Game Of Thrones
A Quick Update on Game of Thrones Season 3 Shooting
We have been so busy following the updates of the shooting in Iceland that I clean forgot to pass all that wonderful footage on to everyone! Man, it looks cold out there and I have to say that in the interview posted below, it really shows off the professional attitude of the actors that they could actually perform in minus 35 degree weather!
The show is starting to sound beyond interesting with the casting of Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna, the Queen of Thorns. Also, for some reason I am seeing a lot of sites talking about the bear pit scene, which I don’t want to say too much about since I don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun. Suffice to say, the bear is real and the scene sounds very intriguing.
Although the shooting was wrapped in Iceland at the end of November, we all know how long it can take beyond that to even get the trailers ready for release, let along the show. So far, no sign of any true trailers, but they are releasing plenty of pics. To keep everyone on their toes, and perhaps feeling appreciative of any shoots we do in Southern California, here is an interview with Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow in the show:
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Blackwater is Penultimate Season Two Episode
If you are a Game of Thrones fan of the battles this show has promised, then this episode was the beginning of the big payoff. Earlier there was plenty of skin, and violence, but the build-up to the Big Battle for King’s Landing was handled just right. We got it all, both the violence of battle and the insights of character in a big way.
The Baratheon Family were one of the two on spotlight for this episode as this was the big battle for this family to take back Kings Landing. The advantage of the sheer number of ships seems to have been diminished by the wildfire but that didn’t slow Stannis down one bit. Here we see that the man has courage, if only because he lacks the imagination to see beyond his own needs and grey and colorless view of the world.
The Lannister Family showed off to fine and not so fine form this time around, and really that was no surprise to find out that for all of Joffrey’s boasting before the battle, at the first sight of danger he was running back home. I think we were all prepared for that one. What I should have been prepared for but was not was the sight of The Hound fleeing from the sight of flames. But then, everyone has a limit to their courage and it has been hinted at his.
We saw plenty of the Lannister family in this Game of Thrones episode, and a drunken and somewhat bitter Cersei also should not have been that surprising. Her revelations to Sansa were telling in that they revealed just how easily women are reduced when it comes to a battle zone.
Tyrion of course led the day, despite the taunts of “half man” from his own men. It was also rewarding to see his squire Podrick step up to the plate and dispatch the traitorous Ser Mandon Moore. And we leave Tyrion, bloodied on the battlefield, not the place for our little man of wits.
It was almost ironic to have Lord Tywin show up and win the battle for them, even though we knew he was coming and that he was the most logical one to even know how to win the day. There is bound to be more about this soon in Game of Thrones, for he has been shown that he cannot leave the kingdom to those in Kings Landing, for they cannot defend it.
The Stark Family had to contend themselves with having Sansa carry the banner on this episode of Game of Thrones as we see little of either Jon Snow or Robb, the entire episode closing in on the battle for Kings Landing. She remains a character it is hard to sympathize for, her own lack of courage and dull mechanical way of dealing with life leaves little room for empathy from viewers. The scene with Cersei was promising; let’s hope we see more of this in the season to come.
The Targarygen and Greyjoy families were pretty much on hold this episode of Game of Thrones, but we will see more next week I am sure. Theon will be a threat on the horizon for everyone. It was fitting that all the action took place in one spot this week, but it does leave players like Theon on hold for now.
All in all, one of the most satisfying episodes of Game of Thrones for a good while and one I think many who read the books were looking forward to seeing. I can understand how budget restrains kept them from doing this kind of sweeping battle scene up until now. There have been plenty of the old “wow that was quite a battle” dialogue and not enough battle scenes, especially for a show about the battle for the throne in an ancient land. But this shows they can do it and do it well. Looking forward to seeing how they will manage to wrap up this season next week. Will they be able to pull all those loose ends together across all the various locations in time to make it a tight and tidy bundle for moving into season three of Game of Thrones? We will just have to tune in next week and see.
Addy’s take on King Robert Baratheon in Game of Thrones
Mark Addy Johnson, the English actor who plays King Robert Baratheon in the super hit HBO fantasy series ‘Game of Thrones’, gives us his view on the character. If you watched the much touted premiere last Sunday, you would be familiar with King Robert Baratheon.
King Robert has reigned over the fictional Westeros for about fifteen years. According to George R.R. Martin’s description of the character in his novel (from which the TV series has been adapted), King Robert is a fat man who is fond of hunting, drinking and wenching. Although he was a fearsome warrior in his youth, he is now more interested in satisfying his various appetites than in being a true King of the much coveted Iron Throne of the seven kingdoms.
“The thing about Robert is that he's not really a kingly king,” said actor Mark Addy in an interview with TVguide. “He's really a guy, a warrior, a soldier who happens to find himself in a position of power. He'd much rather be with the lads. That's his roots, his heritage.” The erstwhile Robert Baratheon was good looking and “muscled like a maiden's fantasy.” “Well, in the day he was a handsome, strong, powerful warrior but there's been a lot of water under the bridge since then,” said Mark. He also jokingly added that “no extra padding [was] required” for him to play the out of shape king.
The upcoming episode titled “The Kingsroad” will give us a deeper look into Robert’s character and past as he talks to Lord Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark (played by Sean Bean) about Lyanna’s murder. Lyanna was Eddard’s sister and Robert’s betrothed who was killed by the Targaryens. The two friends visit Winterfell's crypt in the earlier episode where Lyanna’s remains were buried.
“It's complicated because there is what Robert thinks he knows, which is that she was abducted by Rhaegar Targaryen and raped and murdered," Addy says. "That is the cause of his deep-seated hatred of all things Targaryen, that's why the Targaryens must die. But that's not necessarily the whole story.” The history they share together prompts Robert to turn to Eddard when Arryn (the Hand of the King) dies.
“Being in that position of power, it's very easy to take your eye off the ball and discover that you've actually surrounded yourself with enemies. There's only one man that you can trust and that's Ned. By making him the Hand of the king, you're bringing your best friend into the same danger that you're in, " said Addy.
Is Game of Thrones good enough for Emmy?
So the long, arduous wait finally came to an end last Sunday night when Game of Thrones premiered on HBO. As expected, the show became an instant super HIT! The premiere had stirred up such colossal number of fans that HBO at once renewed the show’s contract for a second season! Now the big question is whether the show can go much further than that? Does the show have what it takes to shake things up a bit in the tough race for the Emmy awards?
HBO’s confidence in the epic fantasy series was pretty blatant as it threw a massive bash on Saturday night, even before the show went on air. About 280 merrymakers gathered at the 250,000-gallon True Blood lagoon celebrating the show’s success. At Warner's backlot enormous Jungle set, the series bragged even more shocking violence and sex than True Blood (another one of HBO’s most watched television series.)
Apparently, the fantasy genre is not a big deal at the Awards. The erstwhile hit fantasy series Buffy the Vampire Slayer was previously ignored by the Emmy awards organizers. In the movie land too massive hits like the Harry Potter movies, and the Lord of the Rings movies were snubbed by the Oscars.
When THR’s reporter Kim Masters told her former editor that The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was a likely Oscar contender, she was met with disbelief. “This was in November, before the third one opened. When I said it was going to win best picture, he said, 'Do people really like those movies?' When I said it looked to gross $1 billion worldwide, he said, “What if people go but don’t really like them? Maybe that’s a story,'” She said.
Ginia Bellafante, an American writer and critic for the New York Times also commented that she didn’t know anybody that really liked the fantasy genre. Obviously there is still a lot of anti-fantasy bias going on, but the hit TV drama True Blood seems to have paved the way well for Game of Thrones, with its eye-brow raising nomination for outstanding drama in 2010.
This year however, even those who dislike fantasy are pretty confident about GoT’s oods of winning a few Emmy awards. “I will not be surprised to see the talents among the show's cast and crew grab some Emmys,” said anti-fantasy scout Patterson. The cast member who is most likely to win seems to be the show’s most familiar face – Sean Bean (LoTR’s Boromir and GoT's Lord Eddard Stark.) Go Bean!
Latest News from Game of Thrones
Apparently the creators of Game of Thrones have decided to part ways with the music composer for the show – Stephen Warbeck. Warbeck is an Academy Award winning English composer best known for his music scores in movies such as Shakespeare in Love, Proof and Quills.
With only a few months to the grand premiere (17th April, 2011) the crew hired composer Ramin Djawadi. Looks like he’ll have a lot of catching up to do! Djawadi is popularly known for his music in movies such as 'Iron Man' and 'Clash of the Titans.' His TV assignments were with ‘Flash Forward' and 'Prison Break.' Djawadi is also reputed for his work in collaboration with popular composers such as Hans Zimmer (Something's Gotta Give and Batman Begins) and Klaus Badelt (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.)
In other news, sources have it that one of the cast members of the show recently passed away. Eighty four year old Margaret John who played ‘Old Nan’ (one of the servants at Winterfell; also known for her stories) on the fantasy series passed away on the 2nd of February, 2011. “We were deeply saddened to hear about Margaret's passing,” said executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss in a statement to the press.
“She was a warm and wonderful person, and she was completely fantastic in her scenes with Isaac. We wish she could see them... but many people will, and they will love her. We will miss her terribly.” Margaret certainly madder her mark on the show; you can hear her voice on several of the promotional clips where she talks to the world of Westeros about how “winter is coming”. Her eerie, spine tingling voiceovers will certainly be missed on the show.
Elsewhere, actress Roxanne McKee best known for her work in Hollyoaks said that she was really excited about her role in the upcoming drama. McKee plays Doreah the servant who is bought to educate Daenerys in the art of love. In an interview with View London, she describes her character as an “ex-courtesan [turned] handmaiden [but] actually still kind of working as a courtesan.” She went on to describe the sets as “out of this world.” “It's so exciting to be part of such a huge project” she said, “It's incredible; It's amazing, so watch it.” – You bet I will!
Bean’s take on Game of Thrones
Sean Bean who plays one of the central roles in the upcoming Game of Thrones series talks about his work in an interview. Bean plays the character of Lord Eddard Stark, who in Bean’s own words is “a guy who’s from the north of the land. He has a family. He’s a quite happily married man. He’s a hard, strong man who’s very loyal and vulnerable, which is part of his downfall.”
The series (I’m sure we all know by now) is based on George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series – A Song of Ice and Fire. The TV series takes the title of the first book of the series ‘A Game of Thrones’. The series adapted by David Benioff and Dan Weiss for HBO is set to debut on the 17th of April, 2011
In the interview with What’s on TV Bean says “It's a kind of weird magical mystery world that's not set in a particular world," he said. "But it's quite a disturbing piece. It's not for kids really.”
“It's about seven kingdoms and everyone's vying for power so it's very much a story of corruption and greed and power and sex and violence, but magic at the same time.”
However, Bean added jokingly: “I was quite a good guy in it so I didn't get involved in a lot of brutality; only when necessary.”
Bean goes on to comment on the battle scenes on the show. They apparently had real physical fights for the filming! “We choreographed that for weeks in advance, so we know exactly what we’re doing on the day and we can adapt to it or improvise. That’s all real stuff, and that was hard because that was in Malta, where it was nearly 100 degrees and we were all covered in leather in fur, so we had ice packs on. It was good fun. It’s great. It’s exhilarating.”
Here’s what we can expect on TV in just a few weeks in Bean’s words: “I was absolutely impressed by the detail, the sheer size of I (sets)t, the craftsmanship in the studio and the sets for Game of Thrones. Everything was so detailed and so vast, and it was a lot of work. It was like working on a big feature film, every week. Each of the 10 episodes felt like a pretty hefty feature film. I think we really established a grand size. And, the fact it’s been done by HBO means you’re in good standing. You’ve got good people behind you. As I said, it’s an edgy, sexy, violent, dark, brutal piece where nobody’s safe, and there are so many twists and turns, and the characters are so well drawn. I think everybody who sees this is hopefully fascinated by what we’ve achieved.”
Maisie Williams in Game of Thrones
Maisie Williams is a regular 13 year old student at Norton Hill School of Midsomer Norton (a town in Somerset, England). She dreamed that one day she will see her face on massive billboards, but she dint expect her childhood dream to become a reality this soon! Maisie is a slight young girl that amazed talent scouts with her acting and performing skills that landed her the significant role of Arya Stark.
Arya is the youngest of the three Stark children and is just the opposite of her older sister Sansa. While Sansa does her best to be a proper lady, Arya is a typical tomboy hanging out with guards and servants. It seems that the talented Maisie fits the role perfecty. None of the trailers that have been release so far feature the children in the series; I guess we’ll just have to wait (till the show airs in a few months) and watch!
In an interview Maisie speaks of her break through. “My first love is dancing and I have been a member of the Sue Hill School of Dance for a while and enjoy it so much. I was encouraged by Sue to take part in a showcase in France where a number of VIPs from the entertainment industry were watching in the audience. From that audition I got an agent who put me forward for this role. First we filmed a pilot episode to see if HBO in America liked it and they did, so we went on to film the whole series” she said.
The teen has taken great pains in capturing the essence of Arya. She even learned to sword fight with her left hand when she is right handed in reality. “My character is a real tomboy and sword fighting is important. They also asked me to learn to ride a horse but I haven't had to do that yet” she said of her training for the show.
When asked about her experience of working with stars such as Sean Bean she said: “Everyone I worked with was really nice. Sean Bean seemed quite shy when he wasn't acting, he was usually sat reading a book but was so friendly and helpful whenever I spoke to him. I think he is a great role model for young actors. Everything he did was just right and worked perfectly for his character.”
Maisie also went on to say that she was really surprised to see such enormous posters of her face all over the UK. “A friend of my mum's rang to say she had seen the posters so we went down to have a look and to take my picture in front of it. My friends have been really supportive. They find it all just as strange as I do!” she said.
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Irish stage and screen actor Aidan Gillen bags the Game of Thrones role of Little finger. Aidan is no newbie to American television. He had previously played the role of Tommy Carcetti, the Mayor of Baltimore in HBO’s TV series The Wire. He is known for his work in one of UK’s most captivating TV dramas Queer as Folk. He was the most obvious choice for the role, given how he fit the character of Little finger perfectly. Little finger is the nick name given to Petyr Baelish in A Game of Thrones. He is Catelyn’s childhood friend and a trusted one at that. Peter ends up betraying Catelyn’s husband Lord Eddard Stark which results in his imprisonment.
Another big moment in the making of A Game of Thrones was when HBO announced the launch of its production diary. Its one of a kind and never before accomplished feat for HBO. As for the fans who had been asking for constant updates and progress details on the making of A Game of Thrones, this came as a huge surprise. The script writer Bryan Cogman’s blog posts from the sets, the videos and the descriptive photos became the source of much needed information for fans.
A moment that had lost its glory was when HBO green lit A Game of Thrones. It sure was a huge moment and without that none of the other exciting things would have happened. By the time HBO made this announcement most people already expected it and it wasn’t as much of a surprise, but important nevertheless.
One of the most anticipated moments was the airing of the very first Game of Thrones teaser. Well, looking back at it, it seems like they showed us nothing at all! But that sure was a big deal then. After all, it was our first ever peek of the show. The very first photo (Of Ned) that was released was also quite a hit.
The next big thing was the airing of the 11 minute long behind the scenes piece – ‘Inside Game of Thrones’. Months went by and eager fans had only their own imagination to flesh out the characters and sound the dialogues in their heads. Finally ‘Inside Game of Thrones’ airs; it was like a magical moment when the characters I saw, saying George R.R. Martins dialogues, not only met my expectations, but some even exceeded them. Unforgettable!
Games Of Thrones Is Coming to HBO!
I'm so psyched that Game of Thrones is coming to HBO in the Spring of 2011. The entire series of four books (in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series) is great!
Even better, George R. R. Martin will executive produce the series. George R. R. Martin actually wrote the books in the epic fantasy series. The fact that he's on board with the TV show bodes well for fans of the books.
The 4 books in the series are fairly lengthy (paperback page lengths):
A Game Of Thrones: 720 pages
A Clash of Kings: 768 pages
A Storm of Swords: 1216 pages
A Feast For Crows: 872 pages
Here's something interesting: while writing A Feast For Crows, George R. R. Martin got so involved with character development that the manuscript for the 4th book was over 1,500 pages! His publisher told him they couldn't put this into just one book because it was too big. They suggested that he split A Feast For Crows into 2 volumes: A Feast For Crows Volume I and A Feast for Crows Volume II.
Martin didn't like that idea.
Instead, he's spoken of writing the remaining books based on certain characters and locations.
For me, I'll read whatever he publishes. I can't wait for the new Game Of Thrones series to begin on HBO!
Game Of Thrones Cast Information
Here's the latest cast information for the new series, Game of Thrones, slated to start in the Spring of 2011:
King Robert Baratheon: Mark Addy (from The Full Monty)
Queen Cersei Baratheon: Lena Headey
Lord Ned Stark: Sean Bean (from The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)
Jaime Lannister: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Prince Bran Stark: Isaac Hempstead-Wright
Jon Snow: Kit Harrington
Daenerys Targaryen: Emilia Clarke
Tyrion Lannister: Peter Dinklage (from the Station Agent)
Catelyn Stark: Michelle Fairley (from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows)
Looks like a talented cast!
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