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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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HBO releases new footage from Game Of Thrones Season 8

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Game Of Thrones Season 8 premieres on 14th April and we are less than 50 days away from the premiere date but so far HBO hasn’t released the trailer and the fans are definitely getting a bit restless. It’s been close to 2 years since season 7 got over the wait has been excruciatingly long. Luckily for the fans, HBO has given a sneak peek of some new footage from Game Of Thrones Season 8.

HBO releases new footage from Game Of Thrones Season 8

The tiny footage is part of the video titled “It All Starts Here,” and it gives fans a glimpse of what they can expect from HBO in 2019. For us the center of attention is the Game Of Thrones footage in the video and we can see the Unsullied and Dothraki marching into Winterfell, with Drogon flying above and the Northerners are really scared to see a dragon for the first time in their life, but not Arya.

HBO releases new footage from Game Of Thrones Season 8

Arya is awe-struck when she sees Drogon and it will be wonderful to see her meeting Jon Snow for the first time after season 1. Take a look at the video below.






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Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere cast revealed. Two surprising cast members return

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Game of Thrones Season 8 is coming to our television sets in less than two months. While Jason Momoa might have hinted at the red carpet premiere date on April 3, 2019, which is eleven days before the actual airing date of the new season, a new announcement has been made by HBO which reveals the cast of the premiere. Taking into account what actually has been announced by HBO we have two cast members who – much to our surprise may return back for the Final Season of Game of Thrones.

The list announced on the website of HBO gives us detail about which characters will be back during the first episode of season 8 and these include main cast members like Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Peter Dinklage, Gwendoline Christie, and more!

Other stars included in the list are Ben Crompton (Edd Tollett), Kristopher Hivju (Tormund), Joe Dempsie (Gendry), Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy), Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne), and others.

This tells that the first episode of this season will be in fact exactly 60-minutes-long as revealed earlier. But, before we give away the names of those cast members – please proceed with caution in case you want to be spoiler-free for Game of Thrones Season 8.

Peter Dinklage says Game Of Thrones Season 8 battles will be better than ‘the Battle of the Bastards’Talking about the two cast members who will be back in the season 8 premiere episode, pretty much confirming that they are reprising their roles in season include:

Tobias Menzies: The actor who plays the role of the long- lost uncle of the Starks – Edmure Tully who was last seen being used as a bait by the Lannisters and the Freys in Season 6 to win back Riverrun.

Lino Facioli: Lino Francioli – the actor who plays the role of the last heir of House Arryn – Robin Arryn. He was last seen practising archery in Season 6 with Ser Yohn Royce at Vale. He appeared briefly in the scene where the deceased Littlefinger had Vale align with Starks and had gifted him a Gyrfalcon.

This gives us some hope for two major houses surviving the events in Game of Thrones Season 8 unless the showrunners have decided to bring them only to kill them later. Here’s a full list of the cast members who will be a part of Game Of Thrones season 8 premiere:

Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere cast revealed. Two surprising cast members return

Yet, we’ve got no news of Michiel Huisman (Daario Naharis) and, sorry Stannis fans – he’s not coming back! What were your thoughts on this great news? Share your thoughts in the comments section down below.






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Sophie Turner reveals Sansa is getting an armour in Game of Thrones Season 8

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With us being in the mid of February, Game of Thrones Season 8 seems to be arriving sooner than ever. While we wait for the official trailer which we expect to drop soon, more and more cast interviews have started surfacing. And this time it is Sophie Turner – who has revealed to Entertainment Weekly that her attire is getting a new upgrade in Season 8 with added armour. Read on.

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Sansa Stark – the true lady of Winterfell has undergone a rather darker change in her as compared to the other characters we’ve known over the seasons. Of course, the kind of trauma she has suffered especially witnessing the assassination of her father – she has undergone is the biggest propelling factor.

Additionally, this drastic change has also been contributed by her experiences with antagonists and power played like Joffrey, Cersei, Ramsay, and Littlefinger who’ve used and abused her over the last seven seasons. Without diving much deeper in her character arc, now let’s discuss in detail what Sophie told Entertainment Weekly.

“This is the first time I’ve had armour,” she revealed.

This armour according to EW, isn’t a regular armour worn by Knights and Kings but ‘a jet-black ensemble made of thick leather or similar material’. Sophie also said:

“We [had] the idea of it being very protective and she buttons herself up…I wanted her to have a bit of armour and be a bit more warrior like. She’s like the warrior of Winterfell.”

What the second official teaser – Crypts of Winterfell showed us has already created a lot of hype in the fandom – talks about Sansa doing her hair like Daenerys and much more. Yet, we can’t ignore that Sansa has drawn her personality from the women she has learnt a great deal like Cersei Lannister.

Where, she once did her hair in a style similar to Cersei and wore more bright colours, after returning to Winterfell – she now dresses in a darker colour like several other characters. Maybe, we’re up for an armoured Sansa much like Cersei who too has got an attire upgrade in the new season.

We haven’t got any teaser or behind-the-scenes photos that reveal Sansa’s new costume yet if Entertainment Weekly has brought us this news – the smoke obviously comes from some fire around. So, what were your thoughts on Sansa’s costume change in Season 8? Tell us in the comments.






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