In the aftermath of the LA Premiere, Game of Thrones cast talk “emotional” battles, romance and themes of power in season 7

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Roughly 72 hours to go and the interviews keep pouring in! Cast members Kit Harington, Jacob Anderson, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Sophie Turner, Nathalie Emmanuel, Gwendoline Christie, John Bradley and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau talk “emotional” battle sequences, high-stakes and how far their character have come.

Eric and Terri kick off Dragons on the Wall‘s coverage of season 7 with guest John Bradley, who talks extensively about the new feeling of this season and how Sam’s entire journey throughout the show has led to this moment.


The Hollywood Reporter interviewed Iain Glen, Jacob Anderson and Gwendoline Christie, all of whom play characters familiar with combat, about the battles in store for us in season 7.

“There are definitely a couple of biggies,” said Iain Glen. “And they’re all different in flavor.”

Jacob Anderson called the battles “very big and very complex” and, perhaps most interestingly, “very emotional” and Gwendoline Christie teased some twists in the storytelling:

“What’s wonderful about the show is that it’s often very unexpected and what people are known for doesn’t necessarily transpire,” she said. “You will see lots of action, but not always in the way you might initially think. But you won’t be disappointed in terms of epic scale.”


Sophie Turner spoke to Insider about Sansa Stark, whose storyline in season 7 will be explore the theme of “power.” She reflected on how much Sansa has changed since season 1 and what it’s been like to play such a dynamic character over such a long period of time.

“It’s amazing, it really is, being given the chance to develop a character over seven or eight years for 10 hours every year,” she said. “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. It’s such a fleshed out storyline. And she has changed measurably, it’s really a beautiful transformation.”


Access Hollywood interviewed several cast members on the icy-blue red carpet at last night’s premiere:

Kit Harington discusses how Jon might react if he ever learns who is parents are. “I think he’s got more pressing things on his mind. Like the end of the world.”

Sophie Turner waxes poetic about the inevitable end of Game of Thrones and promises a “very different” storyline for Sansa Stark in season 7: “It’s about her having power for the first time.”

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau addresses the question on all of our minds: how will Jaime react when he learns that Cersei committed mass murder with Wildlife?

Jacob Anderson chatted about the Unsullied facing cold weather for the first time and teased Grey Worm’s arc in season 7: “This is definitely the season where Grey Worm’s journey to becoming like a human being – which he never really had the opportunity to do – is coming to a high point.”

Nathalie Emmanuel chats about Missandei’s romance with Grey Worm and how war and the threat of death might … speed things along.

Isaac Hempstead-Wright explains just what it means for season 7 Bran to be the Three-Eyed Raven and hinted that, for the all the supernatural powers at play in Westerns, the human characters can still be their own worst enemies. “It may not actually be the Night King who ends up being the undoing of everybody.”

Gwendoline Christie talks about Brienne’s development in season 7 and offers her insights into Tormund’s attraction to Brienne.


Lastly, Gwendoline Christie and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau engaged in a bit of silliness by interviewing each and doing their best to trip each other up.

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    1. I love these people!!!!!
      I never love people I don’t know this much… except Cristiano Ronaldo (amazing human)

      🙂

      YAS HYPE

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    2. Isaac’s interview was the best for me. His enthusiasm is palpable, and I think awesome things are in store for Bran.

      People often overlook Bran, because he’s had so little screen time compared with the other Starks, and he’s not a fighter, or an assassin, or a politician, but I’m basically here because of Bran.

      When I saw that little boy fall out of that tower, that’s when I knew I was hooked. That moment is the entire genesis of Game of Thrones, and it’s the first thing in the show that really got me thinking about what an unusual story this could be.

      It’s awesome to think that the small boy who innocently asked his father about White Walkers in the very first episode of the show is now the most knowledgeable about them and is going to be playing an integral role in fighting them.

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    3. “What would Sansa do?”, “I don’t knoow..!” Honestly, she’s been going on and on about digging deep into her character over the course of many seasons, and she can’t muster an answer outside of “I don’t know…. ….she’d probably die?!”. Love her with red hair though..

      Isaac’s interview was good. I thought it odd how he emphasises that he is now the 3ER quite a few times, especially since there were some body/mind-swapping-theories going around.

      And I agree with Markus Stark, that scene got me hooked, as well as the prospect of his latent potential. Bran chapters are my favorite to read for example.

      Also, he’s warging into a flock of ravens, if that isn’t flying, then what is (outside of metaphores).

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    4. That clip of Gwendoline and Nikolaj interviewing each other had me in stitches, mostly because they kept breaking into laughter even as they were trying to take the piss out of one another. Even if you had never seen them on screen together, you could tell that they have a great personal rapport.

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    5. Markus Stark:
      When I saw that little boy fall out of that tower, that’s when I knew I was hooked. That moment is the entire genesis of Game of Thrones, and it’s the first thing in the show that really got me thinking about what an unusual story this could be.

      It’s awesome to think that the small boy who innocently asked his father about White Walkers in the very first episode of the show is now the most knowledgeable about them and is going to be playing an integral role in fighting them.

      Well said. Bran’s fall was a shocking and definitive moment for me, too. I knew that this was going to be a very different show and one that I was immediately invested in. I wonder if Bran will ever recover his memory of how/why he fell. I would love to see a scene between him and Jaime.

      Love Isaac’s interviews…an adorable young man.

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    6. Wow, Issac is heavily hinting that the Wall will come down when he crosses!!! And that Dany won’t cooperate in helping defeat the Whites and wights. And NCW is giving away tons that Jaime won’t be too upset with Cersei. Spoiler, spoiler, spoiler.

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    7. Ginevra:
      Wow, Issac is heavily hinting that the Wall will come down when he crosses!!!And NCW is giving away tons that Jaime won’t be too upset with Cersei.Spoiler, spoiler, spoiler.

      If The Wall comes down, it’ll be a visual spectacle .

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    8. mariamb,

      I think Bran already knows how/why he fell. He saw his fall multiple times in his visions, in both Episode 4.02 and Episode 6.06. I think that was meant to imply he now knows all that.

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    9. Pigeon:
      The crazy looking dude at 1:58 of Nicolaj’s blue carpet interview made my evening!

      Saying that the Abominable Blue Snowman was the biggest threat to Westeros, around that same time, was priceless!

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    10. G: “Can you read?? Shall I read for you, like your lines, I read them and you repeat, and that’s how you learn them?”
      N: “I am SO PROUD of how far you’ve come, so so very proud…”

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    11. I watched ‘Thronecast – The War Room” on Sky Atlantic with Sue Perkins and 3 guests earlier. Unfortunately one of them was Jonathan Ross, a guy I can’t stand and who IMHO is a prize dickhead/moron!

      One of the questions asked by Sue to the panel was now Ramsey (and Joffrey) have gone, who will replace them as the evil/psychotic character in GoT we all love to hate. Ross reckoned it will be Arya! I often wonder if he actually watches the show or whether he’s just invited on to Thronecast for his ‘wise cracks’ and fucking silly and puerile remarks!

      Although they covered various aspects of the show, discussed the principle characters and where they currently are located in Westeros at the end of S6, no mention was made of Euron Greyjoy (or Yara and Theon for that matter).

      I’m pretty sure it will be Euron who picks up the reins and will follow in the footsteps of Joffrey and Ramsey as the ‘nutter’ on GoT. I mean to say, there’s got to be one? GoT just wouldn’t be the same if we had no ‘bad guy’ to vent our anger upon.

      Not long to wait now, so guess we’ll have to see on that one 😉

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    12. I’m not seeing the Jacob Anderson interview, instead i’ts another interview with Nik and Gwen. Not that I mind, but maybe needs an edit?

      And in this interview 2 things:

      Near the end when asked how things are in KL Nikolaj says “well now we are in charge, everything’s going great… there’s a little thing with his son but well drugs can help with that.” Hes joking of course but Jaime has been the only non-alcoholic Lannister so far, maybe he does get messed up?

      Before that interviewer asks Gwen after they’ve been talking Jaime x Brienne (context “would Jaime be jealous of Tormund”) something like “a lot of viewers want to see more Brienne action, you know, swinging away…” Gwen replies something like “Well there might be action but maybe not the type people are expecting” !?! and listening Nikolaj has got this ridiculous expression on his face. I don’t know guys it felt like innuendo.

      COULD THERE BE JAIME X BRIENNE “ACTION” THIS SEASON AND COULD I EVEN HANDLE IT NO I COULD NOT.

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    13. Ginevra: Saying that the Abominable Blue Snowman was the biggest threat to Westeros, around that same time, was priceless!

      Yes! They all seem to be having fun this year, more relaxed in general. Probably because although there are still things they can’t talk about, they aren’t perpetually harassed about Jon. 😜 The Snowman seems to be popular! Someone should really cosplay him and have him ‘caught’ on camera in various famous landmarks. Or going for ice cream, riding a roller coaster, trying to figure out a cell phone, etc.

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    14. Gwen and Nikolaj needs to do every interview together.Kit hasn’t seen the trailer lol.That was a good interview of Sophie and Isaac is just adorable.I love how much he loves the show.

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    15. for the all the supernatural powers at play in Westerns, the human characters can still be their own worst enemies.

      Indeed, that is the heart of the stories! Let’s hope that this continues this year: I can see a number of issues where characters will be betwixt and between themselves about which course of action is the least awful.

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    16. Ginevra: Saying that the Abominable Blue Snowman was the biggest threat to Westeros, around that same time, was priceless!

      Ah, but will the reaction be much different from ours? I mean, it that’s a silly, funny line at which you laugh, not a call to arms.

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    17. Black Raven:
      Unfortunately one of them was Jonathan Ross, a guy I can’t stand and who IMHO is a prize dickhead/moron!

      You know his wife is the writer working on one of the possible GoT spin-offs?

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    18. Jenny,
      In a new article interviewing Kit the last question they ask is “How do you want to see Jon go out?” And the last part of his answer is “I can’t say if I make it through the season. But I do know where the end is for me.”

      OK. This might be tell-tale because on an interview 2 days ago he stated doesn’t know how it all ends yet. If he knows hisend but doesn’t know the end that means he dies this season? I don’t like it 🙁 Unless they’ve gotten the new scripts. Isn’t too early for that though?
      http://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/kit-harington-teases-game-of-thrones-season-7-w491670

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    19. Ten Bears,

      Nooo, no don’t do this to me. No. That would be horrible and so sad but also wicked. I’m pretty sure that three eyed raven never said that he will be stuck in a memory. He just mentioned he will drown, loose the connection between what’s real and what is not. So actually we don’t really know what he meant by that. But again that would be so sad.

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    20. Black Raven,

      Ha ha Black Raven I was thinking of you as I watched. Pretty silly all in all. But Sue Perkins holds it together. I was annoyed at some of the questions and answers though as it was pretty obvious they knew the leaks but had to give daft answers so as to make the programme. What really annoyed me was when Al Murray said how stupid he thought Jon was which does annoy me as he is much more astute in the books. However I would never criticise the show I love it and I am an unashamed Jon fangirl which is hilarious at my age.

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    21. ygritte,

      He knows where the end is for him meaning he is done with Jon after season 8.That’s it.They don’t have the new scripts yet.Way too early.Also Kit has been trolling left and right lately so pay no attention to most of it lol.

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    22. OT but completely delightful – Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard cover the GOT opening theme! I like their idea of what would happen if Dany and Jon meet 🙂

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    23. No One,

      Jojen also cautioned Bran that if he stayed inside Summer too long he’d forget who he is. And with 3ER, Bran was like a teenager with a learner’s permit who stole his parent’s car keys to go joy riding.

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    24. Dee Stark,

      Am I a goofball for wanting Kit Harington and Rose Leslie to live happily ever after and have lots of brooding redhead babies?
      I already semi-adopted Maisie W. as a pseudo-daughter in S1.
      I”ve already accepted the weirdness of being emotionally invested in a fictional family in a fictional world.

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    25. Ten Bears:
      Dee Stark,
      Am I a goofball for wanting Kit Harington and Rose Leslie to live happily ever after and have lots of brooding redhead babies?I already semi-adopted Maisie W. as a pseudo-daughter in S1.I”ve already accepted the weirdness of being emotionally invested in a fictional family in a fictional world.

      Yes, you are a goofball but don’t worry these feelings are completely normal!

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    26. Ten Bears,

      Am I a goofball for wanting Kit Harington and Rose Leslie to live happily ever after and have lots of brooding redhead babies?

      If you are a goofball you are in good company!

      I already semi-adopted Maisie W. as a pseudo-daughter in S1.

      Yeah pretty much same here. Tho I could see us butting heads from time to time, co i was much like she was at that time1

      I”ve already accepted the weirdness of being emotionally invested in a fictional family in a fictional world.

      Been there done that about 20 years ago!!

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    27. Markus Stark,
      mariamb,

      I agree with you both.

      That’s also what totally hooked me to the show.

      I love Bran and the way Isaac interprets him.
      His character is really underestimated, I hope it changes in the two last seasons and we see more of Bran.

      Isaac, like all younger actors, has been doing great and I love his enthusiasm !
      I wish them all all the best for the future.

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    28. Grandmaester Flash: You know his wife is the writer working on one of the possible GoT spin-offs?

      Ye Gods (old and new)! I never knew that 😮

      If that’s so, I hope JR’s wife is a bit more intelligent than her gormless husband!

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    29. Carole H:
      Black Raven,

      Ha ha Black Raven I was thinking of you as I watched.Pretty silly all in all. But Sue Perkins holds it together.I was annoyed at some of the questions and answers though as it was pretty obvious they knew the leaks but had to give daft answers so as to make the programme. What really annoyed me was when Al Murray said how stupid he thought Jon was which does annoy me as he is much more astute in the books.However I would never criticise the show I love it and I am an unashamed Jon fangirl which is hilarious at my age.

      Hi Carole,
      Yep – I was wondering also what your reactions would be knowing you would be watching the show. I’m sure you are correct in that the panel must have known about some of the leaks and were giving silly answers to Sue’s questions. Near the end of “Thronecast – War Room”, for a change Jonathan Ross replied to a question and gave a sensible answer (without any smug remarks) which surprised me, but can’t remember what it was about.

      My blood still boils when I see that guy, but all in all I enjoyed the show and as you say, Sue Perkins held it together well 😉

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    30. Ginevra,

      It’s definitely coming down, at least in part! They totally set that up with the NK’s mark on him allowing them into the One Eyed Raven’s sanctuary. Now that Bran goes south of the Wall, the magical barrier keeping the Others at bay will be gone. Stupid Bran!

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    31. Aah, so much hype!

      Loved the Dragons on the Wall bit. Enough time to go into some depth with the lovely, intelligent and funny John Bradley. I especially liked his insight that Sam is not so much “growing” as a character but peeling away layers of self-duobt, feeling useless, inferior etc… and revealing the real him.

      The Access Hollywood interviews. Well, Isaac dropped a bit of a spoiler there. “I only get to do this (GoT red carpet premiere) one more time…” So, Bran survives S7. Sophie was better at it, getting all emo how she’s leaving her “family”. She might or might not die this season but she didn’t spoil it. Also, Sophie’s comment about Sansa finally having some power… but not really knowing how to deal with it.

      I love how Dany has provided warm jumpers to the Unsullied and warmer clothes to Missandei, too. What really touched me was Jacob saying Grey Worm is becoming a human being. Instead of a trained killing machine. Also, Nathalie’s comment about hiding behind duty and now the urgency of Missandei’s and Grey Worm’s relationship. I know this doesn’t happen in the books, but it’s been a good choice by D&D, to make us connect emotionally with Dany’s followers.

      Last but not least. NCW: “that blue… the snowman… the dragon girl.” lol!
      Gwen’s insights on Pod. Brienne sees herself in him, wants to train and help him. aww… And on Tormund: a man who sees her prowess and admires it, not freaked out by a freakish tall and strong woman wielding a sword but actually liking it. Jaime, of course, got there first.

      I’m glad the show has this Brienne/Tormund thing going on. In the books, there’s a character who used to deride and ridiculie Brienne among the rest, but who comes to respect her and her fighting skills, speaks out for her, gives credit where credit’s due… Even proposes marriage, though that was much motivated by Brienne being the heir of Tarth, so a great match for a household knight who’d been sacked by his lord (for defending Brienne). The point is that Brienne gets to see there are men who admire her what she is. Tormund fills this space in the show. But never forget who first acknowledged Brienne’s skills and talents and trusted her with a quest and his honour.

      Which brings me to the last interview. Gwen and Nikolaj together! It’s such a delight, such a hoot! They have such chemistry, it’s lovely seeing them together and just mucking about. You can tell these two actors share a special bond. I hope their characters get to meet again. Even if it’s for Jaime to “die in the arms of the woman I love”, as Jaime stated in S5 (after giving that looong look at Tarth…)

      Talking about chemistry. As amazing and great NCW and Lena Heady are as actors… I’ve never sensed any chemistry between them. Lena has great chemistry with Peter, their scenes together are amazing.

      I remember one of the DVD audio commentaries with Nik, Lena and Peter. Nik wanted to talk about the acting, the production (you know, things fans want to know about) but Lena and Peter totally hijacked it with their own in-jokes and totally sidelined Nik, who might’ve had interesting things to say. Despite being uber-sexy, NCW is a serious actor serious about his craft.

      Anyway, thanks WotW for this roundup. Only about 72 hours now in my country (We’re 24 hrs behind the US screening.) Yay, hype!!!

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    32. Laura,

      Maybe because, as EW reported ~ a month ago, GoT is keeping Arya’s S7 story line “top secret.”

      Either that, or Maisie’s too busy with magazine cover photo shoots. 👸🏻

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    33. talvikorppi:
      Talking about chemistry. As amazing and great NCW and Lena Heady are as actors… I’ve never sensed any chemistry between them. Lena has great chemistry with Peter, their scenes together are amazing.

      Haha I agree, but I think it’s entirely appropriate that Jaime and Brienne have better chemistry than Cersei and Jaime (or Cersei and Tyrion – or going back to S4, remember the totally unexpected Oberyn / Cersei chemistry!?). I think the lack of chemistry btwn Nik and Lena helps to sell the “incest” angle. We really should not want them to be together even if we enjoy both characters separately since they are siblings (not to mention their relationship is awful and mutually abusive). And so I think we should feel somewhat unsettled when they are together…

      Seriously I feel like I need to take a bath after their “love” scenes. Especially since last season when they have the same hair cut. Gross…

      Anyway, thanks WotW for this roundup. Only about 72 hours now in my country (We’re 24 hrs behind the US screening.) Yay, hype!!!

      I have to wait until Monday as well (for different reasons)! SUCH TORTURE!!!

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    34. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau addresses the question on all of our minds: how will Jaime react when he learns that Cersei committed mass murder with Wildlife?

      I wonder the same thing. :’)

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    35. Lol Gwen and Nikolaj have such a beautiful friendship, friends who mock each other and shit stir really are true friends that you want to keep in your life forever

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    36. Black Raven,

      I haven’t watched it yet – I am saving the hype until this evening before I go to bed in order to wake up fully prepared for the premiere. I’ve lost a lot of interest in Thronecast and fully agree Jonathan Ross is such a poor guest despite his like of the show he clearly knows very little.

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