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A Great Big Bunch Of Game Of Thrones Interviews To Help Tide You Over

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We know, we know. It’s going to be a long week. To take the edge off, we’ve gathered some good, thinky interviews with Game of Thrones cast members. Links and quotes ahoy!

Spoilers through the most recent episode.

Let’s begin with one of the show’s newest cast members, Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell), who hates spoilers as much as the rest of us. Speaking with Hero Complex, Pascal explained the cost of getting cast in a show he was already a fan of.

I never associated any kind of possibility of being a part of it as I watched it…When I got the audition, it didn’t seem attainable to me, so really the spoilers in the sides were what I had my first reaction to. I was upset because I found some major things out…I threw the [script] pages into the air in fury, and 17 pages of sides came floating down. It was very dramatic. I should have taped that and sent it…I was genuinely upset. I like to watch my shows, you know what I mean? I like surprises, especially on a show like Game of Thrones.

We feel you.

Over at Vulture, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) talks family dynamics (including that scene with Cersei, if you’re still looking for thoughts on that front). There’s lots of interesting stuff about the Lannisters in there, but he also addresses something many of us have been wondering — how does he hide his hand?

It’s so much easier with the gold hand. I mean, for me, as an actor, the fact that he loses his hand is the best thing that can happen to him — I couldn’t have thought of anything better to happen to that character, because it’s such an obstacle, and it forces such a change out of him. But it was a nightmare acting like it was a stump! I had to hide my own hand in my crotch or down my ass. It was tricky.

Meanwhile, at TV Guide, Aiden Gillen (Petyr Baelish) discusses scheming, murder, political shenanigans, and the greatness that is Sansa Stark.

What is his obsession with Sansa? He’s tried to get her to go with him several times already, but this time he succeeded. And he was caught kissing her…

I’d like to think there’s a certain amount of good-heartedness in there. Her being Catelyn’s daughter, obviously I’d want to look out for her. But [there are] other self-serving reasons as well.

Does he want her as a political pawn or does some of it have to do with Catelyn?

For sure, and I think Sansa views him as a political pawn too. Or she’s probably not thinking politically, but she’s playing him. She’s becoming something, she’s changing. And I think it wouldn’t be beyond her to be playing me.

Speaking of clever redheads, Carice van Houten (Melisandre) spoke with GQ about last week’s episode, including her take on the bathtub scene.

It includes nudity in a great way, because there’s no men there. It really shows how comfortable Melisandre—not the actress—is in her own body. She almost sees it like an instrument. When Selyse comes in, I’m very relaxed, and you can see my tits just floating there. There’s nothing sexual about it, just a body in water. After she gets out of the tub, she shows Selyse her cabinet of magic powders and potions, one of which makes men horny. Selyse asks, “Did you use this on Stannis?” In one take, I say, “No.” In another, “It wasn’t necessary.” I asked them to keep that one, but they thought my face said enough.

Finally, we return to Vulture, where Daniel Portman talked, in part, about Podrick memes. (Be warned: there’s a minor spoiler in that link.)

I’ve seen quite a few of them from over the years…It’s nice that the fanbase has taken a shine to them and made them funny. It’s a bit strange, but it’s strangely rewarding, in a sense. People send them to me all the time, and I can’t really choose a favorite. “I’m going to be the best squire that ever squired!” — that was good. And the ones from season three involving the prostitutes.

Oh god, he’s onto us. SHUT IT DOWN.

A reminder: If you’re itching to discuss A Song of Ice and Fire, please head to our book spoiler open thread. Thanks!

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