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Game of Thrones director Jeremy Podeswa talks about season 7 finale and the revelation of Jon Snow’s past

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11 details you might have missed in Game of Thrones season 7 finale: The Dragon and the Wolf

Game of Thrones season 7 finale dropped the bomb that we were waiting for since the beginning of the show. And what a revelation it was. Jon Snow’s lineage was confirmed and his true name was revealed, along with a controversial scene involving Jon and Dany in a boat. A lot happened in the season finale and we’ve got a lot of thoughts, but we’ll let the makers take the wheel and tell us exactly what went down in this much eventful episode.

Director Jeremy Podeswa who was behind the camera for the masterpiece that was the season 7 finale ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’, talked about the major parts of the episode and their impact, during an interview with the New York Times.

When asked what it was like to film Littlefinger’s death, Jeremy said, “Aidan Gillen is such a great actor, and it was so nice to have an opportunity to work with him, even if it’s his last scene, because he had a tone that he’d never had before on the show. We see him for the first time truly desperate, fighting for his life, seeing the tables turned on him in a way that is so unexpected and epic. And Aidan just blew my mind, he was so moving”

“I actually was crying! On this show, all the characters can die at any time, but it’s how they go out that is such a big thing, and for him, it was great that he had this amazing scene to go out with.”

Discussing Rhaegar and Lyanna’s wedding scene and Jon’s past, he said, “It was important to me to make that scene idyllic, because it’s so completely against the accepted mythology about what that was, that Lyanna was kidnapped. The new information here is that this was really a relationship in which they were in love with each other. And they were married, but that’s been hidden from the history, until now”

“We were really hoping to have a nice sunny day in Belfast, which is rare at that time of year, but we did have one. That was the main thing, in terms of the performances and how it was shot, that it be romantic without being overly romantic.”

When asked about how it was to film the scene between Cersei and Tyrion, Jeremy said, “That was one of my favorite scenes of the entire show. My favorite scene to watch, my favorite scene to shoot. It was very important to us that we let the audience believe, for at least a moment, that she could really kill him. That this might be it. The first time Peter rehearsed it, I was like, I believed it. [Laughs] That was definitely one of those scenes where I had a chill.”

He then talked about Cersei’s intentions and how well actress Lena Headey portrayed it. “That’s one of the great things about Lena [Headey.] She is one of those actresses who, within her stillness, there is everything. She can do so little, and still have all that complexity. Particularly during the summit at the Dragonpit, she’s able to convey so much without outwardly showing very much. It’s all in there. It’s all in the eyes. And the slight little things she does are incredibly telling. She is a very intuitive and very transparent actress.”

Discussing how tricky it was to film the scene about the Wall breaking, Jeremy said, “Everything was tricky about that one. That was one of the more complicated visual effects that I’ve ever done. It was a huge amount of conceptualizing, just to figure out how the scenes should track, and then the execution was very complicated. We had to decide how much of it was going to be real, and how much of it was going to be visual effects. The top of the Wall is a set in Belfast, and the rest is all in virtual land, and it’s a complicated thing to marry all these things together.”

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About how the Wights might actually have a mind of their own and are not completely boneheaded in terms of being controlled by the White Walkers, he said, “Yes. Exactly. That was an important thing for me, too, that you feel like there’s kind of a consciousness there. And I think there certainly is a sense that for an enemy to be a proper enemy, they have to have a certain kind of intelligence. That makes it a real fight, as opposed to a fight with something that doesn’t have the wherewithal to be a proper opponent.”

What were your thoughts on the amazing season finale? Tell us in the comments 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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In Game of Thrones Series Finale, a new era dawns on the Small Council

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By the end of the Game of Thrones Series Finale, Westeros is not as it was before. Some changes are big and are immediately visible, like the fate of the Starks and the Targaryens. But some changes are subtle, yet far more impactful in the long run. One such detail is the all-new Small Council of King’s Landing that is formed after the Last War.

This post contains massive spoilers, so be warned!

In an unexpected twist, Brandon Stark was chosen as the King of the Six Kingdoms (North chose to remain out). And as tradition demands, a small council was formed to aid him in the ruling. As Bran’s chosen Hand, Tyrion Lannister presides over the existent Small Council, whose main work is filling up the vacant posts right now. But the people who get precedence in joining the Small Council is quite interesting.

Here are all of them: Ser Davos Seaworth as Master of Ships, Ser Bronn of Blackwater as Master of Coin, Samwell Tarly as Grand Maester, and Brienne of Tarth as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Now let’s have a closer look.

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Davos and Bronn are lowborn – one was a smuggler and another a mercenary. Sam is a Black Brother whose rights to hold power positions were forfeited. The Kingsguards are all knights and women cannot be knights in Westeros. Brienne would have been barred out of this position by her gender alone – and yet here she is.

In the deeply feudal society of Westeros, the four principle advisers to the King are people who have no birthright to be there, yet all of them have gone through enough experience to earn their place (Although Bronn’s position seems to be a trade-off regarding his ‘service’ of the Lannister brothers). That’s a quiet revolution going on right there.

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With the Iron Throne gone and the hereditary kingship system broken (Bran cannot father children and his successor will have to be chosen), the Small Council’s power and prominence grow tenfold. Democracy or not,  interesting times ahead for Westeros!






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Drogon broke the wheel in the Game Of Thrones series finale

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Why did Drogon do THAT in the series finale

The last episode to the Game of Thrones series dropped today and things went up in flames courtesy Drogon. Tons of spoilers coming up ahead so watch out.

With a little cajoling from Tyrion and yeah, also the fact that Daenerys barbecued thousands of innocent civilians in King’s Landing, Jon FINALLY came to the conclusion that Dany probably wasn’t the best option for Westeros. After a final bout of reasoning where he tried to make her see the light and she refused, Jon finally decided he had had enough and stabbed her in the gut.

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Drogon then arrived on the scene and upon realising his mom was dead, went on a fiery rampage that didn’t char grill Jon Snow as you would have expected. Instead, he turned on the Iron Throne and melted it to the ground. If you think about it, this was kind of poetic. Daenerys has been talking about breaking the wheel for as long as anyone can remember. The Iron Throne through the often questionable people who sat on it has been the site of injustice and atrocity, and in melting it down, Drogon paid a final tribute to his mother by breaking the final wheel. In addition to this, it was her ancestor who built the Iron Throne using Dragon fire and now Dragon fire was used to destroy it.

The series really did come full circle because the object that everyone’s been fighting over since the very beginning, is now no more.

What did you think of the finale?






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