Has there been any talk about doing more School of Thrones episodes after these three?
Yeah. I don’t know anything specifically, but I have heard them mention it in other interviews. Obviously the first episode just blew up and got so much press, so I think that is a possibility. I don’t know much about it or where the story would go. I feel like these three episodes are fairly self-contained, but obviously the realm of Game of Thrones is huge and there’s so much they could do with that. We’ll see. I don’t know anything for sure, but they have certainly talked about it.
And you would happily go back and do more?
Yeah! It was a really fun group to work with. Everybody was really silly and gets along really well. I’m really happy that it looks great, and people have really responded to it mostly positively – obviously some people hate it as you always will get with something that has a really rabid fan base like that. I love that it has opened me up to a new audience that’s different from the LBD audience, but there is a lot of crossover. It’s cool, it has definitely been positive.
What was your experience with Game of Thrones before this? Have you read the books?
I haven’t, I’m so embarrassed. I first found out about this in December I think, and I was like, “Yeah, I’m going to read the books over Christmas, I’m going to do it,” – no. Not at all. Obviously my priority during that time was Lizzie Bennet, and I don’t regret that. I really was spending most of my brain space on that.
If the show continues I probably will give them a go because I love Lord of the Rings. Lord of the Rings is my favourite thing. I’m no stranger to lengthy fantasy novels, I just haven’t had time yet. I have seen some of the show, I’m not all caught up on it. A lot of my friends really love Game of Thrones so I feel like I know a lot of what happens without having seen everything. I know all of the spoilers. I definitely want to do that and I want to get caught back up on everything.
The reason I kind of had trouble with the show, this is embarrassing, is that it’s so violent and that was kind of hard for me to stomach a little bit. I thought that if I read the books first and knew what was coming, it might be a little easier for me to deal with, so I held off, hoping that I would read the books first but that hasn’t happened. I like it, and I know so many people love it and so many of my friends love it, so it’s definitely something I want to get more into.
Do you have a favourite character?
I would probably say Dany is my favourite. She is so badass. And Emilia Clarke really does a great job as her.
Do you see any similarities between Sansa and Lydia?
Well yeah, I don’t really sit down and think, “Let me compare my characters.” Obviously there is very much a pressure and desire to be something, to be a certain way. Lydia really wants to be loved, and Sansa wants – at least in our show – she wants to assert herself and have the status she has with Joffrey. So there’s absolutely similarities but that’s just a very common, human thing, the desire to feel validated in one way or another.
And they both pick guys that are maybe not the best for them.
Yes! That’s funny, I didn’t even think of that. Everybody always brings that up and it didn’t even come to my mind. I guess I just play characters that have really poor choices in dudes, because there’s Zelda [Wiles’ character in Squaresville] as well. It’s not something that I even realized, I think because all of this is happening at once, all the shows are out at the same time and everybody is like, “What’s wrong with your characters?” and I think, “Okay next time, I can’t do this. I have to play something different,” because my characters aren’t very smart about the boys they date I guess.
Can you give us any hints for the last episode?
Well it’s prom. My costume in particular is pretty fantastic. It’s like a poofy cupcake. When they showed it to me I was like, “Oh, my gosh.” So yeah, it’s prom, it’s going to be really fun to see those characters in that environment, and Joey [Richter, plays Theon] of course is still in a speedo. I don’t know how they come up with that, but it’s going to be fun, I am excited for it. I haven’t seen the episodes until they’ve aired so it has been a ride for me as well, to see them as they come out.
Are you aware that there are a lot of fans who ship Sansa and Sandor? Will we see any mention of that?
There is a moment. We tip our hats to that.
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