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With the onset of the latest season of Game of Thrones, there are countless fans coming up with their own versions of what happens in the shows and countless other forms of speculation which seem just as plausible as the next one in line. However, the Creative Director of the series recently revealed that the hints to the show rests in the intro sequences.

It turns out that the intro sequence which had been more or less similar throughout all the seven past seasons with some minor differences is being changed for season eight. The new season will bring along a new intro sequence for the show with drastic changes as compared to previous changes. Creative Director Angus Wall revealed that he had other plans for the intro sequence and that his version would be nothing like the ones seen today. When asked about whether this intro could be found in the final season of the show, he said that it was not a possibility.

“We explored that with an animated sequence following the raven,” said Wall. “In the interim, though, there was an issue that came up during the pilot, which was that nobody knew what the wider world looked like or where anyone was. So we created these little map journeys to go in-between scenes.”

he further revealed that his creative team were highly motivated for the job they were given and that they wanted everything to be hand-built. This reportedly served the purpose of a madman working away in solace, making a world as per his own grand scheme of the ideal. A stark resemblance to what the ultimate prize in ‘Game of Thrones’ really is.

“The idea was that everything needed to be hand-built, he said. “The idea of a mad monk in a tower, building all this stuff and going at it with a saw and a chisel. Making sure he’s building his world the way he wants.”

However, the final addition which the creative director had to include was the fact that they were including quite a lot of easter eggs in the intros for their fans. He said that the entire process was quite fun, but it also gave hints about what’s to occur in the series. Provided the fans can figure the easter eggs out.

“There are a lot of Easter eggs in the titles if you’re paying attention,” Wall teased. “Little things that will reward you over the course of the show. And this last season won’t be any different.”

While this would certainly speak a lot to the ones who are able to decipher the language of these easter eggs and figure them out, this can also serve to create a lot of extra controversies and fan theories about these shows as well seeing how different people would perceive these hints differently. In the end game, the genius of this plan lies in the fact that they can give away major details about the show without really giving out anything about it. Fans would have to wait and find out what eventually happens the old fashioned way instead, when the final season airs on April 14.

 






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Something in the intro that has always pestered me is during the Winterfell flyover, while zooming in on the werewood tree, what looks like a snowflake drops down on the tree. There was never any snow in Winterfell (in the earlier seasons), but that little object has always been there. Probably nothing, just a single snowflake to let the viewer know that they’re in a colder region. I guess I’ll know if something happens at the tree this season.

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Photos of young Game of Thrones stars from a 2009 Song of Ice and Fire book signing

It may be hard to imagine now, but some of Game of Thrones’ most prominent stars were absolute newbies when they joined the cast 10 years back. Well, we are here to help you imagine. Old photos of Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and others from a 2009 event have resurfaced, and how young and cute they all look!

The photos were taken by Adam Whitehead, prominent British blogger and Fantasy/genre fiction expert. He was attending a book signing event in Belfast by his favourite writer George R.R. Martin. The HBO Adaption of Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire had just been announced, and the fans were super excited.

Nobody paid much attention to a small group of young adults hovering in a corner of the bookstore. Turns out, some of the actors were shooting for the pilot episode of Game of Thrones nearby and came to pay a visit.

Photos of young Game of Thrones stars from a 2009 Song of Ice and Fire book signing

They still had no idea if the series will be taken up or not. But the craze around Martin’s books that night perhaps gave them a slight hint of what was to come. In a recent interview with EW, Whitehead said,

“I think that was the first time they realized it wasn’t going to get cancelled after five episodes.”

Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner – 12 and 13 then – were not even allowed to read the books because of their adult themes. Whitehead fondly remembers how surprised little Maisie was when he told her that Arya will become an assassin. He also informed Sophie about her increased importance in the story later on. She was gracious just as Sansa would be.

In fact, in a blog he wrote for Variety in 2017, Whitehead says that all the young actors behaved much like their screen counterparts.

Photos of young Game of Thrones stars from a 2009 Song of Ice and Fire book signing

Richard Madden was the most charming and engaging of the lot, just as the young King in the North was. Alfie Allen joked around much like the young Theon Greyjoy. And sometimes later a bespectacled young man came in, exhausted from a 5-day shoot.

The beardless Kit Harington looked a far cry from his screen counterpart. But his resolve to be with the team despite exhaustion was very in-character, Whitehead thinks:

“It was very Night’s Watch-ish: turned up, did his duty and took off.”

Photos of young Game of Thrones stars from a 2009 Song of Ice and Fire book signing

Well, Game of Thrones went on to create television history and the kids went on to become stars. Now it all culminates in the 8th and final season, set to begin on April 14.

How time flies!






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HBO has collaborated with Diageo to release a limited edition range of 8 scotch whiskeys and Johnnie Walker has come up with its own tribute to the Iconic series. Now, you can show your allegiance to your favorite House by choosing the whiskey dedicated to it or buy the entire set. In this post, we at Wiki Of Thrones don’t just help you with the list of all the Game of Thrones whiskey available, but we’ll also share details about them.

We got more than 75 requests on our email address after we posted about the newly launched whiskey. It’s because they weren’t able to find out the authentic stores from where they could buy the real ones. It took us a while and after testing out a few online stores, we’re finally here with the list of whiskeys which were launched and the places from where one can buy it.

“That is what I do. I drink, and I know things.”

“The cold winds are rising and the dead rise with them.” But not so fast. It’s more than a month’s wait until we see the white walkers marching past the Wall as Winter finally comes to Westeros. While most of us are waiting for the magic, one last time, what can we do? Well, we can drink and know things!

Clynelish Reserve for House Tyrell

Type: Single malt
Alcohol content: 51.2% Vol

This scotch whiskey comes from the Clynelish distillery in the lush green pastures and hills of Scotland that make us think of the fertile Reach where Highgarden, House Tyrell’s seat, is situated.

The beautiful golden color is quite like the golden rose which is this wealthy House’s sigil. It has a fruity aroma with very prominent notes of mango and papaya.

As you swirl it around in your mouth, you can expect a flavor of tropical fruits, followed by creamy vanilla, sweet honey, and finally a smoky undertone to round it off nicely. It is best served chilled and on lots of ice. The Queen of Thorns approves.

Royal Lochnagar for House Baratheon

Type: Single malt
Alcohol content: 40% Vol
Aged for: 12 years

The Royal Lochnagar Distillery does have a royal backstory. In 1848, when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited the distillery, they liked the scotch they were served so well, that they issued a royal warrant to the distillery. That makes this single malt whiskey a drink fit for the kings and queens.

This amber colored scotch has an oaky aroma with an earthy feel to it. It goes well with Robert’s loud and reckless personality. But it also has the fragrance of sweet licorice to it that could be linked to Renly with his more agreeable demeanor. The taste is a wonderful balance between sweet and spice with coffee-vanilla finish and just a hint of nutmeg.

Talisker Select Reserve for House Greyjoy

Type: Single malt

Alcohol content: 45.8% Vol

This golden colored whiskey is from the Talisker distillery which is on the shores of the Isle of Skye in Scotland, much like the Iron Islands in the Sunset Sea.

It has a spicy, smoky, and peppery aroma which reminds you of the strong, proud, Ironborn who have a mind of their own. And you can feel the salt on your tongue as you enjoy the flavors of salted caramel, dark chocolate, and a little bit of chili and oak. The overall finish is smokey with a hint of fruit.

Singleton of Glendullan Select for House Tully

Type: Single malt

Alcohol content: 40% Vol

This bottle of golden whiskey which is dedicated to the Tullys of Riverrun is from a distillery on the banks of the River Fiddich in Dufftown. For the aroma, think sandalwood, orange peel and something sweet.

The taste is rich and fruity and the feel is warm and smooth. What better pairing than with the House Tully known for their understated yet strong views about Family, Duty, Honor?

Dalwhinnie Winter’s Frost for House Stark

Type: Single malt

Alcohol content: 43%

The Dalwhinnie distillery is at a cold and isolated place in Scotland quite like the North which is home to the Starks. And this single malt scotch whiskey is concocted in the harsh, cold conditions which make you think of the Northerners toughened by the freezing temperatures and severe climate.

It has a floral aroma with overages of apples and pears. The taste is of honey and fresh fig, and a hint of subdued spice. The overall effect is warm, crisp, malt-like and totally delicious.

Lagavulin 9 Year Old for House Lannister

Type: Single malt

Alcohol content: 46% Vol

Aged for: 9 years

The powerful and rich Lannister House of the Casterly Rock found its match in the legendary distillers Lagavulin on the shores of Islay. This rich, intense, and classy spirit is the perfect pair for the proud and regal Lannisters. It has a sweet but smoky aroma and the distinct smell of the saltwater. The taste is a burst of flavor with notes of vanilla, caramel, banana, oak,  marshmallows, and a dry and smoky finish.

The complexity of the taste goes well with the complexity of the different members of the House – Cersei, Jaime, Tyrion, and Tywin – all with a strong but distinct personality.

Cardhu Gold Reserve for House Targaryen

Type: Single malt

Alcohol content: 40% Vol

The Cardhu distillery was started by two strong women Helen Cumming and her daughter-in-law Elizabeth, back in the 1800s. Pairing the scotch from this distillery with another strong female character, Daenerys’s House Targaryen is almost poetic.

The aroma is light on the nose and will make you think of baking apples and spices. The taste is on the sweeter side with a nutty undertone and a hint of clove. Overall, it has a smooth, light, and dry caramel finish.

Oban Bay Reserve for the Night’s Watch

Type: Single malt

Alcohol content: 43% Vol

When we are on the subject of Game of Thrones whiskeys, how can we not have one dedicated to the men in black who are shields that guard the realms of men? The Oban distillery that is located beneath a cliff overlooking the bay between the West Highlands and the Islands of Scotland reminds us of Castle Black.

In honor of the black cloaks of the Night’s Watch, this golden scotch comes in an all-black packaging. The aroma is of rich and sweet orange peel and cherry pie. It has a discernible taste of wood and sugar with a subtle fruity quality and a hint of smoke. It has a dry, caramel finish. An excellent scotch and the opaque, black bottle looks great on the shelf too! And oh yes! Don’t forget to read out the vow on the back of the bottle before you open it.

 

White Walker for the White Walkers

Type: Blended Scotch

Alcohol content: 41.7% Vol

Do you believe in the theory that the White Walkers are actually the good side? Then this is whiskey from Johnnie Walker is for you. If you don’t believe in these theories, you should still add it to your Game of Thrones Whiskey Collection for the sheer cleverness with which this has been made. The white bottle, denoting the cold snowy winter and the walkers beyond the wall, is supposed to be refrigerated. And when the temperature is just right (read freezing), these words appear on the bottle: “Winter is Coming”. How nifty is that!

The scotch is a blend of the Cardhu and Clynelish single malts. The aroma is a blend of dried apricots, vanilla, toffee, and ginger. The flavors are a wonderful pirouette of caramelized sugar, berries, cinnamon and almonds in your mouth. Excellent addition to complete your Game of Thrones Whiskey set!

Where to buy the Game of Thrones Whiskey Set?

If you are in the US, you can order the Game of Thrones whiskeys online at

If you are in Scotland, you can buy from Drizly. Amazon has also been taking orders for the scotch whiskeys in the UK and some European countries. And Master of Malt delivers in most countries worldwide.

Guys, these whiskeys are limited edition. So stock up on some Game of Thrones magic while stocks last. If you know more places where you can buy these whiskeys, please share the details in the comments section and we will update the article. Anything to help wait the month out, right? Here’s to Season 8. Cheers!






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Game of Thrones releases a Behind-the-Scenes promo: A Story in Prosthetics

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The official trailer for the final season of Game of Thrones was released recently that featured a number of characters and gave us an insight of the Winterfell Battle and how bloodier it’s going to be. While we had a number of things to breakdown and find out new details in the trailer like Jorah Mormont acquiring a new sword and much more, Game of Thrones has recently released a new behind-the-scenes promo.

The exclusive behind-the-scenes promo gives you an insight into the amount of hard work the team puts in to bring the characters to life. Barrie Gowers who has been linked with this massive project since 2011 and has been managing the makeup and prosthetics since the first season, expresses his says despite the hard work and a long time taken,

“It’s lovely to see all our hard work and all these things we’ve built actually make it to the screen as well, at the end of the day.”

Barrie also talks about the long working hours and spending hours getting the perfection to characters like the Night King, the Children of the Forest, and Stone Men of Valyria. He reveals:

“Just an average prosthetic makeup we usually say is about 4 to 6 weeks to build. We have so many patient actors who sit in our chairs for like four or six or eight hours at a time. So, by the time we usually step up on set to do a rehearsal, we’ve already pretty much done a full day’s. So to then film and have our fun on set making sure everything’s not falling off people for 12 hours.”

We’re already familiar with the prosthetics done on Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont) to make his greyscale look lively – it was really a tough affair and no wonder the details put in it so fantastic. We wonder it couldn’t have been any less gross for Sam the ‘surgeon’ who had been obliged to help the son of his former Lord Commander. Undoing the makeup is a tedious process too. Barrie says,

“The de-wig in the evening can take a good, um, an hour or two. people are quite unaware of the length of time and the process that goes into these things.” 

The kind and quality of the good work that the team is going have shown a considerable amount of improvement as evident from the upgrade of the White Walkers when compared with Season 1. Gower reveals:

“Each year it’s got bigger and bigger and bigger to the point now with Season 8, where we’re sort of maxing numbers about the 70 or 80 mark on the set. And, in the workshop, we usually have a team of about 50 people. it’s a big department to manage. I think we’re very fortunate to have an accumulated a really talented pool of prosthetic people.”

So, when did this journey begin? 

“I got hired for Season 4 and we had only six wights filming and these were green screen guys and at that time, that was a huge thing for us. Cut to Hardhome the following year, where it just exploded. We had like about 40 to 50 prosthetic guys out there at any one time playing the wights and White Walkers.”

Talking about the Final two seasons – seven and eight, Gower says:

“When we found out about two years ago that there were only 13 episodes left, I think we were obviously gutted and distraught. But I think it a real testament to the guys [Dan Weiss and David Benioff] that they were stuck to their word and basically finishing the franchise when it should naturally end.”

Barrie ends by giving us some hope for the final season and says:

“It has become such a huge part of our life now, I think finishing off next year and moving on to a new project is really daunting. I think it’s scary probably for a lot of folks because we’ve just a part of this incredible family. The end is nigh, but I think it’s gonna be a big end.”

We hope the final season and amount of hard work given to the last six episodes would be worth a watch and beyond something we’ve ever seen in the history of television. All we can do now is wait for April 14 for the new season to air. Watch the full video here:

What were your thoughts on the prosthetics and makeups as Game of Thrones takes you behind-the-scenes to get a glimpse of the same? Tell us in the comments what kind of experience would you want in the final season?






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