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Game of Thrones horse mistress Camilla Naprous discusses her work on the show and the prequel

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Game of Thrones horse mistress Camilla Naprous discusses her work on the show and the prequel

Game of Thrones has had great CGI, no doubt, but the show also has had some really well-coordinated stunts. Not only do we have rigs that let our stars fly, like Arya’s charge at the Night King, we also have horses! It’s always tricky to work with animals, but Game of Thrones’ horsemaster Camilla Naprous did very well. She recently discussed her work on Game of Thrones, and even the upcoming prequel series, in an interview with Elle. Read on!

Naprous has a company called The Devil’s Horsemen, and has headed the horse department to Game of Thrones since the beginning. She first spoke of the cast members and how they were with horses:

“If I can get a cast member to understand and love horses like I do, then my job’s done. Kit Harington [who played Jon Snow] was a natural rider, and another favorite was Nikolaj Coster-Waldau [Jaime Lannister]. Michelle Fairley [Catelyn Stark] was amazing as well. I can’t say who was not a strong rider, I don’t want to hurt any feelings!”

She then spoke about her whole process with horses and actors working together:

“I start by reading the person, and then I set them up with the right horse based on personality. For example, with Kit, Kit’s very brave, which is really good, so you can give him a fearless horse. Kit actually had three horses that he used over the eight seasons: Concord, Quentin, and Tornado. I think continuity is important, because a rider and a horse need to build up trust.”

She continued:

“Once I match a horse and an actor, I take them out to ride in a forest to get a feel for what it’s like being on the horse. It’s actually my favorite part of my job, seeing that human and horse relationship strengthen, and being privy to people learning something new and being like, “My God, this is amazing, I’m so excited right now!” After introductions, we do continual training sessions with the actors and horses before and during shooting.”

She also was asked about her approach to safety in the whole process, to which she replied:

“Luckily, nothing horrific ever happened on set during all eight seasons. The safety of our animals and riders is the number one concern, and I like to think of myself as the voice of my horses. In every other department on a movie set, people can speak up for themselves. The horses, of course, can’t, so I pride myself on making sure their safety is a priority.”

Lastly, she was asked about the Game of Thrones prequel, Bloodmoon, which is scheduled to begin filming soon, and whether there were any horse scenes in it. She said:

“I can’t say! But this project is going to be really fun, because it’s not Game of Thrones anymore—it’s a whole new world. It’ll be interesting to go back without the same faces, with a brand new way of doing things, so I’m looking forward to see how that sits with me.”

Well, we sure hope to see a horse or two in the prequel pilot. 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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