Neil Fingleton, Game of Thrones’ Mag the Mighty, Has Passed Away

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There’s sad news for Game of Thrones fans today: Neil Fingleton, the tallest man in the U.K. who appeared as Mag the Mighty on the show, has passed away at the age of 36.

The 7’8″-tall performer made a big impression in season 4’s “The Watchers on the Wall,” when he faced off against the men of the Night’s Watch at the gate. As Mance Rayder tells Jon Snow, among the giants Mag “was their king. Last of a bloodline that stretches back before the First Men.”

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Round-Up: Symphony Tracks Released, Actress Reflects on Character’s Death, Actor Dismisses Popular Theory

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Just yesterday Petra offered us her wonderful review of the Game of Thrones Live Concert. As I find myself half a world away, I felt quite jealous, but today those of us who were not (and will not be) lucky enough to attend any of these events will be able to get a little taste of it: There are plenty of unofficial low quality recordings of this or that song, but what lies below the cut are the first clean tracks directly from the symphony.

Also, Natalie Dormer reflects on her character’s explosive farewell at the end of last season, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau surprises us über fans by knocking down a popular theory (one of the most widely accepted ones!) involving Jaime and Cersei’s fate.

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The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience is a triumph on every level

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I was fortunate enough to get tickets to the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience way back in September. Consequently, I spent the better part of six months building up impossible expectations for the event in my head. By the time I made it to my seat at the United Center in Chicago last night, my heart was racing and my stomach was in knots.

I am very pleased to say that Ramin Djawadi did not disappoint.

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Ian McShane to Game of Thrones fans : “Maybe you should get out a little more”

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Ian McShane caused quite a stir last year among Game of Thrones fans, and not just with his performance as Brother Ray in season six of the show. In advance of his episode, he freely dropped spoilers about his appearance being tied to a “much-loved character who everybody thinks is dead.” It was commonly believed by avid fans of the show, long before “The Broken Man” aired, that this indicated we’d be seeing McShane with the Hound. When some were irritated with the potential spoilers, the actor dismissed the concerns, saying, “I was accused of giving the plot away, but I just think get a f***ing life. It’s only tits and dragons.”

McShane still has a lot of opinions about his time on Game of Thrones and the fandom, these days. The actor has an interview in the new April issue of Empire magazine, quoted online by the Belfast Telegraph, where he discusses his frustration.

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April Ferry & Michele Clapton Win Costume Designers Award for Game of Thrones

Michele Clapton and April Ferry receive their award at the 19th CDGA

Michele Clapton and April Ferry receive their award at the 19th CDGA

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.

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Game of Thrones Makeup Artists & Hair Stylists Win Two Awards for Season Six

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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.

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Game of Thrones Wins Another Award for “Battle of the Bastards”

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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.

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New Game of Thrones Collectibles from Dark Horse and Funko Unveiled at Toy Fair

Photo: popvinylworld.com

Photo: popvinylworld.com

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.

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Maisie Williams & wolves reportedly filming in Canada for GoT season seven!

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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!

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