Game of Thrones wins the Art Directors Guild Award!

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Yesterday, Game of Thrones won another award for season 5. The show took home the Art Directors Guild Award for art direction in a One-Hour Period or Fantasy Single-Camera Series, beating Downton Abbey, Gotham, The Knick and Mad Men.

Game of Thrones was nominated for its art direction in three episodes in particular- “High Sparrow,” “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” and “Hardhome,” and the fine work by GoT’s team took home the prize last night.

Production Designer Deborah Riley accepted the award on behalf of the art direction team which included the Supervising Art Directors Paul Ghirardani and Christina Moore, Art Directors Philip Elton, Hauke Richter, Iain White, Nick Wilkinson and Mark Lowry, Assistant Art Director Brendan Rankin, Graphic Desinger Jim Stanes, Concept Artists Nick Ainsworth, Peter McKinstry and Kieran Belshaw and Set Decorator Rob Cameron.

Riley has been the Production Designer on Game of Thrones since season 4 when she took over from Gemma Jackson. This isn’t the first honor she’s received for her work. She won the Emmy last year for Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More) for the episode, “High Sparrow.”

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  1. I rewatched “High Sparrow” last week and it has the most incredible art direction and all-around production on it. It’s really beautifully done.

    Congrats to Riley and the GoT art team!

  2. Sue the Fury,

    a masterpiece of an episode indeed, can’t wait to watch it again.

    A huge congrats to the amazing art direction team behind our wonderful show.

  3. Deborah Riley and the rest of the art direction crew did some fantastic work last season. The House of Black and White in particular was awesome, especially the Hall of Faces. The scene where Jaqen shows it to Arya for the first time was just breathtaking. It was macabre, yet darkly beautiful at the same time.

    *thumbs up*

  4. So we took home the producers and art directors Guild award, brilliant work for for the crew and cast, a win for Thrones is a win for everyone’s brilliance and hard work.
    Remember the Directors and writers guild awards are next.

  5. “High Sparrow” is one of my absolute favorite ‘normal’ episodes of Game of Thrones (by normal, I mean that it’s an episode that doesn’t feature a major battle, a major death – my apologies to Janos Slynt – or some scene that’s widely considered to be an iconic moment for the series). From the acting during certain critical character beats (Sansa’s arrival at Winterfell, Roose and Littlefinger’s conversation, Jon’s execution of Slynt, Cersei’s first interaction with the titular High Sparrow) to the lavish brilliance of the cinematography and the production design (particularly the interior of the House of Black and White and the Long Bridge of Volantis), I find everything about that episode to be exceptionally well-crafted. It’s an hour that I’m always happy to revisit, even if I’m not in the midst of a full series rewatch. I think it’s an amazing piece of work.

    For as much of a lightning rod as “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” became, I’m glad to see that the episode has consistently received awards recognition for its technical aspects. I think that the wedding in the Winterfell godswood is one of the most beautifully staged and shot sequences in the entire show, and absolutely essential for setting the tone of the horror that follows. And of course, “Hardhome” doesn’t need anyone to defend its merits – they speak for themselves in abundance.

    Congratulations to Deborah Riley and the entire Production Design team!

  6. Not a beat missed since Deb Riley took over from Gemma Jackson after S3. Consistently great visuals!

  7. Jared:

    For as much of a lightning rod as “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” became, I’m glad to see that the episode has consistently received awards recognition for its technical aspects. I think that the wedding in the Winterfell godswood is one of the most beautifully staged and shot sequences in the entire show, and absolutely essential for setting the tone of the horror that follows.

    Preach it, brother! Unbowed.. got such bad rap for the Dornish silliness that other parts of the episode went (undeservedly) unnoticed, or in the case of Sansa’s wedding, noticed for all the wrong reasons. On several occasions here on WotW, I likened that scene to a dark fairy tale: lighting, staging, vocal performances of the cast (subdued and hesitant), Sansa’s costume… gorgeous all around, definitely one of my favourite scenes of the whole show, sadly lost on many viewers amid all the furore surrounding the scene.

    High Sparrow” is one of my absolute favorite ‘normal’ episodes of Game of Thrones (by normal, I mean that it’s an episode that doesn’t feature a major battle, a major death – my apologies to Janos Slynt – or some scene that’s widely considered to be an iconic moment for the series)

    That’s as good an occasion as any to mention my favourite “normal” or “silent” episode of GoT. The honour most certainly goes to the masterpiece that is Kissed by Fire in Season 3. Everything in that episode is phenomenal, be it the duel between the Hound and Beric, the execution of lord Karstark accompanied by some of Djawadi’s best music (though I gotta wonder what the Greyjoy theme was doing there), Jaime-Brienne in the tub/pool, and the beautiful conversation between Arya, Thoros, and Beric.

    Could you bring back a man without the head? Not six times, just once. Oh, dem feels.

    Now that I wrote all this, it occurrs to me that this episode doesn’t exactly conform to your definition of “normal” episode as it does have some iconic book moments. If we disregard it, I guess my favourite normal ep would be… let’s see… not sure, maybe 2×03 What Is Dead May Never Die?

  8. Mr Fixit,

    Had Theon’s treachery made it back to Robb by the time Karstark was executed? If not then I believe Djawadi’s music was meant to foreshadow Theon’s coming betrayal. It doesn’t make sense to me otherwise.

  9. Jared,

    Oh god the godswood scene, i remember talking about it here months ago definitely one of the greatest moments GOT created so far, do you remember Ramin’s theme for that scene, it’s called “before the old gods” in the soundtrack album and i’m simply speechless in describing how brilliant and heart shattering it is. can’t wait to watch that masterpiece of a scene again.

  10. Visual Effects Society February 2nd, Awards are tomorrow, let’s show some support 😀
    Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
    “Childhood’s End” — “Night Three”
    “Game of Thrones” — “The Dance of Dragons”
    “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell” — “Arabella”
    “Nezlamna” — “Sea Dogfight”
    “The Strain” — “Identity”
    Outstanding Animated Performance in an Episode, Commercial or Real-Time Project
    “Game of Thrones” — “The Dance of Dragons” — Drogon Arena Rescue
    “Game of Thrones” — “Mother’s Mercy” — Wounded Drogon
    SSE — “Pier” — Orangutan
    Sainsbury’s — Mog
    Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial or Real-Time Project
    “Black Sails” — Charles Town Harbor
    Game of Thrones” — City of Volantis
    “Game of Thrones” — Drogon Arena
    “Vikings” — Paris
    Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial or Real-Time Project
    “Game of Thrones” — “Hardhome”
    “Halo 5” — “The Hunt Begins”
    Lipton — “The Revolution in Tea”
    SSE — “Pier”
    Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode
    “Game of Thrones” — Drogon Arena
    “Game of Thrones” — Drogon Lair
    “Game of Thrones” — “Hardhome”
    “Vikings” — “To the Gates”

  11. Mr Fixit: Preach it, brother! Unbowed.. got such bad rap for the Dornish silliness that other parts of the episode went (undeservedly) unnoticed, or in the case of Sansa’a wedding, noticed for all the wrong reasons. On several occasions here on WotW, I likened that scene to a dark fairy tale: lighting, staging, vocal performances of the cast (subdued and hesitant), Sansa’s costume, gorgeous all around, definitely one of my favourite scenes of the whole show, sadly lost on many viewers amid all the furore surrounding the scene.

    I love the ‘dark fairy tale’ comparison for that scene. I think it’s perfect.

    Mr Fixit:

    That’s as good an occasion as any to mention my favourite “normal” or “silent” episode of GoT. The honour most certainly goes to the masterpiece that is Kissed by Fire in Season 3. Everything in that episode is phenomenal, be it the duel between the Hound and Beric, the execution of lord Karstark accompanied by some of Djawadi’s best music (though I gotta wonder what the Greyjoy theme was doing there), Jaime-Brienne in the tub/pool, and the beautiful conversation between Arya, Thoros, and Beric.

    Could you bring back a man without the head? Not six times, just once. Dem feels.

    Now that I wrote all this, it occurred to me that this episode doesn’t exactly conform to your definition of “normal” episode as it does have some iconic book moments. If we disregard it, I guess my favourite normal ep would be… let’s see… not sure, maybe 2×03 What Is Dead May Never Die?

    I also adore “Kissed by Fire”. However, I kind of feel like that episode – at least among the hardcore fandom – has transcended the ‘normal’* episode label as I’ve defined it. That’s due in part to it featuring all the great moments that you mentioned (Jaime’s bathtub confession to Brienne chief among them), but also because I’ve seen so many people – both on this website and on other GoT-centric forums – consistently cite that episode as one of the best of the entire show. I have no doubt that the fact that it features such a beloved scene from the book contributes to that high ranking for many, but that wouldn’t matter if the execution wasn’t top-notch. On that level, I think that episode is a masterpiece.

    *I suppose ‘normal episode’ is a tricky term with a show like Game of Thrones. Perhaps another way to define what I mean would be by exclusion – disqualifying all of the Episode 9’s, all of the season finales, and any episode that features an Episode 9-level ending (“And Now His Watch Is Ended”, “The Mountain and the Viper”, and “Hardhome” spring to mind here).

    “What is Dead May Never Die” definitely qualifies as an exceptionally crafted ‘normal’ episode of the show, above and beyond the high standard that the show has set for itself. Tyrion’s “The Queen musn’t know” montage. Theon burning the letter to Robb. Yoren’s speech to Arya that inspires her list. And of course, “I always hated crossbows …”

    That Bryan Cogman fellow. He can write a bit, can’t he? 😉

  12. Saturday, February 6, 2016 is the Directors Guild awards
    David Nutter has been Nominated for Mothers Mercy.
    The Writers Guild Award February 13th
    Thrones Writers are Nominated for Drama Series, And D&D are Nominated for Episodic Drama Mothers Mercy.

  13. Daughter of Winter,

    A quick scan of my iTunes library confirms that I’ve listened to GoT’s Season 5 soundtrack more times than is probably healthy for one individual, and “Before the Old Gods” is definitely one of my frequently-played tracks from that album. I think it’s a hauntingly beautiful piece, even when it’s divorced from its accompanying visual context.

  14. Congratulations Deborah Riley and the Art Direction team. Outstanding!

    I remember being very worried when they said Gemma Jackson was leaving the show, because it was such a huge undertaking. But certainly Deborah Riley has filled the shoes amazingly well, proof of the amazing team that is behind the two.

  15. Dame Pasty:

    Had Theon’s treachery made it back to Robb by the time Karstark was executed?If not then I believe Djawadi’s music was meant to foreshadow Theon’s coming betrayal. It doesn’t make sense to me otherwise.

    The choice of music makes thematic sense: it was used when Theon executed Rodrik and now also with Karstark’s execution. The thing is it was originally a variation of the Greyjoy theme.

  16. Matthew The Dragon knight:
    Saturday, February 6, 2016 is the Directors Guild awards
    David Nutter has been Nominated for Mothers Mercy.
    The Writers Guild Award February 13th
    Thrones Writers are Nominated for Drama Series, And D&D are Nominated for Episodic Drama Mothers Mercy.

    Don’t forget the VES awards tomrorow night 🙂

  17. Jack Bauer 24: Don’t forget the VES awards tomrorow night

    Already got it covered above 🙂 trust me, we are a shoo in at the VES. we are taking home something tomorrow 🙂
    The Directors Guild awards, I think David Nutter has a good shot, Writers Guild Awards might be The Toughest of the two.

  18. Absolutely deserved. Deborah Riley is responsible for the very obvious jump in quality of set design in the last couple of seasons (from Meereen to the House of Black and White). I guess the massive budget also helped 🙂

  19. Jared:

    “What is Dead May Never Die” definitely qualifies as an exceptionally crafted ‘normal’ episode of the show, above and beyond the high standard that the show has set for itself. Tyrion’s “The Queen musn’t know” montage. Theon burning the letter to Robb. Yoren’s speech to Arya that inspires her list. And of course, “I always hated crossbows …”

    That Bryan Cogman fellow. He can write a bit, can’t he?

    He certainly can. His episodes always deliver, though I guess some would disagree with his Season 5 work. Nevertheless, just think of The Laws of Gods and Men! And talking about TLoGaM and What Is Dead May Never Die, both of those were directed by Alik Sakharov, who imbued his episodes with an almost painterly quality (also evident in Mockingbird).

    Ah, sometimes I’m sad that the great work some of these directors did on GoT increased their visibility and made them move on to other things. I’ll miss Sakharov, who I find one of GoTs best directors. And I’m still not over Alan Taylor leaving the show after Season 2. He was magnificient!

    Since I’m apparently going off on one tangent after another, please indulge me a little further. Taylor’s work, and that of his DP, on Season 2 premiere, The North Remembers, is wonderful. The colour palette, interplay between light and shadow (something Sakharov is also great at), using the comet to smoothly transition between locations… that episode is gorgeous!

  20. Pigeon:

    I really wish the ruins of Valyria would get some love. That whole scene was amazing.

    And guess who wrote that one! Yup, Bryan Cogman!

  21. Jared: Could you bring back a man without the head? Not six times, just once.

    That is, hands down, one of my favorite lines from any of the seasons. Even just reading it I get a bit choked up.

    Pigeon: I really wish the ruins of Valyria would get some love. That whole scene was amazing.

    And that is one of my favorite moments from any of the seasons. I knew it was coming, I’d seen it in the trailer, but it took my breath away. I still get chills watching the gif.

  22. Jared,

    Glad to hear that you listen to show’s soundtrack frequently, the excellence of Ramin’s work can’t be described properly, for me it’s a crucial part of staying prepared in off season and i never get tired of it.

  23. Pigeon:
    Matthew The Dragon knight,

    I really wish the ruins of Valyria would get some love. That whole scene was amazing.

    It has my love. One of my favorites!!

    Started a re-watch this weekend. I fall asleep early, so only made it to S2E5. But I continue tonight. I remember how I hated Tyrion’s hair all of season 1…but I THOUGHT it got better in S2, when in fact, it changed close to the end of S1. *swoon-thud*

  24. Congrats to Deborah Riley. The art direction team does an amazing job.

    I wish the Valyria scene got some visual effects noms because it was wonderful. The best moment was when they were reciting the Doom poem about how everything from Valyria is gone. Then, Drogon flies overhead and reminds them that not everything from Valyria is gone.

  25. Queen of the Throne Age,

    Yeah I was surprised how on point it was, all the football terminology fit really well. “Is Jon destined to be a shadow of his former self?” had me laughing. Big sports fan myself, but adding Thrones to anything makes it even better 🙂

  26. 82 days left, I think jack said there was 77 days between a new trailer and the start of the season ? but I need to ask him again XD

  27. Matthew The Dragon Knight,

    Have any of the cast members ever won an award besides Dinklage? I know Clarke was nominated twice. Did she win the first one? You’d think they’d have won for ensemble at least once in the last 5 years.

  28. What exactly does an art director?

    Anyway, congrats! GOT deserve all the technichal awards. It’s simply outstanding.

  29. Jared: “High Sparrow” is one of my absolute favorite ‘normal’ episodes of Game of Thrones (by normal, I mean that it’s an episode that doesn’t feature a major battle, a major death – my apologies to Janos Slynt – or some scene that’s widely considered to be an iconic moment for the series).

    That’s a really nice topic. For me ‘The Climb’ is one of my favourite ‘normal’ episodes (season 3, #6). Some nice politicking in KL, including the verbal jousting between Olenna and Tywin, and Littlefinger and Varys (including Littlefinger’s grandstand speech and Ros’ death), great stuff in the Riverlands with the Tully family dynamic and bargaining with the Freys, and of course the climactic climb of the wall, which ends in one of the most beautiful and emotional scenes in the series with Jon and Ygritte at the top of the wall, supported by stunning visuals and music. I think it’s a very underrated episode.

  30. i know its outstanding and congrats to all but……….this information is”nt making my hair stand on end like a trailer would

  31. lets speculate….thats always fun….wait….
    lets wait til we see what sean has to say
    he seems to be the voice of….coff…reason around here

  32. SlayerNina,

    I think the cast deserve an award sometime. That is who we the audience identify with and while it’s great they get honored for the technical stuff I’d like to see our favorite actors get recognized too.

  33. ygritte:
    SlayerNina,

    I think the cast deserve an award sometime. That is who we the audience identify with and while it’s great they get honored for the technical stuff I’d like to see our favorite actors get recognized too.

    And I agree with that. So? O.O

  34. ygritte,

    Regarding the “big” awards; SAGs, Emmys, Golden Globes – Peter has been nominated for all 3 I think he’s won the Emmy twice And a golden globe. Emilia and Lena have each been nominated twice for best supporting actress and Diana Rigg has been nominated for guest actress at the Emmys. This is from memory so may have missed some folk.

  35. Dame Pasty:

    I was replying to your statement:“though I gotta wonder what the Greyjoy theme was doing there”.You seemed confused but now you’re saying it made perfect sense.Okey dokey.

    I said that Pay the Iron Price made thematic sense, seeing as how D&D/Djawadi reused a very powerful theme that had already been “associated” with an execution and they also probably wanted to highlight the somewhat similar situations Robb and Theon found themselves in (you can view their positions here as a sort of point of no return that ultimately spelled their doom, even if they weren’t fully aware of it at the moment).

    On the other hand, the music is a variation of the Season 2 Greyjoy theme What Is Dead May Never Die, which does make it a little bit strange to be using the Greyjoy motif in a scene that has nothing to do with Greyjoys.

    So yeah… It both makes and doesn’t make sense! 🙂 I mean, all of this is just me being nitpicky for the sake of it; it doesn’t bother me in the slightest that they reused the theme as it is (a) one of the best pieces of music Djawadi wrote for GoT and (b) it does fit the scene which, in the end, is all that matters.

  36. OT: The trailer for Emilia’s new movie Me Before You comes out tomorrow 🙂 Will be nice to see her in a role like that

  37. Nymeria Warrior Queen,

    Maybe she has multiple personality disorder,this isn’t the first time she posted contradictory comments where she was caught lying, the ironic thing is that i said that she knows nothing about how TV works and she said that lie after to make herself look good,well i’m glad it turned out that i was right .

  38. Tywin of the Hill:
    SlayerNina,

    What exactly does an art director do?

    The art director assists the Production Designer in achieving the desired look for each set.

    Someone wants more hype?

    Sophie Turner (cited on WIC): “Every scene I shot I couldn’t believe that I was shooting this scene with these amazing people, and I couldn’t believe that the storylines had intertwined so much that this is how it ends up. So many characters paths intertwine this season…You really get a sense that the story is coming together and rounding up this time.”

  39. Geralt of Rivia:
    George,

    Maybe partially reffering to that courtyard scene.

    I think so.

    At this juncture I expect Sansa may interact, in some way or another, with Brianne, Pod, Jon, Rickon, Osha, Davos, the Northern Lords, Wildlings, Ramsey, Littlefinger and heck, maybe even Mel…(not necessarily in that order, of course)

    BTW,

    further on the “what does an art director do?” question:

    Production Designer > art director(s) > set decorator(s)

    The Production Designer is the conceptual artist that designs the look for each set (and this involves also scouting work for real exteriors when needed.) Involving sketches, drawings, storyboards, and even the look of CGI when needed.

    Art directors physically visit the set and supervise the “set dressing” so that it archives the look sought by the Production Designer.

    Set decorators are physically on hand all the time on set and work under the art director’s supervision.

    Some Production Designers also double as art directors, but not all of them

  40. Keep in mind there’s no trailer for Veep or Silicon Valley yet either. Last year the Veep trailer was January 18th, GoT January 30th, and Silicon Valley February 9th. If one of those drop before GoT then the GoT one should be close by.

  41. Jack Bauer 24:
    Keep in mind there’s no trailer for Veep or Silicon Valley yet either. Last year the Veep trailer was January 18th, GoT January 30th, and Silicon Valley February 9th. If one of those drop before GoT then the GoT one should be close by.

    I’ll be on the look out as always, but this is torture lol
    VES tonight, already have it on my twitter.

  42. Liam Cunningham, who plays the Onion Knight/Ser Davos Seaworth on the show, shared his enthusiasm for the upcoming season, at the Entertainment Weekly pre-SAG Awards bash at Los Angeles’ famed Chateau Marmont on Friday.

    “Every script, every episode I opened I’ve been going, ‘You’ve gotta be kidding! What?’ And this year is absolutely no different. And we’ve overtaken the books so there’s a load more people who don’t know what the hell is going on and they’re gonna watch this and go, ‘What?’” he said.
    Adding, “So the intrigue for people who’ve already read the books is going to be magnificent. They’re gonna feel the same as the rest of us who haven’t and it’s glorious, and it’s really tough. This is going to be a tough season to watch, but listen, they all are to be honest, but this is — to hell and back on this season, I think.”

  43. Matthew The Dragon knight:
    Liam Cunningham, who plays the Onion Knight/Ser Davos Seaworth on the show, shared his enthusiasm for the upcoming season,at the Entertainment Weekly pre-SAG Awards bash at Los Angeles’ famed Chateau Marmont on Friday.

    “Every script, every episode I opened I’ve been going, ‘You’ve gotta be kidding! What?’ And this year is absolutely no different. And we’ve overtaken the books so there’s a load more people who don’t know what the hell is going on and they’re gonna watch this and go, ‘What?’” he said.
    Adding,“So the intrigue for people who’ve already read the books is going to be magnificent. They’re gonna feel the same as the rest of us who haven’t and it’s glorious, and it’s really tough. This is going to be a tough season to watch, but listen, they all are to be honest, but this is — to hell and back on this season, I think.”

    Thank you for posting! I am feeling excited for this season largely because, as he points out, I won’t know what will happen this year (although nothing was a ‘given’ previous years, the big events were mostly pretty close). I love the books, and I dearly love the show, and cannot wait to feel even more suspense and surprise with each episode. 🙂

    Just stay alive as long as possible, ok Davos?

  44. Pigeon: This is going to be a tough season to watch, but listen, they all are to be honest, but this is — to hell and back on this season, I think.”

    This is going to be a tough season to watch, but listen, they all are to be honest, but this is — to hell and back on this season, I think.”
    Those word got me excited, can’t bloody wait mate 🙂

  45. Jack Bauer 24: Was just coming to post this Good to see some of the cast out and supporting the VFX team!

    They all work together and support each other, it’s their combined talents that make Game of thrones the show it is 🙂

  46. VisualEffectsSociety
    Winning outstanding compositing in a photoreal episode Game Of Thrones Hardhome

    GameOfThrones crew is off working on season six of the show. VESAwards
    Hearing that they are working on season 6 put a smile on my face, so happy for them 🙂

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  47. Matthew The Dragon knight:
    VisualEffectsSociety ‏@VFXSociety· 43s43 seconds ago
    Winning outstanding compositing in a photoreal episode – @GameOfThrones ; Hardhome #VESAwards

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    #GameOfThrones crew is off working on season six of the show. #VESAwards
    Hearing that they are working on season 6 put a smile on my face, so happy for them

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  48. Winner:

    Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or
    Real-Time Project

    Game of Thrones; City of Volantis
    Dominic Piche
    Christine Leclerc
    Patrice Poissant
    Thomas Montminy-Brodeur
    🙂

  49. Winner:

    Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or
    Real-Time Project

    Game of Thrones; Hardhome
    David Ramos
    Antonio Lado
    Piotr Weiss
    Félix Bergés
    HUG ME BROTHERS!!!!!!! and sisters :p

  50. Nymeria Warrior Queen:
    SlayerNina,

    Didn’t you say, oh, about a week or so ago, you work in television?

    I work translating scripts and legal documents. Also, I want to know if there’s differences in each country. Sometimes the producer on my country (Spain) seems to do the work of the art director, at least in small productions and theater.

  51. Pigeon: Thank you for posting! I am feeling excited for this season largely because, as he points out, I won’t know what will happen this year (although nothing was a ‘given’ previous years, the big events were mostly pretty close). I love the books, and I dearly love the show, and cannot wait to feel even more suspense and surprise with each episode.

    Just stay alive as long as possible, ok Davos?

    Thank you, ser Matthew! Exactly what Pidgeon said!

  52. Matthew The Dragon knight,

    “So the intrigue for people who’ve already read the books is going to be magnificent. They’re gonna feel the same as the rest of us who haven’t and it’s glorious, and it’s really tough.”

    Wonder why he says it will be “tough” for book readers. Do you think it’s a nod to some disappointment arising because many of the pet theories are indeed wrong or will at least play out differently on the show? Also “to hell and back” makes me think that we’ll have to wait till the end of the season to have anything really to cheer about.

  53. Ygritte:
    Matthew The Dragon knight,

    Wonder why he says it will be “tough” for book readers. Do you think it’s a nod to some disappointment arising because many of the pet theories are indeed wrong or will at least play out differently on the show? Also “to hell and back” makes me think that we’ll have to wait till the end of the season to have anything really to cheer about.

    I do like the ‘and back’ part of ‘to hell and back’, though!

    I have so many ideas of who we’re going to lose this season. And I very much hope I’m wrong. 🙁

  54. GoT also won the main TV award last night 🙂

    Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

    Game of Thrones; The Dance of Dragons
    Joe Bauer
    Steve Kullback
    Eric Carney
    Derek Spears
    Stuart Brisdon

  55. GoT is a visually amazing show. The detail on the sets needed for those amazing wide, panoramic and moving shots just amazes me.

    Go them.

  56. Shy Lady Dragon,

    Yeah, that’s what I’m guessing too, more heartbreak will ensue. Well, at least we know Sansa fans should be happy ones, from the hearing of it. Unless they’re throwing us off in their interviews. I wouldn’t put it past those sneaky little thespians. Have I ever said how much I love this cast? 🙂

  57. 4 visual effects awards also in the bag!

    Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
    Game of Thrones; “The Dance of Dragons” (WINNER)

    Joe Bauer
    Steve Kullback
    Eric Carney
    Derek Spears
    Stuart Brisdon

    Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project
    Game of Thrones; “City of Volantis” (WINNER)

    Dominic Piche
    Christine Leclerc
    Patrice Poissant
    Thomas Montminy-Brodeur

    Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project
    Game of Thrones; “Hardhome” (WINNER)

    David Ramos
    Antonio Lado
    Piotr Weiss
    Félix Bergés

    Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode
    Game of Thrones; “Hardhome” (WINNER)

    Eduardo Díaz
    Guillermo Orbe
    Oscar Perea

  58. Tyrion the Myrion:
    Hey everyone check out this podcast that D&D did yesterday, i haven’t listened to it yet but i thought maybe someone will be interested in it .

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

    So 2 new things we can learn from here:

    1. They are in the early stages of outlining Season 7
    2. They mentioned changing a scene just the day before yesterday, relocating it from the throne room of the Red Keep to the streets with a 1000 extras.

  59. Deesensfan,

    From what I understand, it was supposed to take place in the throne room, but now it will take place in the streets.

    That may also imply that the “Cersei the Mad Queen, burning down KL” stuff isn’t happening in Season 6 or at all.

  60. Gravemaster: So 2 new things we can learn from here:

    1. They are in the early stages of outlining Season 7
    2. They mentioned changing a scene just the day before yesterday, relocating it from the throne room of the Red Keep to the streets with a 1000 extras.

    Can’t wait, I’ll listen to it once I’m home 🙂

  61. Tyrion the Myrion,

    I won’t be able to listen to it until later, but thank you so much for posting that.

    Also, thanks to Jack and Matthew for keeping us updated on all the awards this show keeps raking in. They are so richly deserved, although I’m still a bit miffed about the SAG for Best Ensemble.

  62. Gravemaster:
    Deesensfan,

    From what I understand, it was supposed to take place in the throne room, but now it will take place in the streets.

    That may also imply that the “Cersei the Mad Queen, burning down KL” stuff isn’t happening in Season 6 or at all.

    Yeah this pretty much confirms Cersei will not be burning KL this season.

    D&D just inadvertently spoiled that 🙂

  63. Ygritte: Wonder why he says it will be “tough” for book readers.

    Because many read the books to ease the agony of not knowing what happens next, especially after a finale. Now, readers will have no clue where the story is going and it’s gonna feel like waiting for this damn trailer to drop.

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