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Game of Thrones Breaks It’s Own HBO Record with Season 8 Trailer

It’s been more than a week since the official trailer of Game of Thrones Season 8 dropped (finally!) and unless you are living under a rock you have seen it already. If you are though, here’s the trailer.

As per EW, at least 81 million people around the world sure weren’t, because that’s the number of people that viewed the trailer in the first 24 hours after it dropped, and broke HBO’s all-time record for the most views on a TV trailer in that time span across all platforms including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and others.

It’s all in the family though, because the previous record was held also by Game of Thrones, the season 7 trailer to be specific, which had been watched by 61 million people worldwide in the first 24 hours after it was released two years ago. That’s a solid 20 million increase in the viewership.

Season 7 closed with the mother of all cliffhangers (the Wall broke down, remember?) in August 2017 and left the entire fandom in a lurch for the next two years. HBO has had to deal with Game of Thrones spoilers and leaks in the past, with script pages and even entire episodes getting leaked. For their last season, they took absolutely no chance.

Game of Thrones Breaks It’s Own HBO Record with Season 8 Trailer

With an insane amount of security (decoy plots, multiple endings, and whatnot) on the sets, photos and scoops were hard to come by. HBO had an iron grip over what materials reached the audience, with rare glimpses coming by way of few second clips and sanctioned cover stories. The new trailer is the first real look at the season 8 plotline and mercifully crammed with scores of tidbits.

Read our blow-by-blow analysis of the season 8 trailer.

Game of Thrones has come a long way from the meagre 2.52 million viewership of season 1. As more and more people jump on the bandwagon, the swansong of the Game of Thrones saga seems all set to break a lot more records going forward. Game of Thrones Season 8 premiers on HBO on April 14.






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Game of Thrones fans raise more than $30000 for Emilia Clarke’s charity

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Remember the petition to remake season 8 with better writers? About 1 million fans had signed it and in a recent interview, Sophie Turner even termed it as disrespectful. Now, the Reddit community, r/freefolk, that had started this petition, is once again in the news for another reason.

After everything that went down with the current season, Reddit user elle_ellaria, decided she would use the community for a better cause. She launched a fundraiser for SameYou, a charity Emilia Clarke helped develop that focuses on recovery from brain injury and stroke. In just three days, they have raised more than $30,000.

The fundraising campaign reads as “Honouring Emilia Clarke & her battle through 2 brain aneurysms to bring us Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, one of the most iconic characters in TV history. #ThankYouEmilia #WeStandByDaenerys.”

emilia turned down 50 shades of grey because of game of thrones experience

The description further mentions, “Since the tongue-in-cheek nature of that petition has flown over a lot peoples’ heads, to the point that it’s prompted backlash from some of the cast, we wanted to show that Game of Thrones fans appreciate the hard work of the incredible cast & crew despite their constraints. Any disappointment we felt with the conclusion of the series was not in them, but rather in the potential that was lost due to the rushed pace of storytelling.” It ended with a vote of thanks for all the cast members and crew of the show.

elle_ellaria, or Sarah as she wanted to be addressed as, told EW that, “We wanted to send a message that even though fans have been very vocal in their disappointment with the conclusion of the series, none of that is directed at the cast and crew — all of whom did an incredible job bringing Westeros to life.”

At the end of an interview with EW a few days back, Emilia Clarke had opened up about how much Daenerys’ character had affected her. “It’s gotten to that point now where you read [comments about] the character you [have to remind yourself], ‘They’re not talking about you, Emilia, they’re talking about the character”

Sarah spoke about this interview and showed her support for Daenerys and Emilia by saying, “At the end of the interview she walks away, but then turns back to say, ‘I stand by Daenerys. I stand by her! I can’t not.’ It was adorable. So the fundraiser [was] kind of to let her know hey, don’t worry. We stand by Daenerys, too.”






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Seinfeld star Jason Alexander defends Game of Throne finale

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Seinfeld star Jason Alexander defends Game of Throne finale

It has been a long and arduous journey for Game of Thrones fans. The final season resulted in raging debates all over about the theories deemed forgotten. A lot of hate was directed towards the writers of the show, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. Around 1 million fans signed a petition to remake the season and it invited ire from the cast members of the series.

There have been a lot of celebrities who are coming to the defence of the makers. The latest among them is a star fromof the legendary sitcom Seinfeld.

Jason Alexander who played George Constanza in the series took to Twitter to express his love for the season. He wrote, “Dear #GOT company, I know a little something about finales and disappointed fans. My advice: live in joy that you are part of something that moves people so. You were all magnificent. My family and I loved it all. Thanks.”

Seinfeld finale was also touted as a disaster by many of its fans and hence, probably Jason also went on to defend that as well.

“To be clear, I adored the Seinfeld finale. I just keep getting crap about it from fans. I loved that Jerry/Larry found an organic way to bring back all the amazing guests that enriched our show. It was an amazing week together filming it.”

Discussions ensued on both the Twitter threads about both the series making it clear once again as to how much both of them impacted the viewers.






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Emilia Clarke turned down ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ because she was sick and tired of being asked about nude scenes

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Emilia Clarke has already played one of the most iconic characters in film and TV history, Daenerys Targaryen. But she was very close to playing another, very different kind of iconic role – Anastasia Steele from the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise. In a recent Actress Roundtable with Hollywood Reporter Emilia spoke in detail about why she turned it down. The reason, turns out, was the nudity requirement.

As Daenerys, Emilia has done nude scenes, but those were a long time ago and always in context. However, Emilia found that she was being asked about the nude scenes in interviews years after they aired, and a lot of her public image seemed to be defined by it.

In her own words, “the last time that I was naked on camera on [Game of Thrones] was a long time ago, and yet it is the only question that I ever get asked because I am a woman. And it’s annoying as hell and I’m sick and tired of it because I did it for the character — I didn’t do it so some guy could check out my tits, for God’s sake.”

emilia turned down 50 shades of grey because of game of thrones experience

Emilia Clarke in an exuberating and powerful nude scene from Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 2.

Emilia felt that the media pigeonholed her in this way because she is a woman, and this was affecting her reputation as an actor. So when Fifty Shades of Grey came up, she had to say ‘no’ despite its director Sam Taylor-Johnson being a dear friend.

Emilia says, “I did a minimal amount and I’m pigeonholed for life, so me saying yes to that, where the entire thing is about sensuality and sex and being naked and all of that stuff, I was just like, “No way am I going to voluntarily walk into that situation and then never be able to look someone in the eye and be like, ‘No, you can’t keep asking me this question.’ “

Emilia is one of the many actors who have spoken up against the sexism and objectification of women in Hollywood productions in recent years. That an actor of her calibre had to turn down a project she wanted to do because of these things is just plain sad. Here’s looking at you, Hollywood!






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