top itself yet again? According to one actress at the show’s San Franciso premiere, the fantasy drama definitely pulls it off.
“It was my favorite season so far,” says Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth on the series. “It’s definitely my favorite. You keep thinking, ‘How can it possibly top each time? How can it achieve more and be more climactic? And I think it achieves it by being more complex and all the subtlties of what [author George R.R. Martin] does and now [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss]. They take the worst thing possible and twist it into something else entirely.”
Christie was on hand along with most of the show’s huge cast and producers at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House which held the U.S. premiere of the show’s fifth season Monday night.
author George R.R. Martin defended on the red carpet the pace he’s writing his books as the show is eventually going to start revealing content from his saga before his stories come out in print. “Fifty years from now nobody is going to care how frequently the books came out,” Martin said. “They will care if the books are as good as they can possibly be, if the books stand the test of time. That’s what I struggle with as I write.”
After the red carpet (see our post on Maisie Williams’ red carpet strategies), the audience was treated to the first stateside screening of the premiere, titled “The Wars to Come.” A few spoiler-free take-aways: The much-discussed flashback that starts the season is suffienctly creepy; while the episode is definitley a stage-setter that gets most of the various plot threads in motion, there’s at least one major event that will have fans talking; the big scene (previewed heavily) between Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and Varys (Conleth Hill) is a classic pitch-perfect
two-hander; this episode is the best performance we’ve seen yet from Ciarán Hinds (who plays Mance Rayder); and, as previously discussed, you’ll have to wait for the second episode to see Arya.
, the episode ends and your first thought is: “Wait, no. More!”
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