With less than a week to go, the Game of Thrones actors and writers are out promoting season 5 with interviews galore. Here are the highlights of the newest interviews including Kit Harington, Nathalie Emmanuel, Carice van Houten, Benioff and Weiss, and the new cast members of House Martell:
Last night, Kit Harington appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers. In addition to talking up GoT, Harington showed his funny side in this hilarious sketch involving mopey Jon Snow attending a dinner party with Meyers. Check it out:
Harington chatted about a number of topics on Late Night including this bit about his time in Belfast and the well-regarded local extras working on the show.
- Nathalie Emmanuel talks to the New York Daily News, offering hints at Missandei’s development this year. “She doesn’t express a lot of emotions until this season. But because love is an emotion that she’s never experienced before, it’s okay to show how distraught she is.” The Daily News conducted the interview on a day when Emmanuel was filming “an intimate, deeply sad scene” with Emilia Clarke and Jacob Anderson. Of the connection between Missandei and Grey Worm, Emmanuel says, “Their whole relationship is so unsaid,” and that “Tension is in every scene I do with him. It’s a great tension — it’s been so much fun to play that.”
- “I know that we’re wavering off the books,” says Carice van Houten in a new interview with The Daily Beast. “The thing that I really like about the coming season that we’re going to shoot now, Season 6—if I’m still alive, no spoilers!—is that we’re going completely off the books. Everyone is in the same boat since there are no books anymore. And it’s fun because now the book readers will be in the same boat as everyone else.” Reminiscing about birthing a shadow in season 2, the actress says, “It was quite a shock,” and then adds, “But you’re in for a big treat this year if you like shocks.”
van Houten also appeared on KTLA introducing this new season 5 clip of Jon and Melisandre:
- David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are interviewed in Rolling Stone about the path of Game of Thrones free of the books and have this to say about the plan of ending after seven seasons:
Benioff: We’ve always said that, but we have to talk to HBO and come to an understanding. There’s a temptation to keep going with it because we’re still having fun, but you don’t want to ruin it by tacking on a couple of extra years.
Weiss: The big thing is, this is a show with a beginning, a middle and an end. We know what the end is, and we’re heading toward it now.
Benioff: We’re not sure whether it’s going to end up being, say, 70 or 75 hours — but it can’t be 100 hours. It would start to feel like a bogged-down mess.
- New Zealand’s The Dominion Post brings us some choice quotes from the newest cast members.
Alexander Siddig, on playing Prince Doran Martell:
Pedro’s way of playing it is very much how I had to play it so he set the tone. Keeping that sense of charm and fluidity and the Latin oomph while you are in a wheelchair is tough because you use the whole body to express yourself. It was a good challenge.
Siddig says of the Sand Snakes:
They are vicious, and brilliant at being vicious, and have been taught how to fight and kill at 12. So they are tiny drone jets that deliver missiles. They are going to be great fun. I think they are going to be audience favourites.
Rosabell Laurenti-Sellers, who plays Tyene Sand, admits to having qualms about filming one scene:
I was absolutely terrified at first because I have a scene where I take my top off, and I was really freaked out about that,” Rosabell Laurenti Sellers. “They told me it would be a closed set, and it was really chilled and relaxed. I was positively surprised because everyone was very respectful.
DeObia Oparei (Areo Hotah) addresses the criticisms some had of his casting in the role:
In the books, Areo and white and so there are those fans who think he should be white. I think it’s a good conversation to have on why is this character being played by a black actor when it was always written for a white character. We’re having this thing now with Idris Elba possibly playing Bond and people saying Bond should be white. We’re shifting. There is a paradigm shift going on. We are beginning to go, ‘Let me cast you because you personify [the role]. You don’t have to be black, you don’t have to be white. Let me cast you because there is something about the way that you portray that [character] that really sings for me’.
Of the much-discussed “nipple armor,” Jessica Henwick (Nymeria Sand) says:
I’ve got to be honest, in the lighting, my first costume fitting, I didn’t notice it. I didn’t notice it until we were in the bright, wonderful Spanish light [where part of the series was shot] and I was, ‘Hmmm, that’s weird. What are those? I didn’t see those before’.
Finally we finish with another funny video: a mashup parody of Game of Thrones and Trojan’s Fire and Ice condoms (yes, these are actually a thing) created by the Shorts Show, starring Nick Snow as Littlefinger, with The Knick‘s Chris Sullivan as The Mountain.