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How to Prepare for the Final Season of Game of Thrones

The Long Night of wait is over and we are just one day away from quenching our thirst for Game of Thrones’ last chapter. The eighth and final season is all set to go air on 14th April, 2019, as confirmed by the official channel for the broadcast, HBO. The show will be aired on 9 p.m. EST on HBO in the US and at 2 a.m. in the UK on Sky Atlantic as a result of the Transatlantic simulcast happening in 2019.

With the roll-out of the 2-minute trailer, fans have been more like a cat on hot bricks and conjectures have started to begin as to how will Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, and the Westerosi be fated? The seventh season ended with a remarkable final episode depicting the true parentage of Jon Snow and also showcased the Night King and the Ice Dragon demolish The Wall and head to Westeros.

While there is still one day to go, fans over social media are having a whale’s time sharing and talking about the GOT brouhaha for a long time. According to Twitter, there have been more than 15 million tweets about the fantasy series in 2019. So far, the tweets about the hit HBO series have surged to 200 million since its very beginning in 2011.

The stats are only showing the veracity of the GOT fandom. Twitter claims that busiest days on the social media site have been 5th March, when the last season’s trailer was launched, 14th January, when the premiere date was called out, and 3rd April, when the red carpet for the show began in the New York City.

What Game Of Thrones Season 8 Trailer Has In Store For Us

The two-minute trailer of Game of Thrones has built the fervour leading to the final confrontation between the living and the dead. This will very likely turn the Battle of Bastards out of the water.

Injured Arya Stark is shown running away and in another flash, she is shown as uninjured carrying a dragon-glass dagger in her hand. The best part was Daenerys and Jon Snow visiting the Dragon and Rhaegal which could portend that Jon might ride the dragon named after his father.

ACCESS Dubrovnik GOT Costume Special Tour

Indubitably, having been aired in 170 countries, Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows in the world. And since it is the final season clocked for Sunday night, the gust of emotions is very high among the fans.

Fans have started brushing up the stories of the previous seasons, watched the trailers and teaser over and over again, and surmised all sorts of theories to conclude the end of the epic TV show.

As eagerly as everybody wants, will Jon Snow be enthroned as King? Or Will the Night King vanquish his rivals and kill everything? We are too excited as to what answers will unfold for our queries!

The bitter pill to swallow is that as the last season hits the television, the show will hit the sack! We know that as an archetypal GOT fan, you will be watching and re-watching this show even after it ends. At this juncture, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that you can take fans away from GOT, but you cannot take GOT out of the fans.

But what if we tell you that you can relive the memories of this popular TV series? What if you could enjoy the resplendent sceneries and attractive costumes of the show in reality? Yes. You heard it right!

Locations of Europe and Africa have served as the backdrop for Game of Thrones and gave a new impetus to the tourism of these places. Out of the 7 countries in which GOT was shot, Dubrovnik in Croatia is the place where the popular shots of King’s Landing were filmed.

Tour Operators are organizing GOT-themed tours for people who want to holiday in places where their favorite TV show was shot. There is much more to GOT-themed tours than just visiting the place.

One such tour operator, ACCESS Dubrovnik is offering Dubrovnik GOT Costume Special tour for the Game of Thrones fans starting from 1st of April this year.Those orange roofs and streets of twists and turns were actually shot in Dubrovnik.

As a part of the tour you will visit:

  • Dubrovnik which was used as the setting for King’s Landing, the capital city of Westeros.
  • Pile Gate where dung was thrown at King Joffrey during citizen’s riot.
  • Lovrijenac Fortress where the attack on King’s Landing was oiled in the Battle of Blackwater
  • At the Lovrijenac Fortress, you can witness fortified walls where Tyrion Lannister and Varys strolled. It is that place where Tyrion said the immortal words, “Where is the God of Tits and Wine?”

What Else Can You Expect On The Tour

  • Learn all about the Targaryens, Baratheons, Starks from your expert local guide.
  • As you go to the filming locations, you will be shown screenshots from the corresponding episodes that were shot at the place you are visiting.
  • You will also hear some behind-the-scenes stories from the guide who could be an extra in Game of Thrones.
  • Sail the same ship on which Daenerys Targaryen sailed in the TV show.
  • Learn about the shooting of Game of Thrones from your tour guide.
  • Wear the GOT costumes on the ship and click pictures of the Iron Throne.
  • Talk a walk down the Old town.
  • Relive the memories of your favorite episodes.

How many episodes are there in season 8 of Game of Thrones

The final 13 episodes of Game of Thrones have been divided into two shorter seasons.  Season eight will have six episodes having a duration longer than the average episode length of Game of Thrones seasons so far. HBO has confirmed the running time for the six episodes.

First episode – 54minutes

Second episode – 58 minutes

Third Episode – 60 minutes

Fourth episode – 78 minutes

Fifth episode and Sixth episode – 80 minutes

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4 Obscure Directors You Should Get To Know

If there were any justice in the world, every great filmmaker would receive the recognition and plaudits they deserve.

But this cruel universe we call home has room only for maltreatment and suffering, the bottomless pit of despair drawing ever closer as we dive dauntless to our own inevitable doom. Maybe I’m exaggerating. The point remains: there are plenty of great directors you’ve probably never heard of, but really should have. Here’s a selection:


1. Yevgeni Bauer

A master from the earliest days of cinema, Bauer is fascinating both contextually and formally. While so much of the better known cinema of Russia is a product of the socialist state, or in some way ideologically founded, the work of Bauer predates the Russian Revolution from which Communism found root.

More than that, his work sometimes seems to predate the very techniques he makes use of. The tracking shot, the contextual close-up, deep focus, the flashback. All of these appear in Bauer’s films from 1913, before even the famous Caligari or infamous The Birth of a Nation one year later.

One to watch: The Twilight of a Woman’s Soul

That poetic title should be promotion enough, but better yet: it’s a promise fulfilled. This film examples Bauer as a precocious visual mastermind at his finest. Most impressive is his sense of depth. At a time where even moving the camera was something new, Bauer was experimenting with deep framing, often positioning scenes along a z-axis rather than the then-traditional x.

One such scene has the film’s villain enter frame in the foreshot, his appearance a dark silhouette. The course of the scene follows as he delves toward his quarry, coming to the bright, gauzy light of the background. His own cowardice sends him creeping back into the dark. That this scene was crafted over a hundred years ago has no bearing on its quality. It would be brilliant in any age.


2. Alan Clarke

One reason you might not have seen a film by Alan Clarke is that very few ever reached the big screen. He cut his teeth on television projects in the 60s and 70s on the BBC and ITV, with even his best works remaining strictly televisual in most cases. This, however, is not to denigrate them. Toward the end of his career (which was sadly cut short by cancer), his work became daring and experimental.

That the BBC would even put it on television says a lot about how things have changed for the worse on the small screen, despite claims of a new ‘golden age’. The last decade of his career became deeply political and formally bold, covering topics such as Thatcheristic apocalypse, skinhead racism, heroin use among children, and remorseless killings during the Troubles. Nothing too heavy.


One to watch: Elephant

Elephant might be the most despondent programme ever aired on the BBC, Mrs. Browns’ Boys notwithstanding. Featuring no real dialogue, no narrative line, and no named characters, it is an astounding experiment in political film. Utilizing Steadicam (Alan Clarke’s clearest formal giveaway), Clarke’s camera follows various anonymous individuals as they walk through areas of Northern Ireland.

Eventually one of these individuals will come across someone else, and violently dispatch them. This is repeated for forty minutes. There is no twist or development, only a series of violent deaths with seemingly no cause or contest. This was, of course, Clarke’s point. The elephant in the room, to reference the titular idiom. The film seems needlessly gratuitous and aggressively sadistic, but no more than the reality of the Troubles. An example of the desperate power of political cinema.

3. Peter Watkins

Alan Clarke used certain elements of documentary filmmaking to create an observational, realistic tone in his films. Peter Watkins, however, went further. He was one of the innovators in the ‘docudrama’ form, in which techniques of documentary filmmaking were used in order to present fictionalised versions of reality, abstracted to various degrees. This effect was sometimes put to novel, almost comedic effect. The 1964 film Culloden covers the eponymous 18th century battle as though it were a contemporary event, with cameramen and news reporters on-sight as the armies clash.

Most of Watkins’ output, however, is decidedly less amusing. One imagines England in the midst of a nuclear winter (this won him an Oscar), and another abstracts the ‘siege mentality’ of US police in the 1970s to a Hunger Games style deathmatch. And we wonder why the British are so miserable.

One to watch: Edvard Munch

This docudrama was made for Swedish television, though later edited into a three hour film for cinematic presentation. In Watkins’ typical style, it examined its appellative artist as though a contemporary documentary, including interviews and direct-to-camera addresses. But Watkins confuses fiction and reality in his process.

When looking for people to represent the historical rejection of Munch’s work, Watkins hired Norweigan non-actors who genuinely disliked his paintings. The opinions they share are not scripted, but their own. Watkins’ combination of fiction and reality creates a strangely authoritative, and deeply compelling account of the artist’s life.

4. Sadao Yamanaka

Yamanaka’s inclusion on this list is a bit of a cheat. He’s something of a legend in his native Japan – no good bookshop will be without a few tomes on his career. And what a career it was. Between 1932 and 1938 he directed 26 films. By the time he directed his last, he was only 28 years old. That might hint to his untimely demise. On the same day his final film premiered he was conscripted into the Japanese army, and succumbed to illness later that year.

And as though things couldn’t be worse – out of his 26 films, only three have survived, and even these best described as ‘nearly complete’. Though his reputation is burgeoning outside Japan, his status remains paltry against the talent he exhibited. His impassioned films – delving into issues of social injustice and shot with a master’s touch – deserve reappraisal by all with an interest in film.

One to watch: Humanity and Paper Balloons

Humanity and Paper Balloons is regarded as Yamanaka’s masterpiece, and is part of that most popular Japanese genre – the period drama, or jidaigeki. While it purports to represent a distant past, Yamanaka’s approach is interesting in its anachronism. In truth, his setting implies the pervasive censorship in Japanese society of the time. By locating his social critiques in the past he could not only slip by the censors, but ratchet up his rhetoric incognito.

Beyond his narrative concerns, Yamanaka also examples his formal nous. His films are far from the bombast of Kurosawa, and yet find a sublimity in movement contrary to Ozu. A middle-ground of sorts, matching Akira for entertainment and Yasujiro for social insight. His early death was a loss for cinema; his international rediscovery, an invaluable boon.


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