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Designers Michele Clapton and Deborah Riley discuss symbolism in Game Of Thrones Season 7

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Designers Michele Clapton and Deborah Riley discuss symbolism in Game Of Thrones Season 7

The last season of Game of Thrones brought together many characters, strange ironies, and symbolism as described by the production and costume designers Michele Clapton and Deborah Riley. Both these designers have also been nominated for the Emmys of 2018.

The highlights of the award will be the throne room designed for the set of Dragonstone and the winter costumes put on by the Dragon Queen – Daenerys Targaryen in the episode ‘Beyond the Wall’.  This isn’t the first time Michele is being nominated for the Emmys, she has previously won three awards for her hard work on the show. She revealed to Indiewire:

“In the top shot, it was important to be able to show Daenerys crossing the space for the first time, the strength of her family history built into the fabric of the space.” 

Designers Michele Clapton and Deborah Riley discuss symbolism in Game Of Thrones Season 7

“It was the first time that I could remember that Dany had put herself in danger that is not necessarily for personal gain, so the white was this sense of purity. It had an honesty to it…she has fallen in love with Jon.”

Talking about the white coat Daenerys had put on in the sixth episode of season 7, she also said, “I wanted to create this powerful image of her descending like an Angel to save these men from imminent death…It took a lot of prototyping and collaboration between departments within costume. We created the ‘fabric’ by stitching lengths of leather, faux leather, short white faux fur, and long fine dark faux fur together.”

Designers Michele Clapton and Deborah Riley discuss symbolism in Game Of Thrones Season 7

“Once we found the most effective way to do this each panel of the coat was created and then molded onto a base for strength. This whole structure was then mounted on to a corset-like base to make it secure and flattering. It is essential that a costume fit the actor perfectly and allow them to move with ease. The back panel was faux fur that we cut into to create the idea of a dragon back. It all took a very long time… “I chose to design the silhouette of her costume to echo the style that her brother wore, the same style one supposes worn by her family that once ruled. She is also finally beginning to wear her house colors [particularly red]. It’s her belief that she has this absolute right to the throne, at any cost. We really are seeing Dany evolve,” Clapton added.

The other production designer who brought the interiors of the castle and the sets for the TV series to life is Deborah Riley. Riley has been nominated for the 2018 Emmys for the sets she designed for the seventh season of Game of Thrones, especially the debuting set of Dragonstone.

Designers Michele Clapton and Deborah Riley discuss symbolism in Game Of Thrones Season 7

She revealed, “The room had to look like it was constructed of solid materials, taking the lead from Zumaia [the landing spot for the Daenerys shot in Spain], but to also feel like it possessed a certain majesty.”

Designers Michele Clapton and Deborah Riley discuss symbolism in Game Of Thrones Season 7

Talking about the brilliantly designed throne room she said, “The triangle with the top lopped off was a shape that became a very repeatable symbol of power and allowed the space to look like it was standing on its tippy-toes in an uncomfortable defiance of gravity. There was nothing that felt welcoming about the space, it spoke only of ambition with all of the focus towards the throne.”

The castle of Dragonstone was constructed long before the current events of Game of Thrones when the Targaryens arrived in Westeros. It had to look like one, portraying the Targaryen legacy. Riley added:

“It is subtle, but the hexagon shape helps to anchor the space, particularly with the big Targaryen sigil carved into the floor. In the top spot, it was important to be able to show Daenerys crossing the space for the first time, the strength of her family history built into the fabric of the space.”

Which old or new castle would you like to see in the final season of Game of Thrones? Tell us in the comments.






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

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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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