Weekend Roundup: Making dragons, box office returns, Diana Rigg dishes Season 5, and more!

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Here are your weekend highlights of the best of Game of Thrones news! Featuring Diana Rigg, Pixomondo’s outstanding effects, the Art Directors Guild Awards and the latest box office returns!

Game of Thrones cleaned up nicely at the box office this weekend with its IMAX release, earning $1.5 million (a $7,323 per-screen-average) in its weekend run, according to Forbes. Forbes notes that this is “on par with the IMAX-only releases of Raiders of the Lost Ark ($1.6m on 267 screens) and Top Gun 3D ($1.9m in 300 screens).” Nice!

Next up, at last night’s Art Directors Guild Awards, Game of Thrones added another trophy to its shelf. The show picked up a win in the category for One-Hour Period or Fantasy Single-Camera Television Series. The award is given for the episodes “The Laws of Gods and Men,” and “The Mountain and the Viper”, and its Production Designer, Deborah Riley. Congratulations!

In a new appearance on the Jonathan Ross Show, Diana Rigg dished on a scene from the upcoming season, and it is a tad NSFW in discussion, as well as containing spoilers. Enjoy!

Lastly, VFX wizards Pixomondo offer this behind the scenes look at the creation of the dragons in Game of Thrones Season 4.

 

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    1. Running guess from set reports is that

      the Sparrows are going to trash every whorehouse in the city, and Loras and Olyvar get caught in one. Loras gets accosted by the Sparrows.

      HOPEFULLY, we’ll finally get a scene in which Loras says he’s just “drowning his sorrows” at the brothel, but will never love after Renly — Cogman WROTE a piece of dialogue like that in “Kissed by Fire” but it was cut for time.

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    2. Looking forward to see more of PIXOMONDO’s work in season 5. I love these breakdowns so much, I wish they’d do more of these or maybe have some sort of documentary released as an extra on the Blu-Rays.

      About that Diana interview, she’s lovely and I’m so happy they’re still using Olenna, I was afraid season 4 would be her last.

      Also, why would a brothel need so many dildos? lol

      😀

      The Dragon Demands:
      Cogman WROTE a piece of dialogue like that in “Kissed by Fire” but it was cut for time.

      Wow, really? I had no idea, now I’m mad! I don’t want to be one of those guys but how could they have time for a whole Podrick the SexGod subplot but no time for this? 🙁

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    3. That’s not the first time I’ve heard of Cogman wanting to either do more back story or lift line by line from the source material and it winding up cut. That’s disappointing, but what can you do.

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    4. That Dragon work is just draw dropping and backed with that music just gave me chills…

      The Drogon vs Dany pit staredown scene coupled with Dany mounting Drogon and flying away is going to bring me to tears

      Like I’ve said and many have agreed, if D&D do it right, this scene can be a hallmark “Only on HBO” scene for years and years to come.

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    5. Am I the only one who now believes the line Olenna says in the trailer is directed towards Littlefinger?
      I mean a scene in a brothel sounds like a Littlefinger scene and he was seen filming scenes in kings landing, so that would make sense.
      And the fact that Littlefinger and Olenna planned Joffrey’s murder together would fit with this scene, maybe Littlefinger begins threatening Olenna, saying he could always reveal her as Joffrey’s murderer and she threatens him back, that would make for an interesting scene!

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    6. Hoyti Von Totiy,

      Women in Athens in the time of Pericles used leather dildos which were made by cobblers. Gives a trip to the shoe store a whole new meaning.

      “I’d rather have wine, but I’ll take the water … and the mercy.”

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    7. What they’ve done with the dragons is really beyond anything I expected. After S2 having very littleof them despite their small size, I was prepared to barely see them – but they are there and they look great. Well done pixomondo.

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    8. Oh, nooooooooooooooo!!!!! They changed the #DildoCanon?!?! The one and only mention in the books of a dildo was of an IVORY made one! (I should know, it was the wildlings that had it LOL) For shame D&D, for shame! I was expecting ivory 😛

      Have to give it the Diana Rigg. I find her funny and her Olenna quite good.

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    9. Yara:
      Am I the only one who now believes the line Olenna says in the trailer is directed towards Littlefinger?
      I mean a scene in a brothel sounds like a Littlefinger scene and he was seen filming scenes in kings landing, so that would make sense.
      And the fact that Littlefinger and Olenna planned Joffrey’s murder together would fit with this scene, maybe Littlefinger begins threatening Olenna, saying he could always reveal her as Joffrey’s murderer and she threatens him back, that would make for an interesting scene!

      It totally makes sense. I wouldn’t want to go up against either one of them.

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    10. Hoyti Von Totiy,

      Hahahahaha…

      I just hope Rygar doesn’t end up in therapy after seeing that scene.

      I, too, have been blown away by the work on the dragons. It’s been exceptional throughout the series, and the scene in the last episode where Dany chains R&V hit me right in the heart. Yes, rationally I knew they were just CGI creations, but my emotional reaction was as though they were real creatures.

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    11. Yara,

      I wouldn’t expect you to scroll through the massive amount of comments from previous threads, but, yeah, we’ve mentioned it. It would make sense not only because the locale is in a brothel and LF is probably back in KL, but the QoT and LF have had a little bit of shenanigans together last season to poison a certain boy king and get Sansa out of KL. They are probably discussing possible convoluted deals involving the fate of Sansa. This should be an interesting KL development that intertwines with the crazy Cersei thread.

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    12. Tormund’s Woman,
      Can’t believe I’m joining in a conversation about dildos with complete strangers on the internet (yes I know that’s what huge chunks of it are for but they’re not the parts I tend to visit). Anyway, ivory comes from tusked animals and I think mammoths are the only ones we’ve seen so far? Perhaps the wildlings are keeping it all for themselves. Or some animal rights activist who is clearly light years ahead of their time has campaigned against it’s use elsewhere 😉 Actually I’ve just seen the first GoT is coming bits on Sky Atlantic, the channel that shows it in the UK, so I’m on official countdown mode now and a bit over excited!

      Also, it would be nice to see a little Loras sun/candle (can’t remember the exact words at the moment) bit. He and Renly were just about the only couple who seemed to be together right from the start purely because they wanted to, rather than through duty or to please other people. I thought the deleted scene from S2 with Marg was really sad and sweet.

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    13. Yara,

      I had that thought too! LF returns to Kings Landing and inspects his brothels, and runs into (or arranges a meeting with) Olenna. I could absolutely see the writers wanting to pair Rigg and Gillen for a scene.

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    14. Lulu’s Mum: Anyway, ivory comes from tusked animals and I think mammoths are the only ones we’ve seen so far?

      Elephants do turn up in the books. I don’t know if they will on the show, because it can be expensive to use them. I really would not expect the dwarf elephants: they are all extinct, and that would mean CGI when an ox or horse would do just fine.

      On a side note, elephants are really cool….

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    15. Wimsey,
      I love elephants, but their acting ability is a bit limited I think, apart from Dumbo and his gang? The main problem is probably if they have a bit of a diva strop, how do you stop someone who weighs about 5 tons if they start throwing things around? Not just water bottles and plates but trees, people, that sort of thing. Apparently elephants drunk on fermented fruit have trashed entire chunks of rural villages. Imagine what they’d be like if they did it on purpose 🙁

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    16. Ser Low-Res,

      “durchgehend” in this context means “continuously” or “throughout”, meaning “he appears or appeared continuously/several times during the whole series”.

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    17. Shaz,

      I definitely think a Sansa/Cersei reunion is bound to happen-after the positions have been reversed and Sansa has the power for a change-or is at least on more equal footing. Even apart from my theory that Sansa is the YMBQ, even if that isn’t actually the case, I just don’t see D&D being able to resist that showdown whether it happens in the books or not.

      I mean look at how they so generously gifted us with Varys/Littlefinger, Varys/Olenna, Twyin/Arya, Arya/Brienne, and Tywin/Olenna and none of those character match-ups as great as they were had the same level of story arc relevance as the Lioness and the Little Dove.

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    18. Yara,

      A scene of plots and threats between Olenna and LF would be TV gold.

      Lulu’s Mum,

      Here is the line, “When the sun has set no candle can replace it.” I like the sentiment behind it and wish that we had a little more of the deep feelings between Loras and Renly.

      Game of Thrones cleaned up nicely at the box office this weekend with its IMAX release, earning $1.5 million…

      Good to know because I just got back from an IMAX showing and there were less than 20 people in the theater. Maybe that’s because it is Super Bowl Sunday (but I was home by 3:30 – plenty of time for the game). Or maybe its because it was playing at 4 theaters within a hour of my home. I was hoping for a larger turnout.

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    19. Lulu’s Mum: Also, it would be nice to see a little Loras sun/candle (can’t remember the exact words at the moment) bit. He and Renly were just about the only couple who seemed to be together right from the start purely because they wanted to, rather than through duty or to please other people. I thought the deleted scene from S2 with Marg was really sad and sweet.

      I totally agree, that scene should have made the final cut !

      “When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.”

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    20. raq,

      Yeah,because a successful adaptation is lifting word from word from the material,that’s why it worked so much for Watchmen and other movies……..oh wait,it didn’t !

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    21. Felt Pelt,

      Aye, the facebook spoiler from August (that the trailer proved to be legit with its identical Varys line and the Viper-with-necklace-in-mouth bit) mentioned him.

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    22. I don’t think it’s uncertain anymore if Tom Wlaschiha is back on GoT, now it’s about who he will be portraying. I found an article last October that claimed that they asked Tom’s agency about season 5, and the answer was that because of contractual reasons Tom can’t talk about his involvement in the show. Here’s a link: http://www.berliner-kurier.de/leute/tom-wlaschiha–der-deutsche-star-aus–game-of-thrones–das-comeback-des-auftragskillers-,7169134,28841344.html Even if the German site isn’t a reliable source, the leaked script and Tom’s agency’s slip last summer seem pretty solid proof that Tom is back.
      Oh, and in my opinion durchgehend in this context means that Game of Thrones is still an on-going show.

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    23. mariamb,
      Arkash,
      That’s the one. Perhaps they’ll get it, or something similar, in this time. It’s a nice little touch that wouldn’t take long, but as always it’s competing with all the other non-essential bits people are hoping to see for the parts of the story they particularly like. If D&D were able to get it all in, at only 10 episodes a year, we’d have all died of old age before it finally finished 🙁

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    24. I had thought it was confirmed a while back Tom Wlaschiha would be in the upcoming season. I thought the only question was who, exactly, he was going to be

      J’aqen, The Kindly Man with J’aqen’s face, etc…

      .

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    25. Lulu’s Mum,

      “Animal activist” I love that LOL! PETA would love Westeros. What with all those direwolves killed… Don’t they know that’s an extinct species?!

      Let’s say I understand the ivory limitations. But clay? I mean what’s next? Wax dildos?! I bet Littlefinger has no knowledge of the cheap material used. He’ll put things to rights as soon as he gets wind of it.

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    26. Nymeria Warrior Queen,

      It hasn’t been confirmed officially and Tom wasn’t seen on set, but things already mentioned above and Maisie’s reaction when she was asked about Tom’s return seem to confirm that he will be in season 5.

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    27. Nymeria Warrior Queen,

      We already know. The leaked script description, which most of us assumed was fake, was confirmed by the trailer, which had lines that he had quoted back in August, pretty much word for word (Tyrion and Varys’s last dialogue in the trailer) and certain other things that you just cannot make up (Sand Snakes sending a viper with Myrcella’s lion necklace to Cersei.)

      Among the information provided was the fact that the Kindly Man put on Jaqen’s face.

      Oh, a link. It’s copypasted from the original, but the text is the same:

      https://www.facebook.com/FacelessFanaticsAnonymous/posts/625423600898724

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    28. Luka Nieto,

      Ah, thanks. I knew we knew he was coming back, but I guess that part of the leaked script didn’t register. I had avoided even looking at it until after the trailer was released, and someone mentioned it again, and how it was spot-on. At that point, I read through it, but I guess was so kind of bowled over by everything there, and how well it matched up with the trailer, I missed parts. Thanks for the clarification.

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    29. Tormund’s Woman,
      Well clay is a naturally occurring resource, but if it were quite rare in Westeros it might actually be a much sought after material. Oh Mr Little Finger, with these clay dildos you are truely spoiling us! (That probably won’t make any sense unless you are familiar with the cheesey Ferrero Roche (sp?) adverts they used to have in the 80s.) As for how effective they might be, I couldn’t possibly comment. As a (very) long shot that might be why the brothel gets trashed – clay dildos what kind of rip off deal is that! smash, crash etc 😉

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    30. Luka Nieto,

      I still really hope that the info about Tom portraying a different Faceless Man is wrong, the wording of the leaked script is a bit unclear. The FM from season two isn’t Jaqen really either, he just had his face, so IMO it’s still up in the air. To me it would be much more fun if Tom is the same FM as in s2 because of the history and relationship between that Faceless Man and Arya. But, we’ll see.

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    31. Jesterr223456,

      I didn’t say that at all. Nothing even close to that. I was just pointing something out in regards to an earlier discussion. Please don’t use strawman garbage arguments in an attempt to make whatever point you were attempting to.

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    32. Luka Nieto,

      Thanks for that link. I missed some of this “leaked” script.

      If this is true and Sansa sends Brienne/Pod away, what is Brienne’s role in S5? Without any confirmed appearances by the BWB, what will her purpose be?

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    33. Luka Nieto,

      I didn’t see the link you’d added to your last post. You must have read my my mind, and in doing so, saved me from trying to find the links to it which have been posted over the last few days. I realized I should look over that facebook post, again, when I wasn’t bouncing off the walls with excitement over the trailer.

      Thanks!

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    34. Nymeria Warrior Queen,

      Yeah what’s impressive is that they get the small things in there right, eg Dany’s hair and skirt blowing slightly back when Drogon leaps off and spreads his wings off the rock

      It’s the small things that lift it from good to great

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    35. I’m hyped for clay dildos.

      I think that scene happens after the Sparrows do their cleaning in King’s Landing. Maybe Olenna comes back for Tywin’s funeral and stays until

      Margaery’s arrest?.

      I agree, all her scenes are gold.

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    36. Khamûl,

      I’ve always thought that ending Season 3 or Season 4 with LSH was a bit premature. First of all, she is barely in the books so if she appeared in Season 3, what would be the point of her character in Season 4 and 5? It would be empty shock value with no follow-through. Having her appear at the end of Season 5 is actually the appropriate time book-wise because Brienne encounters her at the end of AFfC. My guess is that LSH will appear much more in TWoW and D&D are aware of this and therefore waited until it was appropriate to introduce her story-wise and pacing-wise.

      Or this could just be a dumb IMDb hoax lol

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    37. Ser Low-Res,

      I looked it up and in that case continously would be the correct translation. I think it means, that he is continiously playing a role in Game of Thrones and is not just a Guest Star for one episode. Even so, as his role has no scenes for two seasons.

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