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HBO might be working on Game of Thrones prequel series about the Valyrian empire, titled Empire of Ash

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A Game of Thrones history lesson: Valyria part II

Game of Thrones is ending. It’s sad, but it’s true. We know that the show recently finished filming, and while it doesn’t premiere till next year, we already have prequel ideas in development. Now we know that one of these is a show based on the Age of Heroes, and HBO recently ordered a pilot for this particular idea. As we wait in patience for any news on the other prequels, a new rumor has now broken out, saying that HBO might be making a prequel series about the Valyrian Empire. Read on!

A Game of Thrones history lesson: Valyria part I

 

This rumor comes from an administrator on the Game of Thrones Wiki, and it says that HBO is also working on a series called Empire of Ash, which will focus on the rise and fall of the Valyrian Empire. Apparently, this is the prequel idea helmed by Max Borenstein, one of the few writers working on Game of Thrones prequel ideas for HBO. The rumor also says that this one has the next best chances of being ordered for a pilot, after the already approved Age of Heroes series.

The rumor is quite detailed, and reveals several key things. First of all, it’s about the events leading to the Doom of Valyria, and will also cover the origins of the Targaryen family:

“It reveals the social, economic, and political crises which tore apart the empire from within.”The tipster apparently revealed that the people working on the shows have also: “relied extensively on fan-made wikis such as ours as a guide to the storyverse and worldbuilding”

Empire of Ash is apparently going to be at least five seasons long, so we can expect a lot of detail to be covered. There’s more details. The post says:

“According to its summary documents, this story addresses themes of a free republic in decline, the fallout of military and cultural imperialism, colonialism, immigration, and racial diversity.”

A Game of Thrones history lesson: Valyria part I

There’s also going to be hundreds of dragons. The show will have a lot of diversity, with actors of color and LGBT community as the casting instructions ask for the same. A part of the reason is because the show will have some focus on Sothoryos, which is like the ASOIAF equivalent of Africa. Speaking of characters, there are details on two main ones:

“One of the main characters, a POV core cast member, is a platinum blonde black female dragon-rider – one of her parents was a white Valyrian, the other a foreigner, leading some to deny that she’s a “real” Valyrian.”

The other one is described as below:

“One of the other main characters is a self-made former slave, a deceptively matronly-looking Asian woman in her 50s, that’s now not only one of the richest citizens but also a major political leader and government intrigue-player.”

A Game of Thrones history lesson: Valyria part II

Other characters mentioned are Aenar Targaryen and his daughter Daenys the Dreamer. (Let’s hope for a Daenys the Menance mini-series, too.)

The report also says there will be a lot of emphasis on world-building, and the people working on the show have already made extensive notes, including storylines, formed into what they’re calling “bibles.”

Finally, the show is apparently already close to development, and Miguel Sapochnik might direct the pilot. HBO is also apparently considering making more than just two prequels, and “starting to see this as their Star Wars scale franchise and are planning it out in advance.” Well, there’s a lot more detail in the original post, so go read it, over here. We’re very excited about this. What about you guys? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Game of Thrones Blu-ray has exclusive clips from “The Long Night”

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Game of Thrones Blu-Ray contains "The Long Night" Exclusive Clips!

It has been nearly seven months since the last episode of Game of Thrones aired. Now that the dust seems to be settling down on the show, the Blu-rays are out with some very exclusive content for its fans.

As reported earlier, Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection box set and Game of Thrones: The Complete Series Blu-ray and DVD sets, were released on December 3. Ever since the Blu-rays have been out, the deleted scenes have begun to hit the internet.

It turns out, if you have bought all the goodies of the show, you would have hit the jackpot with some never seen before footage from the show. As per Syfy, there is an exclusive clip from the mammoth battle sequence of “the long night” episode of season 8. The video is titled When Winter Falls.

In the video, Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), and Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm) talk about their experiences shooting the episode.

Christie in the videos says “Oh my goodness, it was overwhelming, You’re on this huge set, it’s filled with smoke. It feels like maybe a 1,000 people on the set with extras, crew, and cast.”

Whether we liked the episode or not, even the most ardent critic of the show have been appreciative of the effort that went behind shooting it. Directed by Miguel Sapochnik, “The Long Night” required 55 days of grueling night shoots across 11 weeks.

Entire cast and crew have gone on record talking about their emotional and sometimes even exhaustive experiences of shooting for the show. The behind the scenes footage gives us a slight peek into that experience.

Have you got your hands on Game of Thrones Blu-ray and DVD sets? Let us know in the comments below!






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Kristian Nairn (Hodor) says Game of Thrones Season 8 criticism was undeserved

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Kristian Nairn feels the Game of Thrones criticism was undeserved

If you’re someone that defends Game of Thrones’ ending, you might not be alone. Kristian Nairn a.k.a. Hodor feels that the criticism of Games of Thrones final season was undeserved. Speaking recently at Northern Michigan University, Nairn joined the rest of the cast in the defense of the show. The popular HBO show ended its run earlier this year and received some extreme reactions from fans and critics alike.

He was quoted saying:

We’re all immensely proud of it, I know it was life-changing for all of us. I’m just sad that it’s over, I really am. And not just because I’m dead. […] I was very happy with the series ending, I understand why people were mad. But again I think deep down if people look into the motivation behind it I think they’re more just mad that it’s over.”

Nairn however, went on to add that because the show had stringent timeline for the final season, the makers had to let go off certain subtleties that they had shown in earlier seasons.

He said:

“I don’t think the criticism the show received was deserved.

I think the last season was excellent. My only qualm was that I felt that it could’ve been a little longer — I missed the Game of Thrones of old that paid such attention to small details — like a ten-minute dialogue scene. But, because the clock was ticking and they’re heading towards a conclusion, it lost a bit of subtlety and that was something people loved about the show, it was a show where even the small characters had a role to play.”

Every one who saw the show is always going to remember the Hodor character played by Nairn. He was one of the many actors on the show who had small but an influential character.

Do you agree with Kristian Nairn’s view? Let us know in the comments below!






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Roku will stream the first season of Game of Thrones for free this holiday season

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Roku will stream the first season of Game of Thrones for free this holiday season

Game of Thrones has ended, which means like any other finished TV show, it is now open for a ton of syndication possibilities, to maximise revenue post end of the show. The latest news on this scene is a great one for anybody looking to start watching the show, this late. Roku will be streaming the first season of Game of Thrones for free this holiday season. Read on!

Roku is doing this as a part of its second annual holiday streaming event, called the Stream-a-thon, which streams free television to anyone that owns a Roku device. On this years roster is the first season of Thrones, among other offerings from networks like Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, et al.

There will be other HBO episodes in the mix as well, from hits like Chernobyl and Barry. This festival is a win win for everybody involved, Roku gets promotion for its devices, the networks get subscriptions resulting from this promotion in the form of a free trial, and the viewer gets great devices and some free content.

So if you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift for that friend of yours that doesn’t stream yet, and wants to get into it, especially Game of Thrones, you might want to get them a Roku device, most of which will be on offer prices for the holiday season. Be quick, though, as this Stream-a-thon will run from December 26, 2019 to January 1, 2020.

What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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