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On Sunday night, the cast of Game of Thrones took their final bow. Actors and actresses who we’ve grown to love in their iconic roles throughout the series, such as Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, and Gwendoline Christie assembled a final time on stage.
Despite coming off the heels of the (very) controversial final season, it was nevertheless a wonderful night to see this talented crew one last time. Game of Thrones was nominated in all of the major categories but surprisingly, only went home with two, although they were nevertheless very big ones. Let’s dive in and see what went down last night!
Unfortunately, most of Game of Thrones’s wonderful cast were not winners this evening. Despite being nominated for Lead Actor, Lead Actress and Supporting Actress, the fantasy epic series ended up losing all three of them. Fan favorites such as Maisie William’s Arya Stark, Sophie Turner’s Sansa Stark, and Gwendoline Christie’s Brienne of Tarth, to say nothing of Lena Headey’s Cersei Lannister and Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen. Disappoint for all the work the ensemble put into the show, especially in terms of its outstanding female cast.
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However, one actor who didn’t get left out was Peter Dinklage, who took home his fourth win for the series. He set the record with the most wins ever in his category (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series), beating out Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul. In his acceptance speech, Peter Dinklage said:
“I count myself so fortunate to be a member of a community that is all about tolerance and diversity, because nowhere else could I be standing on a stage like this. It’s been about 10 years, all said and done, from the moment I met David and Dan till now. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I knew that David and Dan were quite brilliant…We did nothing but sweat, we did nothing but laugh. Dave and Dan, we literally walked through fire and ice for you—literally—and I would do it all again in a heartbeat.”
He faced tough competition but emerged the only cast member with an award from the evening. Peter Dinklage’s win was pretty much guaranteed but he undoubtedly deserved it and his work as Tyrion Lannister will doubtlessly remain one of the iconic roles of television.
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The show also lost out on Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Writing, but took home arguably the biggest prize of the night: Outstanding Drama Series. This also marked the show’s fourth win for the award and took home the final win for the night overall. The entire cast, plus writers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, took the stage to thank the world for watching the series. It was a bittersweet end and we’re sure to now be feeling the effects of a post-Game of Thrones world.
But never fret! Two spinoffs are on the way and maybe, someday, George R.R. Martin will finish the Winds of Winter. Just because the show is over doesn’t mean the world of Westeros hasn’t come to an end.
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In the first interview since the HBO series ended, David Benioff and DB Weiss joked about some of the blunders in season eight.
David Benioff jokingly compared the infamous coffee cup blunder to a Persian rug:
In Persian rugs it’s tradition that you make a little mistake when making the rug, because only God can do anything perfect. That’s why I put the coffee cup there. It was a conscious, concerted statement of our imperfection.
Benioff admitted the mistake did embarrass them both:
We were concentrating so much on Daenerys and Jon Snow that we just didn’t see this coffee cup right in the middle.At first I couldn’t believe it and then it was embarrassment, because how did we not see this coffee cup in the middle of the shot?…Eventually it was just kind of funny. Because this one is just a mistake and it’s just kind of funny to us now.
Bernadette Caufield, one of the show’s executive producers, apologized when the episode initially aired. So it’s good to hear the show’s creators joke about it now.
Weiss touched on the fact that the show’s last season garnered so many Emmy nominations (32 in total!). He said he was honestly surprised, and he thought “(season seven) would have been the peak.”
Benioff also commented on Gwendoline Christie’s Emmy nomination:
Brienne of Tarth has always been one of our favourite characters and the moment where she is knighted by Jamie Lannister is just a wonderful thing in the story. To see Gwyn’s face in that moment – I’ve probably watched that scene 400 times and every time it gets me.
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Game of Thrones may be over but information is still being revealed regarding the future of the series and character’s fates beyond the closing credits. Viewers said goodbye to many characters, including fan favorite Grey Worm, portrayed by Jacob Anderson. Grey Worm was last scene in the final episode setting sail for Naath with the other Unsullied. Naath was the homeland of Missandei, who perished at the hands of Cersei. The Unsullied journeyed there to honor Missandei’s memory but unfortunately, according to Jacob Anderson and Floor8, Grey Worm’s final fate isn’t a happy one.
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The Game of Thrones spinoff book A World of Ice and Fire reveals some unpleasant facts about Naath, which is known as the Isle of Butterflies due to its huge and deadly butterfly population. Each butterfly carries a disease that targets foreigners. George R.R. Martin wrote about the isle in this grim passage:
Fever is the first sign of the plague, followed by painful spasms that make it seem as if victims are dancing wildly and uncontrollably. In the last stage, the afflicted sweat blood, and their flesh sloughs from their bones.
Yikes. Well, you can see where this is going.
Jacob Anderson revealed in an interview MTV Movie Awards, where he revealed the Unsullied are all going to die, probably as soon they land on Naath’s shores. He noted that although this bit of lore wasn’t in the show, but the creators, David Benioff and D.B. Wise, told him it was real after he asked about it. So yeah, the Unsullied are just going to die as soon as they land on Naath, which is a bit of a downer.
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Well, that’s a disappointing end for the character but its at least not ‘explicitly’ canon, so you’re free to disregard it. Or don’t and accept that Grey Worm dies a horrible death of butterfly related diseases. No happy endings in Game of Thrones, right?
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So that speculation was fun while it lasted.
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Previously, it was reported that actor Ian McElhinney, the actor who played Barristan Selmy before the Sons of Harpy got to him, stated that George R.R. Martin “struck an agreement with David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss]…that he would not publish the final two books until the series completed.”
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Before the actor even said anything, Benioff and Weiss were Google-bombed by angry Redditors who were able to manipulate Google’s algorithms so now their faces appear when you search “bad writers” after the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones Season 8 aired.
Needless to say, these comments couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Naturally, George R.R. Martin was quick to deny that he’s done with Winds of Winter on his website Not a Blog:
It boggles me that anyone would believe this story, even for an instant. It makes not a whit of sense. Why would I sit for years on completed novels? Why would my publishers — not just here in the US, but all around the world — ever consent to this? They make millions and millions of dollars every time a new Ice and Fire book comes out, as do I. Delaying makes no sense. Why would HBO want the books delayed? The books help create interest in the show, just as the show creates interest in the books.
In case you didn’t get the point, this entry on Martin’s blog was titled “Idiocy on the Internet”.
He brings up a good point. Why would delaying the books help the show? Considering that even if Winds of Winter was published after, say Season 7 was aired, fans would binge the season and rip through the book, creating thousands of think-pieces and millions of comments and videos about the differences.
As George says, “books help create interest in the show, just as the show creates interest in the book”. It’s a symbiotic relationship, even if it can sometimes be parasitical.
OR MAYBE Martin had to say this because if he didn’t the conspiracy would be out?
Maybe the only reason the book publishers don’t know Winds of Winter and Dreams of Spring have been written is because of this agreement with Benioff and Weiss?
Maybe the plan is to end of Game of Thrones and continually generate interest by releasing book in between seasons of the Game of Thrones prequel show.
Maybe the plan is for George Martin to expand the series into fifty books so HBO can continually generate money?
Maybe the plan is for George Martin to reanimate the dead so he can continue writing fantasy novels until the end of time?
Who knows at this point?
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