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Winter Is Coming

Maisie Williams Teases Arya’s “Scarier” Side, Carice van Houten Wants More Male Nudity, And Other Game of Thrones Tidbits


We’ve less than two months to go until season four of Game of Thrones premieres, which means the trailers and interviews are rolling in for us to start freaking out over. (Oh, and did you hear we’re giving away a copy of season three?) Today we have Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner saying exciting things about what the upcoming season holds for their characters. Plus Carice van Houten joins the campaign for equal-opportunity nudity, and Kit Harington keeps trying to spoil an actor whose character was among season three’s dear departed.

Things have gotten tough for Arya and Sansa Stark since their dad got decapitated in the season one finale. That’ll happen. But Arya’s been going through her troubles out in the wilds of Westeros, while Sansa is trapped with the lions in King’s Landing. So far, said Williams to Wetpaint, “We’ve seen this kind of fun loving Arya who says it as it is and makes jokes, but this year she’s starting to change and we’re starting to see different sides to her. I don’t know how people are going to react. They might love it, they might hate it, but I think she’s becoming a lot more powerful in this world where women are getting bashed aside.”

Via Wetpaint, Williams:

“did hint that playing Arya this season was ‘more of a challenge’ than in the past, because while tapping into Arya’s sarcastic side came naturally — ‘that’s kind of my go-to thing when I get nervous anyway!’ — this season she had to channel a ‘scarier’ side of the character that’s ‘very different.’”

For Sansa’s part, she’ll also become more powerful, albeit politically: Turner notes that her character “begins to kind of manipulate the people who have done wrong to her in her past. She becomes a powerhouse character but in a very subtle way. It’s really good.”

“I feel like I’ve been waiting for a moment where I can manipulate the people that have come before me, so it was like I had been waiting for it for so long,” she continued. “It was a release.” That’s what I like to hear. For the last few seasons Sansa’s been learning to play the “game,” but since she’s living in very dangerous circumstances there’ve only been a few moments of semi-open defiance. Having read the books, I know what’s happening on paper. But Game of Thrones-the-show does a great job with depicting character development that often takes a back seat in George RR Martin‘s books (see: Margaery Tyrell, season one Jaime Lanister). So to know that the showrunners have chosen to focus on Sansa’s growing political acumen, already present in the books, is a big happy. Haters, step aside.

Into lighter territory, or as light as anything Red Wedding-related can be: Jon Snow actor Harington has apparently taken advantage of the death of his on-screen half-brother (unless you believe certain theories about Jon’s parentage…) to try and spoil Richard Madden, aka Robb Stark, about season four. “I spend a lot of time with Kit still,” said Madden, “and he’s like, ‘Oh my god, in episode 3, there’s a — ‘ and I’m like, ‘Don’t. Tell me. Anything. Now, for the first time ever, I can watch it and not know what’s happened.”

“I like to spring it on him,” added Harington in an interview with Zap2it, “or just tell him lies… He’s very good at spotting it, though.”

Hey, you’ve gotta take advantage when other people know nothing.

And to end on the best, most wonderful note: Carice van Houten, who plays the occasionally nude priestess Melisandre, thinks (as we do) that HBO needs to even up their nudity stakes a bit and give us more naked dudes:

“Hell yeah! Of course it has to be functional and it mostly is. But in general that’s what I like about the show, not the sex per se but the nudity is part of life.”

Apparently a nerve had been struck, because the actress continued: “We can see machine guns but we can’t see f**king – sorry – people? I really don’t get, I have to make a point here. Who sleeps with their bra on? I mean, sorry if that’s a Dutch approach but I think we need to get used to it. It’s part of life.”

One month, three weeks, and four days to go, my friends. We can make it.

(via: Zap2it, Wetpaint, Wetpaint, The Independent)

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  • tsee

    Every word in this article fills me with glee (though I think maybe the quote about Sansa’s character was misattributed to Maisie Williams instead of Sophie Turner?). It needs to be April already!

  • Rebecca Pahle

    D’oh! It was indeed. Thanks for the heads up.

  • Alice Ruppert

    I like Carices attitude towards nudity. Sex being seen as something worse than violence is idiotic.

  • Laszlo

    I doubt Sophie’s quote really means any deviance towards that, she said similar things last year, and she ended up being some ditzy comic relief and foil to show how cool Margaery and nice Tyrion is. Thankfully they won’t really be able to do this kind of shit this time around, but I’m just saying that she most likely oversells it a bit.

  • Natalie Willoughby

    That’s the American way, unfortunately.

  • dawnofthenerds

    Hee. I feel quite comfortable judging people by their opinion of Sansa Stark :D

  • Lapin

    Kit is just like us! (What, don’t tell me you haven’t screwed with your friends over what’s gonna happen if you’ve read the books and they haven’t. I keep telling one of my friends that Jon dies in various ways, and he has no clue if any of it’s true or not!)

    Carice is also like us– more naked men if you want to make things equal, please.

  • Revolution of Eva

    Carice seems to have Dornish attitudes towards sex.

  • Anonymous

    ‘Haters, step aside’? there are still Sansa haters? Where are they? I will fight them.
    Love all these ladies (and Kit), and can we get a ‘more dongs on ‘Thrones’ petition going?

  • Rebecca Pahle

    I had coffee a while back with a friend who said she hated Sansa because “she’s boring and doesn’t do anything.” I was about ready to throw down.

  • Anonymous

    I love the bra comment – seriously, every time I see a scene where hot sexytimes happen but the lady still has her underwear on I think “Have the writers of this thing ever HAD hot sexytimes? Ever?”

  • Tallulah Alice Mae

    I think it’s as big an indicator of someone as asking their opinion on gay marriage.

  • dawnofthenerds

    Yes, also feminism! Though with the added benefit of not being a giant exploding social land mine. Not that I mind giant exploding social land mines on some occasions, but it’s nice to have options XD

  • Anonymous

    My husband is on Team Sansa for the throne. Interesting choice, for sure…

  • Tallulah Alice Mae

    No but see asking about Sansa is also asking about feminism – not only that, but it also highlights even those feminists who think a “strong female” can only be the literal kicking of butt type. It’s a win win!

  • Anonymous

    Can’t say I hate her. I feel bad for her really. But of all the wonderfully complex women (“good” or “bad” if there is such a thing in Westeros) in the books and in the show, she’s dead last when it comes to being of any interest to me. Sophie Turner does a great job with her but still, I’m waiting for Sansa to impress.

  • Anonymous

    By what definition of those words is Sansa a “strong female”? An interesting one… mileage may vary on that. But “strong”… Resilient, sure, although at this point in the show still too bambi-esque and wide-eyed after all that happened to her. But strong… I don’t know.
    Margery does not kick ass, wield a sword or have dragons but she’s definitely a strong female character. Sansa, not yet. There’s hope for her but she’s not quite there.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t wait to see Arya go further down the path to the dark side. Maisie keeps amazing me. Rewatching season 1, she was so tiny (but fierce and subtle already) and she grew into the character wonderfully. There was a glimpse of that Arya already at the end of season 3 and she didn’t disappoint.
    Can’t wait to see how the people who named their kid Arya think at the end of the season but she’s definitely one of the characters whose journey is the most radical and fascinating to me.

  • Laszlo

    Don’t be such a pleb, strong doesn’t mean “omg so badass” or sneaky manipulator bullshit. I think she’s strong exactly because after all that shit she’s not cynical, she still has her ideals, but she does adjust them to reality. As for doing stuff, it usually manifests in small shit, but she does have good people skills.

  • aradia zavion

    I like to think she and Tyrion would make an awesome king and queen of Westeros (seriously, they’d sort out everything) but a lot of other characters would have to get killed off for that to happen and yes, I have read the books. (goes to search fanfiction for AU stories where this happens…)

  • Anonymous

    A coworker’s son is a bright almost-teen who loves fantasy literature. He asked whether he should let his son watch Game of Thrones. I said there was some really dreadful violence & a fair amount of sex. (The show was just beginning but I’ve read most of the books.) He said the violence was OK–but the sex was not!

  • Anonymous

    On the show she hasn’t really had much to do. Things are done TO her, but she’s yet to DO anything. In the books I think she’ll become the best asset Team Stark has at regaining it’s position.

    Side note: I’m Not sure if mounting the Iron Throne counts as “winning” for them. I know the tag line is “You win or you die” but that’s something Cersei said, so I don’t necessarily take it as a universal Truth. The weird thing about the Stark family is that it seems like none of them are that ambitious. Robb only declared himself King because he couldn’t bend the knee to Joffrey under the circumstances. They’re not like the other families.

  • Alice Ruppert

    I can’t believe these people… But then again, I can’t believe many attitudes people have towards sex, especially in conservative parts of the US. (I’ve never even been to the US and this bothers me already just over the internet)

  • http://www.justplainsomething.com JustPlainSomething

    I mostly get annoyed with the female nudity on the show because it’s so blatantly more common than the male nudity. And the lengths they go to hide the male full frontals (except for Hodor, of course, because if we needed to see one guy on the show!) is ridiculous. Oh, and we got to see Greyjoy once. For like a second. Whoopety doo.

    Sorry, little bitter this morning.

  • Anonymous

    GOD FORBID a preteen be exposed to titties

  • Anonymous

    This. So, this.