This week’s Post-Mortem offers extra insight into last night’s controversial episode of Game of Thrones, “The Dance of Dragons,” with new interviews from Liam Cunningham, Iain Glen, Michiel Huisman, D.B. Weiss, and more.
Liam Cunningham has two great new interviews out today, the first with Vulture. The actor who plays Davos Seaworth talks about the shocking events of last night’s episode and his reaction when he received his scripts last year:
I remember reading the last two episodes, and I forgot to close my mouth when reading both of them. They’re dramatically delicious, and difficult as well. Difficult as a viewer. But I mean that in a good sense. You’ll be looking through your fingers. I think we’ll have people screaming at the television. It’s going to be such a treat for the audience.
On saying goodbye to Shireen portrayer Kerry Ingram:
I had a little moment with Kerry. We exchanged gifts, as our characters did. I gave her a little silver stag, and she gave me a beautiful cushion with an embroidered stag on it, and it was completely by coincidence that we both had these little stag things that we gave to each other. I think in was in the last couple of days before production shut down for the season. So it was sad, because I really respect her, not only as a glorious young lady and a beautiful human being, but she’s also fantastically professional and well prepared on set. She’s got a wicked sense of humor as well. She’s just lovely. So professionally, I’m really sad that I won’t be working with her again. Those were some of my favorite scenes, what I did with her.
In the New York Times, Cunningham described losing Shireen as “an awful loss, both professionally and personally,” since he loves working with Ingram. Of working with her, he says:
There’s an old actor’s saying about how you don’t work with children or animals. I disagree with both of them. Some of the best times I’ve ever had were working with kids, because there’s an honesty to them.
Of people saying the show is being too cruel by killing Shireen, Cunningham says:
It should be horrific. But there’s been many a horrific thing. We’ve only to look at any time Joffrey showed up on screen. Bad things happen to good people on this show, and good things happen to bad people. That’s one of the reasons I think audiences like it, is it’s not condescending. It expects you to bring your brain along. The controversy with Sansa- so many people were heartbroken. It shouldn’t have been the reward for someone who was growing in stature and growing as a woman. But it’s “Game of Thrones” and it’s challenging. The best kind of television should mess with your head.
Showrunner and writer D.B. Weiss talks to Entertainment Weekly about the decision to have Stannis sacrifice his daughter this week.
“Horrible things happening to people in this show, and this is one that we thought was entirely [narratively] justified,” he says to EW. “It was set-up by the predicament that Stannis was in. It will be awful to see, but it’s supposed to be awful.”
Examining the subject further, Weiss says:
The very first time we saw Stannis and Melisandre, they were burning people alive on the beaches of Dragonstone and it’s really all come to this. There’s been so much talk of king’s blood, and the power of king’s blood, and it all leads ultimately, fatally, to Shireen’s sacrifice, and it’s one of the most horrible moments we’ve shot … It’s obviously the hardest choice he’s ever made in his life and for Stannis it comes down to ambition versus familial love and for Stannis and for Stannis sadly that choice is ambition.
For more in-depth discussion of the subject from Weiss, check out the complete interview at Entertainment Weekly.
Making Game of Thrones has two new interviews up today. The first is with Iain Glen who had a huge night in “The Dance of Dragons,” with Jorah tearing up the gladiator ring.
He says of the match:
There’s one point where he feels that it’s over, and he looks to her. I don’t think he wants her to stop it – he’s willing to sacrifice himself – but he’s saying, “Do you believe me now?” It forces Daenerys to react. Jorah can see her panic and fear. But she’s a strong lady and she’s made her decision. There’s a lovely moment after the fight when everything goes pear-shaped, a hand is offered and a hand is taken. Something is forgiven and united at the moment.
The second interview is with the man who plays Dany’s other admirer, Michiel Huisman.
MGOT asks if Daario processed Hizdahr’s death in the chaos of Daznak’s Pit. The actor says:
Yes. I haven’t seen the episode yet, but I hope that registers. Daario thinks that Hizdahr’s going to do something to Dany and then he gets stabbed in the back like, 20 times. I hope that moment reads where I’m thinking, “OK… I guess I was wrong about this dude.
Head over to MGoT to read more of Iain and Michiel’s interviews about making the episode.
In this week’s Inside the Episode, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss discuss Stannis’s decision, Arya’s opportunity with an old enemy, the epic sequence of Daznak’s Pit, and Dany’s connection to Drogon. (Note: the much-discussed “When George first told us about this” quote from Benioff is around the 1:30 mark.)
Alexander Siddig and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau discuss the uneasy trust developing between the Martells and the Lannisters in Dorne.
George R.R. Martin educates fans on the legendary fighting pits of Meereen.