More sex, more murder, more nudity in Game of Thrones Season 5
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.
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Stronger than shese ems: Sophie Turner’s Sansa Stark with her self-appointed protector, Lord Baelish (Aidan Gillen).