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Game of Thrones VFX team talks about ‘Beyond the Wall’

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Game of Thrones wins at the Cinema Audio Society Awards for the fifth time in a row!

Game of Thrones is not only a show with a great story and cast, it’s a great looking show as well. We have seen the show almost pioneer what visual effects on television should look like, and the team behind the show has gone and pulled it off spectacularly. As the team behind the VFX on the show gears up to win its six consecutive Emmy award, the team members recently spoke to IndieWire about their work on Beyond the Wall, one of the best looking episodes of Season 7. Read on!

Latest Game of Thrones episode, Beyond the Wall gave us a shocking twist in the end

Speaking of that scary Wight polar bear, Joe Bauer, the lead visual effects supervisor said:

“In doing photo research on dead polar bears, they lose their fat layer and the fur mats and goes away. They don’t look like polar bears anymore.

And Wayne had the idea of also sizing up the skeletons, so that there was some explanation for the shape of it. And you needed to get enough of the familiar facial features so it didn’t look like a monster.”

The Wight army we saw apparently had two kinds, green screen wights that were 90% CG and 10% costume and prosthetic, and negative space wights (deformed and see through) that were 30% CG and 70% costume and prosthetic. Bauer explained:

“The VFX mainly added volume with thousands of wights on the ice and up into the hill extensions. The other addition was when they break through the ice, so we shot plates and 3D tracked them. We built a water tank on stage and used motion control to duplicate camera moves, and shot stunt wights falling through wax pieces on a hydraulic system that lowered them into the tank.”

Latest Game of Thrones episode, Beyond the Wall gave us a shocking twist in the end

Getting the dragons right was quite a challenge for the team, said Bauer:

“Having Drogon land on the island and then take off from a fixed position was one of the challenges. It was like a 200-foot-long high jumper. The complexity of getting all those dynamics correct for the leap and flap took a lot of effort.”

We decided to laser cut the entire back of Drogon in full scale out of polystyrene, and that was divided into three sections. When they animated the dragon’s performance, we would play back the portion of it where that piece was situated on Drogon so the surface with the actors was correct to the action.”

Well, apparently the Season 8 finale is going to beat everything they’ve done yet, so keep your eyes peeled. Excited already? Tell us in the comments, down below!






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Jon Snow’s Direwolf, Ghost returned in the latest episode but fans weren’t thrilled

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The direwolf Ghost is back in the latest episode but fans aren't thrilled

The second episode of season 8 saw the return of the good boy, the good boy being the best thing that has ever happened to Jon Snow AKA his direwolf Ghost. We last saw the direwolf in season 6 during Jon Snow’s resurrection scene. This was when he curled up, patiently waiting for Jon to stop being dead. ‘Twas a scene where a lot of boxes of tissue were passed around.

So there was rightfully a fair amount of anticipation building up to the moment when Jon and Ghost would reunite. Calling that scene in episode two a reunion would be a bit of a stretch. Fans are understandably pissed because they feel they’ve been done dirty. Which they have. I mean, look at this.

There was no build up to this scene, NOTHING. He’s just there, like an afterthought. While this scene sorely disappointed, fan reactions didn’t.

The direwolf was supposed to have some screen time back in season 7 but he finally didn’t make the cut. Turns out, CGI direwolfs are quite expensive, and with dragons hogging the limelight and the budget, there just wasn’t room for more.

So how annoyed were you with this scene in episode two? Don’t hold back, let us know how you really feel in the comments down below!






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Daenerys Targaryen tries to make a friend in Game of Thrones Season 8 episode 2

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Daenerys Targaryen tries to make a friend in Game of Thrones Season 8 episode 2

Daenerys Targaryen has been seen throughout the show to be someone who can be ruthless, as well as soft towards the ones that she loves. In the latest episode, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” we kind of got to see both sides of her. Before you proceed, SPOILER ALERT! Consider yourself warned!

Since the beginning of this season, we have seen an uneasy air of tension between Daenerys Targaryen and Sansa Stark. In episode 2, we see Jorah Mormont speak some sense into a hot-headed Daenerys, who wouldn’t listen to her usual voice of reason, Tyrion Lannister. With Jorah’s suggestion, Daenerys extends an olive branch to Sansa.

We see her tell Sansa about why they’re similar, being women that have overcome a lot of difficulties and the oppression of men. Sansa quips by saying she thinks Daenerys has manipulated Jon, to which Daenerys says she’s in the North fighting Jon’s war.

Daenerys Targaryen tries to make a friend in Game of Thrones Season 8 episode 2

The pair seem to be getting along quite well until Sansa asks Daenerys if she’ll let the North be free, and Daenerys doesn’t seem to take well to that idea. That conversation isn’t finished, however, so looks like we might get to see it in the aftermath of the battle that’s coming to Winterfell.

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






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Arya Stark and Gendry share a moment in Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

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Arya Stark and Gendry share a moment in Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

Game of Thrones Season 8 episode 2 dropped today, and we got a lot more than expected, yet again. While the focus of this episode rotated between characters frequently, Arya Stark seemed to be getting a lot more done in this episode than most other characters. Before we proceed: SPOILER ALERT! Consider yourself warned.

Now, Arya has been in a lot of bad places throughout the course of the show, but Gendry doesn’t know this. We see Arya staring at a sweaty and hardworking Gendry as he forges weapons. The pair have a chat and Gendry tries telling Arya she should hide away rather than fight the dead. Arya, being herself, shows off her aim, proving a point.

Gendry is later seen bringing Arya the weapon she asked him to make and we see Arya showing off her archery skills as Gendry arrives. During their discussion, Gendry reveals his true parentage to Arya, and she proceeds to ask Gendry how many women he has been with and Arya and Gendry then end up having sex. The relationship between the two has been long anticipated, and the fans might have gotten more than they could imagine with this scene.

Arya Stark and Gendry share a moment in Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

However, this was not all. We saw Arya’s aim being teased quite a lot in this episode, and then we see the weapon that Gendry gives her. Most of you might have realized this by now — this weapon looks similar to the Night King‘s spear. If you think about it, it’s quite the opposite of that, since Dragonglass kills White Walkers. It looks as if there’s a high chance that Arya throws the spear at Viserion, and kills it off, for good.

What did you guys think about Arya Stark in this episode? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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