Hardhome Effects

Last weekend’s episode of Game of Thrones, packed with Wildlings, White Walkers, and wights, was among the show’s most jaw-droppingly impressive, and that’s saying a lot for a show that has already floored viewers with events like The Battle of Blackwater and the Red Wedding.

The last half of the episode was an effects-heavy affair shot on a giant, sturdy set with hundreds of extras. Now a behind the scenes video breaks down the creation of the Hardhome effects, and fans who loved the episode will want to watch this more than once. Read More »

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Fantastic Beasts star

UPDATE: Warner Bros. has finally made this official. Read the full press release, including quotes from director David Yates, below.

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