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Entertainment Weekly’s Game Of Thrones cover story reveals a lot of details about season 8

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The Entertainment Weekly recently dropped a huge reveal of the final – or at least something if not anything! It gave us the very the first image from the final season of Game of Thrones with Daenerys Targaryen and her lover ‘Nephew-in-disguise’ Jon Snow featured on the cover of the new edition. A new cover story from the media company gives us a tease of big battles, character reunions, the opening scene, and much more. Let’s get to the details.

Starting off from October 2017 – when all the cast members were called upon for a table read of the scripts of the final season, Kit Harington (Jon Snow) had no idea about what he was just about to experience. According to the EW,

“Benioff and Weiss opened the proceedings by asking the cast to refrain from doing anything during filming or afterward that might reveal even the tiniest spoiler. And then, seated around a long table scattered with a few prop skulls, the cast read aloud the final season of Game of Thrones.”

And, Kit cried “twice” – really feeling bad for him! The filming lasted for ten months or so for the last six episodes of the final season.

Recalling his experience talking to the showrunners on the set of Season 3, the writer of the cover story James Hibbert got to know that they were already thinking about when to end the series. Of course, we do understand that George’s longing of the series lasting for thirteen seasons wasn’t ultimately turned to a reality with restrains like time and budget. David Benioff told Hibbert,

“The lie we told is the show is contained and it’s about the characters…The worlds get so big, the battles get so massive.”

Even Dan Weiss told him,

“It’s what we’re working towards in a perfect world…We end up with an epic fantasy story but with the level of familiarity and investment in the characters that are normally impossible in a two-hour movie…They [HBO] put their money where their mouths are — literally stuffed their mouth full of million-dollar bills, which don’t exist anymore.”

And the Game of Thrones immediately grabbed audience attention and turned so popular that they couldn’t put a halt to it, even if they wanted to. Benioff says,

“We want to stop where we — the people working on it, and the people watching it — both wish it went a little bit longer…There’s the old adage of ‘Always leave them wanting more,’ but also things start to fall apart when you stop wanting to be there. You don’t want to f— it up.”

Moving forward to March 2018, when Hibbert went to the Titanic Studios in Belfast, episode six was being filmed.  He was stunned by what he saw and in his own words:

“There are characters in the finale that I did not expect. I gradually begin to piece together what has happened in Westeros over the previous five episodes and try not to look like I’m freaking out. There is absolutely nothing more that can be said about that scene at this time.”

Joseph Dempsie (Gendry) revealed to him:

“There are moments where you don’t trust yourself to have this in your brain…You’re in possession of something millions of people want to know. It’s such a bizarre feeling. And between now and when it comes out, I’m gonna be drunk at some point.”

On the big battles in Season 8, Hibbert reveals one of them had to be filmed for 55 days and these battles don’t have one cut but, rather “intercuts between multiple characters involved in their own survival storylines that each feels like its own genre.” According to Benioff,

“Having the largest battle doesn’t sound very exciting — it actually sounds pretty boring…Part of our challenge, and really, Miguel’s challenge, is how to keep that compelling… we’ve been building toward this since the very beginning, it’s the living against the dead, and you can’t do that in a 12-minute sequence.”

The cover story goes on much longer especially revealing a sneak-peak of the opening scene of the first episode, which we’ve covered in a separate post. You can read the entire cover story here.

Eagerly waiting for the first trailer to drop in order to get further details on the same. What were your thoughts on the cover story of the EW? Tell us in the comments.






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First look at Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer’s Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

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First look at Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer's Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

Game of Throne’s success has paved the way for its entire cast and crew. While some have joined new shows as costume designers, some have even been nominated for the Oscars! Natalie Dormer aka Margaery Tyrell of Thrones too has now got many exciting projects in her kitty. The first look of her next project Penny Dreadful: City of Angels is out now and it looks intriguing! Read on to find out more!

As reported earlier, Natalie Dormer is playing the lead role in the upcoming show. She will be seen portraying the role of a demon named Magda. Speaking about her role recently Dormer said:

“There was an opportunity to get in the dressing-up box and play a range of iterations. You have a number of characters all under the guise Magda morphs into for the price of one.” plus, she adds, “every good protagonist needs an antagonist.”

First look of Natalie Dormer's Penny Dreadful: City of Angels launched

She further explains:

“We can heighten the life and death and the violence by using a supernatural figure within the storytelling. She brings the sauce, basically, is what I’m telling you.”

Revealing more about her character’s nature, Dormer says “she’s fundamentally a skeptic of humanity. She says in the first episode, ‘I give human beings a choice, but they choose time and time again to be seduced by the more baser, selfish roles.’”

Apart from Penny Dreadful, Dormer also has a production house under which she has decided to launch many interesting projects.

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels is set to premiere on Showtime on 26th April 2020. Let us know your thoughts on the first look in the comments below!






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Trading card company Rittenhouse to release Game of Thrones Season 8 cards

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Trading Card Company Rittenhouse to release Game of Thrones season 8 cards

If you had thought that post its finish the popularity of Game of Thrones would have waned think again! As per the trading card website Beckett, the trading card company, Rittenhouse is releasing a trading card set based on Season 8 of the show. Read on!

Game of Thrones was a legendary show and yet another testimony to its popularity is that the trading card company is putting out a line of cards based on the eighth and final season of the show. As per Beckett, there are lots of different kinds of cards included in this new line, and 60 new ones in all.

Trading Card Company Rittenhouse to release Game of Thrones season 8 cards

The most popular feature of them all is undoubtedly the autographs and notes from cast members. As per the website, actors with autographs include Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Nikolaj Coster Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Sean Bean (Ned Stark), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Rory McCann (The Hound), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) and more.

The cards also feature costume pieces from the characters of Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, Sansa Stark, and Cersei Lannister. A release date has not been confirmed yet, but we expect it to drop soon.

Well, isn’t that something. The show managed to touch and impact many lives during its run of eight seasons. Now that its run is finished, it is quite fitting that fans get something out of it.

Write to us in the comments below and let us know your thoughts on this news!






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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau expresses his love for his favourite soccer team, Leeds United

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau expresses his love for Leeds United

Everyone needs saviors. It’s hard to say why but there is some instinct inside all of us that wants someone to come up and save the day for us. For instance, now that Game of Thrones is over, we wish for similar new shows to come and fill up our leisure; or a tidbit about how something from Westeros will return to enchant us again. The hit series actors-turned-celebrities are no different. They too are fans who turn their attention to things that would thrill them inside out. Today, we are talking about the intense lover from the seven kingdoms who would burn cities to the ground to reach his beloved; Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) and his love for the football team of Leeds United.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau expresses his love for Leeds United

In a short clip by BBC Sports taken before the FA cup match between Leeds and Arsenal, Nikolaj briefed his journey of being a Leeds United fan and the trust and belief the fans have in Marcelo Bielsa; the manager/coach of the English Club from Yorkshire. The Danish actor was at a dramatic high and as serious as he would have been in Game of Thrones while explaining his love for Cersei. Sitting in the stands as a fan, he reminisced:

“The things I do for love. Game of Thrones and Leeds have more in common than you’d know. Drama, intrigue, love and loss, a battle for the throne. Fans from the Arctic to the Amazon via Belfast and Buenos Aires. Leeds United coursing through our veins like an all-consuming virus. I grew up in a small town in Denmark, my dad an Arsenal fan. Dad wanted me to be a Gooner too but I had grander plans. Early 90s, come to England, visit Elland Road, and once I’d heard the Leeds fans sing, a seed of love was sown. Though in 30 years, Leeds have had their ups and their many downs. Matteo and Beckford. Points deductions. Third division grounds. A long and winding list of failure, a swordsmith called the Hock.

21 coaches later, look who just rocked up. There’s a new ‘King in the North!’  You can smell it in the air. The ‘best coach in the world’ come to save us from despair. And tonight, the thoughts of ’72 when Leeds last won this cup. Beating Arsenal. ‘Clarke, 1-0!’ Billy Bremner lifts it up. Now whisper it quietly Leeds, but we think Marcelo Bielsa may be the one. The Godfather who coached Leeds to play again, just like they did for Don. Come on Leeds!”

Watch the video to see how he made his fan-love into a lovely dramatic monologue.

In between shots, Nikolaj held a banner as an audience; which read, “Leeds United. In Bielsa We Trust.” This is not the first time he has expressed his faith in Marcelo Bielsa. Just before the final season of Game of Thrones was about to air, he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and teased the audience into believing that there’s a secret character called Bielsa who would show up and magically transform the world into a paradise. He did quickly reveal though that it was the manager of Leeds United that he was talking about.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau expresses his love for Leeds United

It’s strangely beautiful to see our favorite characters be as human and goofy as their fans. The golden Lannister boy was always cheeky, and seeing Nikolaj we can certainly tell how! So, what are your reactions? Talk to us in the comments.






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