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Game of Thrones has been great at a lot of things, but there’s one big criticism the show has always faced – lack of diversity. Now, a major star of the show has commented on this particular issue. Nathalie Emmanuel, who played the role of Missandei on the show, has said that the show could’ve done better in terms of handling diversity on the show. Read on!

Speaking in a recent interview with Evening Standard, Nathalie discussed the show’s glaring absence of diverse representation in terms of having actors of colour. When asked about what she thought of the criticism the show got for this exact reason, she said:

“I think it was fair.”

She added:

“It’s something that they could have done better on.”

However, Nathalie had good things to say about the matter, as well:

“They really gave the characters of colour they did have some great stories and scenes to play.

In the books, my character isn’t really prominent. They really gave me some beautiful things to do and portray with my amazing friend and colleague Jacob [Anderson, who played Grey Worm].

I felt really supported and looked after in that respect. But I think it’s important to note that they could have done better there.”

Emmanuel also seemed hopeful of the future of diversity in television:

“Hopefully that criticism will be heeded for future shows of that magnitude.

That’s only a positive thing, so I’m excited to see what those conversations have started.”

She also discussed the show ending and her experience being on it:

It will always be bittersweet because we had such an amazing time and amazing experience with one another. We bonded for life.

But I’m excited. I feel really happy to see what other opportunities are out there. Game Of Thrones changed my life, I was working in retail when I got that job.

It’s always going to be sad not going to work with my friends.”

What do guys think? Tell us in the comments, down below!







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All Equal
All Equal
1 year ago

Worthless racist bitch. How about they gave the roles to the people they gave them to without considering color, unlike you?

Craig
Craig
1 year ago

what a load of garbage… it makes no difference is a film has all white or all black or all asian actors… the show is based around a book and it needs to keep true to the reality of the material… i thought GOT did a great job keeping true to the reality of the series… the reality was it was based on westeros where it is very clear in the book most of the inhabitants are of a caucasian look, as per the book people of Dorne where shown to look more hispanic as expected and ppl from Southyros… Read more »

Dylan Kelly
Dylan Kelly
1 year ago

What an absolute attempt for attention, The show had a huge variety of diversity especially since it was mostly written and cast in a northerner/southerner caucasian background for the story and they still fit in several different cultures and religions and diverse races.
Absolute joke…

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Game of Thrones actor finally answers the Big Question: “What happened to Syrio Forel?”

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Game of Thrones actor finally answers the Big Question: “What happened to Syrio Forel?”

Game of Thrones wrapped up filming nearly two years ago and left the fans with several unanswered questions. One of the most prominent ones was what really happened to Syrio Forel? He was last seen fighting Lannister soldiers with a wooden sword, while Arya escaped. But no one knows how the fight ended. After so many years, we might finally have an answer, from the actor Miltos Yerolemou himself!

When asked about the same in an interview with Collider, the actor replied, “It’s a really good question. I’ll say it is a really good question because it has changed a lot over the years. Initially, I knew very much about the fan theories about is he dead? Is he alive? Is he Jaqen H’ghar, are they faceless men?”

Game of Thrones actor finally answers the Big Question: “What happened to Syrio Forel?”

“I would never say one thing one way or another, because the whole point, especially while the show was still going on, was that I didn’t want to give anything away, one way or another, because the mythology is what is exciting about a lot of things. And who knows? Certain things happened in the series that never happened in the books. And vice versa.”

“So, there was ambiguity there. But ultimately, each time I answered that question, I would formulate a clearer idea of really what happened. And to me, it makes a lot of sense because I remember asking George, who wrote the episode — Episode 8 in the first season — I remember asking him, “Why don’t you answer the question that everyone has asked since you wrote that chapter in the book? Why don’t you do that?” And he said, “That isn’t what I want to do. That doesn’t serve my narrative purpose.” And that’s all he would say.”

“And I understood it. And yet, now I really understand it because to me, it makes a lot of sense that you don’t get the traumatic ending of Syrio, because in the books Arya remembers his words. It’s like the training is kept alive, in the same way … I keep going back to Star Wars. The presence of Obi-Wan Kenobi is still there because he’s kind of still there. No one really ever dies. That kind of thing.”

He continued, “It’s not mystical in the same way as Star Wars. But the resonance and the echo of the words, the mantra, the training is alive in her head. And I think the ambiguity allows that to exist. And if she’d seen him cut down, I think it wouldn’t have the same effect on her, or it would be too traumatic for it to live on in her head in the same way.

So, as a narrative device, I think it’s brilliant. And I think that is the reason why George did it. And I think that is the reason why, ultimately, Syrio Forel sacrifices himself to save this girl he barely knows. That’s also very poetic. And also, there aren’t that many good guys in Game of Thrones, so you got to have at least a couple.”

Even though it is not a clear answer, he hints vaguely that Syrio didn’t survive the battle. What do you think happened to Syrio? Tell us in the comments below!







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Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams utterly missed Sword Fighting while filming Season 2

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Arya Stark was undoubtedly one of the finest warriors on Game of Thrones. Her use of weaponry was unmatched, and she could take down foes much bigger in size than herself. It all started way back in season 1 when Ned Stark employed Syrio Forel to give her ‘dancing’ lessons. The actor who played Syrio Forel, Miltos Yerolemou, recently talked to Collider about his experience on the set. He also revealed that Maisie Williams, who played Arya Stark, had grown quite fond of the lessons. She really missed them in the second season of the show.

He said, “Even though we had stunt doubles who were brilliant at what they did, they never got a chance to film any of the stuff because … And Maisie, herself, is a dancer — as you can see as her fighting develops through the show. All of that is her because she’s a natural. And so, the two of us just were in our element. We relished that. In fact, I remember Maisie saying to me when she was filming Season 2 — I think I met her at a convention and she said, “I really miss doing the sword fighting,” because I think in Season 2 she didn’t get to do hardly any. And she was like, “I really, really miss it.”

He continued, “It was her very first job that she’d ever done. She was 13 years old. She was still at school. Maisie had an amazing mom that read her the bits that she couldn’t read because those bits were quite adult. She had a really supportive mother. And the team around her really looked after her.”

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Miltos Yerolemou reveals the secret behind Syrio Forel’s Amazing Last Battle Scene

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Game of Thrones became one of the most successful shows of the past decade due to a variety of factors. Highly realistic fight scenes were one of the reasons why the show became so popular. Some characters, like Arya Stark’s teacher Syrio Forel, did not have much screen time, but their popularity skyrocketed nonetheless. His last appearance on the show where he fights his last battle while protecting Arya is one of the most beloved fight scenes amongst the fans. Miltos Yerolemou, who played the role, revealed how they made the scene look so realistic.

Yerolemou explained to Collider, “The team on Game of Thrones were fantastic. Let’s be absolutely straight here — the Hungarian stuntmen were the people who really made me look good, because they flipped and fell over, and reacted to my movements in such a way that made it look even more phenomenal. So, it’s a collaborative effort, like it always is.”

Ultimately, it’s a matter of creating the choreography and then making sure that you just practice it. In the end, with the Lannister fight, I think we spent a few days. But also, part of mine and Maisie’s agreement or deal was that we made sure that we did everything ourselves. So, even though we had stunt doubles who were brilliant at what they did, they never got a chance to film any of the stuff because …

So, it’s a collaborative thing. Ultimately, it was having people that just created really good choreography and then we just worked our butts off.”

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