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Game of Thrones’ Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (The Mountain) and wife Kelsey Henson welcome baby boy

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The bloody red sky of 2020 seems to be lightened up with hopes of bright shooting stars. These shooting stars are in the form of Game of Thrones babies whose smiles are a comforting sight in rough times. Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, who played the terrifying warrior Mountain, welcomed his son into the world with his wife Kelsey Henson.

After Sophie Turner, Björnsson is the second Game of Thrones celebrity to have a baby in the year 2020. Earlier this year, Sophie welcomed her daughter Willa with husband Joe Jonas. The year 2020 already feels like a memorable year for the Game of Thrones fans.

Björnsson posted a picture of his cute little family on Instagram. He was really excited to share the news with his fans. He described the events in the caption:

After an extremely hard 2 hours and 19 minutes of pushing our healthy, strong, beautiful boy arrived weighing 3530 grams, 52 cm long. To finish the most beautiful, awe inspiring labour was the most wonderful phone call to my daughter to introduce her to her new little brother.”

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26.09.2020 . 6am Kelsey woke me up telling me she had been losing her water, I immediately jumped out of bed and said alright let’s go, she stayed calm and replied with a laugh and said, no we are not going yet. I then asked to call our midwives to which she replied again no let’s just wait for awhile. . 7:15am we call our friend to come photograph the labour, the midwife and doula. Once the midwife arrived she checked out the progress and we were surprised to learn Kelsey was already 5cm dilated. The midwife asked if she was ready to go to the birthing centre or wanted to try out that bath at home and Kelsey, still remaining calm, decided to try the bath at home. While I was filling up the bath things started escalating quickly, the contractions were much stronger lasting over a minute and were anywhere from 2-3 min apart. The midwife then said she thought we should head to the clinic and finally Kelsey agreed it was time. . 8:40am. We arrived at the Björkin, the birthing centre, after a quick 10 min drive. Right away Kelsey knew exactly what she wanted and asked how long until the birthing pool would be filled. The next fifteen minutes Kelsey paced around between contractions waiting for the tub to be filled. . 9:00am She was in the tub and immediately started to push. Things escalated super quickly. Throughout it all she did amazing. She was in complete control of her mind and body. She had strong opinions on exactly what she wanted and where she wanted to be. I am completely in awe of how strong she is, and so proud of her for everything she did to prepare herself throughout her pregnancy. It cannot be put into words how proud I am and how I feel about this experience. . 11:19am After an extremely hard 2 hours and 19 mins of pushing our healthy, strong, beautiful boy arrived weighing 3530 grams, 52 cm long. . To finish the most beautiful, awe inspiring labour was the most wonderful phone call to my daughter to introduce her to her new little brother ❤️ . 5:30pm We arrive back at home both mom and baby doing super well and spent our first night as three together. . We have decided on a name and cannot wait to share it with you all soon.

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The actor also has a daughter, Theresa Lif with his ex-girlfriend, Thelma Björk Steimann. Meanwhile, Kelsey also took to Instagram to share her happiness with her fans.

Game of Thrones fans surely have a moment to rejoice amidst the crisis the world is currently facing. More good news is on the way as Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Rose Leslie (Ygritte) are also expecting their first child!

Thor Björnsson and his wife Kelsey are excited about their new-born baby. Please send your blessings for the cute little family 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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Paddy Considine cast as Viserys Targaryen for Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon

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News and rumors regarding Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon have been around for a while now. Fans have been hyped about the series ever since its announcement by HBO back in 2019. The Television network has now added to the hype by announcing the first confirmed cast for the series.

According to Deadline.com, Peaky Blinder’s star Paddy Considine is set to star as King Viserys Targaryen. Viserys was chosen by the Lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal. A warm, kind, and decent man, Viserys only wishes to carry forward his grandfather’s legacy.

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After several rumors about casting for the show earlier this year, the first confirmed casting is welcome news for the Game of Thrones community all around the world. There were rumors about the casting of Rhaenyra Targaryen, Alicent Hightower, and Daemon Targaryen taking place at HBO headquarters.

Later in September, HBO president, Casey Bloys, settled the rumors by confirming the casting being done at the headquarters. The show is now scheduled to premiere in 2022, with casting currently under process and shooting to begin in 2021.

The show-runners are Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik (Emmy winner for the Battle of the Bastards episode) and Ryan Condal.

Are you hyped about the casting? Share your excitement with us in the comments below!


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