Game of Thrones wins 4 Visual Effects Society Awards!

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The 14th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards ceremony occurred last night.  The Visual Effects Society is a global professional honorary society for the entertainment industry that represents all of the visual effects practitioners.  They have over 3,000 members in more than 30 countries.  Variety and other news sources are reporting that they awarded Games of Thrones four trophies, one of which was for the City of Volantis (image at top).  Who could forget the meticulous detail of those scenes with the fantastic overhead shots of the Long Bridge.  It created the perfect setting for Tyrion’s adventures.

More details after the jump.

Game of Thrones won four VES Awards at the 14th Annual Awards ceremony yesterday:

  • Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode for the episode “Dance of Dragons” (image at bottom)
  • Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial or Real-Time Project for the City of Volantis (see image at top)
  • Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial or Real-Time Project for the episode “Hardhome” (image below)
  • Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode for the episode “Hardhome”

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According to the VES, photoreal refers “live action” and simulation refers to effects that are dynamic and generally include particle, dynamic, fluid, cloth, hair, and crowd simulations.  The term compositing refers to how the crew took multiple elements and combined it into one scene or episode.  For example, in Hardhome episode they used a real landscape combined with greenscreen, which then had some painted additions plus live actors interacting with motion captured wights plus completely digital wights for the crowds plus blowing snow and/or fog that crept over the cliffs.  Here’s a video of Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Bauer describing some of the diffculties faced when shooting Hardhome.  It was truly a wonder to behold.

Drogon Dany

The award for Dance of Dragons refers to the way in which Drogon was digitially inserted into the Daznak Pit scenes.  If you recall the crew used a flame thrower mounted on the end of a pivoting crane and the animation had to match that movement.  Here’s a video detailing how parts of that scene were done.

Congratulations to the Game of Thrones production crew lead by Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Bauer and the visual effects companies that performed a lot of the wizadry: Rodeo FX, Piximondo, Rhythm and HuesImage Engine.

 

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    1. Amazing, congrats to the best visual effects crew EVER, also thanks for all the explanations at the end, i was confused with those terms used in categories really.

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    2. I hope we get another budget increase for s6 because the scale of things and the amount of CGI can only increase right?

      Anyway OT but my sister’s a publicist promoting a book about the Game of Thrones world called “Winter is Coming: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones” by Oxford professor Carolyne Larrington. The author/professor is hosting an AMA on Reddit tomorrow so feel free to check that out, my sister is very anxious about it!

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    3. Valaquen: The show looks better than a good deal of movies. Well done and well deserved :

      Absolutely congratulations on the awards. Well deserved.

      In regards to better than movies, I’m so sad that it looks like there will be no IMAX event this year. A few weeks ago I read somewhere that IMAX in Europe was talking about the possibility of a showing of the last 2 episodes. Was that news on WotW? Can’t remember where I saw it. But no word since.

      For those of you who couldn’t attend an IMAX showing last year, it was, to use phrases from the cast, epic and mental to see GOT on a huge screen. It played excellently, it looked like it was made to be a movie; the action and scoring translated perfectly. Hearing Ramin Djawadi’s themes boom through the theater was an event unto itself.

      Sigh …. when’s that effing trailer coming …. my memories are getting threadbare.

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    4. Deesensfan:
      Hawk,

      Superbowl is this Sunday.
      I dont think that HBO would pay millions to have the trailer during the superbowl
      I hope I am wrong

      Yeah I don’t think we’ll be seeing a trailer this weekend. Hopefully next weekend with Vinyl though.

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    5. Thronetender: Absolutely congratulations on the awards. Well deserved.

      In regards to better than movies, I’m so sad that it looks like there will be no IMAX event this year. A few weeks ago I read somewhere that IMAX in Europe was talking about the possibility of a showing of the last 2 episodes. Was that news on WotW? Can’t remember where I saw it. But no word since.

      For those of you who couldn’t attend an IMAX showing last year, it was, to use phrases from the cast, epic and mental to see GOT on a huge screen. It played excellently, it looked like it was made to be a movie; the action and scoring translated perfectly. Hearing Ramin Djawadi’s themes boom through the theater was an event unto itself.

      Sigh …. when’s that effing trailer coming …. my memories are getting threadbare.

      The IMAX Experience last year was amazing. Seeing it on the big screen with some popcorn, candy, and soda was so much fun. Doesn’t look like that will be happening this time though. Maybe after Season 6 they can put Hardhome and 609 together in IMAX.

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    6. Deesensfan: Superbowl is this Sunday.
      I dont think that HBO would pay millions to have the trailer during the superbowl
      I hope I am wrong

      I kind of thought they would release the trailer before Super Bowl so fans getting together to watch the game would hype the trailer as well. Word of mouth, and all that. They probably will wait and show it after the first episode of Vinyl on the 14th.

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    7. As I’d guess is the case with many of the others who have been suggesting a trailer during the Vinyl premiere for quite a while, I think it’s a logical move. They would have so many more people tuning into the premiere just to see the trailer, and if they can retain even a small portion of those viewers, the decision will prove to be a good one. Additionally, Vinyl will be airing on the same day and same time as GoT will be, so why not try and get viewers to start tuning in on Sunday’s at 9pm a couple of months early. Finally, it cannot have escaped the attention of HBO GoT fans fell in love with Birgitte Hjort Sorensen, however brief her appearance was. I know as soon as I heard she would be in a featured role on another HBO show, I’d tune in, at least to the first episode, just to see her. I’d be shocked if I was alone in that.

      All that said, to reiterate what was said on another thread, if we don’t get that damned trailer on February 14th, we riot!!!

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    8. Thronetender: I kind of thought they would release the trailer before Super Bowl so fans getting together to watch the game would hype the trailer as well. Word of mouth, and all that.They probably will wait and show it after the first episode of Vinyl on the 14th.

      in fact things works exactly the other way around. The trailer have to be released at at least 1 week before or after the superbowl, not closer. You see, it will kill the hype because they will be talking and be hyped by the superbowl.

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    9. Nymeria Warrior Queen:
      As I’d guess is the case with many of the others who have been suggesting a trailer during the Vinyl premiere for quite a while, I think it’s a logical move.They would have so many more people tuning into the premiere just to see the trailer, and if they can retain even a small portion of those viewers, the decision will prove to be a good one.Additionally, Vinyl will be airing on the same day and same time as GoT will be, so why not try and get viewers to start tuning in on Sunday’s at 9pm a couple of months early.Finally, it cannot have escaped the attention of HBO GoT fans fell in love with Birgitte Hjort Sorensen, however brief her appearance was.I know as soon as I heard she would be in a featured role on another HBO show, I’d tune in, at least to the first episode, just to see her.I’d be shocked if I was alone in that.

      All that said, to reiterate what was said on another thread, if we don’t get that damned trailer on February 14th, we riot!!!

      I was going to check out Vinyl anyway, but the trailer really would boost ratings big time. The Vinyl premiere is 2 hours, so I think they’d have it lead into the premiere then after it.

      Considering that GoT is the next big show after Vinyl and their flagship Sunday/9pm timeslot, a trailer should be coming sometime this month anyway. Having it with Vinyl just seems like a great move all around.

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    10. Thronetender: I kind of thought they would release the trailer before Super Bowl so fans getting together to watch the game would hype the trailer as well. Word of mouth, and all that.They probably will wait and show it after the first episode of Vinyl on the 14th.

      It would make more sense for the trailer to be the lead in to the Vinyl premiere so people stay tuned and check the new show out. If it is after the premiere then people could just skip Vinyl and tune in at 11pm (Vinyl premiere is 2 hours).

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    11. I’m about the point where I’m considering sacrificing a baby, too the gods of television, trying too appease HBO into releasing a trailer…

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    12. Well deserved!

      This show is top of the line in every category but stands head and shoulders above any and all TV produced shows when it comes to the visual effects.

      Think of all the work that goes into all these scenes. Producing this show must be so complex alone, without even mentioning the visual effects that bring the fantasy world of Westeros to life.

      This is probably why trailers take so long because the meat of the trailer will take weeks for the FX team to finish but it is always well worth the wait.

      Dragons, Dire Wolves and Wight’s… Oh my!!!

      Can’t wait to see season 5 in 1080p, in its full glory. =)

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    13. I spent the last hour watching VFX videos on YT and even Season 1 had magnificent VFX. I like the set extensions the best. It is amazing how much they add to the sets whether it is castles, mountains, weather, etc. It is beautiful.

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    14. Jack Bauer 24: It would make more sense for the trailer to be the lead in to the Vinyl premiere so people stay tuned and check the new show out. If it is after the premiere then people could just skip Vinyl and tune in at 11pm (Vinyl premiere is 2 hours).

      Wouldn’t that be something they would announce you think ? Or will that only be for the people who tune in for Vinyl ? To get more people to watch I would hope they announce it sometime this or next week if it does premier on the 14th.

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    15. Jack Bauer 24: I spent the last hour watching VFX videos on YT and even Season 1 had magnificent VFX. I like the set extensions the best. It is amazing how much they add to the sets whether it is castles, mountains, weather, etc. It is beautiful.

      Agree – it’s fascinating to watch the complete process, from a scene of the original building, to adding the green screens then seeing what they fill in. Watching the video of how Drogon and the extras were added to the Daznak’s pit scene literally gave me goosebumps; rewatching Dany get the inspiration to hop onto Drogon’s back, then climb on and fly out of there, to that rising music was worth the time, then and now.

      Ye gods, I was never a fan of anything like I am of GoT, even in my teens. I think it’s more fun now.

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    16. Nymeria Warrior Queen: Finally, it cannot have escaped the attention of HBO GoT fans fell in love with Birgitte Hjort Sorensen, however brief her appearance was. I know as soon as I heard she would be in a featured role on another HBO show, I’d tune in,

      She’s in Vinyl? Hmmm. I guess I will tune in then. I was on the fence.

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    17. Matthew The Dragon Knight: Wouldn’t that be something they would announce you think ? Or will that only be for the people who tune in for Vinyl ? To get more people to watch I would hope they announce it sometime this or next week if it does premier on the 14th.

      Yeah I think that if they do air the trailer with Vinyl they will announce it next week. If they don’t announce anything by next Friday (February 12th) then I think the chances of the trailer are slim.

      Laura: But HBO shows tend not to run the full hour so if they have it run after, say at 9:52pm or something, I think people would just watch and wait. I plan on watching Vinyl either way so makes no nevermind to me but if I were HBO, I’d run it after.

      I would tend to agree with that, but the Vinyl premiere is 2 hours. I think they’d want to air it earlier than 11.

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    18. Has anyone read through the HBO schedule and found anything GoT-related? I had a look at future Sundays and a few other random dates, but I spotted no specials or day-in-the-lifes, like we had last year. It’s a bit disappointing. But powered with hype, we soldier on.

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    19. Laura: But HBO shows tend not to run the full hour so if they have it run after, say at 9:52pm or something, I think people would just watch and wait. I plan on watching Vinyl either way so makes no nevermind to me but if I were HBO, I’d run it after.

      Me as well. Just for the “I fooking ‘ate Thenns” lady” can’t wait to see her act once more. Besides that, I actually believe that Vinyl may have some legs with great music and theme. Or maybe that is just my 60′ hippy kickin’ in.

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    20. Laura:
      I found a podcast that was taped last night with Jason Bateman and Benioff and Weiss called Scriptnotes (to be fair and give credit where credit is due, I found it via Uproxx). The Game of Thrones stuff is interesting. The guy who runs the podcast was actually one of the few people who saw the original pilot and he talks about that. Interestingly enough, D&D touch on just yesterday being in the writer’s room for S7 and changing a 4 person throne room scene to a huge 1000 extras in the streets of King’s Landing in Dubrovnik scene. They actually mentioned Dubrovnik so that stood out to me. They also talked about currently working on the outlines for season 7. The only thing that stood out was they talked about someone misspelling the word “mercenary.” The last part is them matching up Game of Thrones characters to current presidential candidates. It’s a good listen and the D&D convo starts just about 30 minutes in until almost the end (about 16 minutes total)

      http://johnaugust.com/2016/the-one-with-jason-bateman-and-the-game-of-thrones-guys

      Hi Laura. I listened to this earlier today and found it quite a fun listen in. Also a little surprised at how far they are already with planning season 7. IIRC they have the outline done and each episode already blocked out with index cards and the folk who will write/direct listed. Now they are going to get together with those folk and flesh out the episodes themselves. Very interesting process. I was VERY happy that no one was a total ass clown by asking something about Jon Snow!!!

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    21. Name *:
      Unfortunately, repeatedly refreshing this website does not produce a trailer. Am I doing something wrong?

      I think you forgot to kiss the Blarney Stone; click your ruby glass slippers together three times; pick a shamrock; rub Aladdin’s lamp; do the “I Dream of Jeanie” arms crossed head bob; rub your rabbits foot; wish on a shooting star; sacrifice an animal on an alter; kiss a fool; did you break any mirrors lately? cross paths with a black cat?

      I think that might cover the main things you may have missed! 😀

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    22. JCDavis: Hi Laura.I listened to this earlier today and found it quite a fun listen in.Also a little surprised at how far they are already with planning season 7.IIRC they have the outline done and each episode already blocked out with index cards and the folk who will write/direct listed.Now they are going to get together with those folk and flesh out the episodes themselves.Very interesting process.I was VERY happy that no one was a total ass clown by asking something about Jon Snow!!!

      Craig did ask them about Jon and Beinoff said he’s dead.

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    23. JCDavis,

      If you’re hoping music from the 60’s will be featured, you may be disappointed, as it sounds like it’s set in the mid-70’s (the description mentions the dawn of punk and disco).

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    24. Ser Low-Res:
      Has anyone read through the HBO schedule and found anything GoT-related? I had a look at future Sundays and a few other random dates, but I spotted no specials or day-in-the-lifes, like we had last year. It’s a bit disappointing. But powered with hype, we soldier on.

      Looks like nothing is planned. The Day in the Life special was February 8th last year and we aslo had the trailer and the IMAX Experience by then.

      We’ve had the 3 House teasers so far this year.

      The HBO schedule goes to March 16th right now, which is 6 weeks out. The schedule up to April 24th should be up around March 7th, so we should know for sure if anything is planned by then.

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    25. Moka:
      Game of Thrones has, by far, the best special effects on TV right now. Congratulations for these well deserved awards!!

      The only one that come close is the expanse. Also the expanse sets are on par with got’s too.

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    26. Laura: Oh yeah, hmmmmm. Maybe they won’t show it until the following week when Girls premieres. *dodges tomatoes being thrown at me*

      Nooooooooooooooooooo!!!
      I can’t sit through an episode of Girls…not even for a GoT trailer.

      *throws tomato*

      ps – I would have thrown a steaming bag of poo, but I like your avatar and posts too much.

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    27. Laura: Oh yeah, hmmmmm. Maybe they won’t show it until the following week when Girls premieres. *dodges tomatoes being thrown at me*

      Man oh man though, this wait right now is brutal. But at least the ticking clock is down about 1/3 from where it started. And well, that new trailer for Me Before You came out today and I got to see Dany AND Tywin in the same movie…:)

      Yeah the countdown is almost in the 70s 🙂

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    28. alins: The only one that come close is the expanse. Also the expanse sets are on par with got’s too.

      Not really comparable… I mean, I love The Expanse and I love its esthetic and visuals, but you still can still feel the green screen (not that it disturbed me cause it was very well used).
      GoT’s effects are in another league, truly.

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    29. Laura: Here’s a short transcript:

      Weiss: That guy’s going to the bathroom
      Interviewer: Well, I’ll keep them from leaving… so is Jon Snow alive or what?
      audience breaks into raucous laugher and applause
      Benioff: Uhh, Jon Snow is dead
      Interviewer: Ok… next!

      I love listening to this stuff though. D&D tend to regurgitate a lot of stories (haha tell me the one again about what question you had to answer for GRRM in order for him to entrust the series to you…) but this had a couple new things. And they did say they were done writing all of the index cards for season 7, which then get translated into a 140-160 page outline, which then gets translated into scripts. And today, they were going to some studio somewhere to work on sound for S6. I think they probably get maybe 2 weeks off for the holidays here but otherwise they are working all year long either on the upcoming season or the one after. It must be a maddening schedule so many thanks to them for enduring it all and even signing on for more of it!

      I love listening to stuff like that too. The creative process is fascinating to me and yeah they said they were doing some audio work for Season 6 today 🙂

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    30. Arkash: Not really comparable… I mean, I love The Expanse and I love its esthetic and visuals, but you still can still feel the green screen (not that it disturbed me cause it was very well used).
      GoT’s effects are in another league, truly.

      yeah, but the amount of CGI the expanse uses makes it very impressive. Also some of the cgi scenes does look kind of fake, but most of them do look fucking real. But when it comes to sets I think it is on par with GOT.

      In my opinion, when it comes to production level, GOT and the expanse are by far the best in history of television and truly the only ones that give you that feel of a blockbuster movie.

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    31. alins:

      The CGI in The Expanse is good, but it is more limited to space and aircraft. GoT uses it for Castles, weather, dragons, magic, duplicating extras, scenery, etc.

      HBO is much greater than Syfy though, so the budget is larger and equipment top of the line.

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    32. Deesensfan:
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      When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east. When the seas go dry, and mountains blow in the wind like leaves.

      Wait…sound like Miri Maz Dur was describing an El Niño effect. So, trailer should drop soon.

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    33. you snow nothing: When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east. When the seas go dry, and mountains blow in the wind like leaves.

      Wait…sound like Miri Maz Dur was describing an El Niño effect. So, trailer should drop soon.

      ………..Sure my Young Wolf.
      and if it doesn’t release soon, well the Lannisters send their regards 😉

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    34. For those of you who listen to Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me on NPR on the weekends, it looks like Lena will be a guest. For those who don’t listen to it, it is a news quiz game show type deal. They usually have a celebrity who they talk to for a bit and ask three questions for one of their sections. I doubt she will reveal anything for next season though.

      https://twitter.com/waitwait/status/694937370940956673

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    35. My sweet children of The Long Summer, you must travel for longer in this Red Waste, this deep desert sans Snow, until the trailer flickers in your farsight tube like a comet in the sky.
      But raise your eyes, weary and bleary form looking at the Sands, and behold, at the very top of this very page, another foretold miracle: four static images, seen together to form

      (The set of) Prints that was Promised!

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    36. The latest they’ve released a trailer is February 22nd for Season 3. The average days between trailer and premiere is 77 (we’ll be at 77 days Sunday) and Vinyl premiere is the 14th. Hopefully this points to a trailer soon.

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    37. Jack Bauer 24:
      The latest they’ve released a trailer is February 22nd for Season 3. The average days between trailer and premiere is 77 (we’ll be at 77 days Sunday) and Vinyl premiere is the 14th. Hopefully this points to a trailer soon.

      jack, you give me hope every time I see your Trailer comments.
      I mean god forbid this trailer doesn’t come out on the 7th or 14th XD
      I think there might be a riot :/

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    38. Jack Bauer 24,
      Matthew The Dragon knight,
      JB24, managing expectations as always, I see. ?

      Yeah, we’re still two and a half months from the new season. I recommend watching Black Sails and Better Call Saul in the meantime; the first one ends mid-March and the second April 17. And Black Sails has been excellent this season so far. (And if you haven’t seen the previous seasons, you have so much fun before you if you decide to.)

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    39. Testimony once again to the incredible production standards of GOT. Also good to see that the professionals agree with our poll result on the brilliance of the CGI in Hardhome – do you still not agree with this, Sue? :p

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    40. Tar Kidho:
      Testimony once again to the incredible production standards of GOT. Also good to see that the professionals agree with our poll result on the brilliance of the CGI in Hardhome – do you still not agree with this, Sue? :p

      The CGI in Hardhome is less flashy and obvious than in The Dance of Dragons, in Daznak’s Pit… but that’s kind of the point, isn’t it? It’s more believable, better composited. The Night’s King alone is a marvel of acting, prosthetics and an almost complete CG paintover. Then there’s the entire environment, which is pretty much wholly digital except for the coast, a few buildings and tents and the palisade. Of course, there’s also the thousands of CG wildlings and wights! And the incredibly impressive particle effects / weather simulation, when the storm comes in. Daznak’s Pit also replicates thousands of people, extends the scenary beyond the rather small bullfighting arena where they filmed and there’s of course Drogon… but none of it was half as believable as Hardhome.

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    41. It really is the best looking dragon to ever appear on screen, no other TV show or movie that had dragons comes close to it

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    42. While we’re waiting for the trailer, why don’t we make a poll?

      What’s your favourite season?
      3
      What’s your favourite House?
      The Tully’s ?
      What’s your favourite episode?
      The Rains of Castamere ?

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    43. Tywin of the Hill,

      Season: 4
      House: Stark
      Episode: Hardhome

      I’m glad so far there hasn’t been any of that season 1 was the best, all the other ones suck because they didn’t follow the books, nonsense .

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    44. Season: 4
      House: Baelish ?
      Episode:
      for a single scene – 304, ‘And Now His Watch Has Ended’ (aka ‘the Dracarys episode’)
      as a whole – 402, Joff’s wedding

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    45. Tywin of the Hill,

      Season 4

      Stark/Targaryan(well only dany really)

      Mothers Mercy. Hardhome’s last 20 minutes where the best but MM was better overall.(Cersei’s walk, Stannis marching to death, Jon’s stabbing and I really loved the way Varys came back)

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    46. Irishton,

      I love Drogon’s movements when he (I don’t know if it’s a “he”, but I can’t call Drogon “it”) interacts with Dany and behaves like a huge loving pet, then like a being with his own will, the way he looks at her, the way he cuddles when he’s hurt.
      Just imagine how, if GRRM hadn’t put any dragons in his books, a great deal of fascination would have been gone.

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    47. Season 4

      House Stark

      Hardhome/ kissed by fire/ Blackwater/ Rains of Castamere/ the climb. In that order.

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    48. Dragonslayer,

      Yeah, I did a rewatch last month.

      S1 reminds me of those late 80’s, early 90’s shows I watched when I was young.

      I still like S1, its my 3rd favourite season, but that’s mostly thanks too Sean Bean and Mark Addy(did I remembered his name right?)

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    49. mau,

      I have too say Mau you have a way of always picking, what the purists hate the most! 🙂

      Good choice tough, I really liked that episode!

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    50. Deesensfan,

      I picked it also and certainly not a fan fav, I’m sure….

      I feel like the wait is getting so long. It’s like a drought when you pray for rain, only I’m praying for a trailer…something….anything…another teaser…need help, in withdrawal.:)

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    51. Deesensfan,

      I was considering picking S5 aswell, but Pedro was simply outstanding in S4.

      He made a character in the books who I tought was nice into one of my favourite characters in the show.

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    52. Favorite Season: 4
      Favorite House: Stark
      Favorite Episode: Watchers on the Wall/Baelor/Hardhome/The Laws of Gods and Men

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    53. Favorite season:
      I love them all, can’t pick a favorite.
      Favorite House:
      Lannisters/Starks
      Favorite episodes:
      Mother’s Mercy, Hardhome, The Children, Watchers on the wall, Rains of castamere, Kissed by fire, the climb, blackwater, Valor Morghules, Fire and blood, and Baelor.
      To name a few XD
      Favorite Valyrian steel sword:
      Longclaw
      Best Death scene
      Oberyn

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    54. Matthew The Dragon Knight:
      Favorite episodes:
      Mother’s Mercy, Hardhome, The Children, Watchers on the wall, Rains of castamere, Kissed by fire, the climb, blackwater, Valor Morghules, Fire and blood, and Baelor.

      You could’ve narrowed that down to a top ten, at least XD

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    55. J:
      Tywin of the Hill,

      Favorite season: 4
      Favorite house: Martell
      Favorite episode: The rains of castamere/The mountain and the viper/The laws of gods and men

      I like the way you think J.

      I have two on each of these that tear me one way or the other, but I will put the first one that came to me…

      Season: 4
      House: Martell
      Episode: The Laws of Gods and Men

      Second choice

      Season: 3
      House: Targaryen
      Episode: Rains of Castamere

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    56. Irishton:
      It really is the best looking dragon to ever appear on screen, no other TV show or movie that had dragons comes close to it

      Obviously you weren’t a fan of Beany and Cecil

      http://www.toonarific.com/pics_root//00000412/beanylogo.jpg

      😛

      But I do think that Smaug was very well done in The Hobbit movies.

      http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YnPcCc_XTbc/VEcSxEZv9II/AAAAAAAAhpw/_cSR4ZqhDoE/s1600/Smaug-The-Dragon-image-smaug-the-dragon-36751234-884-718.png

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    57. Shy Lady Dragon:
      JCDavis,

      I liked how Smaug looked like and, more than that, I liked how Cumberbach interpreted him, he conveyed the presence of an intelligent, evil being.
      http://www.cc.com/video-clips/509747/the-colbert-report-smaug
      Have a good laugh with this Stephen Colbert interview even if it’s not new; I have watched it for many times.

      OH you just made my DAY!! I love Colbert to start with and that was a great interview with Smaug. Never seen it before. What is Professor Tolkien indeed! *spits on monitor laughing* I wonder if Wimsey saw this already, he would love it. Thank you!

      *passes over a plate of warm chocolate chip cookies*

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    58. I watched this episode recently and marveled at all the problems with it. How does a giant fit onto a ship? How far did the giant wade out into the sea before he was floating? Why is Jon wearing his cape when he arrives at Hardhome, isn’t wearing it to load people onto boats, isn’t wearing it when he evacuates, but is wearing it again when he arrives at the wall? How did the Free Folk walk from shore to Castle black carrying no tents or supplies? …among others.

      But, who cares, right? The episode shocking. I was willing to suspend disbelief to enjoy it for what it was: eye-popping!

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    59. JCDavis,

      I do like smaug but still think drogon is the best I’ve seen so far ha ha yeah i missed out on beany, we didn’t have that show growing up in Ireland

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    60. Shy Lady Dragon,

      Definitely the dragons bring a certain awe to the series, dragons are cool absolutely love this show and the dragons top it off, it has everything a perfect blend of genres. Drogon works well with dany but I’m really curious if any other dragon riders pop up how they will interact with him, or the other dragons and that’s hoping they have different personalities and we get to see how they interact with different people, I want to see more dragon time on the show

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    61. Irishton,

      That’s a great idea! After reading your post I do hope that every dragon has a distinct personality; if they don’t, I will be disappointed. And other dragon riders will have different relationships with their dragons, because they didn’t raise the dragons as Daenerys did.

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    62. Anon,

      That’s just nitpicking stuff,not really valid criticism since i’m sure you could find something wrong with every tv series or movie no matter how good they are . Also the walking stuff,i’m pretty sure they didn’t have time to pack up anything since they were being overrun by the undead creatures . And that along with the cape thing is in the next episode so i don’t know why you are pointing Hardhome out .

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    63. new poll

      will the season 6 trailer be published…

      – before rhe release of TWOW?
      – after the release of TWOW (mayhaps as DVD bonus)

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    64. Shy Lady Dragon,

      Yes it would be great as we see drogon is bold, stubborn and does what he wants. Maybe one could be shy and shows signs of intelligence more than the others, or one could be a little clumsy and act silly, I’m just throwing out some ideas but if Jon or tyrion ever connect with them then it will be interesting to see the connections. Also if Jon does ride a dragon i wonder if ghost will be around for it if so will they clash or bond or have a respect for each other through Jon, maybe he dies before hopefully not. Also did you see the supposed original storyline for a song of ice and fire, I came across it on red team review.

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    65. Irishton,

      Yeah, I read it. I’m glad GRRM transformed it to what we have now, but I still think Arya will play an important part in the end, maybe one of the riders? Anyway, I’m glad he changed her personality. I’m confused, I can’t picture the 3 riders also because I can’t imagine Jon without Ghost. Bran warging into one of the dragons sounds cool, but I would like the riders have a personal relationship with their own dragons, the one a rider and his horse have in real life, not a distant taking into possession. And I’m very afraid Ghost might die.

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    66. Shy Lady Dragon,

      I’m sorry i was unaware there was a post Sue already started when I asked, I found it really interesting and backed up alot of theories floating around. It definitely reinforces r + l = j is that something you believe in , I really hope he is azor ahai and grrm goes against what he usually says he doesn’t want but gives us a hero who is something special and leads the living against the dead, that’s my hope along with dany and the dragons. Also I just seen you got hodor congratulations, I got my first hodor when i went onto the post about the original script and the crazy thing was i got to say it after 378 comments ha crazy everyone just didn’t bother i was so happy, I’m such a nerd.

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    67. Irishton,

      I’m also a nerd, so I understand you very well! It’s my first time when someone congratulates me for getting a “Hodor” (I got 3 by now, I think, which says something about so much time I spend on this site), that’s a very nice idea, thank you!
      I firmly believe in R+L=J, I can’t even imagine it could be otherwise, and if this is not the biography for a hero, which is? I also love the antiheroes like the Hound, but there’s Jon’s noble self which makes me consider him a hero.

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    68. Shy Lady Dragon,

      Yes I do believe he is a hero but the other possibility from grrms twisted mind is creating this noble hero only to change him on ressurection, where we see a totally different Jon, I hope not shy lady but you never know with the writer and yes I can’t see jons parents being anyone else. I truly cannot wait until season 6 the suspense is killing me, I truly enjoyed the world of ice and fire and I really enjoyed the YouTube over an hour long videos the 3 parts on the history have you watched them? And read the world of ice and fire?

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    69. Irishton,

      I’m afraid you may be right about his personality being changed, I don’t want that, but I don’t think he will be a villain or a heartless creature like LSH. I initially bought TWOIAF for its beautiful pictures, but it was more interesting than I expected. I liked the past bits put in order (it reminded me details I had forgotten from ASOIAF) and I didn’t mind the style, it’s the usual one in history books. When I found fragments which weren’t that good, I just didn’t pay attention and read on.
      I don’t know what videos you are reffering to, can you post a link, please?

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    70. Irishton,

      Thank you! For some reason it doesn’t work, after less than 2 minutes in turns to mute and I can’t change it back. I’ll google it an hopefully be able to watch and listen.
      Have you seen the link posted by Lulus Mum on the latest thread? Maybe you, being from Ireland, have already watched the discussion. If not, you’ll have the opportunity to read the transcript of some interesting talk about the most exciting scenes in seasons 1-4. Enjoy!

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    71. Shy Lady Dragon,

      No i haven’t seen it, also I have been living in Texas the past 7 years so I’m the same as you with access of information, and in that video when it pauses just forward a few minutes starts back again

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    72. It’s really hard to pick a favorite of anything in game of thrones but I will give it a go
      Season: 1
      House: Taygarean
      Episode: Hardhome
      Character: Varys

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    73. Shy Lady Dragon,

      Don’t know if I told you but I found it amazing i was the first person to say hodor after 378 comments pretty rare nobody said it and I’m really sorry again you are going through some bad things, I gather you lost someone which I’m really sorry for your loss and hope you can transition with little pain and can celebrate the life and good times and accept that God has his plans, I’m sure they would hate to see you suffer and in pain and want you to be inspired by them to better your life and find peace and happiness and enjoy every moment in life

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    74. Irishton,

      Thank you so much for your kindness! The person I lost is still alive and in the same town with me, but he chose not to stay with me anylonger. It is true, he’s a good person and would want me to be happy if this were possible. But you, good ser, imagining the worst, showed me that things could always be worse than they really are. The Old Gods and the New bless you!
      On a lighter note, a “Hodor!” after 378 comments is something unique, I think, and I wish you another one after 578 comments 🙂

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    75. Shy Lady Dragon,

      Ha ha yes 578 is inconceivable but anything is possible and please if someone chooses not to be with you it’s there loss not yours and it was something wrong with them not you for leaving. I have noticed with me I’ve had girls leave because they weren’t on my level, my positivity my joy my love was something they didn’t want to adapt to they wanted to stay negative and expect the worst and went searching for someone who was a little negative and didn’t treat them like a queen. But I’m sorry I don’t want to keep talking about your situation as I know you want to get over it. I was just hoping you could find some comfort in what I say and sorry i keep bringing you back to this thread. So who is your favorite character? Nobody I know watches this show so I do be yurning to just burn the ears off someone about the show ha

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    76. Irishton,

      578 is not inconceivable! Look in the archive for the thread about Martin admitting he won’t finish TWOW before season 6 begins, it had more than 1000 posts! It was true, in the end some of us wanted to make that thread reach 1000, and at the 1000th post Henry Gordon shared his grandma’s brownies recipe. But if you want, we can totally move and continue the thread Podcast reveals… which is longer, so that you might have your 578th post hodorring 🙂
      I know how it is when nobody around you watches and cares about GOT, it’s the same with me – neither my family, nor my friends, nor my coworkers… I have a cousin who’s watching, but he lives abroad and comes to visit our family several times a year, and that’s my opportunity to talk about GOT face to face!
      My favourite characters are Tyrion, Brienne and Jaime. I also like Arya, the Hound, Jon, Sam, Ned, Oberyn, Bronn, Jorah, Olenna, Varys a lot. I’m a Stark supporter. Who are your favourites?

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    77. Shy Lady Dragon,

      Ha ha that’s crazy and yes its frustrating when I can’t release my game of thrones thoughts but when I do it can be overwhelming to some, so where are you from, I did tell you I’m from Dublin living in Texas right? But as for my favourites I’d say khal drogo was in his brief time with us, he was a beast and there was no playing around with him, just raw power such a shame we didn’t get to see him slap a few westerosi clowns senseless, also oberyn was great such a suave character and he was a fantastic fighter very mysterious. I like bronn I think his motives are very simple which makes him enjoyable and blunt and fantastic fighter too, tyrion is amazing such a sharp witted guy who has a big heart and is a survivor and funny, Jon is the hero of the show and i am expecting great things from him, it has been a big build up and I hope with him the fantasy side of things just exolodes with his character and azor ahai goes on a rampage with ghost by his side and obviously varys so smart and cunning with good intentions, also daario is a good character i like his attitude and his skills, the hound just his no caring but little bit of daddying arya aswel if I can make that a word and arya she is just badass its hard not to like her, dollorus edd is a great character, wun wun I want him to survive the whole show, Sam is a sweet little guy well not little but I hope he survives, tormund is a beast I hope he survives really like him, hodor absolute legend, and pod is a cool guy, so is OSHA really like her, sad to see barriston die and joer mormont, but jorah is cool i am delighted to see him reunited with dany well briefly until she went site seeing leaving them all surrounded by crazy harpies,I also liked yoren the recruiter, thoros of myr was interesting, aemon was really cool, Melisandra i like her because her link with Jon and I know she’s evil but I’m hoping Jon can make her good, mesandy is a sweet girl spelled wrong like many other names I presume oh and syrio forel was cool oh and jaqen Hagar I think he is a fantastic character and ghost and drogon. Woooo I’m sorry I went overboard had to add a little reason why I liked them oh and Olly everyone loves Olly right? Ha ha ha

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    78. Irishton,

      I forgot about Jaqen H’ghar, he’s absolutely great and mysterious, have you heard the song about him? It’s a parody, but also badass. Just google “Jaqen H’ghar song”. I tried to post the link but it didn’t work.
      Btw, do you know the theory about Syrio Forel? I suppose you do, and if not, google it. I’m not sure if this is true, but I’d like it to be.

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    79. Irishton,

      I liked Khal Drogo as well, he was the noble savage (like Tormund), Daenerys managed to reveal what was tender in him. I also imagined he would be with us longer and do some glorious deeds, but Martin has this habit of surprising us and not in the good way 🙁
      Osha is much more interesting in the show than in the books thank to Nathalia Teena – have you watched the Harry Potter series? I was a fan at the time, but nothing compared to my huge attachment to ASOIAF/ GOT. She was badass in HP as well and I admired her when I saw how casual and pleasant she is in interviews. Do you know the Thronecast interviews on youtube? so much fun! Missandei is a different type, sweet and delicate, I’m glad D&D changed her character from a little girl to a beautiful young woman and her lovestory with Grey Worm is impressive. Pod is another one not so interesting in the books, but adorable in the show. BTW, have you read the books? I don’t want to spoil you if you didn’t and if you want to be surprised by the show. So, there will be a SPOILER
      I hope Pod has a better fate in the show than in the books.

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    80. Shy Lady Dragon,

      I only read the books once and it was a good while back, yes pod gets it from Bolton’s men is that correct, I’m going to listen to that song now and also i do know many theories but not one pertaining senor forel, I would love to hear it instead of googling as it gets old and yes I have watched most of the Harry Potter movies bar the last 2 I believe which I enjoyed but as you said nowhere near as compelling or as magnetic as the one and only game of thrones, I just can’t get enough of it. Did you end up watching the YouTube videos on the history, I know you tried but did you try again and forward it until it resumes, its really worth a watch and having running commentary from some of your favorite characters is an added bonus. After reading TWOIAF i believe that this world he created is so vast and mysterious that so many shows and movies could be created and with the right director, someone a little dark it they would be amazing, there are so many monsters and races of people with strange customs and eerie lifestyles in asshai and the summer isles, I truly wish they get explored and also I’m sure there is alot left to be discovered, maybe a story about some courageous pirate that goes sailing around the world, a Sinbad type of guy, aaah I can dream

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    81. Irishton,

      I’ve read the books only once myself, I keep saying I need a reread, but I don’t seem to find the time. It’s a pretty hectic time at work for me now, I take staff at home to work on weekends.

      Pod and Brienne are caught by LSH and sentenced to be hanged, I really hope they both survive in the show. IIRC, the scene ended in a cliffhanger in the books.

      I hope I got the spoiler hiding right, it’s my first time when I try that.
      There’s a lot of material in ASOIAF to be used in films and other shows. I personally would very much like to see Robert’s rebellion, with the love between Rhaegar and Lyanna, Jaime killing the Mad King and the whole story. I wouldn’t mind that the ending is known and I’m sure other fans wouldn’t mind either.
      And I forgot to tell you, I’m from Romania.

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    82. Tyrion the Myrion,

      You don’t think it’s a problem of how a giant climbed out of the sea onto the deck of a ship and didn’t destabilize that ship?

      Why didn’t the Free Folk land onshore south of the wall and avoid Alliser completely? Where are all the female giants? Do giants reproduce asexually? Why is there only one giant at Hardhome? Did Jon just hand his cloak to a valet while he fought the dead men?

      Why didn’t Wun-Wun use the dragonglass dagger he had? Isn’t it a little convenient that all the cannibalistic Thenns decided not to evacuate? How did Jon feed and shelter thousands for the long walk to Castle Black. How did the sick and old and very young survive the walk?

      If producers want to immerse us in the experience of bullshit, then they should strive to make that bullshit believable, no?

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    83. Shy Lady Dragon,

      Ah cum yest, I hope I spelled it correctly. I have some Romanian friends very good people. Oh I forgot it was lady stoneheart, why? I thought they were friends. Also I don’t see any spoiler coverage. I really need to read the books again. I can’t wait for tonight it should be epic . it’s sad to see alot of people complain, its just a show(the best show ever) get over it, HBO don’t have to provide us with anything at anytime, they are giving us pure gold every april so be greatful. So do you still live in Romania ? Also yes Roberts rebellion would be pretty amazing seeing his battle with rhaeghar would be great, I’d say it was a quality fight, seeing the Starks getting killed by the mad king, getting to see the legend Arthur dayne, and of course a great scene between lyanna and Ned. I’d like it to begin when tyrion was being born so we could follow tywins story to see him gradually get darker and darker with the death of his beloved and the constant ridicule from the mad king. There is so much in that era to be touched on. Aegons conguest would be a great one, so much was happening and getting to see balerion the black dread light up castles and whole armies would be a sight to see. They would have to create something based around the height of the valyrians power with the dragons roaming every inch of the sky, a look at the magic used to create the swords, the horns and dragon taming or the process in how they choose a dragon to ride, maybe it’s something a little similar to avatar and the banshee. There are alot More I’d love to see. So what are you expecting from the teaser Mrs dragon?

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    84. Irishton,

      I didn’t expect anything from the teaser, I just didn’t want to be disappointed… and finally I was – see my post on the latest thread – no matter how good the teaser looked.
      I’d like to see all the good series and films which can be made from ASOIAF, of course including dragons! I remember from TWOIAF that the Targaryens used to put dragon eggs in the baby’s cradles so the baby human grew up with his baby dragon- that’s beyond cute! I would love to see this, as well as the skies roaming with full grown dragons and their riders! A girl can dream 🙂
      Lady Stoneheart was in revange mood and actually she had a point, because she had given Jaime to Brienne to escort until Kings Landing hoping to get her daughters back. That’s why I’m afraid Brienne will have to betray Jaime… it would be sad for me to read/ watch such a thing.
      Yes, I’m still in Romania, in a town called Timisoara. Are any of the Romanians you know from my town? I know Romanians are all over the world, looking for well paid jobs, it’s understandable. I have graduated Romanian and English and I work in research in literature, so for me there wouldn’t be work opportunities abroad.
      You are originally from Dublin, aren’t you? It makes me think of James Joyce, he’s one of the writers I like the most and his work depicts Dublin a lot.

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    85. Shy Lady Dragon,

      Sorry I just seen your comment, I need to enable notifications for when I get a response. I don’t remember the baby and egg part sounds fantastic that would be a great part of a movie.is Timisoara the place where there was a massacre a good few years ago if so my friend is from there the name Timisoara sounds too familiar, his name is Florin rotari. Yes I like brienne and Jaime’s relationship, I think she brings out the decency in him, she humanizes him, but after the death of his daughter I’m not sure if anybody will be able to. James Joyce is a legend, so is packie Bonner, he was the goalkeeper for Ireland during the 1990 world cup that saved the penalty that knocked Romania out ha ha. Ireland are still so proud of that moment that in many places in Ireland you will see giant billboards of him making the save ha crazy Irish we don’t win much in world competitions, sadly we have the just having a laugh attitude when competition, but now we have conor McGregor taking over the ufc making Dublin and Ireland proud, the rate he’s going he will go down in history as one of the greats.

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    86. Irishton,

      Yeah, the Timisoara with the massacre… it happened in 1989, there had been Comunist dictatorship in Romania before 1989, the 1989 revolt started in Timisoara. Since 1989 democracy has been built here… and it’s a work in progress. I don’t know your Romanian friend, what a pity, wouldn’t it had been amazing if we had discovered to have a common acquaintance?
      The mentioning of Bonner made me laugh, I had forgotten his name, but I watched the match. I used to be a huge football fan (you’re originally Irish, so I won’t be afraid that you might think I refer to the American sport, which I know nothing about, I just see it in American movies), but I gradually gave up watching due to reasons which have nothing to do with the beauty of football. I certainly wouldn’t have believed to talk about that match on a GOT site 25 years after that bloody penalty. I don’t watch UFC, but go McGregor!

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    87. Shy Lady Dragon,

      Yes and i will bring it back up in another 25 more years ha ha yeah I’m only here in texas 7 years so I will always call soccer football. Yes it’s a shame you don’t know him but its still pretty cool that i have a friend from your town. And thanks for the support for McGregor we are a proud nation and will always be behind our own in everything we do, also its very rare we achieve much in any sport being such a small country, but our influence on the world is emmence. I do like Romania and would love to go one day also every Romanian girl I have seen is gorgeous, just wanted to add that in

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    88. Irishton,

      Thank you, good ser, the whole Romania is blushing right now 🙂
      I don’t know who started the legend that Romanian girls are gorgeous, I have heard it for many times and it’s no point in it. I suppose it was invented by some of my countrymen, but why? There are beautiful, pretty, so so, plain and ugly Romanian girls like the girls in any other country. I have travelled to several European countries (Hungary, Austria, Germany, France (only Paris), Italy (only Sicily), Croatia, Montenegro, Slovakia, Poland, Bulgaria) but oddly enough the place where I have noticed the most beautiful girls was a resort at The Balaton Lake (I have spent some holidays there). There were not only Hungarians, but also Dutch, German, Polish, Czech people. It’s a beautiful place, but this certainly didn’t explain the amount of beautiful girls.

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    89. Irishton,

      I’ve been to Santa Teresa di Riva (several hours by car from the Catania airport), Taormina (which I loved) and Mount Etna, it was altogether a 5 days trip. In Paris I stayed more than two months, it was fellowship for people specializing in translation.
      Where does your family live in Sicily? what other countries have you visited?

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