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12 Things You Didn’t Know About The Kingsguard

The Kingsguard is a prestigious order that has been on going for hundreds of years. Their service is invaluable and has undeniably changed the course of history in Westeros. Here are fifteen facts about them that you may or may not know, but will certainly enjoy.

Who Formed The Kingsguard?

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The Kingsguard was formed during the reign of Aegon ‘The Conqueror’ Targaryen, the first Targaryen king to sit upon the Iron Throne. It was the suggestion of Visenya Targaryen, his sister and wife, that a group of royal bodyguards were formed after a Dornish assassin made an attempt on her and Aegon’s lives whilst they walked the streets of Kings Landing in 10 AC. She consciously modelled the vows of the Kingsguard on those of the Nights Watch, an ancient order hat was formed during the Age of Heroes.

The Seat of The Kingsguard

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The White Sword Tower of the Red Keep, in Kings Landing, that sits upon Aegon’s Hill is where the Kingsguard resides. It is made up of four stories and is a slender building that overlooks the bay. The undercroft holds their armour ad their weapons. It has a meeting room for the Kingsguard in which a large table, carved from a weirwood tree into the shape of a shield, and seven chairs. The Lord commander has his apartments on the top floor and the other Kingsguard members have small living chambers on the second and third floors.

A Oath For Life

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To become a member of the Kingsguard, the man must kneel or bend the knee before the king and swear his vows. Once they have been spoken, either the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard or the Hand of the King present him with his white cloak.

The Kingsguard are sworn for life, despite physical and mental injuries and illnesses or age, which is why the vows are not made so lightly. As their vows dictate, the Kingsguard members have to give up their lands, claims and titles – if they have them or are to inherit them. They can no longer have any rights to them, unless they are discharged from the service of the king.

The Various Roles Of The Kingsguard

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As their vows state, the Kingsguard are not allowed to marry, father children or hold land. They are, however, allowed to retain and hold certain titles. The Lords Commander Criston Cole and Ryam Redwyne acted as Hand of the King to their respective kings, while Lewyn Martell Aemon Targaryen still used the style of ‘prince.’

Protect The Royal Family

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The Kingsguard have to prioritize the royal family above anyone else. The wives, children, family – and sometimes even mistresses and bastard children – of the king have the protection of the Kingsguard.

This is why Arthur Dayne and the other Kingsguard members were at the Tower of Joy, protecting Lyanna Stark – the wife of Rhaegar Targaryen – and her newly born son Aegon Targaryen – whom we all know better as the norther bastard, Jon Snow.

Dismissal Of A Kingsguard

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Only a king can dismiss a member of the Kingsguard; when Joffrey was king, he dismissed Ser Barristan Selmy because he was too ‘old’ and when Tommen was king he dismissed his biological father, believed to be uncle, Jaime Lannister in order to lead his army and regain Riverrun.

Transfer Of Tasks And Duties

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If a member of the Kingsguard cannot perform any of their tasks or duties because of age or mental or physical health reasons, the other members of the Kingsguard take them up.

Unsworn Help

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Sometimes the Kingsguard have to rely on other people in order to protect the king and royal family. Prince Joffrey has Sandor ‘The Hound’ Clegane as his sworn shield, Queen Cersei Lannister has Vylarr and his Red Cloaks to protect her.

The Lord Commander Of The Kingsguard

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The Lord Commander of the Kingsguard has a seat on the Small Council by virtue of his office. It is his role on the council to give the king military advice concerning warfare. Other members of the Kingsguard must guard the Small Council, one must stand outside the door whilst the council is in session and another at the end of the bridge on Maegor’s Holdfast.

The Kingsguard’s Cloak And Sigil

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Only a member of the Kingsguard can use an unblazoned, pure white shield. No one else in the Seven Kingdoms can. The Kingsguard have their own standard; it is a golden grown, encircled by seven silver swords on a white background.

The White Book

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Created during the reign of Aegon I Targaryen, the White Book is an uninterrupted history of all of the members of the Kingsguard. Each member has a page which dictates who they are and what deeds they have done in service to their respective kings. It is keep in the White Tower and it is up to the Lord Commander to update the book.

The Kingslayer

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In the entire history of the Kingsguard order, only one member of the prestigious order has ever turned on their king and killed him; Jaime Lannister. Though he had good reason to, as Aerys ‘The Mad King’ Targaryen was planning to burn the entire city of Kings Landing and its residents to the ground.

 

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What If “Game Of Thrones” Was Cast In The 1970’s

Whatif the greatest Television Series of recent times had been made in the 1970’s?

Here are some casting choices. Share away your thoughts and/or improvements?

Jack Nicholson – Ramsay Bolton

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Steve McQueen – Jaime Lannister

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Meryl Streep – Cersei Lannister

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Orson Welles – Tywin Lannister

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Burt Reynolds – The Hound

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Barbara Streisand – Melisandre

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Marlon Brando – Robert Baratheon

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Clint Eastwood – Ned Stark

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Al Pacino – Jon Snow

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Jodie Foster – Arya Stark

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Sophia Lauren – Catelyn Stark

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Michael Caine – Bronn

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Brigitte Bardot – Daenerys Targaryen

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Sylvester Stallone – Oberyn Martell

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Diana Rigg – Margaery Tyrell

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About House Targaryen

Dragons, white hair, fire, and blood. If House Targaryen doesn’t come to mind when you read those words, you’re not a true fan of one of the biggest Houses to almost disappear in Westeros.
House Targaryen has been diminished to nobody but just Daenerys (and now Jon Snow) and her two dragons at this point of the Game of Thrones universe (or at least in the TV series), but they were once a great force in Westeros and Essos. From fleeing their original home in Essos, to all the conquering, and to the almost-extinctions of their House and dragons, there’s a lot more to their history than the 7 seasons of the show has shown, and all of it comes from the books and a small series, The Tales of Dunk and Egg.

So grab some wine, huddle over near the fireplace, and read over a few facts that most fans don’t know about the Targaryen. As usual, huge spoiler warning for those who aren’t caught up at this point. There’s even a small theory for your consideration at the end.

1) Valyria

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The Targaryens were one of the many dragonlord families that lived in Old Valyria, the most dominant country in Essos. A place filled with many treasures like Valyrian Steel and magic items, its population was known for its silver-gold or platinum hair and purplish eyes.

This great civilization was completely destroyed by the Doom – a ginormous cataclysm caused by the eruption of a group of mountains named the Fourteen Flames that brought Earth-shattering earthquakes, multiple strong volcanic eruptions, lakes boiled and turned to acid, and dragonglass rained down from red clouds.

The air was filled with ashes and smoke, and it even killed dragons. This cataclysm broke the Valyrian peninsula into multiple tiny islands, creating the Smoking Sea, and the islands of Velos and Ghozai were completely destroyed by a tsunami.

While some septons fantasize that the cataclysm was punishment for the Valyrians “delving too deep into the seven hells”, it’s commonly believed to be just a series of natural eruptions that wiped everyone but a few of the Targaryens out. When Daenys Targaryen told her father, Lord Aenar Targaryen, about her prophetic dream of the destruction of Valyria, he wasted no time – he moved his family, five dragons, and all of their belongings to Dragonstone in Westeros.

When Valyria was destroyed twelve years later, the Targaryens were the only of the dragonrider families to survive.

2) Dragons

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Though the Targaryens are currently the only House to have dragons, they weren’t always the only ones. In Valyria, the Velaryon, Celtigar, and the Belaerys were some of the other noble houses who also had dragons.

The Valyrians were excellent dragon trainers and were able to rule for years due to their loyal pet-monsters. The dragons of Valyria had a really long life expectancy, with Balerion the Black Dread living for about 200 years.
It’s said that no dragonrider may ride two different dragons, but that doesn’t mean a single dragon can bond with multiple riders in its long lifetime.

There are only two dragons left (I mean, Viserion is still around but just on the wrong side of the fight now), and the majority of the ancient dragons died in battle and against each other. It’ll be very sad when the day comes and Drogon and Rhaegal both perish, before or after Daenerys. Here’s hope that there will be some more dragon eggs found throughout Westeros before that – maybe even in Winterfell’s crypts.

3) The Split of House Targaryen

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House Targaryen had its own civil war, named the Dance of Dragons, when the successor of the throne could not be properly established after King Viserys I died.

Though the king had officially claimed Rhaenyra as his successor, his son Aegon II was outraged and, with the help of Viserys’ wife, betrayed his father’s wishes and crowned himself King. Once Rhaenyra found out her father had died and Aegon II had crowned himself king, she and her half-brother raged war on each other and split the Targaryens into two sides – those who supported Rhaenyra and those who supported Aegon.

Brother fought brother, dragons killed each other and their riders, and thousands died. It was a tragedy that spread itself in the Targaryen House, and claimed so many lives that the Targaryens never fully recovered from it.

It was a huge contributing factor to the decline of the dragons and the thinning out of the Targaryen line. In the end, Rhaenyra lost and Aegon fed her to his dragon while her son watched. Aegon II became seriously wounded and died a few months later, and Rhaenyra’s son, Aegon III, became king.

4) The Blackfyres

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Blackfyre is the name of the Valyrian Steel sword that stays in the Targaryen family line. As with all ancestral items or family heirlooms, the sword was passed down from king to king, until King Aegon IV the Unworthy gave Blackfyre to his bastard son Daemon instead of lawful son, Daeron II.

Daemon then took the name Blackfyre and founded his own cadet branch of the House Targaryen – House Blackfyre – and became known as Daemon Blackfyre.

As King Aegon IV was dying, he decided it’d be a great idea to legitimize all of his bastard children. Daeron II Targaryen succeeded him in becoming King, and Daemon Blackfyre rose up a civil war in a rebellious move to take the throne from him.

Daemon was completely unsuccessful in getting folks to join his cause, though, because he did not have Blackfyre with him at that time – it was in the possession of Aegon “Bittersteel” Rivers, the creator of the Golden Company, far away.

No one knows what happened to the sword Blackfyre after his death, but legend says it was lost. Great going, guys.

5) King’s Landing

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We all know King’s Landing as the capital of the Seven Kingdoms, where the King or Queen sits in the Iron Throne and rules and either goes mad or tries to appease the population. However, few of us know that it was actually founded by Aegon I Targaryen, when he departed Dragonstone and conquered kingdom after kingdom.

While many expected him to rule from Dragonstone, he kept an eye on the then-smaller town where he had first landed with his dragons and army. Appropriately named King’s Landing, Aegon made a fort for himself on the tallest hill there and named it Aegonfort, ruling in his seat and supervising the town’s growth.

It was a very strategic place for ruling – he could initiate trade and oversee who entered his kingdom through Blackwater Bay and the Narrow Sea, and King’s Landing flourished and overtook some of the then major cities in Westeros.

6) The Red Keep

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The Red keep has an air of secrecy surrounding it, much like the Crypts of Winterfell. Aegon I Targaryen had built the Red keep in order to keep it as a reminder of the fires he had roasted his enemies in, so whenever King’s Landing looked up, they’d see what defiance could result in.

Aegon lived by a simple rule – fear and punishment keep people in line, and it was a lesson he taught his son Maegor “The Cruel”.

Maegor was so cruel and the Red Keep was such a prized possession of the Targaryens that when the builders finally finished building the Red Keep, Maegor had them all executed to keep it’s secrets safe. It’s also said that miles of hidden passageways run behind the walls and under the floors of the Red Keep.

Many like to fantasize that the Red Keep is red because of it’s soaked with the blood of Aegor and Maegor’s enemies. If you think that’s a little mysterious and weird, think back to when Varys said he knows the ways of the Red Keep that only the Targaryen know…

7) Dragonstone

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Dragonstone is the Ancestral home of House Targaryen, after Lord Aenar Targaryen took off from Valyria with his family and five dragons and arrived in Westeros, escaping the Doom of Valyria and ultimately the destruction of House Targaryen.

It’s a volcanic island a few hundred miles north east of King’s Landing, and where Aegon I Targaryen was expected by many to rule the Seven Kingdoms. Since Aegon decided to build up King’s Landing instead, Dragonstone was kept as the home of the King’s Heir, namely the Prince of Dragonstone.

Dragonstone is one of the strongest castles in the Seven Kingdoms, thank to to its advanced Valyrian design consisting of strong stonemasonry techniques now lost to the world. Its isolated island location only makes it harder for enemies to break through – a fleet of ships would be required just to transport troops and large siege weapons to its location, and even then they would be forced to make a risky attempt to bring their ships in while under fire from the castle’s own catapults.

Though in the books the castle is eventually taken at a huge cost, it’s a completely different story in the TV show – they even changed the look of it a little.

8) Aegon the Unlikely

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Aegon V Targaryen, or either Aegon “The Unlikely” or Egg informally, was the fourth son of a fourth son. He was a long-shot for the throne, but everything that needed to happen happened in the most unlikely, luck-of-the-draw, and amazing sub-plot in the Game of Thrones universe.

The series, A Tale of Dunk and Egg, is excellently written by George R. R. Martin, detailing how a young boy and a hedge knight become King of the Seven Kingdoms and Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.

There are quite a few references to these two iconic figures in the world, as Aegon was the younger brother of Aemon Targaryen of the Night’s Watch. We also see Jamie thumbing through the White Book and reading the accolades of Sir Duncan “The Tall.”
Aegon had become the squire of hedge knight Sir Duncan “The Tall” when he was very young, and the two of them go on adventures together,. Aegon, while incognito and not revealing who he really is, experiences the kingdom and hears complaints and sees struggles of the ordinary folk who don’t live in a castle or have riches to their names.

It’s a bittersweet knowledge that plays a part on how he tries to rule when he does become King. The series are currently unfinished, but are an amazing read.

9) Young Griff

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A few major characters have been avoided for the Game of Thrones TV show, like Lady Stoneheart, but this one a huge one that could offer a significant plot twist in the books.

Young Griff is only mentioned in the books, so this is a special spoiler alert for those who haven’t caught up with the books or wish to read them to find out. Before Tyrion is captured by Jorah Mormont, he is on a ship bound for Volantis with Illyrio Mopatis, a sellsword named Griff and his son, Young Griff. Tyrion, in his naturally intelligent way, sees that Young Griff is extremely educated.

He matches this fact with Young Griff’s violet eyes and realizes a very important truth – Young Griff is Aegon Targaryen, the very same Aegon Targaryen who was supposedly killed by The Mountain during Robert’s Rebellion.

As it turns out, Varys switched Aegon with a commoner’s child and smuggled him away to Essos where he lived with Illyrio until Jon Connington (Rhaegar Targaryen’s good friend) adopted him under the sellsword identity, Griff. They dyed Aegon’s hair blue and taught him the way to rule a kingdom as a true Targaryen.

In the books, when we last see Aegon, he is heading to meet his aunt Daenerys to marry her and take back their kingdom. Since this will in no way happen in the TV shows, it makes us wonder just how ridiculously different the outcome of the TV show’s plot and the real book’s plot will be. *cues the shame bells*

10) Targaryen Blood in House Baratheon

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Fun fact – did you know Robert Baratheon actually had a legit claim to the Iron Throne, and wasn’t an “usurper”? This isn’t really talked about in the show but, in the books, the origin of House Baratheon is told as is the reason why Robert had the right to be crowned King.

When Ned Stark refuses the Iron Throne, he says that the Baratheon house has an ancient relation to House Targaryen. Confused?
Orys Baratheon, the founder of House Baratheon, was one of Aegon I Targaryen’s greatest generals and his bastard brother. On top of that, Robert’s grandmother on his father’s side was Rhaelle Targaryen.
This does make his claim to the throne true, but does it also have anything to do with Melisandre’s mistake in thinking his brother, Stannis Baratheon, was The Prince That Was Promised? She could’ve just had the wrong strand of Targaryen after all…

11) Relationship with Dorne

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When the word Dorne is mentioned, we automatically think one of two things – how beautiful Oberyn was and how annoyingly disappointed we all were with the screen adaptation of the Sand Snakes. But did you know Dorne was like the untamable step-child to the Targaryen?
Though Ellaria Sand showed an undisputed devotion to Daenerys’ cause (even if the fact she wanted revenge against Cersei played a part in it), Dorne wasn’t always standing behind the Targaryen for their trust fall. Dorne was impossible to conquer for about 200 years, fighting wars against the Targaryen and killing those put there to keep the peace.

Dorne finally joined the realm, began to have some influence that was not very liked by the other noble houses, and made marriage pacts with other houses, and finally became the youngest nation of the Seven Kingdoms and the most recent ally to the Targaryen. Dorne: home of the feisty.

12) The Targaryen Misconception

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Another thing the TV adaptation of Game of Thrones doesn’t really do justice in is the way the Targaryen are supposed to look.

In the books, the traditional look of a Targaryen is silver hair and blue eyes. We see that Daenerys does have the silver hair, but her eyes are very blue. Same with her annoying older brother, Viserys, silver hair but no blue eyes. It’s a little weird that the show abandoned the traditional look when they do include that Ned Stark only found out about Cersei and Jaime’s incest through how their three children looked – all blonde like the Lannisters, and none of them looked like Robert Baratheon.

With Jon Snow actually being Aegon Targaryen and not having any of the key looks of anyone in Houe Targaryen, maybe the show decided to dumb down the traditional looks and features so his identity could stay secret?
Another misconception is that all Targaryen aren’t supposed to be harmed by fire. That isn’t true and it’s also busted in the books. Jon Snow, now a confirmed Targaryen, was burned while slaying White Walkers. Viserys Targaryen, Deanerys’ brother, was killed by having melted gold dumped on his head.

In the books, there are tons of cases of Targaryens being burned to death by dragons or fire, and Daenerys’ hair burns away with her clothe when she births her dragons. The fact Daenerys survived that (and the burning down of the Dosh Khaleesi Temple in the books) is a miracle, or just luck. Or maybe she’s the ultimate Targaryen.

13) Creation of the Kingsguard

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Contrary to popular belief, the Kingsguard wasn’t always there. It was created a long time ago, of course, but only under the rule of Aegon The Conquerer.

While his conquests and burning down of people (some innocent, some not so much) did attract attention, it also attracted enemies and backstabbers. Aegon created the Kingsguard, an elite group of military men sworn to protect him from anyone with their lives.

As we see Daenerys prepping to build her own Queensguard, we see the parallels between her and Aegon I – they were both almost assassinated by a merchant, and they both saw the need to have a constant batch of knights to protect them as their enemies began to move against them.

As the Throne passed down to other houses, the need for a Kingsguard remained, with Jaime serving as the head of the Kingsguard in the first season of the show. It seems that constant protection and insulation is a real need in Westeros if you want to sit on that damn Iron Throne.

14) Incest is… Best?

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No, it clearly isn’t. Unless you’re a Targaryen.
For generations, uncles have been marrying their nieces, cousins have been marrying each other, fathers have been marrying daughters, and siblings have been marrying each other in House Targaryen. This was said to be needed to preserve their pure bloodline and the “magic” they have over dragons.

While this did preserve their traditional looks and kept the dragonrider lineage going, it also played a part in their reputation for being insane. It was said in the books that “when a Targaryen is born, the gods flip a coin”. This refers to their temperament due to their ongoing incest – they could go absolutely bonkers like about half of them did, or they could be normal.
With Jon Sow being confirmed as Aegon Targaryen and his romance blooming with his now-confirmed aunt, Daenerys, we can only wonder how they’ll react to the news of their accidental incest. In one hand, it’s normal for a Targaryen. In the other hand, that’s a little weird. Maybe not looking the same will help them ignore the fact they’re related? Maybe it’ll drive them apart? Or, maybe, we could see House Targaryen being built up again, their lineage restarting…

That is, if they both survive Cersei and the Night King.

15) The Theory of Tyrion

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Tyrion Lannister, our favorite dwarf (after Gimli, of course), was hated by his father, Tyrion. He’s currently hated by his sister and he carried the weight of being the cause of their mother’s death while birthing him. But, what if there was more to this hate?
Tywin Lannister was good friends with Aerys II Targaryen, the “Mad King”, long before he became mad. They were such good pals that Aerys made him Hand of the King during his rule. Aerys had long been lustful towards Tywin’s wife, Joanna Lannister, and that bothered Tywin. It’s been documented by some characters that Aerys either raped Joanna or had an affair with her at Joanna and Tywin’s wedding, even pointed out by the fact Her Grace Rhaella Targayren abruptly released Joanna from her services once she found out about it.

There’s also a lot of evidence, both in the show and the books, that Aerys II had a falling out with Tywin during a Tourney when Cersei and Jaime were only 6 years old, and Tywin’s resignation request was declined by the King. Once they returned to King’s Landing, there are some more suggestions that the King was still after Joana, and it all seemed somewhat consensual.
However, if the rumors were true, if they had gotten together more than once, and if they did produce a child… It would mean that Tyrion could be a Targaryen, and the uncertainty of that could be the source of most of Tywin’s hate towards him. Tyrion is very different than his family, and he’s currently sided with Daenerys Targaryen against his own House. Not only that – the fact Aerys had problems conceiving children with his wife and mistresses could also point to him having a dwarf son with Joanna.
Tyrion has said it himself that his own father doesn’t know if he’s his own son, and Tywin Lannister claims he’s no son of his before Tyrion kills him. In the books, specifically in Tyrion I, he is described as having hair so blond is was almost white, one eye green and the other black – much like another known Targaryen bastard, Shiera Seastar. Tyrion was also very interested in dragons from an early age, as the books point out.
There are a lot of good evidences and subtle suggestions that this could very well be true, and it could be a part of how House Targaryen will (hopefully) rise from the ashes.

 

 

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36 Ser Jorah “Friendzone” Mormont Memes To Make You LOL

Ser Jorah Mormont got kicked out of Daenerys’ team of advisors, banished from her sight twice, brought Tyrion Lannister to her – who is now her most cherished advisor and Hand of the Queen, and cured himself of Greyscale after she commanded him to, and he is still not lucky in love. Don’t lie, your heart hurt for him when he realized Daenerys and Jon Snow had something brewing in between them. But Jorah is not a perfect man – he got himself exiled from Bear Island and brought dishonor to his House, and then broke Daenerys’ trust when she learned he was a spy for King Robert Baratheon, telling him of her every move until he fell in love with her. That’s a little creepy, especially since she’s 14 years old in the books, but he is no Littlefinger and he remains as one of the best fighters and an avid member of the Friendzone Club in the show. In his honor, here are some memes that are guaranteed to make you giggle.
Spoilers ahead, as per usual!

Captain Friendzone

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Captain Jorah of the boat Friendship, along with his Second in Command, Tyrion. Which failing love journey will they adventure to next?

Apply Milk Of The Poppy To The Burn Area…

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Can Jorah have that Aloe Vera back? A new burn has appeared, and it’ll sting until season 8 comes out and we see what happens with this love triangle thing (or square, because Daario?).

Ride the Dragon

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Eat your words, Daario. He rode that dragon, indeed.

Creepy Chat

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We’ve all been there – chatrooms. Doesn’t seem like Jorah will have any luck in attracting a girl who is 35 years younger than him when she can have any gorgeous man she wants (ahem, Jon and Daario).

Natural Stance

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Here we have a Jorah Mormont in his natural habitat and pose, always on the lookout for Daenerys, and always hopeful that she will love him.

Be Strong, J Bear

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Jorah, also known as J Bear, has an inner dialogue with himself. Stay strong, J Bear. You shall prevail!

Puntastic Sub-Meereens

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… Get out of our sight, Jorah.

Look At Me

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In today’s episode of “I Should Have Said Something”, we see Jorah struggling with his inability to state the obvious and tell Daenerys he loves her. It’s ok, J Bear. We’re pretty sure she knows.

Released From Friendzone (with a Twist)

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Oops. I believe this is not the kind of release he wanted from the friendzone…

“Milady” – Hipster Jorah

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Dear Milady, respect the Fedora. He’s clearly a sweet man who has much respect for you and has made his wrongs right. Don’t friendzone J Bear!

500 Miles

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Fun fact – The Proclaimers had a huge hit back in Westeros. Jorah made sure to memorize the lyrics and do exactly what they say – walk (and saild) about a thousand miles back and forth to her.

Senpai Noticed Me

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Remember that time in high school where your crush actually acknowledged your existence? Remember how special you felt? Love lifts us high where we belong, indeed.

Aario

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This… is just brutal. Poor Jorah has to be reminded that the love of his life has slept with men after men, but never him. Don’t cry, J Bear.

The Burn Book

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How cute, J Bear has a Burn Book. What a Mean Boy. This is seriously reminding me of high school.

Why Books When You Can Have a Horse?

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Daenerys clearly accepted the wrong presents here – books are much better presents than a horse… if you live in a castle or somewhere where things are close by. Also, look at Drogo’s muscles. He could give her a banana peel and she’s still take it over anything Jorah gave her.

Get It Together, Jorah

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Jorah has all the right intentions yet none of the right vocabulary for love. Get it together, J Bear!

Khaleesi, Plz!

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Being sexy and a stoic killing machine definitely wins over having someone risk their life for you, right? I mean, Jorah did betray her trust in the beginning, but that was a long time ago! Give him a chance, Khaleesi!

Dany’s FB Moments

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Oof. Does anyone have some Aloe Vera Jorah can borrow? Forget Greyscale, this burn will scar forever.

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15 More Satisfying Moments In Game Of Thrones

Make Sure To Also Check Part 1 Called “The 15 Most Satisfying Moments In Game Of Thrones”!

Although we have already composed a list of fifteen of the most satisfying moments in Game of Thrones, there are still so many more to talk about. With the passing of seven years, many satisfying moments have happened, so here are fifteen more moments that went and tingled down our spine in Game of Thrones.

Brienne’s Rescue Of Sansa & Being Knighted

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Having just missed Sansa Stark’s signal, Brienne of the Tarth and her squire – Podrick Payne – went in search of her after she escaped her abusive husband, Ramsay Bolton.

Just as the Bolton men found Sansa and Theon Greyjoy – whom helped her escape from Winterfell in the last episode of season 5 of HBO’s Game of Thrones – and were about to take them back to Ramsay – who would surely punish them severally – Brienne charged in on horseback and took them out with Oathkeeper – the Valyrian steel sword that Jaime Lannister gave her to rescue the Stark girls with.

Sansa knighted Brienne, with the help of Theon Greyjoy, like her mother did before her and took her into her service as her sworn sword and shield.

Jeor Mormont Offers Longclaw To Jon Snow

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Having saved Jeor Mormont from one of the undead, Jon Snow was gifted with Longclaw – the ancestral Valyrian steel sword of House Mormont. He reveals that he had a new pommel made in the form of a wolf rather than a bear, to honour House Stark – the House of Jon’s believed to be father, Ned Stark.

Jeor explained the history behind the sword and who it belonged to, and who is was meant for, before offering it to Jon. He tries to refuse, but Jeor tells him that he has earnt it by saving his life.

It emphasises the respect and gratitude that Jon earnt for his heroic act, and emphasises that he is a hero – possibly the overall hero of the entire series.

The Nights Watch Drops The Scythe

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As the Wildlings were climbing the Wall, Ed gave the order for the Scythe to be dropped in order to prevent them from crossing the Wall and venturing south to raid and kill people.

The Nights Watch Brother followed his command and dropped it. The large, anchor looking metal weapon was dropped from the top of the Wall and left to swing across the side.

The large, metal weapon scraped into the Wall as it did so and took out all of the Wildlings. They screamed and cried out as it crushed them and knocked them from the Wall.

Daenerys Getting Laid On Her Own Terms

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Having not had a romantic or sexual partner since season 1 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Daenerys Targaryen gave into her desires in season 4 when Daario Naharis – whom she had chemistry and tension with since meeting – came to her chambers.

After pouring herself a glass of red wine and sitting in her chair in a seductive manner, she told Daario to take off his clothes since that was what he did best.

Jon Snow & Sam Tarly Losing Their Virginity

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Both of the brothers of the Nights Watch, were inexperienced with the opposite sex when they came to Castle Black and thought that their vows would prevent them from ever knowing the intimacies between men and women however they both met and fell in love with wilding woman from beyond the Wall.

Jon fell in love with Ygritte, a wildling warrior woman who was at first his prisoner and then captor. Having ran off into a cave, Ygritte began to strip off her clothes before Jon Snow and asked him to break his vows. Although at first reluctant, Jon Snow soon gave into his desires and lost his virginity to Ygritte.

Sam fell in love with Gilly, a wilding woman who was forced to bear the children of her father – Craster – who gave the male children to the White Walkers. He rescued her from that life and took her back to Castle Black. After saving her from two brothers who wanted to rape her, Sam lost his virginity to Gilly.

Grey Worm & Missandei Get It On

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Grey Worm and Missandei have one of the most gentle and sweet relationships on the show. They consummated their tender relationship on the night before Grey Worm was set to take Casterly Rock from the Lannisters.

She goes to say goodbye to him and he explains how he feels for her, that she is his weakness because he is frightened of losing her and not seeing her again. She admits she feels the same and he, passionately yet gently, kisses her.

Following the romantic gesture, she begins to undress herself and then proceeds to undress Grey Worm but he is reluctant to let her see his naked form until she tells him she wants to see him. He allows her to and she smiles at him lovingly and begins to kiss him tenderly.

They – nervously and sweetly -consummated their relationship on what they believe could be their last night together.

Jorah Is Greeted Back By Daenerys

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After having had an emotional goodbye with Jorah in which he confesses his love for her, Jorah returned to Daenerys after getting rid of the Greyscale that he contracted while sailing through old Valyria.

She and Jon Snow were standing atop the cliffs of Dragonstone when the Dothraki told her that a man claiming to be her friend was there. She turned to see Jorah behind them.

Daenerys looks ready to cry at the sight of her longest and most trusted friend. She informs Jon Snow of who he is and he tells Jorah that his father was a great man.

Jorah offers Daenerys his service, if she will have him. She then tells him it will be her honour and then embraces him warmly and affectionately.

Daario Kills The Champion Of Mereen

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As Daenerys and her army approaches the gate of Meeren, the lords send out a single ride who Jorah explains is their champion. He further explains that they want her to put forth her own champion to fight him.

The champion of Meeren then proceeds to urinate over the floor and spouts out insults to Daenerys and her army. She and her closest allies discuss who to put forward as her champion. She struggles to choose because many of them mean a lot to her and are important to her cause.

Daario offers himself as the champion, saying he was the last to join her cause and wants to prove himself to her.

While the champion is charging towards Daario, he stands there facing him seemingly unperturbed. He draws his dagger and throws it at the horse, killing it instantly. The horses fall makes the dust swell up and the champion rises to kill Daario but he withdraws his sword and kills the champion.

The Meeren archers shot arrows at him but they all miss and he – to return the favour – urinates on them.

In the books however, it was Strong Belwas, a Book Character we’ll never see in the show, that kills the champion and defecates in his corpse rather than take a leak the way Daario did…

Daenerys Sails For Westeros

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Having accumulated three dragons, an army of unsullied soldiers, a hoard of Dothraki, and the alliances of Houses Greyjoy, Martell and Tyrell – Daenerys Targaryen finally sailed for Westeros to conquer and claim the Iron Throne in the final episode of season six.

The scene began with the Greyjoy theme swelling in the background while Theon looked at the flickering Golden Kraken sail, he looks at his sister and Queen, and the pair look ahead. The camera then pans to Grey Worm on another ship with some of the unsullied. Then there is an overhead shot to emphasize the sheer amount of followers Daenerys has.

The Dothraki are shown on another ship, and then the dragons are shown gliding over the water. The camera turns – as the Targaryen theme takes over and swells – on the leading ship to reveal Daenerys and her small council; Tyrion Lannister, Missandei and Varys. Daenerys and Tyrion share a look before the three dragons fly over the ship and towards Westeros.

Bran & Rickon Were Never Killed By Theon

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When Theon Greyjoy revealed the two burnt, hanging corpses in the courtyard of Winterfell, it was believed that Bran and Rickon Stark were dead. Maester Luwin wept, having loved the two youngest Starks deeply, and would have fallen to his knees had the Ironborn not held him up. The episode ended with Theon looking at the blacked bodies.

The next episode, while Maester Luwin is looking at the still hanging corpses solemnly, he sees Osha – the Wildling looking after the Stark boys – sneaking into the crypts of Winterfell with food. He follows her and she explains how they escaped and doubled back to Winterfell – where they would be least expected to be.

Jon Snow’s Parentage Is (FINALLY) Revealed

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After years of speculation, and people trying to prove different theories true, it was finally revealed in the final episode of season six of HBO’s Game of Thrones that Jon Snow was the son of Lyanna Stark, the she wolf of Winterfell, and Rhaegar Targaryen, the dragon blooded prince.

The show used Bran’s visions as a way to flashback to Jon’s birth at the Tower of Joy, in the Red Mountains of Dorne. The younger Ned Stark knelt by his dying sister, who was weak and covered in her own blood in the birthing bed, while she begged him to protect her infant son from the wrath of Robert Baratheon.

Ned was then handed the infant from the Dornish maid and he looks down at the small bundle. The camera closed in on the dark eyed infant and then transitioned to a close up shot of the adult Jon Snow.

Littlefinger Gets Executed

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Littlefinger spent the majority of season seven trying to turn the sisters, Sansa and Arya Stark, against each other the same way he once did with their mother – Catlyn Stark – and her own sister – Lysa Arryn.

At first, it was seemingly working in his favour, with Arya accusing Sansa of treachery against her family – which she believes is punishable by death – and Sansa telling Arya that she could not have endured all that she herself did.

In the final episode of season seven, Sansa called a meeting in the Great Hall of Winterfell and called Arya forward. They discussed the matters of loyalty, family and what one should do to someone who betrayed their family. The exchange seemed as though Sansa was accusing Arya of treachery, as Littlefinger had put it in her head that Arya wanted to kill her, but after Sansa stated what the accused was being trailed for – she turned to Littlefinger and asked him how he answered to the crimes he was accused of.

Shocked at being outsmarted, he denies the crimes but Bran and Arya prove that they know he is guilty. Having been denied protection from the knights of the Vale, he pleads with Sansa for his life. She makes it clear he is going to die and Arya slits his throat with the same dagger that he had given an assassin to kill Bran with many years prior.

Jon Snow & Sam Tarly Killing White Walkers

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The two Nights Watch brothers – Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly – are two of the only known people who have managed to actually kill a White Walker.

Jon Snow, while trying to rescue the wildlings from Hardhome, faced the onslaught of the army of the dead as they began to savage the folk beyond the Wall. When he ran into the tent to retrieved the valuable dragonglass – that was known to kill the undead – he came face to face with one of the White Walkers. Their battled and it appeared that the Walker had the upper hand but Jon managed to slay it with Longclaw, his Valyrian steel sword that Jeor Mormont gifted him many years prior.

Sam Tarly, while trying to get Gilly and her newborn son back to safety, was forced to face a White Walker. Although terrified, he shouted at the Walker to stay back but it proceeded to attack and shattered Sam’s sword. While Sam was knocked on the ground, the White Walker to attack Gilly and her baby but Sam stabbed it in the back with a piece of dragonglass and it died on impact.

Jon Snow Kills Olly & His Murderers

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When Olly was introduced, we felt bad for the poor kid: he had just witnessed his village and family get slaughtered by Wildlings. The Magnar of Thenns even taunted him about eating his parents when the slaughter would end.

Olly killing Ygritte during the Battle of Castle Black in the same manner she had killed his parents brought a conflicting sense of justice. He had avenged his parents’ death, but Jon also lost his first love; a sad moment in Game of Thrones.

But when Olly took part in the conspiracy to assassinate the Lord Commander over a difference in opinion, that’s when everything changed. Giving Jon the last Stab ala Brutus to Ceasar was the tipping point where Olly was now a hated character, even spawning an infamous sub reddit called “F***Olly”

After Jon’s ressurection, it made sense for him to execute Olly, Thorne and all the other conspirators, as is law in the Nights Watch. Olly didn’t even have the decency to explain to Jon, nor give any last words. Just when we thought Jon would reconsider executing them, as brothers of the Nights Watch are needed for the Great War ahead, that swing of the sword brought Justice and Punishment! That closeup of Dead Olly was weird as well….

Notable Entry: Robb Is Named King In The North

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While we already had covered Jon Snow’s Coronation as King In The North in Part 1 of this article, nevertheless, we figured this one should be there as well.
The northern lords gathered together to decide which king they should declare for. Despite wanting to declare for Renly, Robb Stark reminded them that just as Bran could not surface him in the succession of Winterfell, Renly could not surpass Stannis.

They argued that he could not mean to join Joffrey for he executed Ned Stark – Robbs father – but Robb repeated that Renly could not surpass Stannis. Greatjon Umber tells them all that none of the southern kings mean anything to him for they do not know anything about the north. He points his sword to Robb and declares him King in the North.

The other northern lords and Theon Greyjoy follow suit, all declaring him King in the North in unison as Catelyn Stark looked up at her son while the House Stark theme swelled in the background.

The Resurrection Of Jon Snow

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Having been murdered by his own men in a mutiny in the last episode of season 5, it was unknown for a year as to whether – the White Wolf – Jon Snow would return to HBO’s Game of Thrones.

After finding his dead body, Davos, Ed and several other loyal brothers carried his body inside and brought Melisandre to him. She washed his body, cut his hair and uttered a spell while gliding her hands over him. Thinking her magic had left her, she believed that she would be able to bring him back.

Melisandre left, followed by the brothers of the Nights Watch and eventually Davos. Ghost – Jon’s albino direwolf – however, perked up and looked at his owner’s body. Jon’s face came into view and in the last moment of the episode, he gasped and opened his eyes.

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The Princesses Of Westeros – Game Of Thrones Characters Re-Imagined As Disney Princesses

The Princesses of Westeros

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While we already looked into a Disney Version Of Game Of Thrones, we here have an excellent adaptation of our favorite women in Game of Thrones specifically re-imagined as Disney Princesses this time.

Artist Sam Tsui also known as DjeDjehuti on DeviantArt made those stunning looking renditions of Game of Thrones Characters as Classic Disney Princesses.

Someone needs to pitch this idea to Disney Studios with a complex change in violence, language, and sex scenes. Totally doable, right?

Ariel as Melisandre

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Seeing our favorite Disney redhead (I still love you, Merida) dressed as The Red Witch has me singing “wish I could be part of your world”. What a great mashup.

Aurora as Cersei

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Aurora is a much sweeter and pleasant princess than Cersei ever was, but you can’t deny how much she looks like her in this.

Belle and Margeary

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Belle is a perfect Margaery – kind, sweet, beautiful, and graceful. Even though she gets her happily-ever-after with her handsome prince, we can all pretend Margaery lives on through her because of this picture.

Cinderella as Catelyn Stark

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Our favorite mother is portrayed by our favorite step-daughter. Hard working, honest, and loyal, Catelyn and Cinderella do have somethings in common – except the hair color.

Elsa as Daeneys

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The Mother of Dragons takes a cold turn in this picture as Elsa. Their elemental differences aside, they do look like they could be sisters from different misters. …Wait. Can we confirm that they are not related at all?! Come on, Disney…

Grandma Fa as Olenna Tyrell

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My two favorite grandmas mashed up into one. My day, month, and year has been made. Their personalities are very similar and they’re both highly loveable. Oh, Lady Olenna… You are missed.

Jasmine as Ellaria Sand

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Gorgeous, exotic, and partnered with beautiful men – Jasmine and Ellaria might as well be the same person, with one tiny exception – Jasmine is much less petty and vengeful than Ellaria was.

Lilo as Arya Stark

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Lilo and Arya are both spunky, morbid, and dark little girls. One of Disney’s only young girl protagonists, these two are an excellent mashup as well.

Merida as Ygritte

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Wild red curls, badass attitude, awesome accent, excellent aiming with a bow and arrow… Ygritte is Merida, and Merida is Ygritte.

Mulan as Brienne

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Yes. Even though we don’t witness Brienne’s early years and struggles, she did go through a lot to become the respected knight that she is. She didn’t have to lie about being a woman like Mulan did, but these ladies show the world that women can do the same (if not more) as any man can. So much yes.

Rapunzel as Sansa Stark

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Who better to portray Sansa, who’s been locked up in a tower time after time, oppressed by abusers and had a pretty tough life, than Rapunzel? She also knows how that feels, and has magnificent hair as well.

Snow White as Shae

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The illustration is beautiful, but there’s a reason why I’m giggling a little at the artist’s choice. These two have nothing in common, except they both seem to really like having dwarves around… Ha.

Tiana as Meera Reed

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You may be scratching your head at this one, but here’s what the artist himself had to say:”Meera is of course the spunky girl helping Bran and crew reach the three-eyed raven north of the wall — The Reeds are the rulers of the Cranogmen, who live in the swamps and marshes and are sometimes called ‘frog-eaters’ — so I figured this Tiana, a bayou beauty herself, would be a perfect fit!”

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15 Ironic & Coincidental Deaths In Game Of Thrones

It’s no secret that George R. R. Martin is not only one to believe the good guys should always win because they’re “good”, but he is also a genius when it comes to circumstance and situations. Nothing in his stories ever happen for no reason, and both the show and the books are full of symbolism. While some moments go unnoticed, if you look back at some character deaths and choices, there’s a very pronounced connection between what they did and how they kick they bucket.

Some of these instances are shown only in the books, others in the deleted scenes feature of the Game of Thrones DVDs, and some are in plain sight – just waiting to be connected by the audience.

Here’s a few of those instances that jumped at us, in no special order. These are full of spoilers, so don’t read these until you’re all caught up!

The Perpetrators Of The Red Wedding Meet Identical Fates

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The Red Wedding still haunts us to this day. How could it not? Nobody expects their guest right to be infringed upon and be murdered by those who posed as allies. We’re not the only ones haunted by that gruesome wedding, though, and it did curse its perpetrators – they each died in the ways they killed the Starks.

Take Roose Bolton, for example. He stabbed Robb Stark in the stomach, saying the Lannisters send their remarks. When his turn to die came around, his own bastard son Ramsay stabbed him in the stomach after Roose told him his little brother had been just born.

Walder Frey, head of House Frey and the host of this wedding, has Catelyn Stark’s throat sliced. In turn, Arya Stark avenged her mother and brother by slicing Walder’s throat.

Tywin Lannister was personally not present at the Red Wedding, but it had been the Lannisters who set in motion for the violence that took place. On his orders, Robb Stark is ultimately killed by being shot by a crossbow. Tywin also met his end by a crossbow, shot by his own son Tyrion. There’s a little more to that one, and we’ll come back to it in a bit.

Stannis, Renly Baratheon & Their Female Assistants

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This one is a little harder to catch, but very satisfying when you do. Stannis Baratheon got his “assistant”, Melisandre, pregnant with a demon who then infiltrated his younger brother Renly’s encampment and killed him.

Long after Renly’s death, it was Brienne of Tarth, Renly’s own “assistant”, who kills Stannis off after confronting him about what he had done. The lesson here is to never send out your female assistant to do your dirty job. Looking at you, Stannis.

Ygritte, Olly & Some Arrows

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Ygritte’s unfortunate and heartbreaking (not just for Jon, but to us too) death mirrors how she killed the father of little Olly, a farm boy from a village in The Gift (land controlled by the Night’s Watch). She shot him through the chest with an arrow during a Wildling attack on their village.

On the night the Wildlings attack Castle Black and fight the men of the Night’s Watch, Olly shoots an arrow straight through her chest, avenging his father and thinking he had protected Jon Snow from her. Poor misunderstood kid.

The Sand Snakes Each Die With Their Own Weapon Of Choice

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Though this is one of the most obvious instances, we can’t help but point it out. The three Sand Snakes we see on the show, Oberyn Martell’s bastard daughters, were killed in the same fashion as their preferred methods of combat and weapon choices.

Obara Sand, who used a spear to fight, was impaled by Euron Greyjoy with her own spear when he attacked their ship.

Nymeria Sand, who took to the whip, was strangled by Euron Greyoy in the same attack on their ship and with her own whip.

Tyene Sand, who shared her father’s knowledge on poisons, was taken by Euron Greyjoy and handed to Queen Cersei, along with her mother Ellaria Sand. She’s then poisoned by Cersei with the same poison she once used against Bronn in Dorne, the Long Farewell. It’s also the same poison her mother, Ellaria, used to kill Cersei’s daughter, Myrcella. How ironic.

Ned’s Ice Cold Head Rolling Irony

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Our beloved Ned Stark was first introduced to us carrying out a beheading for a man accused of deserting the Night’s Watch, with his sword Ice in hand. Nine episodes later, his very last sighting is on the chopping block, beheaded by his own sword under orders of King Joffrey Baratheon.

It would’ve been even more ironic if his sentence had been carried out by the King himself, as per Ned’s own quote “The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword.” But, we are talking about King Joffrey, and we all know he’s not an honorable man whatsoever. Rest easy, Ned.

Fall Of House Stark & Baratheon Foreshadowed In The Pilot

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In season 1, we see this happening right in the beginning. In the first episode, when Ned is on his way back from beheading the Night’s Watch deserter, they come across a dead stag and a dead Direwolf. The stag killed the Direwolf, which symbolizes two things: King Robert inevitably lead Ned Stark to his death by summoning him to King’s Landing, and the fact that King Joffrey Baratheon is the one who orders Ned beheaded.

We do know Joffrey is really not a Baratheon (but an incest-produced child by Cersei and Jaime Lannister), but he still has the House name under his belt. What’s even more chilling is that the stag that killed the direwolf was killed by a mountain lion, once again foreshadowing the end of House Baratheon by the Lannister infiltration in their family and their takeover of he Seven Kingdoms.

It’s even weirder to think that, on the episode where Ned Stark find the direwolf pups, Theon Greyjoy holds a knife to the throat of one of the pups, symbolizing his sudden yet inevitable betrayal (if you get the non-Game of Thrones reference, high-five).

Arya, Polliver & Needle

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Ever since Jon Snow gave Arya her thin, small blade which she adorably named Needle, she and her trusty sword have had many adventures in Westeros. One of the most memorable and ironic deaths delivered by Needle has been Polliver.

Polliver had murdered Lommy, an orphan from King’s Landing who had been captured with Arya, Gendry, and Hot Pie by Lannister men. Polliver stole Needle from Arya, hence gaining a spot on her kill list, and taunted poor Lommy, who had injured his leg, before using Needle to stab him in the throat.

Arya eventually gets Needle back and stabs Polliver in the throat in the same way, but not before using the same taunting lines he used on Lommy: “Something wrong with your leg, boy? Can you walk? I’ve got to carry you. Funny little blade. Maybe I’ll pick my teeth with it.” Arya is such a badass.

Littlefinger’s Predictions

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“People die at their own dinner tables, they die in their beds, they die squatting over their chamberpots. Everyone dies, sooner or later.”
Littlefinger said this in season 4, and it has predicted 3 big deaths in the show: Walder Frey, Shae, and Tywin Lannister.

Sure, the “at their dinner table” could apply to Joffrey as well, but this was said after he was poisoned at his own wedding.

However, we do see Walder Frey die at his dinner table, while eating a pie made out of his sons and drinking wine. We see Shae the whore betray Tyrion at his trial and then be found and strangled by him on his own father’s bed. We then see Tywin Lannister sitting on the toilet, only to be fatally shot and killed by Tyrion.

While Littlefinger had nothing to do with those three deaths, it’s absolutely insane how accurate he was in his seemingly innocent predictions. Let’s never forget the look in his face when he realized he was on trial in Winterfell – he never predicted that one.

Lysa Arryn & The Moon Door

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Lysa Arryn, Catelyn Stark’s crazy sister, lived in the Eyrie with her son Robin. Her favorite method of execution was to throw her victims through the Moon Door, an hatch in the High Hall which opens up and provides a hefty fall down to the floor of the Vale. Ironically enough, she is thrown door the Moon Door herself by her lover-turned-momentary-husband Petyr Baelish, or Littlefinger.

Tywin Lannister Foreshadows The Demise Of Houses Baratheon & Tully

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This one is full of symbolism from Seasons 1 & 3. Specifically, we’re talking about Tywin Lannister skinning a stag while talking to Jaime Lannister in their encampment as they get ready to invade the Riverlands. That is huge symbolism for the fall of House Baratheon, even though the Lannisters don’t actually kill the Baratheons off with weapons. But they do in a way: the Lannisters take over the Seven Kingdoms, which was ruled by King Robert Baratheon. Though it’s not known to the public at first, Cersei Lannister’s children are not Robert’s children – they’re a product of incest between her and her twin brother Jaime. So, in a way, Tywin did kill the Baratheon House by marrying off his daughter to Robert and her disgusting acts of incest.

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Also, in a deleted scene from Season 3, Tywin Lannister is seen fishing and then smashing the fish against a rock, then gutting them. The Sigil for House Tully, which Catelyn Stark came from before marrying Ned Stark, is a fish. What about it?

Remember the Red Wedding? She, her son Robb, and the majority of the attendees from both House Stark and Tully were murdered that night. Who was the mastermind behind this attack? Yep, good ol’ Tywin Lannister.

The King Eats, The Hand Takes The Shit

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Jaime Lannister once said “The King eats, the Hand takes the shit”, regarding the relationship between Kings and Hand of the Kings. Isn’t it ironic that his son, King Joffrey Baratheon, literally died eating at his wedding after drinking poisoned wine and then his own father, Tywin Lannister, Hand of the King, died while taking a shit?

Couldn’t be more accurate in the literal and figurative meanings of this saying.

Jamie’s Guilt – “Cousincide”

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The irony here is pretty grand. Jamie Lannister killed his own cousin, Alton Lannister, in order to escape his captivity by the Northern armies. Alton had been Jamie’s squire before, and they had what seemed like a nice little chat while being in the same cell. Alton asks Jamie if he ever thought of escaping, and Jamie says he has a plan.

Alton offers help and scoots closer in order to hear what he needs to do. Jamie tells him that the one thing he needs to do is to die, and so Jamie beats him to death, attracting the attention on the guards. Jamie then kills the guard and escapes.

Fast forward to season 4, when Jamie visits Tyrion in his cell right before the trial by combat fought by The Mountain and Oberyn Martell. Tyrion is running down the list of names for different kinds of familial killings and declares there’s a word for every kind. Jamie displays some guilt, unseen by Tyrion, and says “cousins”, to which Tyrion replies that he’s right – there’s no word for cousin-killing. Let’s call it cousincise in honor of Alton, poor kid.

Oberyn Martell Poisoned Tywin Lannister

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This one is a mind-blowing theory that caters more to the books then the show: what if I told you that Oberyn Martell, the handsome Prince of Dorne, master of poisons actually poisoned Tywin Lannister prior to both their deaths?

In Tyrion’s trial for the murder of King Joffrey, Grand Maester Pycell shares that one of his poison vials was missing. It was “Widow’s blood, this one is called, for the color. A cruel poison. It shuts down a man’s bladder and bowels, until he drowns himself in his own poisons.” That wasn’t the poison that killed Joffrey, but someone other than Tyrion took it. Who did? Oberyn.

Go back to when Mace Tyrell, Tywin Lannister, and Oberyn are breaking bread at the solar. This was the perfect opportunity for Oberyn to poison Tywin with such an awful chemical.

This goes deeper in the book, with Oberyn stating he was thankful for Cersei blaming Tyrion for the poisoning, because he’d probable be the one accused if Tyrion wasn’t immediately blamed. “Who knows more of poisons than the Red Viper of Dorne, after all?” He then follows that with a very seemingly random line. “Your father may not live forever.”

Sure, nobody lives forever, but why would he bring Tywin’s death into this conversation?

The description of Tyrion’s thoughts after shooting his father in the toilet also point that something was foul – and not just the magnificent crap he was taking. “But the stink that filled the privy gave ample evidence that the oft-repeated jape about his father was just another lie. Lord Tywin Lannister did not, in the end, shit gold.”

In the books, the details regarding Tywin’s funeral after Tyrion shot him in the toilet only point more to this theory, with Tywin rotting visibly, his face greenish, eyes sunken, and a “foul white fluid was seeping through the joints of his splendid gold-and-crimson armor to pool beneath his body.”

With the Widow’s Blood vial missing, Oberyn present in King’s Landing and breaking bread with Tywin Lannister before Tyrion’s trial, and the descriptions of both Tywin’s death stinks and his deterioration at his funeral, there’s very little left to the imagination – though Tyrion ultimately delivered the blow that killed Tywin, Oberyn absolutely dealt him a slow and painful death ahead of time. Depending on how you look at it, Tyrion basically did his father a favor.

Karl Tanner, The Dirty Mouth Stabber

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Karl Tanner, the murderous mutineer ringleader of the Night’s Watch, gets the same deathblow he dealt to Craster – a lovely stab through the mouth. His style of combat also includes fighting dirty, which he also gets dealt before his death.

Jon Snow and a handful of men from the Night’s Watch interrupt Karl, who is at this point despicably attempting to rape Meera after taking her, Jojen, and Bran captive, and a fight ensues. Karl fights dirty – spits in Jon’s face to distract him among other tactics – until one of Craster’s daughter-wives stabs him in the shoulder before he gets to finish Jon off.

Forgetting that you should never turn your back to your opponent in battle, he does just that to try and kill the girl, and Jon stabs him through the back of the head and out his mouth. Good riddance, creep.

Maester Aemon: The ONLY Character To Die Of Old Age In Game Of Thrones

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This, ladies and gents, is the only man to have died on natural causes in this show (at least that we have seen). Yep. Our beloved Maester Aemon of the Night’s Watch – Aemon Targaryen, great-uncle to Daenerys Targayen, unknowingly great-great-uncle of Jon Snow (ahem Aegon Targaryen) – dies at the lovely age of 102, being the longest living person in Westeros at the time, of natural causes and old age.

Though it was beyond sad to see him go, it also gives us hope that any one of our current favorite characters can also die of natural causes and the George R. R. Martin doesn’t just kill everyone off in gruesome ways. Unlikely, but hey, we can hope.

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Celebrities As Game Of Thrones Characters [FUNNY]

While the casting for the Game of Thrones show is nothing short of absolute perfection, it’s normal to sometimes wonder what our beloved characters would look and act like if they had been cast with different celebrities and actors. Whether you love these celebrities and or characters or hate them, whether they’re actors or politicians, whether they would’ve been perfect for the role or not, you can’t deny it’s fun imagining what could have been. We should also take this moment to thank our lucky stars that none of these were actually cast for our favorite roles, and give a round of applause for the HBO show’s casting team. Without any further ado, here are 17 funny instances where some of our favorite characters get a makeover, sometimes a sex change, and possibly a change in behaviors. There could be some spoilers ahead, as always, because the internet is dark and full of spoilers.

Jack Nicholson as Tyrion Lannister

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Everyone’s favorite jokester. Am I talking about Tyrion or Jack Nicholson? Both! Though Peter Dinklage is superb at portraying Tyrion, one can only imagine the way Jack would carry the character to where he is by the end of season 7.

Rowan Atkinson as Daario Naharis

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Daario would be a completely different person if Rowan Atkinson had been playing him. Imagine a Mr. Bean type character, complete with awkward moments and funny noises.

Nicolas Cage as Ned Stark

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The internet’s favorite actor to poke fun at – Nicolas Cage. I can almost see him saying “Winter is Coming” National Treasure style.

Donald Trump as Tyrion Lannister

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Whatever your political stance is or how much you may dislike or like Donald Trump, him as Tyrion has to make you giggle. He’d be a perfect candidate for playing him in the earlier seasons, before Tyrion became a more mature character.

Albert Einstein as The Mountain

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Brains…. Both the now-undead Mountain and Albert Einstein love brains! The Mountain loves to smash them, and Einstein uses his for science. I don’t think he’d be great at being a bodyguard, though…

Hillary Clinton as Daenerys Targaryen

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Love her or hate her, Hillary as Daenerys would have been an awesome performance. They both make incredibly unforgettable expressions and they’re both bossy, rule-worthy women.

Nicolas Cage as Sansa Stark, Laurence Fishburne Morpheus Sitting on the Iron Throne

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Though Nicolas Cage would make an excellent Lady of the North, especially during her whiny years, I don’t think that’d be a good fit. However, I’d love to see Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) sitting on the Iron Throne, offering blue or red pills to Westeros. Surprise: you live in a made-up reality and you’re actually trying not to get killed by machines! What a twist.

Christopher Walken as the Night King

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If Christopher Walken dances as the Night King in the same way he did for Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice”, while brandishing his weapon of choice (icy spear for the win), I believe Westeros would bow down to him.

Scarlett Johansson and Jude Law as Daenerys Targaryen and Jorah Mormont

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The beautiful Scarlett Johansson would probably smile more often than Daenerys does, and Jude Law would make an absolutely charming Jorah. Who knows, Dany and Jorah might have been a thing if he had been cast for it…

Meryl Streep and Woody Allen as Selyse and Stannis Baratheon

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The Devil Wears…. Fiery guilt and braids? Meryl Streep probably wouldn’t have let Stannis burn their daughter alive. But, then again, Woody Allen’s Stannis would’ve probably married his own daughter. Or at least have adopted another one and then married her.

Sharon Stone on the Iron Throne

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Ah. Here we have the famous Sharon Stone scene from Basic Instinct where she does her cop interrogation without wearing any undies. I can only imagine that if Cersei didn’t get things her way as she normally does, she’d probably resort to the same kind of… attention-grabbing efforts to get her point across.

Donald Trump as Daenerys Targaryen

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Now, this… Would have been interesting to see. We know that Emilia Clarke has the best eyebrow expressions in the show, but Trump Daenerys would definitely have the best fishy lips, and the best army. Huge Unsullied army.

Clint Eastwood as Daenerys Targaryen

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Badass Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino style, asking people “where are my dragons?!” would have been priceless. The amount of ass-kicking would also double what it currently is from Daenerys.

Will Smith and Hillary Clinton as Jon Snow

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Two very different approaches to Jon Snow – Will Smith and Hillary Clinton. One is too cheery, while the other might go Prince of Belair on everyone.

Nicolas Cage as Jon Snow

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Even if Nicolas Cage played Jon Snow, he’d still know nothing. Still better than envisioning Cage as Sansa Stark, though.

Rowan Atkinson as Daenerys Targaryen

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Definitely not beautiful or graceful or fierce. Just funny sounds, faces, and disaster.

Donald Trump as Joffrey Baratheon

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Joffrey Baratheon – the most hated King in the Seven Kingdoms. Fans hated him. Characters hated him. Nothing else needs to be said about having Trump play him instead of Jack Gleeson.

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20 Game Of Thrones Characters Who Look Completely Different In Real Life

In a fantasy world, the appearance of characters is rather different to that of the modern, real world. Wigs, prosthetics, coloured contacts and more are used to transform the actors and actresses of HBO’s Game of Thrones into their onscreen counterparts. Here is a list of twenty actors and actresses who look completely different in real life to how their look on the silverscreen.

20 – Varys

Conleth Hill as Varys

Conleth Hill – the Irish actor who portrays the Spider, Varys – unlike a lot of actors on HBO’s Game of Thrones does not wear any facial prosthetics or a wig, but he does however don a bald head. Hill has thick grey hair and a moustache, whereas Varys is bald headed and clean shaven.

19 – The Hound

Rory McCann as Sandor The Hound Clegane

The Scottish actor Rory McCann who portrays The Hound – one of the most dangerous fighters in Westeros – wears a shoulder length wig, facial hair prosthetics and special effects facial make up in HBO’s Game of Thrones. The Hound’s onscreen appearance creates a stark contrast to McCann’s balding head, light stubble and unburnt face.

18 – Septa Unella

Hannah Waddingham as Septa Unella

The English actress, Hannah Waddingham, who portrays Septa Unella – the woman who marched Cersei Lannister, naked, through the streets of Kings Landing while crying out ‘shame’ –
Starkly contrasts her onscreen character on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Waddingham had well styled, honey blonde hair, a made up face and is well dressed in figure fitting clothing whereas her on screen counterpart has her hair hidden beneath her headdress, is plain faced and wears loose fitting, conservative grey clothing.

17 – Leaf (Children of the Forest)

Kae Alexander As Leaf

Kae Alexander, the Japanese actress who portrayed Leaf – the leader of the Children of the Forest – wore yellow contacts, full body prosthetics and a greyish green wig on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Alexander endured a process that latest between nine and ten hours to be transformed into Leaf. Her off screen appearance contrasts sharply with that of Leaf’s because she has long, black hair, tanned skin and wide dark eyes.

16 – Wun Wun

Ian Whyte as Wun Wun

Welsh actor Ian Whyte, who portrayed Wun Wun – the wildling giant – wore a large foam body suit and silicone rubber prosthetic makeup on his head on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Whyte – while being extremely tall off screen at the height of seven foot, eleven inches – is slenderly built, has short dark brown hair and a slim face.

15 – Osha

Natalia Tena as Osha

Although the English actress, Natalie Tena, who portrays Osha – the wildling woman who cares and protects Bran and Rickon Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones – does not wear any facial prosthetics or even a wig, she does look entirely different from her on screen character. Tena often has well styled hair, a made-up face and a fun style of clothing whereas Osha has wild hair, a dirty face and ragged clothes.

14 – Yara Greyjoy

Gemma Whelan as Yara Greyjoy

Unlike the actresses who portray the other queens in Westeros, Gemma Whelan – the English actress who portrays Yara Greyjoy, the believed to be rightful Queen of the Iron Islands – does not wear a wig on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Whelan has a lightly made up face, neatly styled hair and femininely cut clothing whereas Yara has a plain face, windswept hair and masculine style clothing

13 – The Waif

Faye Marsay as The Waif

Faye Marsay – the English actress who portrays the Waif, an acolyte of the Faceless Man – wears her bobbed hair in a braided style, has a plain and sometimes dirty face, and wears loose fitting, plain coloured clothing. Marsay wears her hair sleeked back stylishly, her face well made up and wears modern, fitted clothing that suits her frame.

12 – The Night King

Richard Brake as The Night King

Richard Brake – the Welsh actor who portrays the Night King (In Season 5 before he was recast), the leader and creator of the undead army that has now entered Westeros – dons full bodied prospects and coloured contacts on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Brake has medium length, honey blonde hair, fair skin and a well defined face whereas his onscreen counterpart has icy, blue skin, hauntingly electric blue eyes and ice horns upon his bald head.

11 – Karsi

Birgitte Hjort Sørensen as Karsi

Birgitte Hjort Sørensen – the Danish actress who portrayed Karsi, a wildling woman who fought with Jon Snow at the Battle of Hardhome – dyed her hair and had a plain, dirty looking face on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Hjort Sørensen has honey blonde hair that is styled elegantly, a well made-up face and wears stylish clothes that suit her tall but slime frame unlike her on screen counterpart who has ragged, dark hair and wears animal pelts.

10 – Jaqen H’ghar

Tom Wlaschiha as Jaqen H'Ghar

Tom Wlaschiha – the German actor who portrays Jaqen H’ghar, a Faceless Man who trains Arya Stark – wears a wig and unfitting, plain clothing on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Wlaschiha has short, blonde hair and wears fitted, very stylish clothing unlike his on-screen counterpart whom has shoulder length red hair with silvery white strips and wears poorly made, almost ragged looking clothes.

09 – Brienne Of Tarth

Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth

Gwendoline Christie – the English actress who portrays Brienne of Tarth, one of the greatest warrior in Westeros – wears her hair in an unkempt, messy style, has a plain face and dons the intricately designed armour that Jaime Lannister had made for her on screen character on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Christie styles her short blonde hair elegantly, has a well made-up face and wears sophisticated and well-fitting clothes that suit her tall frame.

08 – Hodor

Kristian Nairn as Hodor

Kristian Nairn – the Irish actor who portrays Hodor, the largely built, simpleminded servant of House Stark who cares for and protects Bran Stark – dons a beard and has his hair cut significantly short, a dyed pale blonde. Nairn has longer hair that’s often spiked up, has tattoos and wears simple, casual clothing. He also dons a facial star tattoo that was removed via makeup on set.

07 – Pyat Pree

Ian Hanmore as Pyat Pree

Ian Hanmore – the Scottish actor who portrayed Pyat Pree, a warlock from Qarth and one of the Thirteen – wore dark blue facial makeup on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Hanmore has some light white hair, though is mostly bald, and dons a plain face whereas his on screen counterpart has sunken in eyes with thick black bags and blue lips.

06 – Shireen Baratheon

Kerry Ingram as Shireen Baratheon

Kerry Ingram – the English actress who portrayed Shireen Baratheon, the Stag Princess – wore facial prosthetics and dyed her hair darker on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Ingram has honey blonde hair and wears a made-up face that makes her look older whereas Shireen has Greyscale covering one half of her face and has limp, dark brown hair.

05 – Gilly

Hannah Murray as Gilly

Hannah Murray – the English actress who portrays Gilly, the wildling lover of Sam Tarly – like her fellow wildling women actresses dons a dirty, plain face and wild, unkempt hair that she dyed for HBO’s Game of Thrones. Murray has lighter hair that is styled in neat waves, an elegantly made up face and wears tightly fitted clothing whereas her onscreen counterpart wears animal pelts and then plain dresses.

04 – Viserys Targaryen

Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen

Much like Emilia Clarke, the English actress who portrays his on-screen sister, English actor Harry Lloyd wore a lace front wig for his short stint on HBO’s Game of Thrones as Viserys Targaryen, the exiled heir to the Iron Throne. Lloyd endured a two hour process every morning in order to transform into the unhinged prince whose shoulder length, silvery curls and pale eyebrows were the complete opposite to his own short styled, black hair and dark eyebrows.

03 – Robert Baratheon

Mark Addy as Robert Baratheon

Mark Addy – the English actor who portrayed Robert Baratheon, the Stag King – wore a wig and donned a wiry beard on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Addy has extremely short hair and is clean shaven, and is slightly slimmer in build that his onscreen counterpart.

02 – Euron Greyjoy

Pilou Asabaek as Euron Greyjoy

Pilou Asabaek – the Danish actor who portrays Euron Greyjoy, the captain of the Silence and king of the Iron Islands – wears facial prosthetics, a beard and black lined eyes on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Asabaek has a face lightly lined with stubble and does not have a scar beneath his left eye.

01 – Daenerys Targaryen

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen

Emilia Clarke, the English actress who portrays the ‘Dragon Queen’ – Daenerys Targaryen – wears a waist length, lace front wig on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Clarke’s off-screen appearance – which consists of shoulder length, dark brown hair and dark brows – contrasts with the silvery hair and pale eyebrows of the Mother of Dragons

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Game Of Thrones: A Disney Version

Have you ever wondered what the Game of Thrones gorgeous world and characters would look like if they had been reimagined by Walt Disney studios? I mean, they’d have to do some real adapting for it to be accepted by Disney and its audience in the first place, but that’s beside the point. The Dornish men and women, the Northeners and Southeners, Wildings, wights, dragons… How would they look in the cartoonish, perfect world of Disney? Fret not, my sweet summer child – artists Fernando Mendonça and Anderson Mahanski not only answered that question, they took us to the world of Westeros in the most innocent, playful, and beautiful way imaginable. Below you’ll find their art as well as other artists, so get your inner bubbly, innocent child ready for some amazing new Disney character we will probably never see on the big screen or Walt Disney World.

Melisandre & Her (Goofy) Shadow

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Here we see a beautiful Melisandre (who reminds me of Megara in Hercules) walking her shadow baby, who had killed Renly Baratheon on the fateful night she gave birth to a demon. Totally not Disney appropriate, but you can’t deny she’d make an awesome villain in their universe.

Oberyn & The Mountain

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This scene could play out as a silly game of “guess who’s behind you”, but we all know better.

Jon Snow & Ghost

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A completely innocent moment between Jon Snow and his pet direwolf. One can only imagine what adventures they’d get themselves into. Also, poor squirrel.

Lord Varys

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Our favorite Spider and Spymaster (screw you, Littlefinger) looks up to something as he listens to one of his little birds. I wonder if they’ve been lying to him ever since Cersei took over and cleaned house in King’s Landing…

The Hound & Arya Stark

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I can see this as the poster for the movie “F*ck the King – The Adventures of A Girl and The Hound”. Coming to an end in 2018, rater R for mature language, gory images, and lewd content. I’m actually sad it’s not a real thing.

Jaime Lannister & Brienne Of Tarth

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Tale as old as time… Beauty and the Beast. Though Brienne is both beautiful and very muscly, calling her the Beast seems a little unfair. But let’s be honest, the early version of Jaime absolutely fits as a diva. Maybe he should’ve been drawn as Gaston instead?

Cersei Lannister

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Cersei would be a perfect Disney villain. Beautiful, smart, and gutsy, she puts the majority of witches and evil queens to shame with her evil plans and dirty work.

Tyrion Lannister

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Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to drink wine I go. He’d be the Disney character all children would love – funny, a little unlucky, intelligent, and cute. As long as they don’t include his sex addiction from earlier seasons, he’d be Disney appropriate.

Hodor & Bran Stark

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Here we have what should have happened with these two. Hodor and his happy-go-lucky soul and demeanor, and Bran Stark as a curious, innocent child. Rest in peace, sweet giant.

The (Frozen) Night King

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Let it go, let it go… The Night King is very Elsa-like in this picture. But it’s a good thing he doesn’t smile in the show, that’s a little creepy.

Daenerys, Drogon, Jon, & Ghost

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This is not drawn by Fernando Mendonca, Anderson Mahanski, or Sam Tsui, but it’s a great illustration nonetheless. I do wonder who that little dragon is, and why Dany is giving Jon the side eye.

Daenerys & Drogon

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Very Jasmine and Rajah-like, this illustration makes me want a Daenerys Disney movie right now. From her expression to the details on her clothes – they nailed it. Drogon, however, has eaten too many lambs.

Daenerys & Her 3 Dragons

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Viserion, Rheagal, and Drogon remind us of the dragon the evil witch Milicent turns into in Sleeping Beauty. Daeneys is channeling her inner Elsa in this picture as well, and this could make for a more serious Disney movie.

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

Gwendoline Christie and Kit Harington

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!


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 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.

Method #3: WotW Facebook: Like the WatchersontheWall Facebook page, and Like and Share the The Unofficial Guide to Game of Thrones 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 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.

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: 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.

All-Around Best Quote of Season 8

After you vote, please scroll on down to choose your Funniest Quotes!

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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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What do you think? Are you excited for the (potential) Targaryen prequel? And what’s your take on dragons? Tell us below.

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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…

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s the spirit! Literally, perhaps.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is a preview of what the tome will offer:

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

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

Art of GoT Cover.

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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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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HODOR!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feast your eyes …

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

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

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

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John Bradley as Samwell Tarly. Photo: HBO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

George R.R. Martin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Leading Actress

Best Leading Actor

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

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actress

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

Best Guest Actor

Best Guest Actress

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

We also have:

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

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

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

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

Best Speech: what it says on the tin.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Battle: large-scale battles

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

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

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

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The Rules & Process

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

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

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


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

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


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


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

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

Put your thinking helms on and get to nominating!

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