Wicked game

More sex, more mur­der, more nu­dity in Game of Thrones Sea­son 5

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - FRONT PAGE -

WITH at least four ma­jor char­ac­ters film­ing their fi­nal scenes, 300 speak­ing parts and 10 episodes shot in five lo­ca­tions around the world, Gameof Thrones’ fifth sea­son prom­ises to be its most dra­matic yet. “There are huge shocks this sea­son, I mean you know how shocked peo­ple were at the Red Wed­ding?” So­phie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, says. “It will kind of be like that this time, there’s some re­ally in­tense stuff hap­pen­ing.”

Any plot that can top the Red Wed­ding – the most bru­tal scene in four years of Thrones which saw the slaugh­ter of sev­eral lead char­ac­ters – prom­ises to be one well worth watch­ing.

But just be­cause you’ve read the books, it doesn’t mean you know what’s go­ing to hap­pen: the scripts don’t fol­low the books strictly in se­quence or even in sto­ry­line and char­ac­ters with sev­eral de­par­tures.

And such is the pro­duc­tion size, ac­tors gen­er­ally just read their own scripts and parts and look for­ward to see­ing the fi­nal se­ries them­selves to work out how it all fits to­gether and which friends they can ex­pect to see on set the fol­low­ing sea­son.

“Fans come up to me and say, ‘Do you know what’s go­ing to hap­pen? No? Well I do, I do’. But they don’t,” ac­tor Al­fie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) says.

The se­ries has been crit­i­cised in some quar­ters for its por­trayal of women, sex and vi­o­lence, but Turner says it’s en­tirely jus­ti­fied by the show’s con­text.

“I think it’s all very nec­es­sary,” she says. “None of it is gra­tu­itous. It’s the way women in those days had their way in the world, through sex. The vi­o­lence – it’s Game of Thrones! Peo­ple are fight­ing for power, they’re not just go­ing to sit down and have cups of cof­fee or read a mag­a­zine to­gether. They are go­ing to fight it out!”

Thrones’ break­out star Emilia Clarke, who has earned award nom­i­na­tions ev­ery year for her sen­sa­tional por­trayal of Daen­erys Tar­garyen, right­ful Queen of the Seven King­doms, agrees with her co-star.

“We’re not show­ing a mod­ern­day en­vi­ron­ment,” says Clarke. “We’re show­ing, for all in­tents and pur­poses, a me­dieval en­vi­ron­ment whereby the roles of women and men are much more sep­a­rate than they are to­day. So within that genre it gives them more lib­er­ties to be more sex­ist to­wards women.

“But at the same time any fe­male char­ac­ter that rises above that sit­u­a­tion within that time, the reper­cus­sions are ten­fold more than would be to­day. So in that sense I think they have both go­ing on. Sex is part of life, so it’s through­out the show.”

The 28-year-old, soon to also star as Sarah Con­nor in the

Ter­mi­na­tor re­boot, dropped out of drama school and was work­ing for a cater­ing firm when

Thrones cast­ing agents saw a showreel and cast the un­known in the lead role. She is now one of the most sought-af­ter ac­tresses in the world and cred­its her suc­cess to be­ing cast in such a strong fe­male role.

“I think that I’ve been very lucky to play a char­ac­ter who has some re­lat­able qual­i­ties,” she says. “You get to see some­one on a jour­ney [and] you can place some of your per­sonal jour­ney upon that. See­ing some­one rise out of cir­cum­stances that might have kept them down oth­er­wise is inspiring. Peo­ple like to see a char­ac­ter do well.”

She adds things were eas­ier this time around for her.

“It’s quite funny, only in this lat­est sea­son I’ve sort of re­laxed into it I sup­pose. I’ve now been able to see it for what it is and to re­alise ex­actly where I am,” she says.



Big break: Emilia Clarke as Daen­erys


Stronger than shese ems: So­phie Turner’s Sansa Stark with her self-ap­pointed pro­tec­tor, Lord Bael­ish (Ai­dan Gillen).

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