With the upcoming fifth season of Game of Thrones finally catching up to the events of George R.R. Martin’s last book in his A Song of Ice and Fire saga, A Dance with Dragons, the showrunners are finally running out of book material to wrap the HBO fantasy series around. Meaning that season six will be mostly terra incognita for everyone.
But will that be a good thing, or a bad thing? We guess that'll remain to be seen, although to be fair, the show has been diverging quite a bit (OK, make that a lot) from the books already, for better or for worse.
Since the sixth book in the series — The Winds of Winter — is clearly not due out for a couple of years, yet, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss will be left to their own creative devices as to what happens to our favorite Thrones characters, even if they know the broad lines and ultimate ending to the story.
But what did some of the cast of the fantasy series have to say about the matter? Let's start with Alfie Allen, who plays Theon Greyjoy, aka Reek, on the show. The actor said:
“For me – specifically my character – with the torture stuff that happened in the third series. In the books, it’s only really spoken of about twice [in the early books] – “Theon’s in the dungeons getting tortured” – that’s it. And so then that torture take place in book five. So they had to move it forward to season 3. So my storyline really is one where nobody knows where it’s going to go.” The actor also added: “I'm feeling excited and terrified. It's a bit of both. Definitely. I try to get it out of David and Dan where it’s going to head, but they’re extremely tight-lipped... it’s more exciting than terrifying…but definitely a bit of both.”
Liam Cunningham, who plays the Onion Knight, Ser Davos Seaworth, and Carice van Houten, who plays the Red Woman, the Lady Melisandre, were interviewed together and were actually happy at this new prospect, because neither one of them have read the books. “I will get around to them,” said Cunningham. “But everything's [always] been new to us.” With van Houten agreeing to that statement and adding:
“It’s nice to know that now everyone is on the same page. Nobody knows anymore. Like before in the make-up trailer, people would know a little bit more than we did... there were people who knew where it was going. Now everyone is on the same page.”
So, just how many people in the world know the ending, really? Cunningham says only three people know about this, of course:
“There’s only three people who knows how it ends. The middle of last year, the two boys, Dan and David, they spent a week with George in his home in Santa Fe, who rolled out the end of the story for them. So they know what’s going to happen.”
Oh, to have been a fly on that wall. Meanwhile, Nathalie Emmanuel, who plays Daenerys' handmaiden and right-hand woman, Missandei, claimed that not knowing what happens next will bring quite the excitement for everyone, saying:
“Everyone has their opinions on the show because of the books, and now we’re walking into a season where nobody knows what’s going to happen. I think it’s exciting. I’m really excited to find out what’s going to come of Missandei and Daenerys.”
As for Sophie Turner, who’ll be playing a younger version of Jean Grey in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, she had something rather intriguing to say about Sansa — who finally made it out of King’s Landing last season, only to end up in the dastardly clutches of Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish (Aidan Gillen). Poor Little Bird.
“Um..it’s really exciting…I think. Especially because, for Sansa, as book fans will know, it’s kind of come to an end for her [storyline] in the books, so we don’t know what’s going to be in the next book for Sansa, but this season’s (Season 6) going to happen before then. So none of us have any idea. And judging by the end of how season 5 ends, I think it’s going to be the most ambigious thing ever what happens to her.”
What do you guys think about the show finally shedding the tethers of the books? Will that be good or bad? Are you intrigued by what Sansa’s “ambiguous” fate might be?
The fifth season of Game of Thrones is set to premiere on April 12.