Interview Round-up: Madden, Bradley, Cosmo and more
By Winter Is Coming on in Press.

Thanks to recent conventions and other festivities, there have been some opportunities for Game of Thrones cast to do some off-season interviews. Here they are.

Red Carpet News TV interviews Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne)

Red Carpet News TV interviews Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy)

Red Carpet News TV interviews James Cosmo (Jeor Mormont)

More after the break…

Red Carpet News TV interviews Laura Pradelska (Quaithe)

Red Carpet News TV interviews Ian Hanmore (Pyat Pree)

Access Hollywood chats with John Bradley about the S2 finale

Access Hollywood chats with John Bradley about on-set pranks

MTV News talks to Richard Madden and George R. R. Martin

 


63 Comments

  1. christy
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    blah

  2. Grijnwaald
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    christy,

    Thanks for your input!

  3. Grijnwaald
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Silly Craig Charles!

  4. Tír Airgid
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    “The first scene of the first episode of the new season is gonna be my favourite” — James Cosmo

    Speculate away.

  5. The Greatsteve
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Permalink
  6. Conor
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Tír Airgid:
    “The first scene of the first episode of the new season is gonna be my favourite” — James Cosmo

    Speculate away.

    Sounds like it continues right where it left off, which would be fantastic as most people are expecting them to skip the battle and half a “Thank god we escaped that” scene instead.

    Hopefully they show it, especially how Sam survives his predicament, I’m particularly interested in that lol

  7. Tír Airgid
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    The Greatsteve,

    I was hoping it meant the battle…
    I didn’t think they would want to kill him in the first episode. That scene needs a bit of a buildup, so I was hoping he’ll stick around for a couple more episodes. :( He;s such a great character…! Though mayhaps it could occurr at the very end of the first episode, just before the credits. Still, I’d prefer if we got a bit more of Jeor Mormont before his demise, and if we got to see the battle. That’d be awesome.

  8. Roger König
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to hear Laura Pradelska do an Impression of Catelyn Stark.. Think their voices sound quite familiar.. Love the Interviews, especially because they feature talent, thats not interviewed all the time. :)

  9. Cary Storm
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Daniel Portman is really a remarkable young man. That’s why I’m sure that Podrick Payne is Azor Ahai reborn. I could provide lots of undeniable clues in the literature, but I won’t bother.

  10. NewJeffCT
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Nice – can somebody that’s able please give me a brief summary? I’m at work and not able to watch. I’m most interested to hear what Madden says…not that he does anything important in A Storm of Swords.

  11. Rygar
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    The return of the Fire Crotch!

    Tír Airgid:
    “The first scene of the first episode of the new season is gonna be my favourite” — James Cosmo

    Speculate away.

    Tír Airgid:
    “The first scene of the first episode of the new season is gonna be my favourite” — James Cosmo

    Speculate away.

  12. Conor
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Very much liked Gemma’s interview but from the sound of it she’s not in season 3, or did I miss something?

    I suppose at the least, they’d need Patrick Malahide back for a scene or two.

  13. Macha
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Tír Airgid,

    I also took that to mean the season opens with the attack on the Fist, and the subsequent battle. What an opener that would be, ey? Do we know who’s directing Ep.1? I personally think there is no way they’re killing the Old Bear that quickly, they need to reach Craster’s Keep and I don’t think that can happen before Ep. 3.

  14. Tom
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    NewJeffCT,

    Dying is important

  15. Jen@House Stark
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Cary Storm:
    Daniel Portman is really a remarkable young man. That’s why I’m sure that Podrick Payne is Azor Ahai reborn.I could provide lots of undeniable clues in the literature, but I won’t bother.

    Really? I thought he was supposed to be Rhaegar!

  16. Arthur
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    I don’t care what anyone thinks IMO the woman who plays Yara is hot and D&D better let her throw some axes into disrespectful iron born skulls!

  17. Caro H
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Oh james cosmo is lovely!! but i hope his favorite scene is not the one i think cause then he would be gone forever from the show. he ought to get more screen time
    and all the other actors are great! really jealous of that reporter who got to talk to them :D

  18. Arristan the Old
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    The Madden/Martin interview: “Sorry, this is unavailable from your location.”
    :o(

    Anyone got links to a non-region-blocked copy? If not I can try searching for one to post up , but it won’t be before late tomorrow night at the very earliest.

    Thanks,

  19. Anon
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    John Bradley is so lovely, such a nice guy. Can’t wait for his scenes in season 3.

  20. Winter Is Coming
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Arristan the Old:
    The Madden/Martin interview:“Sorry, this is unavailable from your location.”
    :o(

    Anyone got links to a non-region-blocked copy?If not I can try searching for one to post up , but it won’t be before late tomorrow night at the very earliest.

    Thanks,

    If any one is able to find a non-region blocked version, I will be happy to add it to the post. In the meantime, you can read a transcript of what was said here.

  21. Tom
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    When I saw “Madden” on the update I was really hoping John Madden had somehow gotten involved with the show, am I alone in this?

  22. Nezzer
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    They should keep Gemma’s current appearance for Asha/Yara. She looks much more like Asha to me with that haircut and without the show makeup. She looks more attractive and it’d be much more belieavable to see men falling for her.

  23. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    For some reason the 2 John Bradley interviews are not showing here, but a woman really enjoyed the other interviews. So cool to hear actors talking about how much they love the show and working on it, and their respect for the books too. Seems they all become fans of ASOIAF as much as we are after their initial introduction to the saga. S3 is destined to be captivating, wouldn’t be surprised if the audience grows even more in the next season.

  24. testure
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    I loved Gemma’s interview. I love seeing these actors talk and being amazed by how insanely different they are in real life – I guess that’s why it’s called acting I know but Miss Whelan comes across with her own gravitas and a charisma completely separate from her character. Let’s face it Yara at the moment has all the charisma of a sack of laundry. In future seasons they should exploit Gemma’s natural charms, let Yara wash her face, give her a comb and a less frumpy wardrobe, then she may yet catch up with the rest of the cast in terms of being a superb onscreen rendering. Yep, thoroughly charmed by that interview, I may have to review my Yara crush now.

  25. WildSeed
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    The Greatsteve:
    Tír Airgid,

    DEAD

    LMAO !

  26. WildSeed
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Jen@House Stark:

    Nah, he’s the reincarnation of Jimmy Hoffa :D

  27. WildSeed
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    So nice to see the fine actress, Gemma Whelan, out of her salt stained clothes.

    Thanks for the interviews Winter is Coming, the transcript helped too.

  28. Rygar
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Nezzer,
    I think Gemma is plenty hot. Sure not as hot as Doreah or Sansa but still attractive. I never pictured book Asha to be attractive at all. I think her appeal lies more in her lusty wantonness and her affinity to carry daggers in her bosom. I mean, who wouldnt want a girl you could bang and then pillage a village with after?

  29. testure
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Rygar,
    I like the phrase “pillage a village”. I’m going to try to use that more often. “I’m not the village pillager, I’m the village pillager’s son, I’m only pillaging villages until the village pillager comes…and so on and so forth.

    I always envisaged Asha as Ursa from Superman II. “Asha” “Ursa” I bet George did that deliberately, do we know if anyone has ever asked him that? Someone should definitely ask him that. I’d bet my house he fashioned her after the Kryptonian vamp.

  30. Rygar
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    Yeah but Ursa is Hot. She exposed me to my first taste of bodies in leather and the love I now have for it. No wait, that was Rob Halford.

  31. spacechampion
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Great interviews. Seems like more of the actors are reading ahead in the books.

  32. Brian
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Man, I was hoping this would be the long-awaited confirmation that David Bradley would be returning. Ah well.

  33. Isabelle
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Laura Pradelska’s eyes are just mesmerising!

    Also loved Gemma’s story about the fan that “projectile hugged” her at a yoga class.

  34. Alan
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Nezzer:
    They should keep Gemma’s current appearance for Asha/Yara. She looks much more like Asha to me with that haircut and without the show makeup. She looks more attractive and it’d be much more belieavable to see men falling for her.

    Nezzer:
    They should keep Gemma’s current appearance for Asha/Yara. She looks much more like Asha to me with that haircut and without the show makeup. She looks more attractive and it’d be much more belieavable to see men falling for her.

    Where, oh, where, is there any basis for a super attractive Asha in the books?

    Where, oh, where in the world do you people live that Gemma Whelan — either here or in the show — is so unattractive that it is unbelievable that people would want to sleep with her?

  35. Winter Is Coming
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Brian:
    Man, I was hoping this would be the long-awaited confirmation that David Bradley would be returning. Ah well.

    I don’t understand why people are worried he’s not going to return. He’s not like some big-name actor that is too busy or so highly-sought after that he regularly turns down work. And they are only going to need him for a few days. I’m sure he will be there.

  36. Nezzer
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Alan:
    Where, oh, where, is there any basis for a super attractive Asha in the books?

    Where, oh, where in the world do you people live that Gemma Whelan — either here or in the show — is so unattractive that it is unbelievable that people would want to sleep with her?

    Well, in the books every Ironman is trying to bang her. So she must be somewhat attractive.

    I don’t think Gemma is unattractive, it’s just all the makeup and costumes that make her look as manly as Brienne IMHO. I don’t find her ugly, but the show kinda tries to make her uglier and more masculine. With my comment you quoted I just wanted to say she’d look better in the show and would look more closely to how she is presented in the books if she kept that same appearance she had on the interview on the show as well.

    IIRC it’s said in the books that she has short hair and I think it suits both the actress and the character better that way.

  37. JamesL
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    I’m thinking the opening scene will be them all running away from the white walkers with one eventually sneaking up on them and Sam killing it with the dragon glass

  38. Abyss
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Little spy video from Dubrovnik with the Hound as VIP. ;-)

  39. Lex
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    I love Gemma Whalen, James Cosmo, I love the whole damn cast.

    Speaking of Cosmo, re-watched Braveheart the other day (one of my all time favourites) and was suprised by how different Cosmo looked. So much younger and, seemingly, smaller.

  40. A Man Grown
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    POD! MY LADY! Ser.

  41. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Abyss,

    Why is the Hound in Dubrovnik? Are they going to film him drinking his way North?

  42. Bannerless Bro
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    Cosmo’s interview
    6:52

    OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG
    I only regret we won’t have Sam scene with the ravens, since He is not at the Fist <:3

  43. Bannerless Bro
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap,

    I know they don’t do flashbacks, but it would be nice to show the rest of the Sansan scene at the Blackwater.
    It’s just a hope.

  44. Tom O' Sevens
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    Bannerless Bro:
    Tyrion Pimpslap,

    I know they don’t do flashbacks, but it would be nice to show the rest of the Sansan scene at the Blackwater.
    It’s just a hope.

    Rest of the SanSan scene? I do not know what ur talking about. Sandor offered Sansa to leave with him and Sansa refused. I believe that is the end of that scene. In the book it occurred the same way except Sandor was scarier and more violent.

  45. Ross
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 3:57 am | Permalink

    Alan: Where, oh, where, is there any basis for a super attractive Asha in the books?
    Where, oh, where in the world do you people live that Gemma Whelan — either here or in the show — is so unattractive that it is unbelievable that people would want to sleep with her?

    I agree, but I also just can’t believe we still live in an age where every single actress needs to be evaluated in this kind of way. It’s really tiresome, juvenile and plain misogynistic.

  46. Hirondelle
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    In case you guys haven’t seen it yet, there’s a nice article on io9 based on an interview with Elio M. Garcia of Westeros.org which speculates on subplots from Storm of Swords that Season 3 might leave out…

    http://io9.com/5950819/11-book-subplots-that-game-of-thrones-season-3-could-leave-out

  47. Mormegil
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap: Abyss, Why is the Hound in Dubrovnik? Are they going to film him drinking his way North?

    Probably. They may have him lying low (and drinking) in KL when he’s spotted by some Lannister Guards. He kills them but then has to flee the City.

  48. Anon
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    I’m sure David Bradley will be back. My sister works for our local paper and she was telling me a girl from the big drama school here was going to play “someone from Harry Potter’s granddaughter in that show you watch” (I imagine they’ll phrase it better in the paper).

  49. Jake
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Hey everyone,

    Finn Jones put this picture on Instagram this morning (also Sophie Turner “liked” one of my pictures last night… tee hee) and I’m not sure who the guy in red is. Also, Jason Momoa is in the picture so it could be old. Finn looks more like how he has in recent days, though. I’m thinking this was some kind of reunion or Jason just was visiting the set. Does anyone know who the guy in red is? Hopefully one of these links work. Also my Instagram name is ‘theroguehero’ if you want to follow each other or find some cast’s usernames.

    http://web.stagram.com/p/300464883251377546_18877908
    http://distilleryimage10.s3.amazonaws.com/c5082c6a145811e29a6522000a1c03db_7.jpg

  50. lovesduncan
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    Ross: I agree, but I also just can’t believe we still live in an age where every single actress needs to be evaluated in this kind of way.It’s really tiresome, juvenile and plain misogynistic.

    Agree with this and with Alan’s comment also. Gemma Whelan is adorable in that interview. And she is terrific as Yara. The scene with her and Alfie in the hall at Winterfell was perfect.

  51. Renly's Ghost
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    A little off topic here, but I need some feedback from some other fans. Since GOT’s HBO inception, I’ve read the corresponding book after each TV season; however, I’m wondering if this is the best route? Long story short, I’m too impatient now to wait until March and I’m curious if anyone else has had similar situation.

  52. NewJeffCT
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Renly’s Ghost: A little off topic here, but I need some feedback from some other fans. Since GOT’s HBO inception, I’ve read the corresponding book after each TV season; however, I’m wondering if this is the best route? Long story short, I’m too impatient now to wait until March and I’m curious if anyone else has had similar situation.

    I read the first 3 books a long time ago, so I’m the opposite of you. What did you think of the books after you had seen the TV show?

    A Storm of Swords has some shocking plot twists and big, jaw-dropping surprises in it, and it’s generally considered the best book of the five so far by most fans (though, certainly not all)

  53. Jake
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    Renly’s Ghost,

    I advise to read the books first. I read the first book after the first season, and the second book after the second season. Reading the 3rd, 4th, and 5th without seeing the show was much better in my opinion. I was much more interested in the reading and my imagination ran more wild than being more focused on what was included in the show. Just my take.

  54. Ross
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Renly’s Ghost:
    A little off topic here, but I need some feedback from some other fans.Since GOT’s HBO inception, I’ve read the corresponding book after each TV season; however, I’m wondering if this is the best route?Long story short, I’m too impatient now to wait until March and I’m curious if anyone else has had similar situation.

    I think whichever you do first is the one you will probably enjoy more just because of the excitement of finding out the plot for the first time. Probably like a lot of people, I watched the first series as a newbie THEN read all the books. The second series, while brilliant, was not as exciting for me as the first simply because I knew what was coming. It’s a win-win / no-win situation! :-)

  55. Tír Airgid
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Link here to news about a casting call for amputees for the RW, done in such a spoilerish way that even a casual mildly interested fan is gonna put 2 and 2 together. Had to dance through hoops to try and confuse Mr. Tir about it so that it doesn’t ruin the RW for him. Blamed the journalists for mixing things up. ;)

  56. Tom O' Sevens
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Tír Airgid,

    Awesome. I wonder why they need amputees for the RW though. It’s not really a battle, it’s more like a slaughter.

  57. Tom O' Sevens
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Ross: I think whichever you do first is the one you will probably enjoy more just because of the excitement of finding out the plot for the first time.Probably like a lot of people, I watched the first series as a newbie THEN read all the books.The second series, while brilliant, was not as exciting for me as the first simply because I knew what was coming.It’s a win-win / no-win situation! :-)

    I read all of the books after the 1st season. I like watching game of thrones vids on YouTube and like going on got message boards so it was the only way I could avoid spoilers.

  58. Game Of Thongs
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    I think I’ll go mental (due to overwhelming happiness) if they shoot the battle at the fist of the first men in an acceptably large scale (men riding out to meet wights on torches, and fire arrows would do)

  59. Michael K
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy) looks like a soccer mom in that vid. I could never in my life pictured Asha (Yara on TV) wearing a fuzzy pink sweater….

  60. Renly's Ghost
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the comments everyone! I started watching the series first and have found it very exciting. I’ve never looked forward to a TV show in my life like this. I find watching a story unfold on TV more entertaining and surprising; however, a novel has never gripped me like this before. More than anything, I’m just being impatient since we’re still many months away from the season three premier and I’ve already picked up A Storm of Swords.

    As crazy as this sounds, I’ve never read a book prior to watching it on TV. For folks that have already read the books before watching it on HBO, are you still excited to see how everything will unfold? Reading the input from many viewers, it seems that there’s no guarantee that the upcoming season will follow the books to a tee. Who am I kidding – you’ve all talked me into it – I’m going for it!

    By the way, this has to be the best forum on the internet, period. I’ve never seen so many respectful and knowledgeable folks in one place. I’m happy to be a part of it!! :-)

  61. Winter Is Coming
    Posted October 13, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Renly’s Ghost,

    Glad you are enjoying the site! To answer your question about whether we still are excited to see how everything will unfold… Yes! It is fun to see the moments that you imagined in your head play out on screen. It is also fun to see how the writer’s adapt certain storylines. So there is still plenty of stuff to get excited about and look forward to, even if you already know some of what to expect.

    A Storm of Swords is a great book, full of twists and turns. Enjoy the ride! I don’t think you will regret your decision.

  62. Arthur
    Posted October 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Michael K,

    There is no way Gemma looks like a soccer mom. But everyone is entitled to their opinion and has their own taste. IMO, something looks way different about her from when I first saw her. She looks cute and playfully sexy. Maybe it’s the new hairstyle or something but she is pretty freaking hot IMOH. That is a sexy badass Viking woman to me!

  63. MATTHEW
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Quaithe is HOT!!!


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