Kit Harington in ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6’s monumental ‘Battle of the Bastards.’ Season 8 seeks to surpass it.
“We can always count on Game of Thronesto push the boundaries of television, but a Season 8 battle sequence sounds like it may have pushed the show’s cast and crew to their limits and beyond.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Thrones team broke down their literal breakdown from the three-month shoot that will become the battle of Winterfell – the show’s most ambitious yet, known internally as “The Long Night.”
“Nothing can prepare you for how physically draining it is,” said Maisie Williams, who plays a highly-trained fighter but will make her battlefield debut this season. “It’s night after night, and again and again, and it just doesn’t stop. You can’t get sick, and you have to look out for yourself because there’s so much to do that nobody else can do…there are moments you’re just broken as a human and just want to cry.”
The episode, directed by Thrones vet Miguel Sapochnik, took 11 weeks of night shoots in freezing temperatures with only skeletal trailers and space heaters as respite (showrunner David Benioff said that seeing a night shoot crew member on a day shoot in a different episode was “like seeing Nosferatu coming in”).
“It was the most unpleasant experience I’ve had on Thrones. A real test, really miserable,” said Ser Jorah Mormont actor Iain Glen. “You have an absolute fucked bunch of actors.”
But Glen was reassuring that the misery translates well on-screen.
On one day, while shooting a non-battle scene, an actress (unnamed by EW, but a “series regular”) fainted and had to leave early. A crew member suffered an asthma attack while filming indoors because of the oils burned to create synthetic set smoke.
“If Miguel lives through this it will be the hardest thing he’s ever done,” said executive producer Bernadette Caulfield. “the hardest thing all of us have ever done.”
“Everybody prays they never have to do this again,” said Rory McCann, who plays the Hound.
“The hard work pays off on this show,” Williams added. “After one of those really tough days, you know it’s going to be part of something so iconic and it will look amazing.”
On that, the team agrees; the end product will be worth it.
“It’s been exhausting but I think it will blow everybody away,” said co-executive producer Bryan Cogman.
We can’t wait.
Game of Thrones returns April 14.”
More than 30m people have watched Netflix’s Murder Mystery; why?
The critics might have hated it, but this Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler-starring Agatha Christie pastiche broke the record for Netflix’s biggest opening weekend
Despite the critics (mostly) hating it, we now know that 30.9m Netflix account-holders watched Murder Mystery in its first three days of release. To put that in context: if two people watched the movie on each account, and you imagine them all paying the average $9 price of a cinema ticket, it would give the film an opening weekend of $556m, the third-largest ever. That is by no means a perfect formula, but nevertheless highlights a staggering performance for an Agatha Christie parody that stars Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler. How did that happen?
‘Claws’ is the juiciest summer drama you aren’t watching
“Claws is one of three excellent shows returning in the next week, in which the leading women are on a quest to empower themselves. Unlike HBO’s award-winning Big Little Lies or FX’s acclaimed Pose, however, this one will air relatively inconspicuously.
It’s a shame, because TNT’s boisterous crime drama retains the kooky vibe it’s hoisted itself on for the past two years.
Everything about Claws is unapologetically loud, from the storylines to the costumes to the dialogue to, obviously, the on-brand nails. It doesn’t hold back from its unconventional premise: Five manicurists run a salon in the trashy city of Palmetto, Florida, that’s actually a front to launder money for the local drug lord………………….”
Black Mirror Season 5 – 3 Trailers
“Black Mirror‘s fifth season is closer than we’re ready for, and three new trailers for each episode only confirm it.
As expected, we get curious new technology (including a robot modeled after Miley Cyrus) and witness its influence on human behavior, whether it’s a couple trying to get pregnant or a driver determined to fix society.
For the episode teasers and Netflix’s one-line descriptions, read on.
A cab driver with an agenda becomes the centre of attention on a day that rapidly spirals out of control.
Cast: Andrew Scott, Damson Idris, Topher Grace
“Rachel, Jack and Ashley, too”
A lonely teenager yearns to connect with her favorite pop star – whose charmed existence isn’t quite as rosy it appears…”
Cast: Miley Cyrus, Angourie Rice, Madison Davenport