Sunday night’s episode was all about The Night King, and by now we all know his fate.
Vladimir Furdik, the man behind the mysterious and terrifying character, who was killed by Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), is speaking out for the first time about his death.
“It was a very emotional day and night,” Furdik candidly told “The Hollywood Reporter.” “It was so strong. I spent all my energy playing it, and (Williams) as well. It was not an easy day. It was cold. There was rain. She was on a wire, in a harness, jumping many times. It wasn’t just the one time; it was maybe 15 times. When I have to hold her under the jaw and it looks like she dies, we had to spend a lot of energy on that particular scene.
It was very, very difficult. We are very good friends. We know each other. It wasn’t easy for me to (pretend to) hurt her. When I grabbed her under the jaw, it wasn’t easy (on a practical level). If you make a bad move — if you don’t grab her well — she could have an injury. So I was under pressure and she was under pressure. It was not an easy day.”
That super dark Winterfell battle that everyone was squinting to see actually took three months to shoot and Furdik said it was just as hard to pull off as you might think.
“This was one of the hardest jobs of my life,” he said. “We had meetings with (the individual actors for their own battles), depending on who’s fighting with who: Jorah (Iain Glen), Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), and what they are doing. For every battle with these actors, we prepared exactly the movements for them. Every kill, and every move they made, was prepared over weeks and weeks, and hours and hours. We were so busy. Every move that happens doesn’t happen just because; it happens because we prepared it. Every jump — everything.”
Will Furdik miss anything about playing the Night King?
“I don’t know,” he added. “I don’t have an answer for this. Nothing.”
Well, there you have it.
This Fan Predicted The Ending Of The Battle of Winterfell A Year Ago
Be honest, were you as shocked and surprised by the ending of the latest Game of Thrones episode as everyone else?
Few could have seen that Arya Stark would smash the Night King down into tiny ice cubes after some nifty knife work. However, it looks like someone actually did. Ages ago, in fact.
A Reddit user known only as ‘Pulsar1977‘ appears to have correctly called pretty much everything that happened in the most recent episode, as well as a few other significant details.
Before we get into it, this person is pretty big on Game of Thrones lore, and has obviously read the books. That probably helped them be as accurate as they were.
In the archived post dated 10th August 2017, Pulsar explained: “In Season 7 Episode 4, a lot of emphasis was placed on the catspaw dagger that almost killed Bran.
“Why is this dagger so important? As I was wondering about the significance of this, a crazy idea came to mind. Bear with me for a moment:
“Is the dagger Lightbringer?”
Lightbringer is the sword wielded by the ‘Prince Who Was Promised’ or ‘Azor Ahai’ in case you’re not immediately aware.
Pulsar continued: “Now, of course the prophesy speaks of a sword “made of living fire”, but prophesies should never be taken literally.
“The hilt is made of dragon bone, which could account for the “fire” aspect. And the hilt also contains a ruby. Now, Melisandre’s choker also has a ruby, so it seems that rubies are associated with the Lord of Light. Ergo, Lightbringer.”
So far, so good.
Later on in the post, the real truth starts flowing.
“One question remains: why did Bran give the dagger to Arya? Of course, she could pass the dagger to Jon or Dany, but let’s assume that she doesn’t.
“Does this mean that Arya is Azor Ahai? Based on the prophesies, that seems unlikely. She doesn’t fit any of the criteria directly. Then again, with her face-changing abilities she’s quite adaptable.”
In the last paragraph, Pulsar concluded: “In the show, this encounter was instead given to Melisandre. Obviously, we know that Arya is associated with death, being an assassin and all, but perhaps she is connected to death in a deeper way.
“Will the Night King be the last name on her list? Finally, it would be ironic that “no one” will save the world.”
Bloody hell. That’s some pretty good going.
Did you call it? What do you think is going to happen next?
Bryan Cogman Confirms His Game of Thrones Spinoff Isn’t Happening
Veteran “Game of Thrones” writer Bryan Cogman has confirmed that his potential spinoff series from the HBO epic will not be going ahead.
“This is it for me in terms of Westeros,” Cogman told Variety. “It’s been a beautifully cathartic thing re-watching the series recently, it’s been ten years of my life.”
The most recent episode of the show, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” was Cogman’s last as a writer, and he says he “couldn’t think of a more beautiful episode to go out on.”
In the episode, Daenerys and Jon are interrupted in the middle of a rather important conversation. Jon had just told her that his real name is in fact Aegon Targaryen, and that therefore he is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne and, seemingly less important to Dany, her nephew.
However, just as she is getting to grips with the consequences of this enormous revelation, Jon is saved by the horn.
“If you’re Jon and Dany, you’re probably the only two in that castle who are glad that the White Walkers just showed up. He would be saying to her, ‘OK, good talk let’s go, the end of the world is here, phew,’” jokes Cogman
Cogman reveals that when he submitted his first draft of the episode it came back from showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss covered in red pen, which is when he realized the magnitude of the episode and how much work there was to do.
“It was a sea of red like blood dripping from my soul because it was a mess and they were right,” he says. “It was a lot of talking about stuff that had happened and asking questions the audience already knows.”
Eventually Cogman managed to wrangle the complicated script together, and he also adds that he and the showrunners had been “working towards” the heart-melting scene in which Jaime Lannister knights Brienne of Tarth “for quite some time.”
“David and Dan were pretty adamant, kicking ideas around in the writer’s room, that it not be on a hill at sunrise with their capes billowing in the wind,” Cogman says. “We wanted it to be the antithesis of that and subvert that trope.”
Cogman signed an overall deal with Amazon last year, where he will now focus his attention. He was one of one of five writers, along with Max Borenstein, Jane Goldman, Brian Helgeland and Carly Wray, chosen to develop a new show in the “Game of Thrones” universe. HBO ordered the show being developed by Goldman to pilot in June, 2018.