With the Emmys taking place in September, The Wrap is going in-depth with nominees in celebration of the awards in their August issue. The magazine speaks with Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey about their work on the show, and the end of Game of Thrones. Showrunner D.B. Weiss also talks to The Hollywood Reporter this week about his most rewarding scene.
Speaking to the magazine, Harington discusses his attempt to deceive his co-stars into thinking he was genuinely killed off. Many didn’t buy it, but Sophie Turner did.
I don’t know why I chose Sophie, of all people, to deceive the most. I let her in on the secret last of anyone, really, and she was so sweet. She wrote me a letter about my leaving the show, and she bought that I wouldn’t be coming back. We’re all very pally with each other on our set, we’re like family, and she genuinely feels like a little sister to me. So I guess I kind of played tricks on her like an older brother would.
Harington mentions that they usually get the scripts about two weeks before filming begins. As for returning as a possibly changed Jon, the actor explains to The Wrap that “he comes back as himself, as the Jon that everyone knows.” Harington adds, “Which at first I found disappointing. But it’s more subtle than that. He has an insight into what lies beyond that very few people in his world do, and that no one in our world does—he knows that there’s no afterlife. Which does quietly drive who he is and what he wants to do.”
He also admits, “I feel like one of the safest people on Thrones now. Maybe I shouldn’t say that. He could die next season, but I felt very safe this season. Because if I come back to life in Episode 2, it would be awful storytelling if you kill me in Episode 4. So I felt a bit cocky this season.”
Check out the rest of Kit’s interview at The Wrap.
The always-chatty Emilia Clarke covers a host of subjects in her interview with The Wrap. Among the topics, she discusses the impending end of the show and her character’s legacy.
She says, “It’s not going to be nice when the show ends, obviously. It’s going to be huge, epic. But I’m excited. The landscape’s getting exciting and different and we have more time to do it.
As for Daenerys’s legacy, she hopes it’s “Just a little bit of female empowerment. I just want the empowerment of people watching a character like this to light a spark in their brain, like, ‘No, you don’t need to have dragons to be a badass in your day-to-day life.’ Who doesn’t love a hero? And there’s so many on the show. So I hope that’s what the show will leave.”
She reveals two of her big actor heroes are Lucille Ball and Audrey Hepburn and says she is working on a comedic screenplay with her friend Lola Frears. “It had to be a comedy. This is the most joyous, easiest thing I’ve ever done. We’re in the middle of it and it’s wonderful. We’ll see what happens. It’s just good to stoke as many fires as possible.”
As for fans always seeing her as the iconic Daenerys Targaryen, Clarke says, “I love it! It’s a wonderful thing. I think of actors that I love and their iconic roles, and I can love and appreciate everything that they do, but there is still that one thing… I’m so lucky to be known for this. She’s got range and she’s got an arc, and she’s got so many wonderful qualities. It’s not a regular television show where it’s very much the same character coming back every year. This is different.”
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Lena Headey talks to The Wrap about Cersei’s big year, and that troubling exchange of looks between the queen and her brother Jaime at the end of season 6.
The thing that gave her humanity was her kids. They’re gone now. Her father is gone. [Her brother] Tyrion is gone. There’s no one to tell her she can’t, she’s stupid, she’s just a woman. I think when Jaime looks anything other than happy, she has a “f— you” moment. This will be such an interesting season for them. Where do they go? It’s so toxic now.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter in advance of the Emmys about their “most rewarding scene to see completed,” showrunner D.B. Weiss says, “The “Battle of the Bastards turned out better than we ever could have expected, thanks to outrageously hard and great work by everyone: Miguel Sapochnik and his team, the cast and the VFX and stunt guys. But in terms of exceeding already high expectations, the opening sequence of the finale may have outstripped it — thanks to the powerful visuals, the artful way in which they were arranged, and to Ramin Djawadi, whose music for that sequence is probably our favorite since the main title theme.”