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Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik on the hardest parts of filming Battle of the Bastards

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New photos from Game of Thrones season 6 episode 9: Battle of the Bastards

Game of Thrones is a massive phenomenon across the world today, and with the brilliant writing and production comes an equally good direction of each episode. After season 6 gave us some of the most epic episodes in the history of television, Game of Thrones reached an entirely different level when it comes to direction. One of the major episodes of season 6 was the 9th, Battle of the Bastards, which took up maximum effort from the cast and crew of the show. With this glaring challenge ahead of director Miguel Sapochnik, he worked hard and delivered to the world a splendid battle sequence that left many of us wide-eyed.

The director spoke about the challenges of filming and the toughest parts of it, with the New York Times, explaining how much effort it took to film 70 horses in Battle of the Bastards to look like 3000. He also discussed filming dragons and how it gets the cast and crew excited.

When asked about Jon Snow’s scene of being trapped under dead bodies and how the challenge made it such a poignant part, he said, “At least 50 percent of the time, they make it better. The example I keep coming back to is the sequence where Jon Snow gets crushed by all his fellow troops, and has that dying and rebirthing moment. Which really came as a result of the fact that it rained, and the pitch got completely waterlogged — there was nine inches of mud, and it slowed everything down. So I consulted with David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss, the creators and showrunners] and said, “I think I can complete the sequence if I can go off script and shoot this idea instead, because it’s more containable and it’s not dependent on the weather.” And they said yes, and it ended up being a very personal moment for Jon Snow in the midst of all of that chaos.

On what the toughest thing to film was, Sapochnik said, “Having 3,000 horses running at each other, especially after we discovered that horses cannot touch each other. It’s illegal — it’s a very valid rule about protecting the horses. So the very thing we were trying to do was not allowed. And we only had 70 horses.”

On how filming dragons gets people excited even though its nothing but a green pole, he said, “Luckily, the dragons aren’t there. (Laughs.) The dragon on set is essentially a 14­foot green pole with a little green ball on the top of it. More often than not, it was me swinging it around and shouting cues for people to know the dragon was passing over them; the ball was there for an eye line. Amazingly, somehow when the dragon’s on set — which, again, is literally a pole — people get excited. Most of the people who work on the show, and even the extras in whatever country you go to, they tend to be massive fans of the show. They all know what the dragon looks like, so it’s not hard to get the excitement level up. Everyone loves horses, but we’ve seen them before, so they’re not as thrilling.”

These tough challenges faced by the cast and crew while filming such a great show really make us appreciate all of the effort that went behind it.






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Emilia Clarke and Jason Momoa set to reunite on The Graham Norton Show

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Emilia Clarke and Jason Momoa set to reunite on The Graham Norton Show

There are quite a few Game of Thrones pairings that are iconic, but the top spot belongs to Emilia Clarke and Jason Momoa, without a doubt. The actors that played the onscreen couple Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo are great friends in real world. We have seen them reunite quite a lot, but the two are headed for an onscreen reunion, as they’re scheduled to appear on The Graham Norton Show. Read on!

The popular British TV series The Graham Norton Show always has the best guest pairing, and they seem to have totally nailed it this time around. Emilia and Jason will be seen together on the show’s upcoming episode scheduled to air on October 25.

Emilia is currently in the middle of promoting her upcoming film Last Christmas, while Momoa is promoting his upcoming Apple TV+ series See. The two promos seem to have come together beautifully, leading to this reunion. The show will also have Regina King, there to promote her upcoming HBO series Watchmen, and comedian Ross Noble, with Camila Cabello slated to be the performer.

The episode will air on Friday, October at 10.35pm on BBC One, for the British fans of the show. Are you excited to watch the two unite on screen after this long? We sure are. Talk to us in the comments, below!






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Maisie Williams says it was “horrible” to look like a boy to play Arya Stark

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Maisie Williams says it was “horrible” to look like a boy to play Arya Stark

Game of Thrones has had a lot of strong female characters, but it would be inaccurate to say that it celebrates femininity. One example is Arya Stark, who is seen as a boyish character for most of the show, and as an extension, we all ended up seeing Maisie Williams the same way. In a recent interview, she discussed what it was like to have to hide her feminine side for the role, calling the experience “horrible.” Read on!

In a recent interview with Vogue, Maisie discussed coming of age in the spotlight, and more. Starting off, she talked about “maturing” about two seasons into the production of the show:

“But Arya was still very much like trying to be disguised as a boy and I had really short hair and they constantly covered me in dirt and shaded my nose so it looked really broad and I look like, really manly.”

She continued:

“And they would also put this strap across my chest to flatten any growth that had started, and I don’t know, that just felt horrible for six months of the year.”

The only glimpse we got of Arya Stark’s femininity came in the last season of the show, with her and Gendry sharing what was the first and only romantic moment for Arya throughout the show. Maisie also said that she felt ashamed to be a girl for a while, and is enjoying her feminine side a lot more now.

Well, it’s safe to say that the fans love this side of Maisie as well. What do you feel? Tell us in the comments, down below!






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Fans wonder why Isaac Hempstead Wright wasn’t on stage during Game of Thrones tribute at the Emmys

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Fans wonder why Isaac Hempstead Wright wasn't on stage during Game of Thrones tribute at the Emmys

The 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards were recently held, and while Game of Thrones didn’t do as well as usual, it was the last Emmy appearance for the show. The show walked away with the Outstanding Drama Emmy, and also had a heartfelt tribute with some of the cast members.

What was surprising, however, was that the winner of the Game of Thrones (or the closest we got to it), Issac Hempstead-Wright, who played Bran Stark, was surprisingly absent from the tribute, but rather in the audience. This perplexed many of the fans:

Well, the logic seems to be that only the nominated actors were on the stage for the tribute, which isn’t a bad thing. However, being that it was the show’s last year at the site, it would’ve been better to have the entire cast on the stage.

What do you guys think? Tell us in the comments, blow down below!






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