Nathalie Emmanuel chats about the building momentum and character work of Game of Thrones‘ endgame and Noah Syndergaard offers details on his cameo next season.
In an interview with InStyle, Emmanuel was understandably scant on plot details about the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. However, she did say that in season 7 storyline threads that have been building up since the beginning finally “[kick] into gear.”
“There’s a continuation of characters who haven’t previously interacted coming together, which is always exciting to watch,” she said.
She also spoke of the complex characters and strong women for which the show is so well known:
Game of Thrones writes very complex characters so well. I love that you see real strength in the characters who are in a less powerful position and who’ve been oppressed, and weakness or vulnerability in the strong characters. The women really exemplify this as they are such a force to be reckoned with. Take Missandei – she’s been a slave her whole live and is incredibly intelligent and uses that for the greater good. She and Daenerys have that in common; Daenerys was sold in a sense for the advancement of men, so they have that solidarity in having both been used but emerging stronger.
As for Missandei’s bittersweet romance with the eunuch, Grey Worm, Emmanuel offered her thoughts on just what it is about the couple that makes their relationship so compelling.
“They’re such a great couple because there’s a purity about their connection,” she said.
“It’s been born of a place of pain and confusion and oppression, so they understand one another. It’s very human, and yet very rare. In that world of people being butchered and battered and manipulated, there’s this very pure, very sweet thing. It’s special.”
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Turns out Syndergaard will be playing a Lannister general who either “kills someone or is killed,” which makes sense considering Syndergaard’s athletic stature and physique. “It was one scene and it took all day, from 8 in the morning until we finished shooting at 5 P.M. It was a lot of fun but I’m afraid that I can’t tell you too much about it. I don’t think I’m allowed to,” he said.
When asked if he could name any of the actors he shared the scene with, Syndergaard pled the 5th, which might indicate the presence of an unexpected character … or maybe it’s just standard Game of Thrones secrecy.