Coming off a huge Game of Thrones episode like “Hardhome,” there’s a feast of interviews, so let’s check out the highlights!
Episode director Miguel Sapochnik talked to MTV about creating “Hardhome” and discussed how the character of the wildling chieftainess Karsi (played by Birgitte Hjort Sørensen) came about:
She was a guy originally, and then somewhere in the process we thought it might be cool if she were a mother, and show her sending off her own kids to make that moment with the corpse children really resonate emotionally. […] As the sequence was refined, she emerged as this clear representative of all the Wildlings, which was organic, and it made us care. Then we started casting and saw Birgitte’s work and she got the part.
As for the wights, the director says they didn’t see them as zombies:
Movement was a big thing. […] Making them feel like they swarmed where possible. The writers wanted to distinguish them as not zombies. They are puppets for the Night’s King. And they don’t think; [they] just pick a target and go after it until it’s dead, or they are cut into enough pieces they can’t chase it any more. Once you have the rules you just apply them to every beat, and see where it takes you story-wise.
Check out the rest of the interview over at MTV.com.
Birgitte Hjort Sørensen herself spoke with the New York Times today about filming her role on the show, and whether her character knew she was saying goodbye to her children for good.
I think she knew the chance of seeing her kids again was small. I don’t think she really knew exactly what was coming. But she knew there was a good chance she would never see them again. You say “maternal” and certainly she was in that moment. But I was quite pleasantly surprised that this was a role where gender really didn’t matter. I didn’t feel I was “the woman chieftain.” I felt like we were all on the same team together. That was a fun experience for me because it’s rare.
Hannah Waddingham, the actress playing Cersei’s jailer Septa Unella, talks to Vulture today. She explains the perspective of the grim holy woman.
[I]n her eyes, she’s devout and she’s been chosen to take up the mantle here of being the main torturer. And she doesn’t see it as torture. She thinks she’s cleansing her, cleansing her soul. I think she’s trying to teach Cersei that you have to strip everything back. These are the most simple things — sleep, food, water, nobody talking to you, total isolation.
She also says, ” I don’t think she knows [Cersei] from Adam, other than what she’s been told: ‘We have a woman coming in, and she’s done these things, and we need to cleanse her.’ So she’s extracting these deep layers from Cersei, without saying hardly anything to her at all.”
Entertainment Weekly spoke with Kit Harington about the fighting he did on “Hardhome”:
Every fight I would shoot three times. […] First against a man in a [greenscreen-projectable suit], the second with man who’s not in a green suit, but has full-on makeup to look like a dead person, and the third time I would just fight [without an oppoent, striking open air]. It gave them the option of using whichever way looked the best. [The Battle of Castle Black in] episode 9 last year was the hardest thing I’ve done. This was twice as hard as that. It was exhausting.
Swing by EW for more details on the making of the big battle.
The MakingGameofThrones blog has a nice peek at some of the costumes and weapons from the latest episode. Here’s Loboda’s getup and his axe. Head over to the blog to check out the rest with commentary from weapons master Tommy Dunne.
In this week’s Inside the Episode, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss discuss Theon’s revelation, Daenerys and Tyrion’s one-on-one, and the massacre at Hardhome. Pay particular attention to how Benioff refers to the leader of the White Walkers at the 3:43 mark of the video. With Sapochnik’s mention above and Benioff’s comment, it’s now safe to officially call this character the Night’s King. Go wild, book readers. (As if we didn’t already, last year after “Oathkeeper.”)
Iain Glen and Emilia Clarke discuss Daenerys and Jorah’s feelings over his betrayal and his attempts to win his way back to his khaleesi’s affections.