SPOILERS AHEAD: Do not read any further if you haven't seen episode one of season six
The latest season of Game of Thrones is uncharted territory for everyone, as the show finally overtakes the books. Which means that the epic, unexpected conclusion to last night’s episode has come as a surprise to show-watchers and book-readers alike.
Liam Cunningham, the actor who plays Ser Davos Seaworth, has described a particularly memorable moment as “remarkable”, and laid out what’s in store for his character now his boss is dead. Spoilers lie ahead, so don’t read on if you haven’t seen the season six premiere of Game of Thrones!
Davos and Melisandre have “both lost their reason for being on the show, with Stannis gone, and with what she’s done to Shireen”, Cunningham told The Hollywood Reporter. It leaves them as “strange bedfellows” – and now, after her vision of “a great battle at Winterfell with Jon Snow leading it” has proven false now he’s dead, “her world’s falling asunder. Then we see this remarkable moment, where her humanity comes out”.
The moment in question? When the young and beautiful red priestess unclasps her choker, and we see her true form: an ancient, sunken, defeated old woman.
“She spent a lot of time in a head cast” to achieve the look, said Cunningham. “There was a huge amount of work put into getting the prosthetics done.”
He added: “I’ve always wanted to do something like that. I’d love to get something like that done, to throw yourself into a character like that. But she thought it was very weird. I think she liked it a lot more than she thought she would — getting adorned. That stuff she wears … it must have taken six hours, or something like that to get it on.
“This is what I love about the show: the remarkable moment where she just climbs into bed, with this very sad look in her eyes, recognizing that there’s something lost.”
Cunningham also has a neat theory about how the books can relate to modern world. The Others, he says, represent climate change coming to kill us.
“People are dropping bombs all over the Middle East, when the actual big problem is going to kick us in the f—ing eye and nobody cares. It’s nuts!” he said. “It’ll be quiet. Our demise will be quiet, with ice cold water.”
The new episode of Game of Thrones, entitled “The Red Woman”, will be re-broadcast on Sky Atlantic tonight at 9pm.