A Q&A with The Mountain, the Stark sisters at Glastonbury, and Jon Snow narrates for Wimbledon
By Lightbringer on in Interview, News.

Sports Illustrated recently caught up with Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, who inherited the role of Ser Gregor Clegane in Season 4, more affectionately known as The Mountain.

In the new interview Hafþór cleared up any varying reports of just how big he is, confirming that he stands at 6 foot 9 inches, and was 419 pounds at the time of filming. He revealed that his normal regimen includes consuming 8,000 calories, and although he currently holds the title of second strongest man alive, being number one is his ultimate goal.

Hafþór also discussed the most challenging part of filming his big Game of Thrones fight scene, and how he trained for it:

What was the most challenging part of filming the now-famous Game of Thrones fight scene with Pedro Pascal?
To be able to finish the whole scene without mistakes after having learned the fight scenes — they were really fast-paced and complicated. All of this was new to me, one big challenge. But we managed to make this incredible scene, one of the more talked about of all.

You were trained by the swordmaster C.C. Smiff [who famously worked on Gladiator] for that fight scene. What did that training consist of?
We trained from morning until evening for weeks and went through every detail of the fight. C.C. Smiff is probably one of the more knowledgeable in the [movie fighting] business but the whole GoT team is incredible.

After his appearance on Game of Thrones Hafþór has been recognized by fans and is often more than happy to lift them up on cue, but he says his strangest encounter happened just over a week ago, “when a teenage boy approached me and asked me if he could have someone photograph him licking my bicep.”

And when asked which Game of Thrones character would be the most fun to kill and why, Hafþór took a logical approach, naming his own character, “Because he is a psychopath and enjoys killing.”

For the full interview visit Sports Illustrated.

 
The Stark sisters won’t be meeting up in Westeros any time soon, but they did collide at the Glastonbury Festival this weekend in Somerset, England. Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams were both in attendance at the five day music festival, and the notorious best friends look to have had a great time.

The pair posed with a number of Game of Thrones fans:

BBC Three caught Maisie dancing to Ed Sheeran:

And surprise! Richard Madden, our dearly departed Robb Stark, was also at the festival.

 
The second week of Wimbledon has commenced, and to celebrate the occasion ESPN has released a video entitled “The Reason It Flies.” With help from the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Kit Harington provides his voice for the soundtrack, detailing a competition that “brings uncertainty, turns of fate, changing fortunes, growing legends and massive victories with the passing of time.” Click on the screen capture below to watch:

If you’re a fan of Kit Harington, his video campaign as the new face of Jimmy Choo’s first men’s fragrance was released today, as well as a behind the scenes feature.

 
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36 Comments

  1. Azzy Mahmood
    Posted June 30, 2014 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    Fat Walda.

  2. KG
    Posted June 30, 2014 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    ENOUGH with the autoplay ads. It’s like you WANT everyone to abandon the site.

  3. Lightbringer
    Posted June 30, 2014 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    KG,

    Apologies, that was actually the Wimbledon video. It seems that no matter how many times you disable autoplay, ESPN still defaults their videos to have it on. I’ve replaced it with a link and screen capture instead :)

  4. poptheneedleimsweatin
    Posted June 30, 2014 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    Little Arya’s poppiin mollysss.

  5. Nancy
    Posted June 30, 2014 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    I just have to say that Richard and Jenna are a lovely couple :) And I miss him on the show.
    It looks like all three of them had a good time. I wish they got together for a mini-Stark reunion.

  6. Udi
    Posted June 30, 2014 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    If you like House Stark motto ‘WINTER IS COMING’ or other quotes or mottoes from ‘Game of Thrones’ get it in a handmade speech bubble to hang on your wall

    https://www.etsy.com/il-en/shop/MsgBbl?ref=hdrshopmenu

    http://www.pinterest.com/MsginaBbl/message-in-a-bubble/

  7. Kellie
    Posted June 30, 2014 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    Aggghh at that Jimmy Choo ad. So objectifying! The woman had no head/face.

    You know nothing Kit Harington.

  8. Dolorous Ned
    Posted June 30, 2014 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Seriously, why do we need to see festival pics from Maisie and Sophie? Let them have some privacy, I thought this was a fan site and not paparazzi bullshit.

  9. Turncloak
    Posted June 30, 2014 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    Dolorous Ned,

    That Maisie Gif was reason enough to post this article :). Love it

  10. Abyss
    Posted June 30, 2014 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Udi,

    I think that’s the fourth thread you spamed with that. Please stop now…

  11. SillyMammo
    Posted June 30, 2014 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    The only thing I wished they’d done with The Mountain was to age him up a little. He’s the Hound’s older brother. Nothing too drastic, but couldn’t they have had the the makeup team put a little gray in his beard or something.

  12. Ms. D. Ranged in AZ
    Posted June 30, 2014 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Kellie,

    Yeah, that was my first thought too, why can’t we see her face. She’s just a body…might as well be a blow up girl. Blech!

  13. Sheriff Bullock
    Posted June 30, 2014 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    I bet they never stayed around to watch Metallica kick ass.

  14. House Mormont
    Posted June 30, 2014 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    All of the shots of Kit in that perfume ad were soooo beautiful, everyone talks about his hair but it’s his eyes and lips that are so poetic

  15. Jo
    Posted June 30, 2014 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    that music in the Wimbledon ad was also used in Batman Arkham City for any gamers out there that noticed

  16. ArgonathofBraavos
    Posted June 30, 2014 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    House Mormont:
    All of the shots of Kit in that perfume ad were soooo beautiful, everyone talks about his hair but it’s his eyes and lips that are so poetic

    His eyes and lips are “poetic?” Too funny. Please tell me this was a sarcastic post!

  17. frogspear girl
    Posted June 30, 2014 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    ok. what is going on with this site? you click on a pix, to see it better and you get INSTANTLY linked to an ad – BANANA REPUBLIC, SI, etc…since when? ad blocker is groannnnnninng trying to dodge all this crap.

    has winter is coming become all “pop sugar?”
    there is waaaay too much celebrity trolling and gawking and squawking here when it used to be pretty intelligently entertaining and pertinent to the actual show. now it’s just another sleazy entertainment site. with oh yeah…people who are in the game of thrones series. major, major disappointment. we don’t deserve getting LS next season. or ever. unless there will be a perfume campaign attached to it.

  18. ser blount sarkasm
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    frogspear girl,

    I complained once about commercials in the middle of the video recaps and they told me to buy a bag of Doritos or shut the f*ck up. I stop watching and never ate those f&cking chips again. Long live Fansided (sarkasm).

  19. johnnytata
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    it’s the offseason people. get a grip and stop being such snobs. if you’re not interested in the article, don’t click on it. the more clicks an article gets, the more likely similar articles will appear. simple math. and advertising dollars are what makes the interweb go round. can’t blame anyone for wanting to get in on the action. it’s not like you are donating your cash to keep this up and running.

  20. Dame of Mercia
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    frogspear girl:
    ok. what is going on with this site? you click on a pix, to see it better and you get INSTANTLY linked to an ad – BANANA REPUBLIC, SI, etc…since when? ad blocker is groannnnnninng trying to dodge all this crap.

    has winter is coming become all “pop sugar?”
    there is waaaay too much celebrity trolling and gawking and squawking here when it used to be pretty intelligently entertaining and pertinent to the actual show. now it’s just another sleazy entertainment site.with oh yeah…people who are in the game of thrones series. major, major disappointment. we don’t deserve getting LS next season. or ever. unless there will be a perfume campaign attached to it.

    I don’t know which version of Adblock you are using, fg. Somebody told me that the manufacturers have stopped automatically updating the free version now (the free version is the one I have). It still works for me on XP with Internet Explorer but on my desktop computer I have Windows 7 and if I use Internet Explorer Adblock doesn’t work as well as it used to, though it still functions if I use Chrome as my browser (so of course I use Chrome). I don’t think people have a problem with sensible ads but when they are silly ads folk are bound to get fed up. I realise that this site runs without anybody having to pay a subscription and has to be funded somehow but there is breaking even and there is greed…..

  21. johnnytata
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    Dame of Mercia: realise that this site runs without anybody having to pay a subscription and has to be funded somehow but there is breaking even and there is greed…..

    i just don’t understand why people in this country have such a problem with other people making money.

  22. KG
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    Okiedoke, then :)

    Lightbringer:
    KG,

    Apologies, that was actually the Wimbledon video. It seems that no matter how many times you disable autoplay, ESPN still defaults their videos to have it on. I’ve replaced it with a link and screen capture instead :)

  23. H. Stark
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Some spanish media says the shooting in Andalucia is confirmed and it will happen around september.
    Do you know someting about this information?

  24. Queenofthorns
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    Regarding Ads: This is getting disgusting. I don’t use Adblock because I believe that I should give the site back for the awesome service it provides by deigning to see the shit they are trying to sell me on the side bars and once in a while click on something that interests me. HENCE, I have never used Adblock. HENCE why I am actually one of the few people that the site runners should want to keep coming back.

    However these ads which are made to look like posts, as well as autoplay ads and pop ups are just plain wrong and against the site’s philosophy (as well as several promises you guys made when you took the site over from Winter). You feel that you have to make the ads directly interfere with my ability to look at the site because… why exactly? I might click on one of those ads by ACCIDENT? Zach, I think you’re awesome and i love GOO but you need to put your foot down to these fansided people. It’s a partnership – you shouldn’t be letting them piss all over the hard work of the true fans of GoT.

    At this point I’m strongly considering leaving and spending my ASOIAF time elsewhere, and you’ll lose the clicks you would otherwise have gotten from me, aka how you make money. Yeah I’m just one person but I guaranfukin-tee you that others feel as I do. And who cares if it’s “offseason”? If anything there should be fewer ads in offseason since your audience is smaller.

  25. queenofthorns
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    johnnytata,

    I want sites and people I like to make money. That’s why I don’t use adblock and why I want WiC to see that these kinds of revolting intrusive ads will LOSE them loyal viewers AKA ad dollars.

  26. Duval
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Queenofthorns,

    Couldn’t agree more. The amount of pop ups (even though they are site related) has also increased significantly, which added to all the adds, really takes away from the experience.
    The news related content is still strong and the reason for me to keep coming back, but all the other stuff is making it less and less pleasant.

  27. JTargs
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Jeez… this is just a fun post catching up with some of the cast during the off season when there is literally nothing to post about. And yet the comments are people ripping each others throats out for thinking Kit Harington is attractive, ripping the staff members throats out (go find a new fan site, then!).

    Maybe I cant grasp the annoyance because im on mobile? There is literally one little advertisement for me at the very bottom of the screen telling me that I might like Rosetta Stone. This is the extent of the ads Ive seen on this website and ive never seen any ads disguised as articles. If theyre there, that’s a mark on corporations and the advertising industry EVERYWHERE, and, sorry but thats where the internet is heading. You cant blame WiC because they need to make a living off of this website. Thats how it works now. America sucks, we know.

    Jesus people.

    Also why cant the people who employ Kit Harington spell his name right

  28. ArgonathofBraavos
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    JTargs,

    Not sure who you are addressing, but I just thought it hilarious that one would describe Harington’s eyes and mouth as “poetic.” What does that even mean? Though I am assuming that the poster was being funny. In any event, it made my day!

  29. Ms. D. Ranged in AZ
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    ArgonathofBraavos,

    We do need a good laugh around these parts sometimes, don’t we? Pouty maybe, poetic, no. I think Kit is delish but he needs to be careful when doing such ads. It seems to be doubling down on the emo personality and he does not want to get typecast as the emo guy forever. I don’t know much about Choo (beyond my pay grade obviously) but why couldn’t they have shown him happy and smiling? Faux chic, faux serious crap with a faceless model who might as well be a statue or blow up doll (fantastic legs notwithstanding). I thought it was silly but I hope they paid him beaucoup bucks for it. Then he can at least be smiling all the way to the bank.

  30. LittleFlower
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Queenofthorns,

    I guaranfukin-tee that I feel like you.

    A suggestion that is also kind of a criticism, which I hope is constructive and not meant to be (too) snarky:
    I would like to see more of the post-season original content that made me love this site from way back when. Like the polls/discussion for “best this” and “best that” and “wouldn’t it be cool if this happened” kind of stuff. I love that crap. I will even tolerate those !@#$!!! pop-up ads to read them.

    I am not interested in delving into the private lives of the actors. If I cared about that content I would frequent celebrity-oh-my-god-s/he-was-spotted-at-Starbucks-drinking-*gasp*-coffee sites. Indeed, I clicked on this link to help WIC in the clicks = $ sense, but only glanced at the content and went straight to the comments, which are usually interesting as this can be a witty and insightful group of followers.

  31. Blind Beth
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Queenofthorns,

    Yeah. The ads disguised as posts and the multiple pop-ups are a bit much. I also don’t use ad blocker because I’m a big online shopper and sometimes the sidebar ads actually lead me to something interesting.

    In non-griping news…

    …a kid asked to lick his bicep??? Oh, Iceland, you are special. :-P

  32. KG
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    I like this Mountain best. He moves well, for someone with no fight training.

  33. queenofthorns
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    JTargs: Maybe I cant grasp the annoyance because im on mobile? There is literally one little advertisement for me at the very bottom of the screen telling me that I might like Rosetta Stone. This is the extent of the ads Ive seen on this website and ive never seen any ads disguised as articles.

    Currently between two legit posts I see an ad from Macy: “Get Out There: How Pro Golfer Jason Dufner Keeps His Cool on the Course” With a picture of some Golfer’s feet. I’ve seen this same ad on mobile as well. In fact this is the kind of ad that they design specifically for mobile since some mobile versions of sites cut out the side bars, so I’m a bit surprised you haven’t seen it.

    sorry but thats where the internet is heading. You cant blame WiC because they need to make a living off of this website. Thats how it works now.

    This is the way corporations are going, so we should just suck it up? We are the customer the corporations want. We can and should complain and speak with our dollars (and clicks) when we disagree with something. These ad companies are gathering data all the time so they will know when something is losing them more money than it’s gaining. Also, there are plenty of legitimate, money making websites out there that don’t use stealth ads or autoplay – including this site 3 months ago! Smart consumers know how to avoid the crap that makes up 90% of the internet, and that’s what a lot of users of this site will be doing soon if things don’t change.

  34. freetickles
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    I do not think that “notorious” means what you think it means.

  35. loco73
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    So Fansided is also in the business of censoring postings now…hmmm interesting…

    Honestly I’m trying to keep a straight face here, while reading the articles and posting my comments, even the brainfarts, and I still try and make the best of it, but the increasing clusterfuck this site is becoming is proving more and more tiresome…

  36. Asfastasican
    Posted July 5, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Duval:
    Queenofthorns,

    Couldn’t agree more. The amount of pop ups (even though they are site related) has also increased significantly, which added to all the adds, really takes away from the experience.
    The news related content is still strong and the reason for me to keep coming back, but all the other stuff is making it less and less pleasant.

    Go make your own fan site like WIC then and everyone will migrate over.

    This is just a website, not an experience. It’s not like to pat them anything to have an experience.

    Some of the nitpicking on this site is becoming worse than some of the new content. If you don’don’t like something, just go do it yourself.


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