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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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Game of Thrones finale script reveals Drogon didn’t burn the Iron Throne on purpose

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Game of Thrones finale script reveals Drogon didn't burn the Iron Throne on purpose

Game of Thrones series finale was hated by the fandom to a degree where it triggered millions of people into signing a petition to remake the final season of the show. However, if there was one thing that everybody liked, it was Drogon burning the Iron Throne. Most of the fandom agreed that this was a great choice, but now it seems as though that might not have been intentional like we had thought. Read on!

Now, as you might know, Emmy nominated scripts are made available online, and with the series finale of Game of Thrones, titled “The Iron Throne” getting nominated, the script followed soon. What we saw in the show was Drogon burning the throne down, and the general interpretation was that Drogon was mad at the throne for being the real reason behind Daenerys’ death, and that Drogon wanted to break the wheel like his mother always wanted. However, the script has a different version of how it went down:

“Drogon wants to burn the world, but he will not kill Jon. He breathes fire on the back wall, blasting down what remains of the great red blocks of stone. We look over Jon’s shoulder as the fire sweeps toward the throne – not the target of Drogon’s wrath, just a dumb bystander caught up in the conflagration.”

Well, that’s awkward. The very reason why everybody liked the melting was that they assumed it was because Drogon was smart enough to see that it was the throne’s fault. Now, this looks like just another reason for the fans to hate the showrunners and writers/directors of the finale, David Benioff and Dan Weiss. In the meantime, the PDF of the script has been locked down on the Emmy website, requiring a login to be able to access.

What do you guys think about this reason? Would you have preferred it to be intentional? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa celebrated his 40th birthday with a 168-pound Guinness and whiskey cake

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Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa celebrated his 40th birthday with a 168-pound Guinness and whiskey cake

If there’s one Game of Thrones star that knows how to party, it’s Jason Momoa. The actor, who played the role of Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones, recently celebrated his 40th birthday at a surprise party thrown for him by his friends. Apparently, the party involved a giant 168-pound cake made out of Guinness and whiskey! Read on.

We had reported about the mini-reunion that Momoa had with his Game of Thrones co-star Emilia Clarke, who was present at the party. Now, further details have been revealed, and it looks like the cake was the star of the party, reports INSIDER.

Made by UK-based baker Aggy Dadan of Edible By Aggy, the cake was infused with Guinness and whiskey and took a week to make. It was served on a giant sugar surfboard, with a wave on one side and a mountain on the other, two things Momoa is known to love. It also featured mini-figurines of Momoa, shown climbing the mountain and playing the guitar while surfing on the wave. Check out the pictures:

Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa celebrated his 40th birthday with a 168-pound Guinness and whiskey cake

Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa celebrated his 40th birthday with a 168-pound Guinness and whiskey cake

Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa celebrated his 40th birthday with a 168-pound Guinness and whiskey cake

Dagan said:

“I was thinking, what could be better than putting the whole thing on a sugar surfboard. We incorporated a little mini pint of Guinness, because he loves Guinness, and a little box of donuts for his best friend [Mada Abdelhamid], who calls himself ‘Donut Man.’

Jason is a big family man, so [Abdelhamid] wanted to include things that represented that in the cake. They left it pretty much up to me, which I love. I love when people let me use my creativity.”

Dagan had previously made a 3/4 scale Aquaman bust cake for Momoa for the premiere of the film, and Momoa seems to have stuck with her.

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






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Emilia Clarke has a reunion with Jason Momoa at his surprise 40th birthday party

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The Game of Thrones cast is like a family, and if there’s any proof of that, it’s the bond between Jason Momoa and Emilia Clarke. The duo, that played Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen on the show, one of the best pairings on the show, still remain friends to this day. Their latest reunion occurred on the day of Momoa’s 40th birthday, for which his friends had a surprise bash. Read on!

While Jason’s birthday is actually on August 1, but his friends had a surprise bash for him, which obviously included Emilia. Check out the video Momoa made about the party:

Emilia also posted an adorable birthday wish for Momoa to Instagram:

The two seem to reunite repeatedly, and it makes for adorable pictures every time, so stay tuned for more. Don’t you just love them? Tell us in the comments, down below!

 






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