It is time for yet another interview round-up post. We’ve got interviews with David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Gwendoline Christie, Michelle Fairley, Wilko Johnson, Kit Harington, and two with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Here is a link to each interview and a noteworthy quote. Click the links to read the full interviews.
Benioff: The ideal here, if we get time and the generosity of HBO, would be to have say eight seasons and some masochistic viewer started from the beginning and watched 80 hours straight through it wouldn’t feel like episodic television it would feel like one massive movie, one 80 hour saga with a true beginning, middle and an end. You can’t take several hours out it would be like removing a chapter from the book.
Everything is real, the fires are all real if there’s a spit then there’s the real animal on it. The attention to detail is there. Like when Bran is ill in bed and I’m burning incense, that is proper incense it’s not just smoke it actually smells of churches, it’s wonderful.
It’s an absolute delight to go to work on something like this it really is. The quality and production is something you dream of. That’s HBO for you and the quality of people they have working for them, the craftsmanship. So it’s lovely, I feel very privileged to be involved in it. Very much so
I read the book after yeah, which was great because it was great to have read the scripts before, so the book would inform what I knew from the scripts. I still do that today; I will read the scripts first, because that’s my focus. I mean the first season was very close, very loyal to the books but because of the nature of the books that follow, there are some tough choices they (Producers) will have to make because the books are so big, so I like to focus on the TV Jaime.
For season three, if HBO gives the green light, the resumption of filming is scheduled for July 1. You know, this is a great pleasure to be part of such an adventure.
The original idea was that the first book is the first series, the second book is the second series and so on. That’s still the case but it’s always going to be an adaptation, so the writers are making clear that. Whereas the first book is the first series, it drifts, there are blurred lines between the books and the TV series and that will continue to happen. So bits of the third book will bleed into the second and so on and it may get more adapative at it goes on but that’s how you have to do it if you want to make a thrilling TV series as well as staying true to the books. You have to make sure people know it’s an adaptation rather than a strict telling and there are more added scenes that weren’t in the books and there’s more scenes that have been taken away and characters that have been taken away. We come out with a nice middle ground hopefully.
“[There's] masses of action scenes,” confirmed Christie at the launch party for Game Of Thrones: The Complete First Series on DVD and Blu-ray. ”There’s lots of sword fighting, lots of fighting… there’s some canoeing.”
Winter Is Coming: Canoeing! You know what that means, right?