The final season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” was a ratings juggernaut that helped the network receive a record-setting number of Emmy nominations. It was also poorly reviewed by viewers and critics, particularly with regards to the series finale.
It is truly a dark time. “Game of Thrones” is over, and depending on what you thought of its grand conclusion, you’re either in mourning or ready to exorcise the whole scarring experience from your soul.
If someone asks you about what happened this week on that little dragon show you watch, you are more than allowed to just scream at full volume for an hour and 20 minutes. Because that’s what this episode was. Just one, long 80-minute “AAAAHHH!!!.”
Two pop-culture juggernauts, “Avengers: Endgame” and “Game of Thrones,” nearly collided this weekend — the first with a record-shattering box-office performance, the latter with a much-anticipated episode of its final season likely to turn many viewers into an emotional wreck.
If you need further proof that the nerds have inherited the earth, look no further than this coming weekend, when “Game of Thrones” and “Avengers: Endgame” will wage separate battles for pop-culture supremacy.
Mother of Dragons Emilia Clarke says it’s been “so damn long” since the last season, she can’t remember what’s going on. Comedy
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With Game of Thrones coming back for an eighth and final season, anticipation for the series has reached a fever pitch. With the premiere debuting in April, Adidas has joined up with HBO to put out a collection of GoT-themed Ultra Boosts.
Taking inspiration from some of the most notable characters and families from the series, the Ultra Boost collection has six different models, all designed with unique colorways and features. Each of the varieties has a quote on the back of the shoe that relates to the specific family, including “Winter Is Here” for the White Walker collection. The designs also include custom insoles with the Game of Thrones logo and a spot under each shoe tongue with a family sigil or quote related to the model.
Game of Thrones will debut on April 14. The Game Of Thrones x adidas Ultra Boost doesn’t yet have an official release date, but the collection will likely be available around the time of the premiere.
It wasn’t that Harington didn’t have confidence in all the hard work the cast and crew put into Season 7, quite the opposite in fact. But after taking a year off from the awards due to eligibility issues in 2017, the actor thought the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences might not have the show in the front of their minds when it was time to give the awards out. That idea turned out to be all for naught: Game of Thrones ended up winning the award for Outstanding Drama series for the third time.
“It was exciting to be at the Emmy Awards again and to win, because we weren’t expecting to a win this time,” Harington told Men’s Journal. “We were away for a while, and I wasn’t even sure we’d get nominated, which in some ways sounds mad. But we missed a year and sometimes they’ll wait for a final season to give the awards. I thought Season 7 was brilliant, and I’m glad they recognized that.”
For as much as he’s sad that the series is ending after Season 8, Harington said that he’s thankful and lucky to have been part of the show for so long. Being on the show has catapulted Harington into stardom, and even helped him meet his wife, Rose Leslie, who played the character Ygritte on the series. The two married at Wardhill Castle in Scotland during the Summer of 2018.
“The whole experience has been incredible,” Harington says. “I’ve felt very fortunate to work with so many amazing people.”
Harington’s role as Jon Snow has also helped make him a global star, which is one reason why Dolce & Gabbana teamed up with the actor to make him the face of their men’s fragrances. The most recent release is The One Grey (available at Macy’s and Macys.com), a new fragrance that has bold and elegant smell, combining the scents of cardamom, vetiver, as well as hints of grapefruit, warm tobacco, and grey woods.
Harington spoke with Men’s Journalfollowing the Emmy Awards and spoke about his experiences filming in 40-degrees below zero in Iceland, working with Dolce & Gabbana, and what he kept from the Game of Thrones set.
We know you can’t tell us any spoilers about the final season of Game of Thrones, or HBO will swoop in and kidnap us. But generally, what are you excited about and for fans to see of Season 8?
This is going to be so boring, but it’s a minefield to say anything. Even in the past when I’ve said something it gets taken the wrong way, or that I revealed something. Even if I’ll say that it’s going to be an exciting season, it’ll get put out in the wrong way. I don’t know how I’m going to deal with this when I actually have to promote the thing, but I don’t want anything to get taken wrongly. I’ll say this about Season 7, it was just brilliant to work on. The intensity of doing episodes, and getting to do more than I’ve ever done on the show, it was fantastic and a wonderful experience, and it’ll be exciting for fans to see what’s next.
Season 7 had some of the most thrilling scenes the show has ever had, including the journey in “Beyond the Wall.” What was it like to shoot those scenes and work in the locations you’ve been able to film in?
We filmed a lot of that in Iceland. It was brutal, being out there in minus-40 degrees and the freezing wind. It can be quite an experience. Overall, I love location work. I’m more of a person that thinks there is a benefit of filming on location, whether it’s Game of Thrones or something else. You get to go to these incredible locations and step on to these amazing sets in places where people would have to pay to come visit. If you’re in film, that’s what you want to do. You can’t really complain when you are bitterly cold, because you’re in some of the most stunning places in the world like Iceland or Croatia and so on.
Did you keep anything from the Game of Thrones set?
I actually didn’t take anything too crazy. I kept some of the armor that I use for Jon Snow’s outfit, like the wrist protectors I’ll wear in his costume. I thought those were pretty cool.
What have you enjoyed about your experience working with Dolce & Gabbana in the past and on this campaign?
It’s exciting to work on something global and to work alongside people who enthusiastic and passionate about what they do. It helps when you like the fragrance personally already when you wear it. It’s a great scent and I enjoy it. It’s kind of surreal to me to find myself walking through an airport and you see your own face staring back at you. Doing this type of stuff is a different side of work for me, because it’s not exactly acting, but you also get to be creative and performative with it, and D&G are great collaborators in that sense. Plus, you get to wear some nice suits and look great for a day [laughs].
You looked very sharp at the Emmys with the Game of Thrones cast. Do you have any style tips for regular guys?
I was wearing a Dolce & Gabbana suit at the Emmys, so that was fun to be able to look sharp like that. As an actor, you get a lot of help with your style, but advice-wise, I’d say that I don’t really have any tips, but for me getting dressed up is about feeling comfortable. I’d say for anyone to keep that in mind, because if you feel comfortable and feel good about yourself, you’ll look better too.
There were two near-takeovers at the Emmys on Monday, as streaming services expanded their impact on the awards, while “Saturday Night Live” permeated the ceremony. The former likely magnified the issue of viewers watching a parade of winners from relatively little-seen programs — with “Game of Thrones” a notable exception — and the latter yielded a flawed, haphazard show, which badly overplayed some of its bits.
Emilia Clarke wants to return to her roots! Nearly a year after the “Game of Thrones” actress dyed her hair platinum blonde to match her onscreen counterpart, Daenerys Targaryen, she admitted to Harper’s Bazaar that maintaining the lightened look was “killing” her locks.
Khloé Kardashian is queen of the baby bump game! The reality star headed out for Halloween in a “Game of Thrones” costume and packed on the PDA with her main squeeze, Tristan Thompson, for a spooky fun night!
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At the “Game of Thrones” Season 7 premiere, John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont), Indira Varma (Ellaria Sand) and Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth) tell Access Hollywood which moment from the show’s history they consider to be “most-shocking.” The “Game of Thrones” Season 7 finale airs Sunday at 9 PM ET/PT on HBO.
The late “Get Smart” producer Leonard Stern famously compiled “A Martian Wouldn’t Say That,” a book of actual notes from network executives to TV writers. The title came from a request to change a line in the series “My Favorite Martian,” but it has come to mind of late reading some of the nitpicking about “Game of Thrones.”
There’s a massive publishing gap in the books that Game of Thrones is based off of, and Angry Nerd is concerned that the show could catch up to the plot before the next book is out. But, one simple solution could solve everything. WIRED Videos – The Scene
In season four of Game of Thrones a combination of CGI and live character action were used to create impressive fight scenes and stunning visual effects. Mike Seymour breaks down the tech behind the hit HBO show. WIRED Videos – The Scene
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Winter is almost coming to Westeros as the fifth season of Game of Thrones draws near, but before George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series returns on April 12th, HBO will drop the second volume of their Catch the Throne: The Mixtape, a mix of hip-hop and heavy metal tracks inspired by… RollingStone.com: News
“Lannister, Baratheon, Stark, Tyrell — they’re all just spokes in a wheel.” Daenerys Targaryen’s words open the action-packed second trailer of Game of Thrones Season Five with a promise to burn down the houses, one by one. While the first teaser for the upcoming episodes underlined the fact that “Justice has… RollingStone.com: News
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When our Gamer Next Door and Miss October 2012 Pamela Horton talks to Game of Thrones Creator George R. R. Martin at the Playboy Comic Con party, he shares some surprising insights on everything from how babies are made to which superhero he envies the most.
With books as long and intricate as George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Fire and Ice” series, you’d expect the him to have the newest, most efficient writing programs. That’s definitely not the case.
The author of the book series, which HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is based on, prefers a more ancient method of writing. No, he doesn’t use a quill and ink, but it’s pretty close. “I have a secret weapon,” Martin said while visiting “Conan” on Tuesday, May 13. “I actually have two computers.”
The author, who is currently working on the sixth book in the series, “The Winds of Winter,” said that he has a modern computer for the Internet, checking his email, and other typical practical things. However, he saves all his writing about the Seven Kingdoms for his DOS word processor that runs WordStar 4.0, a program that was popular in the ’80s. In other words, GRRM’s ancient computer doesn’t have any Internet, or spell check, any of the fancy modern technologies you use every day.
But don’t worry, Martin is very in-the-know about what’s big and trending online. He brought up how the Internet went crazy over Ser Pounce when the beloved cat made an appearance on “Game of Thrones” earlier this season. Jokingly he said he’s planning a spinoff with King Tommen’s cat. Too bad it’s not real because we’d definitely watch that spinoff all day long, which would probably look something like that amazing “Game of Meows” parody.
Watch the clips of Martin on “Conan” above and below.
“Game of Thrones” airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. EDT on HBO.