Look, let’s all just be realistic here. Literally any word about Game of Thrones is both a. newsworthy and b. bound to be construed as a spoiler of some sort. So, before we get into the little tidbits we’ve heard about the production of Game of Thrones‘ sixth season, from the likes of Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams, and Sophie Turner, which give away very, very little about where we will be when season 6 hits, let’s all just agree that you were warned that you could, possibly, consider these quotes spoilers, even if I don’t quite see how. Don’t want anyone feeling slighted here.
Anyway, onto the aforementioned tidbits, which come to us via THR. Clarke, when discussing her work on the impending sixth season at this past week’s SAG awards, said that “it legitimately almost killed” everyone who worked on the shoot. She continued on, almost certainly without hyperbole: “It is epic. It is huge. It’s insane.” This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as the show itself has always been epic, huge, and, oh yes, quite insane.
As for Williams, she had something to say about the continued use of her blind-eye prosthetics, which are the norm after where we last left her in The House of Black and White. Here’s what she had to say to Vulture:
“They’re very painful, they’re like huge and they’re very thick…Pretending to be blind is much easier when you actually can’t see anything.”
They didn’t look particularly comfortable when she donned them at the end of season five, which is not surprising, considering how much pain and general cruelty that the season decided to ladle on. Perhaps no character felt that more than Turner’s Sansa Stark, who was the subject of one of the season’s most uncomfortable and controversial sequences. When asked about season six, however, Turner suggested that the winds may be changing for Sansa. Here’s what she had to say during a discussion with EW:
“It’s probably her best season yet…It’s her really coming into her own. She, this season, really commands the respect that she deserves and she grabs hold of it and she runs with it and it’s really good… [Sansa is] finally getting that storyline that you’ve been craving for the past five seasons.”
Coming from someone who thought that the show didn’t so much cross a line as it did practice a cheap kind of emotional manipulation that diluted the drama, it’s good to hear that though Clarke intimated that there will be plenty of death, it might actually be the evil one’s getting slain this time around. We shall see all too soon, of course: Game of Thrones‘ sixth season begins on April 24th, and it can’t come soon enough.