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Game of Thrones is one of the most popular franchises in the world right now, and it has been, for a while now. Now, any modern popular franchise, especially one of a TV show, simply cannot escape memes. Game of Thrones memes are popular across all social media platforms (except maybe LinkedIn, but honestly, we haven’t checked.) Gendry rowing memes are a large subset of Game of Thrones memes, and the subject was also one of the longest lasting one. Now, actor Joe Dempsie, who plays Gendry, has said that he thinks they’re all his fault. Read on!

Joe Dempsie recently had an interview with Entertainment Weekly, as a part of their intense promotion for Game of Thrones Season 8. For those who might have skimmed through the show, Gendry is Robert Baratheon‘s bastard son, who was sent rowing by Ser Davos Seaworth for his own safety from Melisandre, back in Season 3. He only returned from his ‘cruise’ in Season 7. In the meantime, as his fate hung in the balance, Gendry was the subject of a lot of memes, kicked off by this tweet by Joe:

About the memes that spun off from this tweet, Joe said with a laugh:

“It became my daily life. There was no escaping it.”

Joe said he wasn’t even sure of returning until he got the call:

“It almost felt like a new job because the influence and the impact of the show changed so much over those years. It was like getting a call out of the blue, saying, ‘Hey, so do you fancy stepping into the biggest TV show on the planet?’”

The memes were also sort of acknowledged by the show, with a meta joke about it, coming from Ser Davos:

Joe Dempsie says he blames himself for all the Gendry rowing memes

Joe also talked about preparing for his return with a new sledgehammer as his weapon of choice:

“I spent probably three months like a psychopath in my garden, swinging a sledgehammer around. So I was the strongest I’ve ever been, trying to make a foam hammer look heavy.” 

Well, we surely are looking forward to where Gendry heads in Season 8, especially with his teeny tiny claim to the Iron Throne. What about you? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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“I wanted to kill everyone” in the Battle of Winterfell, reveals director Miguel Saponchik

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"I wanted to kill everyone" in the Battle of Winterfell, reveals director Miguel Saponchik

Remember all the cribbing about “too few deaths” in the Battle of Winterfell? Director Miguel Saponchik agrees. The long-time Game of Thrones director who helmed Season 8 episode 3 ‘The Long Night’, told Indiewire’s Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast that he was perfectly up for killing “everyone” in the battle, but showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss did not agree.

Have it from Saponchik’s own words:

“I wanted to kill everyone. I wanted to kill Jorah in the horse charge at the beginning. I was up for killing absolutely everyone. I wanted it to be ruthless, so that in the first 10 minutes you say, ‘All bets are off; anyone could die.’ And David and Dan didn’t want to. There was a lot of back-and-forth on that.”

The Battle of Winterfell, while being a high point of the show, has been criticized on several grounds, and an unbelievably small death toll is one of them. A lot of characters did die in the episode, but all the main characters survived, including someone as inept as Samwell Tarly, which did not make sense for a battle supposedly so deadly. Looks like Saponchik also thought the same.

"I wanted to kill everyone" in the Battle of Winterfell, reveals director Miguel Saponchik

But unlike angry fans who wanted Season 8 to be remade entirely, Saponchik is at peace with the way things worked out. In speaking of his creative equation with creators Benioff and Weiss, Saponchik says:

“It was a sustained engagement. I got to really question and argue with them, and I’ve learned with them when to stop arguing because there comes a point when they dig in and you just don’t want to be there.” 

At the end of the day, Game of Thrones is Benioff and Weiss’ show and their vision. As Saponchik says:

“I didn’t come up with the show and make it. I am a hired director to go and do that. They have let me in and let me be involved, and I’ve really loved doing that. But final cut is not mine. Final cut is theirs; it’s their choice.”

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Kit Hariongton “lost his way” as Game of Thrones ended, says costume designer Michele Clapton

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Prior to seeking therapy at a wellness retreat in May, Kit Harington had “lost his way” due to the stress of Game of Thrones finally ending, claims the show’s costume designer Michele Clapton. Speaking to Us Weekly, the Emmy-winning designer described Harington as a “sensitive soul” and revealed that he had been extremely emotional during the read-through for the final season.

Clapton believes that the actors, many of them first-timers, had become extremely involved with the show and it almost became their identity. In her words:

“They were children when they started. And it became such an enormous thing, and I think when you stop, it’s sort of a huge security blanket is taken away. I mean, they all became friends with each other, and then suddenly, there’s nothing to go back to. So I would imagine that had something to do with it. He lost his way a bit.”

Kit Hariongton "lost his way" as Game of Thrones ended, says costume designer Michele Clapton

Harington’s sensitive and introverted nature did not help matters, and his inability to cope with this loss was becoming visible to Clapton. She told the magazine:

“He was really a sensitive soul, and he was very upset in that final read through because I think it felt like home for [the cast], and they realized, ‘This is it.’ As much as he’s talented and will go on to many other things, I think it’s just after eight or nine years, it’s a big adjustment. I’m sure he’ll be OK, though.”

Harington was undergoing cognitive behavioural therapy and mindful meditation training to cope with stress, negative emotions, and alcohol abuse in a luxury wellness retreat in Connecticut. He was recently spotted out in London, after his rehab, and seems to be doing well.

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Cersei Lannister had a miscarriage in a deleted Game of Thrones scene, reveals Lena Headey

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Cersei Lannister had a miscarriage in a deleted Game of Thrones scene, reveals Lena Headey

Game of Thrones was a very detailed show for the first six seasons, but then the showrunners decided to cut down on the episode count for the last two seasons. That resulted in a lot of loose ends, and quite a few deleted scenes, as we are now hearing. Lena Headey pinpointed one involving her character, Cersei Lannister, that was supposed to cover a miscarriage. Read on!

Lena was recently at Comic Con Germany, where she revealed that a deleted scene from Season 7 was supposed to have a scene showing Cersei losing the baby, reported The Wrap:

“We shot a scene that never made it into Season 7 which was where I lose the baby and it was a really traumatic, great moment for Cersei, and it never made it in and I kind of loved doing that because I thought it would have served her differently.”

Cersei pregnancy has been a hot topic on the show, as well as in the fandom. Nobody had any idea as to what was actually going on with it. Was Cersei actually pregnant? Who was the father? Did she lie about who the father was or about the pregnancy itself? Nobody knew, until now.

This revelation proves that Cersei was pregnant at some point in the story, and given that it was a Season 7 scene, the child was very likely to be Jaime’s. As for what Cersei did in Season 8, it’s likely that she lied her way through it.

Lena had recently also said that she felt that Cersei deserved a better death, so looks like at least one cast member is disgruntled about how things turned out. What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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