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Home Box Office has been promoting the final season of Game of Thrones quite aggressively, and rightfully so. The show deserves all the credit it can get and more. The #ForTheThrone initiative proved that fans share a similar sentiment as they went to various lengths to prove their love for the show. This time around, HBO decided to ask 18 artists from around the world to make their renditions of the most iconic props from the show. The results are stunning.

While the official Game of Thrones blog only featured four of the works done by 18 artists, they are all equally beautiful. Four of the most stunning works of art include an ice sculpture of the Night King, Jon Snow’s Lord Commander Cloak, Dragon Glass Daggers, and Beric’s Flaming Sword.

The artists faced various challenges while creating these spectacular works of art, and therein lies the achievements behind them. The entire process and the challenges faced by the artists are recorded on the blog post.

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Shintaro Okamoto, the artist who made the ice sculpture of the Night King had to properly think his course of action through. Ice tends to be quite fragile and isn’t really easy to shape and chisel much unlike a rock. He had to be extra careful in getting the proper dimensions to the sculpture down right all the way. After that, he stacked blocks of ice and hacked away at them with an electric chainsaw. The finer details like the texture of the armour and the face were added later with chisels. He also had to spend some time thinking about how to make sure that the statue stands while holding the sword firmly in a safe manner.

“It was natural to sculpt the Night King himself out of real ice. I spent hours studying the reference images and rewatching the show,” says Okamoto. “Ice is fragile and evanescent so the biggest challenge was the commitment to getting the details right: the dimples of the armor, the curvatures, facial expression and the horns of the Night King. It was important to capture it all to satisfy the audience.”

The artwork is five feet tall and three feet wide honoring the proportion of the cloak.

Sarah Symes, the artist behind Jon Snow’s Lord Commander Cloak wanted her art to tell a story instead of just being an addition to the wardrobe. She reportedly used four distinct shades for the cloak which represented different aspects of the show. While Black represented the Night’s Watch, White represents the White Walkers beyond the Wall. Furthermore, Blue was used to represent the frozen landscape and pink was used to represent the hope and warmth of a winter sunset. For her, it was more about the experience behind the cloak instead of the cloak itself.

“I used pour-and-splash dye techniques that left marks similar to the dirt on the cloak,” says Symes. “Seen from a distance, I wanted the patchwork of fabrics to speak to the viewer with one cohesive voice, but stand alone up close. I overcame the challenges of this project by seeking truth, instead of beauty.”

Similarly, Kris Kuksi, the artist who made the Dragon Glass Daggers had his own set of challenges to face. While he wanted to make the daggers look more ‘Wintry,’ he had other sorts of problems, the most persistent of which was designing the knife such that it is just as beautiful as it is practical. A knife fit for both display and use.

“Making a functioning component of artistic cabinetry involves a little more focus on the practicality of its use,” said Kuksi. “It was challenging to be mindful of any decorative elements that were purely for the visual aspects so not to complicate the use of the moving parts involved.”

Finally, Beric’s Flaming Sword turned out to a problem of pure and simple applications of physics. Something which the artist had to figure out for himself rather extensively. This piece of art was made in Brooklyn Glass, and it would suffice to say that it is a Glassbender’s nightmare in the least.

“It’s always interesting to see behind the curtain of TV magic. The original design required some finesse in order to make it ‘neonable.’ We spent a good amount of time figuring out how to configure the wiring, but once the logistics were worked out it was smooth sailing. Our design was incredibly complex and required our most skilled benders to nail the intricacies of the lettering while maintaining its structural integrity —  it was an exciting challenge to say the least.”

In the end, many other artists also made their beautiful works of art to promote the upcoming Season 8 of Game of Thrones. Seeing how this is the final season to the show, these works of art will carry even more importance in the hearts of fans across all areas of the globe. Catch the premiere of the final season this April 14.







Founder at Wiki of Thrones and a full-time Game of Thrones fan who does other work when he has finished reading and writing about Game of Thrones and also dreams about playing a role in the show.

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Kerry Ingram re-enacts Shireen’s death on TikTok and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s magazine cover on Instagram

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Kerry Ingram (Shireen Baratheon) reenacts Shireen's death on TikTok while Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) posts a magazine cover on Instagram

All of us who have the liberty and luxury of self-isolating are trying to stay calm and centered through this tragedy. Coronavirus is affecting our people badly, but there’s little we can do at this moment. We can help those near to us but the news on the television screens is disturbing. Trying to escape the gloom, every now and then, we get a frivolous urge to wander around and indulge in the activities of our favorite celebrities. Game of Thrones stars are keeping themselves connected to the fans through social media. Kerry Ingram (Shireen Baratheon) recently posted a TikTok video on her twitter account that might remind you of Shireen’s death; while Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) posted a magazine cover he’s on for the April/May edition of 2020. Read on to find out more.

Kerry posted a TikTok video with a GoT reference on twitter; as she felt her followers on TikTok aren’t really familiar with Game of Thrones. “So I made this tik tok but turns out 99% of my followers on there aren’t GoT fans, so I’ll post it here for you guys,” she captioned it.

The video is in keeping with the ongoing trend of making a pose from one of your childhood photos and then showing that particular photo; meanwhile, the track “I’m Just a Kid” by Simple Plan plays in the background. The young actress who melted our hearts in GoT enters into the frame with the wooden stag that Ser Davos had gifted Shireen. She chose Shireen’s screaming pose from the time when she was about to burn to death. It’s not a fun memory to be reminded of, especially during these times of chaos and panic.

Nikolaj, on the other hand, featured on the cover of Haute Living, a lifestyle magazine, for the April/May months’ edition. “Thanks @hauteliving. Had a lot of fun doing this story,” he wrote on the Instagram post.

The shoot took place before the coronavirus lockdowns kicked in. The Danish actor wondered how quickly times have changed and it’s a whole new world now. “We did this shoot only a few months ago. Now it seems like in some parallel universe,” he further wrote. It certainly doesn’t feel like a familiar space anymore since people are facing problems that we couldn’t have imagined.

The cases of infection are still building up rapidly. With more than 4.6 million infected cases and 308,000 deaths, things do not look good. We hope the governments and the media take stock of the people who are suffering without food and shelter. It’s not just coronavirus that kills!

What do you guys think? Tell us in the comments section below.







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Watch Game of Thrones stars Jacob Anderson and Aidan Gillen shine in music videos

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They say if you have the talent make the most of it. Well, some of our favorite actors from Game of Thrones are a talented bunch and they are making the most of it. Did you know Jacob Anderson is also known as Raleigh Ritchie? Also, did you know that Aidan Gillen has been part of a music video? Truth is stranger than fiction my dear friends, so read on to find out more!

As per NME, Anderson a.k.a Grey Worm of Thrones has released a new song called Aristocrats and also gave out the details of his next album Andy. What’s interesting is Anderson has been making music under his monicker, Raleigh Ritchie, and is slowly but surely climbing up the charts. Check out his latest song!

Anderson has been garnering a lot of views for his videos as well, one of his songs has so far fetched 8.4 million views! Check out the video!

Speaking about his latest album, Anderson said:

“Andy’ is a little wink to myself. It’s saying, ‘This is you speaking right now, this is you saying what you have to say.”

He also mentioned that through this song he was trying to explore Britain’s history in his own way. He said:

“British history is complicated, especially as a POC. [H]istory is everything, it’s what we learn from to help us build our future. In school, I didn’t learn much about British history aside from the country’s victories and a version of some of its atrocities. Sometimes it’s a confusing place, and although I love my country, I don’t always feel loved by it.”

Well, we found ‘Ritchie’ really talented and wish him a lot of success with his next outing. Speaking of, remember our tricky ‘Littlefinger’ of Thrones. Well, the amazingly talented Aidan Gillen too has taken part in a music video and it has left us rather inquisitive.

 

As per Evening Express, Gillen stars in a new music video of Irish post-punk band Fontaines DC. Gillen has been a huge fan of their work and so it must have been great to be part of their new video. Quite curiously, Gillen plays the character of a host in the video and we leave it up to you to decide if he succeeded in the new avatar. Check out the video!

Phew! That was interesting, wasn’t it? Who knew all these fabulous actors had so many shades within them? We hope you liked the videos and let’s continue to support them in these turbulent times. We all need something to cling on to don’t we?







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Game of Thrones star Jerome Flynn thanks key workers for their service during Coronavirus pandemic

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Game of Thrones star Jerome Flynn thanks key workers for their service during the coronavirus pandemic

All of us are aware that these are difficult times, such as we have never known in our lives. The coronavirus crisis is a threat to humanity, a bit similar to the danger of White Walkers in Game of Thrones. And much like the show, the people in power and in the community have tried to gather all available forces to ward off COVID-19. But our health workers have been frontline soldiers everywhere. It’s their duty, yes! But they’re playing their part with utmost sincerity to protect us from this illness while putting their own lives on the line. Game of Thrones star Jerome Flynn (Bronn) has shared a video message to thank key workers of the Pembrokeshire county and across mid and west Wales, who are working each day to save the lives of fellow citizens.

Jerome’s message appeared on the Facebook page of the Hywel Dda Health Board. “Hello, I am Jerome Flynn. I am wanting to send you, all the key workers in Pembrokeshire and across mid and west Wales a short message,” began Jerome. He continued, “It’s hard to express the amount of gratitude myself and all of the community here in Pembrokeshire are feeling for the work you’re doing. It’s hard for us to fully connect with the experiences you are having each day. But we’re getting blasts of them, and I have friends who do work in that sector, so I’m getting some understanding of the sort of days you’re walking into.”

The actor drew a parallel to his own character in Game of Thrones for his current situation. Bronn worked his way up from being a cutthroat to one of the chief knights in Westeros. But owing to his cunning, selfish nature, he did not participate in the great war against the Night King and his army of the dead.

“I feel in a way a little bit like how my character in Game of Thrones felt; when everybody went off to fight the White Walkers and I just hung around, being lazy in King’s Landing. As an actor, I really wanted to be there in the action with everybody, you know, kind of saving the world. And in truth, right now, it certainly feels like you’re playing that role for all of us. And I can’t honestly say that I want to be there with you, because it feels so intense,” he said.

Game of Thrones star Jerome Flynn thanks key workers for their service during the coronavirus pandemic

The loss of lives in this battle has been immense for real. Something that many a time, could be demoralizing for the health workers. But Jerome tried to see the positive side of their work.

“I imagine it could be easy to judge yourself, as perhaps at the end of the day, not having succeeded, if another life is lost. But from where we’re standing and from where I’m standing, I wanted to let you know that you succeed every day. Your success is full every day; just turning up and being present for each individual soul, for letting them know that their lives are significant…Especially at a time when their loved ones can’t be present for them…That’s the success for me.

That’s where the true value of your work is being felt. Because otherwise, it’s clear you’re doing everything you can to save their lives. But it’s your presence there with them, that I really, really value; and your courage to go in every day is deeply touching. So, thank you everyone, and keep up the amazing work. It’s so appreciated. God bless you, bye.”

Jerome also shared a message for the workers at the Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust recently. They are serving people in South-Eastern England across Kent, East Sussex, and London. He termed the service of health workers as “extraordinary days of your lives, something that you would never forget.” Kent is Jerome’s home county and apparently, his parents, mother, and step-father live there; both of whom are in the vulnerable age group. Jerome, thus, extended his thanks, “I am truly grateful to know that you guys are there, doing what you’re doing.”

Game of Thrones star Jerome Flynn thanks key workers for their service during the coronavirus pandemic

Many of the other Game of Thrones actors have done their share to aid the health workers. Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and her husband, Joe Jonas had donated meals to the staff of a Los Angeles hospital. Isaac Hempstead Wright’s (Bran Stark) step-father helped key workers by providing them PPEs.

We appreciate everyone’s contributions. Whatever they may be, they are building us into a coherent unit during these grim, isolating times.

What are your thoughts? We hope you’re still practicing social distancing and washing your hands regularly. The virus is here to stay, and it’s important you don’t lower your guard anytime soon. Talk to us in the comments below.







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