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Game of Thrones star Conleth Hill on Lord Varys’ fate: “I bet I have to hold a door at some point”

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One of the few characters who has been playing the longest game on Game of Thrones is the brilliant Lord Varys played by actor Conleth Hill, who brought such a distinct flair to the character that it’s hard to imagine someone else playing the role. After his arrival to Essos in season 6, Varys has been one of Daenerys Targaryen‘s trusted advisors, whose faith was questioned in the latest season during episode 2, Stormborn.

Someone whose demeanour is calmer and more collected than anyone else on the show, Varys has been consistent from the start, only struck back a bit when Melisandre predicted his fate in episode 3 of season 7. Melisandre didn’t hold back her words when she spoke of how they’re both to die in Westeros one day. Conleth Hill discussed his character and his fate during a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, along with what it was like to work with the Mother of Dragons, how Varys’s childhood abuse has affected him and more.

Excerpts from the interview below:

When asked about his thoughts on Varys receiving the ominous warning at Dragonstone, he had the following to say:

“I was born and brought up there, and played there all of my life. Last autumn, we were up there filming, and my younger brother [Ronan Hill] was doing sound. He’s a three-time Emmy Award-winning sound man, among other awards. And it was myself. It was just the surreality of this experience — eight years of it, coming to a head. I was so glad when it aired, and I could finally tell people, “That’s where I’m from! That’s how beautiful it is.”

When he was told that it’s very unsettling for viewers to see him so unsettled he replied:

That’s interesting. I never thought about it that way. It’s kind of unsettling for you as an actor, too. You go, “Oh, God, is this it?” Because of Hodor (Kristian Nairn) and everything. As soon as Hodor happened, I went, “Oh, God, I bet I have to hold a door at some point.” (Laughs.) Just because of the scenes we shot through the years about the sacrifice and everything, and Varys heard something [in the flames]. I hope that’s not exactly what it is, but it’s ominous, yeah.

Game of Thrones star Conleth Hill on Lord Varys's fate: "I bet I have to hold a door at some point" - Lord-Varys-Melisandre-Game-Of-Thrones-season-7

 

He also spoke about the reason why Varys hates magic so much.

“I think it’s because they hurt him when he was a child and left him for dead. To me, that’s a logical follow-on, because of how he was treated by red priests or priestesses, he would have an aversion to them for the rest of his life. Even if they have a validity in this plot and within the story, I don’t think he’ll change his mind. 

He further added:

“If you were abused as a kid, isn’t it possible you would still hold onto the hate for the people who did that to you? Magic within the story is so different. We’ve seen the red priestess breathe life into Jon Snow (Kit Harington), or she was there when he came alive, and some of her prophecies have been pretty accurate. But not all of them. That’s the only thread to hang onto. “Maybe she got that one wrong!”

Game of Thrones star Conleth Hill on Lord Varys's fate: "I bet I have to hold a door at some point" - Lord-Varys-Daenerys-Game-Of-Thrones-season-7

 

He then spoke about the heated interaction between Daenerys and Varys in the 2nd episode and when he was asked if he thought Varys was concerned that he wasn’t going to win that argument with Daenerys, he replied:

I don’t know. Maybe a little bit. He does seem to be a lot more to the point now. Maybe that’s because of the threat [she made] that was so imminent. But he’s the one who rescinded the order to murder her. He’s helped through the years. And I think he helped her escape as a baby, although I’m not 100 percent sure about that. He’s always been very honest about his admiration for the Targaryens. Also, the book plot is different than the TV plot. There’s no king in waiting here. In the books, there’s a young prince they think is the new Targaryen, but we didn’t use that story in the TV [show]. None of us know what happens, but it was very exciting. He’s been consistent. Whether he’s lying or not — who knows? I hope not. But he’s been very consistent over the last few seasons with saying, “I want to help the people.”

This isn’t all. Hill also talks about the differences between the book version of Varys and the show version and how the changes have led to character and plot development. Read the entire interview here.

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See Tormund and Gendry enjoy a game on Nintendo Switch in Game of Thrones behind the scenes photo

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See Tormund and Gendry enjoy a game on Nintendo Switch in Game of Thrones behind the scenes photo

Game of Thrones had the ultimate face-off in Season 8 when the Army of the Dead faced the living folks in Winterfell. The Battle of Winterfell saw a lot of people uniting to take down the Night King, and among them were Tormund Giantsbane, and Gendry (now Baratheon). A new behind the scenes photo from the sets shows the two enjoying a nice game on a Nintendo Switch. Read on!

The picture, posted on the Game of Thrones subreddit, shows Joe Dempsie, who played Gendry, and Kristofer Hivju, who played Tormund Giantsbane, still in their costume and the bloody makeup, just sitting down to play. Take a look:

[NO SPOILERS] Gendry and Tormund playing games in Winterfell after The Battle of Winterfell from gameofthrones

As we all know, the Battle of Winterfell sequences took a gruesome 55 nights to film, and have been described by the stars as some of the roughest times they have had filming for the show. So it’s no surprise that they would have at least some way to relax on the sets in between takes or appearances.

Nintendo consoles are also famous for being the best for the local multiplayer experience, so that’s probably why these two seem so engrossed in the game. If only we knew which game they were playing!

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Take a closer look at “A Song of Ice and Fire” and “The Book of Brothers” from the Game of Thrones finale

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Take a closer look at "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Book of Brothers" from the Game of Thrones finale

The Game of Thrones finale was packed with a lot of things going down, but there were two very important props that we could have used a better look at – the books! “A Song of Ice and Fire” and “The Book of Brothers” made brief appearances in the finale. Now, thanks to HBO, we have a better look at both the books. Read on!

HBO’s Game of Thrones behind the scenes blog, Making Game of Thrones recently featured both the props, in a batch of photos that give you a good look at them. We saw “A Song of Ice and Fire” shown off to the small council by Samwell Tarly, who reveals that Archmaester Ebrose compiled it, with the title being his own suggestion. Take a better look at it, below:

Take a closer look at "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Book of Brothers" from the Game of Thrones finale
Take a closer look at "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Book of Brothers" from the Game of Thrones finale

We had seen The Book of Brothers, also known as “the White Book”, before in the show, and we saw it in the finale, with Brienne filling in the pages for Jaime Lannister. Take a better look at it, below:

Take a closer look at "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Book of Brothers" from the Game of Thrones finale

Take a closer look at "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Book of Brothers" from the Game of Thrones finale

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Game of Thrones gives us a closer look at some of the amazing costumes from the series finale

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The costumes on Game of Thrones have always been more than just clothes, weaving in symbols and meanings from the story being told on screen. It is but natural, then, that the Game of Thrones series finale will have costumes that speak volumes even on their own. The Game of Thrones blog recently delved deep into three such costumes, belonging to Sansa Stark, Brandon Stark, and Ser Brienne of Tarth.

Why these three, out of all the characters that we encounter in Season 8 episode 6 ‘The Iron Throne’? Probably because all three went up significantly in their respective power ladders – Sansa became Queen in the North, Bran became King of the Six Kingdoms, and Brienne became the first Lady Commander of the Kingsguard in Westerosi history. Their costumes reflect this shift in power, along with their personal histories.

Sansa Stark, Queen in the North – Coronation Gown

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Sansa’s coronation dress is the epitome of power dressing, with all her loyalties and history displayed in full glory. It also follows Sansa’s habit of borrowing elements from other power women she has been close to. Game of Thrones costume designer Michelle Clapton breaks it down in an Instagram post.

The fabric used in this dress is the same as the ‘Dark Sansa’ dress – which Sansa wore during her stay in the Vale. It symbolized her shift from a naive young girl to a player in the game of Thrones. The dye used in the coronation dress, on the other hand, is the same as Margery’s wedding gown, symbolizing the friendship between the two of them.

The embroidery and detailings predictably include the Stark Direwolf, but also fish scales, which points back to her House Tully roots, from mother Catelyn’s side. Her crown also follows this pattern of Direwolf heads melting into fish scales. The red Weirwood leaves in the train symbolize her territorial power – the wintry North in all its glory.

Brandon Stark, King of the Six Kingdoms – Royal Doublet

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Bran has finally let go of the heavy fur coat that accompanied him throughout the series and embraced velvet. This is the first time we see him in this fabric, which symbolizes his royal standing. But he is not just a king, he is also the Three-Eyed Raven – the most significant part of his identity now. That identity is clearly depicted in the dark grey colour and feather detailing of his doublet.

Ser Brienne of Tarth, Lady Commander of the Kingsguard – Golden Armour

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Serving as a Kingsguard is the highest honour for any knight in the realm, and Brienne makes it right to the top of even that motley crowd. Her skill at arms and rock-solid moral compass combined made her a force to reckon with. Her new golden armour reflects her glory and power – every inch of which she deserves.






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