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R. R. Martin Has Picked Up Speed on Winds of Winter

There’s no two way about it, George R. R. Martin has made procrastination cool again.

Dance of The Dragons, the last book of his A Song of Ice and Fire series (from which Game of Thrones is adapted) was published way back in 2011. He’s been delaying the next instalment, The Winds of Winter, ever since. He has even stopped announcing prospective release dates since fans tend to get very angry when he (inevitably) misses them.

But the New York Premiere of Game of Thrones Season 8 stirred up some hope. It seems Martin is finally out of his years-long writer’s block. He told Entertainment Tonight on the Red Carpet that “[Writing on The Winds of Winter] has been going very well lately, so knock wood.” He is still not promising a date though, going with simply, “It’ll be done when it’s done.”

The video is long but Martin’s bit comes on around 9:34.

The last published book came out in 2011 when the show premiered and now it is ending. Martin is still two books short of that milestone (A Dream of Spring will come after Winds of Winter) But given he has been avoiding talking about Winds of Winter altogether, this is the most substantial update in many months.

Also, there have been recent developments that indeed point to a renewed dedication. Martin was reportedly offered a cameo in Game of Thrones Season 8 but turned down to focus on the book. He has also claimed to have retreated to a “remote mountain hideaway” to stave off distractions.

Martin has also revealed a new author headshot in his Twitter page recently, leading to speculation that Winds of Winter might seriously be up for publication soon.

So can we look forward to a release date in 2019, or even 2020? Might be too optimistic, but a girl can dream!

In the interview, Martin also states that he wished Lady Stoneheart (a resurrected Catelyn Stark) was included in the show, as it is “certainly, in the book I’m writing now, an important thread.” But he does understand the constraints of the showrunners. He said,

Even with a novel of ordinary size, when you adapt it for television or film, it usually involves cutting or simplifying, and my books are not books are ordinary length…There are hard choices sometimes, but that’s the business.

Would you have liked to see Lady Stoneheart’s storyline depicted in the show?

We have just launched a Game of Thrones Death Pool so that fans of the show have an interesting activity to participate in during the season. You can vote every week before the episode airs and predict whether a character lives or dies. Get the maximum number of correct predictions by the end of Season 8 to win the Death Pool.






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HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

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Game of Thrones Season 8 recently hit us with that amazing premiere after almost a 600-day wait. Being the opening episode, it didn’t do too much, but just enough to set up the rest of the season. Immediately after the episode, we got the preview trailer for Episode 2, teasing what’s coming to us next. Now, HBO has released new photos from the upcoming episode. Read on!

If we know anything about this season, it’s that the Night King and his army are headed for Winterfell. In the last episode, we basically got a convergence of all those fighting for the living at Winterfell. Even Jaime Lannister showed up at the end, mirroring his journey throughout the show. Looks like Winterfell will be at the focal point of the upcoming episode, with all the 14 new pictures being of characters as they prepare for war, in Winterfell, with tense faces, wine, and soup! Check them out:

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

Jaime on trial, Gilly and Baby Sam safe, Sansa having soup, Daenerys and her many moods, Bran being Bran, and Lyanna being Lyanna. It’s everything that can make a great episode set in Winterfell, at this point.

We didn’t get a glimpse at what’s going on outside Winterfell, but there’s still time. Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 2 is set to air Sunday, 21st April. Are you looking forward to it? What do you think will happen? Hit us up in the comments, down below!






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‘Game Revealed’ takes you inside the making of Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1: ‘Winterfell”

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'Game Revealed' takes you inside the making of Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1: 'Winterfell"

Winter is here, folks.

Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 takes us straight into a moment of grand convergences. All the key players have finally come together to make a final stand against the oncoming Dead and their personal dynamics is what takes up most of ‘Winterfell‘.

But how did it all come together, and how tough was it to handle so many diverse storylines at once? HBO’s feature ‘Game Revealed’ takes us behind-the-scenes of one of the most anticipated episodes in TV history and decodes all the action. Clocking in at over 17 minutes, the featurette goes deep into the making of ‘Winterfell’ and addresses several aspects of it. Let’s have look at some of the most important ones!

Daenerys arrives at Winterfell

As promised before, Season 8 Episode 1 had heavy callbacks to the Pilot episode from way back in 2011, including the soundtrack. The King’s Arrival is played for the first time again in 10 years as Jon and Daenerys are first visible among Unsullied soldiers. Another major callback is the little boy climbing on a tree and running below legs to get a better look – recalling both Bran and Arya from Season 1. The little boy’s vantage point was perfectly suited to capture the awe-inspiring scale of Dany’s army and dragons. “We thought the arrival was a way to capture what was at stake for Dany and for Jon”, says showrunner D.B. Weiss, “Everybody has a slightly different take on what’s happening here.” It was also a production nightmare with hundreds of extras with tight close-up shots.

Meet the Family

Inside Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1

Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, and Kit Harington talk about their approach to the super-awkward meeting between two power ladies. Dany is polite and courteous at first, as Emilia says, “You’re meeting the family. You want to do well, you want them to like you Goddamnit!.” Sansa, on the other hand, is wary of this new Targaryen queen and does not want to relinquish authority. Episode director David Nutter reveals his brief to Sophie for this scene, “You have to know one thing; this is your house.” Kit Harington sums up Jon’s feelings, “It’s not a comfortable homecoming, no.”

We’ve Got Company

Inside Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1

Game of Thrones might be the epitome of Fantasy storytelling now, but before all that, there was Star Wars. Showrunner David Benioff says he thought “It was some practical joke” when they first learned the legendary Star Wars creator Geroge Lucas wanted to visit the GoT sets. It’s a fanboy moment for Benioff as he says, “for so many of he was the who started our obsession with this kind of big epic storytelling.” The featurette shows Lucas watching the filming of Jon and Daenerys walking through Winter Town scene, looking at the monitor with Nutter, and speaking to the actors.

The Stark Family Tree

Inside Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1

The Godswood and its Weirwood Heart Tree have been an integral part of the Winterfell storyline since Season 1, but this is the first time we get a peek into how it is made to fit George R.R. Martin‘s unusual description. Production Designer Deborah Riley explained the care and hard work that goes in to make such an iconic piece, which is very unlike normal trees with white trunks, blood-red leaves, and carved faces on the barks.

This is also the setting of Jon and Arya’s reunion, arguably the most emotional moment on the episode. Director Nutter credits the amazing chemistry that Harington and Maisie Williams shared off-screen; “I didn’t have to do anything. We had two actors who hadn’t work together since Season 1 a chance to show pure true love.”

The Dead Strike First

Inside Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1

If the first episode is about setting up the key pieces and players, how can the Dead be left behind? In an episode dominated by lords and ladies talking, they make their presence felt and how! We see their handiwork in the Last Hearth, with poor little Ned Umber impaled as the centerpiece of one of Night King‘s ghastly severed limb-mandalas. The scene where the dead boy awakens and is put to fire was extremely tricky and risky to shoot, with multiple layers of VFX and stunt doubling to make it appear realistic. Stuntman Paul Lowe is the hero in this scene, although he is pretty gung-ho about it; “This is the first time I got a full burn so that’s a nice tick.” Phew!

Dragonflight

Inside Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1

Jon rides a dragon! That was an exhilarating moment for the audience and actors alike. Kit and Emilia, best friends in real life, had some opportunity for exchange here. Kit rode a dragon for the first time which Emilia has been doing for long, and Emilia came to Iceland, where most of Kit’s Night’s Watch shooting took place. This is kind of the first time where Dany is shown riding without a battle raging around her, so it was quite fun. “It just felt like a magic carpet ride!” Emilia exclaims. Kit’s first time on the dragon, however, was…uncomfortable. We suggest you watch the video to find out more about that!

The featurette also talks about the different Stark Reunions (Sansa-Tyrion, Arya-Gendry, Arya-Hound, Bran-Jaime). We are not including them here because the dynamics are pretty obvious if complex. There are also celebrity and crew cameos. Comedians Martin Starr (Gilfoyl from Silicon Valley) and Rob McElhenney (Ronald in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) joined the cast as Euron Greyjoy’s men only to die in about two seconds.

All in all, the featurette just makes us all the more excited about episode two. What’s your take? Let us know!






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Spoilers, duh. With memorable dialogues like “I’ve always had blue eyes!” and a jump scare at the end that made us topple of our seats, the final season of Game of Thrones premiered with a bang. Given the impending war, Jon and Daenerys, since they have their priorities in order, found the time to take the dragons for a little joyride. They zoom around for a bit where Jon clings on to Rhaegal with all the grace of a duck out of water. They then land near a waterfall where some healthy flirting and kissing ensues.

Fans were about as pleased with the whole thing as Drogon was. Fans have pointed out that it is too reminiscent of Jon’s moments with his first lover, the wildling Ygritte.

A quick recap:

In season three, Jon took Ygritte to a cave where one thing led to another and they ended up doing the nasty. In a sentence, Jon Snow-ed her a really good time. So much so that Ygritte winded up saying, “Let’s not go back. I don’t ever want to leave this cave, Jon Snow.”

The waterfall scene with Jon might spell a dark end for Daenerys

Cute, but Ygritte ended up dead in the next season so it was fun while it lasted. Her last words were, funnily enough, a throwback to the cave scene, where she said to Jon, “You remember that cave? We should have stayed in that cave.”

Parallels have been drawn between the cave scene and the Jon-Dany waterfall scene where Daenerys ended up saying something eerily similar – “We could stay a thousand years. No one would find us.” Now it might be a bit of a stretch to say that Daenerys dug her own grave with that line, but then again this is Game of Thrones. And if there’s one thing they’ve never been shy of, it’s killing off important characters in a heartbeat.

What do you think? Will Dae bae soon be dead bae?






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