Kit Harington in Out, Sean Bean comments on Jon Snow’s past, and TVInsider goes behind the scenes of Game of Thrones

Kit Harington

Kit Harington appears in Out magazine this week, covering a number of topics including losing castmates, the homoerotic vibe of the Night’s Watch, and being sexualized in the media.

“So many people have left and died,” Harington says of the show’s high kill count. “It’s getting thinner and thinner on the ground each year. I’m just holding on to those people that have been there from the start, the core group, and wishing and praying that none of them die.”

About the Night’s Watch, “There is something quite homoerotic about that,” Harington admits. “They all bunk up together. I haven’t really thought about it too much, but they’re brotherly. There’s brotherly love.”

The show does depict a range of sexualities though. “It’s not just gay and straight,” the actor tells Out. “We’ve got bisexual characters as well, which is rarely done on TV. I like the fact that we deal with a broad spectrum of sexuality.”

Harington was less happy about the way he is highly sexualized sometimes in the media, particularly during promotion for Pompeii last year when his eight-pack was on display in much of the promo material. Some didn’t care for his remarks on the subject.

“I found it unfair, really, some of the stuff I read [in response],” he says. “I was making a point, which was that I think young men do get objectified, do get sexualized unnecessarily. As a person who is definitely in that category, as a young leading man in this world, I feel I have a unique voice to talk about that. I was making a point to sort of say, ‘It just needs to be highlighted.’ With every photo shoot I ever go to, I’m told to take off my shirt, and I don’t.”

Maisie Williams

TVInsider has an inside look at Game of Thrones, including some new behind-the-scenes photos and a few interesting tidbits. TVInsider notes that Arya’s training will “really kick into high gear in the May 31 episode.”

“For years, Maisie’s been working in a cold and rainy rock quarry in Northern Ireland,” executive producer David Benioff told TVInsider. “Now she gets to shoot in a warm location without muck and mud. We told her: ‘This is your year.'” Maisie is enjoying the breezes on the set in Croatia in the above photo. The location looks like the waterfront area by Duilovo Beach, in Split, where the exterior of the House of Black and White was set up.

TVInsider checked in with several other stars and members of the production. Check out the full article for more photos and interesting quotes.

Spoilers below the photo!

Jon Snow

The fourth episode “Sons of the Harpy” was heavy on information regarding Rhaegar Targaryen, with two different characters reminiscing about the long-dead prince who kidnapped Lyanna Stark. Last week’s “Kill the Boy” also held an interesting visual hint, in having the camera show Jon Snow walk in just as the ailing Maester Aemon says, “A Targaryen alone in the world is a terrible thing.”

Sean Bean spoke with Vulture about the recent developments in the speculation about Jon’s parentage and once again made his thoughts on the subject bluntly clear:

“He’s not my child. He isn’t. That’s what I suspected all along.”

When asked how he thinks Jon would take the news?

“Probably a bit psychologically confused, I would imagine!,” Bean says. “I think that’s probably an interesting journey for Jon Snow as a character and for [Kit Harington] as the actor. He’s been very fortunate in being one of the characters that had a very meaty, substantial, very complex story to be able to discover for himself. He’s been lucky to survive!”

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    1. “TVInsider notes that Arya’s training will “really kick into high gear in the May 31 episode.”

      Thank fuck for that.

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    2. About the Night’s Watch, “There is something quite homoerotic about that,” Harington admits. “They all bunk up together.”

      Huh??? … Shut up, Jon Snow.
      This show is terrible when it tries to do sexuality – specifically depicting bisexual and homosexual sexualities, so don’t even go there.

      And Sean Bean needs to shut his bean hole up. Every time they interview him about this he spoils a little bit more. Spoiling the obvious, but still a spoiler.

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    3. I love seeing S.B’s comments on what’s coming up for Jon. All D&D’s past wrongs will be corrected if they take up S.B’s offer to do a flashback scene as shown at the end of ADWD. I’d love to see it!

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    4. Renly’s Peach,

      Does it? I guess I’ve never noticed. I suspect it’s mostly because I don’t care about how it portrays sexuality, I’m more interested in other aspects of the show.

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    5. Renly’s Peach,

      Sean Bean can do whatever the fuck he wants. You’re lucky he isn’t openly telling all he knows, especially since he isn’t contractually obligated to keep his mouth shut… At least not anymore. There are people on this site that post more revealing things on a daily basis without even adding tags.

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    6. Hey I’m glad they have a range of sexualities but gods the stereotypes. Sure I love clothes, but don’t mean we all do.
      Ha, Arya kicks into high gear, good.

      Thanks Sean… Can’t wait for the book reader rage.

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    7. Is he spoiling? Isn’t it just his own speculation based on getting into that character? I don’t know why the showrunners or GRRM would be filling him up on knowledge of future seasons/books when he was only in 9 episodes years ago…

      Sorry, spoiled that his character dies in the show. Won’t specify what actor I’m talking about then 🙂

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    8. So sick of seeing a snake on all the dornishs clothes, swords, bracelets, knives, spears, show intro, toilet paper, etc. At this rate show-watchers are going to believe that the snake is the sigil of House Martell. Or Dorne, if that matters.

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    9. One of the many great things about Oberyn, is that he gave zero shits, about labels defining sexuality. The man wanted what he wanted.
      If only the real world would take a step in that direction.

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    10. Maceless Fan,

      With the exception of the snake twirling around the spear on the map, have snakes been on display on anyone other than the SS (and their weapons) and Ellaria?

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    11. Am I the only one who read the title as “Kit Harrington is out? ”

      Especially due to the cliffhanger at the end of aDwD.

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    12. Nymeria Warrior Queen,

      Well the snake seems to be wrapped around the spears of all the Dornishmen. And at the risk of coming across as a whiney book purist, it really shouldn’t be a part of the intro for Dorne. Oberyn himself was the Red Viper of Dorne but all Dornishmen (or all members of House Martell, for that matter) don’t have a specific affiliation with snakes. It would’ve been better to focus on a sun being pierced by a spear, because Sunspear is the capital of Dorne. And as Pasti pointed out, show-only watchers might understandably get confused. In the grand scheme of things this doesn’t mean much, but Pasti brought it up and I agree with him/her.

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    13. is it me or i dont know why i get this feeling that only interviews of certain actors and characters only been posted in Watchers on the Wall while some of the other actors ignored …its been a long time time i have seen any emilia or other actors …its been sophie and kit all over this season…not complaining just wondering whether the interviews mention about show only posted or any interview done by the actors will be posted …

      i saw an article about emilia and dragon eggs and beyonce that didnt get posted here so only asking

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    14. dragonbringer,

      Unless it is an interview talking about the show, then it usually isn’t posted. I realize the whole Beyonce-dragon eggs thing was somewhat show related, but did Emilia give an interview talking about the show or was she just responding to a famous person being gifted dragon eggs?

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    15. Tyrion Pimpslap,

      i think its just about eggs and how they were made and how she couldnt get those because Rayz already bought them …nothing about current season

      yeah thought it might have been the reason ..thanks for clarifying it to me

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    16. May 31st would be episode 7, so that’s a confirmation the episode features Arya (if the name of the episode wasn’t a big enough hint).

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    17. That curly girly hair does NOT belong on Jon Snows head.
      #STRAIGHTHAIRINTHEBOOKS!

      Arya havin’ a larf?: I wish we could see Nymeria too

      what u talking about? she is one of the 3 filler spice girls …

      land of ooo:
      “TVInsider notes that Arya’s training will “really kick into high gear in the May 31 episode.”

      Thank fuck for that.

      Yep she gets to sweep the entire house this time instead of one room.
      All this screen time wasted on Arya just so she can kill some sidekick character like Trant? #AFFCFILLER

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    18. I hope Arya appears in episode 7. I cant think of anything else the title could really refer to (the Gift near the wall has already featured in the show so i dont think it refers to that) and i dont want to see her miss any more episodes

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    19. Hoyti Von Totiy,

      Kit’s hair is naturally curly. You want them to straighten it because you have personal stereotype about curly = feminine? Lol, grow up.

      My personal image of Jon had him with short straight hair – like Kit looked in his original head shots. If anything, I think they should let him cut it.

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    20. jentario:
      May 31st would be episode 7, so that’s a confirmation the episode features Arya (if the name of the episode wasn’t a big enough hint).

      Huh, I thought “The Gift” would be about

      settling the freefolk (wildlings) along the land below the wall, the Gift. The fact that the Gift has already been mentioned in the show wouldn’t stop it from being the title, especially if it is more heavily featured than in previous episodes. The Dornish have been shown plenty, but Sunday’s episode is “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.”

      But I do see how it could less directly refer to Faceless Men and the gift they give, and it is always awesome when the title has a double meaning.

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    21. I still like the “A Feast for Crows” suggestion someone made for episode 5.10.
      Because it probably will be. ;o)

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    22. Chimeny,

      Neat. I commend you on your skills of closing your eyes and shutting out the world around you. I imagine if you’ve been ignoring everything sex related, you may have missed a good 60% of the show by now.

      Yung Wolf,

      Sean Bean can indeed do whatever the fuck he wants. I am quite aware of that.
      Going around talking about possible spoilers every chance you’re given, however, is still just as tasteless.

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    23. Renly’s Peach,

      Woah, chill out mate, why are you getting so angry at me saying that I’m just not bothered by such an unimportant part of the show? And the show isn’t 60% sex/sexuality… C’mon now, be serious.

      You may think that sexuality in the show is MAJOR but I don’t, never have and never will. In both the show and the books sex is a part of it but I don’t care about it one way or the other, I am far more interested in the politics, war, intrigue, character history, character development, magic, dragons, Others etc.

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    24. Renly’s Peach,

      Conjectures are not spoilers. I am sure that there are still Daynites out there who think that this only demonstrates that Bean and B&W do not get GRRM. To them, it is obvious that Ned is Jon’s father.§

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    25. Maceless Fan,

      Ah, see I hadn’t noticed the decorations on the spears of the Dornishmen we’ve seen, which is why I asked. I only know Areo’s weapon didn’t appear to have snakes, but a sun, instead.

      As far as on the map, the snake doesn’t bother me for two reasons: One is I’d guess they put it in for show-only viewers to make the visual connection this new area is was Oberyn’s home. The other reason is because it’s twirling around a spear, which book-readers will associate with the Martell symbol.

      I guess I can see why it would bother some people a little, but as long as it isn’t showing up all over Doran, or Trystane, or Areo, it doesn’t bother me, personally.

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    26. Chimeny,

      You are spot-on: the stories (in both media) use personal politics heavily. Of course, sex is a big part of that under any circumstance: and more so in a world like this where sex is used to seal (or break) political alliances.

      At any rate, the show handles it as well as any show not basically devoted to the topic. It certainly is on par with Thrones current rivals for best show in TV.

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    27. Fitz,

      I’m not saying that at all. I’m saying the character has been stripped of any meaningful traits he had in the books for stereotypes and sex. Pointing out the obvious doesn’t make me a puritan, maybe one day you’ll understand that.

      Chimeny,

      Oh honey, I’m not angry. I’m not even mildly perturbed.
      Sex is not a major part of the narrative, you’re right, but saying things like “I don’t notice sexuality” just makes you seem willfully blind to the things happening around you. It’s fine if you don’t care; other people do.

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    28. Wimsey,

      Sean Bean does know. In an interview he did many years ago, he stated that he had problem with portraying his character, specifically about his relationship with Jon Snow. He said he didn’t understand why his character would act certain way toward Jon and thus had problem portraying his character. GRRM eventually set him aside and explained the back story to Sean.

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    29. Renly’s Peach,

      Hopefully not… but you certainly sounded so in your first reply.
      And I didn’t say I didn’t notice the sexuality, I said that I didn’t notice the sexuality being portrayed “poorly” or “badly” or however you originally described it. Mostly, I guess, because I don’t look for those things when watching GoT (Or any other show to be honest), I concentrate on the other aspects of it that interest me far more than the sex.

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    30. Renly’s Peach,

      What traits does he have in the book? Loras is poorly developed in the books: all we know is that he was Renly’s lover (and some readers miss even that) and that he is fairly vain. He comes across as a bit callow but, again, he is a weakly developed incidental character in the books.

      Anon, hmm, color me skeptical: but then I do not read every interview. Still, given how little Ned and Jon interact, I am not sure what scenes would have caused Bean any confusion. After all, the “give away” scenes in the book are in Nex’s head: and, as any good Daynite would have told you, misunderstood by rival schools.

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    31. Wimsey: given how little Ned and Jon interact, I am not sure what scenes would have caused Bean any confusion.

      I don’t have the source, either, but I also remember Sean said in one interview that he knew who Jon’s mother was, because that kind of information would be necessary in order to portray the character correctly. He also said that he wouldn’t say who it was, of course, because that would be a spoiler. So, I’m surprised that he went this far this time. I guess he decided the show has all but revealed it?

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    32. House Farwynd,

      They told every main/major character something that only their character would know so when they acted a scene revolving said history they would act accordingly. So its very likely that thats his big secret

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    33. I like Kit Harington for holding his ground on the male objectification stuff, after what I imagine must have been a large, negative backlash. (I didn’t see any of it, but given our knowledge of the internet we can guess what it was like). He hasn’t said anything like “men suffer from being objectified just as much as women do”; he’s just made a sincere point about how it’s demeaning to be judged on his looks when he wants to be judged on his acting ability. And he’s sticking to it.

      Not that anyone here needed to be told that, lol (everyone’s talking about the Sean Bean stuff anyway). I just wanted to express my respect, or something like that.

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    34. Wimsey: Still, given how little Ned and Jon interact, I am not sure what scenes would have caused Bean any confusion.

      How much they interact has little to do with it. Just that one moment where Ned and Jon are parting company (when Ned continues down the King’s road to KL, and Jon takes the road to the Wall) would be enough for him to want whatever back-story the show-runners were willing to give. Most actors want whatever backstory they can get when preparing for any role (thus why you hear actors talking about doing research or their homework). The more they know about their character’s past, the more informed their decisions can be regarding how they respond to the present.

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    35. Wimsey,

      Loras in the books is rash, devoted, brave, opportunistic, romantic, protective. When Renly dies he is so heartbroken that he kills people and refuses to ever be with anyone else. He buries his body himself in a secret location. He gives his life away to serve a king and his sister. He distrusts Brienne because he thinks she killed Renly, then ultimately forgives her. He’s the first to volunteer to storm Dragonstone to avenge Renly.

      Loras in the show likes dicks and frilly dresses. Come the fuck on. Nobody with eyes and half a functioning brain can ignore the fact this character got butchered.

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    36. Wimsey,

      I usually respect your opinions, but you’re blatantly wrong on this one. Loras is very well-charecterized in the books. A capable knight of the Kingsguard, vain, rash ( killing 2 kingsguard in rage after Renly died) an arrogant youth and a devoted partner and brother. There is none of that ,and they entirely omitted the mentor-student relationship he had with Jaime who even comments on how he sees Loras as a younger him.

      Now in the show he’s just a gay stereotype who’s only their as plot-device.

      Many “incidental character” got developped on the show, so that’s no excuse. Gay fans have every right to be uspet tha the only remaining “LBGT” on the show is only defined by his sexuality.

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    37. KrakenDaughter:
      Wimsey,

      I usually respect your opinions, but you’re blatantly wrong on this one. Loras is very well-charecterized in the books. A capable knight of the Kingsguard, vain, rash ( killing 2 kingsguard in rage after Renly died) an arrogant youthand a devotedpartner and brother.There is none of that ,and theyentirely omitted the mentor-student relationship he had with Jaime who even comments on how he sees Loras as a younger him.

      Now in the show he’s just a gay stereotype who’s only their as plot-device.

      Many “incidental character” got developped on the show, so that’s no excuse. Gay fans have every right to be uspet tha the only remaining “LBGT” on the show is only defined by his sexuality.

      I thought the way Loras was portrayed through S3 was pretty good. Since Joffrey’s wedding, though, I’ve been dissatisfied. I can definitely see how he’s become more of a stereotype plot device than a living, growing character. Particularly this season, where about 1.5 seasons of content is being crammed into one, screen time is at a premium and Loras seems to be losing out.

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    38. As far as Loras goes, no, I don’t think he is as interesting as he was in the books. It’s a shame we haven’t been able to see him fight more often, as being one of the best fighter’s in the kingdom is a big part of who Loras is. However, I don’t understand some of the criticisms, for instance, how he didn’t fight those in the Faith Militant who arrested him. He was unarmed and surrounded, and it isn’t like he just said, “oh, you want to arrest me? No problem.” I also don’t understand why people complain about him, as Renly’s Peach put it, liking dick. I know some people loved how dedicated he was to Renly’s memory…refusing to sleep with anyone else, but it isn’t as though they’ve turned him into someone who sleeps around. Unless I’m forgetting someone (which is entirely possible, in which case I’m sure someone will chime in), the only person he’s slept with since Renly is Olyvar.

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    39. I’m not even done the books and have l read very little about Lora’s and even I can tell they butchered him….I mean come on the guy is an awesome fighter or so we are lead to believe….they shoud use the fact that he’s gay and he can kick ass, together ….I mean he could be a total badass …gay badass even with flowers…

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    40. dezis,

      I’m not sure where you get this is “basically a Sophie Turner fansite.” For instance, of the 50 articles posted so far this month, not a single one has had her name in the headline, nor her character’s name. I saw lots of articles about Dorne and the actors in that storyline, I saw names like Alfie Allen, Joe Dempsie, and Lena Heady. I even saw Sean Bean’s name, but not Sophie. Yes, there has been a lot of discussion of her character and its arc, but given the huge changes made to her story, and how much she’s featured in this season, I think that only natural.

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    41. Nymeria Warrior Queen:
      I know some people loved how dedicated he was to Renly’s memory…refusing to sleep with anyone else, but it isn’t as though they’ve turned him into someone who sleeps around.

      Except that’s literally what they’ve done.
      My beef isn’t even that he’s having sex with a literal whore (which alone is a terrible butchery of the character he is in the books), my beef is that that is all he does. What has he done in the past three seasons other than stand in the background and have pointless sex scenes?
      Hell, they’re even shaping his entire narrative this season AROUND HIM having sex and being punished for it. Wow, gay drama. Joy. Let’s hope the Sparrows chop his head off and put him out of his misery already.

      Chad Brick: I thought the way Loras was portrayed through S3 was pretty good.

      Was that the season where he just walked around a garden and talked about dresses with Sansa? Yeah, good times.

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    42. Renly’s Peach: Except that’s literally what they’ve done.

      Except they haven’t, since he’s only slept with one person. Sleeping around is sleeping with many different partners, not having a lot of sex with one person. It sounds like your issue is they’ve put too much emphasis on his sex life, versus spending time on other aspects of his character. As far as Olyvar being the person with whom he’s having a lot of sex, I’m not sure how that is a terrible butchery of his book-character, you’re upset they aren’t going with the “when the sun has set , no candle can replace it” aspect of his story.

      As I’ve already said, I do wish there was more emphasis on him as a fighter.

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    43. Nymeria Warrior Queen,

      Uh, the moment he fucks around with anybody is the moment they ruin one of his best aspects from the book. You know, the one where he swears to never be with anyone again. The rest is overkill.

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    44. Renly’s Peach,

      Yes, I obviously know the one, since I quoted it. It’s certainly your prerogative to feel by him sleeping with anyone else ever again, that butchers his book character. I don’t feel the same. Now, if they had him sleeping around with lots of different people, that would be too much of a change for my tastes.

      btw – I noticed I left a word out of my previous post. It was supposed to read, “unless you’re upset,” not “you’re upset.”

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    45. dragonbringer,

      Because it was some offhand gossipy garbage about Beyonce that I didn’t personally find interesting. We focus on newsy bits or character insight. Emilia’s offhand remark that a singer maybe possibly might have a dragon egg was not interesting to me and ultimately we write up whatever we enjoy. If one of the others writers had felt like posting it, they could have but clearly no one felt it was interesting either.

      And as someone else pointed out, there haven’t been many Sophie articles this season so that’s plain silly. I do suspect there will be a deluge of Sophie Turner interviews over the next week, with the wedding/Ramsay story kicking into high gear.

      dezis,

      I warned you yesterday about posting with multiple screennames. And I’m tired of the trolling. Enjoy your banning.

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    46. Renly’s Peach,

      How do we know he doesn’t fuck man whores in the books? It’s not like he is a POV character. I don’t see where that quote from the book excludes straight up sex, with no emotional attachment involved. Out of all the problems with show Loras, him fucking a whore is near the bottom. IMO.

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    47. Tormund is part of an ad campaign for a hotel company. Most of the ads are goofy, but in this one he seems menacing like his GOT character, which is a very strange choice for selling hotels:

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    48. Sean Bean owns. I love it.

      Good on Kit Harington!

      I wonder if the 2 interviews that have been stated to be lined up for after tonight’s episode are exit interviews. 🙁

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    49. Nymeria Warrior Queen:
      Maceless Fan,

      With the exception of the snake twirling around the spear on the map, have snakes been on display on anyone other than the SS (and their weapons) and Ellaria?

      Also on Trystane sword

      KrakenDaughter:
      Wimsey,

      I usually respect your opinions, but you’re blatantly wrong on this one. Loras is very well-charecterized in the books. A capable knight of the Kingsguard, vain, rash ( killing 2 kingsguard in rage after Renly died) an arrogant youthand a devotedpartner and brother.There is none of that ,and theyentirely omitted the mentor-student relationship he had with Jaime who even comments on how he sees Loras as a younger him.

      Now in the show he’s just a gay stereotype who’s only their as plot-device.

      Many “incidental character” got developped on the show, so that’s no excuse. Gay fans have every right to be uspet tha the only remaining “LBGT” on the show is only defined by his sexuality.

      It’s “LBGTQ” 😉

      Jaime’sHand1220:
      I’m not even done the books and have l read very little about Lora’s and even I can tell they butchered him….I mean come on the guy is an awesome fighter or so we are lead to believe….they shoud use the fact that he’s gay and he can kick ass, together ….I mean he could be a total badass …gay badass even with flowers…

      Agree

      AngelWatch:
      Renly’s Peach,

      I don’t see why being celibate is such a great aspect of his character and having sex needs to be looked down upon. But then I’m not a puritan.

      It has nothing to do with being a puritan

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    50. The Free Folk, I’m interested in the story, not whose sexuality or “hopes for a better world” agenda is proposed. theren will always be conflict band division, and someone voicing their opinion of whatbothers do, say,or think. And ,by the way, EVERYTHING isn’t O.K. All things seem all right in a man’s eyes…….

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    51. The Rat Kook,

      It sort of bothers me that he doesn’t just take it in stride. Aside from just doing voice work or taking roles that use prosthetics to make oneself ugly there’s not much you can do about it. It’s not “objectification” to say someone’s nice to look at, it’s not as if they are asking him to take off his clothes like they do the women. So I’m guessing maybe the poor guy might have seen criticism of his acting skills and the only positives were the fangirls commenting on his hotness. That’s probably how it was in the first couple seasons. For an actor that wants to be taken seriously I understand that I guess. I hope he realizes that’s not the case anymore.

      And I guess I am a “prude.” One of those people raised by Puritan types that could never shake off the learned “shame” aspect of public nudity so Thrones has many “Why am I watching this filth” moments lol. I don’t like gratuitous sex and nudity or violence but this show sucked me in regardless for it’s wonderful acting, intrigue, drama, sets.

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