Game of Thrones Highlights: GoT wins at the EWWYs, a new look inside special effects, and more

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.

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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 HaringtonJohn Bradley and Owen Teale.

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:

  • photo-9As 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.”

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    1. Hodor!

      Congrats to Maisie and Pedro! Well deserved! 🙂

      At least our Nightswatchmen and King Stannis I dont look as baked as the guys from the other picture 😉

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    2. As an older person, I would have shadow babies on the spot if I was in a restaurant with Stephen Dillane! Squeeeee

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    3. Im still annoyed Maisie wasnt nominated for an Emmy (im a big Lena Headey fan as well so at least she was nominated)

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    4. “A lot of fantasy names are too much. They’re too difficult to pronounce.”

      I just wish George would have remembered this while writing the Ghiscari characters.

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    5. Nice to see Pedro winning awards somewhere! Congratulations to him and Maisie.

      The Kastel set photos are great, but isn’t there concern that residents/tourists might help themselves to a souvenir, or at worst, vandalize something? A bit surprising that people can walk around on the set like that.

      GRRM quote: “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?”

      Actually, it would. Even in that scenario, Ned wouldn’t have an easy time of it, and have to compromise on a lot of things. KL is so treacherous, even a well-adjusted person could change drastically. And as naively honorable as they are, the Starks aren’t exactly well-adjusted either.

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    6. Walter Harrow:
      Im still annoyed Maisie wasnt nominated for an Emmy (im a big Lena Headey fan as well so at least she was nominated)

      I would have loved to see Maisie get a nomination. I was beyond annoyed Pedro did not receive a nomination for a Best Guest Actor Emmy. It is great, however, to see both of them be acknowledged. Congrats.

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    7. “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?”

      Maybe not, but it would’ve been better for my heart.

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    8. Sophie was way stronger than Maisie in S4. She had her best scenes in S2 so far i’d say. Sophie should have had it for her performance in episode 8. Way stronger than anything Maisie showed in S4. But i guess these awards are a popularity contest so it’s no surprise then.

      Pedro deserved to win this though he shouldnt have been eligible for it obviously!

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    9. I’m glad PP has won something and also that he has got another “gig”. He certainly deserves it. Sometimes actors (male and female) are celebrated as the new great talent and then seem to fade back to relative obscurity (though sometimes that may be because they don’t like being too much in the public eye like Jack Gleeson). Hopefully PP will be on the radar for some time to come.

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