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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.

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Three Game of Thrones actors get Emmy nominations with “unofficial” submissions

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Three Game of Thrones actors get Emmy nominations with "unofficial" submissions

Game of Thrones was the world’s biggest television show for nearly a decade, so it’s no surprise that the show had way too much talent. We recently talked about the whopping 32 nominations it scored at the Emmy Awards 2019. One notable thing is, three of these nominations weren’t even filed by HBO, but by the actors themselves. Read on!

Season 8 might have had a bad storyline according to a large section of the fanbase, but everybody can agree on one thing — the actors all gave their best, and the acting was brilliant as usual. Needless to say, the headliners made it to the Emmy nominations again, but HBO didn’t nominate the few actors that really stepped up this season. We had reported about how five actors submitted their own nominations directly.

Three Game of Thrones actors get Emmy nominations with "unofficial" submissions

Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Pilou Asbæk (Euron Greyjoy) and Richard Dormer (Beric Dondarrion) had entered in the supporting actor category, while Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) had entered in the supporting actress category, with Carice Van Houten (Melisandre), going for the guest actress category. The great thing is, three of the five made the cut — Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie and Carice Van Houten are officially in the race now.

All three had terrific performances, and it is very much possible that they bring in at least one win within the three of them. No doubt they deserve it, especially because they have been voted in despite the submissions being unofficial.

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George R. R. Martin praises HBO’s Chernobyl, says it’s worthy of Emmys

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George R. R. Martin praises HBO's Chernobyl, says it's worthy of Emmys

Game of Thrones is over, but HBO has no plans of slowing down. Immediately after Game of Thrones ended, HBO aired a limited series called Chernobyl, which became an instant hit. Now, the creator of the Game of Thrones universe, George R. R. Martin has praised Chernobyl and expressed his approval for the show to win at the Emmy awards. Read on!

Chernobyl is a mini-series about the nuclear plant disaster in the Ukrainian city of the same name, in 1986, and has been named the best ever miniseries by TV enthusiasts worldwide, except maybe in Russia. George took to Twitter to express his love for the series:

Not only did he praise the show, but also Jared Harris, whose performance in the show has been loved by the fans as much as the series itself. Needless to say, the show is expected to shine in the awards season, as Martin expects.

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See Tormund and Gendry enjoy a game on Nintendo Switch in Game of Thrones behind the scenes photo

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See Tormund and Gendry enjoy a game on Nintendo Switch in Game of Thrones behind the scenes photo

Game of Thrones had the ultimate face-off in Season 8 when the Army of the Dead faced the living folks in Winterfell. The Battle of Winterfell saw a lot of people uniting to take down the Night King, and among them were Tormund Giantsbane, and Gendry (now Baratheon). A new behind the scenes photo from the sets shows the two enjoying a nice game on a Nintendo Switch. Read on!

The picture, posted on the Game of Thrones subreddit, shows Joe Dempsie, who played Gendry, and Kristofer Hivju, who played Tormund Giantsbane, still in their costume and the bloody makeup, just sitting down to play. Take a look:

[NO SPOILERS] Gendry and Tormund playing games in Winterfell after The Battle of Winterfell from gameofthrones

As we all know, the Battle of Winterfell sequences took a gruesome 55 nights to film, and have been described by the stars as some of the roughest times they have had filming for the show. So it’s no surprise that they would have at least some way to relax on the sets in between takes or appearances.

Nintendo consoles are also famous for being the best for the local multiplayer experience, so that’s probably why these two seem so engrossed in the game. If only we knew which game they were playing!

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