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Director Miguel Sapochnik discusses the shocking Game of Thrones season 6 finale episode

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After the absolutely amazing 9th episode of season 6, Battle of The Bastards, Game of Thrones managed to set another standard for it’s mind-blowing episodes. The last episode of season 6, The Winds of Winter was quite literally mind-blowing for some of the characters, and when you think about how brilliantly it was executed, you give credit to the director. Miguel Sapochnik, who directed the 9th episode and the finale of this season, including last season’s Hardhome, discussed the filming of these epic episodes during an interview with The Guardian.

One of the most talked about and criticised part of the episode was Lord Varys‘s quick travelling methods that got him to join Daenerys’s fleet that begun it’s journey to Westeros, and the whole summing up of Lady Olenna‘s visit to Dorne in her mourning clothes and Cersei‘s coronation as Queen of the Seven Kingdoms when Jaime reached King’s landing. Everything happened to take place at the same time, and viewers were confused about the timeline sequence.

In answer to that, Sapochnik said, “We didn’t really worry about it is the honest answer. I think that by this point in the story if you’re getting caught up in the semantics of what’s going on offscreen, then we haven’t done our job. While every effort is usually made to make sure these kind of things are addressed, I think it was decided that here our priority was to get the emotional highs crucial to each scene. That said I can see how for some people it took them out but I don’t have a smart answer for that one.”

This tiny glitch can easily be overlooked considering all of the epic moments that went down in the episode, including the special effects during the Wildfire explosion and Dany’s dragons sailing along the fleet, which gave almost everyone goosebumps. One would think that those parts were difficult to film seeing the kind of effort that goes into the CGI and visual aids, but for Sapochnik those were hardly the challenging parts. He reveals that to him the most difficult part to film was Grand Maester Pycelle‘s death through a bunch of kids, more commonly known as ‘sparrows’, stabbing him.

“Children can only work a certain number of hours so half way through our day we had to change children and everyone had really been looking forward to stabbing Pycelle so there was bit of disappointment going around the camp,” he said. “When you give eight kids rubber knives and ask them to stab a blood bag, it’s not only somewhat disturbing to watch but you butt up against reality in which children don’t actually know how to stab something. Sounds silly but suddenly we found ourselves running out of time on the set with our eight kids and realizing that none of them really had much experience with stabbing and so it just didn’t look right. The thing is at the same time as needing to describe and show them how it might feel, you don’t want to get into too much detail because they’re kids and the name of the game with kids is to make difficult scenes like this seem like fun and distinguish that they’re not real and why.”

Despite the discussions between fans about Varys’s ‘teleportation’, it takes no effort to say that the episode was by far the best in all the seasons of Game of Thrones, and we hope to have Sapochnik direct more such splendid episodes in the future seasons.







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Richard Madden and Kit Harington hit the red carpet at Marvel’s Eternals World Premiere

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Richard Madden was sad about not sharing enough screen-time with Game of Thrones co-star Kit Harington in Marvel’s Eternals

Game of Thrones stars are no strangers to being in the limelight, but two of the most notable members of the cast have moved on to one of the very few franchises in the world that are bigger than Thrones — the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Kit Harington and Richard Madden recently hit the red carpet at Eternals World Premiere, Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest film to grace the big screen.

Richard Madden and Kit Harington hit the red carpet at Marvel’s Eternals World Premiere

Harington, 34, and Madden, 35, rose to fame after playing half brothers Jon Snow and Robb Stark, respectively, on HBO’s epic fantasy Game of Thrones. They will be reuniting after almost a decade on screen on Marvel’s upcoming movie Eternals, starring as fan favourite superheroes from The Eternals comic book series.

Richard Madden and Kit Harington hit the red carpet at Marvel’s Eternals World Premiere

Madden has been tapped in to play Ikaris, a hero from an ancient race of beings descended from celestials. While Harington will play Dane Whitman, aka The Black Knight, a human who gains superpowers after gaining access to a mystical sword.

Richard Madden and Kit Harington hit the red carpet at Marvel’s Eternals World Premiere

Harington hit the red carpet with a brown shirt under a pinstriped suit coat, with the sleeves rolled up to his elbows. He also wore matching black pinstriped pants with a black leather watch strapped to his left wrist.

Richard Madden and Kit Harington hit the red carpet at Marvel’s Eternals World Premiere

His co-star Madden opted for a more formal look with a black tuxedo coat over a white dress shirt and black bowtie. The actor sported the early scruff of a growing beard on the red carpet, though it was not as full as his co-star. He completed his look with black tuxedo pants and shiny black shoes for the world premiere red carpet event.

Are you excited about Marvel’s Eternals? Talk to us in the comments below!







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George R. R. Martin loved the House of The Dragon’s teaser trailer

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George R. R. Martin talks about House of The Dragon Teaser Trailer

House of The Dragon’s first teaser trailer is finally here! The teaser was released by HBO at the end of the HBO Max European launch event and it features a voiceover by Matt Smith who plays the role of Prince Daemon Targaryen. It broke the internet as soon as it was released, and fans are going crazy over the accuracy and detail shown in the teaser. It was watched by over 10 million viewers in less than three days of its launch! And George R. R. Martin has something to say about the teaser trailer.

Martin wrote on his blog Not a Blog:

Yes, I know, most of you have already seen this. (What can I say? I am busy. Juggling so many balls, so many projects, posting stuff on my Not A Blog is not my highest priority, so things may always be a little bit behind here).

For the handful who have been off the internet the past few days, however… HBO has released the first official teaser/trailer for HOUSE OF THE DRAGON. Here ’tis.

Enjoy.

(And yes, I love it too. Ryan and Miguel and their team are kicking ass and taking names).”

Looking at the current speed of production, we can hope Martin’s earlier prediction about the prequel’s release will come to fruition. What do you think about House of The Dragon? Talk to us in the comments below!







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A young Alicent Hightower takes over the Iron Throne in Leicester Square

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A young Alicent Hightower takes over the Iron Throne in Leicester Square

The filming for Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon is progressing really smoothly, besides minor delays everything’s looking good for HBO’s high priority project. HBO recently dropped the first official teaser trailer for House of The Dragon, and fans are going crazy about it. That being said, we know that filming for the prequel show will be starting in Spain the next week, and the cast and crew members are gathering up at the Castle of La Calahorra.

The actors are taking a small break from their busy schedule before the shoot resumes, and it seems Emily Carey, who will be playing a young Alicent Hightower in the show is having fun with a replica of the Iron Throne.

Carey recently posted a picture on her official Twitter account. She seems to be enjoying a quiet day at Leicester Square, and her preferred choice of furniture is the Iron Throne replica. She wrote in the caption, “Found this chair in Leicester Square (wearing green was coincidental).” #HOTD #HouseofTheDragon #AlicentHightower

Do you think the future Queen of Westeros was foreshadowing a scene from House of The Dragon? Wearing green was coincidental? Maybe, maybe not. Only time will tell.

Are you excited about the Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon? Talk to us in the comments below!

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Also, if you live in any of the places where House of the Dragon is currently filming or will be filming in the future, and would like to share photos of the sets/cast or any tips, drop us a mail at connect [at] wikiofthrones [dot] com or use our Contact Us form.







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