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Daenerys in Westeros changes everything, says Game of Thrones showrunner in EW cover story interview

Game of Thrones has been on a roll lately! Season 6 ended a long time ago, and Season 7 will arrive much later this year, with release date set for July 16th. While that’s still quite a long time away, HBO seems to be making it up to us by giving us a steady stream of official material from the next season. In addition to the official pictures released by Entertainment Weekly, and the official trailer, EW recently unveiled the Stark reunion photoshoot, which will be seen in the latest issue, which is set to come with five different covers, the all Starks edition. EW recently revealed bits from the showrunners’ interview from the issue, and there are quite some interesting bits in it. Read on!

EW has gone big with this issue. First off, they have the five different covers with the Stark reunion, starring Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Sansa (Sophie Turner), Arya (Maisie Williams), and Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright). Check out a video clip of them all discussing their reunion, below :

EW also has special features in the issue, directly from the sets in Northern Ireland and Spain, and they managed to get the showrunners, David Benioff, Dan Weiss, and Bryan Cogman, to talk more about Season 7.

Starting off, Benioff said:

“I know you probably get sick of hearing us say this, we say it every year, but everybody steps up their game this season. It’s kind of astounding to us. In every department, from the acting to the effects, everybody constantly improves.”

Now, we all know that this season will have a lot of storylines colliding, which is exciting, and Weiss agrees:

“What’s most exciting this season is being able to play interactions between various characters that for years we haven’t been able to play.”

Co-executive producer Bryan Cogman also gave his take on Season 7, and what set it apart :

“Dany in Westeros makes Game of Thrones a new show. It has this amazing ripple effect throughout every storyline that’s very exciting to explore. There’s a pace and urgency that’s very palpable. This is the end game.”

Check out all the pictures from EW’s Stark reunion, here. What do you think about this? Talk to us in the comments, down below!

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Game of Thrones might be over, but the cast of the show continue to be in news. Carice van Houten, a dutch actress who played the role of Melisandre in the series, recently came in news for canceling a television appearance in Belgium. Read on to find out why!

Van Houten was recently invited for a talk show, ‘The Appointment’, in Belgium. However, once learning that it would host Christoph D’Haese, the mayor of Aalst, Houten canceled her appearance.

The carnival held in March, featured a float with effigies of grinning Jews holding money, one carrying a rat on its shoulder. The float was widely condemned from all quarters. The mayor, D’Haese apparently claimed that it was all done in humor and saw nothing wrong in it.

Van Houten along with her associate, Halina Reijn, who is married to a Jewish soccer player, decided to pull out of the show. Phara de Aguirre, the Belgian show’s presenter wrote on Twitter, “No Halina Reijn and Carice Van Houten as advertised.” De Aguirre quoted Reijn as having called the mayor “an anti-Semite” and said Van Houten canceled out of solidarity.

Well, what are your views on this news? Tell us in the comments section!

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It has been nearly seven months since the last episode of Game of Thrones aired. Now that the dust seems to be settling down on the show, the Blu-rays are out with some very exclusive content for its fans.

As reported earlier, Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection box set and Game of Thrones: The Complete Series Blu-ray and DVD sets, were released on December 3. Ever since the Blu-rays have been out, the deleted scenes have begun to hit the internet.

It turns out, if you have bought all the goodies of the show, you would have hit the jackpot with some never seen before footage from the show. As per Syfy, there is an exclusive clip from the mammoth battle sequence of “the long night” episode of season 8. The video is titled When Winter Falls.

In the video, Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), and Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm) talk about their experiences shooting the episode.

Christie in the videos says “Oh my goodness, it was overwhelming, You’re on this huge set, it’s filled with smoke. It feels like maybe a 1,000 people on the set with extras, crew, and cast.”

Whether we liked the episode or not, even the most ardent critic of the show have been appreciative of the effort that went behind shooting it. Directed by Miguel Sapochnik, “The Long Night” required 55 days of grueling night shoots across 11 weeks.

Entire cast and crew have gone on record talking about their emotional and sometimes even exhaustive experiences of shooting for the show. The behind the scenes footage gives us a slight peek into that experience.

Have you got your hands on Game of Thrones Blu-ray and DVD sets? Let us know in the comments below!

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If you’re someone that defends Game of Thrones’ ending, you might not be alone. Kristian Nairn a.k.a. Hodor feels that the criticism of Games of Thrones final season was undeserved. Speaking recently at Northern Michigan University, Nairn joined the rest of the cast in the defense of the show. The popular HBO show ended its run earlier this year and received some extreme reactions from fans and critics alike.

He was quoted saying:

We’re all immensely proud of it, I know it was life-changing for all of us. I’m just sad that it’s over, I really am. And not just because I’m dead. […] I was very happy with the series ending, I understand why people were mad. But again I think deep down if people look into the motivation behind it I think they’re more just mad that it’s over.”

Nairn however, went on to add that because the show had stringent timeline for the final season, the makers had to let go off certain subtleties that they had shown in earlier seasons.

He said:

“I don’t think the criticism the show received was deserved.

I think the last season was excellent. My only qualm was that I felt that it could’ve been a little longer — I missed the Game of Thrones of old that paid such attention to small details — like a ten-minute dialogue scene. But, because the clock was ticking and they’re heading towards a conclusion, it lost a bit of subtlety and that was something people loved about the show, it was a show where even the small characters had a role to play.”

Every one who saw the show is always going to remember the Hodor character played by Nairn. He was one of the many actors on the show who had small but an influential character.

Do you agree with Kristian Nairn’s view? Let us know in the comments below!