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In last two episodes of Game of Thrones, season six, fans have been given a lot of surprises. Surprises in terms of how the story is going to go ahead and how well the actors chosen for every character can portray their part. But the director has to be given his due credits. And the director for episode 3 and episode 4, Daniel Sackheim, has done a remarkable job in giving Jon and Daenerys, a new birth, albeit in a different manner.

Daniel recently spoke about what went into the making of episode four sequence where Daenerys had burnt the temple of Dosh Khaleen and the Khal and claimed her throne again and said that, “The producers are extremely generous. I should preface this by saying that. By that I mean, some of the sequences in the script are detailed to their finest, minute detail. Some sequences are more broad ideas of where you start and where you end, and the journey. In the instance of that sequence with Daenerys, it was kind of broad strokes. You needed to do something that sets the place on fire, and the guys get trapped, and then the people are assembled outside, and they start to bow as she comes through the fire. So, you go through that process. You pitch [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] on how you think you should go from point A to point B: “These are the events that transpire, this is the methodology she uses.” For example, having these three or four braziers that she tips and uses to set things on fire. Just generally speaking, cinematically, how I see it. They would say, “I love this, this and this, but go back to the drawing board on that.” That process takes several weeks. Then you start to storyboard the sequence.”

“You work with the digital effects people and the stunt people, and you all jointly come up with a plan in terms of how to execute this. The interior was shot on a set we built in Belfast in a parking lot on a completely nonflammable set that we had to make look like it was on fire. The exterior was shot on location in Almería, Spain, where they’ve shot many Spaghetti Westerns. That building we actually did set on fire. That was shot over the course of two nights. The interior work was shot over the course of a week. It was close to a week and a half between the two locations. The amount of time and prep that went into it all was probably about three months or more. It took two months just to build it. It’s an amazing application, or devotion, to provide the resources for a building that burns down in about three minutes.”

He then spoke about the sequence with Jon and how it was working with him before being dead and after being dead and the transitions and said that, “We talked a lot about it. We talked a lot about it with Dan and David as well. Really, in that scene when he’s woken up and he’s coming to terms with where he is and what’s happened… we talked about, believe it or not, the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross book on the seven stages of death. We wanted to play them in reverse. Within forty-five seconds of him coming to, there was this level of surprise, confusion, denial, anger, fear, etcetera. We clicked off all of those emotions. We talked about it, not surprisingly, as a rebirth — as when a child is born, they’re sort of helpless. That’s what we wanted to communicate. For a character who has been so immensely powerful, strong and commanding, we wanted to find the absolute opposite dynamic of that. We talked about that a lot. But also, there’s a hollowness to him. He knows what’s on the other side. He knows there’s nothing on the other side. There is no afterlife.”

He truly made the episodes memorable and did a beautiful job with both Daenerys and Jon.






22 year old. Law student. Cancerian. Epicure. Unicorn and mermaid believer. Doing this for my love for dragons and Khaleesi. Oh, And Jon. And Tyrion. And Cersei. And always remember, there is no justice in this world unless we make it.

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It turns out Sophie Turner’s tattoo was a major Game Of Thrones spoiler after all

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HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

About a year back, on the The Late Late Show with James Corden, Sophie Turner had showed all of us a tattoo on her arm that read, “The pack survives” with the Stark sigil, along with it.

Turns out we had a spoiler with us all along. For those of you who have seen the finale, will know what we are saying.

In the finale episode, “The Iron Throne”, Bran the Broken becomes the King of the Six Kingdoms, Sansa Stark becomes the Queen in the North, Jon Snow goes Beyond the Wall and mostly becomes The King Beyond the Wall and Arya Stark sets to fulfill her dream to become Nymeria and explore the world. Everything that each of them went through finally culminated into a bittersweet end. The promotional image of the pilot with Ned Stark on the throne almost made sense suddenly.

And turns out, Sophie Turner had already given out a major spoiler about this through her tattoo.

“It’s just a quote from last season,” Turner had said when asked about it. “Everyone figures that the pack really does survive, but it’s just a moral that I like to live by.”

She also said that some people had advised against her getting it just in case fans react to it the way they did. But she did not pay heed to it. Turner also took to Instagram after the airing of the episode.

“The pack survived,” she wrote alongside an image of herself, Williams and Hempstead Wright.






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Game of Thrones fans react to Jon Snow and Ghost’s reunion in the series finale

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Game of Thrones fans react to Jon Snow and Ghost reunion in the series finale

Game of Thrones pulled off a sneaky on us. In the fourth episode Season 8, we saw Jon Snow leave Ghost without petting him. In the series finale, Season 8 episode 6, “The Iron Throne“, we saw Jon reunite with Ghost, and the fans loved it. Read on!

Jon had earlier sent Ghost with Tormund to the real North, while he was leaving Winterfell, and he didn’t even pet him. This had upset a lot of fans. However in the series finale, we saw Ghost waiting for Jon at the Wall, and they reunite, resulting in our good boy getting a long pet. The fans took to Twitter to appreciate this:

How did you react to Jon reuniting with Ghost and finally petting him? Tell us in the comments, down below!






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Game of Thrones Finale sees Arya Stark finally embracing her old dream

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Game of Thrones series Finale gave each character their dues, some satisfactory and some not so much. But the Stark kids seem to be doing pretty well! Just as Sansa got her childhood wish, Arya Stark too took her first steps in a direction she always wanted to go.

This post contains spoilers, so stop reading if you haven’t seen the finale yet (but seriously, what are you doing? Hurry up!).

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“What’s West of Westeros?” Arya Stark had asked out back in Season 6. She was talking to Lady Crane, an actress who helped her with a stab wound and let Arya stay at her place. That’s what she really wants, to go off exploring beyond where the maps stop.

She couldn’t then. Arya came back home, avenged her family’s death, saved humanity from the undead invasion and survived the carnage at King’s Landing. All her duties done, and Winter already receding, Arya now goes back to her old dream of becoming an explorer. In the last scenes of Game of Thrones Season 8 Finale, we see Arya sailing on a ship, journeying to the “west of Westeros”.

Arya had always been an anomaly in the rigid society of Westeros. She was expected to marry a lord and bear his children. But Arya never saw herself in that role. That’s why she rejected Gendry’s proposal in episode 4, even though she clearly had affection for him. She knew that marriage, even to someone she loves, will bind her in society’s expectations. Arya rejected that with all her heart.

Game of Thrones may not be as kind to everyone, but I’m glad at least Arya got her happy ending!






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