Game of Thrones: The Touring Exhibition continues, at long last! This detailed look at the authentic props, costumes and set decorations from Game of Thrones first showed up in Barcelona, which we reviewed here at Watchers, but if you didn’t have the opportunity to attend, you will have another one soon, and at the headquarters of the Game of Thrones production, no less, in the same month the show returns for a final time!
It’s no secret that people are really anxious for The Winds of Winter, the long-awaited sixth novel in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. It’s been nearly eight years since the most recent installment, A Dance With Dragons, was published in 2011, and the popularity of the series has only grown since the show premiered that same year. Some are also increasingly worried that George R.R. Martin won’t actually finish the books, despite recent reports that he’s holed up in the same undisclosed location he goes to when he’s worked on previous books. Hopefully, a recent post from George himself will do even more to put those fears to rest.
It’s been 5 seasons since we’ve seen Khal Drogo’s face on Game of Thrones. Following his death at the end of season 1, he made a brief appearance to Dany during her vision in The House of the Undying, when she saw her life as it could have been had he lived. As the years have gone on, our hopes of another Khal Drogo apparition have slowly waned. But as they say, just when you think he’s out, they pull him back in…to SNL (Saturday Night Live) of all places.
Brazil Comic Con (CCXP) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, is in its final day, but the weekend left behind some wonderful interview moments from showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and John Bradley (Samwell Tarly). While nothing truly spoilery was revealed, it was nice to see the promotion and publicity continue to ramp up ahead of the eighth and final season, especially on the heels of the visually stunning teaser trailer released on Friday — and Williams did drop a tantalizing sentence or two about the “most exciting moment” for Arya.
We know, we know — it’s not The Winds of Winter. But Fire and Blood, the new release from George R.R. Martin about the history of the Targaryens (the first half, anyway) is still damn fine reading, and fills the gap nicely while we wait for both Winds and Season 8. On a bonus episode of The Night’s Cast, the official podcast of Watchers on the Wall, join Vanessa and Samantha as they discuss their overall impressions of the 700-plus-page tome, memorable characters, foreshadowing, parallels and more!
In case you missed it, today we got our first teaser trailer from the upcoming final season of Game of Thrones and it has lit the fandom on fire speculating about the details contained in the 55-second animation. Relatively short, no actors or scenes from the upcoming season actually appeared in it. We in this community have a reputation of overanalyzing every little thing that comes out of HBO, and I’m here to uphold that fine tradition. Let’s dive right in and see what we can tease out of the upcoming season in this animation.
The first proper teaser trailer for the final season of Game of Thrones has been released online … and, boy, is it beautiful.
The days are getting shorter and shorter (at least they are here in the northern hemisphere), leading us to the Winter Solstice and the longest night of the year. It’ll be a Long Night.
Possibly because of the extra-long darkness, December has multiple traditions that celebrate with light. Maybe lighting candles is one’s thing, maybe tossing a Yule log on the fire … maybe some have glowing, decorated trees indoors or have jazzed up the neighborhood with dazzling illumination on houses.
With the month’s focus on lighting up the night defiantly in the face of the longest seasonal darkness, December is an appropriate month to check in on Melisandre of Asshai. Game of Thrones‘ fiery red witch would be the first to tell us about things being dark and full of terrors.
Within the Game of Thrones fandom, the term “plot armor” has popped up a time or two in discussions surrounding some of the less positively received action sequences of recent seasons. But is plot armor really the problem? In this video essay I take a look at scenes from Game of Thrones as well as Black Sails and Hemlock Grove to try to get at the heart of what makes an action sequence work … and the role plot armor plays (or doesn’t play) therein.
If you’ve been following our Game of Thrones news, you know that there is a big battle set to take place in season eight. The sequence took 55 days to film, and we concluded back in January that it would likely happen in the mid-season. Now, thanks to the actor who plays the Night King – Vladimir Furdik – we know whether we were right or not!