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Title: Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon: Game of Thrones and the Official Untold Story of the
Post by: patch on October 03, 2020, 11:19:43 AM
Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon: Game of Thrones and the Official Untold Story of the Epic Series
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"James Hibberd covered Game of Thrones from start to finish, and he knows where all the bodies are buried. It's all here, in his oral history of the series: how it began, how it ended, dragons and direwolves, what went on in front of the cameras and what went on behind the scenes, the triumphs and the stumbles, the tough decisions, the forks in the road, the reasons why. Actors, directors, showrunners, producers, executives, even me... Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon has it all, everything you ever wanted to know. Game of Thrones was an amazing ride. Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon is an amazing read."—George R.R. Martin


This official, complete history of HBO's Game of Thrones will draw on the author's many long days and nights spent on GOT sets all over the world and his countless interviews with cast and crew, many of which have never been published before. Packed with stunning photographs from the show and from behind the scenes, this is the only book that will be absolutely essential reading for every Game of Thrones fan.

Game of Thrones is the biggest television drama ever to have graced our screens. The epic saga of warring families, huge battles, arduous journeys and dying heroes has captured the hearts and attention of millions of fans across the world. But its conclusion isn't necessarily the end of the story...

James Hibberd has extensively covered the show since breaking the news of its pilot in 2008 and has had more access to the show's top-secret set than any other member of the media. He was in Croatia when Joffrey Baratheon perished; he was in Northern Ireland when Jon Snow desperately fought in the Battle of the Bastards. He has documented every part of the making of the show and has had exclusive access to cast members, writers and directors.

Why smash-hit show ‘Game of Thrones’ was nearly doomed from the start
During filming of the first season of “Game of Thrones,” storms destroyed sets. Endless rain delayed shooting. There was not enough money to realize the filmmakers’ vision.

As a result, those behind the show were constantly left to cut pages and scenes from the scripts in the interest of saving time and money.

When the rough cuts of episodes were assembled, the producers found they had a major problem. Some of the installments were far too short, with episodes three, four and five clocking in at just a half hour, instead of a full 60 minutes.

To fill the holes, the writers created scenes using existing actors and sets that would be quick and inexpensive to shoot.

If those limitations hadn’t happened, “I don’t think we would have had as rich and successful a show,” one of the show’s masterminds, Bryan Cogman, says in the new book “Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon: Game of Thrones and the Official Untold Story of the Epic Series” (Dutton) by James Hibberd, out Tuesday.

The pilot turned out to be a disaster. Test audiences were bored and the show lacked the grand scale that would come to define it.

HBO considered pulling the plug, but Benioff and Weiss “owned” their mistakes and sold the network on a plan to fix what was wrong. HBO relented, ordering a re-shot pilot and nine more episodes.

It didn’t take long for the producers to realize the new formula was working. Martin was also pleased. The first finished scene he saw was an intimate chat between Arya and her father, Ned Stark (played by Sean Bean), in which he assures her she’ll one day marry a lord and have children. Arya responds, “No, that’s not me.”

“It was my book come to life,” Martin says.

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Post by: patch on October 08, 2020, 10:56:22 AM
The Game of Thrones scene that made all the actors sick in real life
Game of Thrones fans know the show can get pretty disgusting from time to time, but one unexpected scene made its actors incredibly ill on set as well.

In an early scene during Game of Thrones' first season, House Stark patriarch Eddard "Ned" Stark (Sean Bean) and his sons — including eldest Robb (Richard Madden), Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright), bastard son Jon Snow (Kit Harington), and ward Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) — stumble upon a dead stag in the woods. When asked if it might have been killed by a mountain lion, Ned says there are no mountain lions in the woods surrounding Winterfell, and he's right. Just a few feet away, the crew finds a dead direwolf, gored by a stag's horns and surrounded by her now motherless pups.

Though Ned, Theon, and Ned's men suggest killing the pups, who may not make it without their mother, Jon points out that there are five direwolves, one for each of Ned's children. As the direwolf is the sigil of the Stark house, the pets are appropriate, if not unprecedented, and Ned begrudgingly agrees to let each of the Stark children take ownership of a wolf pup. (Jon takes the albino runt, who he later names Ghost.)

This scene sets the stage for the story of the Stark children and their wolves, but as James Hibberd reveals in his new Game of Thrones oral history Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon, it was surprisingly disgusting to shoot. Here's the full story behind the Game of Thrones scene that made all the actors sick in real life.