‘Game Of Thrones’ star promises forthcoming third season is ‘phenomenal’

Charles Dance lavishes praise on backroom staff on hit TV show

The cast of Game Of Thrones have praised the show’s writers on the eve of the new series.

UK fans and press got their first glimpse of the upcoming third series of HBO’s hit fantasy drama at the London premiere for Sky Atlantic Tuesday (March 26).

Charles Dance, who plays Tywin Lannister, Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne Of Tarth, Michelle Fairley, who plays Catelyn Stark, and Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who plays Bran Stark, all appeared at the event. Praising the show, Dance told the audience during a Q&A that followed a screening of the first new episode: “I think it starts with the quality of the writing, the amount of money HBO are prepared to spend on it, and dare I say a pretty wonderful cast.

“They’re phenomenal writers. We spend a lot of time as actors trying to make a silk purse out of a pig’s ear because not all scripts as are as good as Game Of Thrones. You don’t have to waste time doing that on this show. You can put all your energy into trying to make the character believable, just thinking about that rather than thinking about ‘how can I make this bloody awful line work’, because they give us really good lines.”

He went on to praise co-star Peter Dinklage, who plays his on-screen son, and made light of their screen rivalry. He said: “I spend a lot of my time with Peter Dinklage and he’s the most adorable man, a wonderful actor. After all those scenes, I apologise to him every time. I have to treat him like shit. You’ve only seen a little snippet of the awfulness in episode one.”

Christie said of the show’s writers: “It’s a really interesting insight into lots of different facets of the human psyche, you’ve got very definite archetypes and there’s a real window into the way someone’s mind is operating who is fixated with their will.”

Game Of Thrones returns to UK screens on Sky Atlantic next Monday (April 1), less than 24 hours after its premiere in the US.