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Game of Thrones star Hafthor Bjornsson (The Mountain) deadlifts 1104 lb (501 kg) to set new world record

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The Game of Thrones cast is a huge ensemble. Within that group, we have such talented people that it’s hard to keep a track of the constantly rising peaks of their achievements. Hafthor Bjornsson, who played The Mountain (Ser Gregor Clegane) on Game of Thrones is also a professional strongman (strength athlete) along with being an actor. And the strong guy has been breaking many records lately. The latest has come in the form of a world record when Hafthor deadlifted 1104 lbs. (501 kg) at his gym, Thor’s Power Gym in Iceland. The sports network, ESPN streamed the event live. Read on!

Hafthor became the first man to deadlift over 500 kg breaking the world record of the former English strongman, Eddie Hall. Eddie had set the world record by deadlifting 500 kg in 2016. He went on to win the World’s Strongest Man competition in 2017; a feat that Hafthor achieved in 2018. In fact, Hafthor is the first person who won three major strongman events in the same calendar year; Arnold Strongman Classic, Europe’s Strongest Man, and World’s Strongest Man in 2018. Moreover, he has won the Arnold Strongman Classic consecutively for three years, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Game of Thrones star Hafthor Bjornsson (The Mountain) deadlifts 1104 lb (501 kg) to set new world record

The 31-year-old Icelandic performer lifted the barbell holding a combined weight of 501 kg amidst screaming cheers from his supporters. He held the weight at the level of his hips, with the torso perpendicular to the ground under strongman rules for nearly two seconds, and shrieked a loud cry of victory after he let it go. The event was timed and refereed by fellow Icelander and former strongman, Magnus Ver Magnusson.

This was not a regular task by any measure. But then, you don’t see a moving Mountain every day. Bjornsson is massive at 6 feet 9 inches and 452 lbs. (205 kg). He played the mighty Mountain on Game of Thrones through seasons four to eight. His duel with the Hound in the much-anticipated Clegane Bowl was one of the highlights of the final season. Plus, who can forget the trial by combat with The Viper (Oberyn Martell)!

Game of Thrones star Hafthor Bjornsson (The Mountain) deadlifts 1104 lb (501 kg) to set new world record

On the personal front, Hafthor and his wife, Kelsey are expecting their first child. We wish him and his family more success, happiness, and health.

So what do you guys think about The Mountain’s feat? Talk to us in the comments.


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New £24m Game of Thrones attraction to open in Northern Ireland featuring sets from King’s Landing and Winterfell

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A new chance for Game of Thrones’ fans to relive their fantasies is about to open in Northern Ireland. A £24m Game of Thrones attraction center in Co Down is being set up by Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge. It will be developed under license with Warner Brothers Consumer Products.

The tour will be another stop for fans of the fantasy TV series who, pre-COVID, loved to visit spots like Ballintoy Harbour, Castle Ward, and the Dark Hedges to follow in the footsteps of characters. The tourist attraction will feature sets from King’s Landing and Winterfell.

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The Linen Mill Studios have now received planning permission. The tour is expected to pull in 600,000 visitors and generate £400m in revenue per year. It will help in the recovery of the tourism industry post-COVID-19, as tourism is estimated to have lost 50% of its 2019 £1bn revenues.

The show was filmed here between 2009 and 2018 by HBO. It was adapted from George R.R. Martin’s famous novel A Song of Ice and Fire. Linen Mill Studios want the venue to embody the entertainment, drama, and quality which made Game of Thrones the most pirated TV show in history.

Some of the most iconic scenes of the show were shot at the studio. The fans will have an opportunity to visit and see the work of the show’s incredible crew in a museum setting. Apart from the set, the tour will also feature a make-up and prosthetics shop for the guests. There will also be a restaurant to relive the studio catering experience.

Are you excited about the brand new opening of the tour stop? Let us know in the comments below!


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Diana Rigg, who played Lady Olenna Tyrell on Game of Thrones, passes away at 82

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The year 2020 has been the Red Wedding of years. As if the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t enough, tragedy has struck yet once again. This time, the wretched year has taken away another gem of the entertainment industry. Diana Rigg, who played the cunning Lady Olenna Tyrell on the series Game of Thrones, has passed away at the age of 82.

Diana was a decorated and esteemed performer. She was a venerable figure in Britain’s entertainment industry and was the recipient of the famed Tony and Emmy awards. Rigg was also famous for her role as intelligence agent Emma Peel on ‘The Avengers’ in the 1960s.

Diana Rigg played the role of Lady Olenna Tyrell, also known as The Queen of Thorns on HBO’s The Game of Thrones. She began in the third season in 2013. She was nominated for the esteemed Emmy awards for the category ‘Best Guest Actor’ for her work on the show, consecutively from 2013 to 2015.

Diana was a beautiful kind and generous human being that enhanced the lives of all that knew her as well as a great actress. She leaves a great void in my heart,” said Lionel Larner, who was Rigg’s long time friend and talent agent.

Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg was born in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England. She spent her early childhood in India. Diana did her training as an actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art from 1955-57 and made her professional stage debut in Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle in 1957. She died from cancer which was diagnosed back in March.

Her loss will be deeply felt and she will be missed all over the world. Our condolences are with her family and friends.


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Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss working on adapting “Three-Body Problem” at Netflix

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Game of Thrones was a memorable experience for both the fans and the show’s crew. Rarely do we see a TV show achieve massive popularity as Game of Thrones did in the last decade. Many of the show’s crew have moved on to new projects, including showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

Game of Thrones directors David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with Alexander Woo are working together to adapt Liu Cixin’s bestseller “Three-Body Problem” for Netflix. The series will be covering all three books of the trilogy, namely, “The Three-Body Problem,” “The Dark Forest,” and “Death’s End.” The story revolves around the idea of humanity’s first contact with aliens. Netflix struck a deal with Yoozoo group for the rights to make an English adaptation of the trilogy.

Benioff and Weiss were highly impressed by the books. They said, “Liu Cixin’s trilogy is the most ambitious science-fiction series we’ve read, taking readers on a journey from the 1960s until the end of time, from life on our pale blue dot to the distant fringes of the universe. We look forward to spending the next years of our lives bringing this to life for audiences around the world.

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. Benioff and Weiss are also associated with another Netflix series, “The Chair” as executive producers.

The Netflix series does not have a release date yet. What are your expectations for the show? Let us know in the comments below.


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