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Brienne of Tarth Speaks out on GoT’s Finale Season

The many plots twists of Game of Thrones eighth and final season left audiences, well, filled with emotions.

 

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Many fans of the show, book lovers or not, were angry with how their favorite characters went and how they ended up. It turns out that not a whole lot of the actors were happy either, and the list has been ever-growing since the show’s conclusion.

 

Tyrion

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From a crafty man with all the answers, Tyrion seems to have suffered some sort of off-screen head injury. What’s my proof? Well, look at what Peter Dinklage has to say about eighteen minutes into this video…

 

 

 

We’re in a crypt. Nobody thought of that. [The Night is] bringing all the dead people back to life and they’ve put the women and the children in crypt with all the dead people so…Tyrion is smart, but I guess not that smart”

While he hasn’t come out against his decision against what happened to his character, this quote is a hint of how he truly feels. That, and we have this from 2018 before the final season had aired.

 

 

 

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Varys went from The Spider who conspired in the darkness to a man who spoke openly on a crowded beach side about how he was conspiring against the Queen, a a decision left actor Conleth Hill telling The Independent that:

That’s been my feeling the last couple seasons, that my character became more peripheral, that they concentrated on others more. That’s fine. It’s the nature of a multi-character show…It was kind of frustrating. As a whole it’s been overwhelmingly positive and brilliant but I suppose the last couple seasons weren’t my favourite. It just felt like after season six, I kind of dropped off the edge.

 

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Daenerys, breaker of chains

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Queen Daenerys did a complete 180 from wanting to break the chains of the slaves to burning civilians alive because, the bells reminded her about her past…?

 

Daenerys, The Bells

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Emilia Clarke describing the season is, well, telling.

 

 

Plus, we have this fun compilation:

 

 

 

But here at Bookstr we’ve been stuck in a quandary: Ever since Jaime Lannister abandoned Brienne of Tarah so he can return to his sister/lover Cersei because, well, we’re not entirely ‘why’ but he ‘does’ but either way…what do the actors think of this ‘choice’?

 

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It fell upon Gwendoline Christie and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau to not only read this scene, but also to portray it. Nikolaj told Vanity Fair his rationalization for this scene with this:

Most people have moments in their life where you go, ‘Can I really, fundamentally change?’ . . . The core of him has always been Cersei. . . . When that’s taken away, what are you then? What’s left? Is there anything left? When he leaves [King’s Landing at the end of Season 7], obviously he has no idea. He doesn’t know the answer to that question

Okay. Well, what does Gwendoline Christie think of this scene?

 

 

Season 8 Brienne

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Gwendoline Christie told Deadline that after reading the scene:

…I realized I had moved into that space where I feel deeply, deeply protective of this character

So can we add Gwendoline Christie to the list of actors disappointed by the way Game of Thrones ended? Not quite. Christie is an actor first and foremost, and thus instead of fuming at the direction of plot, focused on her character and how, as an actor, “it meant getting to use some real acting muscles”.

Disregarding the plot, Christie does have a point when it comes discussing her character:

I did feel angry for the character in that moment, but what was brilliant is that she goes straight back to work, and ultimately, she supersedes her ambition

When viewed as a whole, Brienne of Tarth not only makes it out of the Game of Thrones, but she actually ends up being one of the characters better off. After all, Brienne is more than her relationship to Jamie. Her story is about a woman disrespected and hated by her peers who, through her own sheer will and ambition, becomes something more than anyone could ever dream of.

She wanted to be a member of Renly’s Kingsguard, and in the end she becomes Lord Commander of Bran’s Kingsguard. She’s in charge…It’s all about her skill as a knight. Her abilities, her intelligence. I felt, by the end, like she’d stepped into her own power.

With this in mind, it’s a no-brainier that when HBO didn’t submit Christie for an Emmy nomination, Christie took a Que from her character and submitted herself for an Emmy nomination as a “testament” to Brienne.

If this a case of reality reflecting art, or art reflecting reality? Either way, we hope she gets the nomination and, down the line, the win.

 

 

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Varys Actor Conleth Hill ‘Disappointed’ With Last Few Seasons

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Varys actor Conleth Hill provided his thoughts on his time on Game of Thrones and not all were positive. Hill revealed he was ‘disappointed’ with the final few seasons of the show, and was upset about Varys’s death, specifically, he was saddened that Varys did not get to have a final scene with Littlefinger, as Littlefinger had been his nemesis.

Hill said he ‘kinda dropped off the edge’ after Season 6, noting Varys himself was also pushed to the sidelines and had not been focused on as much. Hill was frustrated by this but understood that, as a show about a great number of characters, he understood that not everyone could hold the spotlight. He said that though the last few seasons were not the best part of the experience, he thoroughly enjoyed his time on the show, over all.

 

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He noted his favorite Varys scenes involved talking with Tyrion as they traveled in the cart together across Westeros, but commented that he was “dismayed”  that Varys seemingly dulled a little in the later seasons, making mistakes he would not have previously made.

Still, Conleth Hill did say that his inclusion in the show was perhaps the high point of his career, saying it was surreal to be working on such on a huge show. His favorite moment was when they shot at Fair Head in Ireland, which is coincidentally where Hill grew up and where he first dreamed of being an actor.

Game of Thrones will air its final episode this Sunday at 9pm ET on HBO.

 

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New ‘GOT’ Teaser Reveals Jon Finally Riding Dragon!

No, this isn’t an April Fools joke! This weekend, specifically March 31st, a new Game of Thrones promo was released. Although it features a lot of footage taken from the main trailer, the new promo also features tantalizing new details that have us salivating for the new season in just two weeks. Some specific new aspects of footage look to finally be confirming fan theories and giving us the season we’ve been waiting for.

The promos were not released online but in true internet fashion, they’ve been posted online anyway through shaky cam footage filmed on TV screens.  Check out the clip below!

 

The promos were not released online but in true internet fashion, they’ve been posted online anyway through shaky cam footage filmed on TV screens. This article from Vanity Fair showcased the footage that was glimpsed by fans and they do not disappoint. Highlights include:

 

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  • The two dragons flying over Winterfell. Arya and Sansa are looking up in wonder at the magnificent beasts, which makes sense since they haven’t the creatures yet. But also looking up in wonder are Davos, Tyrion, and Varys, who have been spending tons of time around dragons. It makes sense then that they’d be astonished since Jon himself would be riding a dragon and with Tyrion on the ground, it has to be Jon up there. While the dragon’s backs appear to be empty, Jon was probably edited out to avoid spoilers. We hope that’s the case, at least!

 

  • In the assembly hall of Winterfell, as Tyrion addresses the crowd, Arya and Sansa are sitting side by side. It looks like the sisters are working together, heading Winterfell side by side in the face of a larger threat.

 

  • Beric Dondarrion is also seen, waving his flaming sword around. While the context is ambiguous, it also is accompanied by a shot of the Hound wincing, suggesting either Beric is threatening his old opponent or Beric draws his sword is close proximity to the Hound, pointing towards them working on the same team. Either way, its exciting!

 

  • Finally, we see Jon walking away from Daenyrus, as Daenyrus looks moodily into a campfire. Perhaps the two have finally figured out they are related and this puts a damper on their admittedly sort of gross relationship. Drama!

 

In any case, the new footage looks great and we can’t wait to see it all, especially our deep hope that Jon finally takes to the air on a dragon’s back! Catch the premier on April 26th, only on HBO!

 

 

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