Access: How did making ‘Game of Thrones’ compare to the scale of ‘Rome’? I think there are reports that they spent over a million on every episode of ‘Rome.’
Tobias: ‘Rome’ was just before the crash and [it] seems like a bit of a golden age now, in terms of budgets. I feel like ‘Game of Thrones’ is very similar in terms of the sheer size of the project. I think ‘Rome’ probably just outbid it a little. But, to no effect. I thought the sets and stuff — the look of ‘Game of Thrones’ — is second to none. It’s great.
Access Hollywood also had a chance to chat with Rose Leslie and she talked about one of the fun new things she got to do this season as Ygritte.
Access: You may not have seen the trailer, but in one of the flashes, you’ve got a bow and arrow.
Rose: I do. I was so happy to be holding a bow and arrow. I was so happy about it because I just thought it embodied Ygritte, as to who she is, being such a fiercely independent character. She’s powerful and strong and I felt that a bow and arrow fitted her beautifully… I was able to kind of do some archery lessons before just so I didn’t look like a right numpty [Editor’s note: British slang for fool] when I was drawing back the bow… just so that I looked a little bit authentic. But it is really cool. Oh, I loved it!
She also spoke to Entertainment Weekly and talks about getting into character.
After getting cast, Leslie dove into the books (she’s currently on Book 4). “I wanted to throw myself into the world of Westeros,” she says. As a member of the Wildling tribe, the actress shoots the bulk of her outdoor scenes in Iceland. She says the toughest thing about the extreme environment isn’t the cold, but walking in thick snow while trying to stay in character on camera. “You become very aware that this is Ygritte’s home, she’s incredibly comfortable in this particular surrounding,” Leslie says. “You can’t look like you’re working so hard to trudge up a hill. I’m like panting inside.”
Lastly, here are a bunch of video interviews with Game of Thrones cast.
HBO Bulgaria has a whole host of interviews with the cast from the recent London press junket. You can watch them all here (videos 4-10).
MTV UK also has a bunch of video interviews, presumably from the same event. Start with Gwendoline Christie and the rest will autoplay.