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‘Game of Thrones’ Directors Recall their most iconic moments on set

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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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Dean-Charles Chapman says he and Isaac Hempstead Wright are real-life besties

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Dean-Charles Chapman says he and Isaac Hempstead Wright are real-life besties

Game of Thrones ended back in 2019 leaving a number of fans with teary eyes. Over the several seasons of the series, we had grown to love many characters. Some of them died and some witnessed a big shift in their arcs – Daenerys Targaryen being the biggest example. Talking about the awesome cast members, they still feel connected like a family, having worked in the series for around nine years. Same is the case with Dean-Charles Chapman and Isaac Hempstead Wright who are real-life best friends.

Dean-Charles Chapman, who played Tommen Baratheon in Game of Thrones recently talked to Entertainment Weekly, telling them that despite sharing no screentime together in the series, he is a good friend of Isaac Hempstead Wright. He told them:

“I speak to Isaac Hempstead Wright a lot. He’s one of my best mates…I speak to him every day.”  

Isaac Hempstead Wright played Bran Stark aka Three-Eyed Raven in the series and didn’t share any screentime with Dean. Yet, these actors have often been seen together on Social Media. A common thing among them is that both of them were crowned the King of the Seven Kingdoms in the series. 

Chapman is being praised for his role in the movie 1917 as Lance Corporal Thomas Blake. The movie is up for 10 Oscars this year at the 92nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Sam Mendes. The movie also stars another Game of Thrones alum, Richard Madden (who played Robb Stark in the series) as Lieutenant Joseph Blake. 

Chapman was delighted when he got the news that Madden would be playing his brother in the movie. He told the EW:

“I remember [Mendes] telling me, at a table read, I asked who’s going to be playing my brother, and he said Richard Madden…My first reaction is, I don’t look anything like Richard Madden, so I can’t see that. But in the film, Richard did a really good job of trying to sound like Blake as well. So that worked.”

So what your reaction to this update on Dean Charles Chapman? Tell us in the comments. 






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Kristofer Hivju talks about Game of Thrones Season 8, says he “loved it”

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Kristofer Hivju talks about Game of Thrones final season, says he "loved it"

Kristofer Hivju a.k.a. Tormund Giantsbane emerged as one of the most popular actors from Game of Thrones. He managed to hold his own amongst many fine actors on the show and his portrayal of Tormund was a breath of fresh air on the show. He has now moved on to his next assignment Twin, the first look of which was revealed a week ago. Hivju recently spoke to the Winter is coming about Game of Thrones and Jon Snow! Read on.

Hivju will be seen playing a double role in his next series Twin. In the interview, he spoke about how he longed for an emotional and sober character after playing Tormund on Thrones. He said:

“Tormund was a huge character with a Shakespearean kind of style, everything is life and death. This is a totally different genre. I like to challenge myself, to do both is fantastic, but after six years on Thrones it was a pleasure to play a sober, emotional character. I longed for that, and it was a great experience.” 

Kristofer Hivju talks about Game of Thrones final season, says he "loved it"

Hivju also got behind the show’s final season and said that he loved it.

“I loved the final season, and I think that there is something organic about the show coming to an end. I think the ending was expected; when you kill a lead character in season one, there won’t be a happy ending. So it fit what made Game of Thrones what it was. It had unexpected twists and turns, it didn’t follow the rules of storytelling, it followed the rules of life. People change, to do good or to do worse. I think, whatever end it had, people would be outraged, or like it, or disagree. That’s the name of the game.”

When asked about what his character Tormund and Jon Snow would be up to now, he replied:

“Both of them have a broken heart, but I think Jon should be glad that Tormund is around,” he added. “I think Tormund is a faster healer and Jon needs help to get out of his depression. I think they are sitting around the fireplace, and Tormund is trying to cheer him up.”

Hivju sure has a point of view and it would be fascinating to see how he goes on about his acting career post-Thrones. Let us know your views in the comments below!






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Nathalie Emmanuel defends Game of Thrones finale and slams the petition signed by fans

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Nathalie Emmanuel defends the show's finale and slams the petition signed by fans

Game of Thrones continues to receive the support from its cast members amidst the relentless criticism of the show’s final season. From Emilia Clarke to Gemma Whelan everyone has expressed their displeasure at fans’ reactions towards the show. Now, we have a new addition to the list. Read on to find out more!

As per TV Line, Nathalie Emmanuel a.k.a. Missandei on the show has now backed the show’s ending and also defended the fate of her character on the show. Speaking about her character she said:

“I was very grateful for the strength that she had when she left. That was a performance choice for me,” she added “I was like, ‘She’s not going to be crying. She’s not going to be stereotypically scared. She’s scared, but she owns it.”

Nathalie Emmanuel defends the show's finale and slams the petition signed by fans

Emmanuel praised the strength of her character and said:

“This woman survived slavery. She knew that she might go to war and die. And she’s owning it like a badass bitch, And I felt like that’s what I did. I was very proud of it.”

Emmanuel, however, wasn’t exactly pleased with the way the show has been criticized from all quarters, especially by the fans. She was especially critical of the petition signed by the fans demanding the Season 8 to be made by competent writers. She said:

“Listen, I think it’s totally fine if you don’t like something. That’s perfectly acceptable. What I didn’t like was that people were signing a petition,” She explained, “You can’t ask for receipts on art. You just can’t. The art has been created for you, and you can either choose to like it or not.”

She went on to add that she was “blown away” by the show’s ending. According to her, the finale was “a hard plane to land. I don’t think people quite realize the undertaking and the amount of manpower it took to do that.”

Well, we feel the cast and crew members will continue to defend the show till eternity. It is, after all, a show that made their lives.

What do you guys reckon? Did you like Missandei’s character and ultimately her fate on the show? Let us know in the comments below!






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