Game of Thrones Quick Hits: The Road to the 2019 Emmys Interview Round-up!

Emmys season is bringing out all the stars and technical wizards of Game of Thrones, for a round of new interviews. Gotta love it! Everything from the crown choices of Westeros to the creation of “The Long Night” is covered.  Here are the latest interviews featuring Sophie Turner, Carice van Houten, Gwendoline Christie, Alfie Allen, and more!

Thursday January 01, 1970

Best Supporting Actress nominee Sophie Turner speaks her mind in an interview with The Wrap, defending the writing of the show, and some of the final choices made. “The fans are incredible and so loyal, and we love them because of the fact that they’re so, so passionate. I cannot fault them there. But when people were saying that there was no effort, that the writers were terrible …The most effort was put into this final season.”
As for the decision to play Sansa’s brother Bran on the throne, she says, “I think it’s true what Tyrion was saying: Bran holds all of our stories, and we can’t move on unless we remember our history. Daeneyrs had to die. Cersei was a mad queen. Arya is too much of a free spirit. Sansa probably wouldn’t want to rule the seven kingdoms anyway — she wanted to stay in the North and defend the North. I really think Bran might be the perfect person for the job.”
But Turner has her dream ending, which she shares with The Wrap. “I thought Arya would kill Cersei. And I would like to have seen Sansa and Cersei reunited, or Arya and Cersei. But there were so many ways the story could have turned out. I felt very passionately about the ending for Sansa, and I was very happy with the ending that turned out for her.”

Thursday January 01, 1970

The Hollywood Reporter talks to GoT’s sound supervisor and sound designer in their piece examining several nominated shows. “The biggest challenge was keeping the battle interesting and dynamic,” sound supervisor Tim Kimmel tells THR about “The Long Night”, the episode featuring his nominated work. “The scene where the Army of the Dead breach the fire trench and start to climb the walls of the castle to attack was particularly challenging. There were so many layers — with vocals and movement, bows and flaming arrows, weapons and body movement and falls — that keeping it all properly detailed and organized for the mixers to do their job took a lot of time and patience.” Sound designer Paula Fairfield tells them “a pass of weather-related sounds such as wind and rain contributed to a sense of disorientation.”

“The Long Night” was a big moment for Carice van Houten as well. It marked her triumpghant return and death. The actress speaks to The Wrap about her death. “I was very, very happy with my ending. It gave me goosebumps when I read it, and it was the same when I saw it on screen. I thought it was a very elegant, beautiful ending to a bombastic, dark, violent episode.”
Any regrets? She tells The Wrap, “I would have loved to have some sort of little scene with Cersei. I’m so curious what would have happened if those two women got together. That would have been an interesting meeting.”

Debate the success of the final season all you want, but you can’t deny the VFX was amazing. Joe Bauer, the show’s lead VFX supervisor talks to Indiewire about the creation of the devastating Battle of King’s Landing, explaining that “[A]fter seven years of building out the physical and sometimes emotional world of ‘Thrones’ through use of visual effects, in ‘The Bells,’ it was time to add an exclamation point…Our brains registered a level of shock when reading the script pages. Now our world building methods would be used to un-build, to de-construct.”
“Unleashing the full, almost Godzilla-like force of Drogon on a rampage was a thrill,” Bauer says, “but what it meant weighed heavily on us: Dany would never again represent hope for a better world. Finally she could not escape her own blood line. Heavy stuff. The city had to be leveled, and we had a single dragon to execute the carnage. And that took some backward engineering.”
Read the full piece at Indiewire for details on how it all came to life!

Thursday January 01, 1970

THR also talks to Thrones editor Tim Porter about his nominated work in “The Long Night” which offers insight into the show’s motives in what they want us to see and feel.   He describes the episode as “three acts” with one to build tension, the second full of action, and then the third “slowing down… with Ramin Djawadi’s amazing score synthesizing the intercut of the Night King’s entrance and our heroes fighting for their lives and ultimately Arya’s arrival and her slaying of the Night King.”
He explains, “As there were so many characters fighting different battles, we were trying to make sure that we weren’t away from each beat for too long, keeping the characters under pressure and the audience involved with their plight. All except for Arya, we wanted to lose her, to take the focus off where she was, and what she was doing, until we see her entrance into the Godswood to save the day.”
He takes us inside the incredibly tense and tightly edited library scene as well- read about it at THR!

And finally, from The Wrap’s Emmy series, Gwendoline Christe and Alfie Allen, among others, weigh in on their characters and Emmy noms. Christie address complaints  about Brienne crying when Jaime left her, saying, “I was incredibly pleased to have that moment, because I think we see that Brienne has allowed herself to love someone. I don’t think there should be any thought that loving someone and being in pain when that person leaves her should be painted as a weakness, ever. She showed strength in every different area. Why shouldn’t she be allowed to be devastated?
As for Allen submitting himself for Emmy consideration, he admits he did so, because he “had people advising me to do it, and it felt right. I really don’t know how the mechanics work, but it felt like the right time to do it. But I had no expectations whatsoever.” As for Theon’s and the show’s conclusion, he says, “Some people weren’t satisfied with how it ended, but it’s the same with a lot of these TV shows. But in terms of the arc of Theon, I hope people were happy with it. On the day I felt happy with it, and when I got to see it, I was thankful that Dan and David had given me that kind of stuff to do.”
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