Davos and Melisandre – are they finally over?
It’s like a bad marriage, isn’t it? As we find the relationship [at the start of season seven], they’ve been separated and she’s been exiled. My biggest disappointment is that I don’t get to work with [actress] Carice van Houten any more – I mean, possibly. These HBO people have taken Carice off me, they’ve taken Stephen Dillane [Stannis Baratheon] off me, they’ve taken Kerry Ingram [Shireen Baratheon]. I dread to think who they’re going to take next.
How do they make Davos’s fingers disappear on the show?
In the book it’s his left hand that’s gone, but I’m left-handed, so I said, ‘can we make it my right hand?’ And they agreed, just in case I had to swing a sword or whatever. But there are various methods. In season four, at the Iron Bank of Braavos, when I had to show the bank manager what Stannis did to me, we used green [screen] finger gloves, then they painted them out [in post-production]. I’ve had a prosthetic hand as well – it’s in my drawer at home. I liberated it from the set.
This is the penultimate series, and there’s much talk of GOT spin-offs. Is a prequel a good idea?
We haven’t got any scripts yet but I know the title: Better Call Davos. And you can quote me on that.