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See First Images From ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8!

Sixty-Five days and counting. We’re almost two months away from the final season of Game of Thrones and HBO is fanning the giant-dragon-wingspan-sized-hype flames with new promotional photos. The pictures reveal almost nothing, aside from the characters who will be returning and the fact that winter has evidently arrived.

 

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The worldwide TV phenomenon based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire saga is on its way to a legendary close. As always, we are forever grateful to “the American Tolkien” for the magic he brings to the screen.

Game Of Thrones season eight premieres on April 14th.

 

 

 

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Winds of Winter Knock Down Trees Made Famous by ‘Game of Thrones’

Not only is Game of Thrones ending, but one of the giant beeches, known as ‘The Dark Hedges’, made famous by the fantasy drama, has unfortunately met its end over the weekend due to 60mph winds.

 

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This wasn’t the first time the famed trees came up again winds like these,  as in June of l2018, Storm Hector wreaked havoc on the woods.

 

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The tourist attraction along the Bregagh Road near Armoy, initially had 150 trees, but only ninety are left standing.

Woodland Trust’s Paddy Cheng told NBC News North Ireland that the trees are as old as 1775, in his words, “old aged pensioners.” He said, “They are coming to the end of their life, normally beech trees survive around 250 years, they are probably now 240 years old.”

Joan Baird who is a Causeway Coast and Glens councilor believes that tourists are also a reason why for these trees extinction and the “terrible loss” for the site, the Belfast Telegraph reported.

 

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The trees are one of the most Instagrammed locations. The tunnel of trees is reminiscent to Arya Stark escaping Kings Landing, her escape route of choice in doing so.

 

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Get Thee to This ‘Game of Thrones’ Pop Up Bar

Winter is here, we know this because it’s really cold…and also, everyone everywhere is talking about Game of Thrones. It has roughly been 519 days since the last episode of HBO’s cultural phenomenon, based on George R.R Martin’s epic series of fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, aired. We still have to wait another torturous 76 days to see everyone’s favorite incestuous couple arrive at Winterfell. Sansa will be pissed, The Three-Eyed Raven/Bran will be stoic, and Arya will probably hug Jon while we all cry. We’re invested in the fate of Westeros in the unhealthiest of ways, and we DO NOT CARE.

 

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Some of us will remember the night Jon Snow marched on Winterfell with an army of wildlings in an attempt to take back his home and save his flat-footed brother from resident sleaze ball Ramsey Bolton=The Battle of The Bastards. This battle took place on the same night Lebron James’ Cavaliers faced off against the Golden State Warriors in game seven of the 2016 NBA finals. Some of us were torn between two watch parties, perhaps more than two depending upon one’s likability. It was a night plagued by conflict; two narratives, similar in scope, dissimilar in emotional resonance.

 

*Cue melodramatic GoT music*

 

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For those of us who bid their companions farewell by simply reminding them of how dark and full of terrors the night is, the decision was easy: make new friends, basketball doesn’t matter. It is with this kind of devotion to George R.R. Martin’s creation that we “patiently” await the return of our favorite show. As April 14th draws nearer, the people of Chicago await GoT’s return with the help of a very particular vice…

 

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Replay Lincoln Park, an arcade bar in Chicago will host a GoT pop-up beginning on February 1st. The experience is being referenced to as “Winter 2019,” and will feature a variety of Westerosi feels. In addition to the expected White Walker and Iron Throne references, the pop up will also include Ommegang Brewery’s Game of Thrones beers, such as Arbor Gold and Fire & Blood. There will also be a bunch of wine, Dothraki cocktails and a dwarf who drinks whilst knowing things. Hardcore fans can purchase a VIP ticket for 20$ that will include souvenir like things yadda yadda but most importantly—priority access to the bar. Replay Lincoln Park will also be hosting other GoT themed events over the course of next month, such as a Red Wedding feast, jousting tournament and a GoT trivia night every Thursday until March 1st.

 

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Until April 14th, we will all just have to go to places like Chicago to get our GoT fix. When that fateful day arrives, people are going to watch the final season in various different ways; I for one have ordered myself an exact replica of Longclaw and will sit with it in front of my television while the end unfolds. The men and women of the Burlington Bar, another bar in Chicago, will continue their boisterous watch parties for all the world to see…

 

 

Look at those wonderful souls.

 

P.S. According to Oddsshark, Vegas odds have Bran taking the Iron Throne. Nah, Gendry for sure.

 

 

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Naomi Watts to Lead Upcoming ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel

There is news from the HBO citadel! Casting has begun to take place for the upcoming prequel for the Game of Thrones series. Previously, there had been mere rumors of a spin off in the make but we now know that HBO had ordered a Game of Thrones prequel and we’re dying to see it. Not only are we dying to see the actual show, we are dying to see the new cast who will be starring. It has been officially announced that Naomi Watts has been signed to lead the ensemble cast of this upcoming prequel.

 

 

 

 

 

The Game of Thrones prequel is being written by Jane Goldman, who has written for X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass, and she has partnered with our great and glorious George R.R Martin, the author of the Game of Thrones series. Currently, Naomi Watts is the first of many actors to be cast. The series is actively casting roles and seeking someone to direct it as well. Though still on its bare bones, it’s slowly building up and the basic story line has been shared which gives us hope that the series will be great. The network released an official description of the show, they write:

 

 

Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East, to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.

 

 

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The Game of Thrones prequel will not premiere until a year after the original series has concluded. We can expect that we will see the prequel in 2020 after the original series has concluded.  Though the original cast will not be used, we can expect to fall in love with this new and developing cast (and of course weep when they are tragically killed off). This is so far a good casting, I can’t wait to see what else the prequel will have to offer. Look out for news and follow the Game of Thrones Twitter and Facebook to keep up with upcoming news.

 

 

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The Illustrations for the 2019 ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ Calendar Are Unmissable

The 2019 A Song of Ice and Fire calendar is here! Each year author George R. R. Martin puts out a wall calendar featuring beautiful artwork illustrating his epic fantasy series. A different artist provides the illustrations every year – the 2018 calendar was done by Eric Velhagen. For 2019, it’s John Jude Palencar.

 

Palencar shared a couple of sneak peaks from the calendar:

 

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This one show the heart tree in the King’s Landing Godswood. (No, it isn’t a weirwood – none still survive so far south!)

 

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And here’s Viserys Targaryen with his ‘golden crown’.

It’s beautiful work, and is available now. I can’t wait to see the rest!

 

 

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