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Aidan Gillen, Game of Thrones Producer likes to Shred Scripts to Avoid leaks

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Aiden Gillen likes to shred scripts to avoid leaks

The producers behind HBO’s epic drama ‘Game of Thrones’ take their security rather seriously. They do not want any leaks and just to relay their sincerity of security they go to unfathomable extents including setting layers upon layers of encryption or even installing security drones. However, Aidan Gillen, the actor behind Lord Petyr shares his experiences of keeping leaks secure back when he was on the show in an interview.

According to the star, he likes to shred all evidence which might result in a leak as soon as the item in question has fulfilled its purpose. he would meticulously shred all the scripts until the time they were no longer legible. In certain instances, he also went as far as burning them all together to avoid any leaks. he further revealed that he picked these habits up from back when he starred in the crime drama ‘The Wire’. The habit has remained with him ever since and he always shreds and burns his scripts and doesn’t tell a soul about the plot, including his own family.

“I’ve always been quite diligent about shredding scripts as soon as they’re done,” elaborated Gillen. “Going way back to when I worked on The Wire. They had a shredding machine in the office, it was the first time I was ever conscious of that, it was before social media so it wasn’t such a big deal. But they were ahead of their time. They were saying, ‘when you’re finished with these scripts, come into the office and shred them because we don’t want people knowing what’s going to happen.’ So it’s always been part of my system. Once you’re finished, destroy it. I don’t tell members of my family what’s happening in scripts or if I’m going to be part of some major plot point, I keep it from everyone.”

Following the trend prior to the release of Season 8, Aidan was also asked about what he knows about the end of Season 8 despite him clearly describing his work ethics. He said that he does not know about the end, nor does he intend to ask any of his co-actors about the same. However, he does look forward to it.

“I don’t know how it’s going to finish but I am as excited as the rest of us,” revealed Aidan. “I honestly have no idea and friends who I would be in contact with who are still involved, I wouldn’t ask them and they wouldn’t tell me anyway. And I’d rather not know, but I’m looking forward to it.”

He also revealed that Game of Thrones and his character in the series have both been quite influential for him as fans still call him by his character’s name whenever they see him on the streets. While it might big him a little, he says that it still is a major boost for his acting career as a whole as he has found a widespread recognition for his talents as a direct result of his acting ability in the character of Lord Petyr.

“That’s not gone away and it won’t. People still greet you on the street by your character name,” shared Aidan. “I’m not looking to either forget it or remember it for the rest of my life. If it’s something as widely seen as that, it’ll stay in the ether for a while and eventually something else will come along and eventually no-one will know who you are, or care. It’s going to be great.”

While fans won’t be getting to see Lord Petyr in Game of Thrones any more, they will be sure to see the final survivors engage in an epic battle for the throne in the final season of the epic drama set to be released this April 14.






Founder at Wiki of Thrones and a full-time Game of Thrones fan who does other work when he has finished reading and writing about Game of Thrones and also dreams about playing a role in the show.

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Carice Van Houten speaks about moving on from Melisandre to more relatable roles

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Carice Van Houten speaks about moving on from Melisandre to more relatable roles

Do one thing for a long time and you might just hate it, or absolutely fall in love with it. However, the one thing that’s certain is you get used to it. Game of Thrones went on for 10 long years. And the recurring characters have had to don their familiar avatars almost every single year. Melisandre was one such character whose light apparently kept burning bright throughout the journey. Carice Van Houten, the actress who played the Red Woman, talked to Entertainment Weekly at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). She spoke about moving on from the gigantic show to more basic, human characters. Read on!

Carice Van Houten speaks to EW about moving on from Melisandre to more relatable roles

She said:

“I did feel cravings towards a close-to-the-skin drama, and to act roles that are vulnerable. I really missed focusing on that, because Game of Thrones was such a huge show.”

An actor mostly relies on human experiences and tiny details from their own life to layer their characters with relatability and genuineness. But being a larger than life show Game of Thrones had some characters, which didn’t have normal humane qualities; like that of Melisandre or the Night King. So, one has to put on a facade built out of imagination and wonder. Houten played a role that required her to remain icy cold with emotions; since what are emotions really when everything is the Lord of the Light‘s will!

The Dutch actress moves forward with her new movie, Instinct. Talking about the film, she says,

“This is just focused on human behavior, and is very close-to-the-skin. Something that I could really put my teeth into, so to speak. So yes, I am really ready for that again.”

Instinct is a Dutch drama directed by Halina Reijn. Carice Houten plays the role of Nicoline, a psychologist who gets involved with a seemingly manipulative Idris (Marwan Kenzari), a serial sex offender while treating him in a rehabilitation facility. The film got screened at the 2019 TIFF in the category of Contemporary World Cinema.

She elaborated on her experience with Game of Thrones:

“I really loved the idea of it (Game of Thrones) being a family and something that returned and it was a constant factor in my life and it was a great role. I met beautiful people, but yes, it’s seven years of this character and at some point, you have to let it go. And luckily she died, so there’s no return. In a really nice way, I say that.”

Carice Van Houten speaks to EW about moving on from Melisandre to more relatable roles

We were all looking forward to the Red Woman’s role in the final scheme of things; especially after she told Varys in season 7 that she was going to die in this strange country just like him. Varys’ expressions to that were priceless. The cold-hearted enchantress didn’t disappoint us. She played a buoyant role in the final fight against the Night King and his dead army by providing fire at crucial moments.

When all was said and done, she walked out onto the snow for one last time, stripping herself bare of the magical necklace, accepting her fate as the long life turned to dust. It was a turnaround for a character who had been despised and ostracized for a long time. We liked it! What are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments below.






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Gwendoline Christie discusses Brienne’s first sexual experience, Emmy nomination and more

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Gwendoline Christie discusses Brienne's first sexual experience, Emmy nomination and more

Game of Thrones has been a milestone in the history of television in more ways than one. Not only did the show drive television to a point where the production quality is as good as films, but it has also been at the forefront of driving female characters into the lead actor limelight. One such character was Brienne of Tarth, played by Gwendoline Christie, who has even bagged herself an Emmy nomination. In a recent interview, she discussed her character, the nomination, and more. Read on!

PEOPLE did an Emmy feature on the actress, and we got some interview bits from it.

Starting off, she discussed her character, and how it changed things for her:

“George R.R. Martin created a really phenomenal female character, the like of which we are not really used to seeing on television. I love that she has so much unabashed physical strength, but we also see the complexity of her struggle with her physical self and how she fits into a man’s world.

I have been really encouraged by the response from women to that warrior. A woman who is a warrior but who also has a very deep sensitivity, a very strong moral sense and a deeply rich emotional world which she struggles to hide. I hope what it means is that we see more three-dimensional female characters, and I hope this signals the end of female parts that are merely the girlfriend and mother.”

Gwen also discussed Brienne’s first sexual experience, which happened in Season 8, with Jaime Lannister:

I love that Brienne elects to have this romantic moment with Jaime Lannister and that it’s her choice to have that. And, ultimately, what was my favorite point was that she gets the promotion that she’s always wanted. She is Lord Commander of the king’s guard. And how it ends is not about her relationship with a man, but about her fulfilling her destiny and her work. And that’s delighted me. That the woman goes back to work!”

She then discussed submitting herself for Emmy consideration after HBO left her out of their roster, and why she did it:

“I just really wanted the possibility of the opportunity. I wanted the possibility of that opportunity because of everything I believe the character Brienne of Tarth represents: a woman outside of the patriarchy. Of course, she is abused due to the way that she looks, because she’s not deemed conventionally attractive. She overcomes that and she remains her own person.

Just because of what I feel that represents in television, I really wanted the possibility of the opportunity as a testament to the character,” she continues. “And also, I worked really hard. So I checked it wasn’t an inappropriate thing to do, I was told it wasn’t — people do it all the time.”

She apparently didn’t expect to be nominated at all:

“I don’t think anyone on earth thought it would happen. And it has and it’s genuinely one of the best things that’s happened to me in my life.”

Well, let’s hope she wins the Emmy! What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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“It’s brilliant,” says Richard Madden about Kit Harington joining him in MCU’s The Eternals

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'It’s brilliant," says Richard Madden about Kit Harington joining him in MCU's The Eternals

Game of Thrones stars are a close knit bunch. We recently heard about two of them getting to work together again after Thrones — Kit Harington (Jon Snow), who will be joining Richard Madden (Robb Stark) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film, The Eternals. Madden recently reacted to this amazing news, and he had nothing but excitement to show. Read on!

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview, Richard Madden addressed the news. He was announced to play Ikaris in the upcoming The Eternals film, while Kit was recently announced to be joining the cast to play Dane Whitman, a.k.a. Black Knight. While Madden’s character is one of the Eternals, Kit’s isn’t, but is still a pretty significant character nonetheless. Reacting to Kit’s casting, Madden said:

“It’s brilliant. It’s been about 10 years since we’ve worked together, I think. So we’ve moved on a bit onto different things, so I’m really excited to get back on set.”

Well, if nothing, there’s one prophecy that’s coming true with this happy coincidence:

How excited are you guys for this reunion? Tell us in the comments, down below!






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