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Director Miguel Sapochnik reveals they cut a 50 Direwolf scene from Game of Thrones Season 8

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Director Miguel Sapochnik reveals they cut a 50 Direwolf scene from Game of Thrones Season 8

Game of Thrones has always been big on the battle sequences, and Season 8 repeated that feat. We know the show’s battle director was Miguel Sapochnik, and while fans might be divided over the writing of Battle of Winterfell, it’s fair to say he did his job well. However, it looks like a potentially great part was cut from the battle, as Sapochnik recently revealed that the sequences were originally supposed to have a scene with not one or two, but 50 direwolves. Read on!

Sapochnik recently talked to the Filmmaker Toolkit podcast, and revealed that the Battle of Winterfell was originally going to have a scene showing 50 direwolves going off against the Night King’s dragon, undead Viserion:

“There were many things that happened, that people would have been so happy to have happen. Attack of direwolves and crazy stuff. At some point you’re like, ’50 direwolves attacking an undead dragon does not a good movie make.'”

It would’ve been a pain to pull off, no doubt, being heavily reliant on CGI, something that Game of Thrones has shied away from, especially with direwolf appearances. Plus, while 50 direwolves sounds cool, there would be simply too much going on to process.

That being said, it would have been fun seeing a couple more direwolves in the battle, particularly Arya’s old direwolf Nymeria, and her pack that we were shown in Season 7.

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Emilia Clarke says she was pressured into nudity on Game of Thrones

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Emilia Clarke says she was pressured into nudity on Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones was known for its boldness with sex and violence on TV, in a time where it wasn’t prominent. While the fans might have loved that, it is understandable that it wasn’t really as fun for those involved in the making, especially the stars. Emilia Clarke, who played Daenerys and is arguably one of the biggest stars from the show, recently revealed that she was pressured into nudity on the show. Read on!

Clarke was recently on Dax Shepherd‘s Armchair Expert podcast, where she discussed the show, and how the nudity wasn’t really her choice.

“I’m a lot more savvy [now] with what I’m comfortable with, and what I am okay with doing. I’ve had fights on set before where I’m like, ‘No, the sheet stays up’, and they’re like, ‘You don’t wanna disappoint your Game of Thrones fans’. And I’m like, ‘Fuck you.’”

She also talked about how she was taken aback by the amount of nudity on the show:

“I took the job and then they sent me the scripts and I was reading them, and I was, like, ‘Oh, there’s the catch!’ But I’d come fresh from drama school, and I approached [it] as a job – if it’s in the script then it’s clearly needed, this is what this is and I’m gonna make sense of it… Everything’s gonna be cool.”

Listen to the full podcast, below:

She continued:

“So I came to terms with that beforehand, but then going in and doing it… I’m floating through this first season and I have no idea what I’m doing, I have no idea what any of this is. I’ve never been on a film set like this before, I’d been on a film set twice before then, and I’m now on a film set completely naked with all of these people, and I don’t know what I’m meant to do and I don’t know what’s expected of me, and I don’t know what you want and I don’t know what I want.

Regardless of there being nudity or not, I would have spent that first season thinking I’m not worthy of requiring anything, I’m not worthy of needing anything at all… Whatever I’m feeling is wrong, I’m gonna cry in the bathroom and then I’m gonna come back and we’re gonna do the scene and it’s gonna be completely fine.”

She also said that Jason Momoa, who played Khal Drogo was her only comfort during the early nude scenes:

“It was definitely hard. Which is why the scenes, when I got to do them with Jason, were wonderful, because he was like, ‘No, sweetie, this isn’t okay.’ And I was like, ‘Ohhhh.’”

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

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

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.”

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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.”

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