Warning: Do not read if you have yet to watch season 6 episode 9 “Battle of The Bastards”. Spoilers lie ahead.
Liam Cunningham aka Ser Davos Seaworth has been speaking to both Tech Insider and The Huffington Post about the most recent episode of Game of Thrones, “Battle of the Bastards”. It was so epic that here at SquareEyed, we’ve just about had time to recover from it. In fact, the sheer scale of the episode nearly killed Cunningham. No, seriously.
“I nearly got killed by a camera,” the actor told the Irish Daily Star (via The Irish Examiner).
“We were doing this scene where I’m riding past a line of soldiers on horseback, sending them off into battle.
“So when they’re sent off, my horse wants to go with the rest of the gang, as all horses do,” he explained.
“I had to hold him back, but they brought the camera crane in really close. Luckily, I could see it in my peripheral vision, because my horse jumped sideways and I narrowly avoided being decapitated,” he added.
Wow, well we’re glad he survived! Anyway, on to the Battle of the Bastards. Yes, it was the moment we’d all been waiting for – The Jon Snow v Ramsay Bolton showdown. It most definitely didn’t disappoint! Seeing those Stark banners over Winterfell was a major throwback which sent us reeling back to the good old days!
Cunningham spoke at length to Tech Insider praising the cast and the crew for their excellent work: “I defy anybody to say that they’ve seen these shots in other movies or other television.” We have to admit, he’s got a point when you consider that the scenes in which we see the Bolton Army charging on horseback towards Jon Snow was not shot by CGI! Take a bow, Kit Harington!
Amidst his praise of the episode itself, Cunningham also took the time to mention Harington’s performance as Jon Snow telling the Tech Insider that he thinks he’s “fantastic”. He also added: “Once we hit the battle scene he had hardly anything to say – hardly a line – and yet he just does so much with his face. He’s just completely blossomed … he’s done a remarkable job and I have to applaud the man’s work on ‘Game of Thrones.’”
Cunningham isn’t the only one singing Harington’s praises. HBO have put his name forward for an Emmy consideration. Given that his character has gone where no character has gone before surely this year should give him the best shot he has ever had at winning the Outstanding Acting award. Fingers crossed!
Cunningham had plenty to say on this matter too adding that, “If he doesn’t, at the very least, get nominated for his work throughout the whole season, there is no God.”
Despite, “Battle of the Bastards” living up to the hype, critics still called for answers in terms of Ghost’s whereabouts. This makes sense considering that back in the opening episodes of the season, Ghost did not leave Jon’s side at Castle Black. Cunningham told the Tech Insider that “Yeah that would have been cool, [but] obviously a big battle like that is no place for a direwolf.” His reasoning behind this was that “they’re not gonna last very long – I mean look at what happened to Wun Wun, the last of the giants.” Poor Wun Wun, may he rest in peace. Given that we’ve witnessed the death of two direwolves this season already we’re quite glad that Ghost is still around, wherever he is. We’re not entirely sure our hearts could cope…
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Speaking to The Huffington Post, Cunningham had plenty to say about the scene in which he finds the stag in the snow:
“It’s a game changer, him finding that. He’s put two and two together. He knows what Melisandre’s done. He knows she’s been burning people, most of it off screen, since Season 2 after The Battle of Blackwater. He knows that’s part of her M.O. But we have a little bit of unfinished business to take care of, and that will reveal itself.”
We all know how fond Ser Davos was of Shireen, so it was only a matter of time before he found out what Melisandre had done. Let’s just say, we’re not convinced that their relationship will be as amicable now. Then again, Ser Davos is a calculated counselor at Jon’s side so he may decide to keep Melisandre sweet for the meantime. Perhaps it is all a part of his greater plan. We’ll just have to bide our time for now though. Let’s just say the preview of the finale shows a very angry Ser Davos, three guesses as to what he’s mad about…
If episode nine was anything to go by, we are pumped to see how the finale is going to pan out! Something tells us it’s going to be pretty good!