With less than two weeks remaining before the season 7 premiere, more interviews from the cast of Game of Thrones are beginning to surface. Today Time brings us a conversation with Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) who discusses Sansa evolving from pawn to player, growing up on set, and her hopes for Sansa’s future. Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) talks to the NY Times about becoming Cersei, awkward fan encounters, and dealing with controversy.
Sophie Turner has enjoyed seeing how Sansa has matured from a naïve young girl into a player of the game. “It was really exciting to see the progression for her and to see the arc they’ve given her: Just a complete sponge and constantly learning from all the people she’s been around and making the most of these situations where she’s been a captive. Instead of resenting her captors and turning against them, she uses them to her advantage and really plays them so she can get the most out of this time she spent with them,” she says.
Life in the spotlight hasn’t always been easy for Turner, however. “Being in the public eye is a little tricky…going through puberty and everything was very difficult, especially given how the media portrays what young girls should look like. But luckily, I have Maisie [Williams] by my side. That was the greatest thing, to have someone going through the same thing at the same time,” Turner explains. “We’re kind of joined at the hip and we do literally everything together. She goes to the toilet, I’ll go into the bathroom with her. It’s that kind of relationship.”
When asked whether Sansa’s final scene with Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) was a turn toward the “dark side,” Turner admits feeling conflicted. “I do wonder if it’d be kind of impossible for this world and all of these people who she’s surrounded herself with, of course that would rub off on her,” she says. Turner does believe Sansa’s desire to be with her family again will keep her on the right path though. “I think she may change a little, but at the end of the day, I think her heart is still good. The way she deals with her problems and her enemies may be different from how she would have dealt with them in the day when she was 13 or so.”
Despite her mixed feelings, Turner definitely enjoyed Sansa’s revenge. “It was the most awesome scene, because I’ve been waiting for so long to have my first kill. To constantly see people like Maisie killing people onscreen, and it’s so badass and she looks so cool…It felt really good to give Sansa back that power that’s been stripped from her.” She continues, “This was the moment where she had all of the power. I’m sure it was intoxicating for her, too, that feeling she’d been craving for so long, and it was intoxicating for me. I loved it! I want more kills!”
Does Turner have any inkling what’s in store for Sansa? “You never know, I might not have made it through [season] seven! This is Game of Thrones. I think it’s a fairy tale version and it’s probably not going to end up happening…but my hope is that she finds her family again and the Starks are strong again — the remaining Starks!” She adds, “Even if she didn’t get that final end result of being united with her family again, my hope for her is that she continues to keep growing more and more powerful and confident in herself.” Turner jokes, “But in reality, it’s probably not going to happen, and she’s probably going to die!”
Check out the entire interview over at Time.
Lena Headey keeps her cards close to the vest, much like her character Cersei Lannister. When asked for details about season seven, she replies, “Are you [expletive] serious right now? Um, she’s not having a good time — there you go,” she laughs. “Apparently winter is really coming, finally.” Despite the dire circumstances Westeros is facing, however, Headey does appreciate that women are finally leading the way. “Having all of these females rise, in all their different guises — it’s sort of unheard of, really,”
It’s hard to imagine anyone else playing Cersei, as Headey has taken complete ownership of the role with her performance. She recounts the story of how Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) told her of “this mad thing” he was reading for HBO. Headey recalls him saying “there’s this great part for his sister, who’s this incestuous psychopath.”
Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss explained in an email that Headey’s audition was “far from the Evil Ice Queen stereotype…Lena was the only one who conveyed the discomfort that comes with being Cersei — the sense of perpetual scrutiny and besiegement that comes with her position in the world, a position she never chose.” Adds cast mate Conleth Hill (Varys), “She can do more with a look than most of us can with a couple pages of dialogue.”
Being Cersei has its drawbacks, as Headey can attest. One of her more embarrassing encounters came shortly after giving birth to her daughter. As a nurse was helping her breastfeed, she chanted, “Shame” as “she’s milking me like a human cow,” Headey says. “I was flying on morphine, so it was sort of funny. Had I been vaguely in the world, I might have been more offended.”
Headey takes criticism of the herself and the show in stride, whether it’s outrage over using a body double during her “walk of shame” or the controversial scene with Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in the sept. “We love a good backlash,” she admits. Headey still doesn’t understand why the scene with Jaime (which she and others associated with the show have proclaimed was not a rape) infuriated fans more than “a man up North taking his children to the White Walkers.”
As for Cersei’s fate, she is as in the dark as everyone else. Headey will say who she doesn’t believe will sit the Iron Throne in the end, however, “It can’t be me because I’m already there. So I’m [expletive].”
Head over the the NY Times for the entire interview.