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Everything we know about Game Of Thrones season 8 from leaks to cast hints
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game Of Thrones (Picture: HBO/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock)
 
 
Warning: Contains potential spoilers for Game Of Thrones.
Game Of Thrones eighth season has been subjected to numerous leaks since filming began, but what details can be salvaged from the set and casting hints?

While we have to wait until next year for the epic conclusion to the fantasy phenomena (before the crazy amount of spin-offs), there’s been a surprising amount of teasing adjectives and battered sets cropping up in the online stratosphere.
So what do we know about Game Of Thrones season eight? Let’s dive in.

Burning castles galore

Everything we know about Game Of Thrones season 8 from leaks to cast hints
Will dragons be rampaging over Westeros? (Picture: HBO)
 
An early leak from the set showed House Stark’s residence at Winterfell coated in flames, with claims over 200 extras were involved in a ‘big battle scene’.
Considering Sansa was left in charge of the place in Jon Snow’s absence, could this be the first stop on the White Walker rampage now they’ve torn through the wall? And could this be Sansa’s big test of her leadership qualities she’s started to show?
The Unsullied army were also reportedly spotted filming not too far away in Toome, indicating Daenerys and Jon Snow could perhaps be involved in the conflict too.
More leaked set pictures show King’s Landing looking in a pretty rough shape too, with reports pyrotechnics had been used around the set.
There’s been previous hints from show producers (and Bran Stark’s vision) a dragon could be about to cause mayhem over King’s Landing – so could Cersei Lannister bow out via brutal scorching?

Back to the Dragonpit

Everything we know about Game Of Thrones season 8 from leaks to cast hints
Tyrion looks to be heading back to a familiar location (Picture: HBO)
 
The body doubles of both Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) were spotted both returning to the Italica amphitheatre ruins in Seville, where season seven’s Dragonpit sequence was filmed.
It’s perhaps unsurprising another round in the Dragonpit looks to be taking place considering season seven’s felt slightly anticlimactic – with the meeting of Daenerys, Cersei, Jon Snow, Brienne and more not really amounting to much. Could this be a more devastating encounter?

New faces

Everything we know about Game Of Thrones season 8 from leaks to cast hints
Marc Rissman has been cast from Into The Badlands (Picture: HBO)
 
A previous report from Watchers On The Wall indicated eight new people had been cast in the show, even though judging by the generic titles, these could be more battle fodder amid the ongoing war.
Other castings include Daniella Galligan as Sarra, which will presumably be Sarra Frey aka a granddaughter of Walder Frey.
Alice Nokes has also been cast as a character named Willa, while German actor Marc Rissman (Into The Badlands) has joined as Harry Strickland, who is the leader of the Golden Company.
You might recall Cersei sent Euron Greyjoy to bring back the Golden Company to aid her defence over the Iron Throne, so it looks like they could play a tide-turning role in the final season.

Old, returning faces

Everything we know about Game Of Thrones season 8 from leaks to cast hints
Could Edmure Tully return in season 8? (Picture: HBO)
 
After Metro.co.uk spoke to Tobias Menzies, he didn’t exactly rule out a potential return in the final season as Edmure Tully.
His reappearance could herald House Tully’s return, with Edmure having married Walder Frey’s daughter Roslin at the infamous Red Wedding.
Roslin is now living somewhere in Westeros with her and Edmure’s newborn son, so a return could revive their exiled house and allow them to reclaim the riverlands.
Another old face who is seemingly returning is Wilf Scolding as Rhaegar Targaryen, after deleting a post on Instagram showing him near the Belfast set.
This likely means we’ll be diving deep into Bran Stark’s visions as The Three Eyed Raven once more. After all, we’re still waiting for Jon Snow to find out his worrying connection to Daenerys.
One person who is most likely not returning is Ellie Kendrick as Meera Reed, who confirmed to Metro.co.uk she’d yet to receive a call about coming back

Who is directing?

Everything we know about Game Of Thrones season 8 from leaks to cast hints
The director of Battle Of The Bastards is returning (Picture: HBO)
 
 
Show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are directing one episode of the final season, presumably the finale.
The rest of the episodes will be directed by Miguel Sapochnik, who was responsible for the excellent season six finale and Battle Of The Bastards, along with David Nutter, who most famously directed the Red Wedding episode.

What have the cast said about it?

Everything we know about Game Of Thrones season 8 from leaks to cast hints
Nathalie Emmanuel plays Missandei (Picture: HBO)
 
Nathalie Emmanuel previously told Metro.co.uk season eight ‘definitely will not be a rushed conclusion’ while Joe Dempsie teased it’ll be an unexpected and ‘satisfying’.
‘It’s an ending I don’t think many people will be expecting and I think, on reflection, people will really, really enjoy.’
Emilia Clarke meanwhile has stated the final season will divide viewers, with some being confused while others ‘will scream’.
In other words, it sounds like it could be an ending which is more open-ended than we’re expecting – which might not deliver when it comes to instant gratification.

Oh come on, when is it released already?

Game Of Thrones season eight is expected to release in 2019.

Emilia Clarke reveals she'll always be mother of dragons with new Game of Thrones tattoo


Emilia Clarke has revealed she was planning to get a tattoo to commemorate the end of Game of Thrones.
As the world prepares to say goodbye to the world of Westeros forever (we don’t care it’s next year, we’re still not ready), Emilia has made her own plans to bid adios to Daenerys.
Host Ryan Seacrest asked her on Live with Kelly and Ryan: ‘I was in a tattoo parlor the other day trying to get an appointment and they said that they were full because you’re coming in to get a tattoo of a dragon?’
When Kelly Ripa asked if she was going ahead with the ink, Emilia easily beamed: ‘Yes! Sorry mum!’
She then explained that she was going to get a dragon on her wrist ‘kind of flying away’ and said: ‘I think that’s cool – a little kind of peace out.’
The young star also has a bumblebee tattoo that she showed off on her little finger – and explained that it looked fresher but it was affected because she washes her hands.
Emilia is in it for the new looks lately – and showed off a bleach blonde bob just before heading on to the show in New York.


Emilia Clarke reveals she'll always be mother of dragons with new Game of Thrones tattoo
Emilia is starring in the new Star Wars movie, Solo (Picture: Disney)
 
 
Showing off her new ‘do on Instagram, she joked: ‘In other news this FABULOUS new bob is the chicest way to style out some burnt out mother of dragons split ends…every pun intended…when your ends look like a wildling it’s time to chop’ (sic).
Emilia recently teased that Daenerys gets up to some things that ‘fucked her up’.
She told Vanity Fair: ‘Knowing that is going to be a lasting flavour in someone’s mouth of what Daenerys is… I’m doing all this weird shit.
‘You’ll know what I mean when you see it.’

Game Of Thrones season 8 scripts 'self-destruct' after filming
There’s no time to hang around on the Game of Throne set (Picture: HBO)
 
 
Producers are so keen to keep the plot of Game Of Thrones season 8 under wraps that the scripts self-destruct after they’re finished being filmed.
Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister on the HBO epic, has revealed new measures have been taken to ensure secrecy for season 8.
In an interview with Elite Daily, he said: ‘They’re very very strict. It’s reached a crazy level this year.’
Coster-Waldau went on to describe the extra precautions, detailing a very Ethan Hunt way of making sure your actors keep schtum.
‘We actually get the scripts, and then when we’ve shot the scene — and we only have it digitally — and then when you’ve done the scene, it just vanishes. It’s like Mission: Impossible. ‘This will self-destruct’.”

For Nikolaj’s sake, let’s hope the new measures work well (but not too well).




Game Of Thrones season 8 scripts 'self-destruct' after filming


Game Of Thrones is very nearly going into post-production as more and more stars reveal they’ve filmed their final scenes on the last series.
Hannah Murray aka Gilly recently spoke about filming her last Thrones moments and it seems like she’s going to miss it a lot.
‘All I will say is I got to work with some people I hadn’t had the chance to work with before,’ she told Insider. ‘And that was really amazing.’
Meanwhile, a fan photo posted to social media sparked speculation that season 8 could feature the biggest dragon so far.

According to eagle-eyed fan site Winter is Coming, a large dragon rig has been spotted at Titanic Studios in Belfast (where the King’s Landing set is situated).
Pictures of the huge rig were uploaded by a fan to Twitter, who pointed out that the fluorescent green apparatus looks very similar to equipment used previously by Emilia Clarke – who plays dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen on the show.
It’s difficult to see too much in the snap, but it looks like this rig is considerably larger than others that have been used before.

Gendry may marry Daenerys in season 8 of Game Of Thrones


Longstanding Game Of Thrones actor Joe Dempsie has given us a few hints about the future of Gendry in season eight.
And one comment in particular has piqued our interest.
Speaking to fan site Watchers On The Wall, Demspie discussed what Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen would do if confronted with the bastard son of Robert Baratheon.
‘I don’t know – marry him?’ he replied, when asked about it.
It’s a bit unlikely – season seven’s finale saw Dany getting frisky with Jon Snow (they’re related!) – but Gendry is a Baratheon and uniting two warring houses would ensure peace and prosperity, something Westeros is in dire need of.


Television programmes: Game of Thrones. Series 2.Episode 2 "The Night Lands". Joe Dempsie as Gendry. HBO Enterprises
Joe Dempsie plays Gendry in Game Of Thrones (Picture: HBO)
 
 
Of course, the fact that our favourite marathon rower is also the true heir to the Iron Throne might make Dany wary. After all, killing him would be a good way to strengthen her own ruling credentials.
Dempsie was probably joking too.
Producers on the HBO epic have taken secrecy to new levels for season eight, with scripts set to ‘self-destruct’ after filming. So it’s unlikely he knows the full plot.


Game of Thrones,Series 5,Episode 9,Dance of Dragons,Sky Atlantic. Clarke, Emilia as Daenerys Targaryen.
Daenerys would ‘just as likely marry Gendry as burn him alive’ (Picture: HBO)
 
 
But the 30-year-old actor has other ideas about the future of the series.
‘The thing about Dany that we’re seeing is her unpredictability now – you just never know what she’s going to do,’ he said.
‘What’s this quest for further power doing to her? Sometimes I don’t even know what she would do. She would just as likely marry Gendry as burn him alive.’
As for his own character’s journey in the new episodes? Dempise reckons we’re going to be seeing a lot more of the skinhead blacksmith in this season.
‘He’s sort of been a slow burner, hasn’t he?’ admitted Dempsie. ‘For the first few seasons, I was getting itchy feet for more of a purpose for him, because he was mostly just serving as a foil for Arya. But even with those scenes, there are little nuggets that are dropped that are quite subtle.
‘As the years go on, his potential significance [has become] more and more apparent, and potential is an important word. There’s a lot of elements of his character and his parentage that make him potentially powerful or dangerous, and he’s constantly learning more about himself.’

Game Of Thrones season eight could feature the biggest dragon yet


There’s no shortage of massive, fire-breathing reptiles on Game Of Thrones, but season eight could feature the biggest one yet.
According to eagle-eyed fan site Winter is Coming, a large dragon rig has been spotted at Titanic Studios in Belfast (where the King’s Landing set is situated).
Pictures of the huge rig were uploaded by a fan to Twitter, who pointed out that the fluorescent green apparatus looks very similar to equipment used previously by Emilia Clarke – who plays dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen on the show.
The photo shows the top part of the enormous rig, and the fan has added annotations which show where the rider would sit. We’re no experts but it looks like this dragon has one exceptionally long neck.
It’s also important to note that the rig isn’t on the actual King’s Landing set yet, just in Titanic Studios.


Game Of Thrones season eight could feature the biggest dragon yet
It seems the Mother of Dragons’ monster pets aren’t done growing yet (Picture: HBO)

It’s taken seven seasons for Drogon, Viserion and Rhaegal to reach their current size, but it seems the Mother of Dragons’ monster pets aren’t done growing yet.
Of course, Viserion was claimed by the Night King in the last series, so he may not mature at the same rate as the other two.
Will his dark master use magic to increase his already mammoth size?


Game Of Thrones season eight could feature the biggest dragon yet


Remember, no one has ridden Rhaegal yet, so if this rig was to show Daenerys’s lesser-known, scaly offspring it would be the first time she’s taken to the skies on Rhaegal’s back.
Of course, it might not be only Clarke who uses the rig during shooting – after all, Kit Harrington’s character Jon Snow (he knows nothing) was revealed as the rightful Targaryen heir during the last series and the dragons were more accepting of his presence than other humans.
It’s difficult to work out if this newly pictured rig is actually bigger than others used on the show before. But looking at this fan’s annotations, it would definitely seem to suggest so.
You’ll just have to wait and see.
Game Of Thrones season eight is scheduled for release in 2019.

The Walking Dead season 8: Here’s who died in episode 4 Some GuyAndrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes (Picture: Gene Page/AMC)


Warning: Contains spoilers for The Walking Dead.
The Walking Dead continued its character-killing streak with another major death in the latest episode, titled Some Guy.

Centred mostly around King Ezekiel and the downfall of his Kingdom, the episode saw his majesty pushed to the brink as he struggled to fight walkers while surrounded by the bodies of loved ones murdered by Saviors.

One of the most recognisable Kingdom henchman was Daniel, whose body was discovered by Ezekiel just before his lumbering transformation into a walker.

The Walking Dead season 8: Here’s who died in episode 4 Some Guy
Daniel played by Daniel Newman in The Walking Dead (Picture: AMC/Gene Page)
 
This stripping of Ezekiel’s status in the world also came with a natural, upsetting conclusion, as his beloved pet tiger Shiva finally proved too much of a strain on the show’s budget.
As Ezekiel fended off walkers in the woods, Shiva emerged as all hope seemed lost, protecting his owner and taking the brunt of the attack.

The tiger however soon became overwhelmed, as walkers surrounded the poor animal and feasted on his body until his cruel demise.

As an event similarly laid out in the comics, this sequence wasn’t entirely unexpected, but it’s still never nice to see special effects bite the dust.
So everyone raise a glass to Shiva, the adorable pussycat who loves a snog.



The Walking Dead season 8: Here’s who died in episode 4 Some Guy

The Walking Dead however still needs to majorly ramp up its game to get back on track in the current season, which is starting to feel aimless and stodgy.

The Walking Dead season 8 episode 4 review: Some Guy was a wasted opportunity
Rick went into car chase mode in The Walking Dead (Picture: Gene Page/AMC)
 
Warning: Contains spoilers for The Walking Dead season eight.
The Walking Dead witnessed the downfall and rebirth of Ezekiel in Some Guy, an episode which felt like a missed opportunity to reimagine a divisive character.

King Ezekiel’s on-screen translation from Robert Kirkman’s source material has always felt slightly disjointed. The character’s faked extravagance atop a mighty throne with pet tiger Shiva rubs awkwardly alongside the show’s bleak tone, made all the worse by a lack of exhaustive side-eyes whenever Ezekiel waxes lyrical like a drama student drunk on Shakespeare.

In new episode Some Guy, the show went some way in giving the character an interesting arc by stripping him of his security, but didn’t quite go far enough to leave a lasting impact.

The Walking Dead season 8 episode 4 review: Some Guy was a wasted opportunity
Cooper Andrews as Jerry (Picture: Gene Page/AMC)
 
Following the mass slaughter of his closest allies from The Kingdom, the episode kicks off with Ezekiel crawling across the bodies as they come back to life as walkers. It’s here where we saw the death of Daniel, in what was a really effective sequence to spotlight his vulnerability.

This setup became more promising as Ezekiel meets one of Negan’s men, who nearly becomes his end before heroic bodyguard Jerry gruesomely slices him in half. While a crowd-pleasing moment for Jerry flag-wavers, his presence killed a lot of the exciting tension which made the episodes’ early moments so promising.

Meanwhile, Carol is out to steal weapons from a Savior stronghold – taking the show’s addiction to ‘action hero Carol’ to new extremes as she stealth kills Negan’s men in scenes bordering on Metal Gear Solid territory.

While it’s still enjoyable to see Carol possessing the effectiveness of a trained marine, the show is overusing this side of her character. One of the highlights of season seven was seeing Carol and Daryl reunited as they share a quiet dinner, and season eight has yet to have a worthwhile moment for Carol where she isn’t performing combat roles or firing bullets.

As the Saviors seemingly got away with the guns, the show nicely collided events as Rick and Daryl chased the truck in pursuit. While the idea was initially exciting as they sped into action, the sequence fell flat due to poor direction, proving we can’t escape the show’s shuffling pace even during a highway chase.

The Walking Dead season 8 episode 4 review: Some Guy was a wasted opportunity
Andrew Lincoln as Rick (Picture: Gene Page/AMC)
 
The episode culminated in tiger Shiva’s demise in scenes parallel to Kirkman’s comics, but his death failed to achieve the emotional turning point it was shooting for. Had we seen Ezekiel put through an extended period of hardship struggling to survive alone for another episode, Shiva’s death would have felt more emotionally satisfying and less like a hurried budget-cut.

Some Guys held a lot of promise, but failed to deliver on its emotional potential by undercutting its themes with questionable decisions. We would have happily watched an episode of Ezekiel stranded alone struggling for survival against the apocalypse around him, but All Out War is proving a loud distraction which is swallowing the show’s impressive, quieter moments.

Maisie Williams says she’s ‘excited’ for Game Of Thrones to endSophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Maisie Williams as Arya Stark (Picture: HBO)

Maisie Williams has stated she’s ‘excited’ for Game Of Thrones to end so she can pursue and ‘shape’ her own acting career

The 20-year-old actress shot to fame as Arya Stark in the first season of HBO’s fantasy show, but it seems she’s looking forward to departing the show after the upcoming final eighth season.

Filming on the final season is yet to begin, and Maisie revealed how she’s looking forward to exploring new ventures once the show is concluded.

Maisie Williams says she’s ‘excited’ for Game Of Thrones to end
Maisie’s face when season 8 ends (Picture: HBO)
 
Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, Maisie said: ‘I’m really excited for Game Of Thrones to finish and there’s going to be time for me to do whatever I want.’

‘That’s just incredibly exciting and it will be nice to pick roles that I want to do
‘I can show the world what sort of actress I want to be and shape my career a little bit.’
Maisie recently starred in Netflix film iBoy and is set to star in X-Men: The New Mutants, but she’s also revealed how she’s eyeing up doing more British independent films.

‘On one hand it’s really nerve wracking to know that I won’t have that support blanket and safety net, but on the other hand I’m free.

Maisie Williams says she’s ‘excited’ for Game Of Thrones to end
Maisie Williams is looking forward to venturing out in her career (Picture: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
 
‘I’d love to do a British independent film, I’d love to make it and I’d love to be in it. There are a couple of directors that I’d love to work with – Dexter Fletcher being one.’
Kit Harington aka Jon Snow recently teased his final scenes in the hit show, which we’re hoping is a definite joke.

Game Of Thrones' Emilia Clarke shares reunion picture with her 'sun and stars' Jason Momoa
Emilia Clarke and Jason Momoa have a Game Of Thrones reunion. (Picture: HBO/ Instagram)
 
This is the stuff Game of Thrones dreams are made of: Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo are back together.

Alright, although we know Khal died many seasons ago we can wish to dream as Emilia Clarke and Jason Momoa had a warm reunion.

Emilia, who plays the Mother of Dragons, posted on her Instagram page on Sunday a photo of her with her arms around Jason, who played her late Dothraki husband also romantically known as her ‘sun and stars.’

Judging by their huge smiles, and possibly the bottles of gin, they enjoyed their time together as much as we love seeing them together.

‘When life is so good that your sun and stars is in your city…you loose your eyes and gain 5 grins (and gins) where until now they’d only been one… (*grins- there’s always more gins),’ she wrote in her caption.

She also added a jab to the fictional Jon Snow, played by Kit Harrington: ‘@prideofgypsies YOU ALWAYS MOTHER OF DRAGONS MAIN MAN ���� #lookoutjonsnowdrogosgotyournumber #happinessishere #hawaiianhakahunkoffunshutsdownlondon.’

Game Of Thrones' Emilia Clarke shares reunion picture with her 'sun and stars' Jason Momoa
Khaleesi and Khal or Emilia and Jason – take your pick (Picture: HBO)
 
Momoa recently tied the knot with long-term girlfriend Lisa Bonet, and the ceremony was said to be very intimate with just close family, according to People.

Momoa and Bonet share two children, Lola, 10, and Nakoa-Wolf, 9, having met in 2005; the GOT star is also stepdad to Zoe Kravitz from Lisa’s marriage to Lenny Kravitz.

Rumours the pair had already wed surfaced years ago when he began openly referring to his other half as his wife. In 2013 he said: ‘My wife being a very pretty woman. She’s beautiful and I love her. … My wife’s Lisa Bonet. I’m a very lucky man.’

Game Of Thrones' Emilia Clarke shares reunion picture with her 'sun and stars' Jason Momoa
Jason and Lisa kept the ceremony small (Picture: Getty)
 
Jason recently came under fire when it came to light he’d made a joke about rape during a press conference.

Fans unearthed the footage which saw him joke about playing Khal Drogo: ‘But as far as sci-fi and fantasy, I love that there’s so many things you can do, like rip someone’s tongue out of their throat and get away with it and rape beautiful women.’

He later apologised in a lengthy post where he said he is ‘severely disappointed in myself.’

Ellie Kendrick on Whisky Galore and Meera Reed's surprise survival in Game Of ThronesEllie Kendrick is an actress on the rise (Picture: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images)


Ellie Kendrick might only be 27-years-old, but she has fond memories of echoing catchphrases from 1949’s Ealing comedy film, Whisky Galore, while growing up in Kent.

‘It was a firm favourite in my family,’ Ellie says to Metro.co.uk. ‘When they say, “there’s no whisky!” – we would say that all the time. It was weird because I ended up auditioning and saying that line.’

Ellie is an actress soaring up the ranks, having her breakout role in the 2009 BBC adaptation of The Diary Of Anne Frank, before going onto play Meera Reed in HBO’s Game Of Thrones and earn critical acclaim for her performance in 2016 film The Levelling.

Ellie Kendrick on Whisky Galore and Meera Reed's surprise survival in Game Of Thrones
Ellie Kendrick stars in the 2016 remake of Whisky Galore! (Picture: Arrow Films)
 
She was particularly excited however to star in Gillies MacKinnon’s remake of Whisky Galore, which saw her star alongside Eddie Izzard, Gregor Fisher and now close friend, Naomi Battrick, purely so she could share this part of her childhood for a new audience.

‘I remember watching the black and white version and only half understanding it because I was only six or seven,’ Ellie says.


‘A lot of people of my generation don’t know about the original film and that’s one of the reasons why it was exciting, to bring it to a whole new audience and have it in its full technicolour glory.’


The film is set during the Second World War when whiskey rationing has taken effect, with a group of Scottish islanders attempting to plunder cases of whiskey from a stranded ship, to the dismay of Captain Wagget (Eddie Izzard) who’s determined to stop any looting.

While the thought of filming in the far reaches of Scotland may sound like a battle against the elements, the whole experience has left Ellie, who plays Catriona Macroon, sounding like a member of the country’s tourist board.

‘It was amazing,’ Ellie says. ‘I was prepared for it to be baltic temperatures and really gruelling in far north Scotland, but we were incredibly lucky – it was a really beautiful part of the world.

‘We didn’t film it on an island, but a remote part of Scotland in a town called Portsoy. We were out there for a few weeks, in beautiful weather, incredible sunsets on the coast. It was actually a dream job.

‘I was prepared for it to be an endurance test and actually, it was of great joy and beauty. We had a great time.’

It’s only in recent years Ellie has branched into film following early roles in episodes of Waking The Dead, Lewis and Prime Suspect, and it seems she’s started to carve out a preference for the independent side of things.

‘On television, it’s really exciting to come in and do a bit part on a series,’ Ellie says. ‘It’s a very different kind of energy because television is more like an ongoing well-oiled machine which keeps producing. Whereas with film, you’re all working on one project together so you get to know the people you’re working with really well.

‘I’m doing a TV show at the moment I’m loving. I’m in Press, which is Doctor Foster writer Mike Bartlett’s new show for the BBC, that’s loads of fun.

Ellie Kendrick on Whisky Galore and Meera Reed's surprise survival in Game Of Thrones
Ellie Kendrick plays Meera Reed in Game Of Thrones (Picture: HBO)
 
‘You get a longer period of time to film TV, so you get into the character a bit more. But in terms of team spirit, independent films are often the most exciting for getting behind a common goal.’

TV however has been a fruitful endeavour for Ellie, having starred as Bran Stark’s right-hand dragger, Meera Reed, on the biggest TV show in the world, Game Of Thrones.

She made her first appearance back in season three and has defied expectations by managing to survive to the upcoming final eighth season – an impressive feat considering the show’s reputation for slaughtering its characters.

Ellie is just as surprised, saying: ‘It’s pretty amazing considering Meera’s faced off zombies, and starved in a cave and battled through the ice, I’m proud of her.

Ellie Kendrick on Whisky Galore and Meera Reed's surprise survival in Game Of Thrones
Meera Reed in the latest season of Game Of Thrones (Picture: HBO)
 
‘I mean, I always knew Meera was pretty tough. My suspicions of her toughness have been confirmed. But you know what, I’m not going to lie, I do feel very lucky to have survived so far for four seasons. It feels like a rare privilege.’

As a fan of the show too, does she have any hopes for the final season?
‘Absolutely no idea what’s going to happen,’ Ellie adds.

‘All I can hope for is Meera is going to come back on a dragon and be the new queen. That’d be pretty sweet for me. But somehow, not quite sure that’s how it’s going to turn out.’

Do you know the signs of mouth cancer?(Picture: Ella Byworth for metro.co.uk)


When it comes to cancer, we all like to think we know the major players.
We know how to check our breasts for cancer, we know the ABCDE of skin cancer, we know that ball checks are key for catching testicular cancer.

But what about mouth cancer (or oral cancer. They’re the same thing, FYI)?
Do you know how to check for mouth cancer? Do you know the symptoms, the causes, or the consequences?

If you’re anything like us, probably not. Mouth cancer doesn’t get as much press, we’ve never heard of anyone doing a mouth cancer 5K, and while any lump or bump makes us think cancer, no issues with our mouth would make us think the same.

As it’s Mouth Cancer Action Month, we spoke to dentist Dr Raha Sepehrara to get informed, who told us that while there’s been an increase in diagnosis of mouth cancer in the UK, lots of us know nothing about the illness.

One in ten people is completely unaware of the threat of mouth cancer, despite the latest figures showing that around 18 people each day are diagnosed.

Mouth cancer cases have increased by a third in the last decade, and it’s one of the few cancers that experts predict will continue to increase in the coming years. So it’s pretty important to know about it.
Here’s the key information.

Types of oral cancer

The most common type of mouth cancer is squamous cell cancer, which can be found in many places around the body – including inside the mouth and the skin.
Less common are sarcomas, salivary gland cancer (also known as adenocarcinomas), lymphomas in the mouth, and oral melanomas.

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(Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)
 

Signs and symptoms of mouth cancer

If you’re someone with health anxiety and will immediately think any pain in your mouth is cancer, don’t panic – there are specific symptoms that can indicate mouth cancer, but a check with a dentist will be able to confirm whether it’s anything to worry about.

Signs/symptoms of mouth cancer:

  • Ulcers that don’t heal within three weeks
  • Unusual swellings, bumps, or lumps in or around the mouth, head, or neck
  • Red or white lesions in the mouth
  • Unexplained looseness of teeth
  • Changes in speech, such as a lisp

How to check for mouth cancer

Your dentist should be doing a mouth cancer check during every routine checkup – that’s why it’s important to go for regular dental appointments.

‘The dentist, before checking inside the mouth, checks for any lumps or bumps visible on face or neck,’ Dr Sepehrara tells Metro.co.uk.

‘Then we check inside the mouth, we check the lips, cheeks, roof of mouth, floor of mouth, tongue (top, bottom, sides), generally check the skin of all parts of the mouth.
‘This is why we ask to stick the tongue out so we can check all aspects of the tongue.

‘I remember when I started my career and I would ask my patients to stick their tongue out (to check for oral cancer lesions) some of them thought it was funny or they felt they were being rude at sticking their tongue out at me. I explained to them how important sticking the tongue was as I could check for any signs of cancer.

‘If we spot anything like an ulcer which we are unsure of, we may review and ask the patient to come back to see us after 3 weeks to ensure it has healed.

‘If it doesn’t heal then we refer to hospital for a biopsy. Luckily most of the time it is nothing sinister and does not require a referral or if it does require a referral, most of the time, the tests at the hospital reveal nothing worrying but may indicate that there may be some nutritional deficiency like Iron deficiency of vitamin B12.

‘If at the check up appointment we notice something that is worrying us and just does not look right, we would send an urgent referral to hospital for a further review within 2 weeks.’
If your dentist does not do a routine mouth cancer check, request that they do. If you notice any symptoms, go to your dentist or doctor as soon as possible.

Risk factors for mouth cancer

You’re at a higher risk of mouth cancer if you smoke or drink alcohol – especially if you do both at the same time.

The human papilloma virus is another risk factor, which is why charities are working to introduce a gender neutral HPV vaccination programme (it’s currently only given to girls).
Poor diet and second-hand smoking have also been seen to increase risk.

Do you know the signs of mouth cancer?
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Why it’s so important to detect mouth cancer early

‘Between my team of dentists and myself we have spotted cancer on twelve of our patients in our combined working career of 25 years,’ says Dr Sepehrara.

‘Luckily most of them were detected early as they were regular patients. But 2 of those who came to us as new patients unfortunately did not make it as they came to us too late.

‘I want to stress the importance of regular dentist and hygiene visits as we carry out important oral cancer screening at each check up.

‘My husband worked in hospital in the oral and maxillofacial department and they treated cancer patients.

‘When cancer is caught late unfortunately treatment can be quite invasive and complex, there may be facial disfigurement, speech rehabilitation, difficulty eating. He used to work with the plastic

surgeons for example, removing the part of the tongue affected by cancer. Plastics would then get a skin graft from the forearm and my husband’s team would then put the arm skin graft on the tongue
‘This is why early detection is important, survival rate is 90% if it is detected early. It goes down to 50% if detected late.’

The Walking Dead season 8: Dramatic twist sees character from season one returnRick faced a blast from the past (Picture: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC)


Warning: Contains spoilers for The Walking Dead season 8.

The Walking Dead’s latest episode was a constant barrage of bullets and action, but it also saw the return of a character which hasn’t been seen since the first season
As Rick and Daryl raided for weapons in one of Negan’s Savior strongholds, Rick is held at gunpoint by a certain familiar face in the closing moments of episode two The Damned.
Who is the mystery man? It’s Morales who departed Rick’s group with his family while everyone else made their way to the CDC back in the fifth episode of the first season.

The Walking Dead season 8: Dramatic twist sees character from season one return
Morales in season one of The Walking Dead (Picture: AMC)
 
During the confrontation, Morales seems particularly annoyed at Rick for reasons currently unknown, with the episode ending as Morales cocks the pistol while pointed at Rick’s head.
But why would he be so angry at Rick? Assuming he’s on Negan’s side in his band of Saviors, he could have been fed lies about the Alexandria leader prompting blind hatred against his former ally.
It could however be tied to details following Morales departure, with Rick having given him a gun and a walkie-talkie as they parted ways in case they changed their minds – could he have tried to contact Rick in a dire hour of need with no response?

Morales also left originally with his wife and two children who appear noticeably absent – could they have been killed while fighting for Negan against Rick’s forces?

The Walking Dead season 8: Dramatic twist sees character from season one return
Rick was held at gunpoint by Morales (Picture: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC)
 
It was certainly a left-field surprise which could prove interesting if explored properly, we’ll just have to hope the rest of the season can find its footing.
Could this be another hint towards the downfall of Rick too? We’ll add it to the comprehensive list.

The Walking Dead season 8 teases arrival of new villain The WhisperersRick might be facing a new villain very soon (Picture: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC)


Warning: Contains spoilers for The Walking Dead season eight.

The Walking Dead’s latest episode appeared to tease the arrival of the show’s next villain The Whisperers in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment.

MORE: Walking Dead Season 8: Dramatic Twist Sees Character From Seson One Return In Episode 2

While many are frantically searching the identity of a certain season one character, the show’s latest episode also seemed to signal the arrival of a new villain from the comics.
Fans have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of The Whisperers ever since their appearance in Robert Kirkman’s comics, and an exchange between Carol and King Ezekiel seemingly dropped a huge hint they could be introduced very soon.


The Walking Dead season 8 teases arrival of new villain The Whisperers
Carol and Ezekiel bumped into the strange zombie (Picture: Gene Page/AMC)
 
In latest episode titled The Damned, Carol and Ezekiel are marching through the woods when they come across a bizarre-looking walker, who seems to be missing huge chunks of skin because it was torn off.
Ezekiel asks: ‘What befell this creature?’

More: The Walking Dead Season Premier Preview; A Strong Kick Off

‘We don’t have time to figure that out,’ Carol replies, before they move on from the walker.
So who are the Whisperers? They’re a group of survivors who disguise themselves in the skin of zombies and live among them, believing they should go unharmed by the living.
In the comics, they are led by Alpha who kills several characters by lovingly planting their decapitated heads on spikes – including Rosita and Ezekiel.

It may be a while until they’re properly introduced however, with The Walking Dead’s eighth season following Volume 20 of the comics, while The Whisperers are introduced in Volume 22.


The Walking Dead season 8 teases arrival of new villain The Whisperers
The Whisperers are set to be the next villain on The Walking Dead (Picture: Dark Horse Comics)
 
Still, it’s nice to know they’re now existing in The Walking Dead’s TV universe.

More:  Kit Harinton Hints Details Of His Final Scene On Game Of Thrones and it Have Us Worried For John Snow
 

Kit Harington hints details of his last Game of Thrones scene and it has us worried
Kit Harington says his last will most likely cause him to cry (Picture: Getty Images )
 
Kit Harington has hinted that his final scene in Game of Thrones could simply be a close-up of his hand that will have him weeping – leaving us to wonder if his character dies or not? 

‘My final scene will probably just be a close-up of my hand reaching out in front of a green screen… But out of shot I’ll be crying my eyes out,’ the Gunpowder actor told The Big Issue in an interview about the eight and final season of the fantasy show and BBC drama Gunpowder.

The 30-year-old spoke ahead of his trip to Ireland to film the final season of the global TV series behemoth, Game of Throne and of the final episode of Gunpowder airs on Saturday.

Kit Harington hints details of his last Game of Thrones scene and it has us worried
Kit Harington as Jon Snow (and Liam Cunningham as Davos behind him) (Picture: HBO)
 
His comments will, of course, spark rumours that he is dying (again) at the end of the series: ‘I’m a survivor. And there are only a few of us left who have made it all the way through. It is emotional. This has been an incredible part of my life.’
‘As with so many things in my life it is thanks to Thrones,’ he said ‘This notoriety or profile I have at the moment is because of Thrones.’

‘I had always thought I wanted to write, and maybe in some ways I still do. But I began to realise what a producer does when I got into this industry – I had thought they just put up the money,’ he said. ‘But very often they spawn the idea, take it to the writer, and are involved with the whole creative process. That really struck a chord with me. I wanted to see if I could do it.’

Kit Harington hints details of his last Game of Thrones scene and it has us worried
Kit Harrington stars as Robert Catesby in Gunpowder (Picture: BBC)
 
He added: ‘It is more this industry I want to work in. If I can use me being in it as a way of getting something on TV, and it is good and does well, then maybe I can produce the next thing and not be in it. I would love to direct as well.’

Commenting on the Harvey Weinstein scandal he said: ‘You ask anyone in this industry before the Harvey Weinstein thing came out whether they knew about it, and they’d have said yes. I knew about it. It is that widespread. I’m sure he is not the last person we will hear about.’

‘It is an incredibly brave thing for these women to speak out,’ he said of the 50 plus women who have come forward with Weinstein allegations.

He added: ‘It took a piece of journalism which takes two years of putting together, and promises of anonymity and all sorts for it to come out like it has. Hopefully, it will change things.’

Kit Harington hints details of his last Game of Thrones scene and it has us worried
Kit has us worried about his Game of Thrones fate (Picture: Getty Images)
 
Kit’s interview with the publication has us wondering if he makes it to the end of Game of Thrones alive but judging from his reaction after reading the script we have little confidence?.

Speaking to The One Show on October 20 the actor said that he was mega emotional about filming for season eight. Kit, who plays the character also dubbed King of the North, said that the cast of the fantasy hit show read through the script last week in Belfast.

Referencing the fan favourite quote ‘You know nothing Jon Snow’ he joked: ‘We had the read through last week in fact, so I know everything now.’

‘But I cried at the end,’ he admitted to the studio audience. He quickly added that it wasn’t for anything in particular but that the tears were for sentimental reasons. ‘You have to remember that eight years of it no one really cares about it more than us,’ he said thoughtfully.

The actor who plays Jon Snow on the HBO show reflects on having been given the opportunity to produce his own series for the BBC.

The Big Issue with the exclusive interview with Kit Harington is available to buy from Monday October 29 from Big Issue vendors.

The Walking Dead season 8 premiere review: A strong kick-off with revived urgency
Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes (Picture: Gene Page/AMC)
 
Warning: Contains spoilers for The Walking Dead season eight.
The eighth season premiere fired the starting pistol on All Out War, in an episode which was a satisfying kick-off to the show’s new direction.

The Walking Dead had a lot to prove in this opening episode. Promises of changing paces and more action were abundant from the cast and crew, but considering similar chest-puffing was aimed at the maligned seventh season, you couldn’t blame fans for keeping cynical guards up.

Luckily, Mercy felt like the battle cry it needed to be. Opening with Rick promising to kill Negan in a stirring speech to his allies, the momentum gradually built towards a premature gunshot by Rick outside Negan’s base – feeling like a cheeky nod to the growing impatience around the show.

The Walking Dead season 8 premiere review: A strong kick-off with revived urgency
Carol and Daryl teamed up in the premiere (Picture: Gene Page/AMC)
 
While the first half was reminiscent of the show’s usual shuffling pace, it felt intentional to launch (what’s hoped to be) an exhilarating fresh beginning in the second. As Rick and his united forces spray gunfire over the Savior’s base as Negan cowers into hiding, it’s hard not to feel like the show is relishing in finally stepping on the gas.

This clear relief soared during Daryl’s explosion breadcrumb trail, where he gloriously guides walkers to the Saviors like a gun-toting biker sheepdog. While requiring some suspension of disbelief, it was a triumphant visual moment. One which nicely places the show’s undead foes back into the spotlight after a season in Negan’s shadow.
It was also reassuring to see how the show juggled the increasing amount of characters; Morgan and Carol both received crowd-pleasing action moments fending off Negan reinforcements, while others like Michonne and Rosita were given backseat nods as they stayed behind at Alexandria, allowing the pace in the second half to fly instead of resorting to the show’s previous habit of momentum killing check-ins. 

Mercy, however, wasn’t without its problems. Father Gabriel’s dumb decision to save Gregory felt like he’d missed the ‘get smart’ memo elsewhere, leaving his concluding trapped set-up with Negan to feel ham-fisted and engineered to carve out his potential demise.

The Walking Dead season 8 premiere review: A strong kick-off with revived urgency
Could Maggie become the new leader over Rick? (Picture: Gene Page/AMC)
 
Some foreshadowing was also too on the nose – with Michonne’s chat to Carl about the conflict ahead being ‘your show’ feeling one smirk to camera away from breaking the fourth wall and becoming House Of Cards.

While there’s stumbles, this episode felt like the opening gunshot to The Walking Dead’s new gearshift. With the lines drawn and character sides selected, it’s hard not to be swept up in the revived urgency. We’ll simply have to hope this streamlined blast represents a more focussed ride across the entirety of season eight.

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