Sam is the best kind of bravery there is

Sam is the best kind of bravery there is

“Sam’s progression over the 10 hours of Season 4 is one of the most rapid, dramatic progressions we’ve ever seen,” John Bradley told HuffPostTV “He starts in a relatively content place, makes some catastrophic decisions — based on his own neurosis and his own self-loathing — that plunges him back down to the lowest emotional point he’s been in the series. For Sam, that’s kinda saying something. From then on it’s a very, very slow, a very, very palpable upward progression, culminating in what will essentially be his finest hour.”

On Jon and Sam’s relationship in Season 4: “That’s the thing, Sam and Jon were such a partnership, with Jon the more prominent one and Sam was the sidekick. Because they run off and have their own adventures and Sam achieves so much, not only in terms of killing the White Walker, but also rescuing Gilly. He wouldn’t be very comfortable just fitting back into the sidekick role; he’s achieved so much and he’s worth so much now. He knows that a sidekick role would be a waste of his time. So he doesn’t just run along with everything Jon says, he’s not in the background. It’s much more of a 50-50 relationship going into season 4. They bump heads a lot and they argue a lot, and we’ve never really seen them argue before because Sam has the confidence necessary to fight his karma…Sam is the best kind of bravery there is. He’s the best kind of hero because he doesn’t know he’s a hero.”


We get a lot of payoff for his storyline and The North storyline.

We get a lot of payoff for his storyline and The North storyline.

Kit Harrington called this season “Jon’s biggest season. The major thing for him is he doesn’t have the usual patriarchal figure over his head telling him what to do. There’s no Uncle Benjen, no Qhorin Halfhand, no Mance Rayder.”  he told EW. “He’s found himself back at The Wall and he knows there’s an imminent threat from the Wildlings. There’s a power struggle between him and the Castle Black commanding officers.”

“He’s never spoken much, he’s always been talked to. He absorbs things and I like that about him. This season he had a speech and it felt very weird and unnatural playing Jon Snow for three years — he’s such a silent character — for him to make a stirring speech. It was very well written, you can tell he doesn’t want to do it but he has no choice.”

Ygritte is obviously not going to forgive Jon’s betrayal easily. “She wants vengeance,” Rose Leslie told EW. “She wants to make sure Jon Snow feels as much pain as she feels.”

“She’s still completely in love with him,” she adds. “She feels like a fool and wants to make him pay.”

On their parting blow, Rose said: “In my mind, she wasn’t shooting to kill him. She wasn’t shooting to stop him. I think she was shooting to hurt him. That he wasn’t going to get away with leaving without any consequences. She’s in love with him and can’t bring herself to kill him. She could have killed him in one fell swoop with an arrow through the heart if she wanted to.”


A relationship that is born out of a begrudging respect for each other

A relationship that is born out of a begrudging respect for each other

Gwendoline Christie told Zap2it that she, along with many fans, ships Brienne and Jaime: “What I love about the relationship is that it’s so rare to see a man and woman have a relationship that is born out of a begrudging respect for each other, and it’s about that respect for each other, and the bond and the friendship that they have; that it’s not sexually motivated,” she says. “It’s just out of the companionship and their admiration for each other.”

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is less convinced “I don’t think he’s aware of any romance,” he told EW “On a fundamental level he respects and cares for this woman. I don’t think he’s thought of it.”

Jaime’s true love is of course, his sister Cersei “You want to just go back to the way it was,” Nikolaj says of their reunion “But it’s not that easy. A lot has happened in her life as well.”

On their uneven relationship: “I think he loves her more. It’s always been unbalanced, and that’s never good,” he says. “Most of us have been in that situation where you’ve been falling in love with somebody who didn’t feel the same way. It’s not a nice situation. We did this panel and Lena said something interesting. She said at a deep level, she wants to be him. She likes the game of thrones, but her life is about doing what her dad wants her to do.”


There is a dark turn in her that's kind of frightening

There is a dark turn in her that’s kind of frightening

Maisie Williams hopes Arya’s luck will take a turn for the better this season.

“I feel like Arya deserves something good to happen,” she told EW. “She’s the most unfortunate character, nothing is going her way. She has powerful scenes, but not without a lot of mess-ups. It’s frustrating for me to never have an accomplishing scene and I think frustrating for the audience as well. But I think that’s coming soon.”

“There is a dark turn in her that’s kind of frightening. She’s learning a lot from The Hound and she’s being heavily influenced by that. She’s so young, she’s like a sponge and getting knowledge. She’s heavily influenced by people around her. Being next to The Hound she’s learning his brutal ways.”


She’s going to learn how to use her femininity to get what she wants

She’s going to learn how to use her femininity to get what she wants

“I think [Sansa]’s a bad ass in a very different way [to Ayra Stark, her younger sister],” Sophie Turner told Radio Times “She’s like a sponge – she’s absorbing everything she’s learned from Cersei and Margaery. She’s put on the façade of her former self for this past year and she’s finally going to drop that and begin to manipulate some people. Cersei is just outwardly vile whereas Margaery puts on this façade of a sweet, innocent little girl but she’s scheming behind it…[Sansa]’s learning. She’s going to learn how to use her femininity to get what she wants, seduce…”


I love his mystical side

I love his mystical side

Isaac Hempstead-Wright told Zap2it he’d love to play a villain, perhaps an evil sorcerer king of the White Walker. He discussed Bran’s development, saying “There are plenty of past events and previous greenseers and other such mystical figures who are not only a great influence on Bran but are probably also somehow related to him and are key to him understanding what this power could be used for. I’ve got no idea what this power is going to be used for or what it can do or whether it will be for good or evil — and I hope Bran and I get to have some fun with it.”

On Bran’s various abilities: “I think the sight is probably the coolest one, because being able to see into the past and future and — I don’t know if Bran can necessarily change it — but being able to see it and probably stay your path to have a future you wish is like the ultimate superpower,” he explains. “Bran can do anything with that. [whispers] I hope he goes evil.”

Jojen and Meera Reed wer heading North of the Wall with Bran last we say them. Thomas Brodie-Sangster told the Independent he admires the killing-off of main characters that causes so much grief amongst viewers “I think it’s healthy for the show to chop their way through people’s favourite characters, it’s great and not done enough, I think, on film and TV. It’s brilliant.”

“You have to be uncomfortable. You can’t think that everything will be okay and often it isn’t, and that’s what makes it exciting to read it and to watch, is that you don’t know what’s going to happen to your favourite characters.“They get their heads chopped off or the bad guy might prevail and that’s brilliant because you literally don’t know what’s going to happen.”


Oberyn Martell and Ellaria Sand

Oberyn Martell and Ellaria Sand

Pedro Pascal discussed The Red Viper, Prince Oberyn Martell, with the New York Times “Something that David and Dan said to me made so much sense: He does what he wants, when he wants, no matter what. Which is cool, but not very sane. He’s not crazy. But it’s not normal to live your life without any compromises. And I think the Red Viper knows this, and also knows that it isn’t necessarily going to be a very long life because of it. And he just doesn’t care.”


And now for another Season 4 trailer…

Game of Thrones Season 4: Awaken Trailer

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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.