Saturday, April 13, 2019

Game of Thrones : Here's again the Narrative Text !

Games of Thrones
season 8
credits: HBO

"When the last season of “Game of Thrones” kicks off Sunday night on HBO, millions of fans will tune in for the final chapters of the multiseason saga to discover…what exactly? Something to do with winter? Or dragons?"

The Wall Street Journal

Tomorrow 14 April, we can finally look forward to the last instalment of Game of Thrones. It's been a long time coming, two years since the last season (March 2017), and nine years since the first episode premiered in 2011. But the epic conclusion will be worth it.

HBO released in November 2018 a short teaser video to announce the news, speeding briskly through the bloody, winding path to the final chapter of the story, summed up by the text: 

"Every battle. Every Betrayal. Every alliance. Every risk. Every fight. Every sacrifice. Every oath. Every all #forthethrone."

Winter is coming, then... other winter is coming. It's official: the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones is coming April 14, 2019.

After seven seasons of the immensely popular fantasy drama, fans of the Westeros saga have been waiting to find out when they'll discover who will end up on the Iron Throne. When the final season airs now in April, it had been almost two years since the last season concluded in August 2017.

Games of Thrones
Spinoff  Seasons 1-7

There's more to look forward from the GoT universe, with a spinoff in development that promises to tell the story of Westeros, but millennia before the Targaryen-Stark-Lannister struggles we know.

The World of Ice & Fire
George R.R. Martin

The Narration : George R.R. Martin

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones epic story of treachery and nobility set on "the land of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years, and only the lust for power is eternal".

American author and screenwriter of fantasy, horror, and science fiction, George R. R. Martin is best known for his epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire

The World of Ice & Fire
George R.R. Martin


As I wrote, some years ago, a Narrative text lets us know something. It tells us what happened. It tells us a story. Our students love to hear narrations.

They strain to hear the latest news among their friends about what happened over the weekend and they rush to see the latest films that promise a good story! We know that! Look at movies, like Dumbo (children and teens) by the wonderful and creative Tim Burton, or Aftersome of the last teen films.

"Movies present language in a way that is often more natural than that found in course-books, the fantastic visual context aids understanding and boosts listening, and students just simply love them."

Steve Louw

Movies based on children and teen books are an attractive and enjoyable digital resource to motivate students to read in school.

So, we can motivate young readers, presenting literary books trough movies. Gorgeous educational resource!
Take the exemple of Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer. Adolescents all over the the world were addict fans. First of the movies, after reading the books.

Games of Thrones
George R.R. Martin
Serie HBO

It's the same with Game of ThronesThe bestselling series, which began with Game of Thrones, inspired the popular HBO television series of the same name. 

It's the HBO series that inspired students to want to read the books. Movies or series offer teachers and students a nice captivating push! 

Some teen literature is difficult for the 'screen-generation' readers. Movies adaptation can help students to understand better those books, to appreciate and enjoy the book by having a different approach before... or after.

I'm sure you are reading in your lessons George R.R. Martin books. 

So teachers and students (high school and college) are excited for tomorrow 14 April.

George R.R. Martin
credits: FilmMagic

The author said "the ending is going to be as much bittersweet as happy."

Martin has also published related books set in Westeros, within the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, and has written for the TV series The Twilight ZoneBeauty and the Beast, and others.

The thrilling history of the Targaryens comes to life in this masterly work by the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the inspiration for HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Games of Thrones
George R.R. Martin
credits: HBO

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen - the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria - took up residence on Dragonstone

Fire and Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

Whether you're notching marks on your wall or rewatching the previous seven seasons of Game of Thrones in preparation for the series' April return, it really does feel like time is inching slowly by. 


Games of Thrones

HBO trolled us even further by releasing brand new character posters on Twitter ahead of the eighth and final season, in which twenty of the major remaining character each sits on the Iron Throne. 

Wow! Students will love to scroll through the new character images and decide who looks best on the throne. 

The Final Season

This a reminder that, with their on-set lockdowns and dragon-level security, there's no way we'll be able to tell who will rule Westeros at the end of the final seven episodes.

Games of Thrones
And while she's got the guts and noble blood to do it, I doubt Arya would want to be the queen. 

Or is the network trying to play with our expectations, suggesting a few different people will take the throne at some point during the final season?

Games of Thrones

The most eyebrow-raising inclusion here, though, is probably the Night King. The frosty villain is a fan favorite to prevail at the end of the series.

There has been very little information about the plot of season 8. We can surmise that it will finally reveal who will finally sit atop the Iron Throne (if it isn't destroyed by the Night King's army first).

A prequel?

But don't be said! Winter is coming, and so is the final seven episodes season of HBO's hit fantasy drama Game of Thrones

If you and your students are not quite ready to exit the world of Westeros, HBO announced plans to develop a Game of Thrones prequel, slated to arrive sometime in 2020.

And George R.R. Martin, the "mastermind behind the world of Westeros" announced via Twitter that the Game of Thrones spin-off will be titled The Long Night.

The Long Night 
Prequel of Game of the Thrones

Yes, it's a long way offHere's everything we know about the forthcoming Game of Thrones prequel:

"Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East, to the Starks of legend…it’s not the story we think we know."

See you tomorrow on the streaming platform!

Emmys Nominations 2019

Emmy Awards nominees:

And today, 16 July, we knew that Game of Thrones leads this year’s Emmy nominations with a record 32 nods. Wow! Thus, the final season received mixed reviews from critics. The worst critics came from the fans.

The America’s Television Academy placed fantasy hit Game of Thrones at the top of this year’s long list of shows, with recognition for actors Kit Harington as Jon Snow and Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in the categories of lead actor and actress in a drama series as well as seven further actors - Alfie Allen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Gwendoline Christie, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williamsin the two support categories

Last year, this epic fiction reigned supreme with seven awards, including for best drama.

Stay tuned September 22 for the 71st Emmy Awards on FOX



update: 16.07.2019
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