There’s going to be a longer wait than usual before we return to Westeros.
So here’s some news that precisely no-one wanted to hear – we’re going to have to wait even longer than usual for new Game of Thrones.
The hit HBO series has traditionally debuted its new season in April, but showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have now revealed that they’re looking at a later launch in 2017.
“We don’t have an air date yet, but this year will probably be a little bit later,” they revealed on the UFC Unfiltered podcast.
“We’re starting a bit later because at the end of this season, ‘Winter is here’ – and that means that sunny weather doesn’t really serve our purposes any more
“So we kind of pushed everything down the line, so we could get some grim grey weather even in the sunnier places that we shoot.”
Makes sense – not that it helps to soothe our broken hearts.
Game of Thrones season seven will be the show’s second-to-last outing – with reports of just seven episodes instead of the customary 10, too – and a final season is expected to follow in 2018.
Source: Digital Spy
A fan took a picture while Kit was filming a scene of The Death and Life of John F. Donovan in Montreal yesterday:
As season six of Game of Thrones concludes, the actor recalls how he got the part of Jon Snow, and how he kept it.
Jon Snow’s supposed death might have been the worst-kept secret in Westeros. At the close of season five, the Game of Thrones character, played by Kit Harington, was betrayed and brutally knifed by his peers among the Night’s Watch, left to bleed out on the frozen landscape. But months later, the actor — still working the shoulder-length hair style of his character — was spotted filming in Northern Ireland, prompting audiences to wonder if Jon Snow could really be dead.
For a moment, Harington wasn’t sure of his character’s fate, either. “Maybe this is it,” he told W Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg. “And then I was told… I had to keep this massive secret from everybody — friends, family.” Still, despite his best efforts, Jon Snow’s supernatural revival at the beginning of season six was greeted with little surprise (and much relief) among the show’s fans. He’s brought back after two episodes by the priestess Melisandre, but he plays dead for a good two hours of television — and behind the scenes, that meant playing dead for weeks of filming.
Here, Harington talks about auditioning for the role of Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, why he gets frustrated by his birthday, and more.
On his audition of Game of Thrones:
Harington’s character is subjected to his share of violence on screen, so perhaps it makes sense that he caught the attention of the showrunners with a black eye during his audition. He had been in a fight the night before, he explains — he entered a McDonald’s with a woman, sitting down with another couple. The man proceeded to hurl abuses at Harrington’s date, and Harrington leapt up to defend her, challenging the man to a fight. “Of course, he’d been sat down the whole time,” Harington recalled. “He got up — and he just kept going,” he added, lifting his head skyward to demonstrate the other man’s height. “I got battered,” he confessed, adding that he credited the man with helping him get the job out of the hundreds of men auditioning for the role. Jon Snow might not be seen with any black eyes, but the character definitely requires a bit of grit.
On coming back from the dead:
“I fell asleep in the middle of a scene,” he said. “You know when you wake up and you don’t know quite where you are? … There’s nothing scarier than waking up in the middle of Game of Thrones world.” It took “thousands upon thousands of takes,” he said, to nail the scene where he finally sits upright with a gasp. “They wanted that over and over again,” he explained. “I had to kind of say, ‘I don’t know how else to do it.’”
On his birthday:
“My birthday is the day after Christmas, so it’s always the same. My whole family just descends on my birthday and I get no attention,” he said. “And I like attention. So, I always end up getting really grumpy and selfish on my birthday.”
Source: W Magazine
Game of Thrones finale confirms game-changing fan theory
This post includes a significant reveal from Sunday’s Game of Thrones episode, “The Winds of Winter”
He’s a bastard no more! Game of Thrones confirmed a major fan theory Sunday night, finally revealing (at least half of) Jon Snow’s real parentage.
In a long-awaited sequence, Bran Stark continued his flashback to a key event during Robert’s Rebellion at the Tower of Joy in Dorne. There, Young Ned Stark just defeated the double-sword-wielding Ser Arthur Dayne, and Bran followed his father up into the tower. Ned discovered his sister Lyanna dying in a bloody bed. Lyanna was either kidnapped by Prince Rhaegar Tagaryen or eloped with him, depending on who in Westeros you ask (the Starks and Robert say kidnapped, but Littlefinger once smirked at that description, and Ser Barristan praised Rhaegar as “the finest man I ever met”). Either way, Rhaegar’s actions caused a civil war.
This much has long been backstory canon from George R.R. Martin’s novels.
But Sunday’s finale, “The Winds of Winter,” added to the tale in a huge way.
I just added new pictures from the behind the scenes of Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare to the gallery and you can also read bellow an interview with the game’s narrative director Taylor Kurosaki by Game Informer, where they discussed Kit’s participation in it:
To find out how one of the biggest names from Game of Thrones got involved with Infinity Ward’s upcoming Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, we spoke with narrative director Taylor Kurosaki.
GI: So who does Kit Harington play in Infinite Warfare?
TK: I’m pleased to announce that Kit plays Admiral Salen Kotch. He’s the leader of the Settlement Defense Front’s fleet, at the helm of their biggest ship, the Olympus Mons. It’s a classic war story in a different setting, naval warfare with two captains dueling it out in the reaches of space. Kotch is the most skilled “sailor” of the SDF, so you (as Reyes) are up against a guy with a ton of experience who has a vendetta against your entire way of life. You’ve also just been thrust into the role of leadership, and the enemy is ostensibly a massive threat – better skilled, and has a larger fleet. They also have a massive, dangerous ship (the Olympus Mons) hunting you throughout the story.
Can you go over the procedure for acquiring star talent for Call of Duty?
We wanted someone – a skilled actor obviously – who had a notable presence. One of our storytelling tenants is that we don’t want to break perspective; we don’t want to shift away with anything like “meanwhile on the Olympus Mons” or anything like that.
We needed an actor who had the presence in the select times that we see him, so that you would feel him out there when you weren’t next to him. He appears with his ship, attacks your forces, hails you and tells you you’re going to die. If you happen to escape, you know he’s out there and the noose is getting tighter. Being able to feel that presence when he wasn’t actually there was critical.
Can you tell me about the process? How was Kit selected?
We identify actors that we think would fit into our narrative. In the end, it was about winning him over with the material. I assume Kit gets a lot of offers. He saw it as an opportunity to be part of this compelling narrative, which is what excited him, and the chance to play a villain. We reached out and sent him a comprehensive bio of his character, some of it is on the screen and some of it is implied. Our process at Infinity Ward helps each actor bring a believable representation, but only if there’s a believable backstory, which we meticulously develop.
Kit really liked the character we were developing for him; he liked the text on the page, and the vision for his character in the Infinite Warfare story. Once that foundation was established, it simply came down to where and how could we do it, and does the entire PCAP process work for everyone’s schedule?
He took time with us to meet, discuss the role, what the character represents and ensure it was right for him. It’s important to note that we are inventing an enemy in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. That said, inventing an enemy is an incredibly difficult process. To what lengths should the actor go in playing this role, but also in communicating to the player who this enemy is? Creating an enemy from scratch is a very difficult thing to do, there are no gimmes. The player only knows what they know about this enemy force from the presentation of the game.
So the IW team traveled to London to shoot with Kit, because he’s currently in a theater production there for the rest of the summer. We were able to finish everything for the role over the course of about a week, and the team is really excited with his performance, and how he’s looking in-game.
Do you see big differences when you use a big name on titles like this? Is there any sense of trying to compete with or one-up some of the other recent stars that have played in Call of Duty?
As it relates to Call of Duty, I think Kevin Spacey delivered a performance in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare that only he was capable of delivering. At the end of the day, it’s about that experience and the actor’s overall performance. That said, it certainly brings some interest when you bring star power on board. At Infinity Ward, we love working with great actors that fit the role, regardless of reputation. When you’re looking for talented actors to tackle a role, you’re going to run into good talent. I personally would only cast a star if the star was the right person for the role. That’s my job as a narrative director, and that is what I believe makes for the best overall experience.
Does Kit play Call of Duty?
He shared with us that his brother is a HUGE Call of Duty fan, so he’s been exposed to Call of Duty plenty. It’s present in his family, so aside from the content of the narrative and script, that was a real draw to him.
Source: Game Informer
Doctor Faustus enters its final week, it’s the last chance to see Kit Harington, Jenna Russell and the whole cast performing. Closing night is this Saturday 25th June, so if you’re in London and still haven’t seen the play, don’t miss this unique opportunity!
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Also, you can help with a lovely surprise for Kit donating to send him flowers on the closing night – you may want to contact the fans organizing it to get more info, I’m just spreading the news here 😉
— GOMEZ (@AthenaElias) 21 de junho de 2016
But that doesn’t mean they’ll all survive the HBO fantasy drama.
HBO is sharing the Game of Thrones wealth with the cast.
The stars of the Emmy-winning drama are in line to receive hefty salary raises for the likely eighth and potentially final season of the fantasy drama based on the books by George R.R. Martin, sources confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
Due to score sizable pay bumps are leads Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister). They’ll each earn upward of $500,000 per episode of season seven, which has already been announced, and in the likely eighth season (which is all but a formality). The raises for season seven come as part of an option HBO had with the cast as part of their last deal, signed in October 2014, that saw the five stars each become among the highest-paid actors on cable TV. The premium cable network had the option on season seven, and that has now been exercised and packaged with season eight. While the five stars are locked in, it does not guarantee that their characters will survive through what is expected to be the end of the series. HBO declined comment on the salary bumps.
Season eight has not yet been announced but is wildly expected as the drama, from showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss is, in their words, “approaching the finish line.” The duo told THR ahead of the current sixth season — which wraps Sunday — that they are “writing the final act” and are “looking at somewhere between 70 and 75 hours before the credits roll for the last time.”
Also unclear are just how many episodes seasons seven and eight will consist of. When season six wraps this weekend, Thrones will have aired 60 episodes, meaning the remaining two seasons could be short-orders to match the 75 hours producers have envisioned.
The contracts of the remaining stars, including Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and others, has not yet been completed. Their last deal, in October 2014, also saw them net hefty raises with an option for season seven.
Game of Thrones ranks as HBO’s most-watched series ever and is the premium outlet’s longest-running show currently on the air.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter