It’s nice to hear from Hannah Murray this week, who is absolutely gorgeous as Gilly. She spoke to Making Game of Thrones this week on Sam and Gilly’s relationship. On Sam and Gilly’s kiss Hannah said:

I thought, “They’re really letting Sam be the hero.” I love the way that’s been building up from the point when he kills the White Walker. I also really enjoy the comedy of Sam and Gilly. I love how right before he kisses her for the first time, she’s telling him that he’s rubbish…She can tell that the kiss is an expression of love from him. She knows that he loves her and she definitely loves him, but she’s not someone who can process her emotions very well or has a sophisticated language for them. I’ve thought for a long time that they are like this little, unconventional family. He loves the baby as much as she does. John [Bradley] has said, “Sam couldn’t love it any more if it was his own.”

On filming the kiss: “John was like, “You’re not giving me very much back.” And I told him it’s wasn’t a personal thing, it was a character choice. I felt that Gilly has never been kissed before, and she probably doesn’t even really know what kissing is…From my point of view, it catches her completely off-guard. I think for her it’s: “I didn’t even know this was an option.” She’s someone who has suffered systematic abuse from such an early age. I don’t think she’s ever had romantic dreams because that was never something that was even possible. When you’re a kid, you know you want a relationship because of the people you see around you, or from what you see movies or read books. She doesn’t have any of that. I see her as 100 percent innocent. It’s very beautiful that she’s able to maintain that kind of purity despite being this girl that’s had her dad’s baby.”

On Gilly and Sam’s connection: “A big thing that connects them is having horrible fathers. We haven’t seen Sam’s father, but we know about that in a different way from Gilly, Sam was abused as well. In Season 2 when John and I were filming the thimble scene [where Sam gives Gilly his mother’s thimble], [director] Alik Sakharov said this beautiful thing to us: “You’re like two birds with broken wings, and when they come together there’s the possibility for the first time that they can fly.” They’re two people who have come from horrible places, but because they both have this brokenness, they’re able to give each other what they’re missing.”


On her scene with Ygritte:”It feels like this beautiful female solidarity. Ygritte’s story ends in Episode 9 and she’ll never be a mother, but that doesn’t mean she never wanted to be. That moment cuts through all the politics in the show and establishes a higher morality.”

Hannah also spoke to Vulture about her scene with Ygritte. “[Showrunners] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] took me aside and they said, “We’ve written a scene for you. You’re going to have a scene with a character you never would have guessed you’d have a scene with.” And that was the scene with Ygritte! And it’s really exciting for us as actors when you’re like, I’ve gone off-book! I’m off-book! It’s like this uncharted territory where anything could happen. [Laughs] And everything for me this year was off-book. Season three was quite close, because there were scenes that I could read in the novels, and then when I saw them in the script, I understood where they had been taken from.”

“…I think it’s amazing for Gilly to see someone like Ygritte. It’s the same kind of thing when she meets Meera Reed in season three. These girls are so powerful, and they’re in charge, and they shoot stuff and they kill stuff. And for someone like Gilly, who came from her father’s situation, which was such a patriarchy and women were treated as nothing, to see these women warriors, basically, just must be amazing for her. I feel like given how brave Gilly has been, given her limited circumstances, her limited options, you think, What if she had been a little further north of the Wall, and been a proper wildling? If she’s got that natural bravery anyway, would she have been given the opportunity for that to develop fully? So the thing I love about Gilly is that because she came from a kind of sheltered beginning, her world is just constantly expanding, with every new thing she encounters, and it’s exciting for me to think about how she would cope with that.”


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.