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Game of Thrones releases a Behind-the-Scenes promo: A Story in Prosthetics




The official trailer for the final season of Game of Thrones was released recently that featured a number of characters and gave us an insight of the Winterfell Battle and how bloodier it’s going to be. While we had a number of things to breakdown and find out new details in the trailer like Jorah Mormont acquiring a new sword and much more, Game of Thrones has recently released a new behind-the-scenes promo.

The exclusive behind-the-scenes promo gives you an insight into the amount of hard work the team puts in to bring the characters to life. Barrie Gowers who has been linked with this massive project since 2011 and has been managing the makeup and prosthetics since the first season, expresses his says despite the hard work and a long time taken,

“It’s lovely to see all our hard work and all these things we’ve built actually make it to the screen as well, at the end of the day.”

Barrie also talks about the long working hours and spending hours getting the perfection to characters like the Night King, the Children of the Forest, and Stone Men of Valyria. He reveals:

“Just an average prosthetic makeup we usually say is about 4 to 6 weeks to build. We have so many patient actors who sit in our chairs for like four or six or eight hours at a time. So, by the time we usually step up on set to do a rehearsal, we’ve already pretty much done a full day’s. So to then film and have our fun on set making sure everything’s not falling off people for 12 hours.”

We’re already familiar with the prosthetics done on Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont) to make his greyscale look lively – it was really a tough affair and no wonder the details put in it so fantastic. We wonder it couldn’t have been any less gross for Sam the ‘surgeon’ who had been obliged to help the son of his former Lord Commander. Undoing the makeup is a tedious process too. Barrie says,

“The de-wig in the evening can take a good, um, an hour or two. people are quite unaware of the length of time and the process that goes into these things.” 

The kind and quality of the good work that the team is going have shown a considerable amount of improvement as evident from the upgrade of the White Walkers when compared with Season 1. Gower reveals:

“Each year it’s got bigger and bigger and bigger to the point now with Season 8, where we’re sort of maxing numbers about the 70 or 80 mark on the set. And, in the workshop, we usually have a team of about 50 people. it’s a big department to manage. I think we’re very fortunate to have an accumulated a really talented pool of prosthetic people.”

So, when did this journey begin? 

“I got hired for Season 4 and we had only six wights filming and these were green screen guys and at that time, that was a huge thing for us. Cut to Hardhome the following year, where it just exploded. We had like about 40 to 50 prosthetic guys out there at any one time playing the wights and White Walkers.”

Talking about the Final two seasons – seven and eight, Gower says:

“When we found out about two years ago that there were only 13 episodes left, I think we were obviously gutted and distraught. But I think it a real testament to the guys [Dan Weiss and David Benioff] that they were stuck to their word and basically finishing the franchise when it should naturally end.”

Barrie ends by giving us some hope for the final season and says:

“It has become such a huge part of our life now, I think finishing off next year and moving on to a new project is really daunting. I think it’s scary probably for a lot of folks because we’ve just a part of this incredible family. The end is nigh, but I think it’s gonna be a big end.”

We hope the final season and amount of hard work given to the last six episodes would be worth a watch and beyond something we’ve ever seen in the history of television. All we can do now is wait for April 14 for the new season to air. Watch the full video here:

What were your thoughts on the prosthetics and makeups as Game of Thrones takes you behind-the-scenes to get a glimpse of the same? Tell us in the comments what kind of experience would you want in the final season?

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Kerry Ingram re-enacts Shireen’s death on TikTok and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s magazine cover on Instagram




Kerry Ingram (Shireen Baratheon) reenacts Shireen's death on TikTok while Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) posts a magazine cover on Instagram

All of us who have the liberty and luxury of self-isolating are trying to stay calm and centered through this tragedy. Coronavirus is affecting our people badly, but there’s little we can do at this moment. We can help those near to us but the news on the television screens is disturbing. Trying to escape the gloom, every now and then, we get a frivolous urge to wander around and indulge in the activities of our favorite celebrities. Game of Thrones stars are keeping themselves connected to the fans through social media. Kerry Ingram (Shireen Baratheon) recently posted a TikTok video on her twitter account that might remind you of Shireen’s death; while Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) posted a magazine cover he’s on for the April/May edition of 2020. Read on to find out more.

Kerry posted a TikTok video with a GoT reference on twitter; as she felt her followers on TikTok aren’t really familiar with Game of Thrones. “So I made this tik tok but turns out 99% of my followers on there aren’t GoT fans, so I’ll post it here for you guys,” she captioned it.

The video is in keeping with the ongoing trend of making a pose from one of your childhood photos and then showing that particular photo; meanwhile, the track “I’m Just a Kid” by Simple Plan plays in the background. The young actress who melted our hearts in GoT enters into the frame with the wooden stag that Ser Davos had gifted Shireen. She chose Shireen’s screaming pose from the time when she was about to burn to death. It’s not a fun memory to be reminded of, especially during these times of chaos and panic.

Nikolaj, on the other hand, featured on the cover of Haute Living, a lifestyle magazine, for the April/May months’ edition. “Thanks @hauteliving. Had a lot of fun doing this story,” he wrote on the Instagram post.

The shoot took place before the coronavirus lockdowns kicked in. The Danish actor wondered how quickly times have changed and it’s a whole new world now. “We did this shoot only a few months ago. Now it seems like in some parallel universe,” he further wrote. It certainly doesn’t feel like a familiar space anymore since people are facing problems that we couldn’t have imagined.

The cases of infection are still building up rapidly. With more than 4.6 million infected cases and 308,000 deaths, things do not look good. We hope the governments and the media take stock of the people who are suffering without food and shelter. It’s not just coronavirus that kills!

What do you guys think? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Watch Game of Thrones stars Jacob Anderson and Aidan Gillen shine in music videos




They say if you have the talent make the most of it. Well, some of our favorite actors from Game of Thrones are a talented bunch and they are making the most of it. Did you know Jacob Anderson is also known as Raleigh Ritchie? Also, did you know that Aidan Gillen has been part of a music video? Truth is stranger than fiction my dear friends, so read on to find out more!

As per NME, Anderson a.k.a Grey Worm of Thrones has released a new song called Aristocrats and also gave out the details of his next album Andy. What’s interesting is Anderson has been making music under his monicker, Raleigh Ritchie, and is slowly but surely climbing up the charts. Check out his latest song!

Anderson has been garnering a lot of views for his videos as well, one of his songs has so far fetched 8.4 million views! Check out the video!

Speaking about his latest album, Anderson said:

“Andy’ is a little wink to myself. It’s saying, ‘This is you speaking right now, this is you saying what you have to say.”

He also mentioned that through this song he was trying to explore Britain’s history in his own way. He said:

“British history is complicated, especially as a POC. [H]istory is everything, it’s what we learn from to help us build our future. In school, I didn’t learn much about British history aside from the country’s victories and a version of some of its atrocities. Sometimes it’s a confusing place, and although I love my country, I don’t always feel loved by it.”

Well, we found ‘Ritchie’ really talented and wish him a lot of success with his next outing. Speaking of, remember our tricky ‘Littlefinger’ of Thrones. Well, the amazingly talented Aidan Gillen too has taken part in a music video and it has left us rather inquisitive.


As per Evening Express, Gillen stars in a new music video of Irish post-punk band Fontaines DC. Gillen has been a huge fan of their work and so it must have been great to be part of their new video. Quite curiously, Gillen plays the character of a host in the video and we leave it up to you to decide if he succeeded in the new avatar. Check out the video!

Phew! That was interesting, wasn’t it? Who knew all these fabulous actors had so many shades within them? We hope you liked the videos and let’s continue to support them in these turbulent times. We all need something to cling on to don’t we?

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Game of Thrones star Jerome Flynn thanks key workers for their service during Coronavirus pandemic




Game of Thrones star Jerome Flynn thanks key workers for their service during the coronavirus pandemic

All of us are aware that these are difficult times, such as we have never known in our lives. The coronavirus crisis is a threat to humanity, a bit similar to the danger of White Walkers in Game of Thrones. And much like the show, the people in power and in the community have tried to gather all available forces to ward off COVID-19. But our health workers have been frontline soldiers everywhere. It’s their duty, yes! But they’re playing their part with utmost sincerity to protect us from this illness while putting their own lives on the line. Game of Thrones star Jerome Flynn (Bronn) has shared a video message to thank key workers of the Pembrokeshire county and across mid and west Wales, who are working each day to save the lives of fellow citizens.

Jerome’s message appeared on the Facebook page of the Hywel Dda Health Board. “Hello, I am Jerome Flynn. I am wanting to send you, all the key workers in Pembrokeshire and across mid and west Wales a short message,” began Jerome. He continued, “It’s hard to express the amount of gratitude myself and all of the community here in Pembrokeshire are feeling for the work you’re doing. It’s hard for us to fully connect with the experiences you are having each day. But we’re getting blasts of them, and I have friends who do work in that sector, so I’m getting some understanding of the sort of days you’re walking into.”

The actor drew a parallel to his own character in Game of Thrones for his current situation. Bronn worked his way up from being a cutthroat to one of the chief knights in Westeros. But owing to his cunning, selfish nature, he did not participate in the great war against the Night King and his army of the dead.

“I feel in a way a little bit like how my character in Game of Thrones felt; when everybody went off to fight the White Walkers and I just hung around, being lazy in King’s Landing. As an actor, I really wanted to be there in the action with everybody, you know, kind of saving the world. And in truth, right now, it certainly feels like you’re playing that role for all of us. And I can’t honestly say that I want to be there with you, because it feels so intense,” he said.

Game of Thrones star Jerome Flynn thanks key workers for their service during the coronavirus pandemic

The loss of lives in this battle has been immense for real. Something that many a time, could be demoralizing for the health workers. But Jerome tried to see the positive side of their work.

“I imagine it could be easy to judge yourself, as perhaps at the end of the day, not having succeeded, if another life is lost. But from where we’re standing and from where I’m standing, I wanted to let you know that you succeed every day. Your success is full every day; just turning up and being present for each individual soul, for letting them know that their lives are significant…Especially at a time when their loved ones can’t be present for them…That’s the success for me.

That’s where the true value of your work is being felt. Because otherwise, it’s clear you’re doing everything you can to save their lives. But it’s your presence there with them, that I really, really value; and your courage to go in every day is deeply touching. So, thank you everyone, and keep up the amazing work. It’s so appreciated. God bless you, bye.”

Jerome also shared a message for the workers at the Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust recently. They are serving people in South-Eastern England across Kent, East Sussex, and London. He termed the service of health workers as “extraordinary days of your lives, something that you would never forget.” Kent is Jerome’s home county and apparently, his parents, mother, and step-father live there; both of whom are in the vulnerable age group. Jerome, thus, extended his thanks, “I am truly grateful to know that you guys are there, doing what you’re doing.”

Game of Thrones star Jerome Flynn thanks key workers for their service during the coronavirus pandemic

Many of the other Game of Thrones actors have done their share to aid the health workers. Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and her husband, Joe Jonas had donated meals to the staff of a Los Angeles hospital. Isaac Hempstead Wright’s (Bran Stark) step-father helped key workers by providing them PPEs.

We appreciate everyone’s contributions. Whatever they may be, they are building us into a coherent unit during these grim, isolating times.

What are your thoughts? We hope you’re still practicing social distancing and washing your hands regularly. The virus is here to stay, and it’s important you don’t lower your guard anytime soon. Talk to us in the comments below.

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