With the Game of Thrones season 5 finale still fresh in everyone’s minds, we’re all once again struggling to grasp the reality that is the nine month wait for the next episode.
To help you along in the meantime, we’ve compiled some post-finale reviews.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau sat down with the folks behind the Making Game of Thrones blog, and set out to break down Jaime’s Dornish excursion:
As always with Jaime, he’s acting on impulse. He feels constrained in King’s Landing. He has to do something about it… The plan was reckless and maybe naïve. The whole trip hasn’t panned out the way he hoped it would.
On Doran Martell:
[Jaime] has huge respect for the man, there’s no question about it. I think he’s relieved to meet a guy who’s actually talking sense, who’s smart and understands the political ramifications of this alliance between the Lannisters and the Martells.
On Ellaria killing Myrcella and Jaime attempting to kill Bran:
The fact that Ellaria blames the Lannisters for the Mountain killing Oberyn is just wrong. Oberyn only has himself to blame. He had every opportunity to finish the Mountain – he just didn’t do it. Ellaria’s in such an extreme state of pain that she just wants revenge.
In my mind, Jaime’s reason for what he did to Bran was much clearer. There’s no question that if that kid had told anyone what he saw, that would be the end of Cersei and the kids. They would have all been killed. Ellaria is avenging her own pain, in a way.
Maisie Williams also spoke with Making Game of Thrones, elaborating on her belief that Arya is in the middle of an identity crisis as she kills Meryn Trant:
She’s having a pretty f**ked up identity crisis. It has been a relief for her to let go of this anger and pain – to become No One and leave it all behind. But she has a big change the moment where she sees the Baratheon guards.
Meryn’s death is a lot more thought out and close to home. Shooting that scene was a really intense day. It was just not a pleasant scene for anyone. Ian [Beattie, who plays Meryn Trant] was really struggling with all the prosthetics. He was a real trooper about it all, but it wasn’t easy… It shows a more psychotic side to Arya. The brutality and fierceness is quite a change in the Arya from earlier episodes this year.
She also explained how her final scene this season was filmed:
It was very, very complicated. It was madness, actually, when I think about what we did. I had a body double on set that day. You know the cloak that Jaqen was wearing? They made the hood of the cloak out of wire. It was rigid, so the fabric wouldn’t move and fall about. Then each different person would lie into the rigid cloak, and they’d shoot my hand doing the motion of taking off the face. Then I got in, and my double did the hand motion over me. So I met, like, seven different people all for three seconds each. They cut it all together in post-production to made it look like they were taking off faces.
In an interview conducted before season 5, Gwendoline Christie exchanged some words with Entertainment Weekly on the topic of gender equality in the show:
What this show is doing is shining a light on women and has an exploration of female characters that has rarely been approached before—and I applaud that. Yes, those scenes are difficult, and they should be difficult. They should further illuminate human consciousness about how we interact as human beings.
In an interview with Flicks and the City, Rupert Vansittart confirmed that his character, Yohn Royce, will return in season 6. He mentioned his filming dates are in July and December. It looks as though we haven’t seen the last of the Vale!
Finally, Art Parkinson also briefly spoke with Flicks at Collectormania. Unfortunately, he couldn’t divulge anything about Rickon.