Thanks to IHeartJake, I have added photos to the NY Times photoshoot with Maisie Williams. Sadly they’re tagged but it’s such a lovely photoshoot I wanted to post them anyway.
Thanks to IHeartJake, I have added photos to the NY Times photoshoot with Maisie Williams. Sadly they’re tagged but it’s such a lovely photoshoot I wanted to post them anyway.
When George R.R. Martin released a chapter last week from the still-unpublished sixth novel in his saga “A Song of Ice and Fire,” the books behind HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” he chose one written from the point of view of Sansa Stark.
Martin’s excerpt (read it at georgerrmartin.com/excerpt-from-the-winds-of-winter) not only assured readers that, yes, he really is still writing, it served as a reminder that Sansa and the other women play key roles in the story.
Unlike most other sword-and-scorcery epics – notably “The Lord of the Rings” – the women stand as equals in the medieval fantasy world of “Game of Thrones,” maybe not in title but certainly in power.
For fans of the HBO series, the fifth season of “Game of Thrones” figures to underscore that point more boldly than ever when it returns Sunday.
While key male figures were busy in Season 4 being stabbed, shot, poisoned and otherwise dispatched from the scene, the women were busy surviving and plotting revenge.
As Season 5 dawns:
(Warning! If you are not caught up through the end of Season 4, major spoilers await below.)Read Full Article
Sophie Turner enters a London bar in a black leather jacket and black pants, looking a bit like her transformed character on the last season of HBO’s Game of Thrones—where fans were delighted to see the perpetually victimized Stark daughter finally seize some measure of control by luring master manipulator Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen). Here, we chat about last season’s big change, what life has been like since joining the show, her Starbucks fixation, and a little bit about Sansa’s dark season 5.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: We have to start with last season’s Darth Sansa costume change.
Sophie Turner: It was so fun.
Which you’re continuing here today.
Apparently! I think I’ll just wear all black from now on.
What was your reaction when producers showed you the outfit?
It had been the most difficult process for Michelle [Clapton, the series’ lead costume designer] to make, because I was fluctuating in weight, so we didn’t get the dress property until the day we shot it. So I just saw it all together on the day. it was incredible. It was so sick. It was nice having a change and [to] be able to reflect it outwardly with badassness. That was really fun. It’s like, the most uncomfortable costume I’ve ever worn, but it was really fun.
Does that continue into the new season?
It continues to a point. And then, um… [Note: We’re cutting this part out because, well, spoiler!]
What was surprising was reading comments and talking to people who suddenly started rooting for Littlefinger / Sansa romance.
It was so weird! That was really weird, actually. When the kiss happened, my Twitter exploded with “Eww! that’s disgusting!” And like the next day I got a ton of tweets going, “Ohhhh, they should be together.” Aidan has a daughter who’s like a year younger than me. Game of Thrones, they love that stuff. It was Sansa playing the game a bit more. I think they liked that because so far, she’s been the weak vulnerable one. Then she came out in the outfit she knew was going to—I’m reluctant to say the word “seduce,” but use it to manipulate Littlefinger. And they were like, “Oh, she is actually playing the game,” which was fun.
My read on it was that, the hair and her outfit, it was like she was trying to look more like her mom, whom Littlefinger had a crush on. Or am I off in that?
In some ways, the hair going black was more away from her mother. But the outfit was more womanly, and that was more along the lines of her mother. The hair—she wanted to be seen as someone completely different.
Who in the Thrones universe would make a good match for Sansa?
To be honest, Littlefinger. Not a match as in romantically, but as a duo they could be a real power duo. They have this weird balance and trust and distrust with each other, and she can somewhat manipulate him, and he can her. But romantically? I really don’t know. There’s not many great guys.
How’s your life changed over the past five years?
Obviously, Game of Thrones has given me a platform to stand on and a ton of opportunities for other projects. But apart from that, my private life hasn’t been invaded that much, and I’ve got quite a good balance. Thrones has just pushed me to a level that’s not “famous” but “well known,” and hopefully I can use it to hop onto other projects.
Do you want to keep acing permanently, or like Jack Gleeson [Joffrey] do you want to do this for awhile then do something else?
I have a burning desire to work at Starbucks.
Like, have a normal 9 to 5 job?
I was suggesting it to my parents, that I just work at a service station or a Starbucks or something.Read Full Article
I’ve caught up with the screenshots of the interviews Sophie has done in the past couple of weeks plus added a few magazine scans. I’ve also added a Candid section of photos taken of Sophie out and about in town or at the airports.
THE RED BULLETIN: Can you tell us anything about what happens to Sansa in season 5?
SOPHIE: Well at the end of last season she kind of had this big change to “Darth Sansa”, and now she has got this whole new mentality about her. This upcoming season sees her go through a lot of hardships again, it is Games of Thrones of course! She approaches them very differently though.
So you can’t say how the relationship with Littlefinger develops?
It certainly develops. The thing about Littlefinger and Sansa, I think, is that they seem like a very weird, kind of messed up couple to a lot of people, especially from an outsider’s perspective. It is not really a wholly messed up relationship though, it is more the fact that the only way for her to get what she wants is to express her sexuality a bit. Like we saw with the change of costume and the change of hair and everything. Littlefinger has got to keep her on her toes as well. It is kind of like this tag team going back and forth one-upping each other. But they are also like a force to be reckoned with together, I think.
Is the fact that she is learning how to play the game going to make her less likeable? She was always so decent. Now I am kind of scared as to what she will turn into?
I know, people are scared that she is just going to turn into an evil Queen Cersei kind of thing, but the thing is that she still has morals. She is still a Stark, she is still very noble and wants to do the right thing. I think the way that she can get that is probably different to how the other Starks have approached it. They had real honesty and truth, whereas she kind of has to deceive and manipulate in order to get what she wants. But at the end of the day it’s all for the right thing, for the greater good.
Can Sansa be seen as a villain?
I don’t think people will see her as a villain, necessarily. I don’t think this show has purely good and bad people. That’s the great thing about it, every single character is so complex. I don’t think she will be seen as the villain rather than maybe just like a force to be reckoned with. It’s not a bad thing to be seen as intimidating. Maybe she is annoying to some people, but that’s not a bad thing either. She is still only a fifteen year old girl. Aren’t most fifteen year old girls annoying? They really piss me off, so you know …
She seems to have a very strange taste in men. First Joffrey, then Tyrion …
I mean, let’s be honest. She didn’t really have a choice did she? She didn’t go for them, I think it is more who people set her up with. She saw the good in Joffrey, well, not the good in him, but she saw the world through rose-tinted glasses. And she thought: “Great! Like a prince, I’ll be the princess and then I’ll be the queen and that will be amazing!” And also, you know, he is not a bad looking guy. So why not? The rest of it was not her choice. Tyrion was not her choice. She does have an interest in guys though, but she doesn’t seem to have much luck. Loras (Tyrell) is gay, and yeah, Littlefinger kind of manufactured that one himself.
What are the main goals for Sansa this season? What does she want more than anything?
That’s difficult for me to say without giving anything away. I think her aims throughout this whole series since the end of season 1 have always been to see her family again. That family is obviously dying off pretty rapidly. I think it is just about her survival now more than anything. She is being shipped from one place to another and she doesn’t know how the hell she is going to see her family again. But I think she knows, you know, if she just survives and continues to kind of somehow manipulate it so that she gets a little bit of good out of it, then hopefully maybe one day she will get to see whoever is left of the Starks.
Don’t you think it gets more and more violent from season to season?
Yeah, I do. It’s pretty good. I am not complaining.
Is there a limit to the violence?
I don’t think with Game of Thrones there is a limit on anything really. But that is the great thing about our show – is that we really kind of push the boundaries. So I think the more violence the better!
There seem to be limits on male nudity. How do you feel about that?
Let’s think about Game of Thrones in comparison to any other series. There are a whole lot more dicks in our show than there is in any other series! We just don’t think about it because the ratio is a tiny bit off. The reason we have more female nudity in my opinion, is because in those days women used this to manipulate people. Even though we have characters like Daenerys or Brienne who can fight, we still have a lot of women who don’t have the authority to do anything. So they use their bodies to get what they want. I mean that’s what they did back then. In order to gain power they have their sexuality and that’s about all the say that some of these women have. So I think that they can use that to kind of get what they want. They are very aware of that and some women can’t just go around slashing a sword around!
What defines the Stark clan?
They really have the nobility and the good morals. That’s what makes the Starks the Starks. They want to strike for what’s right. We were very aware of that in the first season when we were building our characters. All of the different houses have the different traits, and you can really see it. You can really see that the Tyrells use manipulation to get what they want, especially with Olenna and Margaery. And then you have the Lannisters, who are the bad guys, except for Tyrion obviously, so I think it was very important from the pilot that we all knew what our real traits were to each family, and then you just have to keep that in mind.
Maisie (Williams) said she had to change the way she studies, because kids started bullying her in school because of her fame. How was it for you?
It is difficult, because kids can be mean, and kids don’t understand and they can be jealous. Yeah, I don’t think Maisie had a great experience at school. That wasn’t the case for me thankfully. I just managed to kind of go back and catch up with my work and my friends were very supportive. You certainly learn who your friends are though.
Why do you think this show has had such a universal appeal all over the world?
I think it is down to the incredible writing and getting the balance between fantasy and very, very human emotions just right. A lot of fantasy shows don’t really resonate with audiences, because it is too far fetched. Yes, we have dragons and ice-zombie-monsters, but we also have relationships like Jon and Sam, which everyone can relate to. I mean everyone has a friend like that. All those relationships really kind of resonate in modern times as well. And the politics of the show is the same, despite there being just really fantastical elements to it.
Is there anything you have been able to learn from your character that has helped you in real life?
Luckily I have never had the problems that Sansa has. I definitely admire qualities in Sansa, and I wish I could be more like her. But I have never been in such extreme situations where I have had to pretend to love my abusive fiancé. I mean her survival techniques are very admirable and I am sure if I ever did get stuck in a situation like that I would use that kind of stuff. But luckily no, I haven’t. I do see a lot of myself in her though, and I see a lot of her in me. So I would look up to her quite a lot, and I do.
The show has been going on for 5 years now and you are 19 now. In a way GoT must be kind of a weird video-diary of you growing up. Does it feel weird?
It is quite weird. You know Maisie (Williams) and I and Isaac (Hempstead-Wright), we were all going through puberty on a show that is quite popular. It can be quite awkward and embarassing. When I look back in season 1, I am like: “Oh my god! Are you serious? Did I really look like that? Did I act like that? This is terrible!” So it is quite daunting having your whole adolescence plastered in front of however millions of people. But at the same time my formative years have been on a Game of Thrones set and that has really kind of forced me to grow up quite fast, and I am really appreciative of that. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I wouldn’t want a boring normal school and then university and then job in an office. I wouldn’t like that. So I am very happy the way I am.
Can you walk the streets of London without being noticed?
Yeah, well – it happens a few times a day. But it is nothing terrible. I am fine with it. It was quite weird at the beginning, especially when we had our first premiere for season 3, we hadn’t had a premiere for Game of Thrones before and we got out of the cars and then the fans walked down the street and we were like: “Are these people here for us?” That is kind of when it hits you, and you realise that people are watching you and you have to be on your best behaviour all the time. But no, I found it quite easy to adapt. I think it is because the show has slowly grown in success and it wasn’t a massive hit immediately. It gradually came into it’s own. The same can be said for the celebrity side of it. It didn’t just suddenly hit us all. It was like: “Okay, more and more people are starting to recognise us.” But it is fine. It is easy to adapt to.
Does your mum watch it?
Does my mum watch the series? (Laughs.) Yeah, I make her watch it. We watch it together.
Source: Red Bulletin
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Sophie Turner says Sansa Stark will be a “player” in the upcoming fifth series of ‘Game of Thrones’ and is looking forward to gaining more fans for her character.
Sophie Turner says Sansa Stark will be a “player” in the new series of ‘Game of Thrones’.
The 19-year-old actress has reassured fans of the fantasy drama who get frustrated by her passive alter ego that things will be changing as her character grows stronger in the forthcoming fifth season of the show.
She said “Let’s just say after this series there should be a lot more Sansa fans.
“It’ll be really nice when people start to accept she’s not just a stupid girl.
“She started off very vulnerable but she has learnt a lot and will transform from being a chess piece to a player.”
The show has been criticised for the amount of nude scenes, but Sophie believes both the sex and violence are essential to the plots.
She told Look magazine: “There’s violence and there’s sex – I think it’s necessary to show it.
“Women in those times didn’t have a huge amount of power, so they had to use what they had to manipulate men.
“But it’s not just the women who strip off – there’s more male nudity than in any other show. I don’t want to see any more willies!”
Its a bit of a spoiler for non-book readers to say that Sansa’s still alive in The Winds of Winter but we all know David and Dan aren’t following the same rules as GRRM. Robb Stark’s book wife, Jeyne, is still alive as well. At any rate, GRRM has published the next chapter of ‘Alayne’s’ story on his website.
image created by Yulia Nikolaeva
She was reading her little lord a tale of the Winged Knight when Mya Stone came knocking on the door of his bedchamber, clad in boots and riding leathers and smelling strongly of the stable. Mya had straw in her hair and a scowl on her face. That scowl comes of having Mychel Redfort near, Alayne knew.
“Your lordship,” Mya informed Lord Robert, “Lady Waynwood’s banners have been seen an hour down the road. She will be here soon, with your cousin Harry. Will you want to greet them?”
Why did she have to mention Harry? Alayne thought. We will never get Sweetrobin out of bed now. The boy slapped a pillow. “Send them away. I never asked them here.”
Mya looked nonplussed. No one in the Vale was better at handling a mule, but lordlings were another matter. “They were invited,” she said uncertainly, “for the tourney. I don’t… “
Alayne closed her book. “Thank you, Mya. Let me talk with Lord Robert, if you would.” Relief plain on her face, Mya fled without another word.
“I hate that Harry,” Sweetrobin said when she was gone. “He calls me cousin, but he’s just waiting for me to die so he can take the Eyrie. He thinks I don’t know, but I do.”
“Your lordship should not believe such nonsense,” Alayne said. “I’m sure Ser Harrold loves you well.” And if the gods are good, he will love me too. Her tummy gave a little flutter. “He doesn’t,” Lord Robert insisted. “He wants my father’s castle, that’s all, so he pretends.” The boy clutched the blanket to his pimply chest. “I don’t want you to marry him, Alayne. I am the Lord of the Eyrie, and I forbid it.” He sounded as if he were about to cry. “You should marry me instead. We could sleep in the same bed every night, and you could read me stories.”
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