hollywood for years: he wanted to write something limited only by his imagination, eschewing all realities of production. The show didn’t have that luxury, especially once they ran out of published source material.

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

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We’ve reached the last category in our preliminary voting stage today, for the Watchers on the Wall Awards: Best Fight of Season 8! That means we’ll be quickly jumping into finals voting, revealing the top 5 winners in every category so you can choose your favorites of the year. The ultimate winners will be revealed all in one night, at a live streaming ceremony here at Watchers. For those of you who miss the ceremony, don’t worry- the video will be saved, and the results posted in print as well! But the ceremony is always fun, with giveaways for those watching live. The Watchers on the Wall Awards date will be posted this week, so stay tuned- that info is coming soon. If you haven’t seen a category up for preliminary voting, that means it’s going right to finals voting!

Onto today’s voting! Best Battle, the award for the complete large-scale battles (Battle of Winterfell, Battle of King’s Landing, etc), is one of those categories going right to finals voting. Best Fight is the award to recognize smaller-scale fights or individual moments: one on one skirmishes, small-group dust-ups, and the like.

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 (Thursday 10/31/19 at 12PM Eastern Time), whichever five fights that have the most votes will continue on to the finals. The results of the polls will be revealed when it’s time to choose the winners in the finals.

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the nominating and voting for the prelims, and we can’t wait to get started on the finals!

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Emilia Clarke “heartbroken” at fan reaction to Game of Thrones’ ending; Season 8 scripts reveal deleted scenes!

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Emilia Clarke hasn’t been shy about her reactions to the end of Game of Thrones, particularly as regards her character of Daenerys Targaryen, who one could say went a bit off the deep end there at the end. Still, before the following interview we’re bringing you today, the actress has never really addressed what her reactions were beyond that; or, more specifically, what did she think about the fan reactions?

On this week’s Stellar Magazine, via the Daily Mail, Emilia Clarke speaks to the fan response at the final episodes of Game of Thrones, which was divisive to say the least:

“I was too busy focusing on my own reactions to really pay too much attention, if any at all,” the actress says of her initial feelings. Indeed, Clarke has been frank in the past about how reading the final scripts left her speechless and wandering London for hours, due to Daenerys’s turn and death. With time, however, her feelings appeared to evolve: “The only thing I felt truthfully sad about was that [showrunners] David and Dan are my really good friends, and so it’s for them that I feel heartbreak, because it’s theirs.”

On a personal note: when I first read Emilia’s reaction to the ending, I felt for her; she is obviously deeply connected to Daenerys, and her end wasn’t only tragic but shocking–too shocking, some would argue (and some do, or else the ending wouldn’t be so divisive.) Nevertheless, I’m glad that Clarke has also taken note of the vitriolic reaction, exhibited by some watchers towards the showrunners, and decided to comment on it and commiserate with David and Dan, as some of those same fans were pitting Emilia Clarke against them in some imagined feud, if you can believe that!

Then again, if I know the ways of online fandom–and I think I do–this sadly won’t dissuade any believers, and so the battle between actor and showrunners will continue unabated in their minds. C’est la vie. Or, well, c’est le fandom.

In other news, speaking to Metro at the Q Awards, Isaac Hempstead Wright, who you may know better as Bran Stark (or perhaps as King Bran the Broken, First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Six Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm,) was asked about what he would think if, despite what he was told, George R.R. Martin ended up enthroning someone else at the end of his book series:

“I will be a bit gutted I think,” Isaac confesses. Then again, there’s a silver lining: since “the books and the show were able to evolve as their own thing,” as he puts it, “George has no obligations to end it in any of the same ways we did,” so you could “get two alternative endings to Game of Thrones.” Isaac deems this as “quite cool.” As for who else he can envision in the throne, it appears the wolves stick together still: “It would have to be another Stark I think, Sansa or someone.” The pack survives, indeed.

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Finally, Kim Renfro at Insider was lucky enough to read the entire final season’s scripts now deposited at the Writers Guild Foundation Shavelson-Webb Library in L.A., where she learned about some of the scenes or lines that didn’t make the cut, such as slightly expanded roles for Harry Strickland and Alys Karstark, a clearer through line of the isolation that lead Dany to her final decisions, and characters explictly discussing certain issues that many viewers felt should have been addressed on-screen.

For example, Missandei and Grey Worm originally had a role in the Winterfell hall feast after the battle, and their departure in order to have some alone-time as lovers was what originally prompted Dany’s feelings of isolation:

Dany is happy for her friend. But she’s also aware that everyone seems to be having fun except for her. She’s lonely and Varys clocks her loneliness…

The scene continues as aired, with Tormund celebrating Jon instead of her, but Dany’s increasing isolation was hammered home by literally being left alone without her only two long-time friends. In general, according to Renfro, “it’s much easier to track her descent into bitter loneliness and resolution against the rest of Westeros.”

Another bone of contention has been how certain noteworthy events went by unaddressed, such as Jon riding a dragon in the season premiere despite not being a known Targaryen. Though it’s not quite an uncontestable fact, it’s a general belief in Westeros that only Targaryens (or, more correctly, only Valyrians) can ride dragons, and this is reflected in the script: back in Dragonstone, when Tyrion tells Varys what Sansa told him about Jon’s true parentage, Varys is at first doubtful, which Tyrion counters with: “He rode a dragon. Has any non-Targaryen ever rode a dragon?”

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Then there is the incest. Oh, incest. An old friend of Game of Thrones.

Though, obviously, Jon distancing himself romantically from Daenerys in reacton to that same bit of news was because he was closely related to her, this is never explicitly said; instead, the political implications are at the forefront. In the scripts, however, when Jon arrives in Dragonstone, that interpretation is more textual. When the characters kiss, but before Jon breaks it and Dany makes her final fateful decision, this happens:

She’s desperate for a connection; she cannot remember a time she has felt this alone. She pulls back from the kiss and looks at Jon. This is complicated for him. He loves her. He disapproves strongly of what she’s doing. He lusts after her. He fears her. She feels his ambivalence. ‘It disgusts you,’ Dany says. ‘Dany…’ Jon begins and trails off.

The scene continues as we saw it, with Dany’s expression hardening and the doomed “let it be fear” line. The difference may seem insignificant, and much of this isn’t even dialogue but stage direction that couldn’t have made it into the episode anyway–except in the actors’ performance, which I would argue it was. And yet, it’s true that the script is more explicit about what the characters are thinking and feeling, and that going only by the scripts fewer people would have been shocked by Dany’s final moments.

Is this explicit text better than the subtext or acting open to interpretation of the show? Or is this merely about clarity? And which scenes do you prefer; the script’s or the show’s versions? Good questions, if I say so myself. You have the answers, I hope, and will deposit them–politely, avoiding flame wars– in the comments section.

If you wish to read about the many other differences between the scripts and the final episodes in great detail, please read Kim Renfro’s wonderful piece at Insider.

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Gwendoline Christie praises Brienne’s Season 8 arc; Kit Harington reflects on playing someone as good as Jon

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As we gear up for winter (whether its winds are coming or not), the Game of Thrones cast is busy as ever, attending cons, as is so common for actors enmeshed in popular culture these days. As such, Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) attended ACE Comic Con this past weekend. And in their spotlight interviews, they were asked about GOT, as well as some of their other characters and upcoming work. While most of us (myself included) were unable to be there, thankfully some lovely camera folk recorded them for us. What did they say? Let’s dive in and take a peek…

Gwen gave a fantastic answer when she was asked how she balanced being Ser Brienne of Tarth and Captain Phasma (Star Wars), given they are such dramatic roles, when she is so funny? Her answer, predictably, is full of Gwen’s trademark insight:

There was no balancing to be done. Parts like Brienne and Phasma mean something – to me and to popular culture – That’s why I persevere in this job I’m lucky enough to do; they communicate a message. These characters spoke to me in a very profound way. And because of what we’ve been fed from the mainstream media, which has been from a very patriarchal perspective, we hadn’t had a lot of diversity or variety of women’s stories, and so I found that these characters spoke to me on many different levels, and I just wanted to communicate them and what it said to me. That’s about joy to me. That’s my absolute state of bliss – to be in service of an idea greater than myself, whether it’s changing perspectives of the way women look or being a badass with a sword. But that’s what I love, so that’s joy and humor to me. That’s my interest – it tends to lie in drama, and finding the comedy in the tragedy…

She is so full of wisdom, and I just love listening to her speak. You could hear and see the audience hanging on her every word. More importantly, she is extremely passionate about diversity and opportunity, and has this to say about the future of pop culture, and why Brienne is so influential: “The Internet has given people a forum to make their voices heard. People want to see themselves represented in the stories that are told. We need to see a realistic depiction of our world, and people can only realistically respond to what we’re given.”

Then, of course, because I know you’re all askin’, she did address the direwolf in the room. What are her thoughts on Brienne’s season 8 arc, and does Gwendoline feel that it did the character justice?

I have to say that I did. I loved that Brienne got to have her first sexual experience! *screams ‘sexual experience’ repeatedly while the audience chants* I loved that she elected to have that sexual experience. It was her choice. I love that her storyline for the final season wasn’t defined by that. She gets the promotion she always wanted. And, she was alive. I loved that about her. It didn’t tear her down. It didn’t live on. It didn’t demolish her. It didn’t break her down. She went through a human experience and went through the wide variety of human emotions that we can have that befits us being on the Earth, but she achieves her dreams and becomes Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. She was made a knight on her own terms. So yes, I was delighted.

Sorry to all the detractors, but I’m very glad to hear her affirm her positive reception. I loved her arc too, and have been defensive of it for quite some time, so I’m glad to know that I’m on #TeamGwen.

Meanwhile, over at the Wall, Kit Harington had a bit to say as well…

One of the coolest things Kit was asked was how 10 years of living inside a character has affected him, and how much of Jon he carries with him every day.

I always felt with Jon that one of the struggles is that I was always playing someone who is a better person than me. He’s good to his core. He’s loyal, he’s brave, he’s honest, he’s truthful to his very core. Playing a character like that for 10 years of your life is intimidating…playing someone who is the very essence of good and brave. So, I can only hope that some of him does live on in me, or that I learned something from him. I loved him dearly as a person and I really enjoyed playing him. When meeting fans or meeting people in the street, [I see] that Jon was a very beloved character…whereas some of my friends have it a bit harder like Jack Gleeson, playing Joffrey, or Alfie [Allen] playing Theon. I had it easy because people followed Jon – they liked him.

That last bit about the difference between Kit’s street experience and others is both funny and scary. I’ve run into several GOT celebrities in the streets (Joseph Mawle and John Bradley) and they were lovely, but I don’t understand how some people can’t disassociate the actors from the characters they portray. Anyway, when pressed about what items he took from set, Kit notes that he wasn’t allowed to take Longclaw home, so he contacted an armorer to get his own copy made! Additionally, he, um…ended up with some other presents: “The one thing I managed to grab were his gloves and the van braces, the bit that goes around the glove. I got a life-size statue of Jon Snow as well from the (season 8) promo where we all come upon our statues of ourselves in the crypts. They asked me, Maisie [Williams], and Sophie [Turner] if we wanted them and I was the only one who said yes. It’s in my garden shed.”

For more on Gwen’s journey through hardship, perseverance, and the (slowly) changing face of representation in the industry, or more from Kit regarding pranks, his favorite Harry Potter books/movies, and what kind of ‘dark comedy’ he wants to make about himself, watch the interviews!

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

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Game of Thrones has always knocked it out of the park when it comes to visual effects. The show added another Emmy this year to its staggering collection for their Special Visual Effects work in “The Bells”, but could’ve just as easily won the award for any other episode in season 8, as packed as this year was with eye-popping visuals. That’s what will make this category a challenge to vote in, with so many worthy potential nominees. Best Visual Effects Scene: the scene that you think best demonstrated the show’s effects this year.

In this initial prelims stage, we need your help narrowing the list down to a top 5! Select your favorite 5 scenes from the poll at the bottom of the post. To make your voting easier, we’ve embedded all the scenes nominated by our readers below. Have fun reliving some of the most incredible moments of season 8, and vote!

Jon’s first dragon flight

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The Clegane Brothers fight to the death as King’s Landing burns

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Arya hunts wights in the Winterfell library

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Daenerys and Drogon lay waste to King’s Landing with dragonfire

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Jon and Daenerys take on the Night King by moonlight, with their dragons

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Drogon sleeping in the snow

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Winterfell falls apart as Viserion and the dead attack

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Drogon destroys the Iron Throne and carries away Dany’s body

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The Dothraki charge the army of the dead

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Daenerys and Drogon destroy the Iron Fleet, the Golden Company, and the gates of King’s Landing

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The Night King, white walkers and Viserion shatter and explode

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Daenerys make a speech to her legions, and spreads her wings

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The dead rise at the Battle of Winterfell

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Daenerys saves Jon, and Drogon is swarmed by wights

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Daenerys tries to burn the Night King with dragonfire

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Smoke and flame rise as Drogon makes runs on the wights with Sansa and Arya watching from the walls

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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 (Monday 10/21/19 at 12PM 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 Best Visual Effects Scene in a few weeks.

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Four New Additions for the Game of Thrones Spinoff!

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The good thing about time passing, with the end of prequel filming (well, the first Game of Thrones prequel spinoff, anyway!) is that after a while everyone chills out and starts to leak info again. And we love that here! Four more castings have popped up, giving us a little more info to tide us over for now. The new additions are….

Pictured above (clockwise):

  • LEAH GAYER – Gayer is relatively new to the professional world, but has a long CV at RADA, a respected drama school in the UK. What’s most interesting about this casting is that according to the actress’ agency resume, she’s playing the role of “Caera” on Bloodmoon. The “ae” letter combo gives us Valyrian vibes, but George R.R. Martin said last year that the prequel would take place in the distant Westeros past, before the rise of Valyria, effectively taking them off the table. So the name may be a misleading choice or a placeholder.
  • JASPER BRITTON – According to Britton’s agency resume, he’ll be playing the role of “House Master Cole” on Bloodmoon. That title is a rather vague one, house master. Is it possible that “master” is a misspelling of “maester”? In the speculation game, sure why not! Maesters could have existed in prequel time- it’s unclear, in the history of Westeros. Even the specific name is up for speculation- is “Cole” his first or last? There is a famous house in Westeros named “Cole.” The new show may have simply borrowed it.
  • GEORGINA BEEDLE – Beedle’s agency resume lists her as appearing in the “Untitled Game of Thrones Prequel” with no role specified, unfortunately. But it’s always nice to add another name to the roster. Welcome to the cast!
  • JACQUELINE BOATSWAIN – According to Boatswain’s agency resume, she has a part in the “Untitled Game of Thrones prequel”. Her role is not included but we can do a little speculating based on casting notices leaked last year. We received a notice regarding a part labeled “S2” describing a series regular role for a black woman, aged 45 to 60. Boatswain might be the winner here. She’s in the right age bracket, and she’s a very experienced actress with regular TV stints on Shameless, Wolfblood, Hollyoaks, Grange Hill, and more.

Thanks to our friends at RedanianIntelligence for passing tips our way! Follow them for info about The Witcher.

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The Lucky Winners of The Unofficial Guide to Game of Thrones!

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For those keeping track, this past week we’ve had a giveaway celebrating the release of The Unofficial Guide to Game of Thrones, by Insider‘s Kim Renfro. The new book covers all eight seasons of the show, and is loaded with details about the making of Game of Thrones, the pop culture phenomenon it inspired and in-depth analysis about the characters and episodes.

Thanks to the good folks at Simon and Schuster, we have THREE copies to give away to our readers! After a week, we have hundreds of entries across Facebook, Twitter and Watchers’ comments. The time has come to choose the three lucky winners!

The winners of The Unofficial Guide to Game of Thrones are:

@heatherll1981

Kelly DeHoroch

Timothy Walsh

Congratulations, and enjoy the wonderful book!

Thank you to everyone who entered. If you’d like to read The Unofficial Guide to Game of Thrones, it’s available for purchase now! Treat yourself to a book today.

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George RR Martin explains writing delays & GOT prequels; Maisie Williams admits playing Arya affected her body image

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In a recent interview at The Chicago Way w/John Kass, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin didn’t just discuss Jane Goldman’s prequel pilot, which has just finished filming, and how The Winds of Winter is coming along, but also provided a fascinating insight into his writing process. As any writer knows, much of the writing process doesn’t involve ‘writing’ at all, and it turns out that’s true for Martin as well.

“If my writing is going well, and I’m really ‘in Westeros,’ it does haunt me day and night, and one of the times when it’s most common is when I go to bed at night. I’m laying there in bed; waiting to go to sleep; the lights are out; and the scenes that I’m gonna write tomorrow are in my head. Or maybe the scenes I’m gonna write next week, or maybe the scenes from a different chapter. I don’t know–I can’t control it, but something starts filling my head and the characters start coming alive, and I start hearing snatches of dialogue, and I drift to sleep with Westeros and Ice and Fire in my head, haunting me.”

“When I was still living in Chicago,” Martin continues, “I’d take the L [Chicago’s elevated train system] every day to work. It’s not the most exciting ride in the world, so I’d sit there, staring at the window, and stories would fill my head. Not necessarily [because of] the things that I was seeing on the rooftops of Chicago–but other planets, imaginary realms, and all of that. So it’s almost a case where you’re zoning out; you’re riding on the L and it’s boring or you’re drifting to sleep and you’re not quite asleep yet, but you’re not awake [anymore] either, and then the stuff comes to you.”

As many suspected and the author has intimated before, this crucial ritual of reflection is not exclusively reserved for the world of Westeros and The Winds of Winter -his sixth book in the series- anymore, as other projects have come to divide his attention:

“Of course, what’s happened in my life recently is that there’s so much else now,” Martin admits. “The success of the show and other things has injected a lot of other aspects into my life. So sometimes I lay in bed at night and I’m not thinking about Westeros, even thought I may want to–I’m thinking about some other problem I’m having; one of the other shows I’m involved with; or a deadline on an anthology I’m editing; or something that’s happening with the non-profit organization that I started. All of these other things are filling my head and that is one of the thing’s that’s delayed me. I really have to get Winds done; I’ve really have to put myself on a state where I’m not being distracted by other stuff, and that period at night is filled with the voices of Tyrion Lannister and Arya Stark and the other fictional characters who live inside of me.”

The show coming to an end has freed his mind a fair bit, but as we know new projects have sprung up to take its place: “There was a period where the show caught and past me, and I hadn’t anticipated that happening, so there was a tremendous amount of stress on me a few years ago when that was about to happen but hadn’t happened yet, and I was desperately trying to finish Winds and stay ahead. And it didn’t work. The amount of stress that was on me at the time slowed me down rather than speeding me up. Now that the show’s over, any stress in that regard is done, but of course, we have five successor shows in various stages of development–and one of them’s just finished shooting the pilot episode in Northern Ireland; another one’s very close to getting a pilot order. I’m involved with those as well. Game of Thrones, that particular story, may be over on TV, but it’s not over for me–I still have these two more books to write. And there’s other stories in the world of Westeros, which is an entire world, and I’m still deeply involved with those. So there’s still plenty to keep me busy.”

At the beginning of season three, Williams had literally outgrown her character.

By the beginning of season three, Williams had literally outgrown her character.

At Vogue, on a fashion-centered piece, Maisie Williams discusses how playing Arya, a tomboy had to often pass for a boy, affected her self-image, and how she got past it:

“A couple of seasons in the middle, maybe around season two or three, my body started to mature, and I started to become a woman. But Arya was still very much trying to be disguised as a boy, and I had really short hair, and they constantly covered me in dirt and shade my nose so as it looked really broad and I look really manly. And they’d also put this strap across my chest to flatten any ‘growth’ that had started”.

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“I don’t know–that just felt horrible,” Maisie admits. “And I felt kind of ashamed for a while. So we’ve got this new phase of my style. It’s nice to look more feminine, and have a real waistline, and embrace the body that I have.”

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Con of Thrones 2020 Tickets On Sale Today!

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If you thought Orlando was magical before, wait until it has dragons.

As announced a few weeks ago, next year’s 4th annual Con of Thrones will take place in Orlando, Florida, at the Orange County Convention Center. From July 17–19, 2020, fans from around the globe will gather to celebrate the world of ice and fire and Game of Thrones at the biggest convention around for Thrones fans. Tickets go on sale today at 1:00 p.m Eastern time – snap yours up and  start your con planning!

Con of Thrones will offer three ticket types for 2020 at special earlybird pricing through December 31, 2019:

  • Single day pass for $49
  • the full-weekend General Pass for $139
  • a limited number of the highly coveted Valyrian Pass for $349, which includes exclusive perks like premium seating in MainStage programming and limited edition merchandise.

Full details on the different ticket types can be found at conofthrones.net.

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Every year Con of Thrones hosts in-depth discussions about both the television and book series, Special Guest Spotlight interviews, live recordings of fan-favorite podcasts, and much more. Past guests include Game of Thrones stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Joe Dempsie (Gendry), Jerome Flynn (Bronn), Hannah Murray (Gilly), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton), Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel), Sibel Kekilli (Shae), Kate Dickie (Lysa Arryn), Esmé Bianco (Ros), Kerry Ingram (Shireen Baratheon), Sam Coleman (Young Hodor), Aimee Richardson (Myrcella Baratheon), and Emmy Award-winning Sound Designer Paula Fairfield.

Con of Thrones also provides opportunities for autographs and photographs with some of the most familiar faces from Game of Thrones.

Con of Thrones is produced by Mischief Management. Watchers on the Wall is proud to once again be the official programming partner for the con, bringing you a full schedule of panels and events to enjoy. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit their own panel and programming ideas, with submission time opening soon. There will be more information about the con to coming in the coming weeks!

For more information and updates, follow Con of Thrones on Facebook,  Twitter, and Instagram. We’ll see you in Orlando!

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George R.R. Martin weighs in on the Game of Thrones ending; praises Emmy wins

David Benioff, George R. R. Martin and D.B Weiss at Season 8 NYC Premiere. Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO.

David Benioff, George R. R. Martin and D.B Weiss at Season 8 NYC Premiere. Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO.

Ever since the divisive Game of Thrones series finale, fans have been wondering how closely the ending reflected what author George R.R. Martin has in store for his A Song of Ice and Fire novels. Martin has remained tight lipped about what may or may not be the same, and a new interview with Fast Company – reported by Digital Spy – does nothing to clear the air. In fact, it may muddy the waters further.

Martin acknowledges that the show’s ending was “not completely faithful” to what he envisions for his books. “Otherwise, it would have to run another five seasons.” Given the enormous scope of the novels and that many characters and storylines had already been cut, this certainly doesn’t come as surprise.

He also elaborates on the difficulties of adaptation, saying, “It can be… traumatic. Because sometimes their creative vision and your creative vision don’t match, and you get the famous creative differences thing – that leads to a lot of conflict.” Martin continues, “You get totally extraneous things like the studio or the network weighing in, and they have some particular thing that has nothing to do with story, but relates to ‘Well this character has a very high Q Rating so let’s give him a lot more stuff to do’.” 

George R.R. Martin with Game of Thrones cast and crew at the 2019 Emmys. Photo by AFP.

George R.R. Martin with Game of Thrones cast and crew at the 2019 Emmys. Photo by AFP.

Whether you liked the ending or not, and regardless of how closely the books will follow it, there is no denying Game of Thrones’ cultural impact and critical acclaim. Martin took to his Not a Blog to celebrate season eight’s recent Emmy wins…and to bid the show farewell. “After eight seasons, GAME OF THRONES leaves the air with more Emmys than any other primetime series, comedy or drama, in the entire history of television. Not too shabby, I’d say. I am very pleased to have been a part of setting that record.”

“Parting is such sweet sorrow, though… it was wonderful to share the moment with all the friends I’ve made during our run, but there was a bittersweet feel to the occasion as well, knowing that this would be the last time all of us would be together…Will I ever again have the privilege of working with some of these incredible talents who helped bring my books to life?  One never knows…”

Martin finishes his post by reminding us that he and HBO aren’t done with Westeros – not by a long shot. “I have WINDS OF WINTER to finish… and A DREAM OF SPRING… and more Dunk & Egg stories… and the second volume of Archmaester Gyldayn’s history.   And we hope to have some exciting news about the successor shows soon as well. Stay tuned.”

Read the rest of his post here.

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Win a copy of The Unofficial Guide to Game of Thrones!

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Winter has come and gone, but there’s plenty left to say, as this new book will tell you. The Unofficial Guide to Game of Thrones, by Insider‘s Kim Renfro, covers all eight seasons of the show, packed with details on the making of Game of Thrones, the pop culture phenomenon and in-depth analysis.

We can look forward to Renfro exploring a range of questions such as: What was the Night King’s ultimate purpose? How did the show effect George R.R. Martin’s ability to finish the book series? Why were the final seasons shorter? Why did the direwolves get shortchanged? How were the fates of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen foretold from the start? And was that really a bittersweet ending? Those and much more are all covered with a balanced look.

I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the book courtesy of the publisher and I can say I enjoyed it immensely. It’s a thoroughly expert guide, from the pilot through the finale, with tremendous heart and fun.

The Unofficial Guide to Game of Thrones is available for pre-order now and will be released on October 8th. We have one copy to give away to a Watchers on the Wall reader. Anyone worldwide may enter, and you’ve all got seven days!

Full details below, along with all the methods to enter!


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Method #1: Simply comment on this post!

Method #2: WotW Twitter: Follow our Twitter, WatchersOTWall, and retweet the The Unofficial Guide to Game of Thrones giveaway tweet! (you must do both for the extra entry). If you already follow us, no problem. Simply retweet the contest post.

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Entries are accepted for seven days, closing the giveaway for entries on Tuesday, October 8th at 12PM ET. The winner will be randomly selected from the entries, and announced shortly thereafter.

**The contest is for readers worldwide.** The (1) winner will be selected from among valid entrants by random drawing. The winner must respond within 72 hours of notification or will forfeit their prizes and another winner/s will be selected. Winners may be responsible for local taxes/importing fees. The winner must have a valid shipping address.

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Watchers on the Wall Awards Season 8: The Best Quotes – Preliminary Round

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Words are wind- but that doesn’t stop us from appreciating truly great words in the mouths of our favorite characters! The final season of Game of Thrones was packed with quotable moments and funny soundbites, and for this week’s prelims, it’s all about the words- the best quotes of the year. We’ll be voting on TWO categories, beginning today: the preliminary rounds for All-Around Best Quote, and Funniest Quote of Season 8.

There are two polls in the post, please make sure to vote in both!

Please choose your five favorites from each preliminary poll. The ground rules: Select up to FIVE nominees from each 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 (Sunday 10/06/19 at 12PM Eastern Time), whichever five quotes from each category that have the most votes will continue on to the finals in their categories. The results of the polls will be revealed when it’s time to choose the winners in the finals.

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‘The Witcher’ actor cast in ‘Blood Moon’ prequel; Naomi Watts on bingeing ‘Game of Thrones’ to prepare

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Naomi Watts had some catching up to do on “Game of Thrones,” but when she did, she “loved it.”

News about Blood Moon, the still-unofficially-titled Game of Thrones prequel, has been sparse lately, as we all wait with bated breath for showrunner Jane Goldman to finish post-production work on the pilot episode and present it to HBO executives. However, we got a quick snippet of information in the form of a new casting announcement, and leading lady Naomi Watts spoke about being part of the phenomenon at an Emmys after-party last week. It’s nothing earth-shattering, but we’ll take it!

First, we learned from our friends behind the website Redanian Intelligence — which covers news and casting about the upcoming Netflix series The Witcher — that British actor Tom Canton has been cast in Blood Moon, a tip verified by Canton’s resume posted on his agency’s website. It notes that his character’s name is “Ham,” although whether this is a code name or his actual name in the series is unclear — many casting calls and roles thus far have been made using code names or initials only, in order to keep important details under wraps.

The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art-trained Canton, who will portray Filavandrel in The Witcher when it premieres later this year, has an extensive background in theater, television and film, and it’s specifically noted on his resume that he is an “excellent sportsman” — something that might come in handy, given the physicality that we’ve seen required of the actors on Thrones. Overall, it bodes well for the series, which has yet to be officially ordered to series, that casting is moving forward. Thanks for the tip, Redanian Intelligence!

Next, EW caught up with Blood Moon leading actress Watts at HBO’s official after-party at last Sunday’s Emmy Awards, and she confessed that she’s feeling the pressure for the prequel to live up to the original series’ success, especially in light of Thrones taking home the award for Outstanding Drama Series for its final season.

“I’m trying not to think about it,” she said to EW’s Nischelle Turner, “but it is evident how well done it is.”

“At the end there, watching them all up on stage having gone through such a long period of time and they’re so well-connected and bonded, and you know they’ve all done such an incredible job.”

Watts also gave credit to her brother for encouraging her to take the role in Blood Moon when she was approached — she hadn’t watched the show at that point — saying that he wouldn’t have let her get away with turning it down.

“My brother … basically said to me, when I told him about it, he said, ‘You will die before I let you not do that show. You have to do it.’ He is obsessed.”

“And, of course, when I did get around to watching it, I just did it all in the space of about, I don’t know, two months on a lot of long flights and it’s absolutely riveting,” she said about finally having the time to catch up on Thrones. “I loved it.”

Hopefully, Watts will take that love with her into filming the rest of the prequel — and that we won’t have to wait too much longer to see her in action in ancient Westeros!

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Emmys 2019 – The Final Game of Thrones Emmys Roundup

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Emmys season has come and gone, and the long night has finally broken on Game of Thrones.  Yes, it tied its 12 Emmy record, falling one win shy of what would have been its own broken record. But we all know the true fun is the friends it made along the way. While the Emmys are traditionally supposed to celebrate ALL of TV, more often than not the Emmys have increasingly seemed like TV is GOT‘s space, and everyone else is just here to play. 2019 was no exception, with all the nominated cast members getting to make a grand entrance on stage, as a spoiler-filled tribute to the show displayed for the stars in the room and the fans at home. Yes, it was a memorable Emmys indeed, capped only by Michael Douglas’ bemusing smirk as he revealed to the millions of petition-signing whingers that yes, GOT is the king, and if you come at the king, you best not miss. So, what else went down?

On the Red Carpet, Kim Renfro did a deep dive with Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth, Lord of Ships, née Onion Knight) and Isaac Hempstead-Wright (King Bran the Broken, née Three-Eyed Raven). Reporting for Insider, she got some good feedback from them, when asked about the worst fan theory they ever heard during filming:

Isaac Hempstead Wright: That f—— Bran is the Night King. [Cunningham looked surprised at the use of a swear word.] This isn’t live! Is it?

Kim Renfro: No, but it is being recorded.

Isaac Hempstead Wright: Well, you can bleep that out.

I really like the way they handled this question about the largely disliked (though not by me) ending:

Kim Renfro: What is one thing you would hope fans take away from the final season of “Game of Thrones”?

Liam Cunningham: That we all collectively did our best to try and tell this gorgeous story, and we took people on a journey with us. I think we achieved that. And hopefully it raised people’s expectations for future shows. If we raised the bar of quality for storytelling, we’ll have done some good.

Isaac Hempstead Wright: I think just a sense of how to finish a story well. We did a very noble thing, which is to end it on a high with only six episodes when we could have dragged it on for 10 more seasons and everyone would have watched it and it would have been fine — but I think it’s a real lesson in quitting while you’re ahead.

Liam Cunningham: “Always leave ’em wanting more” is an old showbiz epithet.

Check out the rest of her interview for some really good soundbites, including the TV shows they’re keeping up with these days.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel’s right-hand man, Guillermo had a ‘back to back’ with our very own Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Ser Jaime Lannister, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, one-time right hand-haver). Skip to 4:32 to see his one-on-one:

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And lastly, though it isn’t really the Emmys, the transcript from an interview with series creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss on a trip to Japan was just released. While they revisit lots of stuff we already know (Peter Dinklage was the person they imagined from the get go, etc.), there are still some great quotes there, including their thoughts on how characters must be changed in adaptation:

“Movies aren’t television shows, and books aren’t television shows,” Dan says. “They’re different mediums, and there are different… I don’t want to say rules, but different requirements that each one brings to the table and different things a novel can achieve that no television show can achieve. I mean one of this is that you can have a lot more characters in a novel and find ways to keep track of those characters. I think our show was at the absolute limit for how many characters you can have in a show and still have it make sense.”

“[T]hat said, there are far fewer characters in the show than there are in the books, so the show itself kind of represents a compression, a condensation, of the number of characters in the book. So when you pull characters out, the story has to change accordingly because that person that was important to this plotline isn’t there anymore, so you have to figure out a different way to tell that story that stays true to the spirit of the story, minus some of the characters from the book. So I would say that just making it viable and workable on television required a lot of those changes. But we knew that, we’d read the first four books by the time we started and we knew by the time we got to book four you had more story than we could do justice to even in 10 hours a season.”

What other good quotes can you find? It was a pretty long interview, and definitely worth the read. I hope you all enjoyed the Emmys as much as I did!

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Game of Thrones, Dinklage win at 2019 Emmy Awards, bringing total to 12!

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The 2019 Emmy Awards were broadcast live tonight from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles., and the cast of Game of Thrones was out in force as usual! GoT racked up a record-breaking 32 nominations this year for the final season, and having picked up 10 wins already at the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony last Sunday, was looking to add more to that total. GoT competed in seven categories tonight, with even more nominations than that, thanks to multiple nods in several areas. Ultimately Game of Thrones came home with the biggest prize of all, Outstanding Drama Series, while star Peter Dinklage won an incredible fourth Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Tyrion Lannister. With those awards, the final Emmy total for Game of Thrones season 8 stands at 12.

In addition to the wins, the nominated actors from the GoT cast presented the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie to actress Patricia Arquette (The Act) with Dinklage reading the winning name.

A complete rundown of the categories the show was in tonight, with the winners highlighted in bold/italic:

Outstanding Drama Nominees:

Better Call Saul
Bodyguard
Game of Thrones
Killing Eve
Ozark
Pose
Succession
This is Us

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series:

Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This is Us
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Billy Porter, Pose
Milo Ventimiglia, This is Us

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series:

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Laura Linney, Ozark
Mandy Moore, This is Us
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:

Alfie Allen, Game of Thrones
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
Chris Sullivan, This Is Us

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:

Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones
Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve
Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
Julia Garner, Ozark

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: 

Game of Thrones, “The Last of the Starks,” directed by David Nutter
Game of Thrones, “The Long Night,” directed by Miguel Sapochnik
Game of Thrones, “The Iron Throne,” directed by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Killing Eve, “Desperate Times,” directed by Lisa Brühlmann
Ozark, “Reparations,” directed by Jason Bateman
Succession, “Celebration,” directed by Adam McKay
The Handmaid’s Tale, “Holly”, directed by Daina Reid

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: 

Better Call Saul, “Winner,” Written by Peter Gould and Thomas Schnauz
Bodyguard, “Episode 1”, written by Jed Mercurio
Game of Thrones, “The Iron Throne,” written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Killing Eve, “Nice and Neat,” written by Emerald Fennell
Succession, “Nobody Is Ever Missing,” written by Jesse Armstrong
The Handmaid’s Tale, “Holly” Teleplay by Bruce Miller and Kira Snyder

The looks tonight, at the show and from the purple carpet:

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Ramin Djawadi breaks down the music for Daenerys’ death scene

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It goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway) that Ramin Djawadi composed a truly masterful score for Game of Thrones. He deepened the emotional impact of pivotal character beats and jaw-dropping plot twists with his music for 8 seasons and it’s fascinating to gain some insight into his creative process.

In a recent interview, Djawadi walked us through his score for Daenerys’ death and Drogon’s subsequent destruction of the Iron Throne, explaining which themes he incorporated into the scene and why.

After Jon stabs Daenerys, Djawadi wanted the music to reflect both the sadness and the shock of what’s occurred.

“We see Dany and Jon and what he has just done, and that’s why the piece starts out with the solo violin and their love theme,” Djawadi told Time. “It’s very fractured to show that [Jon] really can’t believe what he’s just done. The theme plays and then it stops and it starts again, so he’s slowly settling into what he has done while he’s holding her in his arms.”

The scene shifts in tone when Drogon arrives and finds his mother dead next to her murderer.

“From there, the music grows and the dragon theme comes in,” he says. “And it’s the dragon, [Daenerys’] baby basically, her child realizing that mommy is dead and then the mixed emotions of sadness and anger at the same time.”

There was a good deal of debate amongst fans as to the symbolic meaning of Drogon’s decision to burn the Iron Throne. According to Djawadi, Drogon recognized that the Iron Throne was the ultimate cause of his mother’s downfall and thus decided to destroy it.

“That’s how that music grows, and Dany’s theme is in there as well. It’s all these themes together and then it even turns into the main title theme when he melts the throne, which is symbolic for [the throne being] what everybody has been fighting for and [how] he has to resolve that she’s dead now.”

To make the tragic scene that much sadder, Djawadi decided to conclude it with a callback to one of season 4’s most emotional moments.

“[The song] ends very somber with a section of ‘Breaker of Chains,’ which was from season 4 when she puts the chains on her dragons and that big emotional moment of how hard it was for her to lock them up,” he said. “So it ends with that emotional beat again and with [Drogon] flying away to the solo violins like the piece started to give bookends to it.”

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Con of Thrones Comes to Orlando in 2020!

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There have been rumors and speculation lately about the next Con of Thrones, and today, we’re happy to bring you the big news! Mischief Management announced that the fourth annual Con of Thrones, the largest 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 take place next summer in Orlando, Florida, at the Orange County Convention Center. The convention will take place July 17–19, 2020.

Tickets for Con of Thrones will go on sale to the public in two weeks, on Friday, October 4, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

“Orlando has always been so welcoming and we’re so excited to bring Con of Thrones to the city,” says Melissa Anelli, CEO of Mischief Management. “Even though the television series has ended, there is still so much passion and enthusiasm in the fandom as we await the next book from George R.R. Martin. We can’t wait to celebrate with this community for another year.”

How will ticketing work for 2020? Con of Thrones will offer three ticket types at special earlybird pricing through December 31, 2019: a single day pass for $49, the full-weekend General Pass for $139, and a limited number of the Valyrian Pass for $349, including exclusive perks like premium seating in MainStage programming and limited edition merchandise. Full details on the different ticket types can be found at conofthrones.net.

As always, Con of Thrones is produced by Mischief Management. Watchers on the Wall is proud to once again be the official programming partner for the con, bringing you a full schedule of panels and events to enjoy. Additional details will be announced at a later date!

For more information and updates, follow Con of Thrones on Facebook,  Twitter, and Instagram!

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How to Write Your Dragon… in a Dance of the Dragons Prequel – A Video Essay

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The recent news that we might be getting a Game of Thrones spinoff featuring the Dance of the Dragons in the not-too-utterly-distant future inspired me to explore how dragons might be portrayed in such a story.

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Daenerys and Jon Revealed as Playable Characters in Game of Thrones Beyond the Wall RPG Mobile Game

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Behaviour Interactive, the video game company best known for Dead by Daylight, alongside publisher GAEA and HBO, have revealed that their upcoming mobile strategy RPG Game of Thrones Beyond the Wall will feature multiple character versions of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen.

In the game, players can recruit both characters, each with distinct skills and abilities. Reportedly, the plan is to use future updates to roll out additional versions of these characters, as well as introducing beloved characters such as Jaime Lannister, Tormund Giantsbane and Melisandre.

At launch, there will be two versions of Daenerys Targaryen: Lady of Dragonstone and Breaker of Chains. As Lady of Dragonstone, Queen Daenerys is a skillful ruler who can summon her dragon, Drogon, to burn enemies with area of effect damage. As Breaker of Chains, she is a powerful leader who can heal allies, increase ally damage, and manipulate the battlefield.

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Meanwhile, Jon Snow will be available in two versions as well, as Old Bear’s Steward and as King in the North. As the former, Jon is a rounded warrior who can also heal allies and enhance their attacks. As King in the North, he is a versatile and crafty commander who deals devastating blows and improves ally mobility and damage.

Game of Thrones Beyond the Wall is scheduled to launch later this year on the Google Play and the App Store. You may pre-register here for exclusive rewards, and visit the game’s site for more information.

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George RR Martin clarifies rumors and reports about the Dance of the Dragons spinoff

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Last week brought surprising Game of Thrones spin-off news, with Deadline dropping a scoop on Thursday: a second spin-off set in the world of Westeros is on the horizon, the publication reports, with a pilot centering on the legendary Dance of the Dragons possibly close to being ordered. Today, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin clarified the report and confirmed that we’re closer to another new Thrones show, in a new blog post.

Martin confirms right off the bat that the first new pilot, the one he prefers to call The Long Night and that has been called Blood Moon by production, has been in post-production and he expects to see a first cut soon. He also mentions that, “Last month in Belfast, I got a behind-the-scenes look at some of her sets, and they were spectacular.”

As for the new show being created by Ryan Condal, GRRM doesn’t tell us the title, but does say, “[It’s] not the obvious title.” This would imply it’s not “(The) Dance of the Dragons”, since that was the title everyone immediately landed on. He confirms the new work does have dragons, and “a script and a bible” and calls them “terrific, first rate, exciting.”

Martin is quick to clear up confusion about terminology surrounding the pilot vs script status, making it clear where they stand. “I do want to point out that ‘moving closer to a pilot order’ is NOT the same thing as ‘getting a pilot order.’ Would that it were. This is encouraging, this is exciting, but don’t buy the couch just yet. When HBO actually gives us a pilot order, you will hear me shouting it from the rooftops. A series order, and I’ll be shouting even louder. But we’ll see. Right now all the signs are good, but nothing is confirmed.”

Martin also confirms that this new script and potential show doesn’t have any affect on the Jane Goldman Blood Moon spinoff, as some have said it does.

For the complete blog entry, head on over to the Not a Blog. Forget about commenting though- he’s wisely disabled comments!

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The Night’s Cast Bonus Episode: Fire & Spinoffs?

Is Dany, like us, daydreaming of more spinoffs and prequels?

Is Dany, like us, daydreaming of more spinoffs and prequels?

There’s big (potential) news in the realm, and if it turns out to be anything of substance, we’ll be seeing much more fire and blood on our small screens in the not-so-distant future — and the Night’s Cast, the official podcast of Watchers on the Wall, is here to break down exactly what that means (with a healthy bit of speculation sprinkled in)!

On this bonus episode, Petra, Samantha and Vanessa discuss the weekend news that took us by surprise: that HBO is reportedly close to giving the greenlight on a House Targaryen-centered spinoff. Apparently, it could encompass “300 years” of Targaryen history in Westeros, including the bloody civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons that took place more than 150 years before the events of Game of Thrones. What might we see in this spinoff? How did it get to this point in development? We’re here to talk you through it!

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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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Game of Thrones takes home 10 Creative Arts Emmys for season 8!

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Don’t worry, you didn’t miss the Emmys on TV tonight if you weren’t paying attention! The Emmy Awards is such a lengthy process that it’s become a three-day affair, with the creative and technical awards spanning two days, announced at separate ceremonies a week before the big live on-air ceremony where we’ll see categories such as Best Actor and Actress in a Drama named. The Creative Arts Emmys took place this weekend, and since Game of Thrones landed a record-breaking 32 nominations for the final season, the show has already bagged an amazing TEN Emmys before the live ceremony has even begun.

Carice van Houten was in attendance, as a nominee in one of the categories announced at tonight’s ceremony; both she and Alfie Allen served as presenters as well.

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The actress unfortunately lost in the category of Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. The nominees included:

Carice Van Houten, Game of Thrones
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Apocalypse
Cicely TysonHow to Get Away with Murder
Laverne Cox, Orange is the New Black
Cherry Jones, The Handmaid’s Tale –  winner
Phyilica Rashad, This Is Us

Game of Thrones racked up a staggering number of wins in the categories of:

Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score): Game of Thrones, “The Long Night,” Ramin Djawadi. The composer was unable to attend to accept his award, unfortunately.

Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour): Game of Thrones, “The Long Night,” Tim Kimmel, MPSE, Sound Supervisor; Tim Hands, Supervising ADR Editor; Paula Fairfield, Sound Designer; Bradley C. Katona, MPSE, Sound Effects Editor; Paul Bercovitch, Supervising Dialogue Editor; John Matter, Dialogue Editor; David Klotz, Music Editor; Brett Voss, Foley Editor; Jeffrey Wilhoit, Foley Artist; Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit, Foley Artist

Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series: Game of Thrones, Nina Gold, Robert Sterne, Carla Stronge

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Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour): Game of Thrones, “The Long Night,” Onnalee Blank, Re-Recording Mixer; Mathew Waters, CAS, Re-Recording Mixer;  Simon Kerr, Production Mixer; Danny Crowley, Production Mixer; Ronan Hill, Production Mixer

Outstanding Special Visual Effects: Game of Thrones, “The Bells,” Joe Bauer, Lead Visual Effects Supervisor; Steve Kullback, Lead Visual Effects Producer; Adam Chazen, Visual Effects Associate Producer; Sam Conway, Special Effects Supervisor; Mohsen Mousavi, Visual Effects Supervisor; Martin Hill, Visual Effects Supervisor; Ted Rae, Visual Effects Plate Supervisor; Patrick Tiberius Gehlen, Previs Lead; Thomas Schelesny, Visual Effects and Animation Supervisor

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Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie: Game of Thrones, Rowley Irlam, Stunt Coordinator

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Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series: Game of Thrones, “The Long Night,” Tim Porter, ACE, Editor

Crispin Green, Editor (for “Winterfell”) and Katie Weiland, ACE, Editor (for “The Iron Throne”) were also nominated but of course, only one GoT episode could win!

Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes: Game of Thrones, “The Bells,” Michele Clapton, Costume Designer; Emma O’Loughlin, Assistant Costume Designer; Kate O’Farrell, Costume Supervisor

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Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic):  Game of Thrones, “The Long Night,” Jane Walker, Department Head Makeup Artist; Kay Bilk, Makeup Artist; Marianna Kyriacou, Makeup Artist; Nicola Matthews, Makeup Artist; Pamela Smyth, Makeup Artist

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Outstanding Title Design: Game of Thrones, Angus Wall, Creative Director; Kirk Shintani, Art Director; Shahana Khan, Lead Compositor; Ian Ruhfass, 3D Lead; Rustam Hasanov, Lead Conceptual Designer

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Game of Thrones had its share of losses this evening as well. The categories that it went home empty-handed in included:

Outstanding Production Design For a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More): Game Of Thrones, “The Bells,” Deborah Riley, Production Designer; Paul Ghirardani, Art Director; Rob Cameron, Set Decorator. The award went to HBO’s Chernobyl.

Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series (One Hour): Game of Thrones, Jonathan Freeman, ASC, Director of Photography.The award went to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series: Game of Thrones, “The Long Night,” Kevin Alexander, Department Head Hairstylist; Candice Banks, Key Hairstylist; Nicola Mount, Hairstylist; Rosalia Culora, Hairstylist. The award went to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Special: Game of Thrones, “The Long Night,” 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. The prosthetic makeup prize went to Star Trek: Discovery, no slouch in the makeup game for sure.

Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within A Scripted Program: Game Of Thrones, “Fight For The Living: Beyond The Wall Virtual Reality Experience”, HBO and AT&T. Unsurprisingly this one went to Black Mirror: “Bandersnatch“, an interactive episode that was the talk of the internet.

Game of Thrones will be competing for more awards next Sunday on the live on-air ceremony in the categories of  Outstanding Drama, Directing, Writing and many actors will be represented in the acting categories of Outstanding Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. The cast is expected to present as well so don’t miss it! Tune in next Sunday, September 22, at 8PM ET on FOX, to watch!

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Emmy nominee Carice van Houten on her “favorite thing” about Game of Thrones

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Game of Thrones actress Carice van Houten will cap off a big year with another big night this evening, as she competes for an Emmy. Will she take home the prize? We don’t know, but either way, her controversial character went out well in the show’s final season.

The actress discusses her beginnings with Game of Thrones, Melisandre’s tumultuous turns in Westeros, and more in a new interview with SYFY.

Though it’s the role most associated with her now,  van Houten wasn’t sure she even wanted to go for it initially when approached about the Red Priestess. Though she thought the script was well-written, she says she thought, “Is this for me?’ and reached out to “the biggest fantasy fan she knew”, her ex-boyfriend’s brother, who happens to be comedian/TV host, Seth Meyers. Meyers responded to her questions about GoT with, “Are you crazy? This is the coolest thing ever!”

The rest is history, of course. She took the role, and Melisandre was part of some of the show’s most notorious scenes. “My favorite thing was when [Melisandre] hears that the burning of Shireen was all for nothing,” van Houten tells SYFY, regaarding the moment the priestess comes to realize that King Stannis’ army has abandoned him. The sacrifice of the child earned them nothing, and cost them a great deal. It’s a beautifully acted scene.
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“Her whole world comes tumbling down in that moment,” van Houten says. “After Shireen’s death, I felt like I was playing a completely different character.”

The character’s intentions and morality are often debated. But, “I never saw her as evil,” she tells SYFY.  “I didn’t want to play her as a Cruella de Vil. But for a few seasons, I was the most-hated character, because I burnt a child alive. I don’t blame them. But after the Battle of Winterfell, everyone sort of forgot that!”

Carice discusses much more about her character at SYFY, so head on over there to read the full article.

The Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series will be presented tonight at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, where van Houten will be in attendance. Follow along on Twitter as we cheer for Carice and Game of Thrones!

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‘Game of Thrones,’ Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage take home Saturn Awards!

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Peter Dinklage took home another award for Tyrion Lannister at the 2019 Saturn Awards.

Say what you will about the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones (and plenty of people have), but the most-watched show in the history of television is still racking up awards more than four months after it came to its tumultuous conclusion. Case in point: the 2019 Saturn Awards, the annual awards ceremony that honors the best in sci-fi, fantasy, horror and genre fiction.

On Friday the 13th (no, really!) in Los Angeles, Thrones was one of the most awarded entries at the event hosted by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. It led all television shows with nine nominations and was named the best fantasy series on television for its final season.

The cast also dominated acting categories, with Emilia Clarke winning the best television actress award for her portrayal of the doomed Daenerys Targaryen. Peter Dinklage won best supporting actor on television for his role as Tyrion Lannister, besting a field of nominees that included his on-screen brother, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. The prize for best younger actor on television went to Maisie Williams, who portrayed Ayra Stark. Will the upcoming spinoff shows — including the history of House Targaryen that is reportedly close to being greenlit — have as much success? Only time will tell.

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Watchers on the Wall Awards Season 8: Best New Costume – Preliminary Round

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One of Game of Thrones‘ greatest assets has always been the behind-the-scenes wizardry that brings Westeros to life, and nothing is more magical than the creative costumes on our favorite characters every week. They bring us deeper into the world of the show, with all the fantasy, splendor and grit we could ask for.

That’s why this week it’s time for you the readers to choose your favorite costumes of the final season in the prelims, in the category of Best New Costume!

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 09/21/19 at 5PM Eastern Time), whichever five costumes 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 New Costume. Thank you, and have fun!

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The Winner of the Dragon Queen Prize Package Giveaway!

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Here at Watchers on the Wall, we threw a huge Dragon Queen Giveaway just for the heck of it last week, and after seven days of gathering submissions from our readers, it’s time to draw a winner!

Just as a reminder, the fiery prize package consists of:

We’re thrilled to announce the lucky winner of this box of Targaryen goodies is…

YD

Congratulations, Young Dragon! A fitting winner indeed.

Thank you to everyone who entered and shared and Liked and commented! Keep on visiting, as we’ll be having more giveaways in the near future, as we usually do with the Watchers on the Wall Awards– where we need your votes, every week! Stop by tomorrow to see the next category up for discussion and voting.

 

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‘Dance of the Dragons’ Civil War Game of Thrones Prequel in Development at HBO!

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For over a year now we have been reporting on Jane Goldman’s so-called “Blood Moon,” the only green-lit Game of Thrones spin-off pilot among what were once five projects competing against each other to actually go into production. One of those was particularly enticing to many fans—a prequel set more than a century and a half before the events in Game of Thrones, during the Targaryen civil war known as the “Dance of the Dragons.” What made it even more exciting was that it was being developed by fan-favorite Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman. Alas, HBO and Cogman parted ways and he’s off to Amazon now, so that’s not happening… except maybe it is?!

Cogman may not be involved anymore, but the idea isn’t dead in the halls of HBO!

Deadline had the scoop: reportedly, a pilot order is close to be given by HBO for this prequel project developed by author George R.R. Martin himself and by Colony co-creator Ryan Condal, who will presumably be the showrunner if the show is green-lit.

Unsurprisingly given the time period, the project is said to be heavily based on Martin’s “Fire & Blood”, his recently released volume all about Targaryen history. Since Martin has obviously been thinking about Targaryens a lot, perhaps it’s not a coincidence that Condal and Martin have apparently been working on this project in secret since fall 2018!

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Despite the similar premise to Cogman’s proposal, this is described as a “brand new take” on the material. Speaking of said material, “Fire & Blood” spans hundreds of years, from Aegon’s Conquest 300 years before the beginning of Game of Thrones to more than a century later with the Dance of the Dragons, the civil war that is often pinpointed as the beginning of the end of the Targaryen dynasty. So, unless the show takes an uncharacteristically anthological approach, it would be fixed on one time period. Indeed, according to Deadline “the war will be a significant part of the TV adaptation.” At the same time, Deadline claims the show would begin “300 years” before the original show, so perhaps the story will tackle numerous time periods. We’ll have to wait and see!

So there you have it! If you were worried about the more distant, legendary Long Night setting for “Blood Moon”, or you simply prefer dragons to White Walkers, this may be the show for you—if Deadline is correct and HBO is close to ordering a pilot for it, that is. We’ll keep you informed of any developments!

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The cast of Game of Thrones presenting at the 2019 Emmys!

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The Emmys are Coming! And with them just around the corner, the Television Academy has announced the first group of presenters set to hand out the awards live at the 71st Emmy Awards on September 22. Unsurprisingly the show will feature the Game of Thrones cast, as the Emmys always has a strong showing from the GoT cast on the red carpet but this year there will be a huge turnout on the stage as well.

According to the official Emmys press release, GoT stars and current Emmy nominees Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Carice van Houten, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Maisie Williams will all present this year. The award categories are not yet specified.

Tune into the ceremony airing live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 22,  from 8:00PM-11:00 PM ET (5:00PM-8:00 PM PT) on FOX to find out if Game of Thrones will take home any awards. They’re nominated for a record number of Emmys this year- 32- but with the show competing against itself in some categories, there is bound to be a lot of vote-splitting. Either way, it’ll be fun to see the cast turning out in force on the red carpet one more time!

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WotW Exclusive: New Trailer for The Photography of Game of Thrones!

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Announced in the spring just ahead of the final season,  it’s now close to the time when we can finally get our hands on The Photography of Game of Thrones, written by GoT principal unit photographer Helen Sloan, with Michael Kogge, along with a foreword by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The deluxe tome offers a behind the scenes look at Game of Thrones over the years, with beautiful photos and fresh info about the show. The best of Sloan’s collection, along with the work of the unit photography team, is featured in the new book.

It’s due out November 5th, and Watchers on the Wall is happy to debut a new trailer highlighting The Photography of Game of Thrones. Preorder today!

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A sampling of the rich images and pages you’ll be seeing in the The Photography of Game of Thrones, show stills and behind the scenes:

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Pre-order The Photography of Game of Thrones now to receive your copy in November. Also coming this November is The Art of Game of Thrones, written by Deborah Riley, with Jody Revenson. Our coffee tables will be full and happy this holiday season!

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The Night’s Cast Episode 28: Summer School at the Citadel, Part 3

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At least there were no, um, hands-on aspects to our summer school classes.

Okay, fine — technically, summer is over (and winter is coming!). But The Night’s Cast, the official podcast of Watchers on the Wall, still has one more history class to teach, so settle in for the last time this semester!

This week, Vanessa, Petra and Samantha wrap up their guest teaching slots at the Citadel by covering the basics of the Long Night (in case you need a refresher) and some of the mysterious civilizations of Essos — one or more of which will figure into the still-tentatively-titled prequel in the works, 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 Dramatic Scene – Preliminary Round

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We’ve got a huge category for you all this week in the Watchers on the Wall Awards preliminaries: Best Dramatic Scene. If there’s anything Game of Thrones know how to bring on every week, it’s drama, so we have dozens of nominees in our prelim category for you all to peruse and narrow down.

What defines the best in drama? Well that’s up to you. There may be tears, there may be action, there may be love, there may be blood. Whatever it is, it’s the best of the best in season 8. And there can be only five that make it to the final round!

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 (Sunday 09/14/19 at 12PM 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 Best Dramatic Scene in a few weeks.

The list of nominations, provided by our readers, is very long, so make sure to read through to the very end before making your final five selections!

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Pondering the People’s Choice Awards for Game of Thrones Season 8: An Analysis

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Game of Thrones season 8 might have come and gone, but awards season is here to stay. As we know, the Emmys are coming up on September 22nd, for which GOT is nominated for, well, a few awards. But while the Emmys are the big name in show business for all things TV, there are still tons of other awards circuits that are making the rounds. For example, while the Emmys are voted for by members of the Television Academy, just this week, nominations came out for the People’s Choice Awards. Not being a TV industry insider, I have some thoughts and some feelings myself. Now, the critics and insiders of the TV industry who nominated GOT season 8 for the most Emmys of a single season in TV history are just that – insiders, right? Surely, the ‘people’ would “put season 8 in its place.” Well…

The People’s Choice Awards covers both TV as well as movies, and let’s just say that while Avengers: Endgame predictably leads all movie nominees, Game of Thrones (I would argue just as predictably) leads the TV nominees rather handily. Let’s take a look at all of its nominations and assess the competition:

THE SHOW OF 2019
Game of Thrones season 8
WWE Raw
Stranger Things season 3
The Walking Dead season 9
The Big Bang Theory season 12
Riverdale season 3
This Is Us season 3
Grey’s Anatomy season 15

David’s thoughts: WWE Raw, huh? What about WWE Cooked? Anyway, given this is the People’s Choice Awards and not the Emmys, I think GOT will steamroll the competition. That said, my hunch suggests that the ones to watch are either Stranger Things or The Big Bang Theory – ST because it has a large hype machine behind it (although I didn’t really like season 3 myself), and TBBT because it was also its final season, same as GOT. Will that be enough to squash GOT? Let’s be real, probably not, but it’s what I’ve got.

THE DRAMA SHOW OF 2019
Grey’s Anatomy season 15
This Is Us season 3
Chicago P.D. season 6
Game of Thrones season 8
Stranger Things season 3
Big Little Lies 
season 2
Riverdale season 3
The Walking Dead season 9

David’s thoughts: This list is oddly similar to the above. I don’t exactly see Chicago P.D.‘s name being read from the envelope on the night of, but what do I know, given I’d never have in my wildest dreams predict its nomination in the first place. That said…it’s pretty much GOT or bust in this category. Maybe Big Little Lies pulls out the surprise win? But I doubt it (though I did quite like season 2).

THE MALE TV STAR OF 2019
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Cole Sprouse, Riverdale
Norman Reedus, The Walking Dead
Finn Wolfhard, Stranger Things
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
KJ Apa, Riverdale

David’s thoughts: I see this going to either Kit out of GOT being the hot name of the hour, or Jim Parsons for nostalgia, finality purposes. This logic applies to either of these final season shows, I think.

THE FEMALE TV STAR OF 2019
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones
Danai Gurira, The Walking Dead
Camila Mendes, Riverdale
Lili Reinhart, Riverdale
Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies

David’s thoughts: Curiously, Emilia Clarke is nowhere to be seen, nor Lena Headey, for that matter. Not to worry, as Sophie and Maisie are nominees instead. I would have said that it’s most likely to go to Maisie, whose name seems to be the hot one on the ticket…but all these nominations for Riverdale, a show of which I’ve only ever seen 2 episodes (which was more than enough), are making me second guess that. Is it truly that popular? If so, perhaps our bets may best be hedged on one of the two women nominated from that show?

THE DRAMA TV STAR OF 2019
Zendaya, Euphoria
Norman Reedus, The Walking Dead
Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
Lili Reinhart, Riverdale
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

David’s thoughts: If Zendaya doesn’t win, we riot, correct? Anyway, it seems that women are dominating this category in which anyone was able to be nominated, which is pretty neat. It seems to be a tossup, but Zendaya gave such a powerhouse performance, and because Euphoria seems to have been nominated here and only here, it leads me to believe that she may be the likeliest winner. Voters of non-industry awards love newcomers, and she’s the only one who is not starring on a veteran show.

THE BINGEWORTHY SHOW OF 2019
Game of Thrones
Orange Is the New Black
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
The Umbrella Academy
Queer Eye
Outlander
13 Reasons Why
Stranger Things

David’s thoughts: Woof. What a weird category. Almost everyone watched GOT week to week as the last, true watercooler show in existence, at least for now. So, this category is effectively asking the voters to quantify which show best broke the trend of TV past and embraced the future. I’m not sure I, myself, would vote GOT for this specific category (any season of it, for that matter), as it has always been something that I not only watched week to week, but also something I’ve enjoyed discussing week to week. It took me 7 weeks to watch the 8 episodes of Stranger Things this season, so I would not personally vote for that. I love Outlander, but again, also wouldn’t want to binge it. I haven’t seen The Umbrella Academy or Queer Eye, nor have I seen more than a few stray episodes of Law & Order: SVU. I’m currently halfway through 13 Reasons Why season 3, and while I enjoy it (and understand if you don’t), I wouldn’t call it wildly bingeworthy, so much as just something to watch. However, Orange is the New Black season 7 is something I watched in just 4 days – something I’d not done since its revelatory season 4. So, if I were voting, that’d be my choice. As for which of these I think will win? If people vote based on the actual category, and not just on their ‘favorite show,’ I think that, based on most peoples’ consumption habits, the winner is likely to be Stranger Things.

And lastly, but most curiously, is the surprising omission for Game of Thrones in this category:

THE SCI-FI/FANTASY SHOW OF 2019
Stranger Things
Shadowhunters
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Supernatural
The Flash
The Umbrella Academy
Arrow
The 100

Uh oh – does this spell danger for our very own ratings juggernaut? Have the people sworn vengeance on season 8? What does it all mean? Let me know why all of my above opinions and speculation are terrible, and what thoughts you have about all the nominations in the comments below!

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Enter the Dragon Queen Prize Package Giveaway!

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Welcome to the “I was going to do this on Labor Day but stuff came up so now it’s a mid-week giveaway” Giveaway! Watchers has acquired some lovely Game of Thrones merch, so we’ve decided to pass it on to one lucky reader. The newest merch in our hands has a decidedly Targaryen flavor so we’re calling this our Dragon Queen Giveaway. Anyone worldwide may enter, and you’ve all got seven days to enter!

Full details below, along with all the methods to enter! The loaded prize package features:

Enter NOW to win them all!

Daenerys Funko Targaryen Coin Purse

The Official Rules

How do you enter? You can enter in 3 different ways, earning up to 3 total entries!

Method #1: Simply comment on this post!

Method #2: WotW Twitter: Follow our Twitter, WatchersOTWall, and retweet the Dragon Queen Prize Package Giveaway tweet! (you must do both for the extra entry). If you already follow us, no problem. Simply retweet the contest post.

Method #3: WotW Facebook: Like the WatchersontheWall Facebook page, and Like and Share the Dragon Queen Prize Package Giveaway post (you must do both for the extra entry). If you already Like our page, again, no problem. Just share the contest post and you are entered!

Entries are accepted for seven days, closing the giveaway for entries on Wednesday, September 11th at 12PM ET. The winner will be randomly selected from the entries, and announced shortly thereafter.

**The contest is for readers worldwide.** The (1) winner will be selected from among valid entrants by random drawing. The winner must respond within 72 hours of notification or will forfeit their prizes and another winner/s will be selected. Winners may be responsible for local taxes/importing fees. The winner must have a valid shipping address.

HBO, Twitter and Facebook are their own entities and are in no way associated with this giveaway.

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

WOTW AWARDS EASON 8

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.”

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