Some day, we will stop getting new interviews, but that day is not today. Here is another round-up of the interviews to hit the web.
Access: You’re on Twitter, what’s been the reaction like so far?
Carice: Oh man, I had no idea that it was so huge. I even [have] people following me now from like, Indonesia to New Zealand, to anywhere in the world really. They’re so excited, which is great, of course, but at the same time, it feels like a huge responsibility that I have, especially after Season 1… And especially because there’s a certain look about her that people have a certain idea about in their head and I might or might not live up to that. I’m not — I don’t think — the ‘babe’ per se. Do you know what I mean?
CNN: Are you encouraged to not wash your hair?
Harington: I don’t wash it anyway when I’m filming. It’s my choice in a kind of strange little way. I think when we shot the pilot one of the things that was wrong about it was that everybody looked too clean. There wasn’t enough dirt on people’s faces. Hair was too slicked back. When they saw the pilot they rang and said, “Can you grow your hair? Grow a beard, we want it to look a bit dirtier and grubbier and more visceral.” We were in Iceland for about a month and I kind of let it build up. It was very, very nice to wash it by the end.
IGN: You being a huge fan of the books, was there anything that you had to let go of, or write out of the season, that was painful?
Benioff: Well, some of the things we’re kind of putting off and delaying instead of just letting them go. With the first season we were pretty much more or less able to adapt the novel Game of Thrones. But going forward we’re thinking of the TV series as an adaptation of the entire saga. So it’s now the Song of Ice and Fire that we’re trying to adapt. And whether or not the second season actually mirrors the second book or not is less important to us than the whole series. When we’re done, provided that HBO gives us permission to keep going with this year after year – say it takes us eight seasons to finish it all – then someone could take the DVDs for all eight seasons, some masochistic viewer, and just watch 80 straight hours and it would tell George’s saga. As opposed to us being too worried about Season 2 just mimicking book two. At a certain point it just wouldn’t make sense either since book four would mean that the fourth season wouldn’t have any of the major characters since he split them in half. And so we could lose three or four of our main people. And so there are things that get bumped ahead from the third book into the second season, and likewise there are second book things that will be pushed into Season 3. Characters and storylines and whatnot.
Cunningham gives us his theory about the show’s success. “The violence is extreme, the sex is extreme, but so is the drama,” he says. “We’re saying, take the phone of the hook, put the baby to bed and we’ll give you an hour of challenging, entertaining stuff.”
Is it challenging or fun to play such a strong character?
“I think all the women are strong in Game of Thrones, actually. And they are strong, they have to be, in the time and place where they live. Catelyn’s a very honorable person. Strengths are always good to play, they’re good, basic building blocks. But I think weaknesses are the most telling things, as well. It’s the fact that she can’t control her hatred for Jon Snow—that’s a weakness—and most things she can control, she can put a veneer on most things, but on that point, she can’t.
“He represents a weakness in someone that she loves. In her mind, she would never have done that. So for her to have such high morals, and to be married to somebody who has completely crushed her world while still loving him—that’s a very hard thing.”
GC – Despite being in an environment rife with treachery, the Hound is one of the characters who stands up to do the right thing, specifically I’m thinking of the jousting scene in the first season when he stands up to his brother. Can we expect more of that?
RM – You certainly can. It’s going to be double trouble with the Hound standing no nonsense, no bullying, in the thick of it. There’s going to be battles this time. There’s been a real call for proper battles and he’s going to be drenched in blood for most of the time, so it’s a very exciting time for the Hound’s story.
Oh, and of course, don’t miss our interview with Emilia Clarke!
UPDATE: I should add that David J. Peterson, the creator of the Dothraki language, is conducting a question & answer session on Reddit. You can submit questions now and he will be back later today to answer some of the best ones.