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Sad news for dog lovers is coming in today as it's now being reported that another beloved television animal has passed away. Odin the Northern Inuit, the dog seen by millions of Game of Thrones fans across the world when he played Bran Stark's pet direwolf Summer in the very first episode of the hit HBO series, died this week after battling mouth cancer for the past several months. According to his owners, Odin had spent his final days with his family taking walks on the beach and dining on his favorite foods, dying at the age of ten this week when his health took a turn for the worse.
In a social media post confirming Odin's passing, his owners state they adopted the Inuit when he was just a 7-week-old puppy, spending the next ten years with the television dog as a very important part of the family. 'Odin's passing marks the end of a decade and the end of an era as he taught our friends and family a lot of lessons about life for one dog he has more stories to tell than some people would,' they explain on Instagram. Adding that we can all 'take great comfort in knowing that he is forever immortalised' on Game of Thrones, the owners also note: 'It's an incredible piece of luck to have a pet you love so well become world famous and touch so many people's hearts.'
Longtime Game of Thrones fans might remember when Ned Stark Sean Bean adopted orphaned direwolf puppies for each of his five children: Grey Wind for Robb Richard Madden, Lady for Sansa Sophie Turner, Nymeria for Arya Maisie Williams, Summer for Bran Isaac Hempstead Wright, and Shaggydog for Rickon Art Parkinson. Ned's illegitimate son Jon Snow Kit Harington adopted another direwolf puppy named Ghost for himself as well. Following the appearances of the direwolves as puppies in season one, CGI would later be used to create the larger adult versions of the animals in later seasons.
Recently, we lost another famous television dog as well, as Modern Family's bulldog Stellapassed away just days after the series wrapped filming its final episode. Last year also saw the deaths of the animal actors who played the beloved pet dogs on the comedy shows Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Fuller House. Needless to say, it's been a bit rough lately for dog lovers, so let's hope our other favorite pets from television stay safe with no new casualties for a long, long time.
Following Odin's cancer diagnosis, HBO also did their part in caring for the Game of Thrones star by helping to raise funds to pay for his ongoing medical treatment; Odin's family says the leftover funds after paying for the vet bill will be donated to animal charities. Though the dog was unfortunately unable to be saved, his top-notch medical treatment and the quality care from his owners went a long way in making his final days on Earth as comfortable and happy as they could possibly be for the world-famous pet. Rest in peace, sweet Odin - you were a very good boy. This news comes to us from...
The wildly controversial “Game of Thrones” series finale will be celebrating its one-year anniversary in two months the episode’s airdate was May 19, 2019, and with some distance comes some brutal honesty from cast member Emilia Clarke. The Emmy nominee played Daenerys Targaryen throughout the show’s eight-season run and says in a recent interview with The Sunday Times that the HBO drama’s series finale left her annoyed. “Thrones” ended with Daenerys becoming the primary antagonist of the series. The character dies after being stabbed by Jon Snow. Clarke tells The Times, “Yeah, I felt for her. I really felt for her. And yeah, was I annoyed that Jon Snow didn't have to deal with something? He got away with murder — literally.”
“I knew how I felt [about the ending] when I first read it, and I tried, at every turn, not to consider too much what other people might say,” Clarke continued, “But I did always consider what the fans might think — because we did it for them, and they were the ones who made us successful, so it's just polite, isn't it?”
Clarke admitted she was upset Daenerys didn’t get a “happy ending,” but she maintains “Thrones” was “a gift” for her as an actress and she will always be thankful she got to be a small part of one of the biggest TV shows of all time. Clarke suggests the show could have handled its final season better if it ran for more than just six episodes, saying, “We could have spun it out for a little longer.”
One part of the final season that Clarke did not like was that it was nothing but action set pieces and there was no room for character-driven dialogue moments. The actress said she would have liked more dialogue scenes, an opinion she first shared with Entertainment Weekly shortly after the series finale aired. Clarke said at the time she wished the show gave her more dialogue scenes with co-star Lena Headey, who played Cersei Lannister.
‘It was all about the set pieces,” Clarke tells The Times about the final season. “I think the sensational nature of the show was, possibly, given a huge amount of airtime because that's what makes sense.”
All eight seasons of “Game of Thrones” are now streaming on HBO Go. Clarke’s full interview with The Times is now available online.
Daniel Dae Kim is apparently on the road to recovery from COVID-19. He posted an updated status today on Instagram that referenced “the medicines that helped me recover” and thanked fans for their support.
TheHawaii Five-O and Lost alum previously said that he tested positive for the coronavirus and talked about his experience in a 10-minute video posted on social media.
In the clip, the actor and producer said — after joking about his “quarantine chic” appearance: “I wanted to let you know that yesterday I tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.” He went on to give background about his diagnosis, including noting that he was in New York filming NBC's New Amsterdam, “where, ironically, I play a doctor who gets recruited to a hospital to help patients during a flu epidemic.”
Deadline reported this month that was joining the NBC's drama as the new head trauma surgeon. His character will be introduced in April 7 episode “Pandemic.”
NBC and New Amsterdam producer Universal TV sent a memo to the cast and crew informing them of Kim's diagnosis as soon as they were made aware of it.
Kim went on to say that he left the set when the show shut down production and headed back home to Hawaii. “As the flight was close to landing,” Kim said, “I started noticing some scratchiness in my throat. ... To be safe, when I got home I quarantined myself in a room in the house and tried to rest on my own. But later that night, I started feeling tightness in my chest, body aches and my temperature started to rise, so [my doctor] then told me to get tested.”
He added that the next day he went to a drive-through testing facility that had just opened in Honolulu and was told he'd have the results back in three days. It was the only time he has left his home since returning to Hawaii. “I self-isolated the entire time.” He said he was prescribed some medication from his personal doctor and didn't go to a hospital. “But with the help of the medication and bed rest and liquids and, of course, my loving family, I didn't need to.”