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'Game of Thrones' roundup: Show wins 4 Creative Arts Emmys, inspires opera

"Game of Thrones" won four Creative Arts Emmys on August 16.
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It’s time for another exciting roundup of “Game of Thrones”-related news to help you trudge through the dog days of the hiatus.

The Emmys aren’t until next week but “Thrones,” which leads the pack with 19 total nominations, is already a winner after taking home four awards at the Creative Arts Emmys on August 16. One of those awards was the Emmy for Outstanding Special and Visual Effects, marking the show’s third consecutive win in that category. This time around, the award is specifically for “The Children,” the season finale episode that featured effects like those fireball-wielding wights and Daenerys chaining up her dragons. In addition to the VFX award, “Game of Thrones” also won Emmys for art direction, costumes, and prosthetic makeup.

Tune into the Primetime Emmy Awards next Monday to see how the show fares with the rest of its nominations. Diana Rigg (Olenna Tyrell) lost out to Allison Janney for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series on Saturday but Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage are still up for awards in the supporting actor/actress categories.

Speaking of awards, at least one positive thing came out of the Red Wedding. Though it’s been over a year since it premiered, “The Rains of Castamere” won for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) at the World Science Fiction Convention’s annual Hugo Awards. The episode was nominated for an Outstanding Writing Emmy last year but lost to “Homeland.”

We may have only seen him in a few scenes this past season, but Hafþór “Thor” Björnsson certainly made an impression as Gregor Clegane, aka The Mountain That Rides, aka the guy who made Oberyn Martell’s head explode with his bare hands. The 25-year-old Icelander is a strongman competitor by trade and recently took home the title of Europe’s Strongest Man 2014. Check out Björnsson in action at the event here. Back in March, he came in second place at the World’s Strongest Man competition in Los Angeles.

In other cast member news, the King’s Justice could eventually be heading back to Westeros. Wilko Johnson played executioner Ser Ilyn Payne (the one who separated Ned Stark’s head and body) in four episodes and received a terminal pancreatic cancer diagnosis in January 2013. Johnson underwent tumor removal surgery this past April and according to friend and journalist Charles Shaar Murray early Monday morning, the actor and Dr. Feelgood musician is in the early stages of recovery but in good spirits “(though he’s no longer drinking any).” Murray also said Johnson is speculating on a return to the show “once Ser Ilyn Payne is no longer ill in pain and he’s strong enough to wield the Big Sword once more.”

Lastly, for two days early next year, fans of the show in the New York area will be able to get their “Game of Thrones” fix with an opera twist. It was announced last week that One World Symphony is planning a season of “Operasodes” that feature a slate of both classical and contemporary works inspired by a modern TV show. The “Thrones” Operasode is scheduled for Feb. 1 and 2, 2015 in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood and is said to be drawing from the “drama, intrigue, and passion” the show has in common with so many operas. OWS is also planning a concert inspired by the FOX comedy “New Girl” in October and one based on “Hannibal” next May, which will feature original music written by conductor and artistic director Sung Jin Hong and looks to be just as elegant and creepy as the hit NBC show.