With season seven a mere six days away (!!!), the magnificent cast of Game of Thrones are doing press left and right, yet what we bring you today is still a rather special treat: an HBO Brasil interview with no fewer than eleven main cast members: Carice van Houten, Liam Cunningham, Sophie Turner, Gemma Whelan, Pilou Asbæk, Aidan Gillen, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Jacob Anderson, Daniel Portman, John Bradley, and Rory McCann.
The actors began with what we can expect of their characters’ journeys this season:
“The dynamics of [the Sansa-Petyr] relationship are definitely played out a lot this year,” Sophie Turner begins. “On the one hand he’s so knowledgable, he gives her so much advice. There’s a lot of her struggling with whether she trusts him or not this year.”
“This season is about her finally having that influence over the people of Winterfell, and having that power, and ‘semi-ruling’ alongside Jon. That kind of sibling rivalry is only magnified this year because of the status she’s been given and he’s been given.”
“At the start of season seven Bran’s got a lot to think about,” Isaac H. Wright explains. “He has so much valuable information — he knows who Jon’s parents are, he knows about the creation of the White Walkers, and perhaps how to defeat them. Bran needs to get it together, focus and accept he’s kind of a new person, this three-eyed raven.”
“Sandor’s still a grumpy bastard,” says Rory McCann, in turn, with a gruffness characteristic of the Hound. “But he might do some good at the end, you never know.” Jacob Anderson, meanwhile, is more of a romantic in regards to his character: “I just want Grey Worm and Missandei to be happy. Just be like on the ocean, on their own.” Nevertheless, romantic or not, he isn’t an optimist: “But that’s not going to happen, is it?”
“You would always say your character is a contender for the throne, you know?,” daydreams Pilou Asbæk regarding Euron. “And I’m not gonna lie: I wanna be the king!”
Then, the cast goes into full “teasing season seven” mode, praising the scope of this new season and the fact that so many characters are converging for the endgame:
“I think people got so much last year that you can’t just pull back from there. That’s one of the reasons it’s only seven episodes, actually, because to deliver spectacle in that scale in the amount of time you have to shoot, it’s really difficult,” explains Gillen. “The different strands are starting to enmesh. Some characters that we’ve been waiting to meet each other I think will meet each other.” John Bradley agrees: “Every other day, something massive was going down, and you feel it’s all coming to a head now.”
Finally, Liam Cunningham narrows all of this down to its key elements in a way only Davos could manage: “This is more cinematic this year. There’s a lot of difference this time because we’ve been following stories going to this part and down to Daenerys and over to Cersei and back up to… — so what’s happening now is with this threat from the North is that there’s no one army that’s going to be able to take care of this.”
You tell them, Davos! I’m sure the likes of Cersei will listen to you with an open mind!