On Wednesday night, the stars of Game of Thrones turned out for the opening of the show’s international exhibit in New York City. We were there on the red carpet to get the scoop on the filming and romances of season 3.
The first actor to stop and chat with WiC is John Bradley. We last saw him as Samwell Tarly in the second season finale coming face to face with a White Walker.
With his character’s life hanging in the balance, it’s unclear where we’ll meet up with Sam again in season 3. Bradley had much to say though regarding the connection developing between the Night’s Watch bookworm and Craster’s daughter-wife Gilly (Hannah Murray).
“I think that Sam just somehow is attracted to people that’ve got family issues. And in particular, father issues. I mean Jon Snow, if you look into that deep enough, Jon’s got huge father issues. Sam’s got father issues off the scale and so I think he knows what father issues can do to somebody’s psychology…because of that, I think he wants to make sure that in one instance, at least, it doesn’t take hold of her the way it took hold of him.”
Now that I’ve got him on the red carpet, I take the opportunity to ask John a question that’s come to mind this week, with a photo in the New York Times of Bradley, Kit Harington, and D.B. Weiss in a music studio at the Seattle premiere afterparty. With all the musical talent present in this cast, why is there no Game of Thrones band yet?
“I don’t think the public could handle it,” Bradley deadpans. “I think that dramatic differences is one thing but when you start incorporating musical differences into it as well, I think a lot of these egos would just explode…You never quite know with entertainment egos, they’re fragile at the best of times.”
He flashes a mischievous grin and is shuffled along down the red carpet to the next waiting reporter.
Naturally the first question put to Kit Harington has absolutely nothing to do with Game of Thrones.
In an interview with WiC a while back, Kit mentioned his love of reading. That left some of our readers wondering which books the actor loves.
“My favorite book,” Kit ponders. “It’s pretty morbid, really but it’s 1984 by George Orwell. I love it, I’ve always loved it. I’ve read it numerous times. It’s given me paranoia about the world many times.” He cracks a smile. “And I love Catcher in the Rye. You know, I’m reading a lot of William Boyd at the moment. I go through different authors at different times. There’s a brilliant Scottish author called William Boyd, and he writes brilliantly- sort of profound but not in-your-face books…There’s one called Any Human Heart which I’ve just read, which is amazing.”
On suffering from a broken ankle shortly before filming began, Kit says, “I’m not going to lie and say that it was a piece of cake. It was much better than I thought it was going to be when I first did it. Before I was filming, I thought, ‘Oh God this is really going to mess up filming.’ And if you’re in a series like this and it means this much to you, you’ll know that that’s a heartbreaker, knowing someone’s going to be doing stuff for you…As it happened, I had a great physio and I got back to a place where I could do all my fight scenes.”
Despite the show’s enthusiastic fanbase and his status as a heartthrob, Harington’s fans have been sending him only polite letters and the occasional “sultry picture.” The strangest item he’s received to date has been a hand-puppet from Japan, he explains with a smile.
“You know what? If [fans] want to send me something crazy, go right ahead, because I haven’t received anything too crazy yet.”
And as for the show’s infamous nude scenes, will Harington be taking it all off any time this season? While he explicitly avoids confirming a nude scene with Jon’s love interest Ygritte (Rose Leslie) , he says he understands that there’s far more nudity among the women onscreen than the men. Kit shrugs and adds, “I think there should be more nudity amongst the men, maybe.”
No arguments here.