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As Game of Thrones comes to an end, the directors behind the making of the epic eight season drama by HBO talk about their favorite moments in the show. They also reveal the effects on the crew after they were required to shoot those scenes as well as about the impact it has on the audience. All of these things revealed in an interview are the favorite moments of the directors behind ‘Game of Thrones.’

They begin the list with the Red Wedding, which is more or less the most impactful scene in Game of Thrones. Reportedly, David Nutter deviously wanted fans and viewers to be lulled into the scene with a sense of ease and the slow and pleasurable pace of a party. And once they were sure that what they had shot thus far would be enough to make any viewer feel safe, they simply decided to bring out the real reason the scene is called the Red Wedding and shock the audience into oblivion. This scene also left Michelle Fairley too traumatized to speak about the episode for a week.

“I remember when Robb crawls over to Talisa and is cradling her in his arms, seeing her life pass away, I was crouched down, whispering quite intimately to Richard [Madden] about relationships and love and all that kind of stuff,” recounts Nutter.”And I turned around and three or four of the make-up ladies had lost it. They were sobbing. It was that kind of situation for everyone.”

David Nutter said that when they’re making scenes like these, they partially already know what’s going to happen and they rehearse it so many times that they more or less get used to what’s going on. Hence, even if what’s being shown can be extremely grim, it still doesn’t resemble what the viewer actually sees in the actual episode. He says that he is happy about how his fans tend to be traumatized about the devious tricks which he pulled on screen.

“When you’re directing television you rarely get that immediate response from people,” said Nutter. “So when I started to see all of that happening, I felt very good about how it all came out. People still tell me how it affected them the most.”

Next in line was Neil Marshall who spoke about his two favorite scenes from the series including ‘Watchers on the Wall’ and ‘Blackwater.’ He reports that he had quite a lot of fun filming these scenes and that most of the things which made the heroes look cool in these scenes were actually his own ideas that deviated from the script.

“Stannis just stood on the beach and signalled, rather than getting into the thick of it with his soldiers,” Marshall recounted his time while directing ‘Blackwater.’ “I wanted our hero-king up a ladder doing suicidal things. It’s very important to give everybody something to do in these battles.”

As far as ‘Watchers on the Wall’ is concerned, it was his idea to film the sequence in a 360 degree panning shot to capture an all-around view of the entire battlefield and give the audience a better estimate or experience of the scale on which the battle was fought. It took them seven takes to get it right, but they finally managed to do it in the end.

“It links all the characters together,” reported Marshall. “We worked out a system where each section began fighting just as the camera arrived at them, so they hadn’t run out of moves by the time it reached them. It was the first thing we did that night and we nailed it in seven takes.”

Apart from this, he also paid special attention to the scenes where characters died and choose to use slow motion in such places in order to freeze the moment as a distinct occurrence on the screen where nothing else matters anymore.

 






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John Bradley says playing Samwell Tarly gave him a stammer

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John Bradley says Samwell role gave him a stammer

John Bradley played the character of Samwell Tarly in Game of Thrones for eight seasons, nearly a decade. In a show full of mavericks, geniuses, warriors and dragons, Samwell’s character was perhaps one of the sanest on the show.

Recently while speaking with Giles Paley-Phillips and comedian Jim Daly on the Blank Podcast, he shed some light about his portrayal of Samwell. Bradley said:

“I got into this trap with Sam, I set myself traps, because he had a traumatic childhood and suffered a lot – and it manifested through a stammer and a twitch sometimes”.

John Bradley says Samwell role gave him a stammer

Bradley also spoke about how the character of Samwell began affecting his performances outside of Thrones. He added:

Towards the end of that journey, that stammer would turn up in non-Sam acting and I’d do auditions when I’d stammer because it just seemed like the default place that I went to when I acted”.

Bradley found himself so much into the character that, at times his co-stars had to politely push him to speak quicker. He recalled an incident with Kit Harington:

In one scene I came in first with Kit Harington and in the nicest way he said to me “can you come in a bit quicker?” so I can react a bit quicker and I was like “I can’t, I just can’t.

As lovely as the crew were, they assumed it was because I had forgotten my lines. It took me a while to get out of it and it went away over time.” 

Well, John Bradley sure seems like a perfectionist doesn’t he? It almost seems fitting that he played the most studious character of them all in a show full of larger than life characters.

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Emilia Clarke reveals she had a hard time with Daenerys’ final Dothraki speech

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Emilia Clarke reveals she had a hard time with Daenerys’ final Dothraki speech

Game of Thrones behind the scenes bits have been floating around on the Internet these days, since the disc sets for the full series hit the shelves. A new bit now has Emilia Clarke discussing how her final speech in Dothraki was “hell”. Read on!

Entertainment Tonight recently reported about the “Duty is the Death of Love” featurette from disc sets, and Emilia discussed her last speech as Daenerys:

“I knew that speech was going to be really important, and I spent a huge amount of time learning it. And for the first time in my whole Game of Thrones career, I got that word perfect.”

She continued to talk about how it was difficult to remember the language:

“I’m being so brutally honest here — I was in hell learning that speech. This pretend language was literally eating me up. I couldn’t do it. And then, magic happened. I woke up in the morning, went on, and it all came out. I was probably fighting not what I was fighting, but what Dany was doing.”

Well, it definitely must have been hard, watching her character give everything up that quick. What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Kristofer Hivju wants a Tormund and Brienne spin-off

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Kristofer Hivju wants a Tormund and Brienne spin-off

Game of Thrones has had a lot good on screen pairings through the run of the show, but there have also been a few ships that never became pairs. One of them was Tormund and Brienne, the subject of many a memes, but sadly we didn’t see enough of it on the show. Kristofer Hivju, however, is all for a Tormund-Brienne spin-off. Read on!

Hivju, who played Tormund, was recently at the UK disc set release event in London, and did a Q&A session, reports Fandom. When asked what he thinks about a Tormund-Brienne spin-off, he replied:

“I’m up for it.”

He added that he would like it to be a rom-com set at Castle Black, with the pair:

“…trying to run it together; it’s 19 minutes per episode.”

He’s clearly thought it through. Now that he’s said it, it honestly wouldn’t be the worst thing to follow up the timeline of the show. He then talked about how Khal Drogo was his favourite character:

“[My favourite scene] was Jason Momoa’s speech in the tent before he kills Daenerys’s brother. He’s just ranting and he’s going all the way.”

Well, we would definitely love that spin-off, and we bet it would fly well with the fans. What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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