Jaime and Cersei reunited

Jaime and Cersei reunited

Jaime and Cersei may be reunited but a lot will change between them in the upcoming Season 4 of Game of Thrones. “For him, it’s been a very traumatic trip,” Nikolaj Coster-Waldau tells EW “But he’s been wanting to get back to this woman for the duration of his trip. You want to just go back to the way it was. But it’s not that easy. A lot has happened in her life as well.”

“She’s trying to re-establish her relationship with Jaime, but it’s changed beyond repair,” Lena Headey tells EW. “Like I always say, she envies her brother. She believes he can protect her and do what she’s not allowed to as a woman. So, I think when he returns with [his sword hand having been cut off], she’s like: That’s the thing I didn’t have and now you now don’t have it so what do I want you for?

“I loved last year when she says that if it weren’t for my kids I would have jumped by now,” Lena adds. “That also tells me that Jaime isn’t the love of her life and her children are. And she also feels terribly f–king guilty that they’re from that union, and she even talks to Tyrion about that—like, ‘I f–ked my brother, now I have kids, and it’s all gone tits up.’ I never truly believe her when I’m playing her, so yeah. They’re her sanity.”


Brienne of Tarth

Brienne of Tarth

Brienne will have to dress up for Joffrey’s wedding “She’s clean. And Brienne is someone — that level of cleanliness is not important to her,” Gwendoline Christie tells Hitfix “The world of Kings Landing is not a world that Brienne is used to. It’s a world of words and of whispers and secrets. And it’s a sort of intellectual fencing that Brienne is not used to, that’s she’s unfamiliar with. So seeing her attempting to navigate that world and some of the treacherous characters that make up its foundations is certainly a little bit heartbreaking.”

Gwendoline also discussed, among other things, her excitement at playing an unusual character like Brienne. “The idea that a fresh sort of female character might be represented in mainstream media made me so excited about playing that part. Just the journey that she goes on and the choices that she makes, the fact that she’s physically unconventional, those are the kind of parts that are thrilling to actors and the sorts of parts that I’d like to play. The idea of a woman of that sort being thrust into the mainstream, into a current generation’s consciousness, and potentially generations to come that might empower women further, that might empower the future of female characters, so women could be better represented, was really thrilling to me and is something that I am interested in.”


 

Sansa Stark

Sansa Stark

Sophie Turner has high hopes for Sansa this season “I think people are starting to root for her a lot more,” Sophie told Hitfix “I don’t think anyone really had any hope. They wouldn’t put any hopes into her because at the beginning she was kind of useless. But I think people are definitely rooting for her more and at the end of this season, I think she’ll have a lot more fans on her side because she becomes really cool.”

She also discussed what it might be like to switch places with her good friend Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark “Maisie comes back with grubby fingernails and she’s like, “Oh my God.” And I come back and I’ve got this beautiful hair, going, “Oh, hello, Maisie.” So she’s always wanted to do that. And I want to get in the mud and scrap around a bit and not have to stand up and not be able to sit down in fear of creasing my dress and stuff like that. It’s just little things like that.”


 

Joffrey Baratheon

Joffrey Baratheon

Jack Gleeson discussed playing the villain. “It’s interesting sometimes when an audience can empathize with a villain,” he told EW “But to get completely lost in it, it’s exciting just to be intrinsically evil and not have a speck of good or humanity in their bones.”

On Joffrey having no redeeming qualities: “I remember in season 2 we were filming a scene where I come to Sansa with a necklace and tell her I’m very sorry. I was going to play it like I don’t actually care but [showrunner Dan Weiss] said to try and express any genuine love for Sansa that Joffrey actually has. That was the one attempt to put some grey into the black. But overall, it’s a pretty black evil road.”


Arya Stark

Arya Stark

Maisie Williams discussed Arya’s development in Season 4. “I’m not sure how fans are going to react because she’s not the same Arya she used to be,” Maisie told Today.com “I feel like Arya in season four has given up on trying to control her future. She’s definitely not given up on the game, nor does she want to die. But she feels like she’s one step behind the whole time, and anything she tries to put right goes even worse.”

“I think she is learning as the series goes on,” Maisie added “and now we are seeing this very different side to her that is very open to what is around the corner and not trying to control her future, but just trying to survive.”


Roose Bolton

Roose Bolton

Michael McElhatton told Zap2it that his character Roose Bolton has a soft spot for Ramsay. “He’s very wary of Ramsay, but he is his son. He does say that he should have thrown him down a well or something, but that the babe had his eyes, so there’s something there; the survival of the species of Bolton. He is his only child. His other child is dead, he suspects Ramsay of killing him, but I think there is something very primal of that even though he’s very, very wary and he’s aware that he is a psychotic.”

Michael finds the relationship between Ramsay and Roose to be fascinating. “The one thing Ramsay craves more than torturing people and maiming them is the love and respect of his dad, and I think that’s played out. I think that’s really interesting,” he says. “Later on, it’s very moving actually. There’s a scene and you go, ‘Oh my god,’ even though it’s totally weird and quite epic. There is something about a child craving and needing the love of a parent, and the parent not giving it to them. It’s a brilliant dynamic.


The Hound

The Hound

Rory McCann discussed Arya and the Hound with the Daily Record. We see him and Arya on their mad road trip, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake and arguing all the way so somehow it’s funny as well. We seem to be doing double the swordplay and I’ve still got bruises from the fights. There are some moves that have never been seen before.

He also talked about the lack of job security on Game of Thrones “When you get the script in for episode nine, you get a large glass of whisky before you open the first page and think, ‘Right, here we go, is it all over and time to get your coat?’ Anyone who is still alive to get to season four has done very well and it’s a wonder there is anyone left alive, given the amount of death and destruction. I’m still just grateful for the part and we’re all happy to be here. My secret is that I make sloe berry gin at home and keep giving it to George Martin, so he keeps me in his tales.”


 

Sansa and Petyr Baelish

Sansa and Petyr Baelish

Aiden Gillen discussed Petyr Baelish with the Baltimore Sun “He’s laid these pretty long-term plans, which even go across generations. It’s becoming more apparent in the current season we’re shooting now. He’s taking more interest in characters like Robin Arryn and Sansa Stark. A more paternal, maybe even sweet side of Littlefinger is going to emerge in Season 4.”

On Littlefinger’s interest in Sansa he said “Sansa is the daughter of Catelyn, the one woman Littlefinger did love. A big part of his drive is that rejection and the humiliation of what Brandon Stark did to him years back. There is an interest in her as the daughter of Catelyn Tully. But there’s also other interests in a political way. We’re not playing it as a creepy relationship. It’s more avuncular or paternal. I think she’s playing him to a certain degree as well.”


 

About The Author

Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

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