In the author George R.R. Martin & # 39; s A song of ice and fire series of books on which HBO Game of thrones The stories of Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) are scheduled to conclude in a seventh and final project entitled "A Dream of Spring". Who knows if the book will arrive one day (fans have been waiting for book six since The Thrones"First season has ended in 2011), but if it is never the case, there is at least that: the end of the TV adaptation of the creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss is finally, officially, in a few weeks.
Benioff, Weiss and various members of the Game of thrones The family traveled to New York on Wednesday night for a final celebration of the historic series, which was last unveiled on April 14, and ended on May 19. Contrary to the name of Martin's latest hopeful novel, it was not necessary to dream of springtime, as the sun and the warm weather were coming into force for the occasion; a happy contrast with the winter winds raging in Westeros, caused by the arrival of the king of the night and his army of white walkers. Of course, the weather conditions were not very different for the men and women who walked the red carpet at the translucent tents outside New York's Radio City Music Hall: Peter Dinklage ("Tyrion Lannister "), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (" Jaime Lannister ") and Sophie Turner (" Sansa Stark "), among countless others.
So, how did they all feel to put an end to this huge adventure? Maybe no one has a better summary than Emilia Clarke ("Daenerys"), who said The Hollywood journalist: "It's bonkers, I feel good, and weird, and weird."
"I must be honest, I am a bit overwhelmed at the moment," said Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran Stark. "In general, I'm very good at these events, we've done so much that we're used to doing the headlines, but that's something else." There must be something in the air. . "
There was certainly something in the air: a massive replica of the iron throne, overlooking the Rockefeller Center – a totem much more lethal than the Christmas tree that illuminates the area in December. "Winter is here," as they say. The grandeur of the Manhattan show was not lost either.
"I was driving in the car, looking out the window and going here in the middle of the madness," said Liam Cunningham, who plays Jon Snow's loyal lieutenant Davos Seaworth. "I told myself: New York is really the capital of the world.It is the wonderful and diverse melting pot of madness.It's beautiful, this city.Where else should we have the closed book here, here, in the Big Apple? "
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Aside from the nearby throne, the red carpet was relatively free of Westerosi ornaments, at least compared to previous events. But no ornament was necessary, the carpet itself being transformed into a living and living monument of one of the most beloved dramas in the history of television, thanks to the various members of the cast, including several deceased personalities for a long time: Jack Gleeson ("Joffrey Baratheon"), Jason Momoa ("Khal Drogo"), Pedro Pascal ("The Red Viper") and Sean Bean ("Lord Eddard Stark"), to name a few.
"As a fan of the show, it's amazing," said actor Joe Dempsie ("Gendry"), highlighting the various missing cast members present. "The remarkable thing about a show like Game of thrones and the size of this cast is that there are some people you never meet. You are often ships in the night. Like, I've never met Mark Addy until yesterday. I was like, "Where the hell have you been, pop?" "
Addy, of course, played the roaring Robert Baratheon, the dead king during the first season after injuries sustained during a boar hunt – wounds caused by the conspiracy machinations of his own wife, Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey). As one of the most prominent actors at the origin of the series, Addy could not help but watch the evolution of the drama with immense pride.
"It's something we started eleven years ago – because, of course, we filmed the pilot the year before that of season one," he said. "It has been a long journey and it's amazing to feel like you're part of a family. [HBO has] really kind, allowing the guys who died early to be part of that and being respected as members of the creative team. This is remarkable. "
Almost exactly eight full years since its inception on April 17, 2011, the Game of thrones The members of the cast and crew were naturally nostalgic in reflecting on the purpose of their work. The crown jewel of HBO, Game of thrones won 47 Emmy Awards, an incredible number that will definitely increase considerably after its last season. The legacy of Game of thrones speaks for itself without the need for additional validation. All the same, the extended The Thrones the family members were more than happy to validate.
"It's pretty hard to downplay the legacy of Game of thrones, "said Hempstead Wright. He literally changed the face of television forever. "
"It raised the bar to phenomenal heights," added Charles Dance, whose nasty Tywin Lannister died in the fourth season. "I hope this will encourage other production companies to maintain this level." HBO spent the money in the right way for this show. Each season, they said they were going to make it bigger and better.The bar has grown more and more.This is fantastic. "
For its part, Cunningham's assessment was about the same as Dance's: "When people talked about the wonderful television that has appeared over the years, Thread at breaking Bad at Mad Men [and beyond], all of them raised the bar a little as to what is achievable, what is good, what is smart, which is not patronizing. I would like to think that if we have an inheritance, it is that we have pushed the bar a little higher. Hopefully in a not too distant future, someone will push the bar even higher. "
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After two hours of arrival on the red carpet, the action takes place inside the historic center of Radio City Music Hall. Before a series of speeches, the lights went dark, followed by the disembodied voices of Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams in the role of Sansa and Arya Stark, warning the public of the consequences of the cancellation of the first. A sample of their jokes:
Sansa: "Welcome to the beginning of the end.You will find security here in Winterfell walls – unless you choose to break our simple rules.No photo …"
Arya: "Let me cut his throat."
Sansa: "Who has the throat?"
Arya: "The stupid with the haircut, tapping on his phone."
Sansa: "We have not warned them yet!"
Arya: "It's the perfect time to kill someone!"
Following the Stark Sisters' series of threats, Casey Bloys, HBO's programming president, and creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss spoke for two separate speeches, starting with Bloys before moving on to Benioff's dynamic duo. and Weiss. All three thanked their various partners behind the scenes and in front of the camera for their contributions to the success of Thrones, with the highlights of the speeches, including:
• Many praise and applause for Richard Plepler, outgoing CEO of HBO. Bloys said: "Richard Greenlit, the most expensive driver in HBO's history, and the most expensive new driver in HBO's history, Richard knew the series did not talk about incest and dragons, but of family and power … more important than that, he knew it was a bet on David Benioff and Dan Weiss. "Weiss added," I do not know why you said yes. was an imprudent decision, but on behalf of everyone who worked on the show and everyone who watched it, thank you, we are all here because of the choice you made. "
• Congratulations to George R.R. Martin, the brain of Westeros, attending the premiere of last season. ("I do not think it should be the last season, but we are there," Martin said THR On the red carpet, a funny laugh about how Benioff and Weiss advanced his own writings.) Addressing the audience, Weiss said about Martin: "Creating a TV show is a work of art. team, but Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen were born in one bright and unforgiving spirit George, thank you for allowing us to take your children to our charge, sorry for not treating them better. "
• Bloys on how The Thrones The HBO television channel has always transformed the list of TV shows: "One of the great legacies of this show will be the institutional knowledge that we have gained from it, and now every creator who walks in and says," J & I have this crazy idea and that's what I want to do, we do not say, "Oh, we do not know how to do that". We will say, "Here are five different ways to do it." It's really, really meaningful to us. "
After the speeches, Benioff and Weiss presented the complete cast of Game of thrones on stage, not just the active actors, but all the players who came out since who were present. The speeches being finished and the actors taking leave of the stage after a prolonged ovation, the first hour of the final Game of thrones The season has finally been presented to the public – and it's pretty much the only thing that can be said about the premiere of the season without running the risk of spoiling the story, and therefore to be killed by Arya Stark.
Of course, the issues of the last season are already clear: Jon Snow, Daenerys, Tyrion and their allies were last seen in the direction of Winterfell to unite an army of live against the terrifying forces of the dead. To regroup or die; a pretty easy premise on paper, but much more difficult in practice, given the interpersonal tensions between alliance members. It will be necessary to wait for the revelation of the first evening to understand the tensions and the progress made by the White Walkers since the lowering of the wall in season seven.
Aside from the details of the story, here is one thing that is prudent to reveal: the reaction of the public. Certainly, given their connection to the series, the crowd was ready to receive a warm welcome, but warm did not cover it exactly: their laughs, their shock and their horror were as loud and resounding as one could l? hope given the gravity of the event. If the reaction of the general public is yet to come, expect chills when the first winter arrives on HBO on April 14th.
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With the first of six final Game of thrones episodes officially in the books for this crowd of viewers, guests rushed to celebrate in style at the sumptuous afterparty, held at the Ziegfeld Ballroom just a few steps from Radio City Music Hall. Beyond The Thrones Among the celebrities present were John Oliver (Last week tonight), Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) and Anthony Carrigan (Barry), comedians Kevin Nealon and Keegan-Michael Key, Anthrax guitarist, Scott Ian, and others.
For the post-match, the Ziegfeld was covered with unshakeable shades of red, designed to evoke feelings of dragon fire. A DJ provided the music with a replica of the nearby iron throne, bright red on a flaming background, as if it had been set on fire by one of Daenerys' dragons. Works inspired by the series adorn a corridor leading to the party, with contributions from Robert Ball, Lena Danya, Victo Ngai, Magdalena Kaczan and Laurent Durieux. Participants could monitor the overcrowded ground floor from an attic with activities such as makeup and photography.
The army of the living will not have a lot of time to consume calories in the last season, but the after-party included a feast worthy of the delightful prose of George R.R. Martin. Main courses included chilled farro salad, chopped spring vegetable salad, short-haired bolognese, spring orecchiette, lemon-roasted branzino, roasted chicken medallions, crusted lamb loin za's atar, "Rockefeller" mushrooms, a croquette apple and an artisanal bread basket. There were also starters (the Cuban miniature sandwiches were outstanding) as well as several desserts, including a fruit skewer and a cup of cookies and cream. The special drink of the event: "Frost and Fire", a Johnnie Walker Black Label-based cocktail, sweet vermouth, spicy bitters and sodas.
The only criticism that can be made about food: as in previous holidays, there was no lemon cake on hand, the pastry favorite Sansa Stark. It was a particularly rude affront to the future Queen of the North – and no, it's not a spoiler; it's just a dream … and all dreams are this spring, at least until the May 19 finale.
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