“All the pieces fit” in final Game of Thrones season, promises Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

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With the eighth season of Game of Thrones slowly approaching (probably just… about half a year left, folks!), a few actors have begun to tease the final part of this story more explicitly. In a new interview, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is the latest to do so, promising that the “massive jigsaw puzzle” that is Game of Thrones will make sense in the end. Phew!

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George R. R. Martin Interview on Game of Thrones and More at World Con 2018

FILE - In this March 18, 2013 file photo, author George R.R. Martin arrives at the premiere for the third season of the HBO television series "Game of Thrones" at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. "The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones," a companion volume to Martin's "Ice and Fire" series, will be released Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. (Photo by Matt Sayles /Invision/AP, File)

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In the realm of Game of Thrones, news has been rather quiet during this final off-season. While we anxiously wait for the first teaser trailer to appear (likely waiting for several months, if I’m guessing correctly), there are some high-profile soundbites floating our way, courtesy of our Con of Thrones friend, Ashaya. Ash, one of the creators and hosts of the History of Westeros podcast was fortunate to attend World Con, where she was even more fortunate to attend an interview with the man who created Westeros himself, George R. R. Martin. Speaking in an interview with John Picacio, we gained many ‘The Winds of Winter’ spoilers a fascinating insight into the mind of fantasy’s most popular author. Since we had Ash on hand to live tweet us through the event, let’s dive in and see what George had to say!

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Nathalie Emmanuel expects ‘a real push’ from the final Game of Thrones season

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Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei.

We’ve all been bracing for an intense final season of Game of Thrones, given not only the shocking end to Season 7 last year but also the ultimate showdown between the living and the dead that the series has spent years building up to. Comments from multiple cast members and directors over the several months haven’t done anything to tamp down that expectation, and now, even the soft-spoken Missandei is assuring us that “people will have their mind blown when they watch the final [season].”
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GRRM reveals who’s to blame for so many ‘Thrones’ deaths, and Maisie Williams is taking home a souvenir

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Arguably the first, though certainly not the last, jaw-dropping moment on ‘Game of Thrones.’

So you thought George R.R. Martin kills off some of Game of Thrones‘ most favorite characters just to toy with emotions of his readers, did you? Well, that’s not exactly true, even though it feels like it at times. There’s a reason why he embraces shocking twists and sending favorite characters like Ned Stark to an early grave, and it’s pretty simple: because J.R.R. Tolkein did it to a young and impressionable Martin.

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The script for “The Dragon and the Wolf” heavily implies the survival of two characters & and a few more fun details

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HBO recently released the PDF of the final script for the season seven finale, “The Dragon and the Wolf”, as the episode was nominated for its writing at the 2018 Emmys. Interestingly, the description of Tormund and Beric’s escape from the Wall more or less confirms that, yes, those two did indeed survive the Night King’s attack.

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Game of Thrones Emmy-nominated visual effects team on the challenges of Season 7

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This image still tortures me, but probably not as much as the logistics tortured the ‘Thrones’ visual effects team.

Not surprisingly, at least in my humble opinion, Game of Thrones led the 2018 Emmy Awards with a stunning 22 nominations. As in previous years, the nods the series pulled in included visual effects, which is not exactly shocking for a series laden with magic, an army of ice zombies and three full-grown dragons. But as the stakes for Westeros climbed higher and higher, Season 7 found itself faced with visual effects challenges the likes of which it hadn’t seen in its first six, and the VFX team had to step up.

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Gwendoline Christie reflects on working with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau; Sophie Turner reveals final season is “bloodier than ever”

Brienne and Jaime last saw each other in the season seven finale, "The Dragon and the Wolf."

Brienne of Tarth has survived sword fights, a bear attack, and a brutal duel with the Hound. Her character has grown stronger not only physically, but emotionally throughout it all. In an interview posted to the BAFTA Guru Youtube channel, Gwendoline Christine reminisces about her time working on Game of Thrones, and how costar Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has been just as much of a positive influence in her life as Jaime and Brienne have been for each other.

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Mark Gatiss will not appear in season eight! But will the Iron Bank still play a role?

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It appears the war of the living against the dead (and of the living against other living) will have to do without the backing of the Iron Bank of Braavos, or at least without Tycho Nestoris as its figurehead: contrary to earlier insinuations by the actor, Mark Gatiss has confirmed he will not return to Game of Thrones for its final season!

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