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Varys: The coin of Aerys, Second of His Name,
had landed on madness. But half the coins of the Targaryens had landed
so. Yet only Aerys would be known as the Mad King,
thanks, in no small part, to the Defiance of Duskendale. Duskendale was the greatest port on Blackwater
Bay until Aegon built King’s Landing. As the capital grew richer and more prosperous,
it sucked ships and gold away from Duskendale. To halt its long decline, the Lord of Duskendale,
Ser Denys Darklyn, petitioned King Aerys for a royal charter that would allow him to levy
his own port fees and taxes, which would obviously be lower than in King’s Landing. The Hand of the King, Tywin Lannister, refused. But knowing of the tension between the Hand
and its king, Ser Denys invited the king to Duskendale to evaluate his petition himself
rather than deferring to his Hand. When Tywin admonished the king to refuse,
as any sensible advisor would, a petulant and bristling Aerys instead accepted, traveling
to Duskendale with a small retinue and only one of his Kingsguard. As soon as Aerys stepped within the city,
Ser Denys seized him, killing the Kingsguard and the few others who dared to defend their
king. Aerys was hauled to the dungeons to have his
beard pulled and have other petty cruelties inflicted on his royal person. Lord Tywin immediately raised an army and
marched on Duskendale, but Ser Denys threatened to kill the king at the first signs of an
assault. If Ser Denys hoped to force Tywin to offer
terms, he didn’t know Lord Tywin, who refused to even parley until Ser Denys released the
king and surrendered. The royal army surrounded the city, and the
royal navy blockaded it. Ser Denys had clearly not anticipated such
obstinacy. Nor that the king’s Hand would be in no rush
to save the maddening king, when, as Lord Tywin himself pointed out, the realm had a
better option in the king’s much more stable son, Prince Rhaegar. After six months, Lord Tywin’s patience was
at an end. Or, at least, none could claim he acted recklessly
if he now stormed the city, and Ser Denys killed the king. But the dutiful and honorable Ser Barristan
the Bold volunteered to infiltrate the city and rescue his king single-handedly, as befit
his Kingsguard oath. Tywin couldn’t refuse such valor publicly
and so begrudged Ser Barristan one night. Then he would storm the city and put every
man, woman, and child to the sword. With only his hands, Ser Barristan climbed
the city walls in the dark of night and snuck through the city disguised as a beggar, evading
patrols and suspicious townspeople. When he reached the walls of the city keep,
the Dun Fort, he scaled those by hand as well, even dispatching the wall guard before he
could sound an alarm. With incredible bravery and luck, Ser Barristan
made his way to the dungeons and freed his king. Then Ser Barristan’s luck ran out. A cry went up through the castle. Someone had discovered the king was gone. With horns and trumpets blaring an alarm,
Ser Barristan cut their way to the stables, avenging his slain Kingsguard brother but
taking an arrow to his chest. Slipping through the castle gate just as it
closed, the wounded Ser Barristan and Aerys rode through the roused town, racing for the
city walls and, beyond it, the safety of the royal army. Lord Tywin’s archers raced forward to clear
the walls of defenders, and Ser Barristan the Bold earned immortality by delivering
King Aerys to the waiting, if not welcoming, arms of his Hand. Without his hostage, Ser Denys surrendered
and begged mercy from the same king he’d imprisoned. Most men would have had none. Aerys had less. He commanded Ser Denys be executed along with
man, woman, or child who bore his family name and anyone who once had. As for Ser Denys’s foreign wife, who had urged
his defiance, Aerys commanded that her tongue and womanly parts be torn out, and she be
burned alive. It was his first time passing such a sentence. It must have given him a taste for it. For the king rescued from Duskendale was not
the same king who’d entered it. Many men would crack after six months in a
dark cell, being mocked, prodded, and tweaked. Aerys had arrived cracked. Now he was shattered. For years, he would refuse to leave the Red
Keep. Encouraged no doubt by his worried advisors,
since he also refused to allow any blades near his person, even to shave his beard,
cut his hair, and trim his nails. He began to see enemies in every shadow, who
vanished only when the fires burned.

Game of Thrones stars Isaac Hempstead Wright, Gemma Whelan and Kristofer Hivju | BFI Q&A

– Thanks for being here. God, it’s really emotional for me, and I’m sure them watching that, but how is it kind of… you know you’ve kind of finished but you’re being reminded of something. How does it feel? – Every time I think I’ve
got over Game of Thrones, – (laughs) – I watch something like
that, and it all comes back. – Kit’s video. – I know!
– I know! It’s really depressing. – Was it genuinely like that in read-throughs though? Where there was that
element I guess of surprise and real reaction to storylines and things as they were being told and unfolded in front of you. – Well the only person that hadn’t read the
script in advance was Kit. (audience laughs) – As you can see. – And he was like “Woah, woah, woah!”. So it was good for the camera, but he just hadn’t done his job. (audience laughs) – He looked the most
unprofessional out of everybody. – Yeah, yeah. But it looks good on screen. – But it does show kind of, how invested you all were in this story and these characters, do you know what I mean? – It’s quite hard not to be when you spend the best part
of 10 years with the same characters year-in, year-out. I mean, it’s a pretty unique thing to get to know a group
of people like that. It’s one of those sort of
formative bonding experiences. – Yeah. Question for you all, what
did you think of the ending? Joke! (audience laughs) – Thanks. – Don’t! But am I right in thinking, joke, but am I right in thinking that when you did read the
script for the last episode, and you discovered, you
know, what your fate was, so to speak, you were kind of going, “Hold on, this is a joke.” – Our producers Dave and Dan were famous for sending prank scripts. – Did they!? All the time. I can remember one year, I got a text from Alfie Allen, saying, “Mate, I can’t believe you jump out and kill me in this
episode, that’s so cool”. – We were all in on it. – I was like “I don’t know
what you’re talking about, “Alfie, but sure.” – So I was convinced that
they’d sent everyone a script where they became king,
or they became queen. I was like I’m not going
to get too excited. Waltz into the read-through like, “Yeah, it’s me!” and then find out it was a joke. (laughter) – So I didn’t get too
excited too early on. – Were you both privy to– – No, but Alfie was
sent a script that year, that said that he was killed by Bran. And we were all sent
emails by David and Dan to say just play along with the story, if Alfie gets in touch with you, just say yeah mate, sorry
mate, I’m sad to hear it. But it sort of backfired
because I was like “Yeah, cool mate, yeah whatever, “wicked way to go out, no worries”. – Oh, bless him. – Didn’t really have the impact, did it? – It was quite cruel I
think, if nothing else. – [Gemma] Yeah, yeah. – Did you get any false scripts? – No, I survived. – Oh good. What I wanted to ask you though, was, this brilliant character, that, I mean, he’s awesome. Would we agree? Yeah? – [Audience] Yeah! – And the way that we just
fall in love with him, the more we go through
each season, sort of thing. How involved do you get in talking to the showrunners about the character, and how you bring him to life, and how you, because there’s that brilliant tone that he has as a character, where it’s comedic, it’s loyal, it’s warrior. There’s just so many things encompassed within one character. – Well, it all started with
George R. R. Martin’s character, but in the novels he’s old and he says “Hah!” all the time. (audience laughs) – I felt like I was betraying the fans because I didn’t say “Hah!”, so I always tried to put it in, and suggesting it, and they’re like “just
keep that out” (laughs). He started out as an antagonist, as a guy who was a threat, an enemy of the realm. And he became a part of Team Jon Snow, and he suddenly fell in love. I don’t think that was George
R. R. Martin at all (laughs). So, no. We never discussed. But, sometimes you throw
something on the table, and they write around it. That’s the beauty of a TV show, that you can take and use
the best things they find, and create something new. So it’s their work, I’m just a body. I’m the DNA. – (laughs) You do a bit
more than just be a body I’ll tell you. – (laughs) Thank you, thank you. – And Gemma, for you, Yara, she’s a fantastic female character, and I just wanted to ask
you about how much that was written down in script and how much you were allowed to kind of add to that, to kind of inject into that. – My audition scenes, I related to them immediately. So I felt like I was really
connected to her from the start. And whether or not I got the job or not, I was very connected with the material. And so I think they always had in mind where she might go and what she might do and so of course as they find
out who the actor is they will write to suit that person. But, I didn’t feel very far away from her apart from the raping and pillaging, killing bit. (Edith laughs) – Good, I’m glad to hear. Isaac, how old you when
you first started on it? – 10 years old. – I remember making you laugh so much when you were 10. You loved me so much. I remember being in Belfast and you would laugh at
all my brilliant jokes they weren’t brilliant. And then he grew up. – And stopped laughing. (Isaac and audience:”Awwww”) – I still find you funny. – Well, he’s all right. (audience laughs) – What has the experience been to grow up on the set of something. But, from everyone you talk to it does feel like there was this real family environment. And you have these people
that you come back to, that you recognise, and those relationships you form. – Yeah, it’s a bit of a funny question. I get asked it a lot, “What was it like to have
grown up on Game of Thrones?” and it’s quite hard to say because I don’t really
don’t know any different. It’s this very surreal position I’ve found myself in where that is normality. – It’s the best play in the world. – An unbelievable chance to kinda be a kid and meet all these wonderful people and work in an adult world from the age of 10 and have to have responsibilities and come in on time and learn lines and all these things that you don’t really think about when
you’re a 10 year old. But, I truly mean this, and I know everybody says, “Oh, it’s like a family.” But, Game of Thrones really is like a family. It’s one of those really unique coincidences in time where all the right people were cast at the right time in the right roles and the right crew and it just gelled. And there are relationships
that have come off Game of Thrones. People have got literal
families they’ve started and Game of Thrones being
the catalyst for that. And to be in just a small part of that and to have had all these
fantastic role models and people to learn from. I mean, it’s sort of the best school you could ever ask for. – Amazing. And have you had a chance to, what’s your thoughts on how the character turned out in the end? In terms of starting as this little kid within the story and then who Bran became by the end of this. And what your thoughts are on his journey and where he ended up? – I mean, I would obviously say this, but I think Bran had
the best character arc possibly of anybody. (audience laughs) He starts off and in the very first episode you think, “Well, he’s toast. “There’s no chance he’s gonna, “he’s dead.” – No, he’s so cute. – I know. (audience laughs) Where’d it all go wrong? And he grows and learns the hard way about a lot of things. And goes from being this
traditionally vulnerable character to the most powerful person there is. And I was pretty happy with just him becoming the Three-eyed Raven, I though, “What a great
story for this boy.” This disabled 10 year old in the harshest world ever to triumph. And so to see him become king and victorious. And I think it’s so brilliant to have a disabled character win
the whole game of thrones. I mean, what are the odds of that when there are dragons and all these kinda things going on? Bran comes out on top. And it was really special. – Kristofer, have you got
a most memorable scene that you shot? – Well, you have talking scenes and you have fighting scenes. – One of each, please. (laughs) – I’ve been fortunate to be part of big sequences like The Battle of Winterfell and The Battle of the Bastards and the lake and Hardhome and lots of stuff. And the nice thing about those sequences you have like a month or six weeks and that’s the only thing you do. And you just feel happy that you come out alive. (audience laughs) So, it feels more like sport than acting. (panel laughs) You just chopping down zombies, you know. Fuck. (audience laughs) But, it’s a long journey and I had some talking scenes, too. (audience laughs) – One of the things that I
love is that whole kind of slight love triangle
that’s going on as well. I almost want a spin-off of the Game of Thrones rom-com type. – Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. – You’d be up for it? – I’m up for it. – Great, I’ll pass that on. – We have Castle Black and we have them trying
to run it together. – [Edith] Yes! – It’s 19 minutes per episode and it’s gonna be a comedy. Yeah, I’m ready.
– It could work. Me too. I think we’re all ready for that one, for sure. Yara, this wonderful kind of, family’s always a big theme within Game of Thrones and looking at your character’s
family in particular incredibly complicated. And in terms of loyalties being tested, left, right, and centre as well. Is that a, I don’t know, I wanted just to ask you about the themes that resonated with you and you were really proud to be a part of.
– Do I relate to incest? – Not that one in particular. (audience laughs) Not your own, particularly. But, if there were scenes that you were really proud that the series portrayed and pushed as well in terms of whether it be about family or whether it be about loss or whether it be about disabled, disability for people. There were so things covered
within this season, series. – Yeah, I certainly feel that the
question I’m asked a lot is what’s it like to play
such a strong female character which is such a boring,
redundant question. – Thank God I didn’t ask it. – Right? (audience laughs) Because, by default women are strong and feisty and independent and front footed. – [Audience Member] Hear, hear! – So, I feel like
(audience applauds) it was a real woman
written for the screen. When I related to it I was like, this is a person that I am. I am so many elements of this person as many women are. So, I feel like it did a lot for television writing for
women, particularly, because suddenly it was like, we are now writing, and I know of course we’ve made a joke about the killing and
the pillaging and stuff, but at the core, this woman knows her family, she knows who she is, she knows what she wants, she really loves her brother and she knows where they both stand. She really does not relate to her father and she knows what he’s done wrong and why she doesn’t need
to have her loyalties lie there. And she’s a real example
of someone who just stakes her claim and does what she feels is right and I think that was really inspiring for me to play a character
who is very similar to who we are as women. So it changed things
certainly in that way. And, as you say, certain disability and… Yeah, I just feel like I was very, very lucky to play this role and be representative of that. And to be, women come out to me at
conventions and stuff and they say that Yara made a difference in terms of their journey in terms of their gender and their sexuality and how they feel about themselves and the complications that they’ve met along their journey. If a TV character can help someone, it’s really special, so it’s done so much for so many, Yara’s done so much for so many people. (audience laughs) What I’m trying to say is
I’ve changed the world. (audience laughs) But, anyway, you get what I’m saying. Blah, blah, blah. – But, I think that the series just felt that there was no subject that was kinda taboo for it and I think that was what was so fantastic about it was that anything goes basically.
– [Gemma] Meets it head on. – So great. – Just reflective, it’s reflective.
– Balls of steel, exactly. – Of exactly what it is apart from the dragons. – You’ve got memorable scene? – The King’s Moot for me. Certainly, that bit where on the Antrim Coast we spoke, well you were speaking about Belfast and how special it is to be
home when you’re working. Yeah, the King’s Moot for me there was a heck of a lot of dialogue and dynamic about it and it was the first day
we worked with Pilou. And, yeah, it was meaty, and I cut my teeth
– What a bastard. – into it. (Edith laughs) – Sorry, I feel like I’ve hurt your feelings by calling him a bastard. I meant the character, not the actor. – He is a bastard. – He’s a bastard, too. – He’s Danish. (audience laughs) – For me, that kinda came
true in season eight. Jaime Lannister was someone who I only had that sort of brief interaction with. (audience and panel laughs) – Wanted to punch his
light out, didn’t you? – But, he was one of my favourite characters to watch on screen. As was kinda touched upon
in that film earlier. I don’t know why on earth we do, but we empathise with him. And after he’s tried to murder a child we sit there and think, “Oh, he’s probably a nice guy.” (audience laughs) And that’s what’s fascinating about him and I think it’s a really
interesting parallel with Bran in that he loses his sword hand. You know, the thing that defines him in the same way that Bran lost his legs. So, I’d always wanted to have some kind of conversation with have Bran and Jaime
Lannister interact again. And I thought it was a perfect
reunion in season eight. Jaime coming in and meeting
this really, really weird, freaky, all knowing raven. (Edith laughs) – What about you two. – I’d have liked to come
across Cersei, I think. That would have been nice. – Yeah. Yeah, definitely. – Khal Drogo. (audience laughs) Where the fuck is he? – Tell me.
– Swimming. – I think he and Tormund would have a great party. (audience laughs) – Where d’ya think he is? – What? – Where d’ya think he is? – He’s dead. (audience laughs) – Definitely, yeah. Whenever I was on set
with someone with a sword I’d be like, “Oo, can I play with it? “Can I see it?” (audience laughs) Even when Bran got given
that really cool dagger in season seven, he gave that away. (audience laughs)
… Sake, Bran! – You could have played
any other character– – And that’s difficult, I think, Tormund Giantsbane? (audience laughs) Yeah, I think that. – Maybe Jaqen H’ghar. I liked him. – Yeah. – Uh. (audience laughs) Who? Google. There’s no reception. – Isaac? – Gee, probably Jaime Lannister. (audience and panel laughs) – Daddy? – Payback time, payback time. – Slightly obsessed by Jaime Lannister. – Talking to my psychiatrist, though. (audience laughs) Oh, to my shame I didn’t
actually know who he was. When we first did the scenes. I mean, I was a bit younger. It was really special. (audience giggles) There are very few people you, what? (laughs) There are few people you work with who you sort of– (Gemma laughs) (audience laughs) – Come on guys, share. – I was just saying, “Who?” And he said, “Ed Sheeren.” (audience laughs) But I think we might have misheard. (audience laughs) Sorry. No. Multi-Oscar winning Max von Sydow. – Yeah, yeah, yeah. He’s Swedish. – Sorry, anyway.
As you were saying. – Before we were rudely interrupted. There was a sort of real atmosphere on set whenever he was there. He was referred to as T.R. The Three-Eyed Raven and whenever he arrived it be (imitates walkie talkie static) Three T.R. is on set, he’s on set. But he was just utterly charming. But he, I can’t remember what age he was, but mid-80s, early-90s, and he was there with his wonderful wife who sort of took care of him and arranged his work. And he was just a real gentleman. Very sweet, very nice to work with. And he made lines that you just though
were sort of irrelevant just a single word line and he would say it and the whole room would be captivated. So it was really cool
to get to work with him. – No, I don’t think I felt restricted. I think the writing did the work for me a lot of the time. And when it was meant
to be humorous or light, hopefully, I added that levity. Yeah, she’s quite a serious woman for most of the time. But there was very nice light moments that I enjoyed playing with. But I didn’t feel restricted, no. – I think, it’s kind of an hour and a half long scene, I suppose, the Battle of Winterfell I think is possibly one
of the best episodes of Game of Thrones that was ever made. To make an hour and a half of more or less pure battle interesting is very difficult to do. And to keep the story elements and the drama while a lot of it’s just chaos and swords flying I think is really clever. And the epic death of the Night King. – Gemma? – It’s hack, but the
Battle of the Bastards for me was, I’ve never watched a
scene of television before so physically and so when Jon Snow kind of emerges almost suffocated I realised I had stopped breathing as well. I gasped. Again, to achieve that with
an episode of television is just incredible. – The way it was shot as well… – Yeah, that was something for me. – For me it was when I was
really hooked on the show before I was in it. And it was Jason Momoa’s speech in the tent before he kills Daenerys’s brother and he has this ranting thing he’s just going all the way. I think that was, I liked that one a lot. – Amazing. – I didn’t understand a
shit what he was saying. (audience laughs) – Thank you guys for being here. It means the world to everyone here and us as well. Thank you so much. Thank you so much for your questions. (audience cheers and applauds) Huge round of applause for Kristofer, Gemma, and Isaac.

Game of Zones – S4E2: ‘A Changing of the Guards’

Well we’re all very excited to have you here But I must warn you, the Garpax has eyes EVERYWHERE Be careful what you say and let your game do the talking Have no doubt, I’m as healthy as ever AND I shoot threes now There’s no reason we can’t form a superteam Is that…is that Dwyane Wade?
—here in Chicago— Oh Seven Hells It is. It is you! Who is that? Someone you know? Mario Chalmers We used to play together in Miami Oh great, here we go Hello Rio Nooooo You’re on the Bulls now? Oh that’s so WEIRD We was on a superteam together “The Big Four!” ‘Member those days, Dwyane? …no? But I can’t blame you for leaving really Twilight-a your career… bad knees, bad shoulders… maybe you can scrape together one last playoff run with… sorry what’s your name? Jimmy Butler Oh You DO look a lot like Michael Jordan Well it’s all very exciting We must be going now, I’m afraid Oh. Alright, um, well, if you need a point guard or whatever… or whatever…
just, send me a raven, yeah? just, send me a raven, yeah? We have Rondo Oh well, you never know with him He’s a bit… (crazy whistle) You’ll definitely need a veteran backup, no? We have plenty of depth but we’ll keep you in mind Cause…you know, we could be a superteam again! Bye Rio! YOU CAN YELL AT ME ALL YOU LIKE I DON’T MIND! Alright, well… guess I’ll head to Cleveland Gadzooks! Come in, come in! I came to say hello and welcome you to Houston Ah! Why thank you! And you must be the new scouting apprentice! I’ve been expecting you Uh…I’m your starting shooting guard… James Harden? All Realm shooting guard? James… James… you say… one moment please!
Aha! James Harden! The point guard. Forgive me. Shooting guard– I’ve been studying your game… it’s marvelous. Brilliant really! Oh, that’s very kind of you to say… So you…have a lot of books, I see This whole shelf is… inbound plays? Ah yes… baseline, sideline… I also keep iso plays in there somewhere for no good reason really And this shelf here, all books on the art of the pass Wow! Over there, that’s tempo plays, pick and rolls… you name it! Feel free to borrow them as you please, by the way Wow I bet you need whole new library just for all defensive plays Hmm? Defense…like…you know when the other team has the ball? …And they try to…you know…score… on… us? Oh no no no. None of that here It’s a waste of energy and it’s no fun I say half the defense… double the offense!

Game of Zones – S4:E5: ‘Blood Mark’

December 2, 2019 | Articles, Blog | 100 Comments

Game of Zones – S4:E5: ‘Blood Mark’

Well, look who it is the Brow…and the Foul Just ignore them. They’re trying to get under your skin Aww…how cute is that, Enes Look at them They’re like closer than his eyebrows! Looks like Boogie Cousins has a Boogie Brother I don’t know though, I’m a bit scared I mean, with this chemistry they’ve got? I think they’ve got a real shot at the 10th seed You know, you talk a lot for someone who has less rebounds than his point guard Keep your focus, DeMarcus If you get a technical, you’ll be suspended again I’m sorry. We’re being rude I’m actually a big admirer of your game I love da move where you fake left, roll right, and then get ejected You know for being a big, whiney pu– I’ll knock that fancy little stache so far down your throat you’ll have a merkin on your entrails Hey hey! Stop it! Stop it! It’s not worth it! He’s right. Enough of this King of the Prairie! King of the Prairie! While we’re bickering over eyebrows and mustaches, Golden State is marching towards the championship Save your energy for the real fight ARGH! FINE! To hell with Golden State! Technical foul! Oh, c’mon! You gotta be kiddin’ me, ref! For what? Uh, disembowelment of a referee which the league is sort of crackin’ down on now… Do you like it here…in Dallas? Very much so Better than Golden State? Golden State is a ​very​ special place dear to my heart But I’m very happy here in my​ new ​home But don’t you miss being a contender? I have a much larger role here thanks to the graciousness of our Lord Ah! Nerlens! I almost didn’t recognize you without your cylindrical hair It is an honor to present my king Lord Mark of House Mavericks Kiss me, child Thank you, Harrison We’re delighted to have you here Please, sit! Would you like a rib? No thank you, I’m not very hungry Oh, child. You can’t come to Texas and not enjoy some ​barbeque​! Okay You like the ribs? It’s very good They’re Chandler Parsons …favorite thing to eat when he was here Oh, you must be thirsty Where’s the sweet tea? WHERE’S THE SWEET TEA? Well don’t just stand there, you imbecile! Get the DAMN sweet tea! Now, I know things were…difficult for you in Philadelphia I’m very grateful for my time at House Sixers– Oh, stop it It’s ​dreadful​ in that chamber pot of a franchise Now, come on you can be honest with me I’m not like those other owners, you know I’m a cool guy Just a normal cool guy Noted Well, if I’m being honest there were a lot of centers and not enough minutes Frankly, I was very sick of losing There there, child! There’s no need to worry anymore Here in Dallas, we ​never​ tank Now, chin up! Aren’t you excited to play with Dirk? Oh yes, he’s…very good He’s the greatest Yeah…he’s great The greatest The…greatest You see, Nerlens I personally ensure that no one makes light of my Mavericks Or else… Or else…what? Ah! My sweet tea!

Game of Thrones Season 8 Histories and Lore – Maegor the Cruel

Varys: Though the Targaryens had forged the
Seven Kingdoms in fire and blood, they didn’t govern with them. Until they did. Maegor, First of His Name, defined counsel
as confirmation and disagreement as treason. Three Grand Maesters tried to avert disaster. Instead of taking their advice, Maegor took
their heads. As a second son and exile, Maegor was never
meant to rule. But no sooner did Maegor hear of his brother’s
death that he flew Balerion to Dragonstone and demanded the crown. Only the Grand Maester dared object that the
throne should pass to his older brother’s firstborn son, Prince Aegon. Maegor insisted that the Iron Throne should
go to the man with the strength to seize it, and beheaded the Grand Maester. Prince Aegon soon took him at his word. He claimed his father’s dragon, raised a host
of Westermen, and marched on King’s Landing while Maegor was in Oldtown. Far from the capital, Maegor couldn’t rally
an army to match Aegon’s. So he ordered his banners to swarm Aegon’s
larger army from all sides, confusing the young prince and slowing his advance. Beneath the Gods Eye, Maegor’s disparate forces
came together and attacked Aegon as Maegor himself swooped down from the clouds. For the first time since the Doom of Valyria,
dragon fought dragon in the sky. But Aegon’s dragon was no match for Balerion
the Dread, who was four times its size. When Aegon fell to his death, his army broke
and fled. For slaying his own nephew, Maegor forever
after became known as “The Cruel.” Though, of course, not to his face. The next Grand Maester dared object to Maegor
taking a third wife when taking his second wife had ruined his brother’s reign because
Maegor’s first wife was the niece of the High Septon. But Maegor beheaded the Grand Maester and
declared war on the Faith. He set fire to the Riverlands, the Westerlands,
and the Reach in a campaign to root out disloyal lords and sponsored a more pliant High Septon. None of it worked. Maegor may have returned to the capital with
two thousand skulls of the Faith Militant, but most of them weren’t soldiers. They were simple folk who had sheltered the
outlaw septons or turned out in droves to hear them denounce the wicked king. The third Grand Maester dared to declare Maegor
the father of his own heir. But when his second wife miscarried, and Maegor
saw the monstrous stillbirth, Maegor beheaded the Grand Maester for his insolent adherence
to truth. So he had no one to warn him when his third
wife, sensing an advantage, declared that his second wife had been unfaithful, and produced
a list of potential fathers of the misshapen child. Not only did Maegor execute his second wife
and her father, his own Hand of the King, but he also marched on her family’s castle
and slaughtered everyone who bore a drop of her family’s blood. But his third wife couldn’t give him a child
either. Desperate to cement his stolen throne with
an heir, Maegor took three wives at once, known as the Black Brides because each were
women he’d widowed in his wars. All three women grew full with child in time,
but each gave birth to the same twisted monstrosities as his second wife. One need not be a maester, much less a Grand
Maester, to deduce the common thread here. Though Maegor stamped out the fires of rebellion,
his cruelty and fear only scattered more tinder over the realm until even the smallest ember
could set the realm alight. One day, the Faith Militant emerged from the
shadows, and the lords sent to quash it joined it instead. His Hand resigned and retired to his island
home. Finally, House Baratheon declared for Maegor’s
own nephew as the rightful king. The Lannisters, Tyrells, and Arryns soon joined,
adding more than half the might of Westeros to the prince and his two dragons. Which became three when Maegor’s niece and
involuntary Black Bride stole away from the Red Keep with her dragon. Her treason wasn’t even the last. Maegor’s own lord admiral sailed the Royal
Fleet into his nephew’s harbor. But most fitting of all, when Maegor tried
to send ravens to call his banners, he found that his fourth Grand Maester had learned
from his predecessors and fled. Maegor spent one final night on the Iron Throne. He was found in the morning with his wrists
slashed and one of the throne’s blades jutting from his throat. Nobody knows if it was one of his queens or
Kingsguard or one of the thousands who wanted him dead. Or even Maegor himself, frustrated that his
body had failed his will. Whoever the culprit, no doubt he died as all
tyrants do. Believing that history would vindicate him. It hasn’t. History may be written with fire and blood,
but histories aren’t. As any good advisor could have warned him.

9 Reasons Why ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 8 Was A Huge Disappointment

– Season eight of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has come to an end, and a lot
of people, including myself, are pretty annoyed
about how it played out. In this video, I’m going to
break down the main reasons why fans were left so disappointed by what was supposed to
be a fitting conclusion to one of the greatest
TV shows of all time. No. 1, it was rushed. Everything in season eight
seemed to be happening too quickly, and it would often feel like three episodes worth of information was being crammed into one
feature-length episode. A side effect of this
was that we weren’t able to enjoy the big payoff moments in the way that we had previously. For example, in episode
one of season eight, Jon rode Rhaegal. This is something that
has huge significance, but it didn’t feel like a big event, and the reason is it came
halfway through an episode where loads of other really
important things happened. Jon was reunited with Bran and Arya, Theon saved Yara, the Golden
Company arrived in Westeros, Ned Umber was killed by the White Walkers, Jaime Lannister turned up
unannounced at Winterfell and had a stare-off with Bran, and Jon actually learned
that he was Aegon Targaryen, heir to the Iron Throne and
nephew of his lover, Dany. Yeah, a lot of stuff
happened in that episode. When you compare this moment to when Daenerys first flew with Drogon, it pales in insignificance. It was the climax of
season five, episode nine, and was part of a tense
nine-and-a-half-minute scene where Daenerys was ambushed
by the Sons of the Harpy in the fighting pits of Meereen. Drogon, who was previously missing, swooped down to protect Dany before she climbed on
its back and flew away. The early seasons of “Game of
Thrones” were dialogue-heavy, building up characters, and there wasn’t much on-screen action. Season eight, and to some
degree six and seven, were not like this at all. No. 2, character development. Something that seemed
like a direct consequence of the rushed nature of season eight was the jarring character
development, which left viewers feeling shocked, confused,
and even betrayed. Many would argue that
the show lost its way from season five onwards. That was the point that Benioff and Weiss started making the biggest departures from George R.R. Martin’s books, but season eight has had
by far the most backlash. Here’s why. Each and every character
had been painted so vividly up until this point,
and within six episodes, some had changed beyond recognition, and the best example of
this is Daenerys Targaryen. We had seven seasons of Daenerys Targaryen being built up as one of
the main heroes in the show, and she was torn down and destroyed in the final three episodes. Many fans of the show felt betrayed by it. I just want to make it
clear that this isn’t me criticizing the story arc. If it was necessary for Dany
to become the Mad Queen, then that is fine, but it should not have
happened so quickly. I think I could have gone
along with her downfall if I was subjected to
at least three episodes of her decline following
the death of Missandei. I feel like we needed
to see her not eating, not sleeping, and growing more and more paranoid and vengeful. Instead what we got was a
few shots of her looking a bit tired with bags under her
eyes and her hair messed up. This just wasn’t good enough. When the bells rang out
around King’s Landing and Dany decided to burn
down the city anyway, killing thousands of
people in the process, it just didn’t feel like a decision that the Daenerys we’d followed
for eight season would make. OK, let’s move on to Jon. Jon had the most screen time
throughout the whole show and probably the most
interesting character arc out of anyone else, the secret son of Rhaegar
Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, the man who is an actual
mixture of ice and fire. What was the point of
Jon being a Targaryen? The big reveal of this
information was a huge part of the narrative, yet it
was only used as a tool to partly justify the descent
of Daenerys into madness. Finally on character development, let’s look at Jaime
Lannister, the Kingslayer. Season one’s most-loathed character was transformed throughout eight seasons as we learned more and more about his past and saw him perform
noble and selfless acts. This all peaked when he deserted Cersei to go and fight at
Winterfell to save Westeros from the Night King and
the Army of the Dead. After this, he again deserts
a lover, Brienne this time, to go and save Cersei,
but this move isn’t quite the selfless act that the previous one was and actually reduces
a lot of the hard work that was put into building him up. Were we supposed to think
that this commitment to his sibling was noble? It certainly didn’t seem it. Three, anticlimactic moments. By far, the biggest
anticlimactic moment for me in season eight was the
death of the Night King. Yes, the battle was huge
and cinematically beautiful, when you brightened it up a little bit, but it wasn’t what some
“Game of Thrones” fans were waiting for. Here’s why. The opening scenes of
season one, episode one, showed members of the Night’s
Watch going beyond the Wall and coming face-to-face
with a White Walker. The side narrative throughout the show was that the wars between
wannabe kings of Westeros were actually nothing
compared to the threat that was building beyond the Wall. When we were introduced to the Night King, he immediately became
the ultimate villain, incredibly powerful and
seemingly undefeatable. So when this enemy was defeated
midway through season eight, it seemed like a bit of an anticlimax, not to mention the way
in which it happened. First of all, we didn’t get
the see any of the skilled swordsmen battling the
Night King nor his henchmen. I just want to make it
clear, I have no problem with Arya being the person
who killed the Night King. I actually really liked this, but we were teased this main event of Jon and the Night King having a battle. He didn’t get to fight him at Hardhome. He didn’t get to fight him on the lake, and it just felt like
the Battle of Winterfell was where it was going to happen, yet what we got was Jon chasing him around and being blocked by an undead dragon, and the Night King not fighting anyone and then being killed
without a battle by Arya. It just felt a little bit
like an anticlimax to me. Another anticlimax for myself was the death of Cersei and Jaime. The story arc of the sibling lovers threatened more than once to
end in betrayal or murder, but in the end, the two
were killed by falling rocks while trying to run away from Daenerys and Drogon’s fire frenzy on the Red Keep. A little bit of a letdown. Another anticlimax was Jon ending up back at the Night’s Watch. I know this is a circular story and George R.R. Martin does like those, but it didn’t feel like it was
what his character deserved. Jon had an epic storyline with
his true heritage revealed as Aegon Targaryen, but
it all came to nothing, and he found himself back at Castle Black going ranging with the wildlings. Despite Arya killing the Night King, I do feel like she was
underused in this series. Since killing the Freys, we never saw her use her faceless training again, which could have been for
some more interesting viewing than seeing her ride off
on a random white horse. It was pretty anticlimactic for myself that the Unsullied and
the Dothraki just left. The final episode shows the
Unsullied and Dothraki armies hyped for more wars at the start but ends with them leaving in boats, watching the person who killed their queen walk past without doing anything. They say time’s a healer, but I’m not sure it works wonders like that. Four, plot holes. Season eight was “Game of
Thrones”‘ final season, so all of the loose ends
should have been tied up, and the audience shouldn’t be
left asking questions, right? Wrong. Here are just a few that
are keeping me up at night. So what about Bran becoming the king? As much as I personally like this twist, it was a little unbelievable due to the way that it happened, especially when all the people deciding seem to have a far more obvious choice. Tyrion loves stories, right? And who had a better
story than Bran Stark? How about Jon? Jon went from Stark
bastard to Lord Commander to King in the North. He was literally killed and resurrected. He was the Prince that was Promised who slayed his lover for
the good of the realm. Now, let’s send that
guy to the Night’s Watch where he can watch over what, exactly? No one even talked about
him as a possibility when they were choosing the
next leader of Westeros. The reason for this: It
was part of an agreement to please the Unsullied and Yara Greyjoy, who felt that Jon should be
punished for killing Daenerys. While this is understandable
to a certain degree, it feels hollow as the Unsullied are seen minutes later boarding a
ship to the Isle of Naath, and the Greyjoys were not a
powerful-enough house to demand this sort of respect from
the other lords of Westeros. Sansa and Arya both had great stories worthy of becoming queen, but again, neither of them were mentioned. So Bran became king, but
how can the Three-Eyed Raven actually become king anyway? Bran went from this
strange, emotionless person who would stare blankly
before saying something that made others feel uncomfortable
to the king of Westeros, and none of the characters
even batted an eyelid. The last Three-Eyed Raven
lived north of the Wall and merged with a tree. Why is Bran so different? That’s just another thing
that isn’t explained. Who is the Prince of Dorne,
how did he come to power, and why are the Martells
suddenly so unimportant in season eight despite
being such a big focus of earlier seasons? And finally, why does the
Night’s Watch even exist anymore? The White Walkers are wiped
out, wildlings are allies, the Wall is destroyed near East Watch, and various castles along
the Wall are unmanned. Is there any point in restoring them? Five, forgotten characters. It became very clear in the final seasons that a few characters
really served no purpose to the final outcome of the show. Where’s Jaqen H’ghar? The Faceless Man is one of the characters who trained Arya Stark. At the end of season six, he
let her go back to Westeros, and we haven’t heard from him since. What about Daario Naharis? The former lover of
Daenerys was left in Meereen at the end of season six
to keep an eye on the city. We never heard from him again. Surely his men could have been used in the battle against
the dead, apparently not. And what about Ellaria Sand? At the end of season seven,
Ellaria Sand was left to watch her daughter die in
front of her in the Red Keep. We never saw or heard from her again. Six, unrealistic events. Yes, I am going to go there. In a show about dragons,
magic, and the undead, I’m gonna call out some
unrealistic things that happened. Don’t worry, the irony isn’t lost on me. First of all, let’s
talk about how far Arya must have had to jump
to kill the Night King. Yep, that looks like a long way. I know she has skills,
but that seems silly. How about when Dany
didn’t see Euron’s ships from half a mile high? This unlikely ambush resulted
in Rhaegal being killed and Dany’s chances of taking
King’s Landing being reduced. One of the positives about having a dragon should be that you can see
things coming, apparently not. During this ambush, Drogon and
Dany fled from Euron’s ships, but when it came to taking King’s Landing, the pair destroyed his
whole fleet with ease, along with all the scorpions
on the wall at King’s Landing. Why didn’t they just do that before? Remember when Bronn
aggressively threatened Tyrion and Jaime with a crossbow? Well, apparently that was
forgiven pretty easily following the burning the King’s Landing. What about undead Viserion? So undead Viserion
burned through the Wall, which had protected the
Seven Kingdoms for years, but he couldn’t burn
through a mound of stones to kill Jon Snow. So No. 7, the changing
of the main villain. From episode three to six,
we saw three different main villains: the Night King
at the Battle of Winterfell, Cersei during episode four and five, and finally Daenerys in episode six. This quick switching
between the antagonists was a little confusing,
and it wasn’t helped by the lack of time for all
of these events to sink in. Eight, character deaths. All right, so I think this
show would have actually been better with more of the
main characters dying. “Game of Thrones” lost a lot
of of its unpredictability when it was drawing to a close. The show has done it over and over again killing main characters,
yet it seemed pretty obvious that the key characters
were going to survive the Battle of Winterfell as it was clear that their storylines
still needed to play out. I never felt like there was
a danger that Jon, Dany, Tyrion, Sansa, or Arya
might die in the battle, which is something that
just wouldn’t have happened in previous seasons. Nine, continuity mistakes. Yes, this season had quite a few. The most memorable was the coffee cup in plain sight on the table
after the Battle of Winterfell. There are also two
modern-day water bottles on the floor in the scene
before Bran is named king. Something that many fans
noticed is the inconsistency of the way that King’s
Landing was depicted. All of these are apparently the same city, yet they don’t look anything alike. And finally, eagle-eyed viewers spotted that Daenerys is wearing different wigs when she arrived at Winterfell
in season eight, episode one. Let me know in the comments
if you think I missed anything or if you disagree altogether.


November 28, 2019 | Articles, Blog | 100 Comments


All right introduce characters, our actors here is John Bradley Next up, we have Rose Leslie Christopher Kit Harington Got Sophie Turner in the house! Natalie Dormer We’ve got a fellow named, Gorge RR Martin. Thank you Maisie Williams Rory McCann Gwendoline Christie Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Pedro Pascal And finally, our excellent moderator, Craig Ferguson Thanks very much indeed for saying that, person who’s not telling the truth! I’m very happy to be here, everyone Thank you, David and Dan, for introducing me last after these people camp out all night to see these people,
and then, at the very end, me! I thought you understood dramatic structure. It’s very nice to be here! Welcome to San Dee-ah-go Which, as we know, is as far south as south goes. Do you remember that it`s from season two isn`t it? I thought you guys knew about that. Welcome to the big one. Now of course we`re all here to celebrate Game of Thrones. I, I understand that many of you people today will know this show better than I do,may of course this people do. And certainly you will. I know there are people who are fluent in Dothraki out there right now. But remember we`re all in the same side. How often do you get.. do you get to see each other? any point there are all these different worlds that you exist Do you guys ever get to hang out together? In the bar. In the bar? Yeah. is there a bar like somewhere that isn’t in the title sequence that pops out and you know the right place to go yeah. its like the starwars bar but it’s the game of thrones bar I can imagine probably is. It’s called the white walker Now the things is you are.. I am surprised to see you here Rory given your what happened, you were left on the mountain side So I’m still sore I can’t believe that I’m here just. Yeah things weren’t looking to good the last time I saw myself so. I thought he got off lightly Nasty bitch Which one like me or her? I can’t believe I’ve been put between these two. I feel very very uncomfortable. George may I ask you a question? Yeah. When you began the creation of..all
of– this world of Westeros and all of the attendant
stories that happen therein did you envisage anyone to..look like these people? Does it look like the world you first thought of?
Does it feel like it? Well, more or less, but,..of course, not exactly. I mean, I started this in 1991
and the show–I didn’t even have my first..meeting with David and Dan until, I believe it was, so there were, like, 16 years before the show was a..twinkle in anyone’s eye and the show–I didn’t even have my first meeting with David and Dan until 2007, I believe it was, so there were, like, 16 years before the show was a twinkle in I believe it was, so there were, like, 16 years before the show was a twinkle in anyone’s eye and I had very strong pictures of what Westeros look like and what the characters looked like but these people have brought the characters to life– you know amazingly. Does it affect your writing since when you watch the show and continue to write? Does it inform what you do now? No,not really ’cause I do have those 16 years that sort of took deep root before the show came along. Sometimes it gets a little tricky, but the show is the show and the books are the books and I try to keep them separate. I know a few of the actors have read the books, but many of them don’t. Can I ask which actors here were reading the books before they became cast members on the show? Is that something you all do? or not, as the case maybe? It certainly isn’t prerequisite obviously You guys clearly were fans of the books, right? When did you first come in contact with them? The first book about eight years ago.

30 Plots that Game of Thrones Dropped (Nerdist News w/ Dan Casey)

– Here are all the plot lines that Game of Thrones never resolved. Game of Thrones came to its thrilling eight season conclusion this year. And while the show did tie
up many major plot lines like the whole war that decides the fate of the living and the dead, and who will get to sit
on that big pointy chair, there were still many,
oh so many, other plots they just dropped like
yesterday’s pizza roll when the credits rolled for the last time. – I don’t believe you’re mentioned. – And, hey, we get it. You wanna eat fresh pizza rolls. And look, look at Lost, Look
at Battlestar Galactica. When it’s a long-spanning show with a ton of lore and weird mysteries, sometimes, certain
storylines, they need to be sped-up or dropped to keep the
narrative flowing smoothly. But sometimes it’s clear
that certain people have just checked out. Look, I’m not naming names,
but you know who you are. You know. So we thought it was our duty, nay, our responsibility, to
find all of the plot lines dropped by Game of Thrones, because sadly, they’ll never be wrapped up
in any sort of satisfying way. So in no particular order,
here are all the plot lines dropped in Game of Thrones. (bell dings) The Faceless Man. Sure, Arya learned how
to steal people’s faces here and there, and she
used that ability like, I dunno, one time to really good effect when she avenged the Red Wedding, but for a group that was set
up over seasons and seasons and such a powerful,
interesting, dynamic force, they really went out with a whimper. (bell dings) Why was Sam spared by the White Walkers at
the Fist of the First Men? They slaughtered everyone else. Why keep Sam alive? We’ll never know. (bell dings) The Azor Ahai prophecy. We spent years arguing who could be the Prince Who Was Promised, but did it really matter in the end? Honestly, no. This one feels especially heinous considering it was the topic of many water cooler conversations at many offices all over the world. (bell dings) Also, what was the point of Kinvara, the red priestess? She just stepped in to help Dany, then straight up disappeared. Where’d she go? (bell dings) Didn’t Gendry
have a claim to the Iron Throne as Robert Baratheon’s son, or
do we just not give a (bleep) about the Baratheons anymore? (bell dings) Also, what did
Varys hear in that fire? Merman. (bell dings) Where did Quaithe come from, and what did she want
from Daenerys in Qarth? Say that one five times fast. Quaithe, Qarth, nope. (bell dings) The blue
lipped warlocks of Qarth tried to kill Dany after she escaped the House of Undying with that manticore, but did they just give up after that? Sounds like the House of
the Untrying, if you ask me. (bell dings) What
happened in the Riverlands after Arya killed Walter Frey? (bell dings) Also, how’d
Edmure get out of captivity? How, he cannot have escaped on his own. Have you met Edmure? He sucks. (bell dings) Also, How did
Robin Arryn get so hot? Who put that in there? (bell dings) What happened to the rest of the Faith Militant? Were we supposed to believe
that every single one of them just blew up in the Sept of Baelor? No one was just on patrol that day? They’re like, “oh, a church gathering? “Count me in. “Wouldn’t miss an ice
cream social for the world. “Sounds like an explosive good time.” (bell dings) When did Sir Ilyn Payne come off of Arya’s kill list? What happened to that
guy, cat got his tongue? (bell dings) What did the
High Sparrow tell King Tommen that Tommen later told Cersei, after promising not to tell anyone? What did Tommen tell? Now these next few are
all White Walker related. (bell dings) What did they want, exactly? (bell dings) Why did they need babies to turn into White Walkers? (bell dings) What was the significance of the spirals that they and
the Children of the Forest were so obsessed with? And with HBO passing on
the prequel that focused on the Starks and the
White Walkers, who cares? It feels like we’ll never know. (bell dings) Why were the White Walkers aft the Three-Eyed Raven? (bell dings) Also, what was the point of the Three-Eyed Raven? (bell dings) What was Bran doing during the Battle of Winterfell? Was he just bait? (bell dings) And if he
knew what was gonna happen, why did he just let Theon
just straight up die? R.I.P. Theon. You died as you lived, horribly. (bell dings) Did Jon Snow’s
lineage even matter in the end? All it did was make Dany trust him less. It turned out that R plus L equaled a whole lot of bull (bleep). And on that point, (bell dings) Why did Rhaegar
name two of his sons, by two different women, Aegon? I dunno, seems pretty weird, even for that (bleep) up family. (bell dings) What ever
happened to Dorn’s army? You remember those folks? Anyway, we wasted a whole season there for a whole lot of nothing, which was a big shame to book readers, since Dorn’s a major political
player in the book series. They’re just chilling down there in Sandals Westeros
doing literally nothing. Also, (bell dings) is Ellaria Sand still in the dungeons below the Red Keep? Are there still dungeons down there, or is it just a big pile of rubble? (bell dings) And what was the significance of the direwolves at the end of the day? If the direwolves are
supposed to be this metaphor for the Stark family originally, did that pan out, or did
they just like bail on that ’cause they were too expensive to animate? (bell dings) What the hell
was going on in Slaver’s Bay after Dany left and went to Westeros? Should we just believe that everything ended up okay there with Daario in charge? It’s a-me, a-Daario. I’ve solved all your political problems, even though they keep
changing who plays me. (bell dings) Anyway, what
happened to Meera Reed? I mean, she’s responsible
for Bran surviving and she gets literally no respect. She’s the Rodney Dangerfield of Westeros, but she will never go back to college, because it doesn’t exist. (bell dings) Why did Sam
steal his family’s sword? He gave it to Jorah
Mormont, who died basically immediately thereafter and didn’t even use the Valyrian steel sword to kill any White Walkers, just wights. (bell dings) How did everyone
know that Jon killed Dany, since Drogon took her body away to, I don’t know, bury it with Jimmy Hoffa’s. Did he just walk down
and admit what he did? Actually, knowing him, that’s
probably exactly what he did, ’cause that dude does
not have a poker face. So put this one in the solved pile. (bell dings) And finally, (bell dings)
what’s the punchline of Tyrion’s honeycomb and jackass joke? Okay, I know, I know, it’s not
really a dropped plot line, it’s just a bit of narrative
tom-foolery, but I gotta know. It’s keeping me up at night. And there you have it, folks,
all of the dropped plot lines that we could find in Game of Thrones. But what do you think? Were there any others
that you can think of? And what dropped plot line do you most want to get payoff to? And based on how pissed off
fans were with the final season, is the Game of Thrones franchise
in trouble over at HBO? – The decision about
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