Sophie Turner Says Game of Thrones Season 5 Moments May Be “More Shocking Than the Red Wedding”

We’re highly anticipating Sophie Turner’s turn as Young Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse but we’re equally excited about her return in Game of Thrones Season 5. Hear what she had to say about Joffrey, Littlefinger,  and who’s on her death list.

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[Spoilers for Season 4]

In an interview with the Huffington Post about the Season 4 home release, Turner spoke about the death of Joffrey. “To be honest, for me, it was very bittersweet. It’s like a terribly triumphant moment for everyone else who’s, you know, watching the show, and they wanted the character to die so much,” she told them, “It’s bittersweet for me because, yes, I’m happy for Sansa that he finally dies. But also I think, you know, Jack Gleeson was such a wonderful person to be able to play off and I’m really gonna miss him. But also, I think the viewers are going to miss him. I mean, they all loved to hate him.”

When asked who Sansa would put at the top of her Arya-esque death list, should she have one, Turner said, “You know what, Daenerys is quite a threat, I feel. I love Daenerys, but for my character’s sake she’s a threat. She’s got dragons, so she has to go. Actually, no, the dragons have to go.”

How dare.

Moving onto Season 5 talk, the actress seemed to echo George R.R. Martin’s recent sentiment that shit’s about to go down on Game of Thrones. “There’s some massive moments, perhaps even more shocking than the Red Wedding type of thing. There’s like a lot going on this season,” she told Huffington Post. “There’s also, you know, a lot of blood, a lot of death. And a lot of people kind of come far. And there are a few familiar faces around as well.”

[Moving into spoilery territory for Season 5.]

They also brought up the topic of Littlefinger, and where that storyline is headed this season:

Q: Are you creeped out by what’s going on with Sansa and Little Finger?
A: I kind of love the storyline. I mean, for some viewers, it’s very creepy, but that’s kind of what it’s supposed to be. It’s supposed to be this very messed up, twisted relationship in which Sansa knows she can manipulate Little Finger to get what she wants, and he can do the same with her. And together they create this amazing kind of tag team. And, you know, to outsiders, it’s very messed up and strange, but to her it’s the only way she can get what she wants, and finally she has that power, so she’s gonna use it.

Q: What was it like filming the kissing scene with Little Finger?
A: You know what, Aidan [Gillen] is not a bad-looking guy. I’m not going to object to that kind of thing, and I like him. I mean, it’s kind of weird because he has a daughter who’s, like, a year younger than me, so that was pretty strange. But I think it was probably more awkward for him than it was for me. I mean, I’m used to having relationships on the show with older men, so it wasn’t too much of a change […] It was a very strange day on set. It was handled very well. You know, he was very gentle with me about it.

It’s good to know it was handled well behind the scenes, still gonna be incredibly uncomfortable to watch.

And finally, a little explanation about Sansa’s new look. “This thing about this whole change for her, changing the dark hair and changing the structure and the color of the dress, was a very conscious decision for her to kind of get away from her mother’s Tully roots and really, you know, form something of a House of her own,” she said, “She wanted to completely change everything everyone has ever known about her. So it’s just like a massive transformation. There’s no Sansa left behind, and I think not just in the way that she appears but in the way that she’s thinking now. How she’s become this, like, massive manipulator in a way.”

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