A lot of eventful happenings have transpired within the Game of Thrones universe as of late. Below is a look at the major Game of Thrones‘ headlines that made the rounds this past week.
Season 6 arrives on DVD/Blu-ray
Game of Thrones Season 6 arrived on DVD/Blu-ray. Among the special features in the box set, are the highly-anticipated deleted scenes and cast and crew commentaries for each episode.
Game of Thrones scores 5 Critics’ Choice Awards nominations
Mere months after Game of Thrones made Emmy history by becoming the new record-holder for the most overall awards won by a scripted series; the HBO juggernaut is enjoying further awards recognition.
The awards season is almost in full swing and kicking things off are the Critics’ Choice Awards, where Game of Thrones scored five nominations. Comprising the nods are four nominations in the acting categories and one for Best Drama.
Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) both earned nods for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. While Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) both received nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Noticeably absent from the Best Supporting Actress ballot is Maisie Williams, who earned her first Emmy nomination earlier this year for her performance as Arya Stark, in the same category.
The slate of Critic’s Choice nominees heavily reflects that of the Emmys, with the exception of Williams’ absence. Only time will tell if the Game of Thrones cast fares better at the Critics’ Choice Awards.
— Critics’ Choice (@CriticsChoice) November 14, 2016
While the series triumphed as a whole, the Emmys left the Game of Thrones cast empty handed. Despite coming into the evening as the heavy favorite to win by experts, Kit Harington lost Best Supporting Actor to Bloodline‘s Ben Mendelsohn.
While Lena Headey lost Best Supporting Actress to Downton Abbey‘s Maggie Smith. Her loss was less surprising given that Smith was another favorite to win.
Neither Ben Mendelsohn, nor Maggie Smith are nominated in their respective categories for the Critics’ Choice Awards, so if Harington and Headey were to lose, it would not be to their Emmy competitors.
To this date, Peter Dinklage is the only actor to win a major award for his role on Game of Thrones.
Find out if any of Game of Thrones‘ actors win, when the 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards air live on A&E, December 11, at 8 p.m.
Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke cast in Star Wars spinoff
Emilia Clarke has scored her latest theatrical role. The Inquisitr reports that Disney has announced that Clarke will star in the upcoming Han Solo film, which follows the younger years of the iconic character. No specifics about Clarke’s role were revealed.
— Star Wars (@starwars) November 18, 2016
Clarke joins a cast that already includes Alden Ehrenreich in the title role, and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. The currently untitled Star Wars film will hit theaters on May 25, 2018.
This marks the latest move in Clarke’s burgeoning film career. Earlier this year, she starred in the sleeper hit Me Before You, opposite Hunger Games actor Sam Claflin. The romantic drama fared well with audiences, critics, and the box office.
Another Game of Thrones role has been recast
Los Siete Reinos, the Spanish-language Game of Thrones fan site that also broke the story about Kit Harington filming in Spain, has reported that Black Sails actor Tom Hopper has replaced Freddie Stroma in the role of Dickon Tarly, brother of Samwell Tarly (John Bradley). Winter is Coming later related the news.
— Winter is Coming (@WiCnet) November 17, 2016
Viewers were introduced to Dickon Tarly in Season 6, Episode 6, “Blood of My Blood.” In the episode, Sam, his girlfriend Gilly (Hannah Murray), and her son, Little Sam, made a stop at Horn Hill, the home of House Tarly, on the way to Oldtown where they were traveling for Sam’s maester training.
Expect to see Dickon in a more militaristic setting in Game of Thrones Season 7. House Tarly is one of House Tyrell’s bannermen.
This is not the first time Game of Thrones has recast a role. The most notable incident occurred in Season 4, when Michiel Huisman took over the role of Daario Naharis from Deadpool star Ed Skrien, who originated the role in Season 3.
Game of Thrones Season 7 premieres next summer on HBO.
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