'Game of Thrones' stars Maisie Williams & Isaac Hempstead-Wright on Arya and Bran's journeys
As I said yesterday , my original plan for this week of “Game of Thrones” interviews was to talk to all three Stark kids together, but scheduling issues split Sophie Turner off from TV siblings Maisie Williams and Isaac Hempstead-Wright. Fortunately, the latter two worked just as well as a duo as I’d been hoping they would in a trio, and we talked about the challenges and benefits of their respective roles, what it was like to watch the Red Wedding and, of course, their very tall traveling companions.
You guys haven't worked together since episode 2, right?
Isaac Hempstead-Wright: Episode 1, isn't it? I think that was the only time we were ever together.
And yet when you're together in these interviews, or the DVD commentaries you do with Sophie, it's like you're the best of friends who have never parted.
Maisie Williams: Yeah, exactly. And I think the reason for that is because we're the only kids on the show — series regulars, anyway. And I'm really with him because there's no one else to talk to. We were all introduced into this together. We met from such a young age and we'd never done anything else before, so I'll always like be friends with these guys differently then I'll be with other kids that I work with, because we started on this together and we've all grown on this show.
How much has each of you read of the books at this point?
Isaac Hempstead-Wright: I haven't read any of those.
Maisie Williams: I haven't read any of them, but I do know what happens for most of it.
Isaac Hempstead-Wright: Wikipedia. Yeah.
Maisie Williams: Well, my parents told me. They've all read them, but I don't know the ways in which they get to these plot points.
But there's this entire population out there that's read all of these books. So when you're out in the world, do you ever have people coming up to you and wanting to talk about something that you don't know yet?
Maisie Williams: Kind of, yeah.
Isaac Hempstead-Wright: And sometimes I'll feign some kind of pretended knowledge in it from what I've patched together from the Internet and what people have told me. But when they start talking about the thingy magiggy — some obscure long name — I have no idea.
Maisie Williams: Yeah. Exactly. When people come up and say, “I can't wait until this bit,” like a really specific and scene from the book, I say, “Sorry, I don't know what that is but I hope it plays out the same that you read it.”
Maisie, you’re running around in the woods with a sword, your hair is chopped off, you’re filthy pretty much all the time. Isaac, you don't get to walk but you get to hang out with Hodor and commune with animals. Which of you has the better job?
Isaac Hempstead-Wright: I've always kind of wanted a sword.
Maisie Williams: Yeah, I've always kind of wanted to rule Winterfell.
Isaac Hempstead-Wright: Well, we could switch. Nobody would notice.
Maisie Williams: No one would know and it would be cool to be carried around; that would be nice.
Isaac Hempstead-Wright: That is nice.
Maisie Williams: My legs do get sore. My aching feet.
Isaac Hempstead-Wright: Hodor is for rent.
Is there equipment out there for him to do any DJing in between takes?
Isaac Hempstead-Wright: Yeah, I have a little deck placed on his shoulders.
Maisie Williams: Yeah, the wheelbarrow has got a portable deck underneath and it switches over and Hodor lays down some beats.
There's this long period where Bran is in the background of things, but then last season he meets the Reeds, and you start getting more of a sense of what his role in this is going to be. Before you got to that point, Isaac, what was your feeling about the character? Did you ever have any discussions with Dan and Dave about what you were doing here?
Isaac Hempstead-Wright: Bran in seasons 1 and 2 was quite a passive character in the sense that he wasn't out there like Arya going out in Kings Landing and stabbing and stuff. And he was just waiting for other thing to happen, which would then have results on him.
Maisie Williams: Which is hugely understandable, though. He was so young. You know what I mean? And what I always say is I feel like the Stark kids are angry that their parents didn't tell them more about what happens in this world. For all they knew their parents were loyal good people, which they are, but that doesn't go a very long way in this world. And I think they're angry at the fact that they didn't know more about this, because they could be much more effective in who they trust.
Isaac Hempstead-Wright: What was nice about season 3 was the fact that finally actually had a much more discernible storyline, which did follow in order and things were actually happening rather than just waiting around, which was really nice.
Arya has been spending a lot of time lately with the Hound. How do the two of you get along?
Maisie Williams: Me and Rory or Arya and the Hound?
You and Rory, first of all.
Maisie Williams: Fantastically. Rory is such a great guy and we have the most in-depth conversations about Sycamore trees and various birds that are flying past and flowers that are around because we're always outside, and weather and how his boat’s coming on, and my dancing. And he also gave me a strum stick, a guitar thing, so we exchanged tunes on that. The thing is, Rory doesn't have kids and it could have been a completely different relationship and it could've been really awkward, but what I like about Rory is that he treats me like another person rather than a kid. He treats me like a fellow actor and we're both in these scenes together and it's never like, “You're only 16.”
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