John Bradley talks playing Samwell Tarly as his Game of Thrones character finds himself on an epic solo journey in this interview with Dan Fienberg from the Season 3 premiere.
On the pages of George R.R. Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire" books, Samwell Tarly is on a journey.
That's not a spoiler, because Sam is also on a journey on HBO's "Game of Thrones," but actor John Bradley only knows how far his character has made it in each TV script, rather than his eventual [in-progress] literary destination. Or at least that's what Bradley says.
On the red carpet for HBO's recent Hollywood "Game of Thrones" premiere, Bradley told me that while he's ready Martin's books, he's skipped any future chapter either from Sam's POV or potentially featuring Sam. I'm not sure how realistic that sounds, but I like Bradley's explanation for the actorly reasons behind it.
For now, Samwell finds himself Beyond the Wall with many members of the Night's Watch, albeit separated from his buddy Jon Snow. Initially a bumbling object of ridicule, Sam is becoming a tiny bit more capable, but don't expect him to become too capable too quickly.
"I think when playing Sam, it's always good to have a little bit discomfort in the back of your mind," Bradley says. "He doesn't fit into his skin very well, despite the fact that there's a lot of skin to fit into."
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.