"What they want are more female characters, and they want more complex female characters."
Gwendoline Christie has revealed why Game of Thrones is so dependent on female characters – and it seems that the fans are to thank.
As Game Of Thrones returns for its eighth and final season, fans have been left with the knowledge that any of the show’s numerous characters could ascend to the Iron Throne – including Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, Daenyrys Targaryen and Gwendoline’s very own Brienne of Tarth, to name but a few.
Speaking on the Red Carpet for Game of Thrones‘ Season 8 Premiere, Christie said that the show’s vocal fanbase are an instrumental reason why there are so many female characters in it.
“It’s really extraordinary, isn’t it? Because Game of Thrones has come about at a time where the birth of the Internet also really occurred with people using it regularly, having phones where they could refer to it with ease,” she explained.
“And what the Internet has done is provided everyone with an equal voice, and one element was that we heard what audiences want. And what they want are more female characters, and they want more complex female characters.”
She continued: “Something I’m deeply proud of in this show is that it has honoured the books, it has taken the characters that are so exquisitely drawn and described in the books, and maintained that and kept it in the TV show.”
“And I think that this huge phenomenon that is Game of Thrones has illustrated that people want to see female characters, they’re interested in those stories. And it has provided some really exceptional female characters. I’m very proud to be a part of it.”
This comes ahead of Game of Thrones returning for its final season next Sunday (April 14). The show will feature a new original soundtrack – including an unexpected offering from SZA, The Weeknd and Travis Scott.