Game of Thrones finds a new faster pace… but NOT because of the shorter season 7?

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Ever since it was announced the seventh and eighth seasons of Game of Thrones would close out the series with seven and six episodes respectively, there has been a mix of excitement and concern in the fandom about what this could mean. On the one hand, it means there will be more of a budget for each episode, which will surely reflect on our screens… Yet, on the other hand, this change could also make the story feel rushed.

Indeed, those of us who have closely followed the production of season seven are convinced a change in pacing is coming. There is no doubt about that. But is it because of these shorter seasons? That has been the assumption, but apparently that may not be the case after all, according to two main cast members and the writers for the show.

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Art Director Paul Ghirardani on bringing the world of Game of Thrones to life

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Game of Thrones is a visually stunning show – the makeup, the costumes, and the special effects all contribute to the authenticity of the series. None of it would matter, however, without the beautiful sets and scenery to provide the backdrop. Bringing the worlds of Westeros and Essos to life requires more than simply finding the right location, however. An incredible amount of creativity and hard work are required to turn the fantasy into reality.

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Quick Hits: Whispers, Sean Bean, Jacob Anderson, Gemma Whelan, and the Game of Thrones Tourism Phenomenon

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As the season 7 premiere inches closer, Game of Thrones starts popping up all over the media. Today we have several interviews and a couple of interesting tidbits to share. Let dive in, shall we?

Game of Thrones announced a new official newsletter today! The details so far are a little thin, but what we know at the moment: it’s called Whispers of Westeros.  Whispers promises “Get access, updates and videos before anyone else. No ravens required.” Unfortunately it’s US-only, but perhaps some of you will find a way around that? Either way, we’ll sign up and keep you posted on anything they have to tell us!

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Full Slate of Programming for Con of Thrones Revealed – Plus a New App!

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We’re especially excited about the latest news from Con of Thrones, because we here at the Wall had a hand in developing it. The Game of Thrones convention has racked up a long list of guests over the past few months, but now it’s time for news of a different sort: programming!

The complete schedule for the convention has been unveiled, featuring over a hundred hours of programming spread over three days. The speakers and panelists have also been revealed, confirming the CoT attendance of fandom favorites such as podcasters A Storm of Spoilers, Bald Move, History of Westeros, and A Cast of Kings, and YouTubers Preston Jacobs and Rawrist. And of course, you can look forward to meeting a whole lotta Watchers there!

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Nathalie Emmanuel tracks Missandei’s journey from slave to freethinking woman

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In Nathalie Emmanuel’s first visit to Cape Town and South Africa, the English actress paid a visit to the local KFM Breakfast morning drive radio show and discussed her new cameo role in the new Maze Runner movie (are they still making those?), as well as her involvement in the Fate of the Furious franchise and, of course, Game of Thrones.

There were no season seven teases (shockingly, she wasn’t even asked about it!), but Emmanuel did disclose details about her audition for the show, the doors Game of Thrones has opened for her, and the evolution of Missandei throughout the seasons.

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