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Game of Thrones VFX supervisor reveals why some colleagues didn’t want to work on Season 8

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Game of Thrones had one of the most breath-taking set designs and VFX effects in all of television history. The showrunners, cast, and crew members left no stone unturned to make the show the most remarkable TV series the audience had ever seen. Even though the show’s cast and showrunners receive attention and are known far and wide, the crew is often overlooked.

Visual effects supervisor Mohsen Mousavi and his team Scanline worked really hard and did an amazing job to create the fantasy world we love so much. The series’ penultimate episode ‘The Bell‘ earned Mousavi his first-ever Emmy nomination for Special Visual Effects.

In an interview with Gold Derby, Mousavi said, “Game of Thrones has made this legacy of incredible craft. Everyone who has been involved really put forward their best. That combined with the amazing story gives you this beautiful world.”

Mohsen and his team were responsible for creating the scene where Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) destroys King’s Landing with dragon fire. He explains, “The biggest challenge was the scope. You have this huge city now becoming a major character.”

We created the entire King’s Landing digitally. The iconic shot of destroying the Red Keep… you’re looking at this castle you have seen for more than 70 episodes. You want to make sure you are doing justice to the way it looks.”

He revealed that on his team there were people who wanted to work on the project. There were others who didn’t want to because they didn’t want any spoilers. They worked late nights and he appreciated his team’s spirit. Being the first to destroy the Iron Throne motivated them.

Mohsen and his team (the previous VFX team as well) worked really hard and deserve to be acknowledged. Show us your appreciation in the comments below!


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Game of Thrones’ Conleth Hill (Varys) was upset about how his character died

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Game of Thrones was a revolutionary show that changed the way we look at TV series. It was also famous for many of its controversial scenes, for example, Daenerys and Drogo’s wedding night scene. The final season itself divided the fandom into two bases, one that liked the final season, others didn’t. Conleth Hill, who played the wise Lord Varys, falls into the second category.

In the book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon written by Entertainment Weekly editor James Hibberd, Conleth discussed how deeply he was affected when his character died.

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“I think they tried to make that work and couldn’t. It just felt like after season 6, I kind of dropped off the edge,” Hill said. “I can’t complain because it’s six great seasons and I had some great scenes these last two seasons. But that’s when It changed for me a little.”

The actor described his overall experience to be brilliant, but he couldn’t get on board with some of the character’s choices in the final season. Hill explained that he couldn’t help but feel that he failed in some way.

At the time, nothing could console me. I kept thinking: “What did I do wrong?” There wasn’t any pre-warning,” Hill explained. “All these famous stories about actors being taken out for a meal. Or being phoned at the very least [to notify them that their character was being killed off]. This was just reading cold hard copy.”

As for the way Varys died, he said the character’s decision to betray Daenerys was brilliant and noble. What do you think about Varys’ death on the show? Tell us in the comments below!


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Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau calls Daenerys’ rape scene ‘degrading’

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Game of Thrones has often been the subject of controversy due to many of its revolting scenes. Even after a year of the show’s wrapping up, the series is still making headlines. Thanks to James Hibberd’s book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon, fans of the acclaimed TV series can now get a glimpse of what really happened on the set.

After George R. R. Martin’s reveal in the same book about the controversial rape scene of Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau added to the heat with his views. The actor who played Jaime Lannister on the show spoke about the first episode with the London Times. He described the sexual assault scene of Emilia Clarke as degrading.

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For Emilia to play that in series one was really tough and degrading, because what that character goes through is horrific,” he said. “She’s sold to a guy who rapes her, but her way of getting through that is a massive journey, right?”

Emilia Clarke was visibly distressed while filming the controversial scene. She had even told the showrunner, Dan Weiss, about it, and that it was uncomfortable for her. The showrunners defended the wedding night scene as it did not sit right with the story, according to James’ book.

Earlier, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin claimed the scene made the episode worse. It wasn’t there in his books. What do you think of the criticized scene? Let us know in the comments below!


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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau slams diva behaviour of stars on the set of Game of Thrones

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Humility is a virtue that a person often forgets on their road to success. It helps to maintain a positive environment at the workplace and creates a mutual sense of respect amongst the co-workers. Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who played Jaime Lannister on the show, mocked the behavior of stars who seemed to have forgotten the value of humility.

In an interview with The Times, Nikolaj couldn’t resist mocking those who acted like a diva on set. The actor refused to name any specific members of the huge cast. He put on a voice and said, “Oh, it’s too f***ing hot! I’m going to complain about this piece of s**t! Where do I sit?”

Coster-Waldau went on to praise the late actress Diana Rigg. Just like her character Olenna Tyrell, she had no time for nonsense. He recalled, “You just didn’t mess with her. She had so much bite in a very funny way, and you can’t win when somebody is funnier and cleverer than you.”

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He continued, “If you work with someone like that, you raise your game. You have to — she’s so good. But that last scene of hers was a great day. That was the only two-hander we had, which was a real privilege.”

The writers really served her character well,” Nikolaj remarked, “She goes out on top and with dignity.”

Diana’s legacy serves as a beacon of excellence and inspiration for the younger generation of stars to come by. Feel free to join Coster-Waldau in remembering the great artist in the comments below!


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