Game of Thrones Interviews Round-Up: The 2018 Emmys

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Conleth Hill, Emilia Clarke, Gwendoline Christie and Isaac Hempstead-Wright at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday night, proudly displaying some of the awards ‘Game of Thrones’ took home.

The annual Emmy Awards, honoring the best in television, have come and gone and left Game of Thrones with even more gold hardware to add to its display case — nine awards in all, including Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Peter Dinklage and the coveted Outstanding Drama Series prize (the fact that I can’t add Lena Heady to this list fills me with low-grade rage, but that’s just me). As with any awards show, a bevy of interviews took place before, during and after, and we’ve rounded up some of the best and most intriguing for your reading pleasure.

We start with a piece from Digital Spy that reveals that Dinklage had “concerns” about taking on the role of Tyrion before he met with showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, because he wasn’t “familiar with the complexity of Tyrion at that point … unfortunately before this character, many times people my size weren’t complicated enough for me to be interested in doing it.” I imagine that tune changed pretty quickly, don’t you? Digital Spy also noted that during a separate backstage interview, Benioff acknowledged that Season 8 is “taking a really f**cking long time,” but not because anyone is “going on vacation or slacking off, it’s just that last season is far beyond what we’ve ever attempted before.”

As for the win for best Drama Series, which was — to put it nicely — unexpected by many viewers and industry commentators, don’t worry: the cast felt the same way, according to Vulture. Emilia Clarke said at HBO’s after-party that they were “very surprised,” but George R.R. Martin noted that even though he didn’t expect to win, “you can’t beat dragons.”

Speaking of Martin, the author was talkative on the red carpet and in backstage interviews, although he was predictably coy about the progress on the last two books in the Song of Ice and Fire series, telling US Weekly that the much-anticipated sixth and seventh novels will be done “when they’re done.” However, he reminded us, that with five prequels in various stages of development and two more books to come, “the world of Westeros is not wrapping up.”

Martin also gave a lengthy interview to Variety, saying that he believes the show could’ve gone for “11, 12, 13 seasons,” and that he was advocating for at least 10, but since Dave and Dan are “the ones actually working on it,” eight was the number of seasons eventually settled on. He again referenced the prequels that are in development — one of which, we reported recently, is slated to start filming relatively soon — and that some of them could take place “just 100 years before ‘Game of Thrones,’ some of them 5,000 years before ‘Game of Thrones.’ ” Just a hundred years before? Now, that is intriguing. What do you think that could be?

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    1. I’ve said before I didn’t dislike season 7 the way some fans have – and before anybody says anything I DO know the books but can’t really see the show having continued for up to 13 seasons without a loss in quality. Besides while on the page Arya, Sansa and Bran stay pre-teen or early teen, Maisie, Sophie and Isaac have not stayed children. I’m not waiting with baited breath for the next ASOIAF book but will be agreeably surprised if and when it is published.

      Off topic – in my central English garden the garden shed door (which was already pretty much off its hinges) has been blown over by the remnants of the tropical storm (it’s the last knockings of one of the hurricanes). These days I don’t look at any articles on the site that seem as if they might be “spoilery” I comment a little less than I did previously so I never expressed anything for people visiting the site from the Caribbean or the parts of the USA that were affected by the hurricane (hurricanes?) recently, so I hope any members of the site from those areas were/are okay.

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    2. Dame of Mercia: can’t really see the show having continued for up to 13 seasons without a loss in quality.

      I tend to agree with that. Perhaps it wouldn’t necessarily have to drop in quality per se, but one would think it would have had to be a different show to this point and beyond. If the entirety of the show’s run was still restricted to the story of ASoIaF then we’re looking at something that would probably have been much slower paced. It would have added most or all of the excluded side arcs and expanded on abbreviated ones that were included. While many fans would have loved that and it still may have been a great show, I don’t know that I can state that it would be as good or interesting. A lot of viewers tend to lose interest when things drag on too long. There are multiple examples of that happening around us with tv shows and movie franchises. I do think they could have slightly expanded on these last couple of seasons with a handful more episodes without having that issue. Still, doing what they are compared to stretching it out four more seasons, they are probably doing the better thing for creating an exciting and interesting program throughout.

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    3. « the fact that I can’t add Lena Heady to this list fills me with low-grade rage, but that’s just me). »

      IT IS NOT JUST YOU!!!!

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    4. mau:
      JenniferH,

      Book 3 was 2 seasons.

      Book 4 didn’t have material for 2 or 3 seasons. He is insane if he thinks AFFC could make 3 seasons of television.

      I’m just going by a quote of his I read a few weeks ago.

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    5. Yeah GRRM is undeniably a genius storyteller but he seems to have a bit of a blind spot when it comes to this number of seasons issue. It’s odd because he is experienced in television and knows you have to trim the fat. If he’d gotten his way after season 4 the show could have drastically slowed down with a straight adaptation of AFFC and ADWD. If they’d dragged it out there would be a constant drumbeat in the press and with casual fans to get on with it. Imagine if Dany didn’t leave for Westeros until season 9 or 10. Or if Stannis was still out there marching through the snow for multiple seasons.

      One of the things that made GoT popular was how often major things actually happened. By the end of each season there were major upheavals to plot and characters. GRRM’s attitude on this seems driven by inner frustration he hasn’t written fast enough to stay ahead of the show.

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    6. Congratulations to all the Emmy winners (especially Ramin Djawadi).

      JenniferH,

      mau,

      TV series should try to tell its stories within 3 – 5 seasons. After 5 seasons the “Are we there yet?” feeling starts with the audience and shows lose its way with the overall plot.

      Of course GoT is an exception, but some viewers consider the show sucky since surpassing the books in S5.

      I admit the long wait for the final season has made me lose any excitement I had for the show’s conclusion – I just want to see the final six episodes and get it over with, like it was a chore or something.

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    7. Congrats to everyone!

      No to more seasons. Better to exit while you’re still beloved, instead of ending up like Modern Family or something.

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    8. Flora Linden,

      I share some of the same sentiment, though I don’t view it as a chore.

      I agree with your assessment that there is a time limit for shows. I have a life outside of t.v. and I can’t make a point to tune in to the same show year after year. Besides, it’s fake…it’s fiction. How long is the average viewer supposed to hold on to the show before we finally see the ending?

      People also evolve over time and that tends to make them see things in a different perspective after a while. I couldn’t watch GoT for 13 plus seasons. I feel like after a while I’d just be like, “ok, this needs to end. I was excited about Winter Coming about 13 winters ago. Let’s get this done already. I don’t even care who gets the Iron Throne anymore”

      I can’t think of a single show that I’ve watched past 7 seasons or so. The only exceptions are The Simpsons and South Park, but that’s because they can draw material from recent events and such for new episodes. It’s also animated so the same characters can be consistent over time. They’re not subject to growth spurts and such. GoT doesn’t have that luxury. Even still, the quality of both of those shows has gone downhill. I watched the Sopranos all the way though, which I believe was 7 seasons, and even then I was kind of ready for it to just end already.

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    9. Mr Derp,

      On the bright side, at least we won’t have to wait as long as the book fans to get a definitive ending for the TV show. I’m not as attached to the books, I can be content with the TV version of the story. I can’t imagine the frustration of the loyal book fans who have been with the franchise from the beginning. They’re stuck indefinitely waiting for an epic, fun book conclusion that may never happen.

      (I did watch “How I Met Your Mother” all the way through. I was OK with the ending, didn’t hate it. Right now “Gotham” and “The Blacklist” are the only shows I plan to watch until the end.)

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    10. Flora Linden,

      Mr Derp,

      I agree with both of you. The only thing I would add is that, in my opinion, seasons 7 and 8 should have been two full seasons of 10 episodes each. That would have been just several more episodes and I think that would be the way to avoid the feeling that certain plots were rushed, to enable more character interactions and to have more evenly paced seasons. But, who knows, when we see the last season next year, maybe then, in hindsight, looking at the complete show, all those issues will disappear and all the pieces would fit in nicely.

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    11. Milutin,

      Yea, I’m waiting for season 8 to play out before I jump to any conclusions on the pacing, but I am fully expecting it to be similar to season 7. I don’t mind the teleporting thing as much as others seem to, but season 7 did give me whiplash at times.

      Honestly, when I think about it, the only thing that really disappointed me in season 7 were some of the reunions. I was hoping for more time and more meaningful interactions between some characters that reunited. I didn’t like the Arya/Hot Pie scene, nor did I care for the scene with Arya and Nymeria. Also, like plenty of others, I didn’t like the Arya/Sansa subplot that took up the latter half of the season. I also found Jon’s reaction to be rather strange when he found out that Arya is still alive. I just felt like a lot of those scenes were more subdued then they should’ve been. Just my opinion, of course. Apparently, I just didn’t like what they did with Arya in season 7.

      These reunions have been disappointing for me and I felt they got swept under the rug just so they could keep it moving. Other than that, I didn’t really have a ton of issues with season 7.

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    12. Milutin,

      The scale of the story and production has grown so much that they couldn’t do 10 episodes per season anymore. They spent more time producing the seven/six episodes of the last two seasons than they did on the ten-episode ones.

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    13. mau,

      Yes, I’m aware that it was intentionally cold and distant. That wasn’t my point. Intentional or not though, I didn’t care for it. I’ve had enough cold and distant Stark reunions. I’m not interested in more of them. Hopefully we’ll get a happier one when Jon and Arya reunite, but I’m not holding my breath.

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    14. Mr Derp,

      Honestly, when I think about it, the only thing that really disappointed me in season 7 were some of the reunions. I was hoping for more time and more meaningful interactions between some characters that reunited. I didn’t like the Arya/Hot Pie scene, nor did I care for the scene with Arya and Nymeria. Also, like plenty of others, I didn’t like the Arya/Sansa subplot that took up the latter half of the season. I also found Jon’s reaction to be rather strange when he found out that Arya is still alive. I just felt like a lot of those scenes were more subdued then they should’ve been. Just my opinion, of course. Apparently, I just didn’t like what they did with Arya in season 7.

      These reunions have been disappointing for me and I felt they got swept under the rug just so they could keep it moving. Other than that, I didn’t really have a ton of issues with season 7.

      Just so!

      mau,

      Well, that is my problem with the latter seasons. I am more for character interactions than big action pieces that take plenty of time and money. If they didn’t focus so much on them there would be enough time to film additional scenes. Of course, I am aware it is all a matter of personal preference what each of us viewers want to see in the show.

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    15. Mr Derp:
      mau,

      Yes, I’m aware that it was intentionally cold and distant.That wasn’t my point.Intentional or not though, I didn’t care for it.I’ve had enough cold and distant Stark reunions.I’m not interested in more of them.Hopefully we’ll get a happier one when Jon and Arya reunite, but I’m not holding my breath.

      I’m sure Arya-Jon’s reunion will be even moreemotional than Sansa-Jon’s.

      There is no need for them to be distant. There are other conflicts in S8.

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    16. Milutin:

      Well, that is my problem with the latter seasons. I am more for character interactions than big action pieces that take plenty of time and money. If they didn’t focus so much on them there would be enough time to film additional scenes. Of course, I am aware it is all a matter of personal preference what each of us viewerswant to see in the show.

      On the one hand it is a matter of personal preference, but on the other they have to pay off everything they’ve set up in the past. Dragons being used as weapons in battle and WW’s invasion was something we were promised since S1.

      The story now demands these big action scenes. This is epic fantasy after all, not only political drama.

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    17. Clob,

      As in real life, some things look great on paper but fizzle out in the execution. Sansa vs. Arya vs. LF, and the Wight Hunt are the source of most criticism of S7. It’s easy to overlook some of the great scenes and top notch episodes, e.g., S7e4.

      To borrow a baseball metaphor (and a line from “Bull Durham”): GoT’s batting average is still MVP-worthy. After five or six seasons, most TV shows are like washed-up ex-major leaguers selling Lady Kenmores at J.C. Penny.

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    18. Mr Derp,

      “People also evolve over time and that tends to make them see things in a different perspective after a while. I couldn’t watch GoT for 13 plus seasons.”
      ——-
      I couid watch The Adventures of Arya & The Hound for twenty seasons.
      By the way… if the Star Trek franchise is bringing back Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard in a new series after … how many years?… I would welcome a continuation of the stories of some of the GoT characters many years from now. Except Lord Glover and Euron. I want them both gone for good within the first five minutes of S8e1.

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    19. Flora Linden,

      The Blacklist? I love James Spader, and thought the first season and a half were really good, but then major suckage set in. Stupid baby dramas. Awful husband killed off – but then brought back to life, and chained up. All the quirky, fun sidekick characters turning evil. (Pee Wee Hermann aka Mr. Vargas? Oh come on.) And I’m sorry, but the lead actress just isn’t in the same league as James Spader.

      Back in the first season, I really liked the guest actress who played Jolene Parker – the faux schoolteacher. I thought she should’ve been cast as the lead. Sure enough, four years later that actress – Rachel Brosnahan – scores the Emmy for best lead actress for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

      Off Topic Semi-Rant Over

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    20. Ten Bears: I’m sorry, but the lead actress just isn’t in the same league as James Spader.

      I quit watching the show after the second season partly because Megan Boone was so awful. Seriously – after just about every line she said I had to stop myself from thinking, “man she sucks,” and wondering how she got the role.

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    21. Ten Bears,

      I really thought Spader should have been nominated for an Emmy in Seasons 1 and 2. He’s the main reason I keep watching, although I don’t have a problem with anyone in the cast. But as expected the show hit the danger zone in Season 5 when the writers dragged out the “Who’s your daddy?” storyline a bit too long.

      Milutin,

      In S7, the first four episodes flowed together nicely, but in the last three episodes the pace was wonky as all the important plot points had to be stuffed in, it was a bit all over the place. Hopefully the final six won’t feel like that.

      Also, if anyone is looking for GoT palace intrigue, check out the Chinese drama “Story of Yanxi Palace”. The female characters and actresses are all amazing in this. (No actual dragons, direwolves or WW though.)

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    22. I know a lot of viewers focused on the big action set pieces of season 7 but there were still some nice, quiet moments as well (one thing I noticed about season 7 was that you started to get some scenes that felt quite longer than in the earlier seasons, which reminded me of Emilia Clark’s joke about how she needed to actually learn some lines now). For example, I was pleasantly surprised how much time was spent on the Brotherhood Without Banners in s7e1: the scene where the Hound buried the corpses of the farmer and his daughter remains, IMO, one of the highlight scenes of the entire series. Another scene that comes to mind was the scene where Daenerys orders the execution of Randyll Tarly and his son: the moment where Randyll grips Dickon’s arm to comfort him a moment before they’re burnt to death is oddly touching, and kind of gives a bit of redemption to an otherwise loathsome character. One of my few complaints with the season was that Melisandre dropped out of it quite early.

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    23. Mr Derp,

      Honestly, when I think about it, the only thing that really disappointed me in season 7 were some of the reunions. I was hoping for more time and more meaningful interactions between some characters that reunited. I didn’t like the Arya/Hot Pie scene, nor did I care for the scene with Arya and Nymeria….
      ….These reunions have been disappointing for me and I felt they got swept under the rug just so they could keep it moving.”

      ………………..

      As an Arya SuperFan, I have to agree with your assessment of those two scenes. You do know what they have in common, right? The same director whose trademark filming “techniques” have been distracting throughout, and whose script interpretations have left fans perplexed and displeased. [Remember the inexplicably carefree Arya – after aborting the Lady Crane hit – strolling around Braavos like a carefree tourist?]

      I wondered why they bother sending Maisie to Calgary for filming the Nymeria reunion scene. The Michael Bay-style jump cuts of wolves, and the blurry image of Nymeria emerging from the background, all could’ve been done without on-location filming. Maisie Williams is always great, but I found that scene emotionally underwhelming. (Compare it to the heartwrenching S1 scene when Arya was forced to send Nymeria away.) The fact that so many casual fans misinterpreted Arya’s line to Nymeria in S7e2 (“That’s not you”) to mean that the direwolf was not Nymeria was – for me – the product of ambiguous directing, not scripting.
      The Hot Pie scene was weird too. Mostly, there were parts where I couldn’t even understand what Arya was saying, eg after Hot Pie told her he thought she’d be headed to Winterfell. I had to replay it six times before I could make out Arya’s response (“Why would I go there? The Boltons have it.”) Plus, her initial indifference to Hot Pie, and eating like a greedy slob (spearing a pie; wiping her mouth on her sleeves; grabbing the pitcher of ale) were out of character and never justified. (She showed better dining etiquette with the Lannister soldiers in the previous episode!) If she was supposed to be channeling the Hound, that should have been made clear. Again, I compare the “coldness” of that scene with the warmth of the scene in S3 – when Gendry and Arya, preparing to leave with the BwoB, were saying their farewells and Hot Pie presented her with Wolf Bread 1.0; and as Hot Pie started walking back into the Crossroads Inn, Arya turned around and shouted: “Hey Hot Pie! It’s really good!”) There was genuine emotion there. I didn’t sense it in their reunion scene.

      It may very well be, as you suggest, a matter of pacing – that the reunion scenes were kind of “swept under the rug just so they could keep it moving.” I don’t know. My impression is that the dialogue and elements for “callbacks” in the script weren’t translated to the screen.

      Shoulda had Michelle McLaren direct those scenes…

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    24. Honestly, I had only two issues with season 07 — unfortunately they were ones that were not easy to overlook as one revolved around a major plot and another around two major characters.

      I genuinely think that the Winterfell arc was a mess. I just think that D&D were so caught up in the idea of the gotcha! idea of surprising people and stuck on the “twist” of Arya supposedly being on trial by Sansa in the final episode and instead **ooh! Gotcha! Nope, it’s Littlefinger** that they worked backwards from there and just handwaved away logic and character motivation left and right.

      I don’t think beyond a few people that most really would have cared about that twist had instead we gotten a Winterfell arc that was an equal parts focus on all three of the Stark siblings dealing with life at Winterfell in these new circumstances.

      Arya and Bran being back at home, Arya with family–but none of the family she was close to, giving up her revenge, adjusting to no longer being ‘no one,’ definitively *not* being a Lady, but being a warrior among the Northern Lords and Ladies who would have still expected her to be such.

      Bran as the Three-Eyed Raven no longer caring about the human concerns that were plaguing those around him while his sisters were trying to find his humanity, still trying to sift through the past, the present and future, to make headway through his role as the 3ER. Playing with Littlefinger, finding some kind of kinship with Sam, dispensing wisdom beyond his years to his elder siblings.

      And Sansa’s story… well, the entire arc was mostly from her point of view anyway so most of that really wouldn’t have to change, but cut some of the “twisty, is it real… do the sister’s hate each other? Is Arya going to kill her?” beyond an episode, maybe two of that before an understanding between the two happened. Let them play Littlefinger, and have let the audience in on that joy.

      Instead, when the denouement came, it was just a gotcha moment with no build-up, no logic behind it and very little character stuff for Arya and Bran.

      The other thing that bothered me was how I felt that Jon and Dany’s romance was rushed. I don’t have an issue with it happening in one season. I just don’t think it was developed well enough… and it could have been. Romances have been developed and well in a shorter time frame. Heck, Dany and Drogo are still an immensely popular ship and they by episode 6 of their season, people were rooting heavily for them and we all know how that started out. Jon and Dany had a big up on them! Jon and Dany’s romance was just not well-written. Period.

      The quick time traveling, no problem. I’m rewatching the series and in the first season, a month’s worth of travel was covered in literally 1 episode, while what should have taken about 2 days worth of travel took an episode and a half. The various, huh? worth of quick travel ain’t nothing.

      As for the wight adventure. These are ridiculously desperate times. They are LITERALLY facing an undead army of hundreds of thousands. I’m not going to blame them for maybe making perhaps a crazy decision. That was understandable.

      The Winterfell arc? It was written backwards to satisfy a “gotcha!” moment at the end. The Jon/Dany romance which was designed because well, uhm, yeah, Jon and Dany are supposed to bone? I guess. I mean… other than a few moments in the cave, they just weren’t written as if they actually felt anything, as if there was an attraction. Characters said they were attracted, they were falling, but it was all tell, very little show. At least in my opinion.

      HOWEVER… other than those two things, the rest of the season was as great as anything else that GOT has put out. And everything else (for the most part) that GOT has put out has been pretty damn fantastic. In my opinion.

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    25. I rewatched season 7 and it goes better than the first time through. The fast pace doesn’t bother as much. I didn’t mind the wright hunt like some. It makes sense to me. Jon had to find a way to convince the others that the army of the dead is real. The show has established since season 1 that most of Westeros doesn’t believe in anything magical. Remember “snarks” and “grumpkins”? “Seeing is believing” is the only was they would ever accept Jon’s view.
      I’d just wish they would of executed the dragon rescue scene better. The Night King easily kills the one dragon by hurling an ice spear thrown through the air, when in episode 4, Drogon was hit with a big bolt shot by Bronn and seems fine 5 minutes later?

      I also was annoyed by how Benjen Stark just remarkably shows up in the nick of time to safe Jon from all the wrights. The show does that troupe a little too much.

      Also, the execution between of the Arya and Sansa double-cross of Littlefinger could of been better. They didn’t really have any real evidence against him that wasn’t hearsay from Bran’s visions. Why would the rest of the Lords in Winterfell let him be executed based off that alone?

      Besides that though the I really enjoyed the rest of the season. Episodes 4 and 7 were some of the show’s best in my opinion. I miss the character moments, too. But I still think we get enough of them and the spectacle of the set pieces are really amazing. Nothing else comes close to it on TV, heck it’s better than most movies!

      So, while I haven’t seen Handmaid’s Tale or the Americans, I don’t think GOT needs to apologize to anyone for winning Best Drama.

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    26. Milutin:
      Mr Derp,

      Honestly, when I think about it, the only thing that really disappointed me in season 7 were some of the reunions. I was hoping for more time and more meaningful interactions between some characters that reunited. I didn’t like the Arya/Hot Pie scene, nor did I care for the scene with Arya and Nymeria. Also, like plenty of others, I didn’t like the Arya/Sansa subplot that took up the latter half of the season. I also found Jon’s reaction to be rather strange when he found out that Arya is still alive. I just felt like a lot of those scenes were more subdued then they should’ve been. Just my opinion, of course. Apparently, I just didn’t like what they did with Arya in season 7.


      These reunions have been disappointing for me and I felt they got swept under the rug just so they could keep it moving. Other than that, I didn’t really have a ton of issues with season 7.

      Just so!

      mau,

      Well, that is my problem with the latter seasons. I am more for character interactions than big action pieces that take plenty of time and money. If they didn’t focus so much on them there would be enough time to film additional scenes. Of course, I am aware it is all a matter of personal preference what each of us viewerswant to see in the show.

      Same here. I actually feel they could have done 8-9 episodes because what would have filled in that time is not the big set pieces, but the subtle character moments and better pacing in relationships. Jon/Dany wouldn’t have felt so rushed, and Sansa/Arya would’ve been better. I didn’t mind the the idea, but, as I’ve said before, you can’t rush suspense. It would’ve cost, but not at the level of two more Hardhomes.

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    27. Jay Targ,

      I really don’t like tattoos. (Wanna do body art? Use temporary tattoos.) Nevertheless, Maisie can do no wrong in my book. She looks adorable in the first slide. And if she wants a “No one” tattoo to commemorate her experience of a lifetime starring on GoT, who am I to question her?

      Which reminds me… I got a chuckle the other day when I was sitting in rush hour traffic and found myself behind a car with an Alcoholics Anonymous bumper sticker that said: “Arya Stark is My Higher Power.”
      If I’d thought of it, I would have pulled alongside, rolled down my window and asked. “I’ve heard one of the twelve steps is making amends to the people you’ve harmed, but which step is it when you go back and assassinate all the people who’ve harmed you?”
      Or I could have been supportive and asked: “What do we say to the God of T*ts and Wine”, to cue the answer: “Not today.”

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    28. I’m sure everyone would have preferred GRRM’s version of season 7, the life and times of Quentyn Martell. The rest of the cast gets a year off so we can really get to know him.

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    29. NinaD,

      “…big set pieces, but the subtle character moments…”

      ———–
      It is those subtle character moments (what Thronetender called “high thread count” scenes) which have made GoT so enjoyable. Realistic looking fire-breathing dragons, massive sword fights and all of the other “big set pieces” look spectacular. But it’s those subtle character moments that are “perpetually rewatchable” and unforgettable.

      The Battle of the Bastards was an impressive technical achievement and yet, I don’t think I’ve ever felt the desire to watch it again. However, I can watch over and over again the S4e7 scene of Sandor letting down his guard and telling Arya about experiencing the physical pain and the worse emotional pain of being burned by his brother.
      Likewise, the Brienne vs. Sandor swordfight/fistfight was well- choreographed. but it was Sandor’s scene afterwards, asking, goading, and finally begging Arya to kill him that is always worth rewatching.

      Some might say the lower ratio of character moments to action sequences in S7 is the reason some fans weren’t as thrilled with those seven episodes as a whole, regardless of the total run time.

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    30. Wasn’t surprised because I don’t think Season 7 deserved to win…only surprised because I hadn’t trusted them to pick it. Partly since it sounds virtually impossible that they won’t get it next year, unless Season 8 turns out to be an utter disaster.
      I totally understood Peter’s concerns—how fortunate that they were allayed like all others. 😉
      And I do believe many nails were hit on the heads here re: S7.

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    31. Ten Bears:
      Mr Derp,

      ………………..
      Plus, her initial indifference to Hot Pie, and eating like a greedy slob (spearing a pie; wiping her mouth on her sleeves; grabbing the pitcher of ale) were out of character and never justified. (She showed better dining etiquette with the Lannister soldiers in the previous episode!)If she was supposed to be channeling the Hound, that should have been made clear.

      I agree, the direction made that scene somewhat unclear. I assumed she was trying harder to hide that she was high-born the closer she got to Winterfell, where someone might recognize her.

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    32. Ten Bears:
      Jay Targ,
      Which reminds me… I got a chuckle the other day when I was sitting in rush hour traffic and found myself behind a car with an Alcoholics Anonymous bumper sticker that said: “Arya Stark is My Higher Power.”

      Ha! That’s hilarious.

      Not nearly as funny, but I when I was walking around downtown during lunch yesterday, a mother was yelling after her disobedient daughter as I passed by: “Arya. Arya, get over here!”

      I should have said, “Better not make her too angry, or she’ll stick you with the pointy end.” 🙂

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    33. mau:
      The scale of the story and production has grown so much that they couldn’t do 10 episodes per season anymore. They spent more time producing the seven/six episodes of the last two seasons than they did on the ten-episode ones.

      I wouldn’t have minded waiting a little longer for for a 10 episode S7, just as we are having to wait for S8.

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    34. Enharmony1625: Ha! That’s hilarious.

      Not nearly as funny, but I when I was walking around downtown during lunch yesterday, a mother was yelling after her disobedient daughter as I passed by: “Arya. Arya, get over here!”

      I should have said, “Better not make her too angry, or she’ll stick you with the pointy end.” 🙂

      Or… you could’ve said “But her brother gave her that sword, and Polliver killed her friend.”

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    35. Enharmony1625,

      Alright. Here’s how I know for sure I’m too much of a GoT fanatic. (Bear with me…)

      Every couple of weeks, I attend early morning breakfast meetings with 8-10 other colleagues, at least five of whom I know to be closet die-hard GoT fans. Our meetings are held at an office with a large conference room table. In the center of the table are pots of fresh coffee, a bowl of sugar, and a bowl of “equal” artificial sweetener in the blue packets.

      About a year ago, in some areas, equal packets were printed with corny marketing slogans. I happened to buy a couple of boxes.
      Here’s what they looked like:

      http://www.mylebleu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/product-equal.jpg

      So the night before one of the meetings, I used clear address labels to print text in small font and cut slivers of the labels to add verbiage to the slogans on the equal packets; then made sure I was the first to arrive for the breakfast meeting; and and replaced the equal packets in the bowl with my “customized” versions. Then, I’d sit back and wait for those GoT fan colleagues to arrive, prour their cups of coffee, and notice the slightly altered slogans when reaching for equal packets….

      To some equal packets with the corny slogan, “Your Coffee is Calling”,I added: “But you refused the call!”

      On other packets I added strips of text underneath the slogan, so they read:
      Nothing is Equal to equal
      “Nothing is just nothing.” – Arya Stark

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    36. Ten Bears,

      Now that’s dedication! I love it. 🙂 It’s always nice when you can share your passions with your coworkers. We’ve got some pretty die-hard GoT fans at my office too. In fact, two of our conference rooms are named “Winterfell” and “King’s Landing”. I have yet to think of some good pranks to play on my coworkers, but your creativity is inspiring, so I’ll have to do some brainstorming.

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    37. Mr Derp:
      Not a single damn co-worker of mine watches Game of Thrones.It’s bizarre.

      Well it sounds like you work with a bunch of… just terrible people. 😛
      In the beginning I only had one friend that watched the show… the same one that I got into the books shortly before it premiered. Now among the people I work with and closest friends only two couples haven’t watched the entire series to catch up. Those four people aren’t much into tv and/or just watch lame “reality” programs though. 🙂

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    38. Lol…I work in a home office, so most of the coworkers are the same family members who watch the show with me. xD My dad’s the only one who, inexplicably, doesn’t care (and seemed to care noticeably less after the nudity dropped off…partly because he’s well aware of my mom’s crushes on Jon, Bronn, etc. x3) She and my brothers were the ones who convinced me to watch in the first place, so I owe them a great deal. ;u;

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    39. I’ve always been loud and proud about fandom, including all my cartoons and kiddie things. I keep receiving GoT items as gifts (whooot) and plan on ordering a shirt from Hot Topic soon…x-}

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    40. Enharmony1625,

      I’ve found that the “closet fans” are the most dedicated, and the kind of people you’d least expect to be rabid fans. Many seem ultra-serious, all business, and straightlaced – but in their private lives they’re total gung ho GoT freaks.

      Once, I emailed a formal inquiry about the urgency of a newly undertaken project. The response I got back didn’t specify a time frame or due date. All I got back was a three word reply that said: “Winter is coming.”

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