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Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss directed a Netflix Comedy Special for Leslie Jones

If seriousness and grim realities could bring out laughter, then Game of Thrones could raise a hand in attendance. Among a variety of human emotions displayed in the outrageous action-packed drama, laughter only managed a shaggydog appearance. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the show-runners, created one of the most popular and intense shows on the spectrum of film and TV. So, what do we expect after that? Certainly, no comedy! But that’s what has happened. We find that David and Dan decided to not take themselves too seriously and the result is a Netflix comedy special for Leslie Jones, a popular stand-up comic and Saturday Night Live (SNL) star.

Although it may sound a bit out of place, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have indeed directed the special by Leslie Jones, called Time Machine. Leslie Jones is an American comedian, who’s known for her stand-up comedy and her regular appearance on the American late-night comedy show, SNL as a writer and cast member. Moreover, she is a huge Game of Thrones fan. With Time Machine, she returns to the stand-up comedy scene combining genres such as observational, blue, and physical comedy.

Leslie appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and talked about how she got the Game of Thrones writers and creators to direct her comedy special. She started off by saying:

“I had a list of directors I wanted.” The list included Steven Spielberg, who was busy; J.J. Abrams, who was making Star Wars. GoT fans might not be amused, but wait for it. “Then I was like, okay wait a minute! Who else could catch action but somebody who shoots a dragon! And what am I? A dragon!” she exclaimed. Now, that sounds like a perfect match.

Leslie also spoke about the idea behind her special:

“I am 52. Life is what it is. Everybody says ‘life is short’. No, it’s not. It’s very long! I want people to know I had a 20s, and I know what you 20-year-olds think that you’re going through. You all are not having fun. I know what it is to be 30, I know what it is to be 40, and now I am 50! I want people to embrace the wonderfulness of your individuality.”

This soulful insight and the fact that she “loves people to laugh” – especially by catching them surprisingly – promise a riot of laughter.

This special could be the beginning in the greater scheme of things for David Benioff and D.B. Weiss at Netflix. It’s certainly intriguing to see them operate in this territory. We wish them godspeed! What are your thoughts? Share them in the comments section below.






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Dean-Charles Chapman says he and Isaac Hempstead Wright are real-life besties

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Dean-Charles Chapman says he and Isaac Hempstead Wright are real-life besties

Game of Thrones ended back in 2019 leaving a number of fans with teary eyes. Over the several seasons of the series, we had grown to love many characters. Some of them died and some witnessed a big shift in their arcs – Daenerys Targaryen being the biggest example. Talking about the awesome cast members, they still feel connected like a family, having worked in the series for around nine years. Same is the case with Dean-Charles Chapman and Isaac Hempstead Wright who are real-life best friends.

Dean-Charles Chapman, who played Tommen Baratheon in Game of Thrones recently talked to Entertainment Weekly, telling them that despite sharing no screentime together in the series, he is a good friend of Isaac Hempstead Wright. He told them:

“I speak to Isaac Hempstead Wright a lot. He’s one of my best mates…I speak to him every day.”  

Isaac Hempstead Wright played Bran Stark aka Three-Eyed Raven in the series and didn’t share any screentime with Dean. Yet, these actors have often been seen together on Social Media. A common thing among them is that both of them were crowned the King of the Seven Kingdoms in the series. 

Chapman is being praised for his role in the movie 1917 as Lance Corporal Thomas Blake. The movie is up for 10 Oscars this year at the 92nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Sam Mendes. The movie also stars another Game of Thrones alum, Richard Madden (who played Robb Stark in the series) as Lieutenant Joseph Blake. 

Chapman was delighted when he got the news that Madden would be playing his brother in the movie. He told the EW:

“I remember [Mendes] telling me, at a table read, I asked who’s going to be playing my brother, and he said Richard Madden…My first reaction is, I don’t look anything like Richard Madden, so I can’t see that. But in the film, Richard did a really good job of trying to sound like Blake as well. So that worked.”

So what your reaction to this update on Dean Charles Chapman? Tell us in the comments. 






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Kristofer Hivju talks about Game of Thrones Season 8, says he “loved it”

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Kristofer Hivju talks about Game of Thrones final season, says he "loved it"

Kristofer Hivju a.k.a. Tormund Giantsbane emerged as one of the most popular actors from Game of Thrones. He managed to hold his own amongst many fine actors on the show and his portrayal of Tormund was a breath of fresh air on the show. He has now moved on to his next assignment Twin, the first look of which was revealed a week ago. Hivju recently spoke to the Winter is coming about Game of Thrones and Jon Snow! Read on.

Hivju will be seen playing a double role in his next series Twin. In the interview, he spoke about how he longed for an emotional and sober character after playing Tormund on Thrones. He said:

“Tormund was a huge character with a Shakespearean kind of style, everything is life and death. This is a totally different genre. I like to challenge myself, to do both is fantastic, but after six years on Thrones it was a pleasure to play a sober, emotional character. I longed for that, and it was a great experience.” 

Kristofer Hivju talks about Game of Thrones final season, says he "loved it"

Hivju also got behind the show’s final season and said that he loved it.

“I loved the final season, and I think that there is something organic about the show coming to an end. I think the ending was expected; when you kill a lead character in season one, there won’t be a happy ending. So it fit what made Game of Thrones what it was. It had unexpected twists and turns, it didn’t follow the rules of storytelling, it followed the rules of life. People change, to do good or to do worse. I think, whatever end it had, people would be outraged, or like it, or disagree. That’s the name of the game.”

When asked about what his character Tormund and Jon Snow would be up to now, he replied:

“Both of them have a broken heart, but I think Jon should be glad that Tormund is around,” he added. “I think Tormund is a faster healer and Jon needs help to get out of his depression. I think they are sitting around the fireplace, and Tormund is trying to cheer him up.”

Hivju sure has a point of view and it would be fascinating to see how he goes on about his acting career post-Thrones. Let us know your views in the comments below!






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Nathalie Emmanuel defends Game of Thrones finale and slams the petition signed by fans

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Nathalie Emmanuel defends the show's finale and slams the petition signed by fans

Game of Thrones continues to receive the support from its cast members amidst the relentless criticism of the show’s final season. From Emilia Clarke to Gemma Whelan everyone has expressed their displeasure at fans’ reactions towards the show. Now, we have a new addition to the list. Read on to find out more!

As per TV Line, Nathalie Emmanuel a.k.a. Missandei on the show has now backed the show’s ending and also defended the fate of her character on the show. Speaking about her character she said:

“I was very grateful for the strength that she had when she left. That was a performance choice for me,” she added “I was like, ‘She’s not going to be crying. She’s not going to be stereotypically scared. She’s scared, but she owns it.”

Nathalie Emmanuel defends the show's finale and slams the petition signed by fans

Emmanuel praised the strength of her character and said:

“This woman survived slavery. She knew that she might go to war and die. And she’s owning it like a badass bitch, And I felt like that’s what I did. I was very proud of it.”

Emmanuel, however, wasn’t exactly pleased with the way the show has been criticized from all quarters, especially by the fans. She was especially critical of the petition signed by the fans demanding the Season 8 to be made by competent writers. She said:

“Listen, I think it’s totally fine if you don’t like something. That’s perfectly acceptable. What I didn’t like was that people were signing a petition,” She explained, “You can’t ask for receipts on art. You just can’t. The art has been created for you, and you can either choose to like it or not.”

She went on to add that she was “blown away” by the show’s ending. According to her, the finale was “a hard plane to land. I don’t think people quite realize the undertaking and the amount of manpower it took to do that.”

Well, we feel the cast and crew members will continue to defend the show till eternity. It is, after all, a show that made their lives.

What do you guys reckon? Did you like Missandei’s character and ultimately her fate on the show? Let us know in the comments below!






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