Game of Thrones star reveals why the showrunners discourage reading the books

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Jul 24, 2015

As it has become clearer and clearer over the years that most of the Game of Thrones cast haven’t read the George R.R. Martin books on which the HBO fantasy series is based, we finally know why.

Actor Iain Glen (who plays Ser Joran Mormont) has come out to reveal that the decision to avoid reading the novels is not actually their own.

Chatting with Radio Times, Glen says that they have been encouraged by series showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to avoid reading Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire saga. "I don’t read the books. I read the first one when they gave me the job, just to get a feel from it and a synopsis breakdown of what was going to happen to the character," the actor said.

"But beyond that, the writers themselves, David and Dan, they didn’t particularly want actors coming to the scripts from the book, always suggesting what the book did and how it was different – I could see the glazed look in their eyes when that happened," Glen explained.

The actor added, "They were quite happy for us to move forward and treat them as screenplays with no history, so that’s the reason why I only ever read the first novel."

What do you guys think? Do you agree with David Benioff and D.B. Weiss asking the actors to avoid reading the source material on which HBO's Game of Thrones is based? And as the show is currently heading into its sixth season, how do think it's worked so far?

(via Radio Times)

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