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VFX supervisor Joe Bauer sheds light on special effects in Game of Thrones

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Jon Snow finally met Drogon, and the fans lost it!

Game of Thrones is a fictional world not only with big castles but mythical creatures like dragons, direwolves, and more which wouldn’t be possible in the show if not for the special effects. Just take the example of the episode ‘The Winds of Winter’, where Cersei Lannister blows up the Sept of Baelor – it wouldn’t be possible to showcase such a massive green fire (Wildfire) if it wasn’t for the special effects team.

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Joe Bauer – the VFX supervisor of the team had previously spilled some beans on Ghost returning for the final season. Well, recently he shared some secrets with the Huffington Post. Read on.

Talking about the Battle of Bastards from the sixth season, Bauer revealed they had to do a lot of research on how horses looked upon taking a wound. According to him,

With ‘Battle of the Bastards,’ as you might remember, they’re colliding and flipping over and becoming very injured in that sequence, so we had to search out footage of that sort of thing happening to real horses. It really was awful to watch, but it’s part of the job.”

Iwan Rheon on his exit from the show: I’m going to really miss being a part of Game of ThronesTalking about the iconic deaths of the antagonists Joffrey Baratheon and Ramsay Bolton in the series – the former killed by poison and the latter by his own hounds, Bauer said:

“I’ve killed most of the bad guys and even some of the good guys…I killed Ramsay with the dogs and Joffrey with poison and had to do profound research on chemical poisonings, and that sort of thing. So all the bloodshot, bugged-out eyes, all of the explosion of blood veins in the skin, the pus liquid coming out, all of that is based on reality.”

Pretty gross, isn’t it? Next, talking about the Wall breached by the Night King with the ice dragon in the finale of the seventh season, Bauer revealed he had to study the events of 9/11. He said:

Unfortunately, there’s the same old 9/11 footage that’s been researched so many times, but I think that’s pretty much the largest structure anyone’s seen come crashing down, so we had to look at that and see what’s hanging in the air versus all the material that’s crashed and spread onto the ground on both sides.”

“Then we had to figure out how to leave an open space for the army of the dead to walk through, because there would be so much rubble that really it would just be another wall, so we had a lot of it fall into the ocean. It’s just trying to do it in a way that would be physically correct.”

“[The Night King and Viserion do] a number of strafing passes to weaken [the Wall], then he concentrates on a single area to cause a structural collapse, like the concept for dropping a big building. You weaken the main part of it, and then the rest of it is sort of a chain reaction. So we established that weak part is close to Eastwatch Castle, and then [with Rodeo], we spent months doing sims to try to get the scale, the weight and the size of it and the right amount of fragmentation.”

Talking about the new look of the newest recruit in the Army of the Dead – ‘Undead Viserion, He said:

“It’s sort of like a spider with the limbs coiled in and sort of restricted and not very supple in their movements. Very much like a dry spider, is sort of the way I described it. So when you see Viserion flying or attacking, his shoulders are high and then his neck is low. His limbs are drawn in, as if [in] rigor mortis.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains the blue Dragonfire from Game of Thrones Season 7Talking about the difficulty in the post-production of Daenerys’ rescue mission “Beyond the Wall”, Bauer revealed:

Dan and David had written there were seven characters on his back, so we had a visual reason why it was so difficult, but it adds to the drama.”

“Ewwwww!”: Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington react to their characters' lovemaking scene in season 7 finaleLastly, Bauer confirmed that a body double wasn’t used for Kit Harington, during the boat scene of Jon and Daenerys. He ended by saying,

“Kit has a very chiseled body, and as far as I know they never used a body double for him.”

What were your thoughts on this article? Tell us in the comments section down below.






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HBO releases new footage from Game Of Thrones Season 8

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HBO releases new footage from Game Of Thrones Season 8

Game Of Thrones Season 8 premieres on 14th April and we are less than 50 days away from the premiere date but so far HBO hasn’t released the trailer and the fans are definitely getting a bit restless. It’s been close to 2 years since season 7 got over the wait has been excruciatingly long. Luckily for the fans, HBO has given a sneak peek of some new footage from Game Of Thrones Season 8.

HBO releases new footage from Game Of Thrones Season 8

The tiny footage is part of the video titled “It All Starts Here,” and it gives fans a glimpse of what they can expect from HBO in 2019. For us the center of attention is the Game Of Thrones footage in the video and we can see the Unsullied and Dothraki marching into Winterfell, with Drogon flying above and the Northerners are really scared to see a dragon for the first time in their life, but not Arya.

HBO releases new footage from Game Of Thrones Season 8

Arya is awe-struck when she sees Drogon and it will be wonderful to see her meeting Jon Snow for the first time after season 1. Take a look at the video below.






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Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere cast revealed. Two surprising cast members return

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Game of Thrones Season 8 is coming to our television sets in less than two months. While Jason Momoa might have hinted at the red carpet premiere date on April 3, 2019, which is eleven days before the actual airing date of the new season, a new announcement has been made by HBO which reveals the cast of the premiere. Taking into account what actually has been announced by HBO we have two cast members who – much to our surprise may return back for the Final Season of Game of Thrones.

The list announced on the website of HBO gives us detail about which characters will be back during the first episode of season 8 and these include main cast members like Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Peter Dinklage, Gwendoline Christie, and more!

Other stars included in the list are Ben Crompton (Edd Tollett), Kristopher Hivju (Tormund), Joe Dempsie (Gendry), Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy), Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne), and others.

This tells that the first episode of this season will be in fact exactly 60-minutes-long as revealed earlier. But, before we give away the names of those cast members – please proceed with caution in case you want to be spoiler-free for Game of Thrones Season 8.

Peter Dinklage says Game Of Thrones Season 8 battles will be better than ‘the Battle of the Bastards’Talking about the two cast members who will be back in the season 8 premiere episode, pretty much confirming that they are reprising their roles in season include:

Tobias Menzies: The actor who plays the role of the long- lost uncle of the Starks – Edmure Tully who was last seen being used as a bait by the Lannisters and the Freys in Season 6 to win back Riverrun.

Lino Facioli: Lino Francioli – the actor who plays the role of the last heir of House Arryn – Robin Arryn. He was last seen practising archery in Season 6 with Ser Yohn Royce at Vale. He appeared briefly in the scene where the deceased Littlefinger had Vale align with Starks and had gifted him a Gyrfalcon.

This gives us some hope for two major houses surviving the events in Game of Thrones Season 8 unless the showrunners have decided to bring them only to kill them later. Here’s a full list of the cast members who will be a part of Game Of Thrones season 8 premiere:

Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere cast revealed. Two surprising cast members return

Yet, we’ve got no news of Michiel Huisman (Daario Naharis) and, sorry Stannis fans – he’s not coming back! What were your thoughts on this great news? Share your thoughts in the comments section down below.






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Sophie Turner reveals Sansa is getting an armour in Game of Thrones Season 8

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With us being in the mid of February, Game of Thrones Season 8 seems to be arriving sooner than ever. While we wait for the official trailer which we expect to drop soon, more and more cast interviews have started surfacing. And this time it is Sophie Turner – who has revealed to Entertainment Weekly that her attire is getting a new upgrade in Season 8 with added armour. Read on.

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Sansa Stark – the true lady of Winterfell has undergone a rather darker change in her as compared to the other characters we’ve known over the seasons. Of course, the kind of trauma she has suffered especially witnessing the assassination of her father – she has undergone is the biggest propelling factor.

Additionally, this drastic change has also been contributed by her experiences with antagonists and power played like Joffrey, Cersei, Ramsay, and Littlefinger who’ve used and abused her over the last seven seasons. Without diving much deeper in her character arc, now let’s discuss in detail what Sophie told Entertainment Weekly.

“This is the first time I’ve had armour,” she revealed.

This armour according to EW, isn’t a regular armour worn by Knights and Kings but ‘a jet-black ensemble made of thick leather or similar material’. Sophie also said:

“We [had] the idea of it being very protective and she buttons herself up…I wanted her to have a bit of armour and be a bit more warrior like. She’s like the warrior of Winterfell.”

What the second official teaser – Crypts of Winterfell showed us has already created a lot of hype in the fandom – talks about Sansa doing her hair like Daenerys and much more. Yet, we can’t ignore that Sansa has drawn her personality from the women she has learnt a great deal like Cersei Lannister.

Where, she once did her hair in a style similar to Cersei and wore more bright colours, after returning to Winterfell – she now dresses in a darker colour like several other characters. Maybe, we’re up for an armoured Sansa much like Cersei who too has got an attire upgrade in the new season.

We haven’t got any teaser or behind-the-scenes photos that reveal Sansa’s new costume yet if Entertainment Weekly has brought us this news – the smoke obviously comes from some fire around. So, what were your thoughts on Sansa’s costume change in Season 8? Tell us in the comments.






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