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Game of Thrones Season 8 episode 4 “The Last of the Starks” had a lot going on for it. With Rhaegal and Missandei dying, Jaime and Brienne, Daenerys’ angry face at the end, director David Nutter calls it an “epic emotional episode”. He discussed the episode in a recent interview with Variety. Read on!

Nutter began by talking about how the little moments of tension between characters during the celebration scenes at the beginning of the show set up the rest of the episode:

“It’s all about camera angles and points of view. You get a chance to see what these characters are focusing on and looking toward, which was really big when Dany calls out to Gendry and gives him the new status. Then you see how Davos and Jon react to that, how Sansa responds, and then of course you get into Sansa being jealous of Dany and Dany getting a sense of Jon being taken as this madman who rides dragons and kills people and she is being left out in some respects.

Dany realizes that Jorah is gone and her Hand, Tyrion, is over laughing it up with Jamie Lannister, her sworn enemy. It’s really a feeling of her being quite alone. I called it an ‘epic emotional episode,’ because people were dealing with these emotions on quite an epic scale.”

Director David Nutter discusses Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4 "The Last of the Starks"

He continued to talk about Daenerys’ character development in this episode, which hints at the Mad Queen angle possibly showing up:

“Her determination becomes more crystal clear. When she’s talking to Varys in the Dragonstone map room, she was so calm and cool and collected like she’s almost figured it out. She mentions ‘Do you believe we’re all here for a reason? This is my reason.’ There was a calmness in that I thought was important. But then when you see her in Jon Snow’s room, she kind of loses it in the sense that she’s trying keep him from spreading his secret around.”

“What was most amazing to me was Emilia’s performance at the end of the episode in which her face almost morphs and you see this hate that I’ve never seen from this character before. You see this determination of what’s to come and it’s really quite frightening.”

We also saw some bold moves from Cersei, definitely bold, coming from someone that doesn’t have dragons. Nutter discussed her mindset:

“It’s all about saving her position. It’s about survival. She will do anything to survive. She’s spent time with our friendly boat captain, Euron, and she’ll do what it takes to survive. What really shakes her up at the end is Tyrion is reminding her she’s not a monster, she’s a mother. It almost cracks her, but she keeps going forward to what she feels she needs to do.”

What did you guys think of the episode? Do you think it deserves the criticism that it has been getting? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Game of Thrones makers weren’t sure of even getting till the Red Wedding, reveals author George R. R. Martin

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Game of Thrones makers weren't sure of even getting till the Red Wedding, reveals author George R. R. Martin

It may be hard to fathom now, but Game of Thrones makers had very little idea of the height it would reach when they started out. In fact, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were apparently only hoping to get at least 3 seasons before the show’s untimely cancellation. Why Season 3? So that they could film the spectacular Red Wedding.

George R.R. Martin, the author of A Song of Ice and Fire series (on which Game of Thrones is based), recently revealed this interesting tidbit about the show in an interview with the Irish Times. He was asked if he anticipated the huge success Game of Thrones was going to be. Martin replied:

“No one can anticipate that. It became the most popular television show in the world. When it started David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss], the showrunners, I remember them saying, ‘Well, let’s hope we can get three seasons, so we can get to at least the Red Wedding … Obviously, we got more than that.”

Game of Thrones’ selling point has always been its shock quotient, and the Red Wedding remains the golden standard in that regard. Several characters met a bloody end in the wedding feast turned mass murder, including fan favourites Robb and Catelyn Stark.

In the books as in the show, the Red Wedding acts as a pivotal moment in the War of Five Kings and completely changes the future of Westeros. No wonder the showrunners wanted to explore the creative opportunity it promised.

As we all know now, they did get to explore that, and how! Thoughts? Hit us up in the comments, down below!






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Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) says she submitted herself for Emmy consideration as a “testament to the character”

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Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) says she submitted herself for Emmy consideration as a "testament to the character"

The 2019 Emmy Awards nominations were recently revealed, and Game of Thrones is all set to break records with its last Emmy run. The show has 32 nominations this year, but the best thing is that three of these nominations were unofficial. In a recent interview, Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) revealed why she thought she had to submit herself. Read on!

Gwendoline recently had an interview with the LA Times, in which she talked about her Emmy submission.

“It’s something I find hard to do, like everyone else, but I would like to be in charge of my own destiny. And I would like to endeavor to give myself opportunities. Particularly when working very hard on something very special and you’ve pushed yourself beyond your limits.”

She continued:

“I checked that it wasn’t an inappropriate thing to do, and I was told it wasn’t. People submit themselves all the time. I truly never expected it to manifest in a nomination and I don’t think anybody else did either. But I just had to do it for me. And I had to do it as a testament to the character and what I feel she represents.”

She then talked a bit about her character making it to the end:

“I could not believe that I made it all the way through. And I was in the end of the final episode. Brienne makes it through and has a life beyond. I found that incredibly positive and unexpected. And she gets a great last line.”

What do you guys think? Will Gwendoline bag a win this year? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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“I just started crying like a baby,” says Carice Van Houten (Melisandre) about her last day on Game of Thrones

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"I just started crying like a baby," says Carice Van Houten (Melisandre) about her last day on Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones has been an emotional ride for everybody, but more for the stars of the show than anybody else. We have heard about Sophie Turner crying all over during the filming of her final moments, but apparently, she wasn’t the only weeper on the sets. In a recent interview with Gold Derby, Carice Van Houten, who played Melisandre, revealed she was crying like a baby in her final moments on the show. Read on!

You can check out the full video interview, here:

Discussing Melisandre’s moral ambiguity, Carice said:

“I was very confused myself throughout the whole thing sometimes. I always said that I was sort of in it for the greater good but my methods weren’t, per se, very charming always. But I don’t think she was ever out for… it was never about her own personal gain, I think, because in the end, you see that she’s the most important thing, is telling Arya to kill the Night King, to save all of us. It was never about her and I think she was always aware of the fact that it was not her having magical powers. She actually says it at some point to Stannis, “It’s not me, I’m just a vessel. I’m nothing special, really. It’s the Lord of Light. That’s who I work with.””

She then discussed her final scene on the show:

“The last scene was burning the trenches and that was with a big green screen so it wasn’t very romantic or anything. Also, because it was such an intense scene for me as Melisandre to make it happen, to do those praises and to ask the Lord of Light to help me. That’s where I felt like the stakes were so high for the characters and for everyone else. It was a very intense scene to do and it was mixed with my own emotions of it being my last scene and saying goodbye has never been my favorite thing in the world. It was quite a loaded day, you could say. A lot of tension had to come out after I’d done that scene and I just started crying like a baby. I didn’t really see that coming. I just was overwhelmed by emotion. I just couldn’t stop crying.”

She went on to talk more about Melisandre’s death scene:

“Well, I knew I had it coming. I really knew I had it coming just because of my scene with Varys in the season before. I didn’t know how. I remember reading it and I just really had goosebumps. I just really thought they did it so elegantly. It was exactly how I pictured it and even more emotional, in fact. Even when I watched it I got emotional, not my own acting, but the placement of the scene and the whole episode.”

What do you guys think? Carice is now nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Actress category. Do you think she can bag a win? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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