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EW gives you an inside view of the brutal battle for filming Game Of Thrones Season 8

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Game of Thrones Season 8 is coming soon and bringing us unforgettable battles and action sequences as teased by many cast and crew members. While Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) had earlier revealed that the battles this season will make the iconic Battle of the Bastards look like a theme park, Entertainment Weekly has given us a brutal insight in its latest cover story.

Given the fact that Entertainment Weekly is one of the most credible sources we can trust for Game of Thrones, it’s safe to assume that we’re truly getting a bloodier Season this time with multiple character deaths. Well, they recently released 16 new cover photos featuring main cast members along with a cover story that we’ll discuss here in detail.

Well, as teased by James Hibbert from the EW, Game of Thrones this season will feature one of the longest battle sequences ever filmed in the history of television. This confirms what we’re being often told about through interviews of cast and crew members – a complete battle sequence shot for a single episode with a hell lot of hard work of 55 days!

According to David Nutter, who has returned this season to direct three of the episodes:

“The fans will not be let down…There are a lot of firsts in these episodes. There’s the funniest sequence I’ve ever shot on this show, the most emotional and compelling scene I’ve ever shot, and there’s one scene where there’s so many [characters] together it feels like you’re watching a superhero movie.”

Nutter is directing three episodes this season – episodes 1, 2, and 4. As he will be directing the premiere, James Hibbert describes this episode in a nutshell as “a calm-before-the-storm entry that might surprise viewers with its play-like intimacy.”

Hibbert also teased an episode directed by Miguel Sapochnik to be gruesome and as brutal as the Battle of the Bastards or Hardhome. Many of our favourite characters like Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark, Sansa Stark, and Brienne of Tarth will be fighting for their lives, impossibly outnumbered against a supernatural enemy.

According to Co-Executive producer Bryan Cogman,

“What we have asked the production team and crew to do this year truly has never been done in television or in a movie…This final face-off between the Army of the Dead and the army of the living is completely unprecedented and relentless and a mixture of genres even within the battle. There are sequences built within sequences built within sequences. David and Dan [wrote] an amazing puzzle and Miguel came in and took it apart and put it together again. It’s been exhausting but I think it will blow everybody away.”

This episode took a lot of hard work, along with 11 weeks of continuous night shoots. Around 750 people worked all night long for nearly three months in the middle of the open rural countryside with the temperature falling to the 30s. In words of Hibbert “staging the battle was unprecedentedly brutal.”

For Maisie Williams – whom we are truly looking forward to next season, this was the first ever battle for her in Game of Thrones. She says:

“I skip the battle every year, which is bizarre since Arya’s the one who’s been training the most… This is my first taste of it. And I’ve been thrown in at the deep end.”

While the director Sapochnik had asked her train a year ago before the filming in advance, Maisie had told him:

“And I said, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah…But nothing can prepare you for how physically draining it is. It’s night after night, and again and again, and it just doesn’t stop. You can’t get sick, and you have to look out for yourself because there’s so much to do that nobody else can do… there are moments you’re just broken as a human and just want to cry.”

Getting to the very last, the finale which is being directed by the showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the secrecy was taken to a newer level. Some of the scenes were shot in a closed set and even the crew members with special badges were only allowed inside the sets. Dan Weiss says:

“When something has been sitting with you for so long, you have such a specific sense of the way each moment should play and feel…Not just in terms of ‘this shot or that shot,’ though sometimes it’s that as well. So it’s not really fair to ask somebody else to get that right. We’d be lurking over their shoulder every takes driving them crazy making it hard for them to do their job. If we’re going to drive anybody crazy it might as well be ourselves.”

“We want people to love it…It matters a lot to us. We’ve spent 11 years doing this. We also know no matter what we do, even if it’s the optimal version, that a certain number of people will hate the best of all possible versions. There is no version where everybody says, ‘I have to admit, I agree with every other person on the planet that this is the perfect way to do this’ — that’s an impossible reality that doesn’t exist. I’m hoping for the Breaking Bad [finale] argument where it’s like, ‘Is that an A or an A+?’”

David Benioff ends by saying:

“From the beginning, we’ve talked about how the show would end. A good story isn’t a good story if you have a bad ending. Of course, we worry.”

So, these were a few insights from the original article, which you can read here. When you think about the new season and it’s the long-awaited return on April 14 – the cravings seem minimal when compared to what we are surely getting from Game of Thrones this year? We’re now surely counting the days up to the airing date. What about you? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.







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David Horovitch, Graham McTavish and Jefferson Hall among the 7 new actors to have officially joined House of The Dragon

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David Horovitch, Graham McTavish and Jefferson Hall among the 7 new actors to have officially joined House of The Dragon

Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon is moving fast with its production, and we can expect a spring release in 2022. Most of the main characters have been cast, and HBO has officially declared who’s playing who in the much-awaited prequel. With set pictures leaking quite often on the internet, the fans are getting a glimpse of more cast members in action. Recently, seven new characters were officially announced by House of The Dragon’s Twitter handle, along with the actors who will be playing them.

Here’s the list of actors and their roles that have officially been confirmed by House of The Dragon:

Ryan Corr as Ser Harwin ‘Breakbones’ Strong : Harwin is said to be the strongest man in the Seven Kingdoms. Ser Harwin is the eldest son to Master of Laws Lyonel Strong and heir to Harrenhal.

Jefferson Hall is Lord Jason Lannister: The Lord of Casterly Rock and twin to Ser Tyland Lannister. He also. Plays Tyland Lannister, a crafty and calculating politician, twin to Lord Jason Lannister.

David Horovitch as Grand Maester Mellos: He’s a voice of reason and trusted advisor to King Viserys.

Graham McTavish as Ser Harrold Westerling: Ser Harrold has served in the Kingsguard since the days of King Jaehaerys; he is a paragon of chivalry and honour.

Matthew Needham as Larys Strong: The younger son of Master of Laws Lyonel Strong, he’s brought to court by his father.

Bill Paterson plays Lord Lyman Beesbury: The Lord of Honeyholt and Master of Coin on King Viserys’s small council.

Gavin Spokes is Lord Lyonel Strong: He’s Master of Laws to King Viserys and Lord of Harrenhal.

What do you think of the recent castings? Tell us in the comments below!







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George R. R. Martin confirms the existence of 17 dragons in House of The Dragon

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George R. R. Martin confirms the existence of 17 dragons in House of The Dragon

Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon is one of HBO’s most ambitious projects yet. The show will be showing the events from the time when Targaryens were flourishing in Westeros, and so were their dragons, about 300 years ago. In a recent discussion with House of The Dragon showrunner Ryan J. Condal and David Mendel on their podcast, The Stuff Dreams are Made of, Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin confirmed the existence of 17 dragons on the show, at least in the first season.

George R. R. Martin confirms the existence of 17 dragons in House of The Dragon

Ryan Condal’s and David Mandel’s podcast about movie and television prop collecting has returned after a mid-season break, and it starts with a bang as Condal recruits none other than George R. R. Martin to discuss his own history as a collector, as well as just a wee bit of discussion of House of the Dragons at the end. Fans should find this one pretty interesting, in particular George’s feelings regarding the ideal adapters of his work going forward.

Discussion of Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon related matter begins around the 1 hour, 18-minute mark. If we will have 17 dragons out of the 21 that exist in the Dance of the Dragons period, we will possibly not see wild dragons in Season 1. Like Gray Ghost and Cannibal.

Are you excited about House of The Dragon? Talk to us in the comments below!







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Targaryens and Velaryons gather up for a meet in latest House of The Dragon leaks

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Filming for Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon is moving very swiftly, as evident from the frequent leaks we’re witnessing with every passing day. Though HBO has been mum about revealing any more info about the show, these periodic leaks are causing waves of excitement amongst the fans, as they’re left wondering and speculating who’s who in the new set pictures. Fans have been wondering for a while about some of the key characters that have not been announced yet. Recently, a few more pictures were leaked, depicting the Targaryen and Velaryon families gathering up for a meet.

Recently a couple of pictures were leaked by House of The Dragon Brasil’s Twitter handle that showed a huge crowd of cast and crew getting ready for a scene. Several white/silver wigs were spotted, and though the faces are not clear because of the distance, we can make out a few characters who are present at the site.

Some of the key characters present on the set are Rhaenys Velaryon (Eve Best), Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock), Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey) and Matt Smith (Daemon Targaryen). There are more wigged characters as well, but their face is not visible, but we can safely assume they might be Targaryens as well.

Are you excited about House of The Dragon? Talk to us in the comments below!

Also, if you live in any of the places where House of the Dragon is currently filming or will be filming in the future, and would like to share photos of the sets/cast or any tips, drop us a mail at connect [at] wikiofthrones [dot] com or use our Contact Us form.







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