Lena Headey on Cersei’s “dark” relationship; Alfie Allen hints at Game of Thrones season 6

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Chris McKeen

Alfie Allen continues to promise more “Greyjoy action” next season and shares his thoughts on Sansa’s wedding night, Theon’s moral ambiguity and Game of Thrones‘ less-than-cheery outlook on life. Additionally, Entertainment Weekly has shared another season 6 interview tease with viewers today, this one featuring Lena Headey.

Alfie Allen sat down with Junkee to discuss season 6. Though he was evasive about even basic plot details (which interviewer, Sinead Stubbins describes as “mildly annoying) he did have a lot to say about the characters and events of past seasons.

“Theon is one of the more human characters on the show, he makes mistakes and that’s definitely a universal theme in anyone’s life,” he said. “I think that’s a HBO trait with their shows; there’s never really a goodie or a baddie, it’s always in the grey area. I think that that’s very true to Theon and Reek’s storyline, and a lot of storylines that are in it now. I’m so happy to still be in it.”

When asked about Sansa’s controversial wedding night (which Allen says he really doesn’t like “to get into or talk about”), Allen said that it was a horrible day on set and that Iwan Rheon was “definitely losing sleep over it” but that he felt the scene was “very delicately handled and if it can be beautifully done, then it was beautifully done. What you don’t see is more scary in a way, what you leave to the imagination can definitely be more frightening.”

Allen did promise “more Greyjoy action” next season, though when asked how the ironborn presence will affect Theon, Allen’s answer was far from optimistic.

“I think there was a scene in [season 3] when my father just basically disowns me because there’s no possibility of me carrying on the bloodline so there’s no reason for him to even want to have me anymore … What a cold world it is! But in the world of Game of Thrones you know, it’s love, power, dragons and… not so much love.”

When asked about the show’s relentless bleakness, Allen said, “I guess that’s the beauty of it. It makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside one second and the next you’re literally like, ‘Oh my god.’” He used the final scene between Jaime and Myrcella as a perfect example of show’s capacity for tonal shifts. “It is relentlessly bleak, but it gives you warm butterflies sometimes.”

In an interview with Stuff, Allen discussed Theon’s penectomy, a pivotal turning point in his character’s arc which took place three seasons ago but is still one of the major talking points of the show.

“That would humble any man, really, wouldn’t it? But his only point of authority, really, was in the bedroom when he was at Winterfell the whole time so, then, to have that taken away reduced him to nothing.”

Allen reiterated his promise for “more Greyjoy action,” proposing the hashtag #Greyjoyful for season 6, and hinted at the “continuation of the Sansa/Theon storyline” with a rye smile.


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Earlier today, David Benioff and D.B Weiss discussed the show’s biggest battle yet with Entertainment Weekly, and now the magazine has a few words from Lena Headey about the new season.

“It’s probably her most interesting season,” Headey tells EW. “She really has nothing to lose and she has everything to gain from a horrible position she finds herself in.”

And where does she stand with her brother/lover? The actress says, “Her relationship with Jaime is at an all-time weird level.” According to EW, she further says, “It’s juicy, and it’s so f–king dark.”

I’m not sure how it can get any weirder when you’re already dating your brother, but it sounds exciting!

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    1. Alfie and Liam are the marketing poster boys this time around it seems. Emilia really has been no where to be seen.

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    2. If by “more Greyjoy action” he means more scenes of him with Queen Yara, then I’m all for it. If it’s the other Greyjoys, then they can go sit in their ship or jump off a bridge and take the Sand Snakes with them.

      I can’t wait for Cersei to destroy everyone.

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    3. A rye smile? As opposed to a whole-wheat smile or a pumpernickel smile?

      W-r-y.

      – Stannis the One True Copyeditor

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    4. Fun, fun, fun
      Can’t wait for season 6, felt like i said that already XD
      Looking forward to the Jamie and Cersei relationship, and the greyjoy sound fun this year.
      the Big battle has my full attention.

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    5. Jack Bauer 24,

      I imagine there will be some Emilia interviews soon enough. But she seems rather busy, she has a new movie coming out in June, so there’s a good deal of promo do to for that.

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    6. Jack Bauer 24:
      Alfie and Liam are the marketing poster boys this time around it seems. Emilia really has been no where to be seen.

      Agreed. Lena and Sophie, Maisie, etc. seem to do promotion but Alfie and Liam seem to do the most. I wonder who would have to pick up the slack next season if their characters were to die…

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    7. Jack Bauer 24,

      I wonder if she’s not giving that many interviews because she’s not so good at keeping secrets (she’s said so herself when she was asked about Jon’s death). It’s a shame really…she might have accidentally revealed something haha.

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    8. Always love hearing from Lena

      Cersei is my most anticipated storyline of the season. because shes finally gonna cut loose and really bring the house down

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    9. Flayed Potatoes,

      Rickon is Ramsay’s hostage, gets away somehow, runs to Jon, gets shot with an arrow. Littlefinger and Sansa arrive with the Vale army. Wun Wun dies. Ramsay runs to Winterfell, Jon beats him to death and something else.

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    10. harlequeen,

      Yeah,i could have easily made that “spoiler” based on set reports by Sue and other sources,i call bullshit like usual . Even Wun Wun’s possible involvement has been reported before,this guy is a fraud .

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    11. Joffrey’s Cunt,

      As posted on the other one…I know for a fact one of things this person is saying is totally false. But unlike this clown I won’t say anything more than that. I have no reddit account and don’t feel like making one just for this. So, someone please do me a personal favor. Someone ask him what kind of shirt he got. They ALL got shirts. Better yet ask him to post a picture of that too. I won’t say what’s on them until he answers.

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    12. Look I’m not sure why battle spoilers are littering this thread when the post below this is about the battle. Let’s be a little more orderly- some people really want to avoid spoilers, and just enjoy some cast interviews.

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    13. Also he claims that he saw all this while being a merely extra,does this guy think we are mentaly challenged or something,how could an extra know this much details ? Anyone who believes this deserves to be made fun of .

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    14. It’s juicy, and it’s so f–king dark.

      Don’t let those two anywhere near Mycella’s corpse.

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    15. mau,

      Just read what he said especially at the end,i swear to god,i started laughing at his attempt of making the ending sound dramatic,this guy is so full of it that he can’t see anything past his mouth .

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    16. mau,

      Hardhome is supposed to be a massacre. The WW took everyone by surprise.

      This battle is supposed to be more…. organized I guess lol. And it contradicts a report we got from Sue. I guess we’ll see. If it’s true, then goodbye Stark line lol.

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    17. mau,

      The fact that there is supposed to be a scene where LF,Ramsay,Jon and Sansa are inside WF i think,arguing about something and then suddenly Wun Wun breaks in,i don’t exactly remember it well.

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    18. mau:
      Flayed Potatoes,

      It condradicts which report?

      http://watchersonthewall.com/exclusive-new-game-of-thrones-season-6-spoiler-report-from-winterfell/

      It seems like they’re twisting what Sue is saying.

      We should probably move to the other post, so everyone can enjoy the interview.

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    19. He’s not legit. It’s all just speculation based on set reports and spoilers. We had countless plausible troll post in the past.
      Don’t be so gullible, some things will turn out to be true but it’s still a fake.

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    20. mau:
      Sue the Fury,

      Ok. That was enough. Thank you.

      Flayed Potatoes,

      It seems to me that Sue refuses to say its’ fake. But we should move this discussion to another post.

      Shit. That’s it, then.

      If Cersei and Jaime haven’t had a real parting of the ways by the end of this season, I may give up on it ever happening. Yeesh.

      Alfie doing so many interviews makes me nervous.

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    21. I’ve often wonder does GoT directors D&D give a class on how to evade interviewers questions on storylines, plots, etc.. I mean one slip of the tongue and it’s all over the world. That is a tremendous amount of pressure… I can just see them all at the beginning of the filming season saying “ok we have made it mandatory for all cast members to go to this school on evasive speaking” … just a silly thought

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    22. Pigeon: Shit. That’s it, then.

      If Cersei and Jaime haven’t had a real parting of the ways by the end of this season, I may give up on it ever happening. Yeesh.

      Alfie doing so many interviews makes me nervous.

      Why?

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    23. Ice Spider: I’ve often wonder does GoT directors D&D give a class on how to evade interviewers questions on storylines, plots, etc.. I mean one slip of the tongue and it’s all over the world.

      This is true for every show and movie out there. The way it works is that the production crews give the agents of the actors (who are the ones who arrange interviews, not the production crews) about what the actors can and cannot say. They go over this with the actors in advance. That stated, the actors know the drill after a short while.

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    24. To truly understand how Ramsay took away Theon’s belief in himself and turned him into Reek you have to understand three key things he was known for. Theon was known as great bowman, a master archer. So Ramsay flayed his fingers and made him try to gnaw them off. Begging for them to be removed. Theon was known as always smiling as if he were laughing at a jape only he got. Well Ramsay broke his teeth. Theon was known as a handsome lad who was quite the cocksman He bedded many a lass. Well Ramsay cut his rod or his Johnson off.

      Ramsay took everything he was known for away from him. That’s why he’s Reek. It rhymes with a lot

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    25. “It’s probably her most interesting season,” Headey tells EW. “She really has nothing to lose and she has everything to gain from a horrible position she finds herself in.”

      I can’t wait for Cersei’s season 6 story line!

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    26. Wimsey,

      Exactly. From the time they are in high school, athletes that must give interviews are coached on what to say to be positive about their team’s chances, etc., so I’d imagine actors out to promote a show are coached in much the same way. It’s all promotion.

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    27. Love me some Lena and Alfie. Jesus, could you imagine a scene with Cersei and Theon at this point? That would make for some odd conversation.

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    28. There is a pretty good chance that Theon will be killed this season. Alfie Allen has been doing alot of interviews lately. It usually suggest that the actor is no longer on the show.

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    29. omg stahp people. I’m one of those people that is avoiding spoilers so for the love of The gods plz go somewhere else.

      I’m really nervous About the cersei – Jaime relationship. I really want him to start distancing himself from her… Finally. But OTOH I find the description Lena gives enticing. Juicy and really Dark sounds kind of fun, I dunno!

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    30. So Lena says that Cersei’s storyline will be the most interesting ever. Nicolai tweeted that the best is yet to come. Liam is hyping up Davos’ relationship with Mel, Jon AS WELL AS Sansa’s storyline. Sophie is also hyping up her story. Isaacs says that Bran’s story this year will be the best ever, too (not that this was a high bar to clear).

      In comparison, Maisie seems a bit more calm about hers, John Bradley concentrated on Sam meeting his father, Alfie is hyping up the Greyjoys, but not Theon personally, and neither Peter nor Emilia really gave an assessment beyond Emilia saying that her story is all movement this year (a welcome change after being stuck for two seasons in one room, I suspect).

      Do I have this clear, or have I forgotten someone?

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    31. Yaga:
      So Lena says that Cersei’s storyline will be the most interesting ever. Nicolai tweeted that the best is yet to come. Liam is hyping up Davos’ relationship with Mel, Jon AS WELL AS Sansa’s storyline. Sophie is also hyping up her story. Isaacs says that Bran’s story this year will be the best ever, too (not that this was a high bar to clear).

      In comparison, Maisie seems a bit more calm about hers, John Bradley concentrated on Sam meeting his father, Alfie is hyping up the Greyjoys, but not Theon personally, and neither Peter nor Emilia really gave an assessment beyond Emilia saying that her story is all movement this year (a welcome change after being stuck for two seasons in one room, I suspect).

      Do I have this clear, or have I forgotten someone?

      Maisie tweeted this earlier, so she is definitely in hype mode

      https://twitter.com/Maisie_Williams/status/712383996605374465

      Then she instagrammed her HoF poster with Mel’s quote to her as the caption

      https://www.instagram.com/p/BDRS6UeHqow/

      Haven’t heard a single thing from Dinklage and near nothing from Emilia. She actually was more active very early in filming during the Summer then she is now just a month from the premiere. The Red Carpet premiere is in 18 days, so hopefully they open up then. Back in July, Emilia said that this season will be “mental” http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/entertainthis/2015/07/20/emilia-clarke-game-of-thrones-season-6-mental-dragons/77531952/

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    32. Yaga:
      So Lena says that Cersei’s storyline will be the most interesting ever. Nicolai tweeted that the best is yet to come. Liam is hyping up Davos’ relationship with Mel, Jon AS WELL AS Sansa’s storyline. Sophie is also hyping up her story. Isaacs says that Bran’s story this year will be the best ever, too (not that this was a high bar to clear).

      In comparison, Maisie seems a bit more calm about hers, John Bradley concentrated on Sam meeting his father, Alfie is hyping up the Greyjoys, but not Theon personally, and neither Peter nor Emilia really gave an assessment beyond Emilia saying that her story is all movement this year (a welcome change after being stuck for two seasons in one room, I suspect).

      Do I have this clear, or have I forgotten someone?

      Maisie tweeted this earlier, so she is definitely in hype mode

      https://twitter.com/Maisie_Williams/status/712383996605374465

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    33. Yaga:
      So Lena says that Cersei’s storyline will be the most interesting ever. Nicolai tweeted that the best is yet to come. Liam is hyping up Davos’ relationship with Mel, Jon AS WELL AS Sansa’s storyline. Sophie is also hyping up her story. Isaacs says that Bran’s story this year will be the best ever, too (not that this was a high bar to clear).

      In comparison, Maisie seems a bit more calm about hers, John Bradley concentrated on Sam meeting his father, Alfie is hyping up the Greyjoys, but not Theon personally, and neither Peter nor Emilia really gave an assessment beyond Emilia saying that her story is all movement this year (a welcome change after being stuck for two seasons in one room, I suspect).

      Do I have this clear, or have I forgotten someone?

      Haven’t heard a single thing from Dinklage and near nothing from Emilia. She actually was more active very early in filming during the Summer then she is now just a month from the premiere. The Red Carpet premiere is in 18 days, so hopefully they open up then. Back in July, Emilia said that this season will be “mental” http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/entertainthis/2015/07/20/emilia-clarke-game-of-thrones-season-6-mental-dragons/77531952/

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    34. Ah yes, forgot the ‘mental’ comment. And it’s cool to see that Maisie tweet. So Peter Dinklage is really the only major actor who hasn’t given an interview yet.

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    35. Maisie has started promoted Season 6 on her social media, and this Instagram post carries an intriguing tagline:

      https://www.instagram.com/p/BDRS6UeHqow/?taken-by=maisie_williams

      maisie_williams “I see a darkness in you. And in that darkness, eyes staring back at me. Brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes. Eyes you’ll shut forever. We will meet again.”

      A cute quote to use as a caption, or foreshadowing of Season 6? It would seem quite a stretch to put Melisandre and Arya in the same location this season, based on what we know so far – unless wolves head north for the winter.

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    36. Maybe the hand on his forehead is the dude from the 3rd season… Aria & her friend were with them for a little while, they took them prisoners. Gendry stayed wit the them…. I think they were called the band of brothers, Maybe that’s his hand.. He’s gonna give his life to put the holy fire into Jon Snow. So ghost doesn’t get sacrificed!!

      Brittany Waddell I don’t think I’m ok with that, Ghost and Jon belong together Fuck!! This show is just insanely amazing in every way!!! So many possible outcomes!!!

      I’ll say Jon Snow will be reborn and they’ll sacrifice Olly to the Lord of Light besauce life can only paid with death

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    37. Hm… I am wondering of the Lannisters twins are just going to go full on Targaryan, as in so what we are brother and sister, and yes we are going to have another kid and be honest about who the father is. Not going to go well with the one of three they have left who is less than nominally king with the surname of Baratheon, but hey this is GOT.

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    38. Bufferzone,
      I kind of think that with ‘we’re gonna see each other again’, Mel could have been channelling Rh’llor there. Same as seeing ‘herself’ in Winterfell.

      If Rh’llor = Many-Faced (which, as per H&L, it is), Arya had met him again already. Obviously, there may be some sort of a ceremony this year in the HOBAW where she’ll meet him more formally….

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    39. Flayed Potatoes,

      I know Cersei had it rough with the *walk of shame* through the city but she had it coming for a long time . I hope she learned her lesson now but knowing Cersei ….her revenge is not far away .

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    40. A little bird whispered to me ….that The Hound was saved and taken in by monks in a monastery. Since Arya left him ….would be a high light for me !!!! That speech he gave about eatting all the chickens was one of my favorite scenes in the whole series . Oh! I caught a pic online and Arya does not end up as a mask face but she does turn blind ( although probably not permanent ) .

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    41. Yaga:
      Alfie is hyping up the Greyjoys, but not Theon personally,

      True. He even said “There’s not much Theon presence” in one of his interviews

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    42. All of which is why it looks fantastic. Not like the utter crap pushed out for the 3 Hobbit films. Fantasy is amazing when done right and when not a cheesy disaster. I’m so grateful that this is something GoT has adhered to and really taken to heart

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    43. Ashara D,

      The other thing that we need remember is that actors are out promoting themselves, first and foremost. That is why their agents arrange as many interviews as possible: each one is a little bit of an advertisement for that actor. To that end, both agents and actors want the actors to stick to the unwritten rules, at least until the point where they are such big names that they can literally and figuratively get away with murder!

      But this is a largely symbiotic relationship for actors, agents and studios.

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    44. Merry Rose,

      The Hobbit was a classic Fan Wank: everything in th Hobbit AND LotR Appendices was crammed into it!

      The shame is that it could have been a nice 3.5 hour film with aggressive adaptation.

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    45. She really has nothing to lose and she has everything to gain from a horrible position she finds herself in.”

      What about Tommen? She still have Tommen? D:
      Unless Margaery has taken him completely over somehow.

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    46. mj22:
      There is a pretty good chance that Theon will be killed this season. Alfie Allen has been doing alot of interviews lately.It usually suggest that the actor is no longer on the show.

      I thought so. There’s big possibility. I watched a lot of Alfie’s interview and he’s a terrible secret keeper, so when he hinted that he might not be on the show anymore, i kinda believe him.

      and

      We know that Theon is going to be at iron island, i always thought that Theon will die in the north, it suprised me. Alfie said that’s there’s a scene he shared with Euron that he looks forward to, so, maybe, Euron will kill him? 😐

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    47. I’m not surprised at Emilia’s relative silence. You all do realize that she made huge spoilers about Jon’s death. Only few weeks ago, she did the whole “winking” thing while presenting an award on TV basically letting everyone know that hes coming back. That was a massive spoiler and I’m still in shock that she had the guts to do it. Not to mention that she let it slip during last year’s summer that Jon may not be gone and there are people around him who can bring him back. By comparison, all other actors and actresses giving out interviews this season have been adamant about Jon being dead and have not given a single spoiler.

      So all in all, I wouldn’t be surprised if HBO wants to limit Emilia’s interviews for this season

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    48. Bareeq:
      I’m not surprised at Emilia’s relative silence. You all do realize that she made huge spoilers about Jon’s death. Only few weeks ago, she did the whole “winking” thing while presenting an award on TV basically letting everyone know that hes coming back. That was a massive spoiler and I’m still in shock that she had the guts to do it. Not to mention that she let it slip during last year’s summer that Jon may not be gone and there are people around him who can bring him back. By comparison, all other actors and actresses giving out interviews this season have been adamant about Jon being dead andhave not given a single spoiler.

      So all in all, I wouldn’t be surprised if HBO wants to limit Emilia’s interviews for this season

      She’s one of the main cast members and without Kit being able to do a lot of promotion this time around for obvious reasons, it wouldn’t be wise to bench her. I’m sure they could just talk to her and tell her to be more tight lipped rather than not interviewing her at all.

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    49. Ice Spider,

      I wouldn’t be surprised if publicist actually have their cast go through something like this. Some key talking points and how to avoid a question almost like a politician lol

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    50. Lut,

      idk Theons character is interesting. I almost think why keep him around for so long if he is just going to be killed off in a basic way, there wouldn’t be much of a payoff. I think if he is set to die he has got to do something big to redeem himself first. But honestly I think it would be interesting if he made it through everything just to be alone; Greyjoys wiped out and Starks shunning him even after his redemption arc. He is allowed to live, but is alone, living in the north somewhere.

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    51. Bareeq: So all in all, I wouldn’t be surprised if HBO wants to limit Emilia’s interviews for this season

      Again, for the umpteenth time…. HBO does not arrange these interviews; the actors’ agents do. If Clarke is not interviewing right now, then it is because she does not have anything to promote just now and/or she is working on things to promote later.

      And, sorry, but HBO is hardly going to care about a wink.

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    52. “Alberta wolf Quigly returns for Season 6 of Games of Thrones”
      http://calgaryherald.com/entertainment/television/alberta-wolf-quigly-returns-for-season-6-of-games-of-thrones

      Didn’t know where else to post that, but I thought this was the most interesting part:

      He worked with zoos to find appropriate parentage for the 16 Eurasian wolf pups used in the film. He raised them and, when shooting stopped, took them home to Alberta.

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    53. Rygritte:
      “Alberta wolf Quigly returns for Season 6 of Games of Thrones”
      http://calgaryherald.com/entertainment/television/alberta-wolf-quigly-returns-for-season-6-of-games-of-thrones

      Didn’t know where else to post that, but I thought this was the most interesting part:

      “What we know is that for 10 days in late January a handful of producers from the series were in Calgary overseeing production of scenes at the new film centre. That facility, of course, has yet to officially open for business but “they opened their doors for Game of Thrones, who wouldn’t?” Simpson says.”

      I thought filming ended mid December?

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