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George R. R. Martin on Game Of Thrones Season 8: “I don't think it should be the final season”

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Game of Thrones is coming to an end after nearly a decade of filming. The show was adapted from a series of novels by George R. R. Martin, called A Song of Ice and Fire. The show surpassed the storyline of the books a long time ago, and as we now go into the final season, the book series remains two books away from completion. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Martin revealed he thinks the show could use some more length. Read on!

Speaking of the end of the show, George said:

“I don’t think it should be the final season. But here we are. It seems to me we just started last week. Has it been longer than that? The time has passed by in a blur. But it’s exciting. I know it’s an end, but it’s not much of an end for me. I’m still deep in writing the books. We saw five other sequel shows in development. I think I’m going to be hanging around Westeros while everyone else has left. (Laughs.)”

He also talked about how happy he is with the progress of the prequel show that’s currently under development. He was then asked about how it was to develop characters like Daenerys and Jon:

“I do it all the time. If you read my book that came out in November, Fire and Blood … boy, I invented a ton of new characters. I wish I was 30 years old instead of 70. I would have more time to write many, many more books about all of these characters. But it is what it is! That was a history book in format, so I just told the stories as summary narratives.”

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He also talked about crafting the death of characters, and how he knew when it was time to kill someone off:

With the major characters, I have had the beats of this planned out since 1994 or 1995. Sometimes, the minor characters, you’re writing a scene about a viewpoint character and then you need someone for him or her to play off of. You add a new character. Sometimes, that character comes alive in a way I hadn’t planned. But there he is, in that scene, and he moves in a new direction. That’s the whole gardener approach. The major characters, though, I know the major strokes. Not with some of the people who have barged in afterward.

He also revealed that he wasn’t involved much with Season 8 and the end of the show, and gave us a glimmer of hope for the coming of the remaining books in the series:

“Yeah, I’ve been in isolation. My loyal staff — I have a couple of them with me — have chained me to the typewriter. They’re making me eat healthy food. (Laughs.) It’s horrible!”

What do you guys think? Would you want more Game of Thrones seasons? Or is the prequel direction the better one?

Game Of Thrones Season 8 airs on 14th April, 9 PM in USA and on Hotstar at the same time, which translates to a Monday, 15th April, 6:30 am IST stream for the Indian fans.

Game of Thrones was the biggest fantastical drama of the past decade. The show had the biggest budget and record viewership of all times. Scientists even researched to find out why the HBO epic was so successful. The series was recently crowned the best TV show of the 21st century by the readers of Digital Spy. The magazine got together several members of the cast of the show to commemorate the show’s success. The show’s cast revealed surprising details about the show. Joe Dempsie, who played Gendry Baratheon on the series, recalled his casting experience.

Dempsie told Digital Spy, “When they were originally casting for the pilot… I actually auditioned for the role of Jon Snow. It didn’t get very far and then when the series was commissioned. I auditioned for another two roles, before eventually being cast as Gendry. It just seemed like the creators had identified people that they wanted to work with. And then it was just a case of which piece of the jigsaw you fitted.”

Joe Dempsie was phenomenal as Gendry Baratheon on Game of Thrones. Would you have liked to see him play a different character? What about Jon Snow? Talk to us in the comments below!

There are times when life puts us in situations when we think about changing our path. Game of Thrones star Jerome Flynn had to face something similar before he was cast into the show. His life changed forever ever since. In an interview with Digital Spy, Flynn revealed he was about to quit acting altogether before the show. (There are some others who almost quit after getting rejected for the series.)

Jerome said,  “I hadn’t been on screen for about 10 years. I was thinking I might leave the business behind. But I’d also poured all my savings into renovating an old farm estate in Wales. My agent called – there’s this thing called Game of Thrones, American, medieval. I was like, ‘Oh god really, that sounds dodgy’. And I had a lot of resistance going down to London to audition.”

“I opened up a kitchen cabinet onto my eye and gave myself a kind of black eye. I didn’t look at the script, but I put my hair back and suddenly felt like ‘Oh, I could be a badass’. They just saw the face and saw that and thought, ‘Ooh yeah, he’s a bit of a killer’. I think it helped also because Dan [Weiss] and Dave [Benioff] said they had no idea about my past, about Robson and Jerome or Soldier.”

“Somebody sent me some blog when I got cast, from English fans of the books… and then when they found I got cast, some were desperately upset. One guy couldn’t believe that Bronn could be played by me. And one guy actually said, ‘This is the worst day of my life’… they just couldn’t put those two, Bronn and Jerome, together.”

What do you think of Jerome Flynn’s Bronn? Tell us in the comments below!

The Long Night of 2020 has passed, but the effects are still lingering. The world is trying to get back on its feet with new hopes in the new year 2021. There are many surprises we have yet to face in the new year, but it seems like the Game of Thrones cast already has some secrets for us in store. Richard Brake, who played The Night King in season 4 and 5, talked to Digital Spy recently. He revealed he almost didn’t play the character at one point, and he’s thankful for that.

He revealed, “I had auditioned a couple of times before for the show in other roles. I got pretty close at one point. But I’m so grateful I didn’t get it… [that character] was nowhere near as important as I had thought when I auditioned. He did an episode or two and then died.”

“A few months later my agent called me and said, ‘They want to see you. Nina wants to see you again for Game of Thrones, but this time the character is in full prosthetics, he doesn’t speak, and he’s only going to be on screen for about a minute.”

He continued, “I thought, ‘What the f**k? [laughs] This is what it’s come to?’ ‘But he’ll be important at some point,’ she said. So I went in. They had me pretend to pick up a sword. I had to pretend to pick up a baby… and touch it. That was about it. But I had no idea that he was the king of the White Walkers, or that he would be eventually called the Night King.”

Would you have liked to see Brake in some other role? Tell us in the comments below!