Game of Thrones breaks records with 12 Emmy Awards

Source: Television Academy

At this year’s Emmy Awards, the fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones sets a record for most awards won in a single year.

From it’s 24 nominations, the show won 12 Emmy Awards including the most rewarding for Outstanding Drama Series 2015. The previous record holder was ‘The West Wing’ which won nine awards at the 2000 Emmys. In addition to best drama, Game of Thrones also took home Emmys for best directing and best script for the episode ‘Mother’s Mercy’ directed by David Nutter and written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Peter Dinklage, who has previously won an Emmy for his role as Tyrion Lannister, won again for best supporting actor in a drama.

Here’s a list of all the Emmy Awards 2015 won by Game of Thrones:

  • Outstanding Drama Series
  • Outstanding Special Visual Effects – ‘The Dance Of Dragons’
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (One Hour) – ‘Hardhome’
  • Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series – ‘Mother’s Mercy’
  • Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series – ‘Hardhome’
  • Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series – ‘The Dance of Dragons’
  • Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series – ‘Mother’s Mercy’
  • Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Contemporary Or Fantasy Program (One Hour Or More) – ‘High Sparrow’
  • Outstanding Makeup For A Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) – ‘Mother’s Mercy’
  • Outstanding Casting For A Drama Series
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series – Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
  • Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Limited Series Or Movie

Congratulations, Game of Thrones!

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Bad news for Dutch Walking Dead fans

Teaser poster Fear the Walking Dead

(English below)

Beste mede-Walking Dead fans, slecht nieuws. Fear the Walking Dead, de spin-off en prequel televisieserie van The Walking Dead, zal voorlopig niet worden uitgezonden op FOX in Nederland en België.

In de nacht van 23 op 24 augustus 2015 gaat de nieuwe serie wereldwijd in première op AMC. Helaas dus niet in de lage landen, omdat AMC geen distributiedeal is aangegaan met FOX, de televisiezender die ook The Walking Dead uitzendt (bron: De Nachtvlinders).

Fear the Walking Dead is gemaakt door comicschrijver Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead en Ultimate X-Men comics) en Dave Erickson, de producer van de series Sons of Anarchy en Marco Polo. Het verhaal speelt zich af in Los Angeles en volgt een groepje mensen tijdens het begin van de zombie apocalypse en het verval van de samenleving.

De officiële trailer van Fear the Walking Dead ziet er eerlijk gezegd meer uit als een zombie apocalypse film. Het maakt mij heel benieuwd of de serie even goed wordt als The Walking Dead, maar helaas zal ik het waarschijnlijk niet weten tot de serie uitkomt op Blu-ray.

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Dear fellow Dutch Walking Dead fans, bad news. Fear the Walking Dead, the spin-off and prequel series of The Walking Dead, won’t be broadcasted on FOX channel in the Netherlands.

The show will premiere in the night of 23rd of August 2015 on AMC. But unfortunately not in the Netherlands, because AMC didn’t made a distribution deal with FOX channel, the channel which broadcasted The Walking Dead before (source: De Nachtvlinders).

Fear the Walking Dead is created by comic writer Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead and Ultimate X-Men comics) and Dave Erickson, the producer of Sons of Anarchy and Marco Polo. The story is set in Los Angeles and follows several people during the beginning of the zombie apocalypse and the impending collapse of civilization.

The official trailer of Fear the Walking Dead actually looks like another zombie apocalypse movie to me. It makes me very curious about whether it will be as good The Walking Dead, but I guess I will have to wait until the series will be released on Blu-ray.

Get Yer Kilt On – Outlander: Season 1 Review

Firstly I want to say, I haven’t read the books, so I will only write about the TV series Outlander in this review. My mother loves the books and was very enthousiastic when the series came out. She recommended me to watch and, well, I’m probably a chip off the old block, because soon I was hooked on Outlander. Warning: spoilers for season 1 of Outlander follow.

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Outlander: season 1 (2014-15)

  • Creator: Ronald D. Moore
  • Season 1 premiere date: Aug 9, 2014
  • Starring: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Duncan Lacroix, Graham McTavish,
  • 16 episodes of 60 minutes

Outlander follows the story of Claire Beauchamp Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a combat nurse from 1945. When she is reunited with her husband Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies) after 5 years of war, they travel to Inverness in Scotland for a second honeymoon. While Frank researches his family history, Claire, interested in the old Scottish folklore, witnesses a Druid ritual among standing stones on the hill of Craigh na Dun. When she places her hands on the stones, she is swept back in time to 1743 in Scotland, in the middle of a skirmish between Redcoats and rebel Highlanders. She is threatened by Frank’s ancestor “Black Jack” Randall (also Tobias Menzies), but saved by a Scotsman and his fellows. Claire’s held captive at Castle Leoch and the MacKenzie clan and is labeled as ‘Sassenach’, an English person or outlander and is suspected to be an English spy. With her medical experience she is deployed as a healer while planning her escape back to Craigh na Dun. But after treating a dislocated shoulder of the romantic, red-haired Scottish warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), a passionate relationship is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two different men in two incompatible lives.

outlander jamie claireWhen you try to tell someone about the series, you probably say it’s a love story about an English woman who travels back in time and falls in love with a Scot. But the thing about Outlander is: it’s so much more than that! The series unexpectedly plays with genre: sometimes it feels like a historical drama, ten minutes later it’s an adventure or swash-buckle story, but also shocking horror, magical fantasy and science-fiction with it’s tagline: “What if your future was the past?” The fact that Claire travels back in time to the the fierce world of Scotland and knows history of these Highlanders and their failing cause is an interesting struggle.

Claire is above all a great, strong female character played by actress Caitrona Balfe. Her character’s traits of stubbornness and intelligence are engaging and sometimes very funny: she doesn’t let anyone tell her what to do, which is in violation with the traditions of Scotland in 1743. She is a strong woman, well-spoken, knows politics, has headstrong opinions, she drinks and she loves sex (which results in long, passionate sex scenes). As Caitrona Balfe says in an interview, Claire is even for her time in 1940’s very modern and very forward thinking.outlander leoch

The series are of course based on the Outlander book series by Diana Gabaldon. In the first episodes of the show, Claire’s voice-over was used very often, a filmic technique to adapt narrated monologue in books – but in screenwriting there’s the principle of ‘tell me nothing, show me everything.’ Since the script is beautifully written, Claire’s voice-over felt sometimes unnecessary because I already saw was she was thinking or feeling. But the voice-over was used less during the season and I got more comfortable with Claire’s character. It was a nice change, since there aren’t that much female protagonists I know of. As a viewer you step into this new world together with Claire. This is emphasized by not translating Gaelic for example, which excludes Claire and us from the conversation and information given. Also, instead of a ‘male gaze’, a ‘female gaze’ is often used, for example when Jamie jumpes naked into the river to fix the mill (if you know what I mean).

Speaking of Jamie Fraser, the charming Scottish warrior with lots of charisma, he is well played by Sam Heughan with his swooing blue eyes. He is well matched with Claire, who teaches him to have an open minded, equivalent relationship based on love and respect (for his time), but also remains to have his proud heritance of his clan and as laird and teaches Claire the Scottish ways in return. Then there is the ultimate antagonist, Jack Randall. Gods, Joffrey Baratheon of Game of Thrones would be afraid of this man! I think he is the most sadistic and horrifying character I’ve ever seen. A memorable performance by Tobias Menzies.

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The storyline develops with a nice pace, you truly get to know the wonderful characters and setting, which allows you to understand well why Claire’s heart is torn between these two worlds. Sometimes I did find some conflict was resolved too easily: someone gets caught and rescued at the end of the day. For example, in episode 4 “The Gathering” when Claire tries to escape to Craigh na Dun during the clan gathering. She is caught by Jamie in the stables and tells him exactly what she is trying to do and just gives up. But after this, Claire goes along on a journey with Dougal MacKenzie (Graham McTavish) and the hilarious Angus Mhor (Stephen Walters) to collect the rent for the laird Colum MacKenzie (Gary Lewis). From here on, the story builds up and Claire finds herself between constantly shifting alliances and a lot of clever intrigues.

Some episodes are so memorable because there is more at stake than ever. Sometimes even really disturbing or horrifying: the excessive flogging of Jamie whereby the skin is hanging loose from his back in “The Garrison Commander” and when Geillis (played by the Dutch actress Lotte Verbeek) is getting arrested together with Claire for witchcraft and faces an inescapable fate in “The Devil’s Mark”. Especially the last two episodes “Wentworth Prison” and “To Ransom a Man’s Soul” were so hard and even uncomfortable to watch. Outlander doesn’t cut away, but shows you macabre torture scenes in real time, right in your face. I thought the sick flasbacks of the ‘relationship’ between Jamie and Randall, which left Jamie traumatized, are even more shocking than Game of Thrones without only showing sensationalized horror. “It isn’t violence simply for the sake of violence. It’s violence that’s intricately connected to the character, his arc, and even the narratives of other characters on a show,” as Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya writes in her article about the last episode. Really impressive.

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Furthermore, there are plenty of historical references which I find really interesting. The rising of the Jacobite army, the wedding rituals of wrist cutting and hand-fasting. Also the opening titles song is adapted from the Scottish folk song “The Skye Boat Song”, by changing the text of the poem “Sing me a song of a lass that is gone” fitting right into the story. The costumes by designer Terry Dresbach, the settings and the music are absolutely brilliant. The scenery of Scotland is beautifully filmed, which gives the series it’s mysterious and sometimes dark atmosphere.

I find Outlander a really engaging show. The characters are intelligent, strong, charming or horrifying with lots of secrets. Although it felt like a love story at first, the story develops into a true epic adventure in the harsh world of Scotland in 1743 which is definitely not for the faint-hearted. Season 2 of Outlander will start in 2016.