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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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Nathalie Emmanuel to star alongside Kevin Hart and John Travolta in upcoming Quibi series ‘Die Hart’

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Nathalie Emmanuel to star alongside Kevin Hart and John Travolta in Quibi's Die Hart

Game of Thrones actors have embarked on their respective journies post the show’s run. Since the show has finished, Kit Harington and Richard Madden have joined the Marvel’s universe, Maisie Williams has become a mutant and Sophie Turner is going to be a mother! Nathalie Emmanuel a.k.a. Missandei too has something exciting in her kitty and its big!  Read on to find out!

As per Deadline, Emmanuel has signed her next project with John Travolta and comedian Kevin Hart for an upcoming streaming service Quibi. It is going to be a comedic action series and will be called Die Hart. The production of the show begins in Atlanta this month.

Nathalie Emmanuel to star alongside Kevin Hart and John Travolta in Quibi's Die Hart

As per the report, Hart plays a fictionalized version of himself who’s tired of being the comedic sidekick. He wants to be a leading action star but there is a catch – Kevin must first train at the world’s greatest action star school, run by a lunatic (Travolta). Pushed to his limits by this action school coach and a tough-minded rival student (Emmanuel), Kevin must survive a series of hilarious, over-the-top action sequences and face his fears if he wants to achieve his dream and land the role of a lifetime.

That sure sounds like fun doesn’t it! Each episode will be of 10 minutes and you can view them on the Quibi app. Emmanuel is surely building a solid lineup after Thrones. She is also going to be seen in the ninth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise

We hope that Emmanuel continues on her fine run and achieve a lot of success. Let us know your views on Die Hart in the comments below!






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Game of Thrones star Carice van Houten to attend Middle East Film and Comic Con (MEFCC) 2020 Dubai

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Game of Thrones star Carice van Houten to attend MEFCC 2020 Dubai

Game of Thrones actors have been making waves everywhere since the show’s run has ended last year. They have been rocking the awards everywhere including the Oscars. As per the latest news, a certain Game of Thrones star is all set to grace another big event and we are very excited. Read on to find out more!

As per the Gulf News, Carice van Houten who played the role of Melisandre on the show is all set to grace the Middle East Film and Comic Con (MEFCC) 2020. The event is going to take place in Dubai from March 5-7 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Game of Thrones star Carice van Houten to attend MEFCC 2020 Dubai

Houten recently came into the news when she cancelled her television show appearance in Belgium. On the professional front, she has purchased rights to a Holocaust story about female Jewish rescuers and will produce the film along with her business partner, Halina Reijn.

Houten, of course, hit the limelight after her fantastic portrayal of Melisandre in Game of Thrones. It was a small but significant role and she really added a different element to the epic saga. It would be exciting to see her work choice after Thrones.

Well, it is surely going to be exciting for fans to see their favorite star in a different part of the world. Share your excitement in the comment section below.






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Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie to play the lead in new BBC thriller titled Vigil

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Game of Thrones actor Rose Leslie to play lead in BBC's thriller

Game of Thrones has given plenty of promising actors to the entertainment industry. Rose Leslie who played the role of Ygritte on the show is one of them. Her ferocious portrayal of Ygritte won her many fans around the globe. Her chemistry with Kit Harrington a.k.a. Jon Snow was really appreciated. Leslie has now landed a lead role in BBC’s next thriller and we can’t keep calm! Read on.

After getting some great success with their previous thriller Bodyguard, BBC has now finalised the casting for their next thriller Vigil. As per Deadline, apart from Leslie, Vigil will also star Connor Swindells of Sex Education, Shaun Evans of Endeavour and Martin Compston of Line of Duty among others.

Vigil is written by Tom Edge, the BAFTA-nominated writer of feature film Judy and the creator of Netflix comedy Lovesick. James Strong of Broadchurch and Isabelle Sieb of Shetland are going to be the directors.

Game of Thrones actor Rose Leslie to play lead in BBC's thriller

As per the report, Vigil is a six-part thriller from World Productions from the makers of Line Of Duty and Bodyguard. It will tell the fictional story of how the disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death on-board a Trident nuclear submarine creates conflict between the police, the Royal Navy, and intelligence services.

Well, it surely is great news for the entire Game of Thrones community. While the previous thriller of BBC,  Bodyguard, brought great acclaim to another Game of Thrones star Richard Madden. We hope that Vigil brings the same kind of success to Leslie.

Fans! What are your reactions to the news? Hit the comment section and let us know!






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