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Charles Dance “confirms” S4 and other interview nuggets

By now, it is a foregone conclusion that Game of Thrones will get a fourth season. Most of the actors and even executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have intimated as much in various interviews. So learning that Charles Dance said the following is not too surprising.

“We’re about to start season four aren’t we? This year. We get scripts pretty early on, much earlier on than in similar series, usually you get perhaps one episode and you just have to trust that what’s going to come in subsequent episodes is going to be as good as the one you’ve got, but in this I think there are six scripts already written, and we will probably be able to see them with more than adequate time to prepare before we start shooting.”

Of course, having the scripts written prior to the season greelight is nothing new. They’ve been doing that since the beginning, before the series was even officially picked up by HBO. But season four is coming, folks. You can be assured of that.

Meanwhile, the London food truck seemed to be a smashing success. Isaac Hempstead-Wright hopped aboard for part of the journey, mingling with the fans and also managing to give a couple of interviews. Here he talks with Red Carpet TV and Flicks and the City.

More interviews after the break…

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Rose Leslie and John Bradley talk to the BBC about Thrones being the most pirated show in the world.

A raven-haired Sophie Turner chats with Canal+ about S3, teasing that Sansa will actually have a moment of happiness this season.

MuggleNet has an interview with always-entertaining Natalia Tena where she talks about Harry Potter and Game of Thrones.

Sibel Kekilli talks Thrones in an interview with The Daily Quirk and reveals that it took some convincing by the executive producers to get her to take the part of Shae.

Female First has Q&As with Emilia Clarke and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

Some Thrones fan reportedly tried to put a curse on Aidan Gillen. Maybe he was hired by Varys?

This Is Fake DIY chats with most of the Stark clan (Richard Madden, Michelle Fairley, Sophie Turner and Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in one of the more entertaining and illuminating interviews I’ve read.

101 Comments

  • So does this mean Tywin survives season 3? I remember an interview with the actor who portrays Maester Pycelle saying Tywin’s death scene was fabulous and that he had never read the books- leading me to believe that Tywin was a goner this season.

  • Jon Glo:
    So does this mean Tywin survives season 3? I remember an interview with the actor who portrays Maester Pycelle saying Tywin’s death scene was fabulous and that he had never read the books- leading me to believe that Tywin was a goner this season.

    He didn’t say Tywin’s death scene was fabulous like they’d filmed it. He and Charles were discussing how their characters do (or in Pycelle’s case, how he wants him to die) die and Charles knew how Tywin dies and told Julian about it.

  • Yago:
    Isaac is great.

    And Lol @ John Bradley/Sam, comparing it with cakes.

    Yes, I was thinking that too. Perfect comedic timing as he hits you with the idea of stealing cakes, lets you get the mental picture, then keeps talking. I was LOLing too.

  • First footage (brief) from Tyrion’s wedding in this Czech HBO video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXP9BuDiztE&feature=youtu.be

    0:14 – 0:15

    Well, it may or not be his wedding but that is a whole lot of extras behind him. What else could it be aside from the other wedding which won’t be appearing this season? And new set too, looks like. I don’t think that’s the Throne Room. Have they built the Sept of Baelor?

  • Everybody at the ThroneCon convention (Rory McCann, Gemma Whelan, Finn Jones, etc) was talking like Season 4 was a given. Rory basically said that he’s just been hanging out in the woods in Scotland waiting for filming to start up again this summer.

  • I don’t think anyone’s mentioned this, so: unsurprisingly, the GoT DVD/Blu Ray sets continue to sell quite well.

    Last year IIRC the first set sold a little bit worse than the Clash of the Titans ripoff Immortals; this year they’re neck and neck with the reigning Best Picture winner and the latest James Bond megahit. I’d call that progress.

  • direhound,

    I read that as Jojen being the competition for Osha, as “Bran’s spiritual guide.” Just going off what we know from the books.

  • I loved the end of the Stark family interview, where they asked for a tease of Season 3 and all of them give the most ambiguous, generic un-spoilerish answers ever ha ha ha

  • “A raven-haired Sophie Turner chats with Canal+ about S3, teasing that Sansa will actually have a moment of happiness this season.”

    Raven-haired? Looked red/auburn to me..

  • gisizzlah,

    As someone who enjoyed the potter films think about Matt Lewis (neville) in Sorcerer’s stone and then Deathly Hallows pt. 2. Those films were 10 yrs apart, so it’s like bloody night and day. If the seasons get along in the time frame it’s going to be hard for Bran not to look more like Lord Brandon than a little boy.

  • True that it’s not raven-haired but it’s certainly shockingly darker than either her usual blonde or her Sansa auburn.

    Rose Leslie’s accent is I think the poshest RP I’ve ever heard from someone so young.

  • “raven-haired” means brunette, i thought sophie turner had started to dye her hair for some season 4 scenes
    she still has red hair in the interview

  • Jaime/NCW is like the gorgeous window-washer, standing on scaffolding right outside the office window, while all the women inside are drooling and wanting him to remove that shirt! … Rose Leslie is like the very important client, with the even more important trust fund, who is ushered through the office by all the corporate bigwigs trying to curry her favor. … And finally, John Bradley is like the guy from accounting who tells you that you cannot be reimbursed for the late-night movie rental from the hotel called “Pura Vida Ibiza” – even though Tom Wlaschiha (Jaqen H’ghar) got naked in it and you were very lonely!

  • A) Charles Dances gives no f*cks, and I love that about him.
    B) IHW is getting uncomfortably good looking. Get fat or something so I don’t have to hate myself. :p

  • woooo:
    I had no idea Ygritte was so posh- wow

    She grew up in a castle, which seemed to please GRRM very much during the comicon 2012 Game of Thrones panel.

  • Bran got so big! Cool jaw line and cheek bones and stuff. He looks so different – but still the nicest guy ever! Can’t wait to see him this season.

  • I think the competition they are talking about has to do with two characters both specializing in Hunting; Osha and Meera, so one can safely leave basically ending in the same place as the books story goes

  • Loved the interview with the 4 Starks. All are so articulate.

    Sophie is remarkably self-aware and mature for a 17-year-old. What a lovely young woman.

    I could watch videos of Nikolaj all day long.

  • Wonder how they will explain the children’s growth spurts between seasons, if time remains continuous w/o lapses.

  • Anyone out there know what is S3 going to entail? Is it just going to be the rest of SoS or are they going to include a substantial portion of AFFC?

  • 1. Isaac is getting big. They may have to use CGI on him soon.

    2. He’s going to have to start beating them off with a stick.

    3. I like seeing him geek out over the show.

  • John W:
    Anyone out there know what is S3 going to entail? Is it just going to be the rest of SoS or are they going to include a substantial portion of AFFC?

    Do you mean S4? If so I’d assume at least some of the Iron Islands material from AFFC, possibly more. But Storm ends with such fantastic moments I hope they can keep some of that effect for the end of season 4.

  • Q&A with Emilia was old, but really interesting.

    So have you ever been tempted to ask, ‘who wins the throne?’

    Oh completely! I’ve said to George ‘come on; tell me who wins, please!’ And he thinks I’m joking and I say, ‘no, no, I’m deadly serious!’ (laughs). But his lips are sealed. I’m sure that David (Benioff) and Dan (Weiss) know but they don’t tell anyone – and I’ve got them drunk and they still wouldn’t tell me. I’ve been pleading with them, ‘tell me who wins!’ And they won’t say a word. They’re under lock and key.

    I know I would’ve done the same.

  • ACVG:
    “raven-haired” means brunette

    No it doesn’t. Brunette is brown. Raven is the colour of ravens, which is black.

  • tysnow:
    Wonder how they will explain the children’s growth spurts between seasons, if time remains continuous w/o lapses.

    If they were lesser actors, or lesser roles, you could re-cast them. Conceivably you could re-cast Rickon given his minor role thus far.

    Or, you ignore it entirely – the way Seinfeld ignored Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s pregnancy. They get big, and they never make it an issue, regardless of what happens.

  • Greatjon of Slumber: If they were lesser actors, or lesser roles, you could re-cast them. Conceivably you could re-cast Rickon given his minor role thus far.

    Or, you ignore it entirely – the way Seinfeld ignored Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s pregnancy. They get big, and they never make it an issue, regardless of what happens.

    Or they could use the technology used in Tron Legacy to keep the children’s looks and voice, but that would probably be too expensive.

  • Joan Català:
    First footage (brief) from Tyrion’s wedding in this Czech HBO video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXP9BuDiztE&feature=youtu.be

    0:14– 0:15

    Well, it may or not be his wedding but that is a whole lot of extras behind him. What else could it be aside from the other wedding which won’t be appearing this season? And new set too, looks like. I don’t think that’s the Throne Room. Have they built the Sept of Baelor?

    If you pause it right at :14 you can see Joffrey, Cersei, Tywin on the left, plus Loras and part of another Tyrell-ish costume (Queen of Thorns most likely) on the right; so I’d say Tyrion’s wedding would be a good guess. Not sure what else would have Tyrion up in front of everyone else.

  • No one ever clearly states how much time is passing. It’s perfectly reasonable with all the traveling back and forth and side to side that the kids have enough time to grow visibly.

  • Just ignore the aging. Who cares, really? There will be a few jokes, and you’ll need to alter a few character reactions, but no one will care in the end.

  • What KG said, and also I’m sure no one watching is going to be complaining too much. This is an adult show and we have no illusions that the kids must stay tiny and cute forever — or even can. It’s not like a program for children where all growth has to be concealed for as long as possible until the actor in question can be replaced or the show ends.

    And I don’t see why eliminating 13-year-old-saves-the-world syndrome is so terrible.

  • A thought occurs, re: S3…

    In the RW chapter in the book, Catelyn notes there is no mistaking the song the musicians are playing, despite the lack of singing. But in the television show adaptation so far, all viewers have to go on to place the song is the singing. There are no instruments and it is rather tuneless the way The National sing it in fact. I am wondering how they have managed to do it so that casual viewers will get it

  • Baby Bran is a baby no more! There will be much disguising of the newly long legs, but otherwise the story is not much effected. It is great that he enjoys his work, and what a great experience for a young actor to have many mentors and new friends. Thanks for posting WiC!

  • Love Charles Dance, he gives away so much in interviews the producers must be a bit worried about letting him loose in front of an interviewer!

    The aging Stark kids is an irrelevance to me. They’re all playing their roles brilliantly and for many people watching, the fact that they look a bit older will help make their storylines much more believeable. I mean, no one at all who hasn’t read the books really thinks that Robb and Jon are 17/18 or Dany is 14. Even so, Sophie Turner’s growth spurt between S1 and S2 was a bit startling – she was just a kid in season one and by the end of season two I think she’s the second tallest person in the show after The Hound!

  • completely OT, but after seeing this I couldn’t help but wonder how the wealth distribution in Westeros compares to this one Pretty similar I would guess, with the Lannisters all the way to the right of the curve :-)
    (skip to 3min48s if you don’t have much time)

  • Can someone please give an overview of what’s said in the NCW / Sophie interview cause there is annoying Spanish people talking right through it (translating… = making it not understandable) Coming from Holland (which works with subtitles) dubbing annoys me greatly.

  • Regarding Sansa’s happiness this year, is it possible that they combine the Tyrion and Joffrey weddings in the final episode?

  • boyo71,

    There is no chance of that happening. We already know Tyrion/Sansa wedding is episode 8 and RW is episode 9.
    Sansa’s brief happiness probably stems from the brief possibility that she will marry Loras, before the Lannisters reveal their plans.

  • Its crazy looking at how grown up Sophie looks now. She really has grown up to be a great looking young lady.

  • Ryodin,

    Yeah .
    I think her dad is Clan Leslie cheiftan and her family owns 2 castles as I recall – not just the one she grew up in.

  • mariamb18,

    Nice find!
    Live webcast is a very nice option!
    Thse panels are so much fun even … if usually not filled with too much “new” inormation.
    And it will be the beginning of a sort of fairwell tour for a couple of the actors. I guess technically just one, but still.

  • Nimic,

    Exactly. It’s a non-issue. We’ve just had our brains softened by too many sitcoms dressing 16 year olds like 5 year olds (Yes, YOU, Brady Bunch)

  • Nimic:
    KG,

    Particularly considering the fact that seasons don’t work the same as in the real world.

    Yes, that is why to hear them constantly speak of a near decade-long summer turning quickly into autumn and then winter is going to be weird though. “Winter is coming” in GoT. DwD isn’t set 5 years after GoT….but if Bran is like 17 instead of 10 when winter finally hits…ehh.

    I’d recast. But I don’t care that much.

  • In re: Searson 4

    If Mr. Dance has seen 6 scripts, it could mean

    #6 Tywin dies
    #5 Tyrion’s trial
    #4 The PW and Sansa’s and LF’s escape (This would give time for some scenes in the Eyrie and Lysa’s death in #8 or #9)
    #3 or even #2 The introduction of the RV (Yea, finally!)

  • Currer Bell:
    In re:Searson 4

    If Mr. Dance has seen 6 scripts, it could mean

    #6Tywin dies
    #5 Tyrion’s trial
    #4The PW and Sansa’s and LF’s escape (This would give time for some scenes in the Eyrie and Lysa’s death in #8 or #9)
    #3 or even #2The introduction of the RV (Yea, finally!)

    Or, it could mean that they’ve only finished four scripts far enough to give them to the actors.

    Frankly, I’d be shocked if Tywin dies anywhere but episode 9 or 10.

  • Currer Bell,

    That sounds about rigt to me and exactly how I imagined Season 4 going down with Tywin’s death being in the finale leading to Tyrion boarding a ship for Essos. It will play nicely along with Arya boarding a ship for Braavos. Both scenes seem like perfect Episode 10 material to me…

  • Darquemode,

    If I recall correctly, Charles Dance mentioned in an interview last year that he had heard about it from someone who had read the book. So I don’t believe any conclusions can be drawn from his comments about when it might occur in the series.

  • One thought on a Season 4 KL plotline:

    I’d be sorely tempted to have the first episode be the PW. How great of an opening would that be — Joffrey dead, Tyrion in chains, etc. So I’m going to see if that can work.

    Ep 1 – Introduction of RV/Dorne. End with PW.
    Ep 2 – Tyrion in jail w Varys/Tywin. RV asks for Justice from Tywin.
    Ep 3/4 – Tyrion tries to gather evidence, fails. Tyrion talks to Varys, Family.
    Ep 5 – RV and Tyrion talk.
    Ep 6 – Trail scene 1.
    Ep 7 – Shae’s betrayal at the trial. RV takes up where Bronn won’t.
    Ep 8 – RV v the Mountain
    Ep 9 – Death of tywin and Shae
    Ep 10 – On a boat/Landing in Essos.

    It might be a bit thin, but not as bad as I thought.

  • Darquemode,

    Yes, it should be fun. I’m assuming that one doesn’t have to be an Emmy “member” to log onto the live webcast. Hope that’s not an incorrect assumption.

    As you said, its another opportunity to see Richard Madden before…well, you know.

  • Alan,

    I’d probably condense those a bit and just leave Tyrion out of an episode or two. It’s probably best to have fewer episodes with more scenes than 10 with just a 2-3 minute scene in some.

  • Zack,

    They can also have Tyrion discussed but not appear in some scenes like Cersei plotting his demise and collecting witness or discussing things with Jaime etc… Maybe a scene of Sansa realizing what Tyrion’s trial and verdict mean for her etc

    Those scenes can play against Tyrion scenes or work as well without Tyrion in the episode IMO. Toss in a few newly created scenes and I think there is enough for him to appear in 8 or so episodes without it feeling too thin…

  • I know its pretty random, but i was thinking about something earlier when i watched Isaac’s interview. How much do you think the younger actors (Maisie, Isaac, Sophie) are paid? I know its weird but they must be pretty rich and i wouldnt know what to do with money at that age :)

  • I can see most of the story arcs from ASOS being dragged out to the ends of S4…
    Tywin’s death and Tyrion’s escape should definitely be in the S4 finale
    The Battle for the Wall E9, maybe, then Jon becoming LC in the finale
    Sansa’s story must just end with Little Finger dropping Lysa out the window
    Arya’s departure. Which might be hard though, as she’d have to wander around for the entire season. Although, I’d use that time for some warging. I’d also end with her just entering Braavos… Sailing underneath that huge statue…
    I really really hope they save the reveal of UnCat for the S4 ending. I want viewers to feel the same despair in that field as readers before her reveal. Also, letting everyone just get over the RW and then only reveal–> way bigger impact!

  • King DBC,

    I like it all except I think they can expand upon Arya’s story in S4 if they want and have her arrive in Braavos in an earlier episode and then meet the Kindly Man in E10

  • ArSa,

    I’ve talked to a guy who knows Maisie, and while she didn’t want to tell him total amount, part of her season 1 salary was around £1200. Probably quite a lot more for season 3.

  • Zack:
    Alan,

    I’d probably condense those a bit and just leave Tyrion out of an episode or two. It’s probably best to have fewer episodes with more scenes than 10 with just a 2-3 minute scene in some.

    Probably a better idea.

  • Alan,

    But it was your layout that helped me understand why PW ending this season or S4E01 would be feasible. Just because Tyrion’s suspected of murder, he still has to be allowed to help corral supporters and gather evidence for the trial. It’s not going to be him just sitting and waiting, nothing to do. I now think they could pull the trigger fairly early on and it would work pretty damn well.

  • Just FYI – (and I’m shocked no one mentioned this in the comments yet) – but those Emilia/NCW interviews with Female First are about a year old, and incorrectly dated as 2013 rather than 2012. Becomes quite clear from the questions & responses.

  • Regarding S3

    Is it ever found out what happens to Robb’s body after the Freys put Grey winds head on it? Did they burn it? Chuck it? Send it back to winterfell as a joke? or is it just gone?

  • Poor Isaac, having to basically repeat the same answers to the same questions again and again, but he is a good sport and really appreciates the fans and their love for the books and the show, he’s quite the trooper!

    Really cool interviews, I’m glad to have read about Sibel Kekili, we don’t get to hear from her as often. Sohpie Turner has grown…wow…just as Isaac and the other kids on the show! Rose Leslie is quite fetching….hmmmm (wait does anyone use that word anymore?). Nikolaj on the other hand seems like prankster and troublemaker…I can totally picture him pulling some pranks on the cast or crew…that guy looks like he’d be a lot of fun to hang out!!! LOL

    I was just watching “Kingdom Of Heaven” the other night, and now in hindsight I can see how he was cast to play Jamie, and that he makes total sense in the role. While his part was small in “Kingdom Of Heaven” (larger if you watch the Director’s Cut), he can effortlessly bring forth that smug, self-satisfied, arrogant, demeanour that Jamie has, at least in the beginning (or it might just be all an act on Jamie’s part to hide his own insecurities)…Of course in “Kingdom Of Heaven” his character gets his head split open by Liam Neeson…LOL!

  • Jon Glo,

    there was an interview with.. sky atlantic? where he actually talks about it, well the woman interviewing him mentions that his character dies and they about that saying the he’s never played a character that has died onscreen(dunno if it’s true though).

    It’s on Youtube IIRC