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“I have to admit I’m still in denial,” says composer Ramin Djawadi on Game of Thrones getting over

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Say what you will of Game of Thrones Season 8, the musical score was epic as usual. The man behind it is Ramin Djawadi, who recently sat down with Variety to speak about his experience scoring for the show and particularly the final season. Guess what’s his favourite piece from the season? The Night King, obviously.

And if you live in USA or Canada, chances are you will be able to hear it live in your city sometime in September-October 2019. Djawadi is leading the third Game of Thrones Live Concert tour in 20 cities. The Concert tours began in 2017 and originally featured music from Season 1-7. Now that Season 8 is over, classics like The Night King are being added to the repertoire.

The Night King debuted on the last few minutes of Season 8 Episode 3 ‘The Long Night’, overlaying the finals moments of the battle of Winterfell. A piano melody – starkly different from the chaotic background score of the rest of the episode – started playing as all hopes seemed lost for the Living Side until right at the crescendo Arya Stark plunged the Valyrian Steel dagger into the Night King’s heart. Djawadi says,

“In the episode, there is so much violence going on for so long we felt that it was a great way to kind of put the brakes on, reset, and start soft and just play it. It’s all over now, this is it.”

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Djawadi revealed that this is only the second time a piano melody has been used in Game of Thrones. The first time was in ‘Light of the Seven’ from Season 6 episode Winds of Winter, another of Djawadi’s all-time favourites. There, it accompanied another scene of cold-blooded destruction – Cersei Lannister blowing up the Sept of Baelor with all the people inside it.

Djawadi is also excited for the Live Concert tour. In his words:

“It’s really for two kinds of people. It’s the super-fans that want to come and just relive the show and re-enjoy all their favorite highlights from the show. But then … if there are still a few people in the world that haven’t seen the show, they can come see the concert and get a quick crash course now of the entire seasons 1-8.”

He also shared his thoughts on the show coming to an end.

“I have to admit I’m still in denial. I feel like it’s not over yet. I can’t let go. I never expected this to be such a success in that it would have such an impact on people around the world. It’s been an incredible journey. I’m honored to just have been part of this.”






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Not a fan of fanfiction, says George R. R. Martin

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George R. R. Martin is definitely a great writer, and there is no doubt that he will go down in history as one of the most notable popular writers in the English language. The author recently discussed a few things about his life as a writer, and apparently he’s not a fan of fanfiction. Read on!

George recently accepted the Carl Sandburg Literary Award at an annual gala sponsored by the Chicago Public Library Foundation, where he gave a speech. The full speech is 40 minutes long. Check the video out, below:

Winter is Coming did a roundup of the most important bits from the interview. Starting off, George talked about finishing The Winds of Winter:

“It’s very important to me to finish A Song of Ice and Fire,[…] and I want to finish it strong, so people look at it and say, ‘This entire thing is an important work, not a half-finished or broken work.’ I know some of the more cynical people out there don’t believe that, but it is true.”

He also discussed his writing process, and said that he needs a distraction free chunk of time:

“When I’m really in a writing groove, my real life falls to pieces.”

He also talked about how there’s a pressure to finish the books, especially from some impatient fans. He then discussed violence in his works:

“If you’re gonna write about violence and killing, I think you should present it honestly. Just because you include dragons doesn’t mean that the whole thing should be removed from our human experience that we know about.”

He then said that he didn’t like fanfiction, and talked about why he didn’t:

“I don’t think it’s a good way to train to be a professional writer when you’re borrowing everybody else’s world and characters. That’s like riding a bike with training wheels. And then when I took the training wheels off, I fell over a lot, but at some point you have to take the training wheels off here. You have to invent your own characters, you have to do your own world-building, you can’t just borrow from Gene Roddenberry or George Lucas or me or whoever.

The other thing is there are all sorts of copyright issues when you’re using other people’s work…My understanding of the law is that if I knew about I would have to try to stop it, so just don’t tell me about it and do what you want there.

It’s not for me. I don’t wanna read it and I would not encourage people to write it.”

Well, he makes some great points. What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments below!






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Emilia Clarke calls Game of Thrones Season 8 backlash flattering, again

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Emilia Clarke calls Game of Thrones Season 8 backlash flattering, again

Game of Thrones stars have been faced with questions about their reactions about the ending of the show, and they don’t seem to stop. Emilia Clarke, who played Daenerys, has had a very positive response before, calling it flattering, and now she’s called it fragile again, in a recent interview. Read on!

Emilia has previously called previously called the Season 8 backlash “profoundly flattering”, and that seems to have become her go-to answer now, when asked about it. She was recently on This Morning to promote her new film, Last Christmas, where she discussed the backlash that Game of Thrones Season 8 received, repeating her previous comments:

“On every level, it’s just profoundly flattering that people genuinely cared that much and they were with us for that long and that they really, truly believed in it.”

She continued:

“I don’t read anything online really because it doesn’t help my brain, but largely speaking I think people are being really kind about Daenerys and Mother Dragon and backing me up, so that’s lovely.

I don’t think there’s an ending that anyone could’ve written. No matter how many signatures were on any bit of paper, you just can’t and that is really just so flattering.”

Well, what do you guys think? Was your backlash supposed to be flattering? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Would love to play James Bond in case of a gender switch, says Emilia Clarke

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Would love to play James Bond in case of a gender switch, says Emilia Clarke

Game of Thrones stars have a lot of opportunities going forward, because of how successful the show was. While Emilia Clarke, who played Daenerys, recently said she doesn’t want to do big franchise projects anymore, there seems to be one franchise that could entice her. Read on!

In a recent interview with Empire, Emilia was asked if she would like to step into the role of James Bond, and she had a very positive response:

“Yeah! Of course! Hell to the yeah.”

She continued:

“James Bond is one of those franchises where it’s never not cool. You could literally make the naffest James Bond in the world and it would still be cool.”

Emilia also reflected on the luxuries that her part on Game of Thrones has fetched her, and how it has motivated her to launch her own production house:

“I’ve had the good fortune of being in this incredible show with this incredible character. And, my goodness, if I were to get stereotyped as the mother of dragons, I could ask for worse. It’s really quite wonderful.”

She went on:

“But what it’s left me with — after 10 years of seeing that, and being a part of that, and of doing quite big movies in my hiatuses and all of those things — is a yearning for a different sort of creative ownership.”

What do you guys think? Would you like to see Emilia as Bond? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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