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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #719 - Game of Thrones - Winter is Here - 7-16-17 (and deleted scenes)

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #719 - Game of Thrones - Winter is Here - 7-16-17 (and deleted scenes)

Hi Mom,

HBO released a new trailer for season seven of Game of Thrones last week.

Here's the trailer, some shares from articles online, a mashup of all the trailers to date (EXCELLENT!!), and finally a bit of deleted scenes from previous seasons.

I have been a fan of these books from the late 1990s. I caught on right after Clash of Kings came out, so 1998.

I have been an avid fan ever since, reading all the books at least once and then the show. My wife and I watch the show together. She tried to read the first book but didn't finish.

Now, for the first time ever, the show is moving beyond the books into uncharted territory. Fans are a buzz. Will the stories be canon? Will we see what will be depicted in the books when George RR Martin finally finishes the series?

Supposedly, The Winds of Winter will be released this year, 2017. I have written to George a few times over the years in support of his process, urging him to take his time, and letting him know that there are patient fans out there willing to wait.

I felt the last two books were a bit of a let down from the first three, so I am hopeful that The Winds of Winter will jack up the intensity as the series winds to a close (only one book remaining -- A Dream of Spring). When a release date is announced, I may engage in some re-reading, at least of A Dance With Dragons, which is the only one have I read once and only once and not via audio. So I am ready to plug into the audio of that one.

Liesel and I are both excited for season seven.

We will be moving during the season, so thank goodness for HBO GO, which we may buy separately.

Here's the trailer and a few very minor spoilers. No major spoilers on this page, so you're safe. Anything that feels like a spoiler is just context.


FROM - https://winteriscoming.net/2017/06/24/biggest-questions-and-coolest-surprises-from-the-latest-game-of-thrones-s7-trailer/

What the heck did Sansa do?

Striding out of the Winterfell Godswood towards camera in slow-motion, Sansa Stark looks like someone who just made a big decision. Her eyes dart — she looks harried, furtive — perhaps wondering if bystanders had witnessed her transgression, or to see if there are any witnesses at all. She doesn’t look like a person with a clear conscience.
What has Sansa done? Her walk is accompanied by a great game-themed voiceover by Littlefinger. And at the end of the trailer, she whispers that “the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.” We know Sansa is prepared to do anything and everything necessary to make certain the Stark “pack” emerges victorious, even if what she must do is brutally distasteful to her, such as betraying the wishes of too-honorable-for-his-own-good-or-anybody-else’s Jon Snow.

Where is Arya Stark, exactly?

The trailer has a nice shot of Arya riding along on horseback with absolutely no background reference. The open sky could suggest a shoreline, but that’s pretty thin. In her thick clothing, she’s certainly dressed for cold. She appears to be looking intently at something. Winterfell? The previous trailer showed her in a snowy forest. But this could be almost anywhere.

from - http://io9.gizmodo.com/get-psyched-for-game-of-thrones-season-7-all-over-again-1796400285

The next season of Game of Thrones is looking more like a movie franchise than a season of television. With fewer episodes and longer runtimes, including a record 81-minute season finale, it promises to be a groundbreaking cinematic experience on the small screen. If you want proof, all you have to do is watch this three-minute trailer mashup that looks like it belongs in a movie theater.
YouTuber Sebastian Hughes has combined all the trailers and promos for Game of Thrones season 7 into one (mostly) seamless trailer, throwing together related scenes and stories to give us even further insight into where these characters are and where they’re going.
It’s hard not to watch something like this and marvel at the fact that it’s not actually a feature film, but rather a television series. It shows how far television has come as a medium that it can produce something this big and beautiful. You can check out the trailer mashup below. Game of Thrones returns July 16.

FROM - http://winteriscoming.net/2017/06/24/check-out-sfx-magazines-game-of-thrones-season-7-spread/

A few takeaways:
  • Screenwriter and producer Bryan Cogman calls season 7 an entirely different show. “It’s sort of phase three.” Which parts were phases one and two, exactly?
  • Cogman says the theme for season 7 could be “Worlds colliding,” with most of the characters coming together at some point. The showrunners, he notes, have “some spectacular stuff planned.”
  • Conleth Hill (Varys) has a brother who does sound for the show, and who just won his third Emmy. Congrats, Ronan!

  • While on set, the team from SFX witnessed three “craftspeople” in the sculptor’s hut shaping 40 blocks of polystyrene that when stacked resembled the dimensions of a double decker bus. We have an idea what they were working on.
  • Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) delivers a great quote about the women on the show:
When I first read the books and [heard] they were turning them into a TV show, I wondered if they would cut down the point of view female characters. And I was really pleased that those female characters were honoured and continue to be at the forefront of the show. And we see a development of the female characters that I think is three-dimensional, is complex, is conflicted — and is powerful.
  • Sophie Turner, for her part, says that Sansa Stark will be “strong and steely” in season 7.
  • Turner says Sansa feels like she should be Queen in the North, and that there is some jealousy on her part towards her half-brother/cousin Jon Snow for being crowned king.
  • Turner agrees that Sansa has had some bad luck in the love department, but now that she’s safe and sound at Winterfell, she just ain’t got time for that. “She’s got other things on her mind.”
  • When asked if she would like to see Hodor come back to the show as a White Walker (even though he would technically be a wight), Turner definitely does not rule it out. “Hodor as a White Walker might be slightly terrifying.” We see you, Sophie Turner, being cagey, dancing around the hard questions. Keep it up.

Here's another cool video. Pre-Season 7 but very cool.

BTW, my Ultimate league's theme this year is Thrones.

KUDL 2017.


Reflect and connect.

Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you.

I miss you so very much, Mom.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.


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NOTE on time: When I post late, I had been posting at 7:10 a.m. because Google is on Pacific Time, and so this is really 10:10 EDT. However, it still shows up on the blog in Pacific time. So, I am going to start posting at 10:10 a.m. Pacific time, intending this to be 10:10 Eastern time. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom. But I am not going back and changing all the 7:10 a.m. times. But I will run this note for a while. Mom, you know that I am posting at 10:10 a.m. often because this is the time of your death.

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