We know that there are many final showdowns in the works in the last season of HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones‘ but that isn’t what showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weis are most excited for you to see or for having filmed. It was actually the performances by the actors on the series that really got them going. They’ve seen some of these actors literally grow from children in other instances the character evolve over the years.
Benioff not only shared some of the major changes they liked but also that the fan-favorite character of Lyanna Mormont was initially only written in for a single episode!
“Part of what excites me is the performance of these actors. So many of them have been with us since the beginning, and they’ve grown — both literally for the kids, and as characters. In many cases, they’re going so far beyond what was expected for them. Some, like Lyanna Mormont [Bella Ramsey], were just supposed to be in one scene. Bella is such an incredible actress that we kept bringing her back because we wanted more Bella. And in some cases big actors like Lena [Headey] and Peter [Dinklage], you go back to the pilot where they were already great, and you look at how much richer those characters have become. To know them this well and to have their voices so clearly in your head when you write for them is such a rare gift.”
Thankfully, solid acting kept Ramsey playing the part for multiple episodes. However, watching how rich these “characters have become” is a major reason as to why so many of us have become invested in the series. As to their voices guiding the characters? Weiss was surprised by how part of this changed what ended up on camera:
“Sometimes they’ll deliver a line, and I’ll think, “No, that’s not the way you’re supposed to say that.” Because their voices are so burned into my brain. But whether it’s Maisie [Williams] or Kit, you have to go, “Do I know how they’d say that? Because they’re them.” So you take a breath and realize maybe their way is better.”
Every interview with these two showrunners gives us hints at how open to collaboration with the rest of the cast and crew they are. For a show that is so expansive, this must have been a gift to the directors and actors from the series.
Do you feel it was the character development on the show that has so endeared it to you or was it the overall plot or action? Would you want to live in a ‘Game of Thrones’ world which only had Lyanna Mormont for a single season? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Fight for the living. ‘Game of Thrones’ returns for its final season on April 14th, 2019!
Source: Entertainment Weekly