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Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju (Tormund) has fully recovered from COVID-19!

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Game of Thrones stars have graduated from the show, and are getting more and more love with each passing day, while enjoying the success that the series opened up for them. However, of late there have been a couple of unfortunate happenings, mostly related to the Coronavirus crisis. We had recently reported that Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju was diagnosed with a Coronavirus infection. Now, we have some good news on that front — Hivju has revealed that he has now recovered from COVID-19. Read on!

Nearly a month ago, we had reported that Kristofer Hivju, who played the role of Tormund Giantsbane on Game of Thrones had tested positive for Coronavirus. The star had broken the news on his Instagram page, revealing that him and his wife had mild symptoms and were quarantined. He again took to Instagram to give us the good news of their recovery:

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Hi! We are fully recovered and in good health after I was infected by the Cororonavirus, and most likely my wife @grymolvaerhivju After several weeks inn quarantine, and also a couple more indoors after beeing free of all symptoms, we are finally safe and sound. We were lucky to only have mild symptoms of the Covid 19. We send our love and thoughts to all of the people where the virus has hit much harder, and to everyone who has lost their loved ones due to the Cornonavirus. Thank you for all of your support, and please remember to stay vigilant and keep your distance, wash your hands, and most of all ; take care of each other in this strange time. Lots of love from us❤️🙌🏻 #takecare @panoramaagency

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It seems that Hivju and his wife were lucky enough to only suffer mild symptoms of the disease, and have fully recovered now. Hivju also noted that not only did they do several weeks in quarantine, they also did a couple more weeks even after the symptoms had disappeared, as the protocol requires.

While Hivju has recovered, unfortunately he wasn’t the only Game of Thrones star to test positive for Coronavirus. Indira Varma (Ellaria Sand) had also tested positive, and she was even in close proximity of Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) right before testing positive. However there has been no news of Indira recovering yet, so keep our stars in your thoughts!

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Game of Thrones’ Iwan Rheon to star in a “real-life” Video Game

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Highly acclaimed TV series Game of Thrones rocked a great collection of some of the best villains in television history. A villain can make or break the TV show. An ambitious villain makes the viewers praise his motivations, while some are purely sadistic. Iwan Rheon’s Ramsay Bolton was a mix of both, though more sadistic than ambitious at times. His performance was so spot on, the audience loved to hate him.

Ramsay’s cruelest technique involved making his victims think they have control and can escape from him. He would then chase them down and fed them to his hounds. Iwan Rheon is set to appear in a real-life video game, with almost the same grim settings, but his role is reversed.

Screamfest 4: The Kraken’s Revenge will see Rheon be issued instructions by players using smartphones or computers. The actor then responds to the instructions immediately via a live video link. The game is described as tense, frightening, and chillingly dark. It was created by John Zurhellen, who worked on games including Grand Theft Auto IV, Manhunt 1 & 2, and Red Dead Redemption.

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I’m used to playing a character that did all the controlling but now the tables are turned,” said Rheon, “I’ll be at the mercy of people controlling my every move online from anywhere in the country, sending me from room to room in a particularly creepy location while I’m hunted by a monster. I do wonder how many Kraken fans will send me to my doom and how many will save me!”

Rheon will be playable for two hours from 4 pm to 6 pm on 28 October. Tell us what you’ll do with Rheon’s character if given a chance in the comments below!


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Netflix responds to criticism over Game of Thrones’ bosses’ new TV show

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Every new venture is bound to be hit with some kind of backlash, no matter how good the concept is. Game of Thrones’ showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are facing a similar situation with their new project, Netflix’s Three-Body Problem.

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Three-Body Problem is an adaptation of Chinese author Liu Cixin’s novel of the same name. Last week, five US Republican senators wrote a letter to the streaming service’s CEO Ted Sarandos. They complained about the plans to adapt Liu Cixin’s sci-fi trilogy.

Liu made comments in The New Yorker last year in which he appeared to support the Chinese government’s internment camps where Uyghur Muslims and other Muslim minorities are being held.

Netflix’s vice president of global policy Dean Garfield was accused of normalizing the Chinese government’s incarceration of Uyghur Muslims by adapting these books.

Garfield responded, “Netflix does not operate a service in China. Netflix judges individual projects on their merits. Mr Liu is the author of the book – The Three-Body Problem – not the creator of this show. We do not agree with his comments, which are entirely unrelated to his book or this Netflix show.”

The Three-Body Problem is going to be the first project Benioff and Weiss will work on, since the completion of Game of Thrones. They have already proved their mettle with the amazing success of Game of Thrones. The new show is the type of fantasy genre that is right up their sleeves.

How do you feel about the senators’ accusations? Let us know in the comments below.


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David Benioff and D. B. Weiss explain why Lady Stoneheart didn’t make it to the series

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Adapting a popular book such as A Song of Ice and Fire for the big screen requires a lot of planning and hard work. There are times when showrunners have to omit characters from the original source. Fans of the novel were a bit disappointed, when fan-favourite Lady Stoneheart didn’t make it to the show.

Lady Stoneheart is a resurrected Lady Catelyn Stark. After she was murdered along with her son Robb and the Starks at the Red Wedding, her body is pulled out of the river by Arya’s dire-wolf Nymeria. She is brought back to life by the Brotherhood without Banners‘ priest Beric Dondarrion.

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Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss revealed three reasons why the character wasn’t there in the show, in the book Fire cannot kill a Dragon, written by Entertainment Weekly editor James Hibberd (The book also revealed facts about the botched pilot episode). The first being George R.R. Martin’s plans for the character.

Part of the reason we didn’t want to put it in had to do with things coming up in George’s books that we don’t want to spoil [by discussing them].” Benioff explained.

The second reason was the resurrection of Jon Snow. He said, “We knew we had Jon Snow’s resurrection coming up. Too many resurrections start to diminish the impact of characters dying. We wanted to keep our powder dry for that.”

The final reason was the Red Wedding. The resurrection would have diminished the effect the scene had created. “Catelyn’s last moment was so fantastic, and Michelle is such a great actress, to bring her back as a zombie who doesn’t speak felt like diminishing returns.” Benioff explained.

Would you’ve liked to see Lady Stoneheart on the screen? Tell us in the comments below!


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