Nobody likes it when plans get cancelled. The situation is on a whole different level when it’s Game of Thrones stuff that gets canned. There’s a good chance that you’ve heard about the cancellation of Game of Thrones’ highly-anticipated prequel starring Naomi Watts, informally dubbed The Long Night. It was set thousands of years into the ancient history of Westeros. The pilot had apparently been shot. But HBO decided to call it off right before it also announced a full series order of another prequel, House of the Dragon based on George R.R. Martin’s most recent work, Fire & Blood.
However, the cancellation is going to bring in some pretty strong reactions from fans and celebrities alike. Emilia Clarke, who played the famed mother of dragons on the show, reacted to this news while talking to Entertainment Tonight at the New York City premiere of her latest film, Last Christmas. Read on!
When she was asked if she had heard about the scrapping of the prequel, she said:
“I just heard that today. I am not really too sure (of how it happened). I think it’s just reflective of the fact that it’s tough to make people go and see stuff; to get stuff made.
Maybe it will be reincarnated at some point. But if it wasn’t meant to happen now then I’m sure it’s because they knew it wouldn’t be as perfect as it should have been.”
The interviewer also asked her about the reunion with Game of Thrones co-stars Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) and Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo) on her birthday; to which she responded:
“It was really good. We are all really good friends still. So, I had a birthday party and I was like, who’s in town! I mean, I am best friends with Kit’s wife Rose (Leslie), they live literally two doors down so I see them on the regular, but Jason was in town. So, yeah, it was magical!”
The British actress even jested about sharing on-screen love interest with the two handsome men, saying, “I’ve done very well!”
Her next cinematic outing is Last Christmas where she plays Kate, a young woman with an affinity for bad luck who goes through a near-death experience. Emilia has earlier had to undergo surgeries owing to two life-threatening brain aneurysms (a bulge in an artery). A while ago, she was brave enough to come out into the open and talk about it. Her character in Last Christmas shares similar yet even daunting circumstances. So did she draw from her personal experiences?
“Yeah, it was hard not to. We both had medical traumas around the same time in our lives. So there’s a huge amount of Kate’s truth that reflected my own truth as well. We deal with them in slightly different ways. My liver is still intact…but there was some crossover there for sure.”
Paul Feig has directed the film. Last Christmas hits the theatres on 8th of November. The Game of Thrones sensation also spoke about her equation and chemistry with acclaimed actress Emma Thompson, who plays her mother in Last Christmas,
“She’s absolutely my soulmate. I am so blessed and so grateful for Emma Thompson being in my life.”
So, Mhysa seems quite optimistic about the whole thing around the prequels. But this is just among the first of many reactions that are going to come our way. Let’s hope House of the Dragon brings in all the necessary ammo to quench everyone’s thirst for more ice and fire. What do you guys think? Tell us in the comments below.
Humility is a virtue possessed by few. Even though Game of Thrones reached great heights, the show’s cast was always humble to their roots. They have won the admiration and respect of fans all over the world due to their down-to-earth nature. For example, Jason Momoa reached out to a young Aquaman fan battling cancer last year. Kristian Nairn (Hodor) talked to Digital Spy about the show’s success and praised his co-stars.
He said, “It didn’t happen overnight, and I think for us that was a good thing. I mean it was always immensely popular, I just think as the seasons went on it moved from a really amazing TV show into a kind of phenomenon. It sort of turned into that thing that everyone talks about, people say over the watercooler at work. “
“It’s crazy, because every TV show you watch these days, every single TV show or movie, they all reference Game of Thrones. It always blows me away. I watch a show I love and there’s a reference to Hodor, there’s a reference to Khaleesi. It’s become such a huge part of the public psyche. I don’t think we ever dreamed before season one was out that that would happen. It still happens!”
“It kind of grew, it really doubled per season. But we grew into it, which made it kind of easy. The cast was really down to Earth. I can say hand on heart we’re all really down to Earth. I think that’s a really nice thing. Just the whole Hollywood thing, we’re all kind of aware of that… Game of Thrones is so brutal and real. It’s important to keep it real.”
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Game of Thrones was an enchanting journey that lasted for nearly a decade. Some of the show’s cast was very young when the show began. They sort of grew up with the show, like Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and Isaac Hempstead-Wright. Stardom can be a bit scary when you are young. Especially for someone as studious as Isaac Hempstead-Wright. He revealed about his nervousness in an interview with Digital Spy.
Isaac (Bran) said, “It was actually a little bit intimidating. I remember seeing the show go interstellar. Especially when you’re separate from it a bit [Bran was off-screen during season five], you really just see how huge it is when you’re not in the midst of the whole thing.”
“I really think season five was when it had its meteoric rise. So coming back into season six – and I hadn’t acted for a year; I’d been doing my GCSEs – coming back in was kind of like, ‘Argh! I’ve forgotten how to act!’”
He continued, “I think also there had been a lot of bonds forged in that season, and a lot of people had grown up. I’d kind of grown-up, but I had that key year of being 15, 16 away from it. So it was a weird one to come back to. But after a couple of days, it was business as usual.”
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Game of Thrones ended more than one and a half years ago. It was a beautiful journey for both the fans and the crew that lasted for a decade. The fantastical series still holds the record for the most number of Emmy Awards won. On the occasion of New Year, the cast of the show came together for an interview with Digital Spy. They shared their experience while shooting for the fantasy epic. Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) and Kristian Nairn (Hodor) talked about how they were cast for their roles.
Gwendoline recalled, “I immediately rang my agent and said, ‘I want to do this’. My agent said, ‘What are you talking about? I’d never ever put you up for this. She’s ugly, her nose is broken, her teeth are broken and you’ll need to use a sword’.”
Nairn remembered, “I was a first-time actor. I was glad I didn’t know anything about the show at the time. Because if I had I would’ve realised what a huge audition I was going for. I had no idea what Game of Thrones was. I had auditioned for a part in another movie called Hot Fuzz, and I didn’t get the part. It was the casting director Nina Gold who remembered me – she called me in for this audition. I didn’t know it at the time, but when you’re called for an audition, that’s really in your favour.”
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