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Interviews: Alfie Allen, James Cosmo and Iwan Rheon

Here are some recent interviews with Game of Thrones cast. First up, James Cosmo talks Jeor Mormont and season three (beware the giant spoilers in the video description).

And here is Iwan Rheon neatly sidestepping this interviewer’s attempt to get him to confirm that he is playing Ramsay.

Lastly, Alfie Allen teases season three in an interview with TV Graffiti.

“I’m on a knife’s edge. I’m waiting to see . . . it’s pretty tortuous.”

Winter Is Coming: I see what you did there, Alfie.

45 Comments

  • I hope they don’t change how Jeor died in the hands of his own brothers in Craster’s keep. Its sad but it only shows how their situation on the wall with the winter coming.

  • nt,

    He’ll probably have 4-5 scenes spaced out over the season, showing him starved, flayed, and his failed escape attempt.

  • sunspear:
    nt,

    He’ll probably have 4-5 scenes spaced out over the season, showing him starved, flayed, and his failed escape attempt.


    i think that in the beginning of the season, ‘Boy’ will be his savior, rescuing him from the prison, just to reveal his identity in the end, starting to mutilate him

  • Mescalinic,

    Nah, they’ll want to give the audience some satisfaction by starting to flay him early on. I say they reveal who ‘boy’ is in his second scene of the season, whenever that is.

  • Can someone please explain to me WHYYYYYY the second season of Downton Abbey was nominated for anything? It was near unwatchable!

  • I am shocked with the SAG noms.

    Why does Hollywood love and hate GoT?

    It has purely to do with clout and influence the SAG awards.

    There is some mechanism in Hollywood that decided GoT was to be snubbed this season.

    I mean the Newsroom? Seriously? It’s Sorkin’s worst product.

  • Winter Is Coming: It was nominated for best stunts, as we noted on Twitter. Not sure why that isn’t included in the HuffPo article.

    I’d say that GoT not being nominated for a more prominent award was the
    best stunt that SAG achieved all year. Worst than snubbed by the guild, this
    was an insult.

    The Golden Globes awards are up next , I think. Perhaps the fortunes will
    prove greater there.

    James Cosmo is such a jovial fellow, I’ll miss the Old Bear when his turn ends.

  • queenofthorns,

    I have no idea. I’ve tried to watch it (As I keep hearing how good it is and I’m British and its meant to be the best british drama around.)

    In the bit I watched people were getting stressed because they couldn’t find the correct dress shirts to wear for dinner. I turned over very quickly.

    I think I’ll stick to American dramas.

  • The SAG Awards failed to nominate: Nick Offerman, Aaron Paul and Lena Denham and are therefore were bizarre this year. I will be interested to see how Homeland goes next awards season after how controversial to outright hated the last few episodes have had.

    Gah! Our actors are so great, so much so I am somewhat concerned of the possible woobifying a certain actors character might get next year.

    Still getting these Pandora pop up adverts on my iPad-sometimes making it impossible for me to close? Anyone else?

  • I don’t get why HBO won’t confirm that Iwan Rheon has being cast as Ramsay at this point. The whole season has been filmed and the whole fanbase seems quite certain that Rheon is Ramsay.

  • It is a fantasy show, I don’t believe their is hate towards the show but rather people can’t accept a fantasy as a drama. Downtown abbey and board walk are two of the most overrated shows in recent history.

  • I think that the weird secrecy concerning Rheon’s role tells much about how the whole Theon/Reek/Ramsay plot will be played in the show. It’s supposed to be a shock for non-readers that the guy who saves Theon will actually be the worst thing that can happen to him. Ramsay Bolton will be such a dreadful character that already knowing who Rheon will be playing would ruin the audiences reactions to this surprising turn. If character is named The Bastard of Bolton the only thing you can expect is someone you wouldn’t want to meet in real life! ;)

    I like that approach and actually the idea of the whole storyline even though I usually am pretty pissed when writers change the books. But all the changes and additions before have been done in such a great way that I am strangely calm and excited about this!

  • Was watching season 1 episode where varys tells Ned that the king is a fool.. Anyway just had a question.. Varys asks about bran and Ned says he’ll never walk and varys replies” so his mind is sound” and says something about a door closing and a new one opening .. Is this sayin varys has knowledge about brans abilities and does it hint at this in book I can’t Remember.

  • Milja:
    I think that the weird secrecy concerning Rheon’s role tells much about how thewhole Theon/Reek/Ramsay plot will be played in the show. It’s supposed to be a shock for non-readers that the guy who saves Theon will actually be the worst thing that can happen to him. Ramsay Bolton will be such a dreadful characterthat already knowing who Rheon will be playing would ruin the audiences reactions to this surprising turn. If character is named The Bastard of Bolton the only thing you can expect is someone you wouldn’t want to meet in real life! ;)

    I like that approach and actually the idea of the whole storyline even though I usually am pretty pissed when writers change the books. But all the changes and additions before have been done in such a great way that I am strangely calm and excited about this!

    It wouldn’t exactly be a change, you know. IIRC, In ADwD, Theon remembers that he tried to escape once, but it was all a trap made by Ramsay. I think they are like to do that in the show for Theon’s storyline.

  • Game of Thrones was an answer on Jeopardy tonight. How’s about that shit, huh?
    Trebek said his favorite character is Vargo Hoat.

  • Ser Lemon Cakes:
    I will be interested to see how Homeland goes next awards season after how controversial to outright hated the last few episodes have had.

    Homeland is going to where I thought it will eventually go – 24 territory. Considering the stuff from the last several episodes, I have no idea where can they go in the third season, apart from turning Carrie into female Jack Bauer.

    Just bring back Jack Bauer.

  • Alex Dubrovsky,

    I don’t actually watch Homeland, but I always thought, just from the descriptions I’ve heard, that the show had a curse. It wouldn’t be able to keep going once it killed off Lewis’s or Danes’s character, and they wouldn’t be able to keep them both alive for long without them ruining the tension and becoming ridiculous.

    Would have thought it would take them more than 1.5 seasons, though.

  • sunspear:
    Alex Dubrovsky,

    I don’t actually watch Homeland, but I always thought, just from the descriptions I’ve heard, that the show had a curse. It wouldn’t be able to keep going once it killed off Lewis’s or Danes’s character, and they wouldn’t be able to keep them both alive for long without them ruining the tension and becoming ridiculous.

    Would have thought it would take them more than 1.5 seasons, though.

    I wouldn’t call it a curse, it’s just a very limited premise that’s worth a mini-series at most, not actual running TV series that can run for god knows how many seasons. Showtime likes to drag their shows far beyond their expiration dates, like Dexter or Californication.

    I mean – kill off Brody, and the show will turn into “Carrie saves the world from another uber-terrorist”, making it a slightly more serious 24. Kill off Carrie, and Brodie’s story will have absolutely no point, considering Abu-Nazir is dead.

  • queenofthorns:
    Can someone please explain to me WHYYYYYY the second season of Downton Abbey was nominated for anything?It was near unwatchable!

    Because the people who vote on this stuff watch one episode MAYBE and then vote. And so they usually just go with what they think is popular.

    I agree that season 2 of Downton was awful. Season 3 was much better. GOT at its worst is better than Downton or Boardwalk at their best.

  • queenofthorns,

    Good actors ( and one GREAT actress) working with mediocre writing. It’d be better if GRRM wrote it. Maybe he’d send Mr. Bates to the Black Cells, Anna to Essos to be Dany’s new handmaiden along with Missandei, Thomas can be Whoresbane Umber’s love slave, the Dowager Countess would eat Cersei for breakfast like a tea biscuit then sip Dornish red with the Queen of Thorns, and Gwen can be Mance Rayder’s secretary? …. no wait, she already is

  • I hope Cosmo is right about it being impossible for the show to get stale, but he apparently hasn’t read the last two books. I still worry about the “how are they going to top this next year” syndrome where the bar gets set high and then there isn’t room for a season that doesn’t have as much going on.

  • David T,

    Probably like Asha/Yara character, I think they did not announce who she will be playing either before the show. It would have been a spoiler if you know she was actually Theon’s sister.
    Mayhaps Ramsay will be introduced into the show first as Reek.

    Nothing they can do about Arstan, though.

  • Leuf:
    I hope Cosmo is right about it being impossible for the show to get stale, but he apparently hasn’t read the last two books.I still worry about the “how are they going to top this next year” syndrome where the bar gets set high and then there isn’t room for a season that doesn’t have as much going on.

    To be honest I don’t see this as a real problem Leuf. A reasonable amount did actually happen in books 4 and 5, just nowhere near enough to justify 2000 odd pages. As the writers are able to both condense the material and make small changes here and there, I think that a really good season/season and a half could be made. The problem I see is that George maybe has only 3 odd seasons to both finish Winds of Winter and make significant progress on book 7. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

  • JamesD,

    I was just thinking about this the other day. aSoS can easily fill 3 seasons when stretched but aFfC and aDwD together can only muster up 2 seasons at most before elements of tWoW will need to be added. I wouldn’t be surprised if after season 6 the show goes on hiatus and they’ll make a prequel season; Robert’s Rebellion. Of course they can only use confirmed details from the rebellion and almost never follow Ned’s storyline as there’s too many unanswered questions. But it could work.

  • I Am The Grass,

    While I’m not against the idea of doing Robert’s rebellion at some point, I really do hope the show does not go on hiatus. With a cast of this size, especially the children and the breakout stars like Emilia, they couldn’t hope to get the cast back together after an extended break. As George is heavily involved in the production of the show, he could provide guidance should it ever reach a point where it catches up to the novels. Could be wrong on either/both counts however.

  • Season 3(ASOS): filmed 2012
    Season 4(ASOS + AFFC/ADWD): filmed 2013
    Season 5(AFFC/ADWD): filmed 2014
    Season 6(AFFC/ADWD + TWOW): filmed 2015
    Season 7(TWOW): filmed 2016
    Season 8(ADOS); filmed ???

    I think the show will be fine through book 6, but I don’t see ‘A Dream of Spring’ being finished by 2017. It will come down to either a hiatus, a prequel season, or the show finishing before George does. My bet is on a hiatus. By 2017 all of the kid/teen actors will be adults anyway. So a hiatus won’t effect their appearance. I’m sure the cast is committed enough to the show that they would be loyal and not abandon the show because of a year or two hiatus.

  • ASoS has a number of major scenes which I feel warrant stretching it out…

    White Walkers at the Fist (S3e1)
    The Wildling attack on Castle Black (S3e7)
    The RW (s3e9)
    Wildlings attack the Wall (end of s3, s4e1)
    Stannis to the rescue (s4e5)
    Purple Wedding (s4e9)
    Tyrion arrested and on trial (end of s4, s5e1)
    Red Viper and Gregor (s5e4/5)
    Tywin shits shit (s5e9)
    Lady Stoneheart (s5e10)

    Not to mention the numerous Dany scenes that they can fill in wherever they want due to geographical distance.
    PS: I might have screwed up the order a bit.

  • Tom,

    That doesn’t seem to be the consensus. I respect your feelings on the subject but I wouldn’t have posted what I said if I shared your feelings about it.

  • I Am The Grass:
    JamesD,

    I was just thinking about this the other day. aSoS can easily fill 3 seasons when stretched but aFfC and aDwD together can only muster up 2 seasons at most before elements of tWoW will need to be added.

    What? There’s no way ASOS takes up three whole seasons, especially, with 2/3’s of it getting used up just on this season. I think Tyrion Pimpslap’s timeline above is a pretty close fit.

    I think there are a lot of factors that will make the AFFC/ADWD seasons more enjoyable on screen than were as books. We’ll only have one year to wait instead of 5 for a start. Plus there’s a lot of stuff that happened off-page that would be good to see on screen. I want D&D to show Stannis rallying the mountain clans, the storming of Dragonstone, Kevan Lannister ruling the kingdoms, Dany doing some Dragon riding, and more Euron and Littlefinger.

    And don’t forget, with Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and Dexter ending and Homeland losing it’s hype, we probably won’t have as fierce competition in a few years.

  • WHAT? Turned down a date with Alfie Allen? Seriously? What in Seven Hells would make you do that, girl? Ouch!

  • sunspear: What? There’s no way ASOS takes up three whole seasons, especially, with 2/3′s of it getting used up just on this season. I think Tyrion Pimpslap’s timeline above is a pretty close fit.

    I think there are a lot of factors that will make the AFFC/ADWD seasons more enjoyable on screen than were as books. We’ll only have one year to wait instead of 5 for a start. Plus there’s a lot of stuff that happened off-page that would be good to see on screen. I want D&D to show Stannis rallying the mountain clans, the storming of Dragonstone, Kevan Lannister ruling the kingdoms, Dany doing some Dragon riding, and more Euron and Littlefinger.

    And don’t forget, with Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and Dexter ending and Homeland losing it’s hype, we probably won’t have as fierce competition in a few years.

    sunspear,

    Like I said, they could move things around as to spread out the major plot points.