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Tyrion’s got competition because the God of Giant’s Teat and milk has arrived!

The episode 2 of season 8 was nothing but happy for Tormund Giantsbane’s fans. Not only did he survive the Night King’s annihilation but he also broke a rather weird story behind his name. At least we can expect ‘Torienne’ love blossoming over the entire upcoming catastrophe!

Actor Kristofer Hivju spoke about his role in the final season of Game of Thrones and whether he will have the same luck in his next encounter with the White Walkers. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hivju talked about his role in episode 2, ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’.

I felt the will to keep him alive: Kristofer Hivju on Tormund’s return

I didn’t really think I was going to die. I don’t remember anyone telling me that, but … Game of Thrones is too fond of their deaths to give me an off-screen death. I was insisting on keeping [Tormund’s survival] a secret, even more so than HBO. I really wanted it to be a reveal. And then they placed me in the trailer!”

Hivju also talks about the interesting story behind his screen name ‘Giantsbane’. According to the books, a giant mother took the 10-year Tormund and nursed him as if he was a baby. That’s how he got ‘Giantsbabe’ as a mocking name.

It was Tormund himself who changed the name to “Giantsbane” … The part where he killed a giant? That might be a lie. But the fact that he was nursed by a giant? I would say it’s about 67% true — and that’s nothing to brag about (Laughs)”, says Hivju.

We see a little bit of tiff from Tormund’s end against Jamie Lannister which was almost comical. However, in the scene where Jamie knights Brienne, Tormund starts the slow, American clap, keeping his competition aside. “He really loves this woman”, says Hivju.

I felt the will to keep him alive: Kristofer Hivju on Tormund’s return

Kristofer Hivju also gives some behind the scene titbits on season 8. “Everybody was like, “Is this even humanly possible to pull off?”, he says.

“We were going into two or three months of night shoots. That’s pretty intense, in terms of driving everybody crazy (Laughs)”.

However, as the big battle approaches, the GoT stars are making sure not to spill even a drop. “I haven’t seen the episode, so I really don’t know. But I think it will be pretty intense”, concludes Hivju.

Guess it’s time to sit with some tissues and a tub of ice crème or pom-poms and a banner with ‘The White Wolf’ written on it.

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House of The Dragon co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik says the show has a different tone than Game of Thrones

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House of The Dragon Co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik says the show has a different tone than Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon is a hot topic over all the social media platforms, as periodic leaks cause waves of reactions and excitement amongst curious fans. The teaser trailer received a largely positive response from the audience, and fans are expecting a lot from the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel. The series’ co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik has a small message for the viewers waiting impatiently for the show – it will be a having a very different tone than the original show.

Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Sapochnik said, “I think we were very respectful of what the original show is. It wasn’t broken, so we’re not trying to reinvent the wheel. House of the Dragon has its own tone that will evolve and emerge over the course of the show. But first, it’s very important to pay respects and homage to the original series, which was pretty groundbreaking.”

House of The Dragon Co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik says the show has a different tone than Game of Thrones

We’re standing on the shoulders of that show and we’re only here because of that show. So the most important thing for us to do is to respect that show as much as possible and try and complement it rather than reinvent it. And I was involved in making the original show, so I feel like that’s been useful. Like, I’m not arriving going, ‘Let’s change everything! Let’s do a different color palette!’ No, I quite like the color palette.”

That said, we can’t say, ‘Well, when we did Thrones, we did it this way …’” he added. “If you start every sentence with that, you’ve lost. This is something else, and should be something else. It’s a different crew, different people, different tone. Hopefully, it will be seen as something else. But it will have to earn that — it won’t happen overnight.”

“Hopefully, fans will enjoy it for the thing that it is. We’ll be lucky if we ever come close to what the original show was, so we’re just putting our heads down and getting on with it and hoping what we come up with is worthy of having a Game of Thrones title.”

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau hopes Game of Thrones’ success won’t get in the way of House of The Dragon

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau hopes Game of Thrones’ success won’t get in the way of House of The Dragon

The teaser trailer for Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon broke the internet as soon as it was launched, and fans can’t get enough of it. The prequel series has caught a lot of attention recently, owing to the frequent leaks and of course the amazing teaser. Game of Thrones alum Nikolaj Coster-Waldau recently expressed his thoughts about the upcoming spinoff show.

Coster-Waldau told The Hollywood Reporter, “I saw the teaser trailer that they came out with and I was intrigued. I thought it was fun to see Matt Smith in that world, in that beautiful white wig. And listen, I’m curious as everyone [to see it].

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau hopes Game of Thrones’ success won’t get in the way of House of The Dragon

But it is a very different show. It’s its own show. I just hope it’s great. I hope the success of Game of Thrones won’t get in the way for people when they experience this new show. For us, it took a while for people to get into Game of Thrones. I remember the first season people were saying: “There are too many characters, I don’t know what’s going on!” I don’t think they have the luxury we had. They have to start with where we were in like season four or five, because that’s what they will be compared to. But I really hope that it’s a massive hit for them.”

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Ramin Djawadi and Brandon Campbell explain how scoring for Video Games is different from shows like Game of Thrones

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Game of Thrones had some of the best musical scores in television history, thanks to the dedication and hard work of talented artists who made it so enjoyable. Ramin Djawadi and Brandon Campbell, who have composed tunes for shows like Game of Thrones in the past, have moved on to newer projects, and you can listen to their mind-soothing work in The New World video game.

In a recent interview with the Spin, the duo talked about the difference between scoring for a TV show and a video game.

Ramin Djawadi:The big challenge was that in the very beginning, we had no visuals. We had some artwork and some stills, but we had to come up with the sound while the game was being developed. It wasn’t like a movie or television show where you actually have some visuals to write against, so it was definitely a challenge to just start completely from scratch. But talking to the great audio team really helped us immensely with inspiration — just by them describing to us what they needed emotionally from the different areas.”

Ramin Djawadi and Brandon Campbell explain how scoring for Video Games is different from shows like Game of Thrones

Brandon Campbell: “I loved the concept art. I think it’s amazing just seeing some of the drawings and renderings the artists had done. But getting this thing off the ground without visuals was [the biggest challenge]. The biggest difference was also that there was just no point when we ended up with a complete video.”

“We might have a developer doing a walkthrough of certain parts of the game or certain areas, but it’s more for inspiration than something to actually score. You’re like, “I’m going to write a three-minute lighthearted adventure piece that takes place in this zone!” or “I’m going to write a scary tension piece that takes place at night in the forest!” but you don’t have to worry about finding the cuts or sync points in the actual video.”

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