Here are some of the week’s highlights in GoT news and sightings!
Entertainment Weekly has their own awards ceremony, honoring those overlooked by the Emmys every year, called the EWWY Awards. This year, Game of Thrones took home two prizes.
Maisie Williams won Best Supporting Actress, pulling in just over 24% of the total vote, while Pedro Pascal dominated the Best Guest Actor in a Drama category, with 35.16% of the vote. He accepted his award in a phone chat, talking about meeting fans, filming his final duel, and his next project, Narco.
A new video of Game of Thrones special effects has turned up, featuring some of Season 4’s digital matte painting, as part of the creation of several episodes including “Breaker of Chains” and “The Watchers on the Wall”.
The video can’t be embedded, so visit Vimeo to watch it!
And here’s a sample of the work, showing a mammoth in progress.
Here’s a new image giving us a clearer look at Kaštel Gomilica set.
A sighting of some cast members dining in Belfast earlier this week confirms that Stephen Dillane is busy filming. Joining him were Kit Harington, John Bradley and Owen Teale.
— Flame Restaurant (@FlameBelfast) August 16, 2014
Finally, George R.R. Martin sat down with Robin Hobb in London’s Freemason’s Hall yesterday to discuss all things writing. Here are some highlights and quotes:
- As a child, George based his first stories on a set of alien toys he had. “Even as a little kid I was thinking about torture.”
- “Reading. That was the sport I was good at.”
- In college, he often asked if he could write historical fiction instead of term papers.
- On the process of writing itself, he said “I’ve been very lucky. There were times when I was afraid I would never sell another book, but I never doubted I’d write another book.”
- “I could have written a story about a well-adjusted family. Ned Stark comes down to King’s Landing and takes over and solves all their problems. Would that have been as exciting?”
- He emphasized his attraction to the underdog type of character, saying “The angst that they have in life makes for more conflict, makes for more drama, and there’s something very attractive about that. My Game of Thrones is told by outsiders of both types.”
- Giving some insight into his character’s names, he said “A lot of fantasy names are too much. They’re too difficult to pronounce. I wanted the flavor of medieval England. I took actual names we still use today, like ‘Robert’, and in some case I tweaked them a little bit. I made ‘Edward’ into ‘Eddard’. If you look back at medieval times, no one knew how to spell their own names. There are a lot of variations that we’ve lost.”