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‘The Witcher’ Releases Full Trailer for Netflix Adaptation!

Exciting news for Witcher fans! The full trailer for The Witcher has been released, the television adaptation of the bestselling novels and video game franchise. The trailer premiered at San Diego Comic Con, showcasing the series in all its glory for the world at last. The trailer showcases Henry Cavill, who stars in the lead as Geralt of Rivia, the titular witcher, a monster hunter trained in the arts of killing. Henry Cavill discussed the series premise, where he said this:

 

A witcher is a young boy who has been left to fend for themselves and taken in by the group called witchers and they are trained to levels of almost inhuman agility and endurance. And from there they become mutants, most of these children do not survive. After that they are trained in the art of monster hunting and travel the world hunting monster for coin, that is their one and sole purpose in the world.

 

The series is based on the popular book series, which in turned inspired an even more popular role-playing series of games, which culminated in the critically acclaimed Witcher 3: Wild HuntThe show will be maintained by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, who has also helped bring Netflix’s other TV shows, such as Daredevil and The Umbrella Academy to life. The show will not be adapting a specific novel but rather, drawing from the franchise in general to tell the story of Geralt on the small screen.

 

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The series trailer looks very promising, seeming to focus on the origins of how Geralt met the series other protagonist, Ciri, a child of destiny that is wanted by multiple forces throughout the books. The show looks very expensive, showcasing a fully realized world full of breathtaking locations, great costumes, and brief glimpses of the monsters Geralt hunts. This could be the next Game of Thrones for fantasy fans looking to get their fix on tv. Presumably we’ll hear his voice at some point, however. Glimpses of Ciri and Yennefer are also seen, along with clips of magic and sword fighting. The whole tine has a grim atmosphere, showcasing its trueness to the text. Most intriguing is at the end, where Geralt faces off against some sort of giant crab monster rising out of a swamp and his eyes turn pitch black. We’ll have to watch to see what this is all about.

 

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The Witcher will likely premiere sometime this Fall, although no official release date has been announced. Are you excited to see the world of the Witcher brought to life on TV? Watch the trailer below and let us know in the comments!

 

 

 

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The ‘Game of Thrones’ Panel Didn’t Go Off Without a Hitch

With an online petition calling for its final season to be rewritten (it’s never going to happen guys) and a sizeable portion of fans enraged, Benioff and Weiss ducked out of Comic Con, leaving the Game of Thrones panel open to solely the cast members.

 

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The event promised to look back at 8 seasons of television the televised leviathan created proved to be…almost uneventful.

 

The final episode of 'Game of Thrones'
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In attendance were Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont), Conleth Hill (Varys), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), and executive producer and frequent director Miguel Sapochnik.

The cast of Game of Thrones started off the panel at San Diego Comic-Con last Friday by saying they wanted to make everyone “feel welcome,” something that feel oddly off-putting considering that it draws focus to exactly what shouldn’t be focused on in a retrospective panel.

But the show must go on, as the saying goes, but I’ll admit that even writing that seems weird considering that petition to “Remake Game of Thrones Season 8 with competent writers“, that so far has 1,692,909 signatures, implies that, yes, the show must go on.

 

 

However people tend to be less argumentative and headstrong when they’re not on Twitter because, let’s face it, it’s scary to talk to people. Facing down your foes becomes a much daunting task when they have a human face and aren’t just a name, or even image, on a screen.

Plus, who could be angry with seeing these people?

 

Much of the cast of 'Game of Thrones' together again
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They were your heroes and villains on screen. Granted, notable names such as Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), and Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) didn’t show up to the the panel along with Benioff and Weiss, but you got the majority of the main cast there and, while I can’t say for certain, they seem like affable people.

 

 

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They even brought their Starbucks cups!

 

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There was John Bradley, who played Samwell Tarly, joked “Pardon me for being thirsty” before denying any of the theories that he was to blame for a plastic water bottle incident.

Oh, Sam!

Isaac Hempstead Wright, who played Bran Stark, admitted that he “ended up with a wooden spoon”.

 

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Maisie Williams, who played Arya Stark, admitted that she stole fake blood from one scene and left it on the bathroom floor of her dressing room, reducing the whole panel to a giggling fit.

 

Jacob Anderson was at Comic Con!

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When the cast members were asked about what George R R Martin told them about their characters that didn’t make into the show, Jacob Anderson bettwe known as Greyworm,  answered, “I got told one thing – last time I’m ever going to say this: Dick, No Balls. That is what they told me.”

 

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Even Conleth Hill who played Varys joked I don’t regret starting the petition”. How can you not love these people?

That doesn’t mean there were hotspots for fans during the panel. Issac Hempstead Wright touched on the controversial ending, saying:

One of the cleverest things about the ending is that it doesn’t conclude everything very neatly…The kingdom’s in disarray… They’re not finished, there’s no full stop. It’s not finished conclusively, it lets you read into it.

 

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Personally, I liked the ending to Game of Thrones, I was just wasn’t a fan of how they got there. But that’s not what this panel was about and nor should it have been.

 

 

In this whole panel, there was only one moment when things got awry.

When speaking of where characters ended up, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau said of Jamie’s death that, “It made sense to me”.

This was met with…

…an oddly strange and surreal moment….

 

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…when one lone heckler made a loud and startling “boo!”

 

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This was met others in the crowd…

 

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…being quiet as Coster-Waldau elaborated.

It’s nice to know that in a day and age when information is readily available and people can connect across the world that we have to be reminded with a phrase that can be summed up as, “Don’t be a jerk”.

 

 

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Why the ‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners Won’t Be Coming to Comic Con

Fans have been itching for the chance to meet with David Benioff and D.B. Weiss after their controversial finale to Game of Thrones. Those chances even less likely, since the two have cancelled their appearance at San Diego Comic Con.

The hype for the Game Of Thrones panel at this year’s ComicCon has been huge, most likely because of the angry mob of fans who want answers from Benioff and Weiss. 

 

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Left: Devid Benioff, Right: D.B. Weiss | Image via IndieWire

 

HBO announced via Twitter that the guests planned for the panel will no longer include Benioff and Weiss, as well as a number of other actors.

 

 

According to both Variety and Entertainment Weekly “director Miguel Sapochnik, and actors Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont) and Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei of Naath)” were originally scheduled to be a part of the panel, but have recently pulled out and won’t be present. As upsetting as it is to not have them, the focus is more on the two showrunners.

 

 

There is no clear explanation from Benioff and Weiss as to why they are not taking part in the panel this year, but many speculate it could be due to the negative reaction to the final season.

 

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With stellar acting, wondrous computer graphics, and top-notch handmade sets and costumes, Season 8 had the appearance of perfection. Everything was great, except for the writing. From dramatic arguments that ranged from illogical to downright irritating, and endings that gave off the vibe that the writers were just not thinking things through, critics and fans alike had a lot to rant about.

Even the actors themselves did not seem too thrilled with the way the series ended.

 

 

There was even a petition made to rewrite the show, released before the final season even ended.

 

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Benioff and Weiss hoping to avoid fans is just one theory. Not the best assumption as they will have to face them all at some point or another, especially if they wish to talk about their new project— Star Wars.

 

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Back in May, Disney announced that the two would take over for the next trilogy to come. According to The Verge, “the next Star Wars trilogy [will be] hitting theaters beginning in 2022 [and] will come from Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss”.

 

With only three years to prepare the continuation of one of the biggest trilogies, I’m betting that to be at least part of the reason for taking a rain check for Comic Con.

 

 

 

 

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