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

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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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Tormund may have a chance at romance with Brienne yet, says Gwendoline Christie

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Hold your beating hearts fandom, Tormund Giantsbane may have a chance with the ‘big woman’, or Ser Brienne of Tarth, yet. In a recent interview with TV Line, Brienne actor Gwendoline Christie hinted that a romance with Tormund shouldn’t be totally off-the-charts for her character going forward. Of course, we will not see that happen, but the thought alone is warming my heart!

The self-proclaimed Giantsbane has been very taken with Brienne from day 1. But Brienne was always pretty weirded out by his attention, and when a tough rival arrived in the form of Jaime Lannister, Tormund’s chances with her seemed nonexistent. But with Jaime leaving Brienne and then dying by the side of his old lover (and sister) Cersei, Tormund may have a better shot.

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But even then, it won’t be easy for him. so Gwendoline Christie thinks. In her words:

“Yeah, maybe he has a chance, but she would really make him work. I mean, you know, she’s landed her dream job. Also, the story about the giant’s milk might take a little bit of getting over. But maybe not.”

Having said that, Christie is happy with the way her character’s emotional possibilities have been handled in Game of Thrones.

“I never expected people to get behind Brienne of Tarth. I truly didn’t think that she would be embraced because she wasn’t conventionally attractive, and she wasn’t sexy or cute or sassy. I feel like we saw this incredibly unconventional character and we saw her display all the behaviours that we’re taught as women not to display.”

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Tormund, in fact, is one of the only people in the show who found her attractive just as she is. Jaime, on the other hand, has always insulted her because of her perceived lack of beauty and fell in love only much later. Many fans saw Tormund as a much better candidate for Brienne’s heart than Jaime, and Jaime sort of proved everyone right by ditching Brienne like that.

With Tormund journeying beyond the Wall and Brienne in King’s Landing, the romance does not seem very likely at this point. But weren’t there at least some tender words shared between them? Tormund actor Kristofer Hivju recently claimed that some scenes featuring Brienne and Tormund were cut from Season 8. Who knows, a romance may still be budding between the far ends of Westeros.






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Some Tormund-Brienne scenes were cut from Game of Thrones Season 8

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All the Brienne-Tormund shippers in the world, you were not all wrong. There could indeed have been more between the lovable wildling and our lady knight, except those bits got cut on the editing table. In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Tormund actor Kristofer Hivju talked about some deleted scenes that he and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) had shot together – including one with an improvised monologue from Tormund’s end.

Hivju revealed this in a discussion about deleted scenes along with John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Gilly (Hannah Murray) and Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark) which you can watch here. Hivju’s bit starts from 1:17.

Hivju says the scenes between him and Christie got cut mainly because they exceeded the time limits of the tightly packed Season 8 episode lengths. In his words, “We did a lot of stuff with Tormund and Brienne that they took out because it became too much. Well, you don’t have too much time!”

He even describes one of the scenes that never made to the episodes as they aired. “I remember there was a scene where I added some small monologues.” That may not give out too much, but sure sounds like some sort of intense conversation were going on between Brienne and Tormund in that scene. Add to the fact that Hivju thinks the left-out stuff was “fun”. In his words, “I think they took the right choice in the edit but there is some fun stuff laying around.”

If only some benevolent soul would let us in on those “fun” stuff!






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Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) says he was confused by the Game of Thrones finale

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Turns out Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) didn't like the Game of Thrones ending either

Game of Thrones had been the most popular television series on the face of the Earth, but then it ended. The ending left a lot of the fans in a foul mood, with complaints of bad writing. Apparently, the fans weren’t the only people unhappy with the end. Charles Dance, who played the role of Tywin Lannister recently revealed he disliked the ending of the show, as well. Read on!

Speaking on Good Morning Britain about the series finale, the actor said:

“I was confused. I have watched as much as I can… I wanted to know what was happening to these characters…We come to the big last series, we come to the very end and I thought, ‘Hmm, OK.'”

“There’s little Arya going off on a cruise somewhere, poor Jon’s gone back up north, beyond the wall and then there is Tyrion. And all the people left alive are sort of sat around the table going, ‘So well, what are we going to do now, shall we have a cup of tea or something?’ And I thought, ‘Ah, I don’t know.'”

He also revealed that he would have loved to see Tyrion win the Game of Thrones and that it would have been a brilliant ending. Watch the video below:

Well, do you agree? What do you think about Charles’ opinion on the ending? Talk to us in the comments, don below!






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