Dame Diana Rigg has a delightfully frank new interview with the AV Club, looking back at her legendary and lengthy career. She talks about Game of Thrones a good bit, of course. Rigg declines to confirm whether or not she’ll be back for season 6, and admits she hadn’t seen any scripts at the time of the interview.
A few of her GoT co-stars were familiar faces:
It’s wonderful working with them, because quite a lot of them I’ve worked with before. Charles Dance I’ve worked with before, Julian Glover I’ve worked with before. In the theatre. You pick up the threads with them again after many years. And it’s lovely that, for the most part, there are a lot of English actors. Mind you, I think we pitch up. We know our lines. We don’t demand sixty-foot Winnebagos. And we’re grateful.
On working with Thrones director Michelle MacLaren:
Yeah, she was great. I love being directed. You know, people think when you’re established that you come on with all guns blazing and you’re not open. But I love being directed. Because it’s another thought, it’s another fresh idea. You’re so grateful for an original idea that you haven’t had.
One of the major differences between television and movies is that Game of Thrones is recorded on tape, as opposed to film. Rigg compares the two:
There’s not quite that heightened sense. The kids, the younglings, know that if they’re playing a scene and they forget their lines, they just pause. Nobody cuts anything. They just pause and speak again. If you’re on film, that’s undreamt of. It’s very definitely different.
The actress looks back at some of her memorable Shakespeare roles, being Mrs. Bond, the Avengers, and more in the complete interview which is a must-read!
For those wondering what Kit Harington will be up to with Jon Snow getting Caesared in the finale, the actor has just been cast in the thriller Brimstone.
He’s stepping in for Robert Pattinson. Filming had already begun on the movie when Harington and Dakota Fanning replaced previous stars Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska.
For fans wondering if this means a return to Game of Thrones is impossible in season 6 (shooting starts this summer), the answer to that is no. Brimstone is already filming, and Game of Thrones doesn’t start shooting at all until late in July. Particularly, Night’s Watch scenes often are filmed later in the fall. Also, Carice van Houten is co-starring in Brimstone, and it isn’t keeping her out of GoT season 6.
The only thing keeping Harington out of Game of Thrones season 6 would be if the writers actually killed him off permanently, with no resurrection on the horizon. And whether that’s a real possibility will be hotly debated by fans until we know for sure what’s happening.