Game of Thrones sets new record

From Deadline:
“The HBO epic, which wrapped its final season this year, set a new benchmark with 32 total nominations, the most for any program in a single season (beating NYPD Blue‘s previous mark). The series returns to the Best Drama series fight and also scored lead acting noms for Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke, along with a slew of supporting noms — seven of the 12 slots in those categories went to GoT actors including Peter Dinklage returning to defend his title.”

  1. Outstanding Drama Series
  2. Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series  (“The Iron Throne”)
  3. Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series  (“The Iron Throne”)
  4. Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series  (“The Last of the Starks”)
  5. Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series  (“The Long Night”)
  6. Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More)  (“The Bells”)
  7. Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series
  8. Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour)  (“The Iron Throne”)
  9. Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes  (“The Bells”)
  10. Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series  (“The Iron Throne”)
  11. Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series  (“The Long Night”)
  12. Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series  (“Winterfell”)
  13. Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series  (“The Long Night”)
  14. Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Within a Scripted Program  (“Fight For The Living: Beyond The Wall Virtual Reality Experience”)
  15. Outstanding Main Title Design
  16. Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)  (“The Long Night”)
  17. Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Special  (“The Long Night”)
  18. Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)  (“The Long Night” – Music by Ramin Djawadi)
  19. Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)  (“The Long Night”)
  20. Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)  (“The Long Night”)
  21. Outstanding Special Visual Effects  (“The Bells”)
  22. Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie
  23. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series  (Kit Harington as Jon Snow)
  24. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series  (Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen)
  25. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series  (Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy)
  26. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series  (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jamie Lannister)
  27. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series  (Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister)
  28. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series  (Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth)
  29. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series  (Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister)
  30. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series  (Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark)
  31. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series  (Maisie Williams as Arya Stark)
  32. Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series  (Carice van Houten as Melisandre)

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Three other favorite shows also garnered some Emmy noms…

  1. Outstanding Comedy Series
  2. Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series  (“All Alone”)
  3. Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series  (“We’re Going to the Catskills!”)
  4. Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More)  (“Simone”)
  5. Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More)  (“We’re Going to the Catskills!”)
  6. Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour)  (“Simone”)
  7. Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series
  8. Outstanding Period Costumes  (“We’re Going to the Catskills!”)
  9. Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series  (“Simone”)
  10. Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series  (“We’re Going to the Catskills!”)
  11. Outstanding Hairstyling for Single-Camera Series  (“We’re Going to the Catskills!”)
  12. Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)  (“We’re Going to the Catskills!”)
  13. Outstanding Music Supervision  (“We’re Going to the Catskills!”)
  14. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series  (Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel)
  15. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series  (Tony Shalhoub as Abe Weissman)
  16. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series  (Alex Borstein as Susie Myerson)
  17. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series  (Marin Hinkle as Rose Weissman)
  18. Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series  (Luke Kirby as Lenny Bruce)
  19. Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series  (Rufus Sewell as Declan Howell)
  20. Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series  (Jane Lynch as Sophie Lennon)

  1. Outstanding Television Movie
  2. Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie
  3. Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series or Movie
  4. Outstanding Hairstyling for a Limited Series or Movie
  5. Outstanding Makeup for a Limited Series or Movie (Non-Prosthetic)
  6. Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special
  7. Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or Movie
  8. Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role

  1. Outstanding Drama Series
  2. Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series  (“Winner”)
  3. Outstanding Music Supervision  (“Something Stupid”)
  4. Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)  (“Talk”)
  5. Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)  (“Talk”)
  6. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series  (Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill)
  7. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series  (Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut)
  8. Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series  (Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut)
  9. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series  (Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring)
  10. Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series  (“Winner”, Michael McKean as Chuck McGill)

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Playlist::Workout 2

All my Workout Playlists contain a medley of tunes that can be used during both the cardio and strength-training segments (that way I can mix it up to suit my mood) – with the last two songs designated for cool-down/stretching.

16 songs
1 hour, 5 minutes

Gonna Get Close to You
(Note: The USA is barred from viewing the original video on YouTube – this “replacement” is fucking lame.)
Queensrÿche
I Don’t Believe In Love Queensrÿche
We Didn’t Start the Fire Billy Joel
Jet City Woman Queensrÿche
Wild, Wild West The Escape Club
This Is Radio Clash The Clash
Somebody Save Me Cinderella
Kiss My Love Goodbye L.A. Guns
Your Mama Won’t Know Pretty Boy Floyd
48 Hours Pretty Boy Floyd
Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz Pretty Boy Floyd
Rock & Roll (Is Gonna Set the Night On Fire) Pretty Boy Floyd
What I Like About You The Romantics
Wild In the Streets Bon Jovi
Walk In the Shadows Queensrÿche
Jenny of Oldstones Florence + The Machine

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GoT ~ and now our Watch has ended

“The Iron Throne”

I got (GoT?) my wish. The wicked queen is dead. No, not Cersei. Dany.

The bottom line is that Daenerys’ love for Jon/Aegon allowed him to get close enough to put a knife in her. Sensing the death of the Mother of Dragons, Drogon appears and his anguish over her death was heart-wrenching to watch. Drogon then melted the Iron Throne (the thing that’s caused so much death and destruction over 8 seasons)…as if he acknowledged that it was the lust for power that led his mother to her demise.

Best quotes:
“I freed my brother. You slaughtered a city.” (Tyrion to Daenerys)
“I know a killer when I see one.” (Arya to Jon/Aegon, regarding Daenerys)
“Love is the death of duty.” (Jon/Aegon to Tyrion)
“Why do you think I came all this way?” (Bran The Broken, at the Great Council)
“…made many terrible mistakes. He’s going to spend the rest of his life fixing them.” (Bran, on Tyrion being made Hand)

Tears shed:
Tyrion finding the remains of Jaime and Cersei in the catacombs beneath the Red Keep.
Brienne updating Jaime’s record in The Book of Brothers.
The reunion of Jon/Aegon and Ghost.

Little things that made me smile:
At the Great Council, Samwell Tarly suggesting a democratic vote on who should rule (i.e., letting all the people decide), which produced a groundswell of laughter from everyone else.
Entering the Small Council meeting, Samwell produced a book entitled “A Song of Ice and Fire” which he says chronicles the wars after Robert Baratheon’s Rebellion – prompting Tyrion to inquire if he’s mentioned in a positive or negative light and Samwell responding that he’s not mentioned at all.
The banter between Tyrion and Bronn at the Small Council meeting.

Finally, what felt RIGHT:
The death of the despot Daenerys at the hands of Jon/Aegon.
Bran The Broken being pronounced ruler of the 6 Kingdoms (with The North being granted independence).

Tyrion named Hand (of the King).
Sansa being crowned Queen of the North, and Arya sailing off into the great unknown west of Westeros.
Jon/Aegon being sentenced to join the ranks of the Night’s Watch at Castle Black – it seemed like he was going “home”.

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Well, HBO’s epic masterpiece Game of Thrones is done, although HBO will air a 2-hour documentary next Sunday entitled Game of Thrones: The Last Watch.

From CheatSheet:
Game of Thrones has an extraordinary fan base and a near cult-like following. The beloved show holds the record for the most number of Primetime awards won and is the most watched HBO series of all time, surpassing The Sopranos by several million viewers.”

Game of Thrones: The Last Watch delves deep into the mud and blood to reveal the tears and triumphs involved in the challenge of bringing the fantasy world of Westeros to life in the very real studios, fields and car-parks of Northern Ireland. Made with unprecedented access, The Last Watch is an up-close and personal report from the trenches of production, following the crew and the cast as they contend with extreme weather, punishing deadlines and an ever-excited fandom hungry for spoilers. Much more than a ‘making of’ documentary, this is a funny, heartbreaking story, told with wit and intimacy, about the bittersweet pleasures of what it means to create a world — and then have to say goodbye to it.”

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GoT + Fender = badass guitars

Fender worked directly with D.B. Weiss (Game of Thrones creator and guitar player) to ensure the three guitars reflected the identity of each of the three houses.

House Stark Telecaster

House Lannister Jaguar

House Targaryen Stratocaster

Dan Weiss, Brad Paisley, Nuno Bettencourt, Tom Morello, Scott Ian, and Game of Thrones award-winning composer Ramin Djawadi ROCK OUT the Game of Thrones theme
(gave me chills):

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References to Game of Thrones are popping up in the oddest places…

One would think sports and Game of Thrones make odd bedfellows, but references to the series keep popping up (See Game of Zones and NBA on TNT).

Last Friday, Scott Van Pelt (SportsCenter) was discussing the Rockets-Warriors game (where the Warriors once more killed the Rockets’ chances of an NBA Championship…yay) and mentioned “Royalty being in the house”. Scott got her first name out but seemed to stumble over Emilia’s surname, finally blurting out “She rides on dragons!” (I tried to find a sound bite; You’ll have to trust me when I say it was kinda cute.)

Houston Rockets’ mascot, Clutch the Bear, welcomed the Queen of Dragons by “bending the knee”:

Yesterday morning, Fox Sports show “Speak for Yourself” compared the events happening in the Lakers’ camp to Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark in Season 1. (Yikes!)

Finally, “Speak for Yourself” leaked that Green Bay Quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, had a cameo in last Sunday’s episode, “The Bells”.

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