Interview Round-up: Aiden Gillen on the return of Littlefinger, and the cast on Season 4
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  • Last week’s episode saw the return of Littlefinger, and the return of Aiden Gillen interviews soon followed. Aiden talked to quite a few press outlets about his return, Littlefinger’s relationship with Sansa, his boat, and more.

    From IGN:

    IGN: Tell me about your ship!
    Aidan Gillen:
    The ship is great — completely computer generated — very creaky though. I was extremely excited to have a ship, to learn that Littlefinger has a ship. We shot a scene in Dubrovnik [Croatia] with Sansa, Sophie Turner, and myself looking out over the Adriatic. We did have to imagine it at that point. It’s a dinky little ship.

    IGN: That’s what’s great about HBO, right? So, my impression was that Littlefinger actually did love Cat. Forgive me if I’m not recalling something from the show, but have we seen, prior to the beginning of Season 4, his reaction to her death?
    Gillen:
    No.

    IGN: Because it seemed like she was one of the big motivating factors of his life.
    Gillen:
    Yeah, she was. I mean, she was lost to him though. There was a certain amount of delusion in that Littlefinger seemed to think that there was something — to bring her Ned Stark’s bones in a box was some kind of romantic gesture, which it’s not. [Laughs] She’s long lost to him. He wasn’t so sure about that. But I think that there is a genuine feeling — even if it is in a parental way — towards Sansa. But you’re right, we don’t see that. … I mean, even in Season 4, it’s not talked about much, but it is there. You know, I am thinking about it. It might be in the future.

    From Rolling Stone:

    The actor who plays her, Sophie Turner, once said that if any of the other Starks had been in her position, they’d probably be dead by now for trying to fight back. Sansa has been prevented from becoming an active participant in her own life the way, but perhaps that’s a source of strength.

    Sansa is cleverer than we may have given her credit for As much as Littlefinger enjoyed being in the small council chamber, you are dealing with people like Varys. It can be stifling to have somebody as smart as you sitting right beside you. You’re watching him, he’s watching you….There may be cleverer people wherever Littlefinger’s going, but it’s nice not to know that there are. It’s unknown territory. 

    For Littlefinger, there’s a certain thrill to being in dangerous and new situations, finding new people to try and psych out. It’s about the journey. Like he said: “The climb is all there is.” Arriving there is not so important. It’s not about being in a position of absolute power, which can be dull, and a heavy burden — and very dangerous. But to be close to that is exciting. And he likes to play games, especially with new people. To have an effect on Sansa, and to see her blossom as a player herself — to show a dark streak, or a daring side, or a playful side….

    Littlefinger enjoys the game as an end in itself, rather than a means to an end. 

    That’s his defining characteristic, so I hope I’m getting some of that across. It’s not about being there. But you’ll get to see different sides as time goes on. If you haven’t declared your full hand, and Littlefinger certainly hasn’t, you can throw a new shade on here or there. I think there’s something genuine in his new surrogate-parental role in Sansa’s life. There’s something kind of sweet about it.

    From Vulture:

    Would you say that Petyr’s motivation is his unrequited love for Catelyn Stark and losing her in the Red Wedding? Or does he do what he does because he relishes having hidden power?
There’s some truth in that. I think a lot of why he became the person he became is because he was someone who loved a girl, who he could have had a chance with but was rejected by. And there was the humiliation of getting sliced with the sword [by Catelyn’s first fiancé, Brandon Stark] and being laughed at. He became a person who is never going to let that happen to him again. That was a big part in the formation of his character. And because he is the person that he is now, he’s gone off on another thing. And that’s what he does and what he likes. He loves being a gameplayer. He certainly likes to manipulate — we all know that. I don’t think he wants to be the one who is the absolute power, or the one who sits upon the Iron Throne. Pulling the strings is far more interesting, and not as dangerous. More satisfying. And Littlefinger also saw this as an opportunity to take out somebody who was quite dangerous. There are a number of other contenders for the Iron Throne, and the two most dangerous are Joffrey and Stannis, with Melisandre behind him. They represent the two extremes — fascism, and religious extremism.

    From Entertainment Weekly:

    So this is probably the biggest season yet for your character. Can you tease what we can expect?
    
Aidan Gillen:
    For me the season is about developing more of a parental and surrogate parental side — the sweeter side of Littlefinger comes through, as well. I’m off on my travels and laying plans. He’s always laying plans, [this is one of his] meticulous and far-reaching plans, geographically and generationally, even. So it’s quite interesting. Am I being cryptic enough?

    We do know Littlefinger has rescued/abducted Sansa. What is it about Sansa that he finds so alluring — Baelish has always seemed material minded in the past and not really romantic.
Gillen: Well, there’s the obvious. The obvious connection of Sansa being Eddard Stark’s daughter. There’s also somebody there who holds some intrigue. I feel I can teach her, and take her under my wing. But I have a feeling she may have her own agenda.

  • Owen Teale, who portrays the rival to Jon Snow, Ser Alliser Throrne, spoke to Worcester News about working with Kit Harington. He says, “I will intensively spend a few weeks filming at a time – he has been living it and breathing it day in and day out. However much you love it, it becomes your job. From what I see, he wears it very well. He has taken the opportunity to learn about himself, how he applies himself and how he works. I love talking to him and sharing time with him.” He also teased a “development” in Jon and Alliser’s relationship in the coming episodes.
  • Issaac Hempstead-Wright spoke with Access Hollywood about the moment Bran touches the Godswood tree, the dangers of warging, the weight of being the heir of Winterfell, and more.

    AccessHollywood.com: What did they actually tell you Bran was doing (in the script), when he touches the godswood tree?
    Isaac Hempstead-Wright:
    So that is the moment where Bran absolutely knows where he’s going. He’s had this inkling that there’s somewhere he has to go, and there’s something pulling him towards there, but he doesn’t know exactly where or why or what it is, but the second he sees that vision he knows, ‘I need to go to this place, ‘cause this is going to happen and this has to happen,’ because this is hugely important for his power.

    Access: He gets a warning about warging, before the tree moment, from Meera Reed. How worried should people be about Bran after that? He was ready to disappear into his direwolf, Summer.
    Isaac:
    And I would completely sympathize with Bran if he wanted to just go into the wolf, because frankly, it would probably be a much better life for him than the one he has because finally being able to go back – to be what he used to be and run about and jump and be energetic, I would completely understand if he just wanted to go into the wolf. But, yeah, I think that’s a definite worry because who wouldn’t want to [be] in that situation.

    Access: Do you think Bran realizes how important he is in the Stark family line? He is the second to last male heir. Do you think that weight is on his shoulders yet, of being a Stark…
    Isaac:
    There’s not only that weight, that he’s basically one of the only ones holding on to the Stark name and stopping it from disappearing completely, but he’s also got this great power, with the warging and the sight, so he knows that clearly he’s got some kind of magical thing, which could be absolutely vitally important in keeping the Starks around, so I guess Bran knows that he can’t really mess up…. He’s not getting distracted. He’s staying on the path to whatever it is [he] has to do.

  • Rory McCann also spoke to Access Hollywood about his story in last week’s episode of Game of Thrones. On how The Hound justified stealing the farmer’s silver, he says, “He saw them as dead. They’ve got visitors all the time; they’re gonna be killed. He’s on his own, generally. It’s a way of survival. Have to do it. He does it. It’s showing a kind of bad side, but in a way, it’s for the both of them,” Rory told Access. “I think he justified it to himself and still didn’t think of himself as a thief. It was like, ‘That is dead man’s money, so I’m taking it. Thanks for the soup.’ I think he might have done a couple of chores just before he did that, maybe he had a sweep around the barn and the barnyard.” He also recalls his co-star Maisie Williams being less than impressed after watching his unique way of clearing his nose for 10-15 takes.
  • Natalie Dormer visited E! to talk about the fan’s reaction to King Joffery’s death, saying goodbye to her co-star, and teases the upcoming power struggle now that Tommen will be sitting on the throne. Click on the screep capture below to watch.

  • Michiel Huisman spoke with Vulture about Daario Naharis showing of his manliness last Sunday after defeating the Champion of Meereen. He also teases the upcoming love triangle between Dany, Daario, and Jorah.

    Do you think Daenerys was impressed when Daario peed?

    [Laughs.] Um. No. I mean, I don’t know. Daario never asked her. To me, it’s one of the things that make Daario such a fun character to play.

    
He’s a show-off, but I’m also trying to make him very grounded. He takes that guy [the first to pee] down in a brutal, easy way, but the way I tried to play it is that Daario didn’t have a plan until the very last second. He was confident, he knew the other guy was going down, but how? I don’t think he knew. Pissing is part of showing his manliness. It gives him a little edge. He goes a little too far sometimes.

    Now that we’ve thoroughly broken down the peeing, and decided Dany maybe sort of didn’t like it, do you feel bad for poor, poor Ser Jorah? Talk about no contest.

    
A little bit. Just a little. I never had time to read the books between getting cast and working on the show, but I do know what’s coming up this season for the love triangle. It’s hard to respond to what you just said without giving anything away.  


23 Comments

  1. WompWomp
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Littlefinger’s ship, off the eastern coast of Westeros…

    SANSA: Lord Baelish…

    LITTLEFINGER: Please, Sansa. Call me Fatherfinger.

    SANSA: Don’t you mean “father figure”?

    LITTLEFINGER: Yessss. Goooooood.

    Let the sketch wash over you.

  2. Interior Bannisters
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    keep that mustachio twirling Aiden…………..

  3. jentario
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    I hope we get to see snow castle in full effect. And no, Greenjones, that’s not a euphemism.

  4. Winter is not coming
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    too late for hodoring?

  5. Veltigar
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    I like Owen Teales interview, I think that it’s a very strong hint that Alliser will take Donal Nooye’s role

    John Hartigan: An old man dies. Mads Mikkelsen gets cast as Euron. A fair trade. I love you, Nancy.

  6. rudy
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    littlefinger the most dangerous man in the seven kingdoms KING OF THE ASHES

  7. Turri
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    “Remember that, Sansa, when you come to play the game.”
    “What game?”
    “The only game. The game of shoots and LADDAHS.”

  8. Chickenduck
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Fatherfinger. That’s… I can’t even word.

  9. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    “Littlefinger seemed to think that — to bring her Ned Stark’s bones in a box – was some kind of romantic gesture, which it’s not.”

    That is hilarious.

  10. jentario
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    I will not give up until this becomes a GoT Laughs:
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_qqTcznH8mc

  11. WompWomp
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Chickenduck:
    Fatherfinger.That’s…I can’t even word.

    Then my work here is done.

    [Revs his unicycle and rides screaming into the sunset like a burning clown.]

  12. jwal
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Veltigar,

    could he also be maybe Bowen Marsh? Some changes could make that possible, just because Thorn is a bully and has his faults, he can still be a semi-good guy. I would like this change cause it interesting when you present different sides of a character. You can be good and bad. Have your prejudices and have moments of bravery and complexity .

  13. Chickenduck
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    WompWomp: Then my work here is done.

    [Revs his unicycle and rides screaming into the sunset like a burning clown.]

    Freddie got Fatherfingered?

    Lysa and Sansa both get Fatherfingered?, to varying extents of how literally you can take that.

  14. chamush
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Galileo Figaro!

  15. jentario
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Oh my gosh! GRRM just announced that he has indeed decided to go for 8 books in his Not a Blog! lol, not expected. Especially since the last book is titled A Flash of Tits.

  16. Greenjones
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    jentario,

    Ah, you remember that remark, do you?

  17. Dolorous Ned
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    jentario,

    Stupid title, I was counting on A Time for Wieners

  18. Veltigar
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    jentario:
    I will not give up until this becomes a GoT Laughs:
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_qqTcznH8mc

    haha, this great! I’ll support you in your noble quest!

    jwal:
    Veltigar,

    could he also be maybe Bowen Marsh? Some changes could make that possible, just because Thorn is a bully and has his faults, he can still be a semi-good guy. I would like this change cause it interesting when you present different sides of a character.You can be good and bad.Have your prejudices and have moments of bravery and complexity .

    I think you can’t combine Nooye and Marsh. They are to different. Nooye is a noble leader, a man who dies a tragic death. Marsh is a scared bigot, a follower and a weak man who does not want to lead.

    Marv: I love casting Mads Mikkelsen as Euron. No matter what you have to do to get him, you don’t feel bad.

  19. Sansa Bird
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    It interests me that Aiden would use “playful” amongst the adjectives describing Sansa this season. The only potential scene I can think of that shows Sansa’s playful nature is the snow castle scene. I’m praying to every single god that it’s included.

  20. Daniellica
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Sansa Bird: It interests me that Aiden would use “playful” amongst the adjectives describing Sansa this season.

    Ahhh yes, but does he mean “playful” to Aiden Gillen, or “playful” to Littlefinger? I imagine those two might be quite different indeed.

  21. Interior Bannisters
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Sansa Bird:
    It interests me that Aiden would use “playful” amongst the adjectives describing Sansa this season. The only potential scene I can think of that shows Sansa’s playful nature is the snow castle scene. I’m praying to every single god that it’s included.

    They better. Its one of the most touchingly beautiful and sad chapters I have ever read. And all without any dramatics or tears shed.

  22. Jake
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    Is it just me or does Littlefinger’s accent get weirder each season? He does a great Littlefinger, but that accent…

  23. Bastard of B-Town
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    I would like Thorne to last the season, but I dont see it happening especially if he gains a bit of respect for John. He already is seeming a fairly capable leader for this season, so I just dont see him making it through the battle


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