Press Roundup: Maisie Williams teases season 5; the cast share awkward fan encounters; Ciarán Hinds confirms his return

Maisie WilliamsHere are some of today’s highlights of interviews with Game of Thrones cast members, sharing funny moments and teasing season 5.

First up, we have Maisie Williams telling TV Line that she doesn’t know what’s up next for Arya Stark.

“I don’t know, honestly. We’re starting to catch up with what’s been written, so I’d love to do something completely new. Again, I’d love to keep making the book readers go, ‘Wait, is that what’s going to come in the next book? Did they make that up completely?’ I love it when we do something really dramatic and shock everyone. They should throw in more stuff that no one knows about,” Maisie tells TV Line.

Delving into Arya’s character further into the interview, Williams explains, “I think she’s going to be fine. And I think, for the first time ever, she actually believes she’s going to be fine. It’s refreshing to me; this girl’s been pulled left and right by people who’ve been telling her what she’s going to do with her life, and she’s sick of it. She knows this world, she knows who to trust and she’s ready to go off on her own.”

Maisie also shares her thoughts on the uproar over the lack of a certain character appearing. For the spoiler-character-referencing answer, please visit the source article.

Access Hollywood‘s Jolie Lash chatted with cast members at San Diego Comic Con this past weekend, and here’s what Rory McCann, Gwendoline Christie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Maisie Williams had to say about the most awkward times they were recognized by fans.

Back in May, Ciarán Hinds spoke with the Irish Post about his work on the film The Sea, and his role as Mance Rayder on Game of Thrones came up.

Hinds told the Irish Post, “On Game of Thrones I have not yet been roasted, crucified, slaughtered or whatever they do with people in that show eventually, so I will be coming back for shooting again in the fifth series.”

Update: Hinds has actually been sighted in Belfast already this afternoon!


Kit Harington, Maisie Williams,
and Gwendoline Christie tell Zap2It how they think their characters would have felt about the Red Viper.

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    1. Not been roasted… yet! XD

      Well then again, I have doubts that sub-plot will make the series. I do not see them hiding an actor like Ciaran Hinds behind a glamour that makes him look like random Wildling #3….

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    2. Again, I’d love to keep making the book readers go, ‘Wait, is that what’s going to come in the next book? Did they make that up completely?’

      No offense Maisie, but we’re not looking forward to this at all.

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    3. Maisie is sorta right though… The show’s quality does not depend on it’s faithfulness to the source material.

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    4. King DBC,

      That depends. Many times I love the new material from the show (Brienne vs the Hound). However, sometimes I don’t like it so much. Such as the

      non Tysha reveal

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    5. I wonder where all this toxic behaviour has come from. Eversince season 4 ended all got fansites & asoiaf fansites became extremely toxic and no one is still talking about what is ‘fun’ about the show but only how big assholes D&D are or how GoT ruins the story, or how grr martin is going to die in mere minutes if he doesn’t write twow fast.

      Can’t we just start talking about what the show is actually doing well for once? Or the fact that we might get twow soon now GRR Martin isn’t planning any activities till it’s done?

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    6. I loved Maisie’s answer in that TV Line article. Good for her for saying that she enjoys when the show subverts the expectations of those who have read the books and gently admonishes the smug few individuals who persist in spoiling the series for the viewers who haven’t. As someone who loves the story in both mediums and sees no reason why enjoying one necessitates condemnation of the other, I’m looking forward to being surprised more and more as the show moves beyond the books this season and beyond.

      Of course, I’m say all this, and then turn right around and discuss a potential plot point from the books. In good faith, mind you. 🙂

      Darquemode,

      I really hope that the show dispenses with that particular subplot. The entire “glamour” business was one of my least favorite parts of A Dance With Dragons. Another apparent death that’s revealed to be a ruse a few chapters later (there are a lot of those in the later books), coupled with dubious magic that so far hasn’t even been hinted at on the show? I’m extremely skeptical about the potential for such a storyline to work onscreen. In my opinion, there are less convoluted, more effective ways to illustrate the influence that Melisandre is exerting on this particular corner of the story, and Mance can still go to Winterfell without faking his death beforehand. I’m not saying that the writers couldn’t pull it off successfully. But I’ll be quite happy if they decide not to bother with it at all.

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    7. Perhaps some additional SoIaF terms need to used to differentiate the two budding camps of reader/watchers. Those that reject the changes and those that accept them on the show. Targs and Blackfyres? Greens and Blacks? First Men and Andals? The Elephants and The Tigers?

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    8. Darquemode:
      Not been roasted… yet! XD

      Actually he’d just need a glamour at the wall and or for leaving the wall. and for that they could just smuggle him out.. nobody at winterfell knows what mance rayder looks like..

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    9. davy,

      I personally think Season 4 was the best season yet in many ways!

      I think it stems from lovers of the books wanting to see the books on screen… see them exactly as they are on page that is.

      The expression ‘can’t see the forest for the trees’ comes to mind.

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    10. “hiding an actor like Ciaran Hinds […] that makes him look like random Wildling #3….”

      Agreed.
      He is a very fine actor who’s good at handling the “leader type” (see his performance as Caesar on Rome), but compared to his skills (and costs?) he didn’t really have much scenes in the last two seasons. I hope that is about to change in season 5.

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    11. Masie has a good point. I haven’t been super happy about certain changes, but I think part of that’s because I like showing off to Unsullied friends. For a show famous for twists and turns, lots of people love knowing those turns in advance. Thrones is the only show I’ll actively seek spoilers for. But now, I look forward to being in the same boat as the unsullied.

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    12. davy:
      I wonder where all this toxic behaviour has come from. Eversince season 4 ended all got fansites & asoiaf fansites became extremely toxic and no one is still talking about what is ‘fun’ about the show but only how big assholes D&D are or how GoT ruins the story, or how grr martin is going to die in mere minutes if he doesn’t write twow fast.

      Can’t we just start talking about what the show is actually doing well for once? Or the fact that we might get twow soon now GRR Martin isn’t planning any activities till it’s done?

      In 2007 GRRM didn’t go to Dragoncon because he wanted to finish ADWD. He ended up finishing ADWD 3 years later…

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    13. John,

      Me too!
      I have not had as big an issue with Mance as some people, but I am a bit annoyed by his lack of screen time. Hopefully he gets a few lengthy solid scenes in Season 5!

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    14. Turncloak,

      The guy is never going to finish the books. Ever. Once the show passes him I think he will lose even more interest in finishing them. At this point, I hope he just focuses more on finishing the Dunk and Egg novellas.

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    15. Wait a sec? Does this mean that at this site we won’t get pics of Tybees tits or posts about GoT inspired refreshments?

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    16. Darquemode,

      Chances of that are quite high I think. Now that Stannis has arrived and his storyline has been merged with that of the Night’s Watch we will likely see the King-beyond-the-Wall interacting with a bunch of people. If they keep to the books we might even get

      a burning (hopefully not Tormund) and a certain rat-related song at Winterfell. Provided of course that they find some way to introduce a Jeyne Poole figure and include Lord To-Fat-to-Sit-a-Horse as well as some Freys.

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    17. Rygar:
      Wait a sec?Does this mean that at this site we won’t get pics of Tybees tits or posts about GoT inspired refreshments?

      Such a shame about those got inspired refreshments…

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    18. What made Fansided so amazing was its subtle way of making the site super sexy. If I may make a few suggestions, how about topless Kenny pics while drunk on Tequila? Also have Sue end every one of her posts with “cunt”? That would be hot.

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    19. Just looking at the similar post on the other site, man oh man, i am glad we don’t have to deal with those douchebags here .

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    20. Rygar:
      What made Fansided so amazing was its subtle way of making the site super sexy.If I may make a few suggestions, how about topless Kenny pics while drunk on Tequila?

      I think we want to build the community, not traumatize it.

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    21. I’m quite sure we should get the Manderlys or an equivalent. The Boltons simply need other character to interact with this season, and unlike Arianne, there’s no nearby characters that could play the same role.

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    22. What I don’t like about Maisie’s comment is that,she is encouraging young people like her to be a couch potato. Girl how about telling people to at least exercise their minds and read a damn book, rather then telling people book readers are snobby.

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    23. Daphne,

      And how exactly have you read that i have no idea,some of you book snobs must have some sort of enlightment that the rest of us lack .

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    24. Sue the Fury: I think we want to build the community, not traumatize it.

      I said sexy, not sexist ;). Don’t listen to her Axey. Let your shit rain down on all of us.

      On topic, I think Maisie is being a stupid little shit here. Then again I am attempting to decipher the tone of her words which, in itself, is a stupid endeavor. However, it is pretty safe to say that I love her even more now for being such a snark. No disrespect to those who like the books, but it’s pretty inevitable that we are heading into unknown territory with parts, if not most, of S5. The show needs to condense a fuckload of prose and also figure out how to wrap up this out of control shitstorm of story arcs into a S7 propitious conclusion.

      Glad I picked the right time to quit sniffing adaptation.

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    25. Jared:
      I loved Maisie’s answer in that TV Line article. Good for her for saying that she enjoys when the show subverts the expectations of those who have read the books and gently admonishes the smug few individuals who persist in spoiling the series for the viewers who haven’t. As someone who loves the story in both mediums and sees no reason why enjoying one necessitates condemnation of the other, I’m looking forward to being surprised more and more as the show moves beyond the books this season and beyond.

      I also enjoy not knowing exactly what’s coming next. The first time I saw the preview clip for S4E10 of Arya & the Hound with Brienne’s distinctively armored shoulder visible in the corner, I was very curious about where that was going, since that meeting didn’t happen in the book, but (in my opinion) it turned out awesome.

      Also, I think it’s funny that George released the “Mercy” sample chapter just before season 4 aired with the very similar scene in episode 1 (but with Polliver instead of Raff). I’m glad I actually saw the episode a bit early at the Epic Fan Experience (before the sample chapter was released), because it was just really fun seeing it fresh without thinking “oh, they’re doing that scene early because Raff got merged with Polliver”. Also, everyone in the Barclays Center cheered.

      As a long time (and multiple time) book reader, I really enjoy experiencing these little bits of new, unexpected, unspoiled scenes, and I’m looking forward to at least some of the storylines getting ahead of the books.

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    26. TaviColen123:
      davy,

      Dude you’re making too much sense,we need more irrational people throwing tandrums like children .

      I have just found this site after the site runners left “t’other place” so I hope this is going to be in the spirit of the old “other place” rather than a place where people exhibit venom and spleen. I have finished the published books now – I think I like the pace of the show more than that of the books (more than the last two books anyway) but the books can take you inside the minds of the characters in the way the show can’t. People are always going to have different opinions but there are right ways of expressing pinions and wrong opinions.

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    27. Maisie is spot on, there’s little worse than a book reader lording it over everyone else because they’re ahead in the story.
      That said, I still don’t know whether to be excited or not about going in to unseen territory myself

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    28. Daphne:
      What I don’t like about Maisie’s comment is that,she is encouraging young people like her to be a couch potato. Girl how about telling people to at least exercise their minds and read a damn book, rather then telling people book readers are snobby.

      I don’t know how you read that into what was printed? I read it as there is an element of the book readership who are too far up themselves.

      As for the “couch potato” what part of that is telling young people to slump in front of a telly and just swallow whatever they are given? I’m sure if you put the question to Maisie she’d be full of encouragement for young people like herself to realise their potential and chase their dreams whether in the field of acting, business, sport, science or whatever. Granted she may not be a role model at present but that may well come as she matures more.

      I’m sure that a huge number of very intelligent and active people rarely if ever read because they just don’t have the time, especially in the case of an epic series such as ASOIAF which takes me several months to read beginning to end even reading chapters every day (let alone starting an unfinished series with little or no idea when it may be completed).

      While book readers like myself are entitled to our opinions and to express them, we should also be grateful that countless millions who would never pick these books up off the shelf are watching and enjoying this story and characters that GRRM has created even on their own terms, not by those which some few want to set.

      Those who want the book experience 100% read the book and use your imagination – that way you’ll never be disappointed 😉

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    29. As Unsullied I can’t wait for the day that the show has completely caught up with the books. Then the internet is finally save!

      Dame of Mercia: but the books can take you inside the minds of the characters in the way the show can’t.

      IMO I don’t think that is really true. Sure we can’t know exactly what words or lines characters are thinking but through visuals and (great) acting we can understand what they’re going through and what they are feeling.
      For example with Arya when she sees her brothers mutilated body. With a couple of seconds of one shot and then the expression on her face we know exactly what she is feeling and can understand why she kills that soldier in a later scene.
      Same goes with Tyrion and why he kills Tywin. With one shot of Shae in his fathers bed and one line (“my lion”) we understand his feelings and motivation(the culmination of all the things he has endured at the hands of Tywin and what has now reached the tipping point) for going after his father.

      You don’t really need long dialogues to explain what characters are going through, are thinking or feeling, just strong audio/visual images. This is one of the strengths of the visual medium. You can say so much without saying anything at all.

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    30. Maise hasn’t even got the scripts yet, it feels like the writers are a little behind ths year. Wasn’t half the scripts for season 4 done in june last year?

      Can’t really blame them, the easiest part is done, now they have to finish an unfinished story.

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    31. Darquemode,
      Jared,

      I will also be happy if they avoid the “glamour” silliness. I think they can still justifiably threaten Mance’s life with burning of “King’s blood” as well. I can’t remember from the books but who sends Mance to Winterfell? It’s Jon, right? If so, he could do the same thing here to protect him from Melisandre and in doing so, it’d be part of his pattern of defiance of Stannis and Melisandre. And that was one of the things I loved best about Jon’s development in this part of the story…that he doesn’t show automatic allegiance to Stannis but does what he thinks is right.

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    32. direkrikit,
      Darquemode,

      The expression ‘can’t see the forest for the trees’ comes to mind.

      Darquemode, you’re reading my mind! I was thinking that we should call the “readers” who want to see the books exactly as written on the screen the “Children of the Forest”. And just keep “Watchers” for the people who are readers but happy to enjoy the show separately. It’s certainly better than using the term “book purists”, which seems to be loaded with negativity.

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    33. Rygar,

      Does this mean that at this site we won’t get pics of Tybees tits or posts about GoT inspired refreshments?

      No, no, you’re confused! Those weren’t Tybee’s, they were Jessica’s, the one who made the supposed refreshments (some of which sounded okay but others made me gag). Glad I wasn’t the only one that noticed they were banking on her, ahem, assets. Tybee, the one with the pink hair, at least had some interesting observations on the show. I would much rather see Fab doing a GOT analysis drunk on Tequila than a pair of tits making dull comments and bad drinks. But maybe that’s just me.

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    34. Sue the Fury,
      Rygar,

      If I may make a few suggestions, how about topless Kenny pics while drunk on Tequila?

      I don’t think we have to go so far as to suggest Kenny strip (unless the fans overwhelmingly demand it 😉 But Rygar’s comment got me to thinking….we’ve all seen the “Drunk History” video series….what about a kind of “Drunk GOT History” series? Maybe a little too goofy for this site but it is funny to think about. I call Trademark (or Copyright or whatever) on this idea BTW. Neener neener

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    35. Ms. D. Ranged in AZ,

      HA! XD
      That is so perfect!!
      Two more appropriate names cannot be thought of…..

      ETA:
      Although…
      I have been accused of being a book puritan, kissing GRRM’s ass, and worshiping D&D! I’m not sure which category I fall under! XD

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    36. jentario:
      Darquemode,

      The two aren’t mutually exclusive. Have you ever seen Pau Soriano?

      Lol funny you say that because on the other thread people are pissed at me for saying that Show brienne is an idiotic bully and book brienne is boring as hell…

      But let’s be honest here, I do think both the books and the show are fucking fantastic. If you don’t you either don’t read much fantasy or don’t see much tv. Are they perfect? Of course not. Are they much better than the average book/show? Hell yeah! DO I have to believe am I the only one who thinks that??

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    37. Actually what irritates me more are the whinny talentless dumbfucks who think that berating either one of them they’re elevating the other, so when I see that I have to inmediatly whiteknight for GRRM or D&D, even if they did fuck up.

      Just so.

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    38. Pau,

      Exactly how I see it.
      I can enjoy the differences instead of focusing, nay obsessing on them only to distract from the overall brilliance of the series (or books).

      Some differences irked me in Season 2 and Season 3, but at some point last year I came to realize most of the differences make sense when looking at the show as its own entity. I don’t always agree with the choices, and I definitely miss details from the books, but the show is enjoyable regardless. I’m not sure I would say either are definitively the best of their medium, but the series is one of the best on TV and the books (all 5) are some of the best of their genre.

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    39. TaviColen123,

      Ha! XD
      It is the weakest to me as well, but I don’t think it’s as bad as many think. Plus, I tend to look at the totality of the saga when comparing it to other books.

      I think AFFC (and even ADwD to a lesser degree) suffers from lack of movement in the narrative like many people, but that does not bother me as much as some because I love the world and characters GRRM has created. I simply enjoy reading about them.

      Unlike most Fantasy novels that I can only read once or maybe a second time after many years pass, I can read ASOIAF (even AFFC and ADWD) every year and still enjoy it as much or more than the first time. Even in many of the slowest chapters I can find details or connections I may have missed in the previous reading. I enjoy that level of connectivity, depth and nuance for what it is I guess. I’m not necessarily reading to get to the end if that makes sense.

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    40. Pau,

      I enjoy both too. I only ever jab at GRRM for not giving a shit (but apparently he has now decided to give a shit, so we’ll see how that plays out).

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    41. TaviColen123:
      Darquemode,

      I don’t know if i can agree with AFFC,personally i wouldn’t put that book into best of anything .

      First time I read it I gave it a 6/10. Second time I thought I’d like it more but I didn’t, but still readable. ADWD I guess 7/10…I’m dreading a reread though. I wish someone would put out a combined +edited version of the 2, that would be a great read.

      jentario:
      Pau,

      I enjoy both too. I only ever jab at GRRM for not giving a shit (but apparently he has now decided to give a shit, so we’ll see how that plays out).

      I have to say I was severily dissapointed at the news that a 2015 release is highly unlikely…not only that, but what the editor said about the show nbot spoiling the books because they were drifting so much apart that they were different stories.

      Seemed like she was talking out of her ass though

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    42. Pau,
      Darquemode,
      Really you two, you must stop reading my mind! I feel exactly the same way. I don’t think either one is perfect but I think they’re a hell of a lot better than most fantasy books and TV shows out there. And when online armchair quarterbacks decide they could do better, it irks me to no end. Nice to know I’m not alone in this.

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