Game of Thrones cast tease season 7 tidbits, Kristofer Hivju and Gwendoline Christie wink at their characters’ possible romance

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With one day left until the season 7 premiere (!!!), we’re still catching up with the cast’s red blue carpet interviews. In an article at InsiderKim Renfro squeezed some juicy bits out of the cast, who are clearly just as excited about season 7 as we all are.

In particular, Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran), shared something that is sure to send an alert through your brain:

“Bran is the Three-Eyed Raven now…He’s now the sworn enemy of the Night King — which is slightly frightening…He’s also got this wealth of important information that really needs to get to the right people, and so by the start of season seven, Bran is in many ways a very different character.”

Bran and Three-Eyed Raven

What could this mean for the other members of the Stark family? If Bran is able to survive the entire series, will head back North to live out life as a tree? So many questions! Read the full interview with Isaac here.

Meanwhile, Sophie Turner was a little more cryptic on Sansa’s journey:

“The Sansa that I knew in season one is unrecognizable to me now, because she’s developed so much…It’s really rewarding to be able to play a character like that and delve so deep into her. She has changed measurably, it’s really a beautiful transformation.”

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In the full interview, she also went on to talk about her relationship with Maisie Williams (Arya), although stopped short of saying whether they’d meet in season 7; damn those spoiler police!

One of the most tantalizing tidbits of the truthful tell-all tale from terrific Targaryen expert Conleth Hill hints that Varys will delve into the past this season:

“He loved [The Targaryens’] architecture, he loved their way of governing. You will get some insight into his experiences with the Mad King, maybe. And so you’ll see that maybe he wasn’t as fond of that particular monarch as he is of [Daenerys].”

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Ooooo! No one tells a story like Varys, and I can’t wait to see him and Tyrion delve into the backstories of their new Queen’s father. Hill talked more about fans’ reactions to his hair in the full interview.

But why stop there? The hints keep coming! Jacob Anderson suggests that either Grey Worm or Missandei are in dire trouble, and that they might not both make it out of this season alive:

“…No one can be happy in this show, can they? It’s just not allowed…So yeah I worry for them — those kids. Those crazy kids.”

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Lastly from this bunch, Richard Dormer (Beric Dondarrion) hints at even more action than ever before:

“There’s going to be a lot of fighting…First thing I did [when I got the script] was make a huge pot of coffee…I made myself nice and comfortable in my dining room, and I sat down for a few hours and just began reading and trying to visualize it. I was very excited.”

Beric Dondarrion

Meanwhile, at Entertainment Weekly, James Hibberd highlights the playful banter between Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane) and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth).

“Tormund definitely thinks he has a shot [with Brienne],” says Hivju. “It’s the way the Wildlings are. The women are so strong. They’re equals. They all fight. Like with Ygritte, she has to fight as well as everybody else. When a Wildling is rejected that means ‘thumbs up.'”

“That relationship keeps evolving,” retorts Christie.

David Benioff, showrunner and co-creator, hints at how Brienne’s and Tormund’s relationship was not scripted into the show. He teases further:

“It’s not something you could ever write. It’s just this moment where this guy is creeping out on her and he smiles in a way that makes her very uncomfortable and she just looks away. I saw it 150 times and every time it made me laugh; it’s purely the two of them. It inspires us because we need to kill one of them now because there can’t be a happy ending or any romantic connection on the show…But we’re not going to tell you which one.”

Wait, what?! He has to be joking! Please tell me he’s joking!!! Don’t do this to me, Benioff! He’s right about Christie, in particular, however. I just love the playfulness that she always exudes off screen with her colleagues – Remember when she and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau interviewed each other?

So what do you think, folks? Should we be worried for Brienne, Tormund, Grey Worm, Missandei, or perhaps all of our characters? Does love exist truly exist in Westeros? Can it? Better yet… who’s excited for season 7?!?!?!?!?!?!

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    1. I’m starting to think that Melisandre is a “fire wight” like Jon Snow supposedly is. Maybe she has died before, and now that that R’hllor has brough her back, her life will not end until she has fulfilled her mission.

      Her choice of words in 6×10 “I have been ready to die for many years. If the Lord was done with me so be it, but he’s not”. She has also mentioned having the flame of the Lord inside her before.

      So maybe Jon can get old like her until he fulfills his purpose? And what will happen to them when they fulfill their purposes?

      Season 07 can’t come sooner!

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    2. Well, I can only speculate who might die, but I know either way it’s going to be super exciting. Having an emotional attachment to these characters, plus knowing they could die on an episode is what makes GoT so awesome. Great storytelling.

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    3. AAAAAAAAAAAAhhhhhh!!!! Kristofer Hivju quotes my favorite-ever Leonard Cohen chorus, from ‘Anthem’! That makes my night. Wildling Zen philosophy.

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    4. Beyond excited!!! So close!!! 😀

      and yeah, I don’t think both Grey Worm and Missandei will survive this season, which makes me a bit sad because I love both characters in the show! But yeah no happiness allowed on GoT!

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    5. I’d be really interested in Varys going into detail with Dany about her family, no one really has been able to before. The most we got was Barristan talking a little about Rhaegar. I really think it will do Dany good to hear everything about her family not just the extreme good/extreme bad

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    6. Across 6 seasons there have been more than hints at Varys’s backstory. In fact they laid it on pretty heavy in S6 with the Kinvara-Varys confrontation. Hope we get closer that what it is.

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    7. After 20 years of waiting, in 12 hours I will be witnessing Daenerys Targaryen making her first step onto Westerosi soil.
      I can’t handle this.

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    8. Mel: I really think it will do Dany good to hear everything about her family not just the extreme good/extreme bad

      I really would’ve liked Daenerys learning a bit more about her mother. No chance of that happening, I know; it’s all about the men. Father, older brother, now nephew. 😉

      HelloThere: After 20 years of waiting, in 12 hours I will be witnessing Daenerys Targaryen making her first step onto Westerosi soil.

      You guys, who have waited so very long, and are still here and interested and engaged, are AMAZING! Congrats! 🙂

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    9. The premiere is in six hours; this year I have avoided you as hell, my dear fellow Watchers, out of my fear of being spoiled… I am proud to say that the only thing I know about season 7 is one particular meeting… So, six hours before showtime, I wish you all happy viewings and I will be happy to join your discussions on any spoiler-free threads! (I hope you’ll be here Ozzy)

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    10. Jack Bauer 24:
      Super quiet with the premiere under 8 hours away.

      I’ve avoided as many spoilers as possible and I am doing my best to not read any spoilers before Game of Thrones season 7 premiere has mine and the world’s full attention in 7 hours…. cheers watchers

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    11. If Varys doesn’t like magic, why does he like the Targaryen with their dragons? I mean, dragons are magical.

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    12. Wendel Manderly:
      If Varys doesn’t like magic, why does he like the Targaryen with their dragons? I mean, dragons are magical.

      I mean, kind of. They are IMO more like huge cats that happen to breath fire.

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    13. Interesting snippet about Varys as according to the spoilers I read

      both he and Tyrion will question their support for Dany as she burns the Tarly’s and shows other less kind traits

      Anyway I’ve finally caught up with all the Watcjhhers Articles from this week and can go to sleep knowing I can watch the premier before work tomorrow.

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    14. TONIGHT GUYS!!!
      I’m super stoked to see Dondarrion fight with the flaming sword. Something just so cool about that. Also this killed me this morning https://youtu.be/2eioydZCYR0 I love the possibility of Tormund and Brienne’s relationship evolving but hey better not kill either!! I’ll riot!

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    15. Kay: You guys, who have waited so very long, and are still here and interested and engaged, are AMAZING! Congrats!

      It hasn’t been 20 years for me, since I didn’t become aware of ASoIaF until HBO, but this year of waiting has felt like a long time. I agree with us being amazing, but it’s mainly because this site has been so wonderfully dedicated. Thank you once again, Sue and everyone from WotW. We’re almost there!!

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    16. Boojam:
      Wow

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4700724/Game-Thrones-scenes-portrayed-77-metre-long-tapestry.html

      Wow! Thanks for the link. I normally avoid the Daily Mail like the plague, but seeing pictures of those amazing tapestry panels was worth an exception. I found myself looking at each picture, figuring out what scene it was (mostly fairly easy) before looking at the caption.

      I’d love to know who was the artist behind the designs, they emulate the Bayeux Tapestry quite nicely. A bit crude and clumsy but tells the story. I love the visual language. 77 m (252 ft) long, so longer than the Bayeux Tapestry.

      It was obvious from the pictures that it wasn’t hand-stiched, and the video clip confirmed it. Still, Northern Ireland wanted to have their own tapestry, and what better subject than GoT, which has been such a boon to NI economy, tourism and image in the past 10 years, eh? It neatly sidesteps all potentially contentious historical, political and sectarian issues in NI and focuses on something modern and beloved the world over.

      And why might they want a tapestry of their own? Well, there’s the English Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts 1066, or how the English were defeated and conquered by the Normans (Vikings, who’d settled in parts of northern France and become somewhat “Frenchified” over a few generations). It’s about 70 m (230 ft) long. It’s an absolute treasure of the world, it’s apparently about 1040-1050 years old.

      Now, Scotland has the Great Tapestry of Scotland. I’m not able to link the Wikipedia page (google it!) but here’s the tapestry’s own page:

      http://scotlandstapestry.com/

      It’s a modern thing, conceived and executed in the 2010s. It’s 143 m (469 ft) long (so more than twice as long as the Bayeux Tapestry) and depicts Scottish history from 8500 BC to 2013 AD. It’s all hand-stiched by thoudands of volunteers. The designs for the panels hark back to the Bayeux Tapestry but are more fully rounded and modern. It’s a wonderful piece of art and craft. It’s also a major tourist attraction, hence the struggles and squabbles to find a permanent home for it.

      So, it’s understadable NI want to have their tapestry… Hmm… When are the Welsh going to stich theirs?

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    17. Boudica: That is really amazing, I’ve always found that tapestry from the Battle of Hastings quite interesting, great idea to replicate it with GoT scenes.

      That’d be the Bayeux Tapestry. Probably made in the 1070s, after the Norman conquest of England in 1066.

      Agree that doing a GoT tapestry (for NI) is a great idea, and love how the scenes are depicted. If they make a picture book of it, I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

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