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Finn Jones talks similarities between Game of Thrones and Iron Fist

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Game of Thrones actor whose character has been killed off must be in want of further work. Fortunately, their stint on such a popular show all but guarantees they’ll find it. Such is the case for Finn Jones (Loras Tyrell) and Jessica Henwick (Nymeria Sand). Although Henwick’s GoT character is still alive, she’ll act alongside Jones in Netflix’s Iron Fist and The Defenders. Does this mean that the clock is ticking for this particular Sand Snake? Or is her schedule simply flexible enough to allow her to work on both franchises?

Henwick and Jones, who headlines Iron Fist as martial arts-based superhero Danny Rand, are hitting the media circuit to promote the show, which premieres on March 17. In a recent interview with Collider, Jones notes similarities between his new show and Game of Thrones, both of which are adaptations of written source material — novels in one case and comic books in another.

We both worked on Game of Thrones… and I don’t know about you, but what I learned about being on that show, and it was an adaptation, is that it’s important to just deal with the source material that you’ve got in front of you. You know, I found reading the comic books and watching the other Netflix series is really good for getting an idea of the tone of the character in the shows. I just stayed very focused to our version of Danny Rand and what I can bring to the role, rather than emulate something that’s been before.

The extent to which shows should deviate from the original source is a common debate among Thrones fans. So far as GoT is concerned, the gap between the book and TV universes grows larger with every passing season. It sounds like Jones, who was one of the few cast members to read all of the Song of Ice and Fire books, has come to peace with the limitations of adapting source material for the screen.


 

Jones highlighted another similarity between Game of Thrones and Iron Fist, although not in so many words.

My shower thought of the day was that [Iron Fist] is actually a feminist television show. The female characters in Iron Fist are incredibly strong, incredibly unique, and they really hold the men up in that world.

These statements align with what Jones had to say about Thrones when I interviewed him this past November. It’s refreshing to hear someone involved in and willing to speak on these issues.

In other celeb news, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) recorded a new video about his involvement with the Global Goals World Cup, an “open women’s amateur soccer tournament designed to expand the scope of a traditional sport event,” per its official wedsite. Coster-Waldau will referee the tournament.

Equality between the sexes isn’t the only issue this charity tackles. Participating teams advocate for “global goals” such as combating climate change, poverty and inequality around the world.

Jones’ and Coster-Waldau’s respective work just goes to show that whether you live or die on Game of Thrones, there’s plenty to be done beyond Westeros.

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