Interview roundup: Weird things happen to Aiden Gillen, Nathalie Emmanuel misses the cast, and Lena Headey spoils nothing

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We’ll miss you too, Missandei!

As most of Westeros struggles this week with weather so cold it has the White Walkers looking for mittens, we here at Watchers on the Wall are looking for ways to warm your soul — will a roundup of interviews from Aiden Gillen, Nathalie Emmanuel and Lena Heady do the trick?

In a recent interview with The AV Club about his new History Channel series Project Blue Book, Gillen recounted that he’s had some interesting (and by that we mean strange) encounters with fans — everything from people wiggling their little finger at him to having a curse placed on him while he rode an elevator in the Czech Republic. To be fair, Littlefinger is a creep, so creepy things happening to him is par for the course (although we’re sorry Gillen has to deal with that).

Turning to one of the least creepy characters in the series, Emmanuel (who plays the kind-hearted Missandei) spoke to The Sun about how sad she is to see the Game of Thrones end, especially because she’ll miss working with the cast members that she’s become close with. She did mention that the ending will be “bittersweet” — a phrase we’ve heard countless times in the last year — but that she’s glad that the show is coming to “its natural end.”

“[Sometimes] with a TV show or anything … it gets to the point where it loses its quality and we have managed to maintain such a high quality and people still want it,” Emmanuel said. “But they are only telling it in the number of hours they need and telling it how they want to tell it.”

Emmanuel also noted that — as with many actors on the show — Thrones changed her career. “I was working in retail when I got that job,” she told The Sun.

Last but not least, HEADEY HAS SPOILED SEASON 8! Kidding…we had to get your attention somehow for a 40-second clip from TheWrap, because in truth Heady divulged absolutely nothing as part of an interview at the recent Sundance Film Festival — just that stairs are involved.

“I can’t tell you anything apart from I descend some stairs and ascend some stairs,” Headey said during an interview to promote her new film Fighting With My Family.

“What about that for a spoiler?” said the film’s director Stephen Merchant. “But why is she going up and why is she going down?”

We’ll have to wait until Season 8 premieres on April 14th to find out — but one of things we do best in this fandom is over-analyze and speculate on every minute detail we can get our hands on, so keep your eyes peeled for the inevitable 30-minute YouTube video theorizing what the stairs mean. And in the meantime, stay warm (and if you’re in a Dorne-like climate, stay quiet)!

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    1. ASNAWP!!!

      It’d be a neat surprise if she keeps going down to the dungeons to see Ellaria and Septa Unella – that they’re back on the show. I doubt they’d be showing Cersei walking up and down stairs for that though. 😛

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    2. Clob:
      ASNAWP!!!

      It’d be a neat surprise if she keeps going down to the dungeons to see Ellaria and Septa Unella – that they’re back on the show.I doubt they’d be showing Cersei walking up and down stairs for that though.😛

      Are they back?

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    3. Jack Bauer 24: Are they back?

      There haven’t been any indicators that they are. I just think it’d be cool to see them again to show that Cersei did indeed keep them alive to suffer for long, long time.

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    4. Jack Bauer 24: Are they back?

      No Jack, it’s very unlikely. This is just Lena teasing the fans and avoiding spoilers. I doubt she will have much screentime in the first three episodes though given she only has Qyburn, the Mountain and maybe Euron/Harry Strickland to interact with whilst everything goes down in the North.

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    5. serum:
      descends the stairs from the iron throne and ascends the stairs to the executioner to be decapitated or hanged

      LOLOLOLOLOL!!! Indeed.

      A reply after mine own heart. Love.

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    6. “It’s going to be amazing and better than any series we have had so far.”

      “It does the final series justice, it is so brilliant. It’s bittersweet, I think it’s come to its natural end.”

      Nathalie Emmanuel quoted from an interview at intermission at the ENO performance of ‘La Boheme.’ This is depressing; Italian opera in the vulgar tongue in this day and age of advanced technology and surtitles???

      Back to the subject; Her assessment of the finale is both encouraging and distressing-not to mention nerve wracking. I hope I do not end up detesting the word “bittersweet.”

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    7. Wolfish,

      Meanwhile, I caved in to my GoT/ASNAWP withdrawal and subscribed to RoosterTeeth.com to watch its new animated series “gen:LOCK”, which premiered on 1/26/19. (First episode is free; subsequent episodes – including Ep2 which also aired on 1/26/19 and Ep3 which aired today – require paid subscription.)

      Naturally, Maisie W’s animated character Cammie MacCloud (“mischievous Scottish hacker”) is already the fan favorite.

      They got some other big names as voice actors in a diverse cast, including Michael B. Jordan, Dakota Fanning, and David Tennant.

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    8. Ten Bears,

      Here’s what one reviewer (Screenrant) said about her character:

      Maisie Williams as Cameron “Cammie” MacCloud: Cammie MacCloud stands as the youngest member of the Gen:Lock team. Despite her age, she’s a hacker of considerable skill and also the most foul-mouthed member of the team. Game of Thrones fan favorite Maisie Williams sports a delightful Scottish accent while portraying Cammie.”

      …. Almost sounds like a Rory McCann/Sandor – Maisie Williams/Arya hybrid….

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    9. Ten Bears,

      We’re slowly but surely getting through our rewatch (Saner Half’s second viewing), and he’s really enjoying Maisie’s interactions with Charles Dance and Rory McCann. As I’ve noted on other posts, he’s appreciating the show far more on rewatch than he did the first time.

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    10. Wolfish:
      Ten Bears,

      We’re slowly but surely getting through our rewatch (Saner Half’s second viewing), and he’s really enjoying Maisie’s interactions with Charles Dance and Rory McCann. As I’ve noted on other posts, he’s appreciating the show far more on rewatch than he did the first time.

      As a non-book reader, I understand that Arya-Tywin scenes are among the best, if not the best divergences from the books.

      And I think in one of those scenes is the only time we ever see Tywin laugh.

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    11. Carole H,

      “We can’t wait for @Maisie_Williams to join us in St Andrews tomorrow. 🎉👏

      If you have booked tickets for this please note you must pick up your wristbands for this event between 11am – 4pm TOMORROW from the @standrewsunion Box Office.

      Full details: http://ow.ly/VnMX50kvTRk

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