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Critics won’t get to review Game of Thrones Season 8 episodes in advance

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James Hibberd from EW has reported that HBO will not send out Game of Thrones Season 8 episodes for advance reviews.

This is not really a surprise, as critics didn’t get to review the last two seasons in advance as well. So this doesn’t come as shocking news for the critics and the fans. However, with so little news filtering out, this will only serve to hike up a craze a few notches higher before the first episode airs on April 14.

This was not always the case, though. HBO used to send out DVDs of the episodes to several prominent TV critics for advance reviews. Critics often got to view as many as six episodes of a new season before it even started to air. This format worked well when Game Of Thrones was not the cultural behemoth it today is.

But everything changed in 2015 when the first four episodes of Season 5 were leaked online even before the season premiered. No critic was held responsible, but the leak did originate from a DVD screener. HBO realized that making the episodes available so widely is a huge security risk and from Season 6 onwards, no advance screeners were sent out for reviews.

However, HBO’s security woes did not end there. Game of Thrones Season 7 too saw major hacking attempts and episode leaks. The hacker, an Iranian national, was eventually arrested and charged by US authorities. For Season 8, hence, security measures have reached new heights.

The red carpet premiere will be held before the TV opening though, and select members of the press are sure to attend. However, given how heavy-handed HBO has been with security, there will almost certainly be an embargo on reporting before the TV premiere.






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Game of Thrones star Carice van Houten to attend Middle East Film and Comic Con (MEFCC) 2020 Dubai

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Game of Thrones star Carice van Houten to attend MEFCC 2020 Dubai

Game of Thrones actors have been making waves everywhere since the show’s run has ended last year. They have been rocking the awards everywhere including the Oscars. As per the latest news, a certain Game of Thrones star is all set to grace another big event and we are very excited. Read on to find out more!

As per the Gulf News, Carice van Houten who played the role of Melisandre on the show is all set to grace the Middle East Film and Comic Con (MEFCC) 2020. The event is going to take place in Dubai from March 5-7 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Game of Thrones star Carice van Houten to attend MEFCC 2020 Dubai

Houten recently came into the news when she cancelled her television show appearance in Belgium. On the professional front, she has purchased rights to a Holocaust story about female Jewish rescuers and will produce the film along with her business partner, Halina Reijn.

Houten, of course, hit the limelight after her fantastic portrayal of Melisandre in Game of Thrones. It was a small but significant role and she really added a different element to the epic saga. It would be exciting to see her work choice after Thrones.

Well, it is surely going to be exciting for fans to see their favorite star in a different part of the world. Share your excitement in the comment section below.






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Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie to play the lead in new BBC thriller titled Vigil

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Game of Thrones actor Rose Leslie to play lead in BBC's thriller

Game of Thrones has given plenty of promising actors to the entertainment industry. Rose Leslie who played the role of Ygritte on the show is one of them. Her ferocious portrayal of Ygritte won her many fans around the globe. Her chemistry with Kit Harrington a.k.a. Jon Snow was really appreciated. Leslie has now landed a lead role in BBC’s next thriller and we can’t keep calm! Read on.

After getting some great success with their previous thriller Bodyguard, BBC has now finalised the casting for their next thriller Vigil. As per Deadline, apart from Leslie, Vigil will also star Connor Swindells of Sex Education, Shaun Evans of Endeavour and Martin Compston of Line of Duty among others.

Vigil is written by Tom Edge, the BAFTA-nominated writer of feature film Judy and the creator of Netflix comedy Lovesick. James Strong of Broadchurch and Isabelle Sieb of Shetland are going to be the directors.

Game of Thrones actor Rose Leslie to play lead in BBC's thriller

As per the report, Vigil is a six-part thriller from World Productions from the makers of Line Of Duty and Bodyguard. It will tell the fictional story of how the disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death on-board a Trident nuclear submarine creates conflict between the police, the Royal Navy, and intelligence services.

Well, it surely is great news for the entire Game of Thrones community. While the previous thriller of BBC,  Bodyguard, brought great acclaim to another Game of Thrones star Richard Madden. We hope that Vigil brings the same kind of success to Leslie.

Fans! What are your reactions to the news? Hit the comment section and let us know!






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Game of Thrones fans support stuntman’s family after sudden death

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Game of Thrones fans support stuntman's family after sudden death

We have some sad news for Game of Thrones fans. Brian ‘Sonny’ Nickels the stuntman in the first season of the show has passed away at the age of 54. He died of a cardiac arrest in January and is survived by his wife Simone and his two children, Sienna and Rocco. It is yet another bad news after the death of Alfie Allen’s body double Andrew Dunbar a month ago.

However, as per Metro, Game of Thrones fans have once again shown their generous side amidst the gloom. As per the reports, Brian’s friend has set up a Go Fund Me page to support his family. Since then the fans have been donating generously and look set to achieve the target of £500,000. At the time of writing this piece, £27,834 has been raised.

Brian had worked as a stunt performer in a number of popular television shows and films, including three episodes of Game Of Thrones Season 1, Killing Eve, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and several titles in the Marvel franchise such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Below is the picture of Brian working in a popular show Peaky Blinders.

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We hope Brian’s family get the strength and as much support as possible. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.






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