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Game of Thrones is based on the works of George R. R. Martin, and while the show is over, the books are far from it. The show had to surpass the storyline of the books, which apparently put a lot of pressure on George, who tried to hurry up and release the next book, The Winds of Winter to almost four years ago. Read on!

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, George discussed how the series and the fandom had affected his writing process.

“The internet affects all this to a degree it was never affected before. Like Jon Snow’s parentage. There were early hints about [who Snow’s parents were] in the books, but only one reader in 100 put it together. And before the internet that was fine — for 99 readers out of 100 when Jon Snow’s parentage gets revealed it would be, ‘Oh, that’s a great twist!’ But in the age of the internet, even if only one person in 100 figures it out then that one person posts it online and the other 99 people read it and go, ‘Oh, that makes sense.’ Suddenly the twist you’re building towards is out there. And there is a temptation to then change it [in the upcoming books] — ‘Oh my god, it’s screwed up, I have to come up with something different.’”

He then talked about four years prior, when the pressure almost got to him, as the show was surpassing the storyline of his books:

“I felt a tremendous amount of pressure for years now. The most pressure I felt was a few years ago when I was desperately trying to stay ahead of the show. There was a point when the show was coming out in April and my editors said if I could finish the book by December they’d rush it out. And the pressure I felt that fall was the greatest pressure I’ve ever felt and then at a certain point it became apparent I’m not going to finish it by then. I don’t only want to finish it, I want to make it as good as I possibly can. Since then there’s been pressure but not like there was at that point. There’s no longer a race. The show is over. I’m writing the book. It will be done when it’s done.”

Well, it’s great to know that George’s mind is in the right space now. If only he could finally release The Winds of Winter now!

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Game of Thrones makers weren’t sure of even getting till the Red Wedding, reveals author George R. R. Martin

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Game of Thrones makers weren't sure of even getting till the Red Wedding, reveals author George R. R. Martin

It may be hard to fathom now, but Game of Thrones makers had very little idea of the height it would reach when they started out. In fact, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were apparently only hoping to get at least 3 seasons before the show’s untimely cancellation. Why Season 3? So that they could film the spectacular Red Wedding.

George R.R. Martin, the author of A Song of Ice and Fire series (on which Game of Thrones is based), recently revealed this interesting tidbit about the show in an interview with the Irish Times. He was asked if he anticipated the huge success Game of Thrones was going to be. Martin replied:

“No one can anticipate that. It became the most popular television show in the world. When it started David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss], the showrunners, I remember them saying, ‘Well, let’s hope we can get three seasons, so we can get to at least the Red Wedding … Obviously, we got more than that.”

Game of Thrones’ selling point has always been its shock quotient, and the Red Wedding remains the golden standard in that regard. Several characters met a bloody end in the wedding feast turned mass murder, including fan favourites Robb and Catelyn Stark.

In the books as in the show, the Red Wedding acts as a pivotal moment in the War of Five Kings and completely changes the future of Westeros. No wonder the showrunners wanted to explore the creative opportunity it promised.

As we all know now, they did get to explore that, and how! Thoughts? Hit us up in the comments, down below!






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Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) says she submitted herself for Emmy consideration as a “testament to the character”

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Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) says she submitted herself for Emmy consideration as a "testament to the character"

The 2019 Emmy Awards nominations were recently revealed, and Game of Thrones is all set to break records with its last Emmy run. The show has 32 nominations this year, but the best thing is that three of these nominations were unofficial. In a recent interview, Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) revealed why she thought she had to submit herself. Read on!

Gwendoline recently had an interview with the LA Times, in which she talked about her Emmy submission.

“It’s something I find hard to do, like everyone else, but I would like to be in charge of my own destiny. And I would like to endeavor to give myself opportunities. Particularly when working very hard on something very special and you’ve pushed yourself beyond your limits.”

She continued:

“I checked that it wasn’t an inappropriate thing to do, and I was told it wasn’t. People submit themselves all the time. I truly never expected it to manifest in a nomination and I don’t think anybody else did either. But I just had to do it for me. And I had to do it as a testament to the character and what I feel she represents.”

She then talked a bit about her character making it to the end:

“I could not believe that I made it all the way through. And I was in the end of the final episode. Brienne makes it through and has a life beyond. I found that incredibly positive and unexpected. And she gets a great last line.”

What do you guys think? Will Gwendoline bag a win this year? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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“I just started crying like a baby,” says Carice Van Houten (Melisandre) about her last day on Game of Thrones

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"I just started crying like a baby," says Carice Van Houten (Melisandre) about her last day on Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones has been an emotional ride for everybody, but more for the stars of the show than anybody else. We have heard about Sophie Turner crying all over during the filming of her final moments, but apparently, she wasn’t the only weeper on the sets. In a recent interview with Gold Derby, Carice Van Houten, who played Melisandre, revealed she was crying like a baby in her final moments on the show. Read on!

You can check out the full video interview, here:

Discussing Melisandre’s moral ambiguity, Carice said:

“I was very confused myself throughout the whole thing sometimes. I always said that I was sort of in it for the greater good but my methods weren’t, per se, very charming always. But I don’t think she was ever out for… it was never about her own personal gain, I think, because in the end, you see that she’s the most important thing, is telling Arya to kill the Night King, to save all of us. It was never about her and I think she was always aware of the fact that it was not her having magical powers. She actually says it at some point to Stannis, “It’s not me, I’m just a vessel. I’m nothing special, really. It’s the Lord of Light. That’s who I work with.””

She then discussed her final scene on the show:

“The last scene was burning the trenches and that was with a big green screen so it wasn’t very romantic or anything. Also, because it was such an intense scene for me as Melisandre to make it happen, to do those praises and to ask the Lord of Light to help me. That’s where I felt like the stakes were so high for the characters and for everyone else. It was a very intense scene to do and it was mixed with my own emotions of it being my last scene and saying goodbye has never been my favorite thing in the world. It was quite a loaded day, you could say. A lot of tension had to come out after I’d done that scene and I just started crying like a baby. I didn’t really see that coming. I just was overwhelmed by emotion. I just couldn’t stop crying.”

She went on to talk more about Melisandre’s death scene:

“Well, I knew I had it coming. I really knew I had it coming just because of my scene with Varys in the season before. I didn’t know how. I remember reading it and I just really had goosebumps. I just really thought they did it so elegantly. It was exactly how I pictured it and even more emotional, in fact. Even when I watched it I got emotional, not my own acting, but the placement of the scene and the whole episode.”

What do you guys think? Carice is now nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Actress category. Do you think she can bag a win? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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