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




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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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.


Carice Van Houten speaks about moving on from Melisandre to more relatable roles




Carice Van Houten speaks about moving on from Melisandre to more relatable roles

Do one thing for a long time and you might just hate it, or absolutely fall in love with it. However, the one thing that’s certain is you get used to it. Game of Thrones went on for 10 long years. And the recurring characters have had to don their familiar avatars almost every single year. Melisandre was one such character whose light apparently kept burning bright throughout the journey. Carice Van Houten, the actress who played the Red Woman, talked to Entertainment Weekly at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). She spoke about moving on from the gigantic show to more basic, human characters. Read on!

Carice Van Houten speaks to EW about moving on from Melisandre to more relatable roles

She said:

“I did feel cravings towards a close-to-the-skin drama, and to act roles that are vulnerable. I really missed focusing on that, because Game of Thrones was such a huge show.”

An actor mostly relies on human experiences and tiny details from their own life to layer their characters with relatability and genuineness. But being a larger than life show Game of Thrones had some characters, which didn’t have normal humane qualities; like that of Melisandre or the Night King. So, one has to put on a facade built out of imagination and wonder. Houten played a role that required her to remain icy cold with emotions; since what are emotions really when everything is the Lord of the Light‘s will!

The Dutch actress moves forward with her new movie, Instinct. Talking about the film, she says,

“This is just focused on human behavior, and is very close-to-the-skin. Something that I could really put my teeth into, so to speak. So yes, I am really ready for that again.”

Instinct is a Dutch drama directed by Halina Reijn. Carice Houten plays the role of Nicoline, a psychologist who gets involved with a seemingly manipulative Idris (Marwan Kenzari), a serial sex offender while treating him in a rehabilitation facility. The film got screened at the 2019 TIFF in the category of Contemporary World Cinema.

She elaborated on her experience with Game of Thrones:

“I really loved the idea of it (Game of Thrones) being a family and something that returned and it was a constant factor in my life and it was a great role. I met beautiful people, but yes, it’s seven years of this character and at some point, you have to let it go. And luckily she died, so there’s no return. In a really nice way, I say that.”

Carice Van Houten speaks to EW about moving on from Melisandre to more relatable roles

We were all looking forward to the Red Woman’s role in the final scheme of things; especially after she told Varys in season 7 that she was going to die in this strange country just like him. Varys’ expressions to that were priceless. The cold-hearted enchantress didn’t disappoint us. She played a buoyant role in the final fight against the Night King and his dead army by providing fire at crucial moments.

When all was said and done, she walked out onto the snow for one last time, stripping herself bare of the magical necklace, accepting her fate as the long life turned to dust. It was a turnaround for a character who had been despised and ostracized for a long time. We liked it! What are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments below.

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Gwendoline Christie discusses Brienne’s first sexual experience, Emmy nomination and more




Gwendoline Christie discusses Brienne's first sexual experience, Emmy nomination and more

Game of Thrones has been a milestone in the history of television in more ways than one. Not only did the show drive television to a point where the production quality is as good as films, but it has also been at the forefront of driving female characters into the lead actor limelight. One such character was Brienne of Tarth, played by Gwendoline Christie, who has even bagged herself an Emmy nomination. In a recent interview, she discussed her character, the nomination, and more. Read on!

PEOPLE did an Emmy feature on the actress, and we got some interview bits from it.

Starting off, she discussed her character, and how it changed things for her:

“George R.R. Martin created a really phenomenal female character, the like of which we are not really used to seeing on television. I love that she has so much unabashed physical strength, but we also see the complexity of her struggle with her physical self and how she fits into a man’s world.

I have been really encouraged by the response from women to that warrior. A woman who is a warrior but who also has a very deep sensitivity, a very strong moral sense and a deeply rich emotional world which she struggles to hide. I hope what it means is that we see more three-dimensional female characters, and I hope this signals the end of female parts that are merely the girlfriend and mother.”

Gwen also discussed Brienne’s first sexual experience, which happened in Season 8, with Jaime Lannister:

I love that Brienne elects to have this romantic moment with Jaime Lannister and that it’s her choice to have that. And, ultimately, what was my favorite point was that she gets the promotion that she’s always wanted. She is Lord Commander of the king’s guard. And how it ends is not about her relationship with a man, but about her fulfilling her destiny and her work. And that’s delighted me. That the woman goes back to work!”

She then discussed submitting herself for Emmy consideration after HBO left her out of their roster, and why she did it:

“I just really wanted the possibility of the opportunity. I wanted the possibility of that opportunity because of everything I believe the character Brienne of Tarth represents: a woman outside of the patriarchy. Of course, she is abused due to the way that she looks, because she’s not deemed conventionally attractive. She overcomes that and she remains her own person.

Just because of what I feel that represents in television, I really wanted the possibility of the opportunity as a testament to the character,” she continues. “And also, I worked really hard. So I checked it wasn’t an inappropriate thing to do, I was told it wasn’t — people do it all the time.”

She apparently didn’t expect to be nominated at all:

“I don’t think anyone on earth thought it would happen. And it has and it’s genuinely one of the best things that’s happened to me in my life.”

Well, let’s hope she wins the Emmy! What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!

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“It’s brilliant,” says Richard Madden about Kit Harington joining him in MCU’s The Eternals




'It’s brilliant," says Richard Madden about Kit Harington joining him in MCU's The Eternals

Game of Thrones stars are a close knit bunch. We recently heard about two of them getting to work together again after Thrones — Kit Harington (Jon Snow), who will be joining Richard Madden (Robb Stark) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film, The Eternals. Madden recently reacted to this amazing news, and he had nothing but excitement to show. Read on!

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview, Richard Madden addressed the news. He was announced to play Ikaris in the upcoming The Eternals film, while Kit was recently announced to be joining the cast to play Dane Whitman, a.k.a. Black Knight. While Madden’s character is one of the Eternals, Kit’s isn’t, but is still a pretty significant character nonetheless. Reacting to Kit’s casting, Madden said:

“It’s brilliant. It’s been about 10 years since we’ve worked together, I think. So we’ve moved on a bit onto different things, so I’m really excited to get back on set.”

Well, if nothing, there’s one prophecy that’s coming true with this happy coincidence:

How excited are you guys for this reunion? Tell us in the comments, down below!

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