George R. R. Martin is stepping away from family-unfriendly HBO and branching into more family-friendly territory with Warner Bros. Animation to adapt his 1980’s children’s book The Ice Dragon.
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The Ice Dragon takes place separate from the Seven Kingdoms, instead taking place in a world of medieval fantasy in which fire breathing dragons are used as weapons. The story follows a young girl named Adara, who secretly befriends a rare Ice Dragon.
Game of Thrones resurrected a dragon, and then used said dragon to tear down the Wall. Fans can be certain of a couple of things regarding this so-called ice dragon. First, the dragon is undead. It was alive, then died, then the Night King brought him back. So it’s undead. Second, the dragon breathes stuff like a regular dragon. While fans have casually called undead Viserion an “ice” dragon, Jeremy Podeswa, the director of the Game of Thrones season finale, says otherwise.
The way I looked at it was, when the sept burned down, that was green fire, and so then the dragon is going to have some kind of blueish fire. It’s certainly still fire — it has the ability to burn the Wall and melt snow. But it’s going to have a different kind of magical quality to it, because it’s coming from an undead dragon.
It makes sense that Viserion isn’t breathing ice since we saw his breath melt the Wall. Still, there would be something very poetic about seeing fire-breathing dragons take on ice-breathing dragons. This just isn’t the direction the show has gone in. If you listen closely, you can hear the collective groans of Game of Thrones fan theorists. Hey, maybe George R. R. Martin will bring us our ice dragon.
Tormund’s perspective gave the final moments of the Game of Thrones finale some real heft. Though the image of the army of the dead finally going south of the Wall is a downer, the worst part is we don’t know what happened to Tormund. So many questions are left unanswered. Will he ever shave? Will he ever take a bath? Most importantly, will he ever get together with Brienne?
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We’ll have to wait until season nine to find out Tormund’s fate. Until then, Vulture sat down with Tormund actor Kristofer Hivju to get his take on the situation. Here’s what Hivju said:
Vulture: It’s not often that I get to talk to someone who I don’t know is actually alive or dead. How’s Tormund doing?
Kristofer Hivju: Well, isn’t that the mystery? I don’t know! [Laughs.] Last time I saw him, I was inside a Wall, hundreds of meters of ice that was falling apart!
Well, what did we expect? Fans should rejoice, though. Worst case scenario would be Hivju saying Tormund is absolutely, 100% dead. An ambiguous dodge is actually a good thing here.
If fans do get to see Tormund again (which, for the record, I think we will), he might not be exactly the same. Here’s what Hivju said regarding what Tormund was thinking while the Wall was coming down:
Vulture: There haven’t been dragons in Westeros in hundreds of years. There’s never been a zombie dragon. How does a guy like Tormund, who has a pretty down-to-earth sensibility, incorporate all these incredible things into his view of the world?
Hivju: I don’t know — he didn’t have much time to contemplate on that. He saw the thing start to take down the Wall, and I think his desperation and hopelessness is the only thing he can think of. It’s definitely an “all is lost” moment.
For a wildling to witness a dragon (let alone an undead one) burn down the last bastion defending the world against the army of the dead is probably scarring. Tormund likely won’t be the same. Though we’re used to seeing him be a bit of a wild card, he’s developed into a steady source of comic relief. Hopefully that continues. Of course, ideally, he’ll still have his charms to use on Brienne.
Hivju’s dodges leaves room to hope that Tormund will not only survive, but thrive. With Brienne. Just to be clear.
Game of Thrones gets heavy between all of the arson, murder, and political espionage. Luckily, fans have a pretty killer sense of humor. Below are some of the funniest memes that spawned from the well of constant suffering that is Game of Thrones.
The season finale of Game of Thrones had some satisfyingly inevitable moments. Whether it was Cersei faking a truce, or Jon and Dany having boat sex, the finale delivered on its expectations.
One story that did feel a little underdeveloped was Winterfell’s. Last we saw of Arya and Sansa, they were at each other’s throats. In the finale, Sansa seems intent on protecting herself against Arya. Of course, that’s an intentional misdirect, but some necessary plot points seemed to be missing.
In an interview with Variety, Bran Stark actor Isaac Hempstead Wright revealed that a scene between Bran and Sansa was cut. Here’s what Wright had to say:
We actually did a scene that clearly got cut, a short scene with Sansa where she knocks on Bran’s door and says, “I need your help,” or something along those lines. So basically, as far as I know, the story was that it suddenly occurred to Sansa that she had a huge CCTV department at her discretion and it might be a good idea to check with him first before she guts her own sister. So she goes to Bran, and Bran tells her everything she needs to know, and she’s like, “Oh, s—.”
The three Starks in Winterfell come down hard on Littlefinger. While it makes sense for the viewers to despise Littlefinger, it’s not clear how much each Stark knows about his many misdeeds. Many viewers probably assumed Sansa spoke to Bran before the impromptu trial, but the manner of that conversation could have been clarified. However, in an already packed 79-minute finale, the creators of course had to be economical with their time.
Still, it’s helpful to know Sansa and Bran are on the same level. Yay, family!