The Game of Thrones season 6 marketing push is in full swing (which means you’ll be getting plenty of Westeros updates from SquareEyed in the next few weeks). One thing we’ve noticed is that Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos) has been front and centre for interviews in the lead up to the new season.
In his latest interview, with The Hollywood Reporter, Cunningham discusses a wide range of topics, starting with his reaction to reading the scripts for season 6.
“I’m the one screaming ‘WTF! OMFG!’ when I read the scripts…If I can put them down, things aren’t going well. But this season, there wasn’t an episode in the bunch where I went, ‘Where is this going?’ It was full of intrigue, full of newness, and filled with wonderful characters. We have quite a few new people on board this year, and as usual, there’s carnage with characters going down. There are parts of it that are business as usual, and I mean that in the very best sense. Then there are parts that are stylistically very new.”
It’s pretty cool that Cunningham reads the entire script as many actors just read the parts relating directly to their character’s storylines. His comments also back up what showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss said recently about how there isn’t a weak episode in season 6 – that’s exciting.
Additionally, Cunningham touched on when the show might end, agreeing that while the show is going from strength to strength, the end is in sight.
“This year, we pushed the limit even more, because we know it’s going to come to an end soon. It has to. You can’t keep up this level of quality, because of the demands and everything — your personal life, your time, all of that. This show is bigger than the lot of us, the sum of its parts. To do justice to the finish of this story is very important, that we can walk away with our heads held high, that we can do no more, that we did as much as we could.”
We have to face the reality that Game of Thrones won’t be around forever. In fact, it’s likely to only be on our screens for another 2-3 years. While that’s disconcerting to say the least, the thing that has struck us most recently is how Cunningham has been giving the majority of interviews.
Why is this a problem? Well, HBO has a habit of pushing cast members to the front of the press warpath right before their characters are killed. For season 5, it was Kit Harington and the year before that, it was Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon). It’s only a theory, yes, but Cunningham’s prominent presence may point to something of a public farewell from one of the most-loved characters.
Also, it was difficult not to notice that Davos was given the greatest line in the trailer, when he unsheathed Longclaw and said ‘I’ve never been much of a fighter, apologies for what you’re about to see.’ Doesn’t that feel as though HBO are purposely giving Davos most of the limelight before they have him ruthlessly butchered in season 6? We really hope it’s not the case but seeing Cunningham everywhere is setting off alarm bells for us.