After a huge Game of Thrones episode like “The Door,” there is loads to discuss and thankfully, the stars of the show are providing us with more fuel in a flood of new interviews.
Pilou Asbæk speaks to Vulture about making the role of Euron Greyjoy his own, leaving behind some of the book details and making a splash in last week’s kingsmoot.
The Danish actor acknowledges that his Euron isn’t exactly like the character from the novels, saying it would be “too cliché” to have an eyepatch. Asbæk says he needed to look like a Greyjoy as well. “If he were a fish out of water, no one would have elected him. But now they see he’s just like them. And hopefully I’m going to be in many episodes, many seasons, and I’ll have time to show that Euron Greyjoy’s a fucking bastard! [He laughs.] But a cool bastard. Wait and see.”
After Euron’s vulgar and effective appearance at the kingsmoot, many people have made comparisons to another man- Donald Trump. The actor addressed those comments with a tweet reading, “Dear ladies & gentlemen, please remember…Euron Greyjoy is a fictional character… Donald Trump isn’t!!! Have a great day
Asbæk says to Vulture, “The reason why I did it, Game of Thrones is so alive on social media. It’s a big part of this show’s popularity. And it’s a good way to communicate with people, to know what’s going on. A couple of my friends were like, ‘They’re equating you with Donald Trump,’ and I wanted to write some funny reference, just to put it out there to say, ‘Guys! First of all, this is a fictional character. I am here as an actor to interpret. Yeah, he doesn’t have an eye patch. Yeah, he doesn’t have the Dragonbinder… or does he?'”
There’s more to Euron Greyjoy than crudeness and ambition though. The actor says, “Everything’s a chess game to him, and he thinks, ‘I’m going to win, because I’m the smartest one.’ And if someone disagrees, they’re going to die. He’s a loose cannon, but he’s pointing somewhere.”
There’s much more in the Vulture interview, so check out the complete interview at the source!
Isaac Hempstead Wright talks to the Hollywood Reporter , sharing his reaction to the news of Hodor’s death when he received the script. Turns out, he reacted in a manner similar to the fans.
I read it, and I was with my mom, and I said, “Oh my god. Hodor dies.” She said, “No he doesn’t.” And I said, “Yes. He just died. And so did Summer.” It was pure disbelief. I think the most traumatizing thing about it is that it’s not just that Hodor dies, and it’s the death of this gentle giant who we didn’t know much about. It’s like, we just have finally seen what exactly happened to his character to make him that way, and it’s totally traumatic and awful and sad that this once perfectly happy and fun little kid was basically screwed over by Bran. That giant bomb drops, and then he’s taken from us.
For some viewers, it was quite confusing, trying to work out what exactly happened to young Hodor, who was able to hear Meera before going into a seizure. The actor does his best to explain his take on what is happening in that crucial moment between Bran and Hodor:
I know very little about what exactly happened there. I know about as much as we’ve seen on screen. I don’t know the exact intricacies of how it worked. But my take on it is that Bran is in this vision. He hears Meera. He gets that he has to warg, but subconsciously, the only way he can do that is through a time-bending thing, which is by going into the Hodor he’s presently with in this vision. It’s not like they’re dreams, either, as far as I know. It’s not like Bran’s just having a dream…[…] The only way Bran can get into Hodor in the current day is to go into the vehicle of the young Hodor and go through his mind. It’s like Bran is kind of racing through millions of different time frames and neural pathways in the brain of the young Hodor, going all the way into the current day. I think it’s almost like an overload for the young Hodor’s brain, and the adult Hodor’s brain, and suddenly everything’s kicking off. I don’t know if it’s a conscious decision Bran makes to take Hodor over. I think it’s more subconsciously, he knows that he has to somehow get inside Hodor.
Isaac addresses much more in the full interview so pop on over to THR to check it out!
The man of the week, Hodor himself Kristian Nairn gives a great interview to the New York Times about his work on the show, and answers a good and pressing question: does Bran being responsible for Hodor’s death and his “Hodor”-ness change Nairn’s feelings about Bran and Hodor’s relationship?
The actor says, “No it doesn’t. Although Bran was responsible for the whole chain of events that killed Hodor, Hodor didn’t have to hold that door. He wasn’t being warged into at that stage. It was Meera who asked him to hold the door, it wasn’t Bran. He wants to protect the little guy. That’s all he’s ever done. He wants to help — this is the ultimate helping hand here. I just think he would be happy they could continue without him.”