Working on the sets of Game of Thrones isn’t always sunshine and daisies. Just ask John Bradley whose character, Samwell Tarly has been put through the ringer several times over. While he was kept in the North over the first 5 seasons, Bradley was given the opportunity to travel southward and experience other locations in seasons 6 and 7. From the wayward rockings of a moving boat, to the brooding mansion of House Tarly on Horn Hill, to the stony enclaves of the Citadel in Oldtown, dealing with all sorts of wastes and excrement, Bradley’s weathered it all. In an interview with Shortlist, published in Digital Spy, Bradley admits that while he loves being part of the GoT community, there’s more to filming these scenes than meets the eye.
“There are some really beautiful costumes on Game of Thrones. Mine isn’t one of them. When the show’s over, I’m going to ceremonially burn that cloak.”
Ouch, John – don’t do that! At least drape it on the floor like the IKEA rug we know it to be. Bradley also has a few gripes about the weather he’s had to face throughout filming:
“I remember huddling with Kit Harington and a couple of other actors in Belfast in season 1, swearing I couldn’t think of anywhere I could go where I’d be colder or more exposed to the elements. A few days later, an email with ‘ICELAND’ at the top popped into my inbox and I realized I’d spoken too soon”
Meanwhile, as each season aired, we, the fans, were busy enjoying the very best that HBO has to offer, as GoT became our latest watercooler show. Seemingly there’s no shortage of people with whom to talk Thrones, and this list has only grown exponentially throughout the years. Bradly can’t catch a break, it seems:
“The way people talk about the show, it always makes me feel like I’ve missed out. I love those big TV moments, those parts of Breaking Bad and The Wire that leave you speechless.”
It’s not all bad, though. I can say he made one fan truly happy when yours truly ran into him in London in 2015 (something of a hobby of mine), so that’s gotta count for something:
In a separate interview, Maisie Williams talks growing up Arya Stark, her transition into adulthood on the set of GoT, and the time she’s spent championing causes about which she is passionate. Her upcoming film New Mutants, which recently wrapped shooting gave her the opportunity to sit down while in Boston for a chat with Highsnobiety Magazine:
“It’s nice to be a part of this sort of new wave of characters being written and actresses coming into fame that don’t really stick to the norm. I believe that my generation is one of the most accepting generations that there is, and I sort of see that reflected in film.”
We all know her as Arya Stark, but it’s great that Williams sees herself as a pioneer of young women’s portrayals in the media. It’s not exactly new information that women are frequently overly sexualized or written directly under the male gaze, so latching onto the part of Arya was something deeply personal for her:
“It’s made it okay to see little girls not just in dresses, and it’s okay for little girls to look like little boys, and it’s not quite so shocking and awful anymore.”
As someone who has always argued that the X-Men movies are the best comic book franchise out there, I get more and more excited for New Mutants each day! First we got Sophie Turner (Sansa) as Jean Grey, and now Maisie Williams as Wolfsbane…Who’s next, Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran) as Charles Xavier?
Williams continues to talk about her charity work, and how she’s been influenced by Lena Headey (Cersei), one of her many mentors. Through Headey’s work for Plan International, Williams was invited to experience the challenges of the IRC (International Rescue Committee) during the refugee crisis in Greece. When she’s not busy saving the world, however, Williams is busy trying to give young artists new opportunities. She recently formed Daisy Chain Productions, a production company with her partner Dom Santry:
“I want to give other people the opportunity to make incredible things. There are so many members of my generation that have all the talent and just no platform.”
It’s amazing to see how dedicated Williams is to helping not just young artists, but also the betterment of humanity the world over. I recommend giving the rest of the interview a read-through, as she’s always a gem. Would that I were able to conclude with a photo of me and Maisie Williams; alas we’ve not yet met – One day, though. One day!