Friday 19 January 2018

We drink when someone dies in Game of Thrones - which is a lot, says Liam Cunningham

Liam (53) reveals it's tough saying goodbye to his co-stars

Ciaran Hinds in Game of Thrones
Ciaran Hinds in Game of Thrones
Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones
Liam Cunningham in Ser Davos

Irish actor Ciaran Hinds was just one in a long line of casualties on Game of Thrones - but it's not all bad as his co-star Liam Cunningham has revealed they have send-off drinks for everyone who gets killed off the show.

Ciaran's character, Mance Rayder, was brutally burned at the stake before Jon Snow nobly put an arrow through his heart in the first episode of the fifth season.


Liam (53), who plays Davos Seaworth in the popular fantasy series, revealed it's tough saying goodbye to his co-stars.

"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," he 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.

He also revealed that there will be a scene in the upcoming season that will be even more shocking than the Red Wedding.

"I would think so, yes. It's towards the end of the season, and when I got the scripts, when I got to this particular section, I went: 'You've gotta be kidding me'," he admitted.

While some of the HBO series is filmed at exotic locations across the world such as Croatia, Malta and Iceland, most of the scenes are shot in Northern Ireland, which doesn't make for the most comfortable shoot.

"We spend a lot of time in pop-up gazebos and hunched round a Calor gas fire, eating our lunch out of plastic boxes," Liam said.

"Shooting is a little rough because it's a huge thing and we shoot in rough areas - we shoot in muck and snow.

"I'm always in Northern Ireland so there's a bit of rain.

"It's not always delightfully warm, but it doesn't really matter, because the landscape is a huge character in the series," he added.

The East Wall native also said he thinks the show is so successful because it mirrors real life.


"If you take some of these stories in this season, you just change the name of the characters to certain politicians that we see around at the minute, and it's real life," he said.

"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.

"I love the technical aspect of making this and I love seeing the scope of it."

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