Buckle up, fantasy fans, and get ready for some worlds to collide.
Joseph Mawle, the actor who played Jon Snow’s doomed uncle Benjen Stark, is confirmed to be starring in Amazon’s Lord of the Ringsprequel series. Rumors from Deadline suggest Mawle will play a villain named Oren. Mawle joins Will Poulter and Markella Kavenagh on what’s shaping up to be a pretty exciting cast. Poulter’s set to play a young hero named Beldor, and Kavenagh will play the female lead opposite Mawle named Tyra.
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Though Amazon declined to comment on whether Mawle had actually been cast, we do know a bit about the upcoming series. For starters, Amazon’s spending a staggering $500 million on the project that’s set before the events in any of the previous film adaptations. The series will be written by JD Payne and Patrick McKay who have kept a pretty tight lid on what aspects of Middle Earth their series will explore.
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Pre-production has already started, and production is supposed to begin in the coming month in Auckland, New Zealand. Bryan Cogman, a co-executive producer for Game of Thrones, is also involved with the project as a consulting producer. And Bruce Richmond, who’s worked closely with HBO and Game of Thrones in the past, is now working as an executive producer for the show.
Game of Throneswent out on a high mark, at least in terms of ratings. The finale episode drew in an audience of 19.3 million episode across HBO’s various platforms, according to BuzzFeed. The new record beat the previous episode, The Bells, which had already set a huge high mark with 18.4 million ratings. The impressive overnight ratings showed that television is still a huge and valid form of entertainment, drawing in millions of viewers if the show is big enough.
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HBO’s previous record holder for most watched was the final episode of The Sopranosback in 2002, which drew in a then massive audience of 13.4 million. But Game of Thrones has blown that out of the water with nearly every episode this season. Each episode, accounting for streaming and rewatching, has drawn in an average audience of over 44 million viewers! Whoa! That’s massive! HBO must be sad to see the series reaching its conclusion considering the high amount of viewers the season has drawn in but thankfully for both them and fans, more Game of Thrones spinoffs are on the horizon. It remains to be seen in these spinoffs will draw in Game of Throne’s massive fanbase and hold a candle to their parent show but with the established huge audience for the show, anything is possible.
In any case, the final season is a huge milestone for HBO and indeed, TV in general! Congratulations to Game of Thrones!
Oh boy, it happened again! As a reminder, in episode 4 of this final season of Game of Thrones,a modern coffee cup was spotted next to Daenerys during the big feast scene in The Last of the Starks. A flood of memes and jokes soon followed, with HBO confirming the coffee cup was a total blunder on their part and had it removed from later airings of the episode in question. It appeared this was a once in a lifetime thing, a mistake that would never happen again but…well…it did!
We’ll get into a discussion about it below but first:
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So, where did the water bottle appear? Let’s see…
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Yep, there it is. The water bottle in question appears where Tyrion, after being held by the Unsullied for several weeks following Jon’s murder of Daenerys, tries to appeal to the newly formed council to elect Bran Stark as their new king. It’s a quick shot but you can spot the plastic water bottle around the 46:19 mark, proudly propped up behind Samwell Tarly’s leg.
Now, of course, this water bottle showing up wasn’t as bad as the clearly displayed coffee cup from episode 4 but still, it’s kind of mind boggling that they made this mistake make AGAIN, especially with how easy it should’ve been for the production team to catch and digitally erase, considering how swiftly the offending coffee cup was taken care of.
Luckily, the Twitter reactions are pretty hilarious and help us in this trying time.
Jaime has come a long way from his early days on Game of Thrones. He began as a villain on the show, so devoted to an incestuous relationship with his sister, Cersei Lannister that he did terrible things, such as pushing Bran Stark out a window, thus crippling the boy for life. But as the series progressed, he began to move down a path of redemption, growing as a person through his interactions with Brienne of Tarth and being further humbled through the loss of his hand. Jaime proved himself as a person capable of change, of growth, while Cersei doubled down on her own inner flaws and became a fully fledged tyrant. Both siblings began to drift apart, clearly showing Jaime as a fundamentally better person than Cersei (though that is not hard.) All signs pointed towards Jaime becoming a hero and this seemed to be confirmed in his last scene with Cersei in Season 7. Cersei had just been shown absolute proof that the White Walkers were real and coming to kill everyone in Westeros. She seemed to ally with Jon Snow and Daenerys to fight the oncoming threat but later revealed to Jaime that she was lying, hoping to weaken her enemies and claim the Iron Throne unopposed.
Jaime was horrified by this plan, so much so that he rode away from King’s Landing and joined with the forces of Winterfell this season. His arc seemed to be reaching a happy conclusion, especially with him and Brienne consummating their mutual attraction to each other.
Until, well, all that character development suddenly did a swan dive off a cliff.
Jamie and Cersei’s relationship had clearly fractured, broken by the paths their mutual character development had taken them down. Jaime’s path had evolved naturally to make him a better person, which is why it was sudden and jarring when he appeared to do a 180. After bedding Brienne, suddenly and seemingly out of nowhere, Jaime left her in the middle of the night, told her how ‘hateful’ he was while claiming his devotion to Cersei, and rode off to be with her in King’s Landing. This could have been seen as perhaps a lie, a trick, or setting up for Jamie to even kill Cersei as had longed been hinted at but nope! In the latest episode of Game of Thrones, The Bells, Jamie dies in the arms of Cersei while claiming his love to her before they’re both buried in the collapse of the Red Keep.
This felt wrong. Jamie should not have returned to Cersei. Their relationship had naturally broken over the course of the series and for them to embrace each other as if nothing had ever happened between them, as if their mutual paths meant nothing, just feels like honestly a slap in the face. Jaime deserved so much better than what he got in the past few episodes, where he seemingly forgot all that he had learned, endured, and seen in favor of dying with the woman he had grown to hate. Perhaps this could have worked if more time had been devoted to showing why Jamie still loved Cersei, why he was willing to abandon his friends to go back to her, but thanks to the rather rushed pace of this season, it comes out of the blue and seems to ignore the character’s internal logic.
Jamie’s arc had naturally pointed to him rising above his twisted beginnings and becoming a good man. And he almost did! But at the last minute, he just reversed back to his origins in Season 1. A lot of the characterizations in Season 8 have been rather wonky but Jamie’s especially stings, as it feels like the writers just chose to ignore his redemption arc for no real reason. Jamie keeps claiming he loves Cersei, even though we’ve seen that clearly isn’t the case anymore. But instead, he dies a rather pathetic death, buried under a pile of rocks with the woman who mere episodes ago he was disgusted by. It was an insulting end to one of the show’s best characters, especially one who had evolved so far and shown so much more depth than what he appeared to be at first glance.
What were your thoughts on Jamie’s characterization this season? Tell us in the comments!