The King has returned! It’s been announced that Jack Gleeson is returning to television for the first time since Joffrey bit the dust in 2014 and that David Benioff and D.B Weiss will be appearing in Westworld season 3! In interviews Sophie Turner reflects on the legacy of Game of Thrones and Emilia Clarke reveals the Targaryen themed Christmas gift her brother “acquired” for her.
We have sad news for the Game of Thrones fandom and film fans around the world today. Legendary actor Max von Sydow passed away yesterday at the age of 90, according to his family.
He made a lasting impression on GoT fans in 2016 with his performance as the Three-Eyed Raven, Bran’s mystical mentor beyond the Wall in season 6. The actor earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role.
I’m looking forward to House of the Dragon. The turbulent, fascinating history of the Targaryen family is sure to make for excellent drama. However, there’s one thing I want most from the show: justice for Helaena Targaryen, a fairly minor character in the Dance of the Dragons who I find to be emblematic of some of A Song of Ice and Fire‘s most problematic tropes.
For a decade, Game of Thrones had its headquarters at Titanic Studios, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Most of what wasn’t filmed on location was shot in there, and it was the nexus of the entire production. Even the now cancelled Long Night-set prequel pilot was shot there. For more than ten years, Titanic Studios has meant Game of Thrones.
“This is going to be the whitest show on television”. That was the gist of many reactions I saw across the web when HBO confirmed that the “Age of Heroes” prequel wasn’t getting picked up, moving forward instead with a series based on George R.R. Martin’s FIRE & BLOOD.
And it’s not an unwarranted reaction. As we fans know, Game of Thrones had a number of controversies during its 8-season run. Some I feel were quite overblown (such as the “Starbucks cup” or Jon not petting Ghost after the Battle of Winterfell), but other grievances people had with the show were understandable, and one of those was the lack of representation when it comes to people of color.
It’s been a rumor before the final season of Game of Thrones even began filming: “they’ll shoot alternate finale scenes so the real ending doesn’t leak!” There wasn’t much reason to believe this, but showrunner David Benioff added fuel to the flames by implying as much, and a few cast members said it outright–though, as it turns out, they were either misdirecting the press for fun or misinformed themselves. Whatever their reasons, if there were still any doubts, Maisie Williams is here to put them to rest.
Good news is hard to come by these days, isn’t it? The world is on fire (literally), the people are divided, and House of the Dragon is potentially 2 full years away. Egad. So when some good news comes along, we have to celebrate it like the miracle that it truly is. And that good news comes from one of our favorite actors. Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), the Queen in the North, and ruler of 1 kingdom, is expecting a child, and we couldn’t be happier for her.
Nathalie Emmanuel and Aidan Gillan, who played Missandei and Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish respectively, are but two of the latest Game of Thrones cast members to go to bat for the show’s ending and criticize the way some fans reacted to their dislike of it.
If you’ve been feeling a notable lack of A Song of Ice and Fire art in your life, 2021 already has you covered. Penguin Random House has revealed the cover for their 2021 A Song of Ice and Fire calendar … and, gods be good, it looks gorgeous.
This past week has been a good one for Game of Thrones. Episodes from season 8 won awards at the Costume Designer Guild Awards, the Cinema Audio Society Awards, and the Visual Effects Society Awards.