Oberyn Martell and Ellaria Sand

Oberyn Martell and Ellaria Sand

Is Prince Oberyn a feminist?

“Absolutely,” Pedro Pascal told HBO. “It’s just intrinsic and logical to him. Ellaria Sand is the love of his life because she is his equal, if not his superior, in certain ways. That’s part of what makes him such a fierce man because he knows who to take his lead from.

“I think there’s a depth in the way that Oberyn perceives the world and the way he lives in it,” Pascal told HBO. “I think there’s a lot of woman inside of Oberyn, which attributes to his strength… Perceptiveness. Intelligence. In the world of Game of Thrones, which can harshly reflect some of the darker elements of our reality, I would argue that women are often forced to be smarter and more in touch with themselves because their circumstances are so ruled by men. Women’s survival skills kick in a bit earlier.”

Pascal also points to the fact that, as a family man, Oberyn is surrounded by women. “I see him as an extremely contemporary, progressive and loving father. I think it’s so suitable that he had nothing but daughters to raise. He doesn’t shape ideas based on old conventions so his daughters are not limited by backwards, medieval morality.”

Arya and the Hound

Arya and the Hound

What’s next for Arya and the Hound?

On Arya’s maniacal laugh “I loved that,” Maisie Williams told EW. “That was my favorite reaction of Arya’s ever. There’s so much speculation on the Internet, whether she’s laughing at The Hound and how ridiculous he now looks because he doesn’t have a plan of action, or whether she’s laughing at the fact that she now really has no one, or whether she’s just that messed up now because she doesn’t really know how she feels inside, and just laughs and goes with it.”

“When I was doing it, it was more a reaction to The Hound. This whole time he’s been giving her such a hard time. He’s so in control, and he’s this tough guy, saying he’s going to take me to my aunt in the Vale and ‘I’m going to get my money and I don’t care about you, I just want my money.’ And all of a sudden this happens, and Arya completely loves it. And through laughter, she’s saying, ‘Now what are you going to do?’ It’s fascinating to see this little girl giggling in the sunlight.”

“That’s the happiest on set I’ve ever had to be,” she says. “And it was the most difficult scene I’ve ever had to film — literally laughing on command is the most difficult thing. It was just so weird to be able to laugh on set and not be told off for it. I’m glad people like it.”

George R.R. Martin

George R.R. Martin

Eight books or eight seasons?

Well Anne Groell’s comments caused a stir – not that she actually said there would be eight books of course – and George has his usual answer at the ready ““My plan is to finish in seven,” George told EW. “But my original plan was to finish in three. I write the stories and they grow. I deal with certain things and sometimes I find myself not at the end of a story. My plan right now is still seven. But first I have to finish Book Six. Get back to me when I’m half-way through Book Seven and then maybe I’ll tell you something more meaningful.”

On Dan and Dave’s plan to finish in seven seasons George said ““I don’t think it will be enough to tell the story we’re telling in the books.”

When asked if there was any change he particularly liked, or didn’t. “I like many of the new scenes they’ve inserted along the way, though I miss the things they leave out. Obviously I put those scenes in the books for a reason, I felt they added to the story. As I’ve been saying for years, I wish they had more hours — every time I see another HBO show I wonder why we only have 10 and they have 13.”

George will kill you off for $20,000

George is raising money for one of his favourite charity projects, Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and the Santa Fe Food Depot. And for the top donation of $20,000 George will name a character after you and kill you off in Winds of Winter. More details here.

Theon and Ramsay

Theon and Ramsay

Is Ramsay really a nice guy underneath it all?

Well, no. But the (still-too-handsome-to-play-Ramsay) Iwan is. ” Iwan is a lovely, lovely guy, which is a testament to how well he plays the character,” Alfie Allen told Vulture “We spend a lot of time together, so it’s not like we try to separate ourselves from what goes on. We’re really good friends, and Iwan is a massive, massive, massive help, and it’s just been great to have him there the whole time. He makes it easier for both of us… He does a great Ramsay, but don’t hate him too much! Some people hate my character as well, or maybe my friends just like to see me in pain. [Laughs] They just laugh.”

On being asked how he was “playing multiple characters, in a sense”, Theon’s transformation into Reek, Alfie said “I’m totally excited by that idea. I think there are moments where he revisits the state of mind of Theon again but I think right now, he’s just totally Reek. He’s driven by fear and pain, and I don’t think there’s even any anger there. It’s just fear and pain, and maybe the only times he can come back as Theon is when he’s slightly angry. So he’d be two percent Theon now, when he’s angry at himself, angry at the world, you know? I don’t want to say it’s tough to play, but it can be hard to sort of jump in and out of these degrees of Theon, but it’s an opportunity that I’m relishing. I don’t know if I’ll get a chance to play a character like this again, but it’s a horrible state of mind to be in, without a doubt.”




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.