The phrase “So close, yet so far away” keeps springing to mind these days whenever we see anything about Game of Thrones Season 8 — we know the premiere is coming (April 14th), and we’re happy to see more news, but we’re still stuck with a lot of bland interviews and glimpses from cast members’ social media accounts. But did we catch something interesting? Maybe! There are possible spoilers below the cut, considering a story we reported on last week, but bear in mind this is speculation only.
It’s not always clear what makes a character a fan favorite. Certainly if there were a set formula, every person on every show would be adored. Still, it’s a testament to how unpredictable character likability can be that Bella Ramsey fully expected fans to loathe Lyanna Mormont.
Back when Game of Thrones Season 8 was in production, one of the greatest journeys we took together as spoilerphiles was the prolonged construction of the King’s Landing set, which we initially took to be a castle until we realized it was an immense recreation of the streets of King’s Landing, from the city walls to the gates of the Red Keep.
During pre-production and filming, we reported on dozens of sneaky photos of the set, which you can find stored here, but the truth is nothing can quite compare with a coveted aerial shot… and now we have something even better than that! Before you see it below, we must warn that you may be slightly spoiled by the mere state of the city…
Adding an innovative humanitarian twist to the usual promo campaign, HBO invited Game of Thrones fans to bleed for the throne today- literally. The network announced, as part of their #ForTheThrone campaign leading up to Season 8, a blood drive in partnership with the National American Red Cross. The Bleed for the Throne campaign kicks off March 7th with an immersive experience at SXSW.
In every season of Game of Thrones, there are important events that set the tone. Ned’s beheading. The Red Wedding. Anytime Daenerys says “dracarys.” These are dramatic moments that often redefine the political landscape of the show. Occasionally, there are moments that are not so revered. Jaime and Bronn fighting the Sand Snakes. Daenerys yelling “Where are my dragons?” Arya vs the Waif.
Season Seven, despite featuring amazing action sequences, also drew its share of criticisms. Some felt Tyrion was not up to his usual brilliant self. The manufactured crisis between Arya and Sansa. Ed Sheeran.
And then there was the Wight Heist.
If you have stared agape at the wondrous environments of Game of Thrones in the last few years, you have production designer Deborah Riley to thank for that. Riley replaced Gemma Jackson for season four and she has been bringing us some of the most impressive production design on TV ever since. For a behind-the-scenes look at the magic behind Riley and her army of craftspeople, you will soon be able to join her, alongside executive producer Bernadette Caulfield, in the Smithsonian!
It’s no secret that Game of Thrones is the most popular show on the planet. With season 8 coming ever closer, the home stretch is truly in sight. With their ongoing ‘For the Throne’ campaign, they’ve taken it to the next level by turning it over to the fans. With the world full of artists, Making Game of Thrones has turned to a lucky 18 of them to create their own personal magic, inspired by the many props of GOT. The first artists showcased received dragon eggs and dragon skulls.
Game of Thrones Season 8 is coming, finally, and with it a host of watch parties where we’ll all no doubt spend a lot of time remembering the highs, the lows, the heartbreaks and the triumphs of our favorite show. Drinks in hand, natch. Thanks to the good folks at FUN.COM, our readers now have the opportunity to enter a new worldwide giveaway to win a spectacular collection of prizes- a Game of Thrones Watch Party Pack fit for a king or a queen, or even a khaleesi.
Details on how to enter under the cut!
Ah, Valentine’s Day, a day celebrating love new and old. Flowers, candies, special dinners, declarations and tokens of love the world over. But a tradition steeped in the shadows of the past, no one quite sure what it actually is or what it used to mean. Only reacting to vague cultural recollections passed down from generation to generation until the true story is lost to an endless game of telephone errrr…. .raven? I challenge you dear reader, could anything be more Game of Thrones? The basic, simple truth at the core of the show we watch: love.
Though Game of Thrones spoiler-hounds such as ourselves would like to believe we know a lot about the upcoming final season, the truth is that, for the first time, we’re going into a new season with no source material or plot leaks. If you’re happy with that, this may be the time to peace out, as a full cast list for season eight’s premiere may have been released… semi-officially. Normally, that wouldn’t mean much, but there are a few surprises—if you want to go in completely blind, this is your spoiler warning!