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Vladimir Furdik says the Night King “has a target he has to kill” in Game of Thrones Season 8

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Game of Thrones official trailer which has increased the hype for Season 8 since the day it was released now and all the fans are waiting for April 14 for the season to premiere. While this trailer showed us how bloody the new season is going to be, it also left fans wondering why it did not feature the Night King and his mount the ice dragon Viserion?

We also noticed a number of characters missing from the trailer like Yara and Theon Greyjoy and the direwolves Ghost and Nymeria. But, Night King’s absence was saddening as the main antagonist in Game of Thrones Season 8 was missing. Today, we bring you an interview with Vladimir Furdik – the actor who plays the character. He recently spoke to EW.

While he replaced Richard Blake as Night King on the show, Vladimir also played a couple of roles as a stuntman/extra on Game of Thrones. He revealed:

‘I did a lot of horse falls, fire drops, high falls, sword fights. I doubled for Arthur Dayne [Tower of Joy]. I’m one of the men jumping from the boat in the fire [during Daenerys’ dragon attack in Season 6 “Battle of Bastards”].

Furdik also revealed that he had played the first white walker that Jon Snow fought in the episode ‘Hardhome’ from Season 5 and how he got the role of the main antagonist.

‘I don’t really know why they cast me. When we did season 5, I was the White Walker who fought Jon Snow [in “Hardhome”] — the first time Jon Snow killed a White Walker, that was me. After that, [showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss] asked if I’d play the Night King for seasons 6 through 8. I never asked why. Maybe they were happy with what I did in season 5.’

Night King is, in fact, the spookiest creature in Game of Thrones apart from Stone Men we saw in the ruins of Valyria. But, he is the only main character in the show who never express any emotions nor does he have any dialogue as of yet. Vladimir says:

‘Every director has a different vision of how to play him. Dan and David want him to be like a cold man, some of the directors want to show that there’s some human in him. Yes, many times they ask me don’t try to blink your eyes. This is very difficult.’

Actor who plays the Night King says "He has a target he has to kill" in Game of Thrones Season 8

In the past, we’ve had a couple of theories on Night King’s motivation and the reason for his return. When asked about what the Night King actually wants, the actor said:

‘Somebody made him the Night King. Nobody knows who he was before — a soldier or part of [nobility]. He never wanted to be the Night King. I think he wants revenge. Everybody in this story has two sides — a bad side and a good side. The Night King only has one side, a bad side.’

Game of Thrones has been definitely building up a duel between Jon Snow and Night King for the past couple of seasons. There are a number of theories out there: Bran is Night King, Night King’s name is Jon Snow, and much more. But, what does the actor says about his role in Season 8?

“People will see he has a target he wants to kill, and you will find out who that is. There’s also that moment [in “Hardhome”] when Jon Snow was on the boat and the Night King looked at him and raised his arms — there’s a similar and even stronger moment between Jon and the Night King this time.”

While Vladimir revealed that his favourite scene of the show is “yet to come” in Season 8, he also revealed his weird interaction with the fans. This is what he says:

“Not often [fans recognize me]. Sometimes. Many people ask me: “Can you please kill Jon Snow?” It’s very interesting. Sometimes I watch YouTube reactions after the season airs. Fifty per cent of people love the Night King and 50 per cent of people hate him. And since I replaced Richard Brake, some people like how I play him and some don’t.”

We will surely find out everything about the Night King – his origin, motivation, and the target he’s heading for once the new season airs on April 14. What do you think what does the Night King want? Tell us in the comments.







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Matthew Vidrine
Matthew Vidrine
2 years ago

The Night King was a Stark, simple. One thing I’d like to see, is the Night King take control of The Mountain (since he’s already a reanimated dead guy) and make him kill Cersei, by squashing her throne together while it’s still on her head.

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Game of Thrones was an epic fantasy, there’s no doubt about it. There’s yet to be another show that has come close to the quality and popularity that George R. R. Martin’s creation achieved, but the future is looking bright and we have several contenders. One of them is Amazon’s The Wheel of Time, which is itself an adaptation of Robert Jordan’s 14-book series. The showrunner, Rafe Judkins, is aware of the comparison being made with Game of Thrones, but he’s looking hopeful.

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In a recent GQ story, Judkins revealed that he sought advice for creating an epic fantasy series that did the books justice, stood on its own as an attractive new big-budget series for average audiences, and carved its own unique niche in a crowded fantasy entertainment space.

“Just do what you’re going to do, the Game of Thrones duo advised him, per the outlet. “You know what this is. You have to believe in it. These kinds of things have to have an extraordinary clarity of vision to work.”

The pressure on The Wheel of Time is immense, especially because of its comparison with Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones proved to be a huge success, a worldwide phenomenon that broke all records, and one of the best TV adaptations of a novel series.

But after a highly controversial final season, do you think Judkins did the right thing by turning to D & D for advice? Talk to us in the comments below!







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Richard Madden was sad about not sharing enough screen-time with Game of Thrones co-star Kit Harington in Marvel’s Eternals

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Richard Madden was sad about not sharing enough screen-time with Game of Thrones co-star Kit Harington in Marvel’s Eternals

Game of Thrones stars are a close knit bunch. Many of them are close friends in real life, like former on-screen brothers Richard Madden and Kit Harington, who played Robb Stark and Jon Snow respectively on the show. Hence it must come as no surprise that the two cherish any opportunity they get to work together. In this case, it was Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest phase 4 film Eternals.

Though Madden was thrilled to be a part of the project, and getting to work with Kit once again, he was sad about not sharing much screen-time with him. He told Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview:

Richard Madden was sad about not sharing enough screen-time with Game of Thrones co-star Kit Harington in Marvel’s Eternals

Just great. I mean, I’ve been friends with Kit for many, many years, and sadly we don’t get to do a lot in the film together. But I get to have one moment with him where we say hello, and it’s nice to be on set with someone you know and trust and have known for a long time. On set, it was kind of like hanging out with your friends, and then it’s like, ‘Oh, right, we’ve got to do acting now? Okay.’”

When Madden was asked why Eternals and his character of Ikaris appealed to him, the actor said:

For me, it was the fascination of when you’ve got a character that’s thousands and thousands of years old, what is it about them that makes them want to keep living? What is it about the world around them that they find joy in?”

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House of The Dragon co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik explains how his job has changed since his Game of Thrones days

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Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon is a hot topic over all the social media platforms, as periodic leaks cause waves of reactions and excitement amongst curious fans. The teaser trailer received a largely positive response from the audience, and fans are expecting a lot from the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel. The series’ co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik, who has also worked on the original show, explains how his job has changed since his Game of Thrones days.

During a Hollywood Reporter interview about his upcoming postapocalyptic Apple movie Finch, he said, “It’s a lot of work,” Sapochnik said. “It’s a pretty interesting shift. I’m producing other directors and getting involved in a lot of the minutiae. Directing feels really simple by comparison. I feel vaguely elated on my directing days because I don’t have to think about anything other than directing. I’ve also learned, as I learned on Finch, that it’s becoming more and more important to me as I’m getting older to work with people I like.”

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“The journey is the destination and if you can’t enjoy the journey, then the destination has so much less meaning. I’ve got a group of filmmakers on House of the Dragon I have a lot of fun working with. I’ve never had that level of repeat business of working with the same people again and again. The way I work with [GoT veterans] Fabian Wagner, my DP, and Tim Porter, my editor, we have fun and make jokes and we never used to have that. I can’t tell you how important that is. Because there’s not a lot of funny stuff going on in the world of Thrones, so it’s quite nice to spend time with people you enjoy spending time with.”

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