Interview Roundup: Pilou Asbæk, Richard Madden and Sean Bean chat about their Game of Thrones characters and Season 8

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In a wide range of interviews, Pilou Asbæk raved about season 8 and how he “wish[es he] had been able to come in earlier”, Sean Bean predicted which one of Ned Stark’s progeny will survive the series finale and Richard Madden commented on the lasting impact of Robb Stark’s death.

While discussing his upcoming film, Overlord, with Thrillist, Pilou Asbæk talked about the differences between his character in that movie (a Nazi who turns himself into a zombie) and Euron Greyjoy.

“The thing is … about Euron Greyjoy … I don’t know if he wants to fuck you or kill you. But Wafner? This guy, he will definitely fuck you, and he will hurt you, but he will not kill you. Because it’s a different way of controlling people.”

He also spoke about season 8 (omitting any plots details, sadly) and expressed his pride for the show.

“I can say one thing. When I read all the scripts, I was blown away,” he said. “I’m so happy and I’m so thankful. I’m so proud I got to be a part of something as big as Game of Thrones, and I think in so many ways, it will forever change my life. Even though I have a small role, but nevertheless a significant one. And hopefully in Season 8, I’ll do enough monkey business to make an impact. He’s a funny character. I honestly wish I had been able to come in earlier, and develop him much, much more than I was able to.”

Ned Stark on Game of Thrones

In an interview with Mashable, Sean Bean reflected on Ned Stark’s now iconic death.

“It was a memorable event — a bit of a shock,” Bean said. “I’m proud of all that, though. It’s great to be part of a phenomena, establish this character and then he’s there forever.”

When asked which of the Stark children he expects to survive the finale season of the show, Bean had to refresh his memory of who’s left to pick.

“Jon Snow is left, isn’t he?” he said. “But Arya would have to be it. Yeah Arya will last — maybe she’ll be on the throne.”

Robb's execution of Rickard Karstark

While doing press for his new BBC thriller, The Bodyguard, Richard Madden was asked by Variety how the audience reaction to his tragic character, David, compares to how fans responded to Robb’s death at the Red Wedding.

“People are really engaged with me on ‘Bodyguard,’ which is interesting, and people are heartbroken for this man and where he was in his life,” he said. “I suppose nothing is going to be the same as the reaction to the Robb Stark death, which is a great way to die, and a lot of people are still very heartbroken by that.”

Madden admitted that there’s nothing in particular he’s hoping the eighth season of Game of Thrones will include.

“There’s nothing I want to see. … I think they’ve done it so well, in terms of the amount of time we’ve had “Game of Thrones” and are sitting with it. I think it’s great to come to a great end on this and not run it out [for] another five years — as much as I could watch another five years of it.”

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    1. I’ve heard really good things about “Bodyguard” – I think Netflix picked up the US rights. (The rumor is Richard Madden is in the running to be the next James Bond because of his work in this show.)

      Ten Bears will be happy with Sean’s prediction. 😉

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    2. Flora Linden:
      I’ve heard really good things about “Bodyguard” –I think Netflix picked up the US rights. (The rumor is Richard Madden is in the running to be the next James Bond because of his work in this show.)

      Ten Bears will be happy with Sean’s prediction. 😉

      I have just finished watching Bodyguard, it’s really good, I highly recomment it.

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    3. Flora Linden:
      I’ve heard really good things about “Bodyguard” –I think Netflix picked up the US rights. (The rumor is Richard Madden is in the running to be the next James Bond because of his work in this show.)

      Ten Bears will be happy with Sean’s prediction. 😉

      I sure am!

      Sean Bean says: “Jon Snow is left, isn’t he?” he said. “But Arya would have to be it. Yeah Arya will last — maybe she’ll be on the throne.”

      But it’s not (only) because I’m an unrepentant ASNAWP fanboy. I’ve been making a bulleted list of reasons – 30 and counting – why Arya should be the monarch the people want and need. (Not “on the throne” though; she’s likely to say “who’d want to sit on that stupid ugly thing?”).

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    4. P.S. About Sean Bean’s interview:

      When asked which of the Stark children he expects to survive the finale season of the show, Bean had to refresh his memory of who’s left to pick….”

      Did anyone else find it odd that when asked about the “Stark children”, he only mentioned Jon Snow and Arya? Should we read anything into Sean Bean’s failure to even mention his other two surviving children, Sansa and Bran?

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    5. Flora Linden:
      I’ve heard really good things about “Bodyguard” –I think Netflix picked up the US rights. (The rumor is Richard Madden is in the running to be the next James Bond because of his work in this show.)

      I watched Bodyguard when it aired on BBC in the UK and both the show and Richard’s performance are stunning. I would definitely recommend it – particularly to anyone who has seen Jed Mercurio’s other success story, Line of Duty.

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    6. Ten Bears:
      P.S.About Sean Bean’s interview:

      When asked which of the Stark children he expects to survive the finale season of the show, Bean had to refresh his memory of who’s left to pick….”

      Did anyone else find it odd that when asked about the “Stark children”, he only mentioned Jon Snow and Arya? Should we read anything into Sean Bean’s failure to even mention his other two surviving children, Sansa and Bran?

      hmm, that he really doesn’t watch the show… maybe? or at least isn’t caught up? Not all actors, especially the older ones seems to love watching all the stuff their in as we are, they are too busy working on the next project. 🙂

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    7. I love Pilou, I really do. His Euron is fabulous. I mean, I may be slightly biased, as he wiped out the mistake that was the Sand Snakes, but….I’m good with that.

      I also love Richard Madden, and the show is so good! The photo of him and Maisie at her play a couple of weeks ago is the best. As for Robb – along with Catelyn, they are my least-missed characters on the show.

      GO BEANIE!!!!!!! 😁

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    8. Ten Bears:
      Should we read anything into Sean Bean’s failure to even mention his other two surviving children, Sansa and Bran?

      Well I for one wouldn’t be surprised to discover they’re both robots.

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    9. I love Richard Madden, he would have made a good Jon Snow in my opinion. No offense to Kit but I just think Richard is more expressive as an actor.

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    10. OT has anyone watched Outlaw King on Netflix? It’s good and Stephen Dillane as Longshanks screaming, “I’m so sick of Scotland!” just made me lol

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    11. Pigeon,

      I also enjoyed watching Pilou’s Euron. The show needed a new psycho after Ramsay’s death. I loved Iwan’s performance, especially after watching him playing the gentle Simon in Misfits.

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    12. ramses,

      Yes, Dillane’s such a good actor, that I forgive him for not liking GOT 🙂
      I have watched John Addams to see Dillane and it was a treat.

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    13. Flora Linden,

      Bodyguard is really worth watching – it goes a bit wonky in the the final two episodes, but the writing/story in the first part is excellent, and the acting throughout is really good.

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    14. I’m also really happy to see Richard Madden doing well post-GoT. He always struck me as a very charismatic and layered actor, so it makes me want to check out “The Bodyguard”. It also makes me miss Robb.. 🙁

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    15. DaphNenya: I have just finished watching Bodyguard, it’s really good, I highly recomment it.

      Amazingly, I just got a recommendation from a friend that I had to watch “The Bodyguard.” Looks like it was meant to be.

      mau: Am I the only one who want sex scene between Euron and Cersei in S8?

      Personally, I think it would be much like the Ramsey/Sansa sex scene. And, one hopes, equally off-camera.

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    16. ramses,

      For me, the Outlaw King was a letdown unfortunately. The actors did what they could (and there were so many great actors from GOT!) but nevertheless the movie felt flat – more like an illustrated textbook than a proper historical drama. I blame the script and it’s writer(s): can’t understand why bad scripts make it on screen.

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    17. Shy Lady Dragon:
      Pigeon,

      I also enjoyed watching Pilou’s Euron. The show needed a new psycho after Ramsay’s death. I loved Iwan’s performance, especially after watching him playing the gentle Simon in Misfits.

      Aww, Simon. ❤ I really like Iwan, and boy does he have range!

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    18. Inga,

      I have just finished watching it and I have to agree with you unfortunately. I was really looking forward to it too. I thought the trailer was better!

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    19. Pilou Asbæk is the best third-act introduction of a comedic character I have seen since Fred Willard in Best of Show. His over-the-top Euron Greyjoy brings some levity to a story whose possible endings range from grim to darker. I hope Euron gets his face ripped off by a wight just prior to the NK’s unmaking; Asbæk would play even that horrific ending for great hilarity.

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    20. Shy Lady Dragon,

      I too thought Stephen Dillane was wonderful as Thomas Jefferson in “John Adams.” Here are some clips (sorry if out of chronological order). I hope they don’t get stuck in Moderation Purgatory.

      Stephen Dillane as Thomas Jefferson:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX9HpsCVC9s

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0_3KzuYuh0

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOuJV2kkKu4

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1ZgmqPZB5k

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Hfudj3lcs0

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    21. ramses:
      OT has anyone watched Outlaw King on Netflix? It’s good and Stephen Dillane as Longshanks screaming, “I’m so sick of Scotland!” just made me lol

      I watched it Friday night. I too thought it was disappointing. The trailer made me excited but when watching the movie I found myself wanting to turn it off the entire time. I fought through expecting some kind of payoff. That never came as I felt it was flat throughout. Even the big battle at the end was just lacking. It was like watching a worse BotB without the emotion, without character investment and worst of all, without Djawadi’s brilliant score.

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    22. Ten Bears,

      Thanks a lot, it was a pleasant surprise and a pleasant rewatch!
      I love history films and shows and I’m glad when history is presented with such great acting.

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    23. ramses,

      “I’m so sick of Scotland!” made me laugh harder than “Fewer!”
      Dillane didn’t look like himself with that hair and beard, but his voice made me identify him.
      Not a very well done film, but certainly an enjoyable one. And I can never be sick of Scotland 🙂
      I recognized Blackfish immediately, but I couldn’t remember the actor’s name, so I was looking for it on IMDB (yes, Clive Russell!) when I found out that there was another GOT actor in Outlaw King: the bishop was played by Ron Donachie (Rodrik Cassel).

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    24. ramses,

      My husband queued it up the other night after seeing Chris Pine interviewed by Colbert. He found the production values cheesy (everything is in comparison to GoT, lol), and the script was a tad lacking, but we enjoyed it nonetheless. Also OT… We’ll be in Scotland on Sunday. First visit for both!!!

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    25. Flora Linden:
      I’ve heard really good things about “Bodyguard” –I think Netflix picked up the US rights. (The rumor is Richard Madden is in the running to be the next James Bond because of his work in this show.)

      Ten Bears will be happy with Sean’s prediction.

      It’s on BBC here, I found The Bodyguard to be engaging and had some good twists although I was’t totally sold on the ending. Certainly worth a watch and Madden is excellent in it.

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    26. Ten Bears,

      I am not sure Sean Bean watches the show anymore although given that he was at the wrap party in Belfast back in the summer I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t know which characters are still alive and he probably knows the fates of at least some too so it’s more likely mis-direction.

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    27. ramses:
      OT has anyone watched Outlaw King on Netflix? It’s good and Stephen Dillane as Longshanks screaming, “I’m so sick of Scotland!” just made me lol

      Yes I just watched it this weekend, didn’t really enjoy it though. Several GOT actors in it James Cosmo who was Mormont senior (leader of Nights Watch and Jorah’s Dad), a few Wildlings, and of course Stephen Dillane looking, sounding and acting almost like Stannis. My biggest gripe with it was lack of character investment and the casting of Chris Pine in a lead role playing a Scotsman but appreciate others have really enjoyed it.

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