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VFX Supervisor shares experiences of building and riding dragons

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VFX Supervisor shares experiences of building and riding dragons

Fans seldom understand the effort and bravery put forth by actors even when working in safe environments. This is especially true in graphics intensive action scenes as is commonly seen in the show and is promised to be seen in the final season of the show. The pain of tolerating the harsh weathers of Iceland, the place where the majority of Game of Thrones is shot is one thing. However, having to actually ride a dragon is yet another, and that is exactly what some actors like Emilia Clarke and Vladamir Furdik have had to do.

In a recent interview with Michelle Blok, the previous VFX Supervisor of the epic saga, things started coming into proportion. The proportion of a dragon to a human to be exact. As revealed by Blok, the scenes of Denaerys and the Night King riding the dragons didn’t have as much of VFX to them as fans think they did. She also revealed that not only do the dragons on TV look much smaller than the models while filming, they are also scarier to mount and ride. According to her, “it’s very vertigo-inducing because it’s really high.”

“It’s really hard to describe to people because I thought, you see the dragons on TV you think ‘that’s not big’ and when you see a full-scale model of the dragon torso…it’s high,” said the previous VFX Supervisor.

Michelle also captured the fear faced not only by the actors but also by the rest of the crew filming the shots. According to her, the actors have to first get on top of the colossal structure and then bear vertigo as it starts moving in the air. And to add on top of that, the actors also have to maintain their character and perform the way they are supposed to while battling all the dizziness and fear from a huge height.

“And they are climbing up on this thing and it’s just like ‘that is crazy,'” shared Michelle Blok. “Because we have to lift it up in the air to put it on the motion base and then we have to put cameras that are really low coming out…she she was thirty feet in the air. It’s just so scary. And then the thing starts moving.”

Emilia Clarke is not the only actor who has had to go through all of this for the sake of the show. Denaerys lost one of her dragons when the Night King sleys it with his spear. The same dragon was then resurrected from beneath the ice and was then used by the Night King himself. The Night King, played by Vladamir Furdik, was then seen breaching the walls of Westeros on top of the same dragon. Furdik has also had his fair share of experiences with riding dragons in real life to film the epic saga.

While that is exactly where Season 7 ended, and while a leak confirmed that Season 8 will not be starting there, Dragons would seemingly play an important role in the final season of the show. The premiere of the said season is set on April 14, a date which fans across the world eagerly await.






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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Tormund may have a chance at romance with Brienne yet, says Gwendoline Christie

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Hold your beating hearts fandom, Tormund Giantsbane may have a chance with the ‘big woman’, or Ser Brienne of Tarth, yet. In a recent interview with TV Line, Brienne actor Gwendoline Christie hinted that a romance with Tormund shouldn’t be totally off-the-charts for her character going forward. Of course, we will not see that happen, but the thought alone is warming my heart!

The self-proclaimed Giantsbane has been very taken with Brienne from day 1. But Brienne was always pretty weirded out by his attention, and when a tough rival arrived in the form of Jaime Lannister, Tormund’s chances with her seemed nonexistent. But with Jaime leaving Brienne and then dying by the side of his old lover (and sister) Cersei, Tormund may have a better shot.

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But even then, it won’t be easy for him. so Gwendoline Christie thinks. In her words:

“Yeah, maybe he has a chance, but she would really make him work. I mean, you know, she’s landed her dream job. Also, the story about the giant’s milk might take a little bit of getting over. But maybe not.”

Having said that, Christie is happy with the way her character’s emotional possibilities have been handled in Game of Thrones.

“I never expected people to get behind Brienne of Tarth. I truly didn’t think that she would be embraced because she wasn’t conventionally attractive, and she wasn’t sexy or cute or sassy. I feel like we saw this incredibly unconventional character and we saw her display all the behaviours that we’re taught as women not to display.”

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Tormund, in fact, is one of the only people in the show who found her attractive just as she is. Jaime, on the other hand, has always insulted her because of her perceived lack of beauty and fell in love only much later. Many fans saw Tormund as a much better candidate for Brienne’s heart than Jaime, and Jaime sort of proved everyone right by ditching Brienne like that.

With Tormund journeying beyond the Wall and Brienne in King’s Landing, the romance does not seem very likely at this point. But weren’t there at least some tender words shared between them? Tormund actor Kristofer Hivju recently claimed that some scenes featuring Brienne and Tormund were cut from Season 8. Who knows, a romance may still be budding between the far ends of Westeros.






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Some Tormund-Brienne scenes were cut from Game of Thrones Season 8

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All the Brienne-Tormund shippers in the world, you were not all wrong. There could indeed have been more between the lovable wildling and our lady knight, except those bits got cut on the editing table. In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Tormund actor Kristofer Hivju talked about some deleted scenes that he and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) had shot together – including one with an improvised monologue from Tormund’s end.

Hivju revealed this in a discussion about deleted scenes along with John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Gilly (Hannah Murray) and Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark) which you can watch here. Hivju’s bit starts from 1:17.

Hivju says the scenes between him and Christie got cut mainly because they exceeded the time limits of the tightly packed Season 8 episode lengths. In his words, “We did a lot of stuff with Tormund and Brienne that they took out because it became too much. Well, you don’t have too much time!”

He even describes one of the scenes that never made to the episodes as they aired. “I remember there was a scene where I added some small monologues.” That may not give out too much, but sure sounds like some sort of intense conversation were going on between Brienne and Tormund in that scene. Add to the fact that Hivju thinks the left-out stuff was “fun”. In his words, “I think they took the right choice in the edit but there is some fun stuff laying around.”

If only some benevolent soul would let us in on those “fun” stuff!






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Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) says he was confused by the Game of Thrones finale

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Turns out Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) didn't like the Game of Thrones ending either

Game of Thrones had been the most popular television series on the face of the Earth, but then it ended. The ending left a lot of the fans in a foul mood, with complaints of bad writing. Apparently, the fans weren’t the only people unhappy with the end. Charles Dance, who played the role of Tywin Lannister recently revealed he disliked the ending of the show, as well. Read on!

Speaking on Good Morning Britain about the series finale, the actor said:

“I was confused. I have watched as much as I can… I wanted to know what was happening to these characters…We come to the big last series, we come to the very end and I thought, ‘Hmm, OK.'”

“There’s little Arya going off on a cruise somewhere, poor Jon’s gone back up north, beyond the wall and then there is Tyrion. And all the people left alive are sort of sat around the table going, ‘So well, what are we going to do now, shall we have a cup of tea or something?’ And I thought, ‘Ah, I don’t know.'”

He also revealed that he would have loved to see Tyrion win the Game of Thrones and that it would have been a brilliant ending. Watch the video below:

Well, do you agree? What do you think about Charles’ opinion on the ending? Talk to us in the comments, don below!






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