As House of the Dragon draws ever nearer, we have had quite the busy week for Game of Thrones fans, from news to interviews, and everything in between, with no signs of anything slowing down. Last week, Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) provided her thoughts on the
rumored (confirmed) Jon Snow spinoff. This weekend, Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) offered some brief retrospective on GOT’s universally beloved ending. In case you missed it, a few weeks ago, Maisie Williams was surprised, herself, at a season 8 storytelling choice. And just today, it was just confirmed that almost the entire principal cast from HOTD, as well as the showrunners, plus George R. R. Martin will be attending San Diego’s upcoming Comic Con. So, let’s dive in…
Gwendoline Christie’s much beloved Brienne of Tarth is one of the most adored characters in GOT, so for Christie to weigh in on the future of her character, it seems natural that our ears will perk up with interest. “Brienne is incredibly close to my heart, and I would relish any opportunity to revisit her. I believe she is enduring,” she told Newsweek, referencing the in-development Jon Snow spinoff series. While it’s true that Brienne is one of the long time characters to have survived the entire series, it doesn’t mean that Christie would limit herself to another character’s spinoff: “I would love for that,” she says in regards to a potential Brienne spinoff series of her own. “I feel incredibly and genuinely honored and so fortunate to have had the opportunity to play that character that I have loved with all of my heart for all that length of time, for that decade.”
In a wide ranging interview with The Guardian, meanwhile, our beloved Queen of Dragons, Emilia Clarke, dished on her upcoming West End debut, her personal life, and her thoughts on her journey into and through Game of Thrones. Additionally, some of her closest GOT confidants lavished her with well-earned praise:
Many were good at the first scene. A few were good at the second. Only Emilia made both work. And she made them work far better than the words on the page. It was impossible to imagine anyone else in the role: she was our one true queen. And frankly she just has that mysterious quality that makes an actor special, that makes you want to watch them. When you find someone who matches that star quality with serious acting chops…well, you hire them.”
This exchange, taken from the emails of David Benioff, co-creator and showrunner of GOT gives insight into why Emilia was the perfect choice for Daenerys. And Emilia, ever grateful for her experience, shares what it means to her:
I look back on Game of Thrones like anyone else would look back on high school. It was my entire education: It informed my understanding of the industry, I learned about press, I learned about work. It gave me my bedrock of understanding of what it means to be an actor.
As we all know, it is the legal obligation of every journalist to ask every person associated with Game of Thrones what they thought about the ending. And Clarke does not shy away: “It [the season 8 script] was a challenge…I totally understand and respect why they did it [Dany’s season 8 transformation]. There’s a depressing reality of how it ended that actually feels based in truth, which no one wants for their favourite fantasy show. I’m not sure in what other direction she could have gone.” The Queen has spoken; who am I to question?
This interview is full of great tidbits, so, to hear more from Emilia Clarke on her acting process, what smoking hot co-star Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont) thinks of her, and why she bakes a cake every Monday (true story!), I highly recommend checking out the rest of the interview.
Meanwhile, Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), reflected on Arya’s smooth moves on old pal Gendry in season 8 in an interview with Teen Vogue: “The first time that I was surprised by Arya I guess was probably in the final series where she whips off her clothes and sleeps with Gendry…I thought that Arya was queer, you know? So…yeah. That was a surprise.” She goes on to reflect on the first time she time she realized GOT was going to be big: “When we came to LA in the 3rd series to do our premiere, and there was all of these fans, and they were all saying our names, like our real names, not our character names, I just remember thinking ‘this is very different to my life – my normal life,’ and that’s when I thought ‘yeah maybe this show is kind of a big deal.'” A big deal indeed, Maisie – a BFD!!!
Lastly, but not leastly, we come to the announcement from House of the Dragon’s official Twitter:
— House of the Dragon (@HouseofDragon) June 28, 2022
Yes, you heard that right, they are BACK, baby, and GRRM is coming with them. The full line up includes, in no particular order:
Paddy Considine – King Viserys I Targaryen
Matt Smith – Prince Daemon Targaryen
Olivia Cooke – Lady Alicent Hightower
Emma D’Arcy – Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen
Steve Toussaint – Lord Corlys Velaryon (aka “The Sea Snake”)
Eve Best – Princess Rhaenys Velaryon (aka “The Queen who Never Was”)
Fabien Frankel – Ser Criston Cole
Graham McTavish – Ser Harrold Westerling
Milly Alcock – Young Rhaenyra Targaryen
Emily Carey – Young Alicent Hightower
George R. R. Martin – The Reason I’m Writing All This Right Now
Ryan Condal – Co-Creator, Executive Producer, and Showrunner of House of the Dragon
Miguel Sapochnik – Executive Producer and Director of the Pilot and Other Episodes
They will be moderated by one of my own favorite Con of Thrones co-panelists, Jason Concepcion, whom I’m sure will do an outstanding job. Moreover, Comic-Con 2022 will include an immersive King’s Landing experience:
— House of the Dragon (@HouseofDragon) June 28, 2022
All in all, sounds like a great time. And that’s the news! What do you make of all of it? Sound off in the comments below.