New Game of Thrones Season 8 Promo Photos, On-Set Report, and Interviews!

Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) in Winter Town, near Winterfell. Photo: HBO

Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) in Winter Town, near Winterfell. Photo: HBO

Ever since Game of Thrones began filming in Spain for season five, Spanish media has been deeply connected to the show, so it’s perhaps not too surprising that they were one of the very few (besides EW) to gain entry into the secretive season eight set, giving us new insight into the final season, as well as new promotional photographs, and interviews with Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Nikolaj Coster Waldau, Jerome Flynn, Jacob Anderson, Joe Dempsie, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Hannah Murray, John Bradley, Bella Ramsey, Richard Dormer, Liam Cunningham, Rory McCann, and Kristofer Hivju.

Sunday magazine XLSemanal provides an extensive set report. Though they weren’t present at the famously tearful table-read, they were told all about it by Emilia Clarke months later, while filming Winterfell scenes: once writer and co-producer Bryan Cogman put an end to the read-through with a somber “End of Game of Thrones”, “all of us started crying,” says Clarke. Kit Harington, in turn, admitted he’d cried more than once during the table-read—which was “cute to see,” according to a teasing Clarke.

XLSemanal saw Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington and many others film in the expanded Winterfell set (which is apparently 35% larger in surface area than it was last season.) In the scene described, Dany, wearing her now signature white fur dress, enters the Winterfell courtyard for the first time—a scene we glimpsed back in January.

Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and director David Nutter discussing a scene in the new Winterfell library set for Season 8's second episode. Photo: HBO, via XLSemanal

Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and director David Nutter discussing a scene in the new Winterfell library set for Season 8 Episode 2. Photo: Helen Sloan / HBO, via XLSemanal

“It’s one of the first scenes of the season, when Daenerys meets the family of her new boyfriend Jon,” explains Harington. “It’s a difficult situation for him… I can’t say more.” The Northerners will need some convicing to trust Dany: according to Bella Ramsey, her character Lyanna Mormont “isn’t very happy with the arrival of a foreign queen. I can’t say more!” This secretism is a constant. Reportedly, during filming for the series finale, security was such that only the people involved in the scenes were allowed on set.

Dany’s arrival into Winterfell was filmed many times. We’ve heard this before: the almost doubled production time wasn’t just for the sake of battles, but to ensure every scene is filmed in the best way possible. Showrunners Benioff and Weiss didn’t want to spare any expense to do the ending justice; or, as they put it to XLSemanal, to “not fuck it up.” And so they spent ten months filming only six episodes, with as many as three units, repeating takes, tweaking movements and dialogue; polishing for days scenes that should take hours. The showrunners took it more seriously than ever before.

This also applies to everyone in the crew. The costume department’s Kate O’Farrell, who has more than 80 people working for her, claims they “made 22,000 pieces of clothing for extras this season, and another 300 for our stars.” Armorer Natalia Lee’s team worked overtime as well, creating countless “daggers, spears, bows, catapults, hammers, shields, crosbows and scorpions, halberds, maces, flails, tribal weapons; swords of steel, copper obsidian, wood and rubber; sword sheaths…”. And on and on it goes.

Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and hair designer Kevin Alexander at the Red Keep exterior battlements for a scene in Season 8 Episode 1. Photo: Helen Sloan / HBO, via XLSemanal

Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and hair designer Kevin Alexander at the Red Keep exterior battlements for a scene in Season 8 Episode 1. Photo: Helen Sloan / HBO, via XLSemanal

Regarding the above-mentioned secretive ending, the cast cannot say much, but, according to Liam Cunningham, “it’s beautiful, it’s fantastic!”. Iain Glen agrees: “It lives up to all my expecations. But you’ll never guess how it ends.” As usual, Sophie Turner amps up the hype: “There will be more blood, treason, and death than ever before.”


Meanwhile, Spanish TV Network Movistar+ is releasing their press junket interviews, first with Emilia Clarke, then followed by Jacob Anderson, Joe Dempsie, Nikolaj Coster Waldau, Jerome Flynn, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Hannah Murray, John Bradley, Richard Dormer, Liam Cunningham, Rory McCann, and Kristofer Hivju:


Highlights include Clarke calling Daenerys a “powerful motherfucker” (and being immediately embarassed about the wording) and claiming the final season asks “a very big question about power,” that it’s “gone far and beyond who’s sitting on the throne; it’s bigger than that. What we’re bringing to the table is bigger than the throne.”

As seen in the trailer when Jon exclaims “the enemy doesn’t feel” while Grey Worm and Missandei share a kiss, “there’s always time for love,” says Jacob Anderson. “In times of war, in desperate times, that’s when you most want to connect to the people you love.”

Kit Harington (Jon Snow) arrives at Winterfell. Photo: HBO, via Movistar+

Jon Snow (Kit Harington) arrives in Winterfell. Photo: HBO, via Movistar+

“All the actors here have such an ownership of their character. They protect them, they’re proud of them, they love playing them, they love the journey,” Liam Cunningham assures us. “And that’s a huge compliment to the writing of [showrunners] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss], and the characters created by [author] George [R. R. Martin].”

“When they killed Ned Stark, killed the main character, in season one, then everything can happen and everything has happened,” Kristofer Hivju reflects on, before teasing us about what’s coming: “And more will happen. And it will be horrible and beautiful.”

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    1. Great article Luka! Loved the new snippets of info we got. Love how busy WOTW is these days! Feels surreal after the many many months since filming ending with only scraps of info leaking out.

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    2. Thanks Luka! I’ve been wondering where the behind-the-scenes photos were coming from after seeing them pop up on Insta. And now I finally know what the “B” stands for in DB Weiss – BRETT! haha.

      the final season asks “a very big question about power,” that it’s “gone far and beyond who’s sitting on the throne; it’s bigger than that. What we’re bringing to the table is bigger than the throne.”

      #ByeByeIronThrone #NoIronThrone2019

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    3. “Iain Glen agrees: “It lives up to all my expecations (sic). But you’ll never guess how it ends.”

      “As usual, Sophie Turner amps up the hype: “There will be more blood, treason, and
      death than ever before.”

      “Kristofer Hivju reflects on, before teasing us about what’s coming: “And more will happen. And it will be horrible and beautiful.”

      And on and on it continues…che parli?

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    4. Che:
      Great article Luka! Loved the new snippets of info we got. Love how busy WOTW is these days! Feels surreal after the many many months since filming ending with only scraps of info leaking out.

      It is pretty surreal. Season 7 finale was 19 months ago and we’ll be 2 weeks from the Season 8 premiere this Sunday!

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    5. “…one of the first scenes of the season, when Daenerys meets the family of his new boyfriend Jon,” explains Harington. “It’s a difficult situation for him…”
      ___________
      So… the notorious third twist is that Jon Snow goes both ways? A S8 love triangle with Dany and a mystery suitor vying for the affections of his boyfriend Jon? Yeah, that’d be a neat little sideshow until Ol’ Blue Eyes shows up to crash the party.

      #JSP

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    6. AsharaD:
      Gah! This really got me excited! Thanks for translating, Luka! My head is spinning with possible endings.

      My frustrated translator career finally pays off 😀

      Ten Bears,

      Gendered possessives in English will be the death of me. I often match the possessive pronouns to the gender of the direct object instead of the subject, for some reason. Probably the most common mistake I make in this language.

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    7. Ten Bears,

      I am sat here full of a cold and really miserable and Ten Bears, not for the first time, has made me laugh out loud 😂

      I have given up trying to think of an ending and am just going to enjoy the ride.

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    8. Lyanna Mormont “isn’t very happy with the arrival of a foreign queen. I can’t say more!”

      That sounds to me like we’ll just get more of the same kind of dialogue as usual out of her then :/

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    9. Luka Nieto:
      Che,

      It’s surreal for us too!

      (And quite fun, though it also means we have to work much harder now.)

      I am sure I speak for us all when I say we really appreciate all your hard work!

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    10. …so after seeung the NCW/Jerome vid, I now want one of the spinoffs to be a sitcom about the adventures of Jaime and Bronn.

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    11. They will be unfriendly but when the war starts they will be glad Daenerys and her dragons turned up. They have no idea what is headed their way.

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    12. Regarding Bronn, I saw yesterday that he did an interview for a French (I think) publication. I don’t remember where or what it was but he said some interesting things about his filming….

      He said things about what it was like filming the battle scene(s) at Winterfell. That of course is pretty much confirmation that he does go there in one manner or another.

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    13. The library still has me thinking that Dany will be present when Jon finds out his history rather than him relaying it to her, which is how I previously thought it would go.

      I’m just loving all this good stuff coming out. And if we’re lucky, one more trailer in the next week!

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    14. Nifty AND keen! The Winterfell shots are lovely. I do keep wondering though, if any of the actors cried at any point during the table read/last scene/someone else’s scene/breakfast table/tying their shoes/gust of wind. 😁

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    15. Clob,

      Had a feeling that would be the case. It was either that or have him stay in KL, which would almost certainly require him to do a scene with Cersei at some point, which we pretty much know wasn’t going to happen given their history.

      The only other possibility is that maybe he’s leading the Golden Company into battle, but we already know the GC has a leader that isn’t Bronn, so I doubt that would be the case.

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    16. Clob,

      Super interesting and lends more credence to the theory that Jamie is

      shouting “Bronn!” in the trailer, rather than “Run!” or “Pod!”

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    17. Clob: That sounds to me like we’ll just get more of the same kind of dialogue as usual out of her then:/

      Not a Lyanna fan I take it?

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    18. It’s cool that they seem to be highlighting the people behind the scenes recently. They have done so in previous seasons, but especially more noticeable in this season finale.

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    19. Wolfish:
      Jorah in full Northern garb… DAMN.

      COME FIGHT ME FOR IT, PIGEON!!!

      Oh, you can have it, no worries! Gorgeous garb it is, indeed!

      I’ll take Jorah, though. 😬🤪

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    20. Lol, this conversation about Game of Thrones related food has reminded me that I need to figure out what I’ll be cooking for the season premiere in a couple of weeks.

      Right now, I’m thinking some type of game bird like cornish game hen in the cast iron skillet with lemon cakes for dessert, but I’m not sure yet.

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    21. Olli:
      Bronn can bring the dragon-shooting sniper machine!For Viserys, of course!

      Viserys was imported from Essos so the NK could turn him into a golden-crowned wight?! I’ve had a sneaking suspicion we could see a Stannis-wight* but Viserys would be way better. 😛

      *I’m just CERTAIN Stephen Dillane would be up for it!

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    22. Luka Nieto,

      I didn’t realize you had translated the original article from Spanish. That’s a shame. I thought maybe in a callback to Jaime’s line in early Season 1* about “The War for Cersei’s C*nt”, early Season 8 would have a subplot about “The War for Jon Snow’s Penis” aka “The Battle of JSP.” [Maisie Williams, not I, dragged his phallus into the conversation.]

      *(S1e3: Cersei worrying Bran will remember what he saw)
      Cersei: “What if it comes back to him? If he tells his father what he saw?”
      Jaime: “We’ll say he was lying. We’ll say he was dreaming. We’ll say whatever we like. I think we can outfox a ten-year-old.”
      Cersei: “And my husband?”
      Jaime: “I’ll go to war with him if I have to.
      They can write a ballad about us – ‘The War for Cersei’s C*nt.’

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    23. Mr Derp:
      Clob,

      I agree that Bronn does fight. But my speculation has something else as well. Evidence? None. When did I ever need evidence?

      I noticed that every actor fought at WF and none seemed to fight at KL. They seem to have permission to discuss WF but not the second battle. So I think Jerome is just doing that.

      My speculation is that Bronn fights at KL. I think that when Tyrion/Jaime returns to KL, their father’s army (at least the men of the Westerlands) will fight with the sons in a mutiny inspired by Bronn. (Maybe even pre-arranged by Jaime – meaning Jaime or Tyrion asserts rights to be as Lord of Casterley Rock and calls banners). Jaime is one of the candidates for the younger and more beautiful to cast his sister down. (No, he will not kill her himself – baby considering.) He matches her physically and has a better soul. The Lannister army is not clear in the trailers and they must turn up at some point. I do not see them going under Euron’s or the GC’s command without some conflicts. After the fight with AOTD, the north will not have enough men for the GC.

      Yeah, no evidence – just wild spec.

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    24. Mr Derp:
      Lol, this conversation about Game of Thrones related food has reminded me that I need to figure out what I’ll be cooking for the season premiere in a couple of weeks.

      Right now, I’m thinking some type of game bird like cornish game hen in the cast iron skillet with lemon cakes for dessert, but I’m not sure yet.

      My menu is simple:
      • Two chickens
      • Kidney pie without the kidneys. But of course, with the gravy.
      • Rabbit stew
      • Ale

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    25. Jack Bauer 24,

      Hi Jack … and anyone else who might know about EW:

      I ordered the EW special GoT commemorative edition with Arya’s cover 23 days ago (March 4). The next day (March 5), I got a confirmation email that my magazine was “on its way.” It still hasn’t arrived.

      Has anyone else received their EW commemorative edition with selected character on the cover?

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    26. Love the concept of a Winterfell library and its presence suggests a few things. Firstly, I imagine it’ll be where Sam sets up shop with the books he took from Old Town (including the maester’s diary). He’ll also be trawling through Winterfell’s books and scrolls and a part of me wonders whether he will find out something crucial about the NK in that library – how to defeat him or his history (that he was a Stark called Bran for instance 😱). We were all expecting him to find something in Old Town, but the presence of this new library has me wondering whether he will find something there instead. Secondly, while I think the big “the lady you’re banging is actually your aunt and oh yeah, you’re the rightful heir to the Targ throne” reveal will be dealt by Bran in his chambers, I think the backup book-proof will be done in the library. Or Bran and Sam grab Jon in the library and just do it all at once. I’m excited for scenes that may take place there.

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    27. I’ve never really had a planned meal during episodes. I do recall during the first season making the same thing to eat during episodes for about half the season; french dip with mozzarella on a big ol’ baguette. Now that I wrote that I want to make it again…. 🙂

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    28. Clob,

      I’m going to plan for the series finale something with:

      Prunes, figs, raspberries, apples, lentils and chia seeds.

      I’m going to call the recipe “Happy Shitting”

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    29. Clob:
      Regarding Bronn, I saw yesterday that he did an interview for a French (I think) publication.I don’t remember where or what it was but he said some interesting things about his filming….

      Someone on YouTube called ‘Because Geek’ said that the Russian language trailer translates what Jaime yells as “Bronn”.

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    30. Mr Derp:
      Olli,

      Viserys is already dead, but I wouldn’t mind seeing that turd get killed again 😉

      He is susceptible to a flaming arrow! and dragon glass tipped arrow! What do you think Gendry is doing all day long he can’t take time for a photo op?

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    31. Ten Bears,

      i knew you would do everything you can to introduce #JSP as an #ASNAWP sized household word to these pages. i knew it the moment i first saw it. now, when can we expect the emoji?

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    32. Che:
      Love the concept of a Winterfell library and its presence suggests a few things. Firstly, I imagine it’ll be where Sam sets up shop with the books he took from Old Town (including the maester’s diary). He’ll also be trawling through Winterfell’s books and scrolls and a part of me wonders whether he will find out something crucial about the NK in that library – how to defeat him or his history (that he was a Stark called Bran for instance 😱). We were all expecting him to find something in Old Town, but the presence of this new library has me wondering whether he will find something there instead. Secondly, while I think the big “the lady you’re banging is actually your aunt and oh yeah, you’re the rightful heir to the Targ throne” reveal will be dealt by Bran in his chambers, I think the backup book-proof will be done in the library. Or Bran and Sam grab Jon in the library and just do it all at once. I’m excited for scenes that may take place there.

      Must of missed where there’s talk of a new library. It’s always been in WF. Has a winding staircase around the outside, is located on the leftish side at back of front courtyards, close to Maesters tower and stables. On other side of it is the barracks and guest house. Yes, I’ve prepared by committing the layout of WF to memory! One could almost see the wooded area and weirwood tree from its windows.

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    33. Let me help with the French Jerome Flynn interview:

      I think it was very tiring for the technical crew. As for the actors, most of us were not present for all of those nights. We had short breaks. 55 night shoots in Northern Ireland, in january and February, that was… horrible. But the general feeling you get from the last season, when you read it all, it’s a huge season. Even though it’s but 6 episodes, it’s enormous on all levels.

      We knew it would be tough, but it’s the last season. And everyone loved working on that series, cast or crew. So no matter what we were asked, we were ready to give the best of ourselves for it to work. I think if mid-way through we were told that there would be another 3 more years, we would have all been happy but we would have said: Alright but in that case we’re not doing the 55 nights!

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    34. Olli: He is susceptible to a flaming arrow!and dragon glass tipped arrow!What do you think Gendry is doing all day long he can’t take time for a photo op?

      I think they knew you meant Viserion but were commenting on you writing “Viserys,” Daenerys’ brother. 😉

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    35. Anon: Someone on YouTube called ‘Because Geek’ said that the Russian language trailer translates what Jaime yells as “Bronn”.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56D9aPn17ag

      around minute 40. she does pretty good stuff about GoT. just overlooked the thing with the fingers playing with the bow. so, gets no chicken from this room 😉

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    36. Something interesting I saw on the web is why was the loot train traveling with a hidden scorpion?

      Was it just a precaution, just in case the dragons showed up? Or were they certain they would show up? The thing must weigh a ton, yet they hauled it all the way to Highgarden and back.

      The relevance is that there’s talk of treason… only person who could be treasonous related to the scorpion, is Tyrion.

      Another thing is that it was being hauled along with the stragglers and the food while the gold went well ahead safely into the city. Jaime and Bronn didn’t seem troubled by the stragglers the way Tarly was.

      Were they luring Dany?

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    37. Anon:
      Something interesting I saw on the web is why was the loot train traveling with a hidden scorpion?

      Was it just a precaution, just in case the dragons showed up? Or were they certain they would show up?The thing must weigh a ton, yet they hauled it all the way to Highgarden and back.

      The relevance is that there’s talk of treason…only person who could be treasonous related to the scorpion, is Tyrion.

      Sophie said there is more treason this season, so that is interesting. Wonder who or what she is referring to.

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    38. Jack Bauer 24: Sophie said there is more treason this season, so that is interesting. Wonder who or what she is referring to.

      I’m looking at Tyrion’s walk through the ashes with new eyes. Did he set a trap for Dany but she outsmarted him?

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    39. Anon: Sorry, I’m not catching what you mean about the fingers playing with the bow?

      there’s the short trailer segment of fingers tipping slowly but nervously on a bow, like closing the grip one finger after the other. the breakdown says these were not Arya’s fingers, but i think this was what Arya did with the Hound’s sword in the famous pub brawl for chicken scene. i may be wrong.

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    40. Anon, What’s up with this new narrative that Tyrion is going to betray Dany? It’s getting pretty annoying.

      Like the showrunners went out of their way to make him look incompetent in season 7.

      It’s almost like they’re trying to turn a fan favorite into a nuisance, which is just a shame.

      Tyrion was by far the most entertaining character on this show from season 1-4, but since season 5 he has been a shell (basically a side character now getting scolded by Dany every other scene).

      I understood it initially since he had just killed his lover and father, but even when they got back to Westeros, he just seems to have lost his edge and wit.

      It was even surprising to me that Dany made him hand of the Queen after all his blunders in Mereen.

      Then I started thinking that she probably did it because they were finally heading to Westeros and his experience with politics in that continent will be more important to her.

      If they make Tyrion end up being a traitor and die for treason, I will never forgive the showrunners.

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    41. death by chickenfire: there’s the short trailer segment of fingers tipping slowly but nervously on a bow, like closing the grip one finger after the other. the breakdown says these were not Arya’s fingers, but i think this was what Arya did with the Hound’s sword in the famous pub brawl for chicken scene. i may be wrong.

      Is that you, BG? You/she makes good videos. Of the ones I’ve watched, I especially enjoyed the Jon and Dany theme song analysis.

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    42. Hmm the scorpion thing is strange. They would have assumed Dany’s full forces were out taking the Rock right?? But maybe we’re looking at the wrong culprit. It’s certainly been set up for Varys to be just as likely a betrayer. I can’t shake the feeling that the trailer gave us a hint in lingering on Varys when Arya said “Death has many faces.”

      Either way, I love speculating about this show so much and come 2 months from now, I think I might be feeling a little empty 🙁

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    43. LordVarysParts,

      Can I just say that the fifth book does this as well? Turn fan-fave Tyrion almost into a nuisance. It may not be in the same way but in the fifth book I grew so tired of Tyrion’s limitless self-pity (and he was my second fave character at that point) that I wouldn’t have minded his demise. Tyrion is witty and usually comes from a decent place but he’s not without his major flaws. He’s great at scheming but I wouldn’t say he’s demonstrated that much of a talent for actual ruling. Ned Stark was a great ruler, had he had but an ounce of Tyrion’s talent for scheming he would still be alive and ruling all of the 7 kingdoms.

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    44. Danny,

      The Tyrion/Penny stuff was so awful that it kind of made me hate them both in the books. Thank god Dinklage is so wonderful that I forgot all about that. And that D&D knew to drop that whole storyline (and FAegon) entirely.

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    45. LordVarysParts: Tyrion was by far the most entertaining character on this show from season 1-4, but since season 5 he has been a shell (basically a side character now getting scolded by Dany every other scene).

      If he is a puppetmaster plotting treason, then he isn’t really a shell or a side character. And that humiliated look on his face when Dany tore into him on the beach was a master class in acting.

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    46. I don’t know about all this. I’m pretty sure the scorpion was with them at the time because they were escorting a lot of gold and grain back to KL. It would make perfect sense that they would bring any defenses that they could carry. Especially since they knew Dany landed in Westeros with her dragons at that point.

      Besides, if Tyrion tipped off the Lannisters about Dany’s attack then Jaime and Bronn shouldn’t have been surprised by the Dothraki charge. They sure looked unprepared for an army that supposedly knew what was coming.

      Look, Tyrion may betray someone and he may not. I don’t know any more than anyone else does, but I think some people are just assuming Tyrion will betray Dany and theyre trying to fit it into any scenario that their imagination can come up with.

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    47. Mr Derp,

      Well it’s not coming from nowhere, the notion that Tyrion betrays Dany. We have exhibit A: Cersei promising to send her troops North after a scene with Tyrion we weren’t privy to and exhibit b: his worried look outside Dany’s door.

      I do believe he betrays Dany, by doing something to eff over Jon. He knew they were kind of crushing on each other prior to his meeting with Cersei, but also knew it was no more than that. If he promised to deliver the King in the North to Cersei for whatever she promised him, he did it before knowing how close he and Dany really were.

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    48. Laura,

      I do believe the foreshadowing is there for some type of betrayal, I just think that sometimes we’re so enthusiastic about predicting what will happen that we start ignoring logic. I really don’t think Tyrion tipped off the Lannisters about Dany’s loot train attack. The evidence is not there, but of course, I could be wrong.

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    49. Mr Derp: Besides, if Tyrion tipped off the Lannisters about Dany’s attack then Jaime and Bronn shouldn’t have been surprised by the Dothraki charge. They sure looked unprepared for an army that supposedly knew what was coming.

      Yeah, they DID look surprised.

      I just watched part of the scene on the beach that preceded the loot train attack and it shows Tyrion telling Dany the good news that they took the Rock. There’s some bad news, however, but they don’t show what he says. Dany storms off talking about how her allies have been taken from her. She says Tyrion has cost her Dorne, the Iron Islands and the Reach.

      …then Tyrion tells her to call the Unsullied back from the Rock because she still has the biggest army and to commit to the blockade of King’s Landing.

      So he is advising her to be outside KL walls in a blockade. That would take some days to accomplish. But Tyrion is probably operating on what he knows of her character. He expects her to fly off – perhaps alone – to avenge Olenna while they’re waiting for the Unsullied to get back.

      But what about the Dothraki? Maybe he calculated that she would continue to hold them in reserve. I don’t know if any of this is right; plus, my gut already says Tyrion is a traitor. I’m suspicious of everything he does.

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    50. Mr Derp:
      Laura,

      I do believe the foreshadowing is there for some type of betrayal, I just think that sometimes we’re so enthusiastic about predicting what will happen that we start ignoring logic.I really don’t think Tyrion tipped off the Lannisters about Dany’s loot train attack.The evidence is not there, but of course, I could be wrong.

      I know you’re talking about me, Derp. It’s awfully nice of you to manage my expectations, though.

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    51. If you swoop down and slaughter someone’s allies in the way that Jaime/Euron did to Dany, there could be only one reaction. It calls for swift retaliation equal to, and exceeding the original offense. He knocked out Dorne, Iron Islands and The Reach all at once.

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    52. Che,

      The fire way back in S1, set as a distraction while the would-be assassin disposed of Bran, was set in the library. At least it was in the book. I don’t recall if that was clear in the show.

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    53. Laura: It’s certainly been set up for Varys to be just as likely a betrayer.

      Yes, I was thinking Varys could be a potential betrayer too.

      they “made 22,000 pieces of clothing for extras this season, and another 300 for our stars.”

      Holy moly. 300!!! How many main characters do we have? I mean, I get it, pieces of clothing, not whole attires. But it would still mean there are a few new costumes in there for all of them, right? Just one for some, 2 or 3 for others? Or am I making things up? The costumes make me excited…since when…? 😂

      it’s “gone far and beyond who’s sitting on the throne; it’s bigger than that. What we’re bringing to the table is bigger than the throne.”

      I like that. Could be just referring to the first three episodes. Or to the whole season. 🤞 End to the game of throne [sic]? (pun intended 😜)

      “there’s always time for love,”

      They asked the question “Is there time for love […] or only for war?” to Jacob Anderson and Joe Dempsie. Dempsie just said “Yeah” to what Anderson said. That makes me kind of nervous. I wouldn’t mind if Arya and Gendry don’t become a thing. But what I really would find most awkward is a union between Sansa and Gendry. I don’t know. It’s not that I reject it as a whole, but there is so much potential to blunder in that scenario.
      There is no real groundwork layed for them. How should it go? Gendry comes to Winterfell, they see each other and boom, they fall in love? This is actually something I read in comment sections. “I like them together because they are both good looking.” 🙄 Why would Gendry fall in love with a redhead of all things?

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    54. Cliohna: Holy moly. 300!!! How many main characters do we have? I mean, I get it, pieces of clothing, not whole attires. But it would still mean there are a few new costumes in there for all of them, right? Just one for some, 2 or 3 for others? Or am I making things up? The costumes make me excited…since when…? 😂

      There are many versions of the same costume in the case of protagonists, either in different states of disrepair or just in case, to have spares available.

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    55. Laura:
      Hmm the scorpion thing is strange. They would have assumed Dany’s full forces were out taking the Rock right?? But maybe we’re looking at the wrong culprit. It’s certainly been set up for Varys to be just as likely a betrayer. I can’t shake the feeling that the trailer gave us a hint in lingering on Varys when Arya said “Death has many faces.”

      Either way, I love speculating about this show so much and come 2 months from now, I think I might be feeling a little empty 🙁

      What role does Varys have left? Has to do with Melisandre.

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    56. Jack Bauer 24: What role does Varys have left? Has to do with Melisandre.

      Not necessarily. She only said that they will both die in “this strange country.” Their fates are not intertwined, unless I read that scene all wrong.

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    57. Wolfish:
      Ten Bears,

      My email stated that it would be delivered in 4 to 6 weeks.

      ___
      Thanks.
      I called the Magazine.Store. They said it was mailed out 3/21/19. Maybe it’s in my mailbox… or a postal worker glommed it.

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    58. The photograph at the top of the article is captioned “Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont) in Winter Town set, near Winterfell.”

      I had been anticipating a (possibly awkward?) encounter between Jorah the Exile, and the current Lady of Bear Island who was thrust into a leadership role of House Mormont at a young age after Jorah shamed the family and fled the country, and her mother died fighting for Robb.

      Plus, Jorah returning as a Targaryen partisan might not sit well with the Baby Bear – not to mention the Mormont fighting men who fought and bled to oust the Boltons from the North while Ser Jorah was traipsing around the world with his teenybopper Targaryen.

      Also… I think Jorah once mentioned he had fought as a member of the Golden Company (?) at some point in the past. If so, I wonder if he’ll run across some of his old fellow mercenaries.

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    59. Ten Bears: I think Jorah once mentioned he had fought as a member of the Golden Company (?) at some point in the past. If so, I wonder if he’ll run across some of his old fellow mercenaries.

      He did. One of the many things I’ve wondered is if this would come up. And what Bronn was doing north of the Wall (and for that matter, where he’s from). And how Daario, as head (or former head) of the Second Sons will react to his rivals taking off for Westeros to fight against his former lover. SO. MANY. QUESTIONS.

      And Qyburn. What is UP with that brilliant, sweet-spoken, sociopathic weirdo?

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    60. Jack Bauer 24:
      A wild Bronn has been spotted 😀

      It wants to battle; I’ll try to catch it!

      Mango:
      They will be unfriendly but when the war starts they will be glad Daenerys and her dragons turned up. They have no idea what is headed their way.

      Exactly; I’m sure we’ll get a bit of typical Lyanna dialog (probably not with me in agreement this time), but they ought to be eating their anti-Dany words soon enough.

      Wolfish:
      Ten Bears,

      My email stated that it would be delivered in 4 to 6 weeks.

      Wonder why on Earth it takes 4-6 weeks? I ordered one (“Davosandre” cover, not that it should make any difference) on March 4 via the link provided by EW (Magazine.Store) Had to look under their customer service section to see the delivery estimates, having expected it on the 15th. Asked for a tracking number and they said they had none, telling me on the 20th that it was “at the warehouse” and that I should receive it in 2-4 weeks. Holy moly, they don’t want people to read this thing before the show starts, do they? So confused. I’d even looked in five different stores, intending to cancel the order if I picked it up, but there wasn’t a single copy in town. D:

      Not necessarily. She only said that they will both die in “this strange country.” Their fates are not intertwined, unless I read that scene all wrong.

      I have been suspecting that Varys’ fate might be intertwined somehow with Melisandre’s due to their conversation, the parallel that early S7 was drawing between them, and Varys’ connection to the Red God (will we find out what he heard in the flames? Will Kinvara return with Mel? What’s going on there?)
      But as I’ve said, I dearly hope that neither Tyrion nor Varys betrays Dany…I’ve strongly doubted it, but of course it’s not outside the realm of possibility. :/

      Not being much of a cook, I have no special menu planned…but I definitely want to incorporate GoT into my Easter egg-decorating and baking this year. I won’t forget to brown the butter, naturally.

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    61. Olli: Must of missed where there’s talk of a new library.It’s always been in WF.Has a winding staircase around the outside, is located on the leftish side at back of front courtyards, close to Maesters tower and stables.On other side of it is the barracks and guest house.Yes, I’ve prepared by committing the layout of WF to memory!One could almost see the wooded area and weirwood tree from its windows.

      Impressive knowledge! It’s mentioned in the caption below the picture of Emilia Clarke and David Nutter that they are in a new Winterfell library set. You can see bookcases behind them – I don’t remember seeing a library this developed before (am I imagining we have seen a small-ish one with Maester Luwin before?). I’m hopefully it contains mysteries for Sam to uncover.

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    62. Wolfish:
      Che,

      The fire way back in S1, set as a distraction while the would-be assassin disposed of Bran, was set in the library. At least it was in the book. I don’t recall if that was clear in the show.

      It wasn’t ever stated where the fire was set in the show – the only mention of it is where Robb looks out the window and raises the “Fire!” alarm to his mother. We don’t hear about it again.

      So I guess in the books there won’t be anything of consequence in the library if it’s destroyed, but maybe in the show things will be different?

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    63. Wolfish: He did. One of the many things I’ve wondered is if this would come up. And what Bronn was doing north of the Wall (and for that matter, where he’s from). And how Daario, as head (or former head) of the Second Sons will react to his rivals taking off for Westeros to fight against his former lover. SO. MANY. QUESTIONS.

      And Qyburn. What is UP with that brilliant, sweet-spoken, sociopathic weirdo?

      Do we know of Huisman filmed for this season? I’d like to see Daario back, but I know he’s been busy with his House On Haunting Hill show.

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    64. Ten Bears:
      “…one of the first scenes of the season, when Daenerys meets the family of his new boyfriend Jon,” explains Harington. “It’s a difficult situation for him…”___________ So… the notorious third twist is that Jon Snow goes both ways? A S8 love triangle with Dany and a mystery suitor vying for the affections of his boyfriend Jon? Yeah, that’d be a neat little sideshow until Ol’ Blue Eyes shows up to crash the party.

      #JSP

      LOL

      There have been hints foreshadowing that… 😉 (ft. soft jazz version of GOT theme. A++++)

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    65. I do hope they raise the stakes and ensure we feel nobody is safe in this final season. We are a little over two weeks now from the network premiere and a week or so from the red carpet. It’s almost here…

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    66. Che:
      Great article Luka! Loved the new snippets of info we got. Love how busy WOTW is these days! Feels surreal after the many many months since filming ending with only scraps of info leaking out.

      It’s gone crazy in recent days and I’m genuinely struggling to read and keep up with everything! I’ve been through three or four articles today with work and family commitments it’s hard for me and I’m sure going to get even crazier once the premiere happens.

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    67. This may have been mentioned, but is that Emilia and Nutter going over a script? I thought they did iPad only scripts this season for security?

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