It’s been more than one and a half year since we got the latest episode of Game of Thrones ‘Dragon and the Wolf’ which had a number of easter eggs on what to expect from the next season. Talking about the updates we’ve just been treated with three-second-long footage from the final season, the first image on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, an exclusive cover story, and lastly, the month of airing. But, fans await a new trailer from HBO after a teaser called ‘Dragonstone’ which didn’t contain any actual footage.
But, Entertainment Weekly has recently confirmed that a new trailer of Game of Thrones Season 8 may just be on the horizon. On the recent podcast of EW, we got a discussion over the new season with James Hibberd and Darren Franich. Along with their discussion, Hibberd spilt some beans on the new season by saying:
“They spent 10 months filming six episodes of television, which would normally take about two months. That’s pretty crazy. And a lot of that wasn’t the big battle stuff, but the regular scenes of two people talking in a hallway…If it’s a scene that would normally take a day to shoot, they’d spend several days shooting, because they’re trying to so hard to get every little thing right. So they’d do take after take, from all sorts of different angles, so that in editing they have different ways to piece it together.”
Battles are really a big thing for the series – just take into account the big battles from the episodes like ‘Battle of the Bastards’ or the Field of Fire 2.0 from the episode ‘Spoils of War’ from the last season. Talking about the battle, Hibbert said:
“But the battle is the big sexy thing…It’s shaping up to be what probably almost certainly is the longest consecutive battle sequence in cinema history. They’ve looked to try and find other ones out there, like [the one in] The Two Towers, in The Lords of the Rings, which is about 40 minutes, and in the movie 13 Assassins, which was also around 40 minutes. This is going to be longer than 40 minutes. It’s pretty nuts.”
From the filming news this season, we all know they’ve built a huge set for Winterfell, expanding the Castle from Moneyglass studio. Talking about the challenges filming that 55-day-long battle sequence, Hibbert revealed:
“They massively expanded the Winterfell set. You can wander around, point the camera in any direction and it shows more Winterfell. One of the directors pointed out that even in a big budget Marvel or Star Wars movie, they usually only build what the actors are gonna stand directly in front of and fill in the rest with green screen.”
“But for this set and a few others too, they built it as a 360º set, so you don’t have to fill it in with special effects; you don’t have to favour one particular angle; you can have cameras follow people around; you can do unusual angles and come up with different things on the day of shooting. So it allows a lot more creativity, and it helps the actors.”
“No acting required. They’re running around these sets, fighting, with fake blood on the snow, snow flying everywhere, torches burning, fires and smoke; it feels like you’re right there.”
That’s quite some juice to get us out of the Long Night we’re all facing since the new season didn’t air for one complete year. We all know it took them a long time to film and even longer to fill in the CGI elements, which means we all can expect something huge from the team.
“What you want in any final season is things to be unexpected but also make sense,” he concludes. “So you don’t want anything to surprise you for surprise’s sake. You want everything to feel earned and to look back and go ‘okay, yeah, I could see how they were building to that.’ And from that I know from the final season, it does that.”
Hibbert also discussed the emotional table read that the cast members had – they’ve already discussed how emotional it was! Talking about the same Hibbert said that it was like “carrying around the pop culture nuclear codes in your head.”
Finally, Hibbert theorized that a new Game of Thrones trailer might be coming sooner than we expect. He had also discussed this previously in his interview published with Deadwood producer Carolyn Strauss who’s not only producing Deadwood but also the new season of Game of Thrones. Carolyn said in the interview:
“The new season is looking fantastic. It’s really kind of staggering in its accomplishment — and we still have a lot of work to do on those as well.”
On the possibility of the new trailer coming soon, Carolyn said:
“I gotta believe something is going to come out before too long.”
This podcast is already giving me chills for the final season and on the possibility of a new trailer which might be on the verge of releasing – HBO’s #ForTheThrone Campaign seems to be exactly pointing towards this!
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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.
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.
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.
Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere cast revealed. Two surprising cast members return
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.
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:
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.
Sophie Turner reveals Sansa is getting an armour in Game of Thrones Season 8
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.
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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