Sunday night’s episode, “The Winds of Winter,” brought the prophesied death of Cersei Lannister’s final child: King Tommen of House Baratheon, First of His Name. Though we knew it was inevitable, it was shocking nonetheless to see the young king leap to his death.
Liam Cunningham, Maisie Williams & Lena Headey visiting IRC programs at Diavata refugee site in northern Greece. Photo credit: Tara Todras-Whitehill/IRC.
Game of Thrones officially partnered up with the International Rescue Committee this spring to raise awareness of refugees and displaced people around the world, and this week a few cast members carried on with the work. Lena Headey, Liam Cunningham and Maisie Williams visited with IRC programs in Greece, and are calling on European Union leaders to do more for the 57,000 refugees stranded in the country at the moment.
It’s the time of the year again, the post-Game of Thrones season time when VFX reels start cropping up. The first video we have this season comes courtesy of Iloura, who handled much of the VFX for “Battle of the Bastards.” As you can see in the reel below, Iloura are responsible for a great deal of the effects-generated action involving the troops, arrows, and horses from the epic ninth episode.
The cast of Game of Thrones has plenty to discuss with the epic sixth season coming to a close Sunday night. Expressing their excitement for the growth of the series, Sophie Turner relishes in Sansa’s victory at The Hollywood Reporter. With Vulture, Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger) discusses his character’s influence and the slick conniver’s motives.
Hello, fair readers of Watchers on the Wall! This is your final roundup of videos for the season. What do our Unsullied think? Book readers? What does the spectrum of viewpoints include? How about speculation for next season? Since none of us basically knows what’s going to happen, I for one am ready to board the Cenk Theory Express!
So let’s see WTF WTF?!? had to say about this episode, this season, next season, the books, the election, life in general…
I’m so glad Cenk’s prediction of R+L=J that he put together live on the show has proven true, may it embolden him to come up with more theories.
Director Miguel Sapochnik discusses his work on the Game of Thrones season finale this week. Speaking with Vulture, he acknowledges major influences on the incredible King’s Landing opener:
The Godfather definitely had a hand in the conception of this sequence, but I also looked at various James Bond sequences for the explosions of the villain’s lairs. We wanted to make sure that it didn’t feel like a cheap trick to blow up the Sept of Baelor, and at the same time embrace the fact that it was something that people probably saw coming. How could we make it still feel like a shock?
Season 6 is over. Long live season 6. You’ve been fantastic sleuthing partners through each episode, and we’d like to ask you back for another jump into oblivion— into season 7! Thank you again for the detailed responses and thoughtful conclusions, it would be an honor to have you join us in the offseason read of A Feast With Dragons.
After the cut, you’ll find questions we’ve asked ourselves and will be disputing as the show records. Let’s do this.
In more new post-finale interviews, Isaac Hempstead Wright talks about Bran’s revelation in episode 10, fan theories and what Bran might be up to next season on Game of Thrones. We also hear from Robert Aramayo about playing young Ned and his part in the Tower of Joy sequences.
The Game of Thrones cast at San Diego Comic Con 2015
HBO confirmed today officially that Game of Thrones is once again returning to San Diego Comic Con. We can look forward to several members of the cast and crew of the show participating in panels and autograph sessions at SDCC, on July 22nd.
The complete panel info, according to HBO:
Friday, July 22
The GAME OF THRONES panel in Hall H at 2:15 p.m. will be moderated by Rob McElhenney. Panelists include: executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, director Michael Sapochnik and cast members (in alphabetical order) John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Isaac Hemptstead Wright (Bran Stark), Conleth Hill (Varys), Faye Marsay (The Waif), Kristian Nairn (Hodor), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark). Autograph signing is at 4:15 p.m.
Gone are the days of waiting around for some director to let it slip that he was going to be working on Game of Thrones next season. Now they just announce it immediately after the previous season ends through PR man, I mean, Entertainment Weekly reporter James Hibberd. Here then is the director roster for season 7:
– Alan Taylor: An Emmy-winning veteran of The Sopranos, Taylor helped pioneer the visual storytelling style of the show when he helmed the pivotal ninth and 10th episodes of season 1, particularly “Baelor” (the episode where Ned Stark was executed). The Thrones producers were so impressed they gave Taylor four episodes to helm in season 2 – including the premiere and the finale. Then Marvel snatched him up for Thor: The Dark World followed by Taylor reuniting with Emilia Clarke to direct her big-screen role in Terminator: Genisys. Now he’s back on Thrones for the first time since 2012.
– Jeremy Podeswa: The Canadian director and Boardwalk Empire veteran scored an Emmy nomination for directing the show’s most controversial hour, season 5’s darkly tense “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.” This year he directed the propulsive season premiere as well as Jon Snow’s riveting resurrection episode, “Home.”
– Mark Mylod: A four-time director on the show, the British veteran of Showtime’s Shameless and HBO’s Entourage took on this season’s uniquely textured re-introduction of the The Hound in “The Broken Man,” as well as Arya’s exciting chase sequence in “No One.”
– Matt Shakman: A newcomer to the series. Shakman is best known for his work on FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, a comedy loved by Benioff and Weiss (the showrunners even wrote an episode, “Flowers for Charlie,” although it’s not one of the 39 episodes Shakman has directed). Shakman has also helmed episodes of AMC’s Mad Men, CBS’ The Good Wife and FX’s Fargo.