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“Dragonstone” – Episode 1 of Game of Thrones 7 Does Not Disappoint

The first episode “Dragonstone” of the new season of “Game of Thrones” picks up from where the final episode of the sixth season left off; hinting strongly that skirmishes and hostilities are looming large on the horizon – an imminent reality waiting to happen.

The season kicks off with what would, at first, appear as a flash back. Walder Frey (David Bradley) is seen rewarding his men with a feast in recognition of their exemplary work in the mass murder at the Red Wedding of season three. However, it soon becomes apparent that this is no flashback, but a carnage of the assembled Freys, instead, who are seen choking to death on wine, laced with poison.

One striking observation viewers are likely to make is that the action, largely, centers on the characters we have been with from the very outset including Cersei and Jaime Lannister; Arya and Bran Stark; Jon Snow; Targaryen and Tyrion; Sansa, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion, and the Hound who is now riding with the indestructible Beric Dondarrion and Thoros.

Also, this time around, the theater of action is much smaller, as is evident from the maps, with most of the noteworthy characters back in Westeros which is under the token rule of a woman who is well aware that claiming the Iron Throne is far easier than holding on to it.

Although the visual effects are pretty good there are no elaborate battle scenes and no extravagant sets that the audiences had become accustomed to in previous seasons. It actually lays the ground for a grand climax with rival camps and their forces preparing to engage in the impending battle and fight it out for the Iron Throne.

The primary take away from “Dragonstone” is that two of the most powerful queens in the saga are busy, either side of Blackwater Bay, making battle plans to win the Iron Throne.

Walking over a freshly painted map of the realm, which she plans to keep within the family forever, Cersei tells Jaime, “It’s ours now, we just have to take it.”

“We can’t win this war alone,” he replies.

Which brings us to Euron Greyjoy, who arrives with his new fleet on Sunday, looking to form an alliance by way of marriage; “Here I am with a thousand ships and two good hands,” he announces.

On being rejected on his offer by Cersei, Euron promises to bring back a “priceless gift” to King’s Landing or else he would not return at all.

What the gift is going to be is anybody’s guess – it could be anything from Tyrion to a dragon – or something that gives power over dragons

Meanwhile, up north tension is brewing between siblings, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and his half- sister Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), who are now ruling Winterfell following the liberation of their family home from Ramsay Bolton. While Jon is comfortable in his new role as King he is having a hard time adjusting to Sansa as his right hand. The power-sharing between the siblings appears doomed as Machiavellian Littlefinger (Aidan Gillan) continues to manipulate Sansa against Jon.

An episode titled “Dragonstone” would not have made sense without Daenerys Targaryen appearing in the episode, and she eventually does. She has crossed the Narrow Sea and arrived at the ancestral House Targaryen with her three dragons, a fleet boasting thousands of ships, and her royal entourage. Also in tow is a strangely quiet Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage).

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Game of Thrones Season 7 – Final Two Episodes Longest of the Show to Date

The eagerly awaited seventh season of the hit television series, Game of Thrones, will be unleashed on GOT fans on July 16, 2017.While the last two episodes of the season will be the longest the show has seen, it will be a truncated season in terms of the number of episodes – just seven episodes as compared to ten episodes in all the previous seasons.

As reported by Watchers on the Wall, HBO has confirmed the duration of each episode of the new season – and yes, the season seven finale will be almost as long as a short feature film – a whopping 81 minutes runtime to be exact. The penultimate episode is not too far behind with a runtime of 71 minutes.

Episode 159 minutes
Episode 259 minutes
Episode 363 minutes
Episode 450 minutes
Episode 559 minutes
Episode 671 minutes
Episode 781 minutes

Now, here is some number crunching for the statistical minded:

The last episode of season six, “The Winds of Winter,” holds the record of the longest aired episode of Game of Thrones, thus far, with a runtime of 68 minutes.

However, the final two episodes of the soon-to-air new season standing at 71 minutes and 81 minutes respectively are set to break that record. Effectively, the penultimate episode will set a new record to be broken again in the very next and final episode of the season.

The seven episodes together account for 442 minutes (7 hours 37 minutes) which is definitely less than the average 9 hours 15 minutes of a 10-episode season. However, if one considers just seven episodes of the previous seasons the current season will come out topper.

In the previous seasons, the average episode length ranged from a low of 54:25 minutes in season two to a high of 56:08 minutes in season one, whereas, the new season promises a 63-minute average which is 8 minutes longer than a typical Game of Thrones episode. The extra 8 minutes amount to 56 minutes over seven episodes thereby making up for one of the three missing episodes this season.

Despite being the longest episode of Game of Thrones to date, the last installment is still behind some 90-minute episodes of other HBO shows like True Detective and Westworld, to name a couple.

The rather large ensemble cast of Game of Thrones includes Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington in addition to several new cast members the new season will introduce – Jim Broadbent and Tom Hopper are two members that we know of.

Not unlike the previous season, it is based on original content not found in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. However, it is reported that some adaptation from The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring (the upcoming sixth and seventh novels) will be witnessed. David Benioff and D. B. Weiss are behind the television adaptation of the series.

Main cast

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
Kit Harington as Jon Snow
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
Aidan Gillen as Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish
Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth
Carice van Houten as Melisandre
Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark
Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei
Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark
Conleth Hill as Varys
Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy
John Bradley as Samwell Tarly
Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth
Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane
Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark
Jerome Flynn as Bronn
Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont
Hannah Murray as Gilly

Guest cast

Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell
Gemma Whelan as Yara Greyjoy
Josephine Gillan as Marei
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson as Gregor Clegane
Jessica Henwick as Nymeria Sand
Rosabell Laurenti Sellers as Tyene Sand
Pilou Asbæk as Euron Greyjoy
Bella Ramsey as Lyanna Mormont
Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm
Daniel Portman as Podrick Payne
Tim McInnerny as Robett Glover[26][27]
Rupert Vansittart as Yohn Royce[28]
Ellie Kendrick as Meera Reed[29]
Ben Crompton as Eddison Tollett[30]
Richard Rycroft as Maester Wolkan[31]
Tom Hopper as Dickon Tarly[32]
Jim Broadbent as Archmaester Marwyn
Mark Gatiss as Tycho Nestoris

There are 36 long days ahead before the show is back once again to entertain fans all around the world. However, in just seven weeks from then, all will be over, hopefully leaving behind enough material for impassioned discussions until the next season.

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Actor Peter Vaughan of ‘Game of Thrones’ Dies at 93

Peter Vaughn, a thespian in the real sense of the word, world famous for his roles as Maester Aemon in ‘‘Game of Thrones’ and the amiable Harry “Grouty” Grout in BBC’s sitcom Porridge, peacefully passed away Tuesday morning with his family around him in his final moments.

“This is to confirm that very sadly Peter Vaughan passed away at approximately 10:30 this morning,” the actor’s long-time agent, Sally Long-Innes, told the BBC. “He died peacefully with his family around him.”

He was not always Peter Vaughan though; His given name was Peter Ewert Ohm, born on April 4, 1923, in Wem, Shropshire, England, the son of Max Ohm, a bank clerk, and an Austrian immigrant; his mother Eva Wright was a nurse by profession.

Here’s a brief profile of Peter Vaughn’s personal and professional life in the best possible attempt to maintain chronological order:

Born – April 4, 1923, in Wem, Shropshire, England

Died – December 6, 2016, at age 93

Real Name – Peter Ewert Ohm

Father – Max Ohm, bank clerk who was an immigrant from Austria

Mother – Eva Wright, a nurse by profession

Schooling – Uttoxeter Grammar School, Staffordshire

Army Service in World War II – Joined the Royal Corps of Signals on June 9, 1943 – served in Normandy, Belgium, and the Far East – he was stationed in Singapore when the war ended and was witness to the liberation of Changi Prison

Marriage – Married to the late actress Billie Whitelaw in 1952 and divorced in
1956 – later married actress Lillias Walker who survives him

Film Career –
* Debuted in 1959 in the film The 39 Steps as a police officer

* Got his first starring breakthrough in 1964 in the film Smokescreen as an insurance investigator

* Starred alongside Frank Sinatra in the 1967 film The Naked Runner playing the role of a British agent which did not go down well with critics, accusing him of overacting his part.

* In 1980 he got the role of Mr. Freeman in the movie The French Lieutenant’s Woman. The movie got the first-star billing for Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons.

* Played the role of Anthony Hopkin’s father in the 1993 film The Remains of the Day.

* Got the part of a menacing character in Straw Dogs, in 1971.

* Appeared in the 1984 film The Razor’s Edge – the film, based on W. Somerset Maugham’s novel, also starred Bill Murray.

* Played the role of Giles Corey In the 1996 film, The Crucible.

* Acted in the 1997 film Face which also starred Robert Carlyle and Ray Winstone.

* 1998 saw him in the role of Bishop Myriel in Les Misérables alongside Hugh Jackman.

* His most out of the ordinary role is considered to be that of SS Obergruppenführer Arthur Nebe in the 1994 film Fatherland.

* Peter Vaughan also played the character ‘Uncle Alfie’ in the 2011 film Death at a Funeral

Richard Weinbaum, 47, worked with Peter Vaughan when he was a child actor in 1980
Richard Weinbaum, worked with Peter Vaughan when he was a child actor in 1980

Television Career –
* In 1969 he appeared in the Randall and Hopkirk episode “Never Trust a Ghost”.

* The same year he acted in the 13-part TV series The Gold Robbers Vaughan played the role of Mr. Paxton in the BBC TV adaptation of the M.R. James ghost story A Warning to the Curious, televised as part of BBC Television’s annual series A Ghost Story for Christmas (December 1972).

* Lovable performance in the British sitcom Porridge – his role was 3 episodes brief but left a distinctive mark in the memories of those who were fortunate enough to see him in the program.

* Starred as Billy Fox in the Thames Television series Fox in 1980.

* Vaughan is also known to have played historical roles which include the role of Russian ambassador Alexander Izvolsky in the serial Fall of Eagles (1974), British politician Thomas Inskip in the mini-series Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (1981), the title role in A Last Visitor for Mr. Hugh Peter (1981), and German Nazi figures Kurt Zeitzler in the miniseries War and Remembrance (1988) and Hermann Göring in the docu-drama Countdown to War (1989).

* He is also known to have appeared in many literary adaptations, like Bleak House (BBC, 1985), in which he played the sinister lawyer, Mr. Tulkinghorn and Our Mutual Friend (BBC Two, 1998).

* He played the lead role of the KGB head in the spy thriller Codename: Kyril in 1988
* 1986 witnessed his appearance in the promotional video of Kate Bush’s “Experiment IV” single.

* In 1991 Vaughan played John Turner in one episode of the Granada Television’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes titled ‘The Boscombe Valley Mystery’ – his Australian accent in the episode was near-perfect.

* He achieved much appreciation and acclaim , AND the Best Actor nomination at the 1997 British Academy Television Awards for his role as Felix Hutchinson, an Alzheimer disease sufferer in Our Friends in the North (BBC Two, 1996).

* In 2007, he starred in the television serial Mobile.

* Vaughan starred as Michael Dodd in the BBC courtroom drama Silk, a British television drama series produced by the BBC between February 22, 2011, and March 31, 2014, and broadcast over three series on BBC One.

* The late Peter Vaughan is best known, and earned a huge fan following for his role as Master Aemon in the Game of Thrones, an old blind man providing guidance to the men on the Watch – The character of Master Aemon dies on the voyage between Braavos and Oldtown in the story ‘A Feast for Crows,’ when he is sent by John Snow to the Citadel by sea.

This is a tribute to you, Peter Vaughn. May your soul Rest in Peace.
And yes, you will be remembered and missed for a long, long time to come.