Game-of-Thrones-Season-2-PackshotThe third season of Game of Thrones is fast approaching, but today sees the release of the second season on DVD (out now), and last week we were invited to interview some of the show’s principal cast members about that fantastic second season. Here’s some of the best quotes from the day which we know you Game of Thrones fans are going to love:

Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) on the incestuous affair between Jaime and Cersei Lannister:

“It’s a disgusting rumour and it isn’t true!”

Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark) on the show’s relationship with the source novels:

“We see George [R.R. Martin], we saw him at Comic-Con, and he’s always available on email as well. I would usually defer to David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] first though…We are primarily doing this under the auspices of David and Dan, they are creating our bible which is the script.”

Richard Madden (Robb Stark) on how he would like the show to end:

“It’s all just been a daydream of Hodor’s. He wakes up at the end of it and it’s all just been a dream, and then it will end. A bit like Dallas.”

Rose Leslie (Ygritte) and Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) on their characters’ relationship:

KH: “What I find fascinating about Ygritte is that from the very beginning, this bloke who was about to kill her, for whatever reason is the one that she decides, ‘you’re my man.’”
RL: “I don’t think she’s decided that…”
KH: “Yes she has..”
RL: “That’s debateable. She finds you…”
KH: “Attractive?”
RL: “An enigma!”

Charles Dance lets slip about Season 4 (which the HBO rep insisted was not, repeat not, yet confirmed!):

“We’re about to start season four aren’t we? This year. We get scripts pretty early on, much earlier on than in similar series, usually you get perhaps one episode and you just have to trust that what’s going to come in subsequent episodes is going to be as good as the one you’ve got, but in this I think there are six scripts already written, and we will probably be able to see them with more than adequate time to prepare before we start shooting.”

Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) on the ultimate fate of her character:

“There was a bit of bribery with David and Dan; ‘so, what happens to our characters then at the end,” because I think they know. So there was a lot of bribery going around, from me anyway.”

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) on what he’s learned from his character:

“I shouldn’t push kids out of windows. I shouldn’t fuck my sister! But my point is that I think I knew all of that before.”

John Bradley (Samwell Tarly) on reading George R.R. Martin’s books:

“I was taught at drama school to be a slave to the script, and that anything in the script isn’t worth thinking about. I did that for two seasons and then I thought, I’ve been out of drama school long enough now to think for myself…I thought I don’t know why I’m restraining myself. So ever since then I’ve bashed through all of them, but I don’t think it’s affecting my performance in any way.”

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) show the banter between them isn’t just limited to their characters:

NCW: “Tell them about the moment in the back of the car after you’d been to the hairdresser. How did that feel?”
GC: “Are you talking about when I cried for two hours? Thank you for bringing that up! I think this is an indication of how Nikolaj and I tend to get on.”

Richard Madden on the differences between the novel and the show:

“There’s not a lot of Robb in the second book. It was daunting at first because it’s such a good reference point as an actor at first to have that source material to feed off of. When I started reading the season two scripts I had this panic because there was stuff in there that I couldn’t reference to the book. But it was also a lot better because I’d read the book and though, ‘oh this is terrible, I’m not in it.’ Then the scripts came in and I was in a lot more, and it actually gave me a lot more ownership over Robb.”

Various cast members on their personal favourite characters in the show:

Kit Harrington: “I’d love to play Tyrion. He’s such a brilliant character. Trouble is he’s played so well by Peter.”
Rose Leslie: “I would go for Joffrey, definitely, We love to hate him, he’s brilliant.”
John Bradley: “I think Jaime’s great as a character, probably because he’s such a contrast to Sam. A man who can say something glib and then push a child out of a window is a man who has a lot to work through psychologically.”
Richard Madden: “I’m always fascinated by Littlefinger. That character’s so clever with his words and his tactics.”
Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark): “I like Tyrion, and his moderating of Joffrey in a way. He’s running Westeros fairly effectively whilst also taking care of his lunatic cousin.”
Sophie Turner: “I really like watching Jaime Lannister because he’s just so unpredictable. He’s one of the really interesting characters because you just don’t know what’s running through his head.”


Game of Thrones Season 2 is out on DVD now. Click here to order you copy or here for all our Game of Thrones coverage including posters and trailers from Season 3.