Dany or as she likes to remind everyone who is at the receiving end of her wrath, Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons, wandered for “three hours, aimlessly” around London after reading the final Game of Thrones scripts. While talking to Press Association in a recent interview, Emilia Clarke said, “It might as well have been raining and I would’ve just walked in it not knowing what to do.”
The last days of her shooting as Daenerys were filled with sadness and “loads of tears”, and “equal amounts of fear” similar to her filming the first-day scene. Clarke couldn’t bring herself out of her dejectedness even with the help of wine, “That was the moment I realized that alcohol can also be a depressant,” she said. “I was kind of nursing a glass of wine going, ‘I don’t know why I’m not getting any happier from this.'”
Is it just the ending of this epic show that’s having this profound effect on our Khaleesi, or is there something darker and sinister waiting around the corner for us viewers in Game of Thrones season 8 which is the cause for it? Let’s just hope it is the former but knowing the darkness that underlines the show, we shouldn’t be surprised if something of a sledgehammer comes at us by the time the show ends, as has been teased by Harrington.
When Clarke received the final scripts of Game Of Thrones, she was having tea with a friend and immediately left for home to read. While talking about her immediate reaction to the scripts for season 8, in a recent cover story for EW, Clarke said she read the scripts in one late night sitting, “I turned to my best mate and was like, ‘Oh my God! I gotta go! I gotta go!’ And I completely flipped out. Genuinely the effect it had on me was profound. That sounds insanely pretentious, but I’m an actor, so I’m allowed one pretentious adjective per season.”
Clarke says she will miss Dany’s “clear-sighted straight-backed calmness” as she gets “energy from her.”
Pilou Asbæk (Euron Greyjoy) didn’t know he would return for Game of Thrones Season 8
Game of Thrones is a show that is unpredictable. Characters die all the time, and some even go away to be never seen again. As such, it’s no surprise that actor Pilou Asbæk assumed he wouldn’t be returning for Season 8. Read on!
In a segment on Making Game of Thrones, Asbæk said that he didn’t know about his return because he didn’t quite go through the scripts:
“So when I did Season 6 I only got my scenes because I wasn’t a series regular and it was a different contract. When I came on for Seasons 7 and 8, I got all of the scripts — but having the scripts doesn’t necessarily mean reading all of the scripts… I only read my scenes. Which meant when I left the Dragonpit in Season 7, I thought I was off the show.
I remember I was sitting in the Seville airport with Nikolaj [Coster-Waldau who plays Jaime Lannister] and I said, “Nikolaj I think I’m out of Game of Thrones. It’s kind of weird they introduced me as a character and didn’t use me more.” And he just looks at me and says, “Are you f**king kidding me? Have you read the scripts?”
I had to confess I hadn’t read them all. And he goes, “In the next scene after you leave Cersei tells me you went to get the Golden Company!” And I was like “Oh! OK!” But I thought I was out.”
In the Season 8 premiere, we also saw Euron and Cersei Lannister do the deed. This seems to have split the fandom.
Pilou had interesting comments on how Euron feels about Cersei, and why Cersei agreed to do it with him:
“I think she did it because she had to, but the way we did it is to make clear he actually loves her. He’s intimidating and evil, and in many ways a menace, but for me it was very important it was genuine love, or else it would be a bit one-dimensional. You always want to make a more three-dimensional villain because those are the most interesting ones. So he loves her and wants to be with her, but he’s also not a guy that you can bully around and that’s why he bullies her.”
Speaking of Euron Greyjoy’s sudden swagger, Pilou gave us an insight into how he played the character:
“Although the bridge scene in Season 6 was an awesome introduction, I felt like I needed a little bit more of a swagger than we saw in that season. And for me it’s really important to have fun while I’m working. So I thought, “Why don’t I do a character who is just enjoying it?” Be totally fun and loose about it. Not like Jack Sparrow or something, but a little more like, “I’m on Game of Thrones and I’m going to have fun.” So self-aware in a way, but never more self-aware than followed the stream of the story.”
Well, we’ll see how it goes for Euron Greyjoy. What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!
Kit Harington says critics “can go f**k themselves” if they hate Game Of Thrones Season 8
Game of Thrones is finally about to end its eight-year-long dream run, and everybody concerned has lots of feels about that. None more than Kit Harington it seems, who won’t hear a single bad word against the eighth and final season. In an interview with Esquire, the Jon Snow actor made his views on any possible criticism pretty clear: the critics can go f**k themselves.
When asked about the insane amount of hype surrounding the final season and if that puts any pressure on him, Harington said:
“I think no matter what anyone thinks about this season — and I don’t mean to sound mean about critics here — but whatever critic spends half an hour writing about this season and makes their negative judgement on it, in my head they can go f**k themselves.”
The (quite unfair) underestimation of a critic’s workload notwithstanding, Harington has his reasons to feel defiant. He told Esquire,
“I know how much work was put into this. I know how much people cared about this. I know how much pressure people put on themselves and I know how many sleepless nights working or otherwise people had on this show. Because they cared about it so much … Because they cared about not letting people down.”
But what if people still feel let down? Harington has previously hinted the possibility that everyone may not be happy with how Game of Thrones ends. But now he says that does not matter to him, because they all tried their hardest and have no regrets. In his own words,
“Now if people feel let down by it, I don’t give a f**k. That’s how I feel — because everyone tried their hardest … In the end, no one’s bigger fans of the show than we are, and we’re kind of doing it for ourselves. That’s all we could do, really. And I was just happy we got to the end.”
Phew! That sure sounds like a truly Targaryen thing to say.
What’s your opinion on how the final season is shaping up? Tell us in the comments!
Lyanna Mormont actress says after Game Of Thrones ends she’ll miss standing up to grown men and shaming them
Everybody loves little Lyanna Mormont for her courage and sass. But did you know, the teenager who plays her in Game of Thrones is just as badass? Bella Ramsey told The Cut in a recent interview that the one thing she’ll miss about the show is the chance to shame grown men in their face.
This innate fierceness is what endeared Lyanna Mormont to Ramsey as well as the audience. When asked what she would miss most about Game of Thrones she said,
“I think the opportunity to stand up in front of a load of grown men and shame them. I think playing confident characters also helps with your own confidence. Say you’re in a situation where you’re feeling anxious or nervous—you can become a character and work through it that way. I’ll miss that about her.”
In Episode 1 Season 8, Ramsey’s character is the only one in the North who dares to openly question Jon Snow’s decision to bend the knee. It mirrored the scene in Season 6 where Lady Mormont stood up before a room full of men and proclaimed Jon King in the North. Then too she was unafraid to question men far older than her.
Both Brienne and Arya are strong female characters and Ramsey says she feels that Lyanna has an affinity of spirit with both of them. Ramsey said, like them, Lyanna is strong – “mentally, physically, personality-wise … I like how she sticks up for what she believes in, no matter the cost or the consequences.”
However, Ramsey has always been surprised by the love her character received, because she wasn’t sure about her performance at all. She exclaimed,
“I wasn’t sure whether people would like her or not, because she’s quite a unique character. But I’m very glad and very grateful that people do like her.”
Well, Lyanna is unique for sure. It seems so is Ramsey. More power to her!
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