'We have drinks for everyone who's killed off Game of Thrones'
IT'S a show known for its high body-count and Game of Thrones star Liam Cunningham has revealed the cast throw a party for everyone who is killed off.
The Irish actor plays Davos Seaworth in the popular fantasy series which saw its fifth season premiere last night.
"There are deaths every year, so I'm not giving anything away saying it's horrific when you've spent time with people, and then they're gone," Liam said.
"We do have drinks - it's Ireland, I think it's the law. It's horrible when people go and it sort of feels wrong.
"A little bit has been stolen from you, because we're part of this weird thing that we all find ourselves in," he added.
While some of the series is filmed in exotic locations such as Croatia, Malta and Iceland, most of the scenes are shot in Northern Ireland. "We spend a lot of time in pop-up gazebos and hunched round a Calor gas fire, eating our lunch out of plastic boxes," he said.
"Shooting is a little rough because it's a huge thing and we shoot in rough areas - we shoot in muck and snow. It's not always delightfully warm, but it doesn't matter, because the landscape is a huge character in the series".
While filming in the cold weather can be tough, Liam (53) says he loves working on such a huge production.
"The dressing up and running around is the kind of stuff that gives texture and tone to the episode, but it's really for the director," he explained.
"Actors in those scenes are, in the very best sense, marionettes, chess pieces being moved around, and that's fine - I love the technical aspect of making this and I love seeing the scope of it," he told website The National.