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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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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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Pilou Asbaek (Euron Greyjoy) says the Game of Thrones ending was perfect

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Pilou Asbaek (Euron Greyjoy) says Game of Thrones ending was perfect

There has been a lot of discussion around the final season of Game of Thrones and the ending it left us with. While the opinions are subjective, the uproar was significant. It has divided the fandom into those who were fine with the way things happened and those who were furious about it. The people who were more invested into the story clearly had an imagination of their own; and the final outcome just didn’t match. It’s natural that the members of the cast have weighed in on this and voiced their thoughts. The recently concluded SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards saw many stars from the HBO hit show talk about various things. The latest in the list is Pilou Asbaek, who played Euron Greyjoy, he talked to Entertainment Weekly about the last season of Game of Thrones.

Pilou Asbaek (Euron Greyjoy) says Game of Thrones ending was perfect

The Danish actor has become hugely popular for his bad-ass portrayal of Euron. But now the thing that he most often gets from fans across the world is: “Why did you guys screw up season 8?”, Pilou revealed. The reactions have been extreme indeed. But how does he feel about the ending? “We loved the ending!”, Asbaek spoke on behalf of his other co-actors.

He further continued:

“When we had the read-through…in Belfast about two and a half years ago, we ended up doing a standing ovation for 15, 20 minutes. It was a perfect ending. But people were upset because an era finished.”

It was certainly a bummer that Game of Thrones had to end, especially when people felt that there was enough source material to keep it going for even 10 seasons. But it’s hard to gauge whether the anger was over this fact or about the ultimate treatment of the last season. Although the evidence points towards the latter, any end would have made people sad, because the saga was legendary. However, legends end too!

Pilou Asbaek (Euron Greyjoy) says Game of Thrones ending was perfect

Pilou went on, trying to understand the emotions of the fans:

“I kind of get it. I was a big fan of the show before I became a part of it. And if it had ended in that way, I would have been angry as well. Because you know when something you like so much says ‘No!’, it’s like a break-up. And Game of Thrones broke up with millions of people all over the world, and they got upset.”

Pilou’s Euron tried causing quite a few break-ups in the show. He had a wishful affair with the Queen and almost killed the Kingslayer at the shores of King’s Landing before Jaime finally reached Cersei. He came late to the party but played the final round of Game of Thrones daringly, getting some definite moments of silence out of us.

Pilou Asbaek (Euron Greyjoy) says Game of Thrones ending was perfect

Game of Thrones received two victories at the SAG Awards 2020; Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble & Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor. This is the final lap of honor for Game of Thrones at the awards as it bids us goodbye after 10 feisty years. We hope it keeps coming back to us, with House of the Dragon and other spin-off stories. What do you think? Talk to us in the comments.






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George R.R. Martin says Game of Thrones could have ended with films, hints books will have a different ending

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George R.R. Martin says Game of Thrones could have ended in films

When you anticipate and wait for something for a long time, it changes, just like you do. It has almost been a decade since the last novel (A Dance with Dragons) in the series A Song of Ice and Fire came out. Things have changed drastically since then: a giant of a show came and went, characters and plot-lines took different turns; and though the final destination might just be similar, people are still waiting for the next book, The Winds of Winter. As always, the man we look towards is George R.R. Martin. The author recently gave an interview to Welt, a German news outlet where he discussed Game of Thrones ending in films, the ending to his books, and his engagements at the moment. We thank Redditors u/mellycafe and u/Whitebread100 who translated the interview for all of us. Read on!

The author pointed at a rather interesting detail about the final fate of Game of Thrones being films.

“We had actually considered this option. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the two creators behind the TV series, actually wanted to end the saga with three big movies after season 7. Game of Thrones was supposed to end in cinema. It was seriously discussed four to five years ago.” George stated.

George R.R. Martin says Game of Thrones could have ended in films

So, what happened? According to Martin, it wasn’t for him to decide. “HBO controls the film rights for Game of Thrones.” He further said, “HBO didn’t get involved. The executives said: We produce TV shows, we are not in the cinema business. And if HBO does make a movie, like the movie based on Deadwood, they only produce it to show on TV; not on the big screen.” It’s a fair point, we guess. But digital/streaming platforms have changed that. GRRM too says, “Everything is changing at the moment. What is cinema today? Is Netflix producing television or cinema? Everything is mixing up. We no longer know where the boundaries are between cinema, TV, and streaming services.”

Moreover, the biggest question in everyone’s mind right now would be: Will the ending in the books be different from what happened on the show? Well, GRRM answered in a cryptic yet reassuring manner. “People know an ending – but not The ending. The makers of the TV series overtook me which I didn’t expect. Nevertheless, I continue what I’ve been doing for years: I still try to finish the next book ‘The Winds of Winter’ and then the follow-up novel ‘A Dream of Spring’. These are the things I am concentrating on. After that, we will see.”

George R.R. Martin says Game of Thrones could have ended in films

When Martin says “the ending,” he might be referring to the path that he takes to reach the end; and also, a complete conclusion with his own imagination. He has hinted at the possibility on his Not a Blog.

So, there’s no definite answer as to when those books will come out, but a firm take on a possibly different route. Despite all that, it seems difficult to alter the final points that the show arrived at, or does it?

“How many children did Scarlett O’Hara have? In Margaret Mitchell’s novel ‘Gone with the Wind’, she had three children. But in the cinema version of the novel, she only had one child. Which version is the only valid one? – the one with one child or the one with three? The answer is – neither. Because Scarlett O’Hara never existed. She is a fictional character, not a real person who would have had real children.

Or take The Little Mermaid. We know her from the fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen and the Disney movie. Which one is the real mermaid? Well, mermaids don’t exist. So, you can choose the version you like the best. That goes for any story adapted for cinema or television. Changes are inevitable in this process. Even if the adaptation is as faithful to the literary source material as it was with Game of Thrones,”  Martin said.

George R.R. Martin says Game of Thrones could have ended in films

It means there’s a good chance that the final story in the books will have its own changes. Before George is able to finish those eagerly-awaited novels, he has been quite busy with a lot of other things.

“I like doing many different things. What I don’t like is writing the same story over and over again. In the beginning of my career, I wrote science fiction, then fantasy, and later horror stories as well. For a while, I also wrote reviews. I taught journalism. Since the mid-80s, I have been writing screenplays; and today, I am also working as a movie producer. Since the completion of Game of Thrones, I am currently developing a prequel series for HBO. Furthermore, I have another deal with the network: I am supposed to produce more shows for them which do not originate from the universe of my stories.” he explained.

One of the projects with HBO includes working with writer Nnedi Okorafor for a film adaptation of her science fiction novel, Who Fears Death. The man even owns an art house cinema of his own in Santa Fe. At the moment, it seems the wizard has his hands full. Where does writing the pending novels fit?

“When it comes to writing novels, I can only take one step at a time. I have writer friends who can work on three or four different projects simultaneously. They start with a novel in the morning, continue with a short story in the afternoon, and write a screenplay at night. I am not able to do that. When I am writing a novel, I dive deeply into the fictional world. It demands my full imagination. I have to live through it, so to say. It is easier to edit a draft, to work as a producer for films, or simply be a cinema owner as compared to writing a novel.” GRRM noted.

George R.R. Martin says Game of Thrones could have ended in films

It’s true that he is long overdue and we can’t wait to get our hands on the remaining novels. But we can see that the man is human after all. May he finish the song soon! Meanwhile, we will keep feasting on whatever ice and fire comes our way. What are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments section.






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Visiting familiar old places makes you relive all those bittersweet memories. It can sometimes heal some of the bad ones and recreate a few joyous bits. We have all had such places to go. Game of Thrones is one such place for the cast and crew of the world’s most popular show. One feels that a chance to go back and live there again would be grabbed with both hands. But is it that simple? Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) spoke to Variety about what it would take for her to return to Westeros while attending the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards 2020.

With the confirmation of House of the Dragon and the buzz about multiple Game of Thrones spin-offs, we are pretty sure that the song of ice and fire will return in one or the other forms. But does Sophie wish to return?

“I would give anything to go back to what we had, but it wouldn’t be the same. It would be different, different people running it. I don’t want to be a part of it. Unless they give me the big bucks, I am not doing it,” Sophie answered. We hope the master of coin is listening.

The cast and crew have been exchanging goodbyes for a while now; and SAG Awards was the last pit-stop in the long awards-season for Game of Thrones. It had three nominations and secured two wins: Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (won by Peter Dinklage!).

Sophie Turner reveals if she will ever return to Game of Thrones

Sophie Turner further talked about her absolute favorite day on the set of Game of Thrones:

“The day I really appreciated everything was the very last day on set, and it was the saddest day as well. I walked onto the set of Winterfell in costume for the last time. And I was looking around and I just welled up. I was like ‘This is amazing how empowered I feel to be on this set.’ That was the day I really appreciated but it was also the day that I broke down and didn’t get out of bed for the next three days.”

Although feelings are subjective, it wasn’t easy for anyone on the GoT set to hold back their tears.

“Everyone cried. And everyone cried when other people wrapped as well. The whole season everyone was just blubbing,” Sophie said.

Sophie Turner reveals if she will ever return to Game of Thrones

It’s certainly difficult to move on from a piece of work as huge as Game of Thrones. But the Queen in the North carved a big piece of Westeros for herself, and she seems happy keeping it. What do you think? Talk to us in the comments below.






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