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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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Cersei Lannister had a miscarriage in a deleted Game of Thrones scene, reveals Lena Headey

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Cersei Lannister had a miscarriage in a deleted Game of Thrones scene, reveals Lena Headey

Game of Thrones was a very detailed show for the first six seasons, but then the showrunners decided to cut down on the episode count for the last two seasons. That resulted in a lot of loose ends, and quite a few deleted scenes, as we are now hearing. Lena Headey pinpointed one involving her character, Cersei Lannister, that was supposed to cover a miscarriage. Read on!

Lena was recently at Comic Con Germany, where she revealed that a deleted scene from Season 7 was supposed to have a scene showing Cersei losing the baby, reported The Wrap:

“We shot a scene that never made it into Season 7 which was where I lose the baby and it was a really traumatic, great moment for Cersei, and it never made it in and I kind of loved doing that because I thought it would have served her differently.”

Cersei pregnancy has been a hot topic on the show, as well as in the fandom. Nobody had any idea as to what was actually going on with it. Was Cersei actually pregnant? Who was the father? Did she lie about who the father was or about the pregnancy itself? Nobody knew, until now.

This revelation proves that Cersei was pregnant at some point in the story, and given that it was a Season 7 scene, the child was very likely to be Jaime’s. As for what Cersei did in Season 8, it’s likely that she lied her way through it.

Lena had recently also said that she felt that Cersei deserved a better death, so looks like at least one cast member is disgruntled about how things turned out. What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Microsoft wants to make its Halo TV series like Game of Thrones ‘in scope and scale’

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Microsoft wants to make its Halo TV series like Game of Thrones 'in scope and scale'

Game of Thrones has definitively transformed television production with its epic scale and complicated storytelling in the past decade. Showtime’s upcoming adaptation of Microsoft’s hugely popular video game series Halo is trying to pick up notes from its success, like a lot of other shows.

Kiki Wolfkill from 343 Industries (the developer helming the Halo adaptation) recently spoke to The AIAS Game Maker’s Notebook and revealed that they are aiming to make the show much like Game of Thrones “in terms of scope and scale and complexity of relationships.” In her words:

“A lot of the background of Halo is this sort of political drama. It’s something that [is touched on] really lightly in the games and you see more of in some of the other mediums. Some of that [Game of Thrones-style] complexity is interesting.” 

Microsoft wants to make its Halo TV series like Game of Thrones 'in scope and scale'

However, there’s something that the Halo developers are definitely not trying to emulate from Game of Thrones: the incest. Wolfkill stated it quite clearly:

“No incest planned at all for this show, I’ll say that. If you’re looking for that, you won’t find it here.” 

The Halo show is set to go into production this year and will star Pablo Schreiber (Orange is the New Black fame) in a crucial role.

With the curtains finally coming down on Game of Thrones, many are scrambling to fill the gap left behind by the epic fantasy giant. The list of upcoming productions in the same vein includes HBO’s own Game of Thrones prequel ‘Bloodmoon’, Amazon’s Lord of the Rings, and Netflix’s upcoming show based on the Witcher games. It sure looks like some exciting times ahead for fantasy fans!

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Sophie Turner discusses the Game of Thrones scene that had the “most embarrassing moment” of her career

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Sophie Turner discusses the Game of Thrones scene that had the "most embarrassing moment" of her career

Game of Thrones has had a lot of on-screen awkward moments, but some stick more to the stars than others. We have heard the stars discuss their most loved and most hated scenes from the show from time to time, but in a recent video interview bit, Sophie Turner, who played Sansa, discussed the most embarrassing moment of her career, which occurred on the sets of Game of Thrones. Read on!

The video in question is from Vogue Paris featuring a cross-interview over dinner, with between Sophie and Jessica Chastain, for the promotion of their movie, X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Check the video out, below:

Sophie discussed her most embarrassing on-screen moment, which was a scene from Season 2, episode 7 of Game of Thrones, titled “A Man Without Honor” :

“When I was 13 or 14, I had to get my period onscreen. It was so embarrassing. I had to keep pulling up my dress and the director would [say] ‘Blood, blood,’ and like keep chucking blood on me. They had a camera right there in my crotch.”

Chastain asked her if the director was a man or a woman, but Sophie revealed that girls from the costume department did the job of smearing blood on her:

“So we were good”

Chastain also discussed her own embarrassing moment, which involved calling an actor by their name instead of their character’s name, during a sex scene. Still, seemed like a better bet than a young Sophie having to get blood smeared on herself repeatedly.

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