The Faces in Game of Thrones's Hall of Faces Belong to the Show's Production Team

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The anticipation for the final season of Game of Thrones is arguably the highest for any series ever, as fans will get to see their very favorite (and most hated) characters come together for one final time and battle it out for the Iron Throne. Apart from finding out which character(s)—if any—emerge victorious, audiences are also curious to see the new locations and set pieces.

According to Variety, the final six episodes of Game of Thrones cost $15 million apiece to produce, making it one of the most expensive shows ever made. And although it’s taken a large budget all along to make a show as massive as Game of Thrones, the showrunners have had to compromise in the past to save some cash. One place where this is evident—at least if you're looking very closely, according to co-creator D.B. Weiss—is in The Hall of Faces. Instead of making dozens of masks to show a variety of individuals, the faces you see largely belong to members of the production crew—which they use again and again.

"You need enough faces that you don’t sense the repeats, but you obviously can’t face cast thousands and thousands of people because that’s prohibitively expensive,” Weiss said. "We used all the face molds we have ever used before. Both [series co-creator] David [Benioff] and myself appeared many, many times in the Hall of Faces ... there is at least 20 or 30 of me in there, which is, I suppose, my cameo for the show."

Though you may not recognize many of the faces, looking out for repeats could be a fun game to play as you obsessively re-watch the series and await its return. Game of Thrones's final season will premiere on HBO in April 2019.

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A Diehard Fan of The Office Just Wrote a 24-Episode 10th Season—and You Can Read It Online

The cast of The Office in a scene from the series finale.
The cast of The Office in a scene from the series finale.
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Just like William Shakespeare before him, one fan of The Office has been using his time in quarantine to get a little creative, writing an entire new season of the beloved sitcom.

As Geek Tyrant reports, extreme Dunder Mifflinite Nick Janicki spent his time indoors writing a full, 24-episode 10th season of the series, and it's available for anyone to read online. Just be prepared that it may take a little time, as it's 900 pages long!

Janicki did the beloved sitcom appropriate justice by bringing back all the most crucial characters, including Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute, Pam Beesly, and Jim Halpert. To see exactly what goes down in each episode, and how Janicki's imagined 10th season plays out, you'll have to read it for yourself. The scripts are described as a "reunion season" and each one is currently available to read in PDF form. With titles like "The Dunderal," [PDF] and "Bachelor & Chill," [PDF] it sounds like fans are in for a real treat.

It might not be the long-awaited reunion fans had hoped for, but hey, it's something. As for whether or not the series will ever make like Friends and announce an official reunion, that is really anyone's guess. According to the show's creator Greg Daniels, the ensemble cast might be too big and too busy to all come back together for a new show. Thankfully, however, fans got the next big thing when many of the actors appeared on a recent episode of John Krasinski's Some Good News for a virtual wedding.

[h/t Geek Tyrant]