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Sibel Kekilli talks about playing Shae and her fight to stop violence against women

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Sibel Kekilli talks to Variety about playing Shae and her fight to stop violence against women

Game of Thrones has had so many strong characters that it’s difficult to pick one. Women have especially been at the forefront throughout the story; fighting, waging war, making love, using their charm, and leading when it feels right. Their emotional vulnerability makes them strong yet sensitive. Shae was definitely one such woman on the show.

Sibel Kekilli talks to Variety about playing Shae and her fight to stop violence against women

Sibel Kekilli, who played Shae, recently talked to Variety at Italy’s Lucca Comics convention. She spoke about her battle against the culture she comes from, the impact of Game of Thrones and playing complex female characters such as Shae.

On the question of what makes Shae a powerful character, she said, “She’s a complex character and a strong one. After my first audition, the writers changed Shae from how she is in the book, where she was more of a gold digger. But of course, because of where she comes from, she is a fighter. She’s always trying to survive, be it using her body or her brain. She’s not born with a silver spoon in her mouth. I like these types of characters that come from a broken past. She’s a survivor!”

Sibel Kekilli talks to Variety about playing Shae and her fight to stop violence against women

Shae was a prostitute, who knew what she wanted and was not afraid to get it. Her romance with Tyrion Lannister promised a salvation for both from the troubles of the world. But things spiraled towards darkness due to misunderstandings. I am a whore, she had infamously said at court during Tyrion’s trial.

Sibel had already been a successful actor before she did Game of Thrones. Her debut was Faith Akin‘s Head On, a film that won her several awards at film festivals. Yet things must have changed after Game of Thrones. “It gave me more international recognition…I got calls from casting agents and interest from international directors. But I’m not like: “I have to be international at all costs!”….What’s important is to get a really good role, based on a good script,” she responded.

Sibel Kekilli talks to Variety about playing Shae and her fight to stop violence against women

The German actress hasn’t had a smooth life. Earlier in her life, she worked a host of jobs; a bouncer, saleswoman, waitress, nightclub manager, adult film actress. This didn’t go down well with the culture of her Turkish origin. When she started working in German cinema, her past was highlighted by some tabloids. And this caused distress in her familial relations. Do these episodes still haunt her? she was asked.

“Let me put it this way. As you know, my background is Turkish. And I’ve made some decisions in my life, I’ve gone down a certain path because maybe I did not have any choice….And it was traumatic…it’s still traumatizing, it’s painful. And that’s the reason I’m not going to talk about my family,” she recounted.

Describing her way forward, she continued, “But I will say this: If you want to be a free woman, with a free will, if you want to live a life of freedom, you have to make a complete break with your culture….I don’t know if you understand, because people from Europe or from other cultures are like: ‘You can leave your family…and still be in contact with them or with your culture.’ But in Turkish culture, in the Muslim culture, this doesn’t work. They will always think they own you.”

Sibel Kekilli talks to Variety about playing Shae and her fight to stop violence against womenHer riveting speech from the podium of Terre des Femmes, a feminist collective, on International Women’s Day 2015 caught considerable attention. She urged the fathers, husbands and other men of the society to treat women with respect. Her take on whether her popularity makes a difference to what she says reflected the suffering she endured.

“I’m fighting for women’s rights…especially within the Muslim culture because, as a girl and as a woman, I’ve known this culture. People have been threatening me, insulting me…I’ve had death threats…but I think it’s my duty because I know this culture. Because I suffered a lot, I have to speak out. I have to say it! And if it can change just one life, then it’s worth it.”

Sibel has worked in German cinema for a while now. Addressing the gap people face in a foreign country, she said, “They box you in….I’m not saying everyone in Germany is like that. But it [racial stereotyping, discrimination] is something to be aware of…You have to say it loud so that people start thinking about it. The funny thing is that while we were shooting “Game of Thrones,” Dan and David [the showrunners] would keep telling me: ‘You are so German!’ And I was like: ‘nobody would say that to me in Germany!’”

Sibel Kekilli talks to Variety about playing Shae and her fight to stop violence against women

A curtain to the discussion was drawn with information about her future projects. She is working on Bullets, a Finnish-English TV show. It’s a political thriller with women taking center stage. Another is an anthology feature film, Berlin, I Love You which is due for release. Then, there are others she’s can’t disclose yet.

When Shae died on Game of Thrones, something died inside Tyrion too. He sees life more closely and intimately now. She’s no more but her incantation lives on. What do you think about Sibel Kekilli’s interview? Speak up in the comments.






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Drogon broke the wheel in the Game Of Thrones series finale

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Why did Drogon do THAT in the series finale

The last episode to the Game of Thrones series dropped today and things went up in flames courtesy Drogon. Tons of spoilers coming up ahead so watch out.

With a little cajoling from Tyrion and yeah, also the fact that Daenerys barbecued thousands of innocent civilians in King’s Landing, Jon FINALLY came to the conclusion that Dany probably wasn’t the best option for Westeros. After a final bout of reasoning where he tried to make her see the light and she refused, Jon finally decided he had had enough and stabbed her in the gut.

Why did Drogon do THAT in the series finale

Drogon then arrived on the scene and upon realising his mom was dead, went on a fiery rampage that didn’t char grill Jon Snow as you would have expected. Instead, he turned on the Iron Throne and melted it to the ground. If you think about it, this was kind of poetic. Daenerys has been talking about breaking the wheel for as long as anyone can remember. The Iron Throne through the often questionable people who sat on it has been the site of injustice and atrocity, and in melting it down, Drogon paid a final tribute to his mother by breaking the final wheel. In addition to this, it was her ancestor who built the Iron Throne using Dragon fire and now Dragon fire was used to destroy it.

The series really did come full circle because the object that everyone’s been fighting over since the very beginning, is now no more.

What did you think of the finale?






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Sansa Stark gets a satisfying end in Game of Thrones Season 8 Finale

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That one thing Sansa Stark has wanted since Season 1, she got in Game of Thrones Season 8 Grand Finale. That’s a lot to say in comparison to some of our other main characters. Sophie Turner had promised a satisfying end for Sansa in a recent interview, and she proved to be quite right.

The rest of this article contains spoilers. So if you haven’t watched the Finale yet, take heed!

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Sansa Stark had endured much and learned more in her journey through the eight seasons of Game of Thrones. All her sufferings stand paid back in full when the crown settled upon her head and all the lords and ladies hailed the “Queen in the North” in unison.

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Sansa has been working for an independent North ever since she escaped Ramsay Bolton’s clutch. She could have chosen to remain with the Southern Kingdoms since her own brother is King now. With Jon and Arya gone, she would have wielded great power in King’s Landing politics as the Wardeness of the North. But she chose to uphold the Northern people’s wish for independence.

Sansa’s ‘little bird’ comment may have caused an uproar, but it makes sense in her story. She survived Cersei, Ramsay and even Littlefinger by learning what they did best and then using that knowledge against them. And here she put that political acumen to good use by setting up Daenerys Targaryen for her doom and negotiating independence for the North.

Sansa did not become the queen of the Seven Kingdoms as she had once naively dreamed. But she did become queen, and in a far more poignant way, by fighting for independence from centuries of Southern control.

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Her crowning is also the geopolitical representation of “breaking the wheel”. North was free before Aegon Targaryen came and united the seven separate kingdoms into a united whole. In a sense, Aegon “made the wheel”.

With the North seceding from Aegon’s empire the wheel is well and truly undone. And under all its wars, intrigues, and prophecies, that is what Game of Thrones was all about.

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Season 8 finale finally revealed who won the Game Of Thrones

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HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

When you play the Game of Thrones, you either win or you die. Game of Thrones, a show we have been hooked on for nearly a decade, ended its final episode today. Season 8, episode 6, titled “The Iron Throne” had a lot of great moments, but the biggest moment was when it gave us the new ruler of Westeros. Before we proceed — SPOILER ALERT! Consider yourself warned!

The whole point of the series had been about who gets to sit on the Iron Throne after Robert Baratheon’s death spiralled off a series of conflicts. We see the new ruler being chosen in a flash forward scene, with all the important lords and ladies of Westeros together in the Dragonpit. We saw a few old faces return after a long time — Robyn Arryn, all grown up, and Edmure Tully, most importantly.

The scene is actually about the trial of Tyrion Lannister, who had been a prisoner for betraying Daenerys Targaryen. An angry Grey Worm brings Tyrion, and as per his usual style, eventually, Tyrion soon gets to talking. He talks about how there can be no better ruler than the one that holds all memories of the realm, Bran Stark, A.K.A. Bran the Broken.

Game of Thrones Season 8 finale gives Westeros a brand new ruler

All the lords agree, but one — Sansa Stark. She believes the North should be independent, despite the fact that his brother has become King, and Bran permits it. Bran is then pronounced the King of the Six Kingdoms, and chooses Tyrion to be his hand.

Everyone was expecting Jon Snow or Daenerys Targaryen to sit on the Iron Throne, but the show has revolved around killing our expectations, and it did so one last time, beautifully. What did you think about Bran Stark becoming King? Talk to us in the comments, down below!

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