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Game of Thrones used drone killers to prevent leaks during filming season 8

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Director of The Spoils of War, Matt Shakman says he won't be returning for Game of Thrones Season 8

What hovers around comes back to the ground. We don’t exactly live in a civil world, and what better show than Game of Thrones to point that out. So, since the characters don’t abide by any particular moral standard, the audience feel free to wander too. The show has battled against leaks since its inception in 2011, and it’s been getting bloodier with each season. From episodes leaking way before the actual premiere date to scripts being leaked online, Game of Thrones has faced many an intrusion.

Now that the show is to wrap the story up in 2019 with its eighth season, the stakes are too high for the characters as well as the producers. Thus naturally, the Game of Thrones team went extra miles to protect its creative product. And the answer lied in technology, a tool that has been instrumental in bringing A Song of Ice and Fire to life. From creating a 700 feet high Wall to never-seen-before dragons, from direwolves to the appealing opening sequence, technology has come to aid the realm in every possible situation.

Game of Thrones used drone killers to prevent leaks during filming

Sophie Turner revealed the efforts behind keeping the show safe till its return in an interview with Vulture at New York Comic Con. ”The secrecy is crazy,” she exclaimed. Giving the show a fake name while shooting, changing actors’ names on the script and call sheets are ground-level precautions. But she added that there is an additional drone killer this season that shoots down any unwanted little birds that fly over the set.

“There’s a drone killer. If drones fly above the set, this thing can kill the drones, which is really cool.” When she was asked how, she said, “I don’t know how it does it. It creates like this field around and the drones just drop.” She agreed that it was very X-Men. She plays Jean Grey in the recent movies of the franchise.

The drones are becoming commonplace, due to sophistication in technology and price reduction. Game of Thrones has suffered from the drone problem in earlier seasons too. And apparently, they employed real eagles to take out the unnecessary drones. This year, however, with the great war looming above, they needed the autonomy technology provides.

Game of Thrones used drone killers to prevent leaks during filming

The show has its own history of drone-usage. In the past seasons, drones were used for filming in tough weather conditions of Iceland.

The use of drone killers has been prevalent among the military, and the local law enforcement agencies of the United States for almost a year now. Earlier this year, the Oceanside Police Department‘s Lt. Aaron Doyle had talked about its use, “The purpose is primarily for emergency situations. It won’t be used when someone complains about a neighbor flying a drone. It’s pretty much for a life-or-death situation, to save lives.” Well, it’s definitely saving the intel on many life-death situations in Westeros.

Game of Thrones used drone killers to prevent leaks during filming

A drone killer looks like a gun and is a handheld device that uses software-defined radio technology to detect and affect the drones. IXI Technology has been one of the firms designing and providing these. Having a range of about 800 meters and a 30-degree field of the beam, it proves quite effective to break the command and control between the drone and its operator.

Game of Thrones used drone killers to prevent leaks during filming

From shooting multiple endings to fake scenes, having self-destructive digital scripts (that vanish once the scene is shot) to using drone killers, for the showrunners, the security measures are as big a deal as the show itself.

As simple as they might be, what are your methods for keeping things under wraps? Tell us in the comments 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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