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George R.R. Martin on finding the perfect Stark sisters for Game of Thrones

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They are as different as chalk and cheese, but also deeply connected. As far as generic medieval fantasy female characters are concerned, Sansa and Arya are a lot more layered and complex, and crucial to the larger scheme of the story. In this Rolling Stones interview, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin talks about the long quest to find the perfect Stark sisters and how they finally ended up with Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams.

Martin says that they were very clear from the outset that what they do not want is just a couple of pretty faces. In his words,

“These are not parts that require the girls to be cute, and deliver clever little one-liners to put down their idiot father, like you do in a sitcom. These are girls that are gonna go through really huge personal traumas. They’re gonna see death and war. They’re gonna see people close to them beheaded.”

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Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams as Sansa and Arya in a still from the upcoming Episode 3 of Game of Thrones Season 8.

The major hurdle in this quest, Martin reveals, was the casting of Arya. It was, Martin says, “particularly difficult, as I somewhat feared it would be; I think we looked at more potential Aryas than any other role in this show.” That is perhaps because Arya is very unlike what women were expected to be in the Middle Ages (from which ASOIF draws inspirations).

Martin says he based Arya on many women he has known in his youth – the 60’s and the 70’s – and the character has echoes of the Feminist Movement. There were hundreds of auditions, but that right mix of spunk and innocence was nowhere to be found, until they saw little Maisie. Martin remembers,

 “I saw Maisie’s tape, and it was like, “There she is. There she is. Arya.” She’s saying the lines, she’s alive, she’s got Arya’s spirit, you know? ] It was incredible. David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] and I said, “Yeah, we found her, hooray. Send up the skyrockets.”

Sansa’s casting was relatively easy, but they were no less happy with Sophie Turner because of that. What Martin particularly loved was how quickly Sophie and Maisie bonded. They instantly took to each other, during the audition itself.

Maisie was in fact so impressed with Sophie that she apparently told her mother, “I don’t know if I’m gonna get it or not, but I hope this other girl I met there gets it because she’s great.”

Sansa and Arya clashed a lot in the beginning, but seven seasons and eight years later, they have finally learned to work together and bond as a family. The bond that Sophie and Maisie had formed on their first meeting, however, has only grown from strength to strength. For instance, Maisie will be Maid of Honour to Sophie when she ties the knot this year. Martin does sound like a proud grandpa when he says,

“These young women have grown up together. They’ve become sisters, I think, in more than just the script. And the friendship that they’ve forged, that will endure.”







Writer, translator, and high fantasy nerd based in Kolkata, India. Would dearly love to own a pet dragon some day, but the black market isn't really helping.

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Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon begins filming at Trujillo

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Filming for Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon is moving very swiftly, as evident from the frequent leaks we’re witnessing every other day. Though HBO has been mum about revealing any additional info about the show, these periodic leaks are causing waves of excitement amongst the fans, as they’re left wondering and speculating who’s who in the new set pictures. Recently, the show has begun filming on their new set in Trujillo, after several members were quarantined in Caceres when a positive covid case was reported a few days back.

The latest clips from the set of House of The Dragon in Trujillo posted by House The Dragons fan account on Twitter show the crew and several extras getting ready for a shot. We can spot a few Targaryen soldiers in the background, while the set is being constructed.

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More pictures from the set of House of The Dragon confirm the casting of the Cargyll Brothers

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Latest leaks from House of The Dragon set in Caceres hinting at legendary Cargyll twins

Filming for Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon is moving very swiftly, as evident from the frequent leaks we’re witnessing every other day. Though HBO has been mum about revealing any additional info about the show, these periodic leaks are causing waves of excitement amongst the fans, as they’re left wondering and speculating who’s who in the new set pictures. Recently, a few more pictures were leaked, and some of them showed Fabien Frankel, who will be playing Ser Criston Cole in the prequel series, practising his skills with a sword.

More pictures from the set of House of The Dragon confirm the casting of the Cargyll Brothers

Reddit user Jaegon1Targaryen posted some more pictures of the House of the Dragon set on Caceres, where Fabien Frankel is seen practicing sword fighting with an unknown figure. Last week, it was revealed it was one of the Tittensor brothers, who are twins as well.

More pictures from the set of House of The Dragon confirm the casting of the Cargyll Brothers

The rumours were confirmed with the release of these new pictures, where both Elliot and Luke Tittensor have been spotted filming scenes for the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel.

More pictures from the set of House of The Dragon confirm the casting of the Cargyll Brothers

Are you excited about House of The Dragon? Talk to us in the comments below!

More pictures from the set of House of The Dragon confirm the casting of the Cargyll Brothers

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Netflix’s The Sandman releases first look at Gwendoline Christie’s Lucifer: Queen of Hell

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Netflix’s The Sandman releases first look at Gwendoline Christie’s Lucifer: Queen of Hell

The TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman is one of DC’s most highly anticipated projects. The Netflix series garnered quite some attention, as it includes an ensemble of highly talented casts, including Game of Thrones alums. Gwendoline Christie, who played Brienne of Tarth in the fantasy series, will play a gender-swapped version of Lucifer in the show. And she is highly excited about it. Netflix has finally released a first look at Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie on a new poster of the drama series The Sandman.

Netflix’s newest DC series The Sandman provides the first look at Gwendoline Christie as the Queen of Hell, a female version of Lucifer.

At Saturday’s virtual DC FanDome event, viewers got a glimpse at the Game of Thrones alum as the series’ Lucifer, the ruler of Hell. The first look images see Christie donning dark attire and a pair of ominous-looking wings.

Netflix’s newest DC series The Sandman provides the first look at Gwendoline Christie as the Queen of Hell, a female version of Lucifer.

Based on the popular comic book series, the series is described as a “rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven.” The Sandman follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he tries to fix all the cosmic and human mistakes he’s made during his vast existence.

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