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HBO President believes Game of Thrones ending will be "Emotionally Thrilling"

With the hype building up to the final season of the longstanding TV series and its final season coming out this April, everyone related to the creation of the entire series has been reaching out with their own perspectives of what happens in the show. While all of them seem to have sworn an oath of secrecy about the entire plot, they still talk about how they feel about the entire series in general, and especially about the events that are about to transpire in the final season without letting on much about it.

The President of Home Box Office, Casey Bloys is no exception. He revealed his thoughts in an interview stating that the final season would definitely be “emotionally thrilling.” He spoke about the last six episodes of the show which would be broadcast starting this April 14.

“Everything I have seen makes me very, very confident that this is a [season] fans are going to be very happy with,” Bloys remarked. “It is a dramatically and emotionally thrilling way to end the series. I believe it will live up to the very high expectations.”

Even Chairman and CEO of HBO had a few words to say about the end when previously asked about it. He was talking about the expectations from the series and how the series has gone right through them and far beyond with the newest and final season quickly approaching. He said that the episodes were amazing in themselves even without any CGI involved.

“It’s a spectacle. The guys have done six movies. The reaction I had while watching them was, ‘I’m watching a movie.'”

There have been quite a lot of fans who have been talking about the final season and what they think of it including Lena Headey, Kit Harrington, Liam Cunningham, and more. But with all the actors and staff speaking so highly of a series which really does deserve all of the recognition which it is getting, fans are getting more and more tense about the latest season set to kick off this April. All things shall be revealed when the final season of the epic starts.






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George R.R. Martin says Game of Thrones could have ended with films, hints books will have a different ending

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George R.R. Martin says Game of Thrones could have ended in films

When you anticipate and wait for something for a long time, it changes, just like you do. It has almost been a decade since the last novel (A Dance with Dragons) in the series A Song of Ice and Fire came out. Things have changed drastically since then: a giant of a show came and went, characters and plot-lines took different turns; and though the final destination might just be similar, people are still waiting for the next book, The Winds of Winter. As always, the man we look towards is George R.R. Martin. The author recently gave an interview to Welt, a German news outlet where he discussed Game of Thrones ending in films, the ending to his books, and his engagements at the moment. We thank Redditors u/mellycafe and u/Whitebread100 who translated the interview for all of us. Read on!

The author pointed at a rather interesting detail about the final fate of Game of Thrones being films.

“We had actually considered this option. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the two creators behind the TV series, actually wanted to end the saga with three big movies after season 7. Game of Thrones was supposed to end in cinema. It was seriously discussed four to five years ago.” George stated.

George R.R. Martin says Game of Thrones could have ended in films

So, what happened? According to Martin, it wasn’t for him to decide. “HBO controls the film rights for Game of Thrones.” He further said, “HBO didn’t get involved. The executives said: We produce TV shows, we are not in the cinema business. And if HBO does make a movie, like the movie based on Deadwood, they only produce it to show on TV; not on the big screen.” It’s a fair point, we guess. But digital/streaming platforms have changed that. GRRM too says, “Everything is changing at the moment. What is cinema today? Is Netflix producing television or cinema? Everything is mixing up. We no longer know where the boundaries are between cinema, TV, and streaming services.”

Moreover, the biggest question in everyone’s mind right now would be: Will the ending in the books be different from what happened on the show? Well, GRRM answered in a cryptic yet reassuring manner. “People know an ending – but not The ending. The makers of the TV series overtook me which I didn’t expect. Nevertheless, I continue what I’ve been doing for years: I still try to finish the next book ‘The Winds of Winter’ and then the follow-up novel ‘A Dream of Spring’. These are the things I am concentrating on. After that, we will see.”

George R.R. Martin says Game of Thrones could have ended in films

When Martin says “the ending,” he might be referring to the path that he takes to reach the end; and also, a complete conclusion with his own imagination. He has hinted at the possibility on his Not a Blog.

So, there’s no definite answer as to when those books will come out, but a firm take on a possibly different route. Despite all that, it seems difficult to alter the final points that the show arrived at, or does it?

“How many children did Scarlett O’Hara have? In Margaret Mitchell’s novel ‘Gone with the Wind’, she had three children. But in the cinema version of the novel, she only had one child. Which version is the only valid one? – the one with one child or the one with three? The answer is – neither. Because Scarlett O’Hara never existed. She is a fictional character, not a real person who would have had real children.

Or take The Little Mermaid. We know her from the fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen and the Disney movie. Which one is the real mermaid? Well, mermaids don’t exist. So, you can choose the version you like the best. That goes for any story adapted for cinema or television. Changes are inevitable in this process. Even if the adaptation is as faithful to the literary source material as it was with Game of Thrones,”  Martin said.

George R.R. Martin says Game of Thrones could have ended in films

It means there’s a good chance that the final story in the books will have its own changes. Before George is able to finish those eagerly-awaited novels, he has been quite busy with a lot of other things.

“I like doing many different things. What I don’t like is writing the same story over and over again. In the beginning of my career, I wrote science fiction, then fantasy, and later horror stories as well. For a while, I also wrote reviews. I taught journalism. Since the mid-80s, I have been writing screenplays; and today, I am also working as a movie producer. Since the completion of Game of Thrones, I am currently developing a prequel series for HBO. Furthermore, I have another deal with the network: I am supposed to produce more shows for them which do not originate from the universe of my stories.” he explained.

One of the projects with HBO includes working with writer Nnedi Okorafor for a film adaptation of her science fiction novel, Who Fears Death. The man even owns an art house cinema of his own in Santa Fe. At the moment, it seems the wizard has his hands full. Where does writing the pending novels fit?

“When it comes to writing novels, I can only take one step at a time. I have writer friends who can work on three or four different projects simultaneously. They start with a novel in the morning, continue with a short story in the afternoon, and write a screenplay at night. I am not able to do that. When I am writing a novel, I dive deeply into the fictional world. It demands my full imagination. I have to live through it, so to say. It is easier to edit a draft, to work as a producer for films, or simply be a cinema owner as compared to writing a novel.” GRRM noted.

George R.R. Martin says Game of Thrones could have ended in films

It’s true that he is long overdue and we can’t wait to get our hands on the remaining novels. But we can see that the man is human after all. May he finish the song soon! Meanwhile, we will keep feasting on whatever ice and fire comes our way. What are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments section.






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Sophie Turner reveals if she will ever return to play Sansa Stark again

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Visiting familiar old places makes you relive all those bittersweet memories. It can sometimes heal some of the bad ones and recreate a few joyous bits. We have all had such places to go. Game of Thrones is one such place for the cast and crew of the world’s most popular show. One feels that a chance to go back and live there again would be grabbed with both hands. But is it that simple? Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) spoke to Variety about what it would take for her to return to Westeros while attending the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards 2020.

With the confirmation of House of the Dragon and the buzz about multiple Game of Thrones spin-offs, we are pretty sure that the song of ice and fire will return in one or the other forms. But does Sophie wish to return?

“I would give anything to go back to what we had, but it wouldn’t be the same. It would be different, different people running it. I don’t want to be a part of it. Unless they give me the big bucks, I am not doing it,” Sophie answered. We hope the master of coin is listening.

The cast and crew have been exchanging goodbyes for a while now; and SAG Awards was the last pit-stop in the long awards-season for Game of Thrones. It had three nominations and secured two wins: Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (won by Peter Dinklage!).

Sophie Turner reveals if she will ever return to Game of Thrones

Sophie Turner further talked about her absolute favorite day on the set of Game of Thrones:

“The day I really appreciated everything was the very last day on set, and it was the saddest day as well. I walked onto the set of Winterfell in costume for the last time. And I was looking around and I just welled up. I was like ‘This is amazing how empowered I feel to be on this set.’ That was the day I really appreciated but it was also the day that I broke down and didn’t get out of bed for the next three days.”

Although feelings are subjective, it wasn’t easy for anyone on the GoT set to hold back their tears.

“Everyone cried. And everyone cried when other people wrapped as well. The whole season everyone was just blubbing,” Sophie said.

Sophie Turner reveals if she will ever return to Game of Thrones

It’s certainly difficult to move on from a piece of work as huge as Game of Thrones. But the Queen in the North carved a big piece of Westeros for herself, and she seems happy keeping it. What do you think? Talk to us in the comments below.






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Alfie Allen talks about six-pack competitions on Game of Thrones and more

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Alfie Allen talked about six-pack competition on Game of Thrones and other things in life

Despite atrocities others inflicted upon him and he upon others, Theon Greyjoy made sure he stuck around till the end and earned the redemption he felt he deserved. The actor who played Theon, Alfie Allen talked to The Guardian about his six-pack competition on Game of Thrones and other things in his life.

A total of 10 members from the cast of Game of Thrones were nominated for an Emmy last year, which included Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, Peter Dinklage (who won!). So, one can assume that there was some competition on set as well.

“At the beginning, me, Kit Harington (Jon Snow), and Richard Madden (Robb Stark) were definitely in some sort of competition about who could be in the best shape. It’s not like we were comparing but there was definitely a macho vibe going around. But I wouldn’t say there was competition in any sense other than who had the best six-pack. And Kit would always win that,” Alfie explained.

Alfie Allen talked about six-pack competition on Game of Thrones and other things in life

Game of Thrones was a huge show; in terms of scale of production, budget, and the time invested by the cast and crew. The whole process went on for 10 long years. It’s difficult to devote such a large amount of time and be attached to something for this long; so, was there relief or longing at the end?

Alfie Allen said:

“I was excited to move on, without a doubt. I think there was always that fear from when we started: God, you know, this is going to be for quite a while. You don’t want to get sucked into thinking negatively about something that’s essentially a very positive thing, but I would fluctuate. The majority of the time, the feeling for me was: I either give it my all, or I piss and moan about it. Even if you are going to piss and moan about something, you’re going to use that emotion to the betterment of your character, and that’s what I tried to do.”

Alfie Allen talked about six-pack competition on Game of Thrones and other things in life

Theon went through a moving arc along his journey in Game of Thrones. While his fall at the end protecting Bran from the Night King and his army was cheered by all, the end for the show itself came under a lot of criticism.

“People were just massively emotionally invested in it, and that’s testament to how great the show is. Things ended in a similar fashion with Breaking Bad and The Sopranos. There’s never a good ending and I think David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (the showrunners) had a huge amount of pressure on them,” Allen remarked.

Alfie admitted that “it was isolating” to play Theon Greyjoy as the character was ridiculed at times”. The sheer amount of violence that Theon faced shook almost everyone. The brutal treatment of getting turned into Reek by Ramsay Bolton; the crisis of identity while being raised in Winterfell; it has made Allen think about men’s mental health.

Alfie Allen talked about six-pack competition on Game of Thrones and other things in life

“I think it’s important that we talk about our problems without wearing that as some kind of badge of identity. Look at who is in power (in the USA). A lot of the bad decisions are down to toxic masculinity. If we can eradicate that, it’s going to be totally beneficial for future generations; and for any kind of kid growing up.”

His next film, Jojo Rabbit is a satire set in Nazi Germany, directed by Taika Waititi, who gave Allen a chance to apply comic timing and improvisations on set. He said, “Taika wants things to happen spontaneously.” In Game of Thrones however, the rules were strict.

“Dave and Dan (the showrunners/writers) are very precious about their words, and rightfully so. I think one of the only improvs that was allowed was ‘aye’. Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos) and Kit Harington started saying ‘aye’, so Dave and Dan would allow the odd ‘aye’.”

He also spoke about people’s misconceptions and his ambitions:

“I don’t want to not care what people think, but at the same time I don’t feel I’ve done anything wrong. I don’t see my career as a trajectory because I don’t feel like that’s going to bring me happiness. I think I am ambitious, but I don’t want to lose sight of my own emotional integrity and happiness. You have to be able to preserve that.”

He also hinted at the possibility of a project that’s dark and controversial, yet exciting; but he is still not fully sure about it. It was really pleasant and peaceful to hear Alfie speak about his life. We hope that whatever happens, he is always able to be home! What are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments.






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