Arya, Alayne, and a dimly lit feast welcome the podcast’s first 2017 listener call-in special.
A few days ago it was time for the makeup artists and hair stylists to shine, and today it’s the costume designers’ turn. In January, we learned the Costume Designers Guild had nominated Game of Thrones in its usual category, and yesterday the results were revealed at the red carpet, black-tie award show, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in LA.
A show like Game of Thrones offers artists ample opportunity to show off their work. Westeros and Essos are portrayed as a medieval world… but it’s not quite our world. George R.R. Martin’s fantasy setting gives all the artists involved in the production free rein to mix and match different styles from many cultures all around the globe, as well as make stuff up that never existed in real History. This year, the makeup artists and hair stylists working for Game of Thrones were duly awarded for their creativity.
Add another trophy to the shelf for Game of Thrones and “Battle of the Bastards”! The 53rd Cinema Audio Society Awards have been presented, honoring the best in film and television sound mixing. The ceremony took place last night at the OMNI Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza, and Game of Thrones was a winner for season 6’s epic ninth episode.
Let the merch frenzy begin! Toy Fair NY 2017 is taking place this weekend, giving vendors the opportunity to show off their goods and unveil the hot new collectibles. It’s always a good place to seek out Game of Thrones toys, and today brings us news of fresh items for us to chase after.
We’ve learned from PopVinylWorld that Funko has revealed several new Game of Thrones Pop! Vinyl figures in their Toy Fair catalog. The toys include: Cersei Lannister in her regal new season 6 finale costume, Tyrion Lannister in his Hand of the Queen-era styling (wine in hand, natch), Jon Snow in season 6 Stark gear, Tormund Giantsbane brandishing a blade, Ramsay Bolton & Jon Snow battling in a 2-pack, an oversized six-inch-tall Wun-Wun riddled with arrows (ouch!), and a long overdue addition to the line, Bran Stark.
Last we heard of any Game of Thrones filming was a few weeks ago, when Emilia Clarke wrapped up her involvement in the production for this season. It wasn’t entirely clear whether filming could continue throughout February as expected or if that was it for everyone else as well… And now we know, as Game of Thrones has returned to one of the show’s least known locations: Calgary, Canada, where they shoot the wolves against a green screen, and then blow them up in post-production to turn them into direwolves.
And those weren’t the only Stark pups around: Maisie Williams was there too!
The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience starts in just two days, and Ramin Djawadi is everywhere now! The GoT composer talked with MakingGameofThrones this week about challenging musical moments and stopped by CBS This Morning today to discuss the upcoming tour.
Talking to the MakingGameofThrones blog, Djawadi revealed that the hardest scene for him to write for the show was Shireen Baratheon’s death, when the girl is burned by Melisandre in season 5. “When Stannis makes that sacrifice. I could not get through that scene. I had to stop and step back. It was so emotional to me. It was tough.”
SXSW is just around the corner, with the annual festival taking place in a few weeks in Austin, Texas. Once again, we can expect a strong Game of Thrones presence there, and this year, more cast members will be joining in the fun.
Entertainment Weekly reports that stars Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams will be taking part in a Game of Thrones panel featuring showrunners David Benioff and D.B Weiss. The panel is currently set for March 12th, at 3:30 p.m. Central Time, so save the date if you’re heading for SXSW this year.
It’s time for a Game of Thrones casting update, this fine cold morning! We’ll be checking in with a previously known casting addition, and adding another name to the roster for season seven.
Last fall, actress Megan Parkinson was spotted on the Game of Thrones set in Northern Ireland. Photographs showed the young actress wearing northern-style dress, leading us to speculate she might be playing the role of the 16-year-old Northern girl said to be taking part in “a high-stakes scene with leading cast members.”
Luckily, Parkinson’s CV has since been updated with information about her role on Game of Thrones.