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“I was thankful to leave it” says Richard Madden about his early exit from Game of Thrones

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"I was thankful to leave it" says Richard Madden about his early exit from Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones was the world’s favourite television series, for nearly a decade. As such, the actors that have been a part of the full story have dedicated a whole decade of their acting careers to the show. Richard Madden, who played Robb Stark, recently said in an interview that he was thankful that he could leave the show early. Read on!

In an “Actors on Actors” Variety interview with Amy Adams, Richard Madden discussed his early exit from Game of Thrones. Robb Stark died at the end of Season 3, in one of the most memorable and gruesome scenes from the series, dubbed the Red Wedding.

Madden told Adams why he felt good about him getting a break from the show that early on:

“I died at the end of Season 3. It was such a hard thing to finish because from first pilot to my death was five years. But five years was a great time to be on the show. It helped me so much with my career and experience. I learned a lot from shooting 30 hours of television.”

He continued:

“You really start to learn the trade doing that. And then I was thankful to leave it. The actors on it now must be 11 years into playing these characters. Give these guys some medals, because that is a marathon.”

"I was thankful to leave it" says Richard Madden about his early exit from Game of Thrones

Richard has since then gone on to play multiple well-received roles, including David Budd in BBC’s Bodyguard, for which he won a Golden Globe. He reflected on his future plans and his need to break out of typecasting:

“I’d like to explore things that are a bit not Romeo. I’ve spent 10 years playing different versions of Romeo, from Robb Stark to literally playing Romeo twice onstage, once when I was 21, once when I was 30. I’ve played a lot of these good guys that bad things happen to, and “Bodyguard” was my first real experience of this moral space that isn’t so clean-cut as good guys and bad guys. I want to delve into that.”

Well, anything with Madden, we’ll watch. What about you guys? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau thinks fan criticism for Game of Thrones showrunners is “kinda silly”

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau thinks fan criticism for Game of Thrones showrunners is "kinda silly"

Game of Thrones Season 8 wasn’t the greatest hit. Of course, it pulled more views than before, and it was a hell of a spectacle, an achievement in itself, but the overall reception for the show was mostly negative. The more passionate fans ended up criticizing showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, quite a lot. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who played Jaime Lannister, the latest star to comment on this criticism, said that it was “kinda silly”. Read on!

This happened at a panel at Con of Thrones that had Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jerome Flynn (Bronn), Hannah Murray (Gilly) and Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel), reports Winter is Coming. The full panel is available to be watched, here:

Nikolaj commented on the criticism that Season 8 has been receiving:

“We’re so lucky to be part of a show where people…care so much about it that you also get upset when it doesn’t go the way you want it to. And that’s fantastic, and I love it, and I love [laughs] that there was an online petition to have it rewritten.”

Nikolaj continued:

“The only thing I’ll say is that for anyone to imagine or to think that the two creators of this show are not the most passionate, the greatest, the most invested of all, and to for a second think that they didn’t spend the last 10 years thinking about how they were gonna end it, is kinda silly. And also know that they too read the comments, and even though you sit on your own and go, ‘Fucking stupid writers! Assholes!’…they really, like everyone on Game of Thrones…and there are thousands, we worked our asses off to make the best show we could for the ending.”

He also commented on the positive reception from the fans present at Con of Thrones:

“I just wish that Dan and David could be here to hear this, to understand that people really love the show. That suddenly they’re not the most hated people in the world, because that’s how they might…I know how they feel.”

Well, you gotta agree with the man. What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker gives his take on Game of Thrones Season 8

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Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker gives his take on Game of Thrones Season 8

Game of Thrones Season 8 wasn’t very liked, and that’s not a secret at this point. We have seen the fans hate on the final season to a great extent, a hatred that is still going on. In the midst of that, the latest commentary on Game of Thrones came from the creator of Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker. Read on!

The fifth season of Black Mirror premiered recently, and the fans haven’t loved it as much as the previous ones. In a recent interview with NME, Brooker said:

“I will say. There was a thread I saw that summed up the difference between a seat-of-the-pants writer and a plotter, and George RR Martin is a seat-of-the-pants writer, creating complicated characters and scenarios and it’s hard to bring those stories to a resolution, hence why the books are slowing down in frequency. The producers of the show have this story created by a seat-of-the-pants writer but they decide they have to bring it to a conclusion, which presents a problem, because characters in plotter stories tend to be a bit thinner.”

It seems like Brooker was referencing George’s comparison between two kinds of writers, the gardeners and the architects:

“It felt to me like there were romances, for instance, that were built in because they had to happen for the purposes of the story. Having said that, I think there was a scene right near the end with the rearranging of the chairs stuff, that really reminded me of early episodes and was really enjoyable to watch. So overall, with the situation they were in, they did a good job.”

Brooker also admitted to rating the show a 68% on Rotten Tomatoes, where Season 8 has a rating of 58%, so it’s safe to say Brooker liked it better than the average fan. What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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George R. R. Martin reveals five new facts about the Game of Thrones prequel, Bloodmoon

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George R. R. Martin discusses five new facts about the Game of Thrones prequel

Game of Thrones has ended, and it’s time for the prequels to shine. As we had reported, a prequel to the show, set roughly 5000 years prior, has entered the pilot production stage. Titled Bloodmoon for now, the only things we knew about the show were leaked bits and pieces, until now. George R. R. Martin, the author on whose books these shows are based, recently revealed five new facts about this prequel, to Entertainment Weekly. Let’s get into it!

First off, GRRM revealed that the time in which this prequel is set, there aren’t seven kingdoms, but roughly a hundred kingdoms! He said:

“We talk about the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros; there were Seven Kingdoms at the time of Aegon’s Conquest. But if you go back further then there are nine kingdoms, and 12 kingdoms, and eventually you get back to where there are a hundred kingdoms — petty kingdoms — and that’s the era we’re talking about here.”

Secondly, he revealed that everybody’s favourite house, the Starks, will be present in this prequel, as well as their signature pets, the direwolves, among other mythical beasts. Martin explained:

“The Starks will definitely be there. Obviously the White Walkers are here — or as they’re called in my books, The Others — and that will be an aspect of it. There are things like direwolves and mammoths.”

George R. R. Martin discusses five new facts about the Game of Thrones prequel

While the Starks will be there, Martin also confirmed that the other big house, the Lannisters, do not exist at the beginning of this series. We will still see their home, Casterly Rock, but it will be held by the Casterlys.

George also said that this show will be an ensemble story, instead of having a “lead”, just like Game of Thrones:

“I hesitate to use the word ‘lead.’ As you know for Game of Thrones, we never even nominated anybody for lead actress or lead actor [during awards season] until recently; it was always for supporting [categories] because the show is such an ensemble. I think that will be true for this show too. We don’t have leads so much as a large ensemble cast.”

Last of all, Martin put a shadow of doubt over the name we have all been using for the show. Apparently, the working title, Bloodmoon, might not be the final name, as Martin revealed that officially, the show is still untitled. He also said that “The Longest Night” is a name he wouldn’t mind.

Well, that’s all for now. What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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