San Diego Comic-Con 2016, and it’s left dozens of interviews and sound bites in its wake. Jon Bradley, who’s played Samwell Tarly for six seasons now, was particularly busy. He sat down with several outlets to talk Sam’s past, present, and future.
First up, Bradley covered several topics with Clevver News, including what arriving at the Citadel means to Sam, whether he loves the character, and the process of getting the scripts for a new season.
Of course, Clevver News interviewer Miriam Isa tries to get Bradley to spill some spoilers, or at least speculate, about what’s Sam going to do next. Bradley is used to this by now, though, and doesn’t say exactly what Sam’s going to do with Heartsbane, his family’s Valyrian steel sword, although he does point out that we know it can be used to kill White Walkers.
Bradley also plays marry-f**k-kill with Game of Thrones characters, although Clevver News puts it more politely.
“We await for the next season of Game of Thrones, which will be when?” Nice try, Isa.
The folks at IGN also tried to learn what Sam is going to do with Hearsbane, and he does the same dance. Here, he talks a fair amount about Traders, a new movie about people who fight to the death for a chance at big money. Bradley, playing against type, plays the bad guy.
IGN also asks Bradley what Sam Tarly might learn at the Citadel. Might he learn something about the White Walkers? Might he learn about Jon Snow’s true parentage? Bradley thinks they’re both possibilities, although he can’t reveal too much on account of the fact that the cast members haven’t gotten scripts yet. That was a nice move on the producers’ to send these guys out into the press before they have anything concrete to spoil.
Finally, IMDb had John Bradley interviewed by filmmaker and uber-nerd Kevin Smith, where it’s pointed out that Sam doesn’t have the same accent as the rest of his family. Huh.
It’s nice to see that Smith is invested in the show. It’s not surprising, but it’s nice.