We’re only one episode into Game Of Thrones Season 2 so far, and Liam Cunningham’s Ser Davos Seaworth has introduced himself as the fan favourite of the new batch of incoming cast members – his commanding, world-weary second-in-command a rare well-intentioned man in a world of double-dealing and betrayal.
We caught up with the veteran genre actor for an exclusive chat at the launch party for Game Of Thrones: The Complete First Season on DVD and Blu-ray.
What’s Game Of Thrones Season 2 like compared to the first series?
“Well we’ve had a sneaky peak at the first two episodes, they gave themselves quite a high barrier to get over after the first series. They haven’t made things any easier for themselves – they’ve pushed the boat out for this one… in a literal sense! What I’ve seen so far is absolutely remarkable.”
Can you tell us about your character in Season 2?
“You’d have heard Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark talking about Stannis Baratheon. So basically Stephen Dillane is playing Stannis and I basically, for them that don’t know, am kinda of a Ned Stark character for him – his right hand man, his consiglieri, and we get into all sorts of shenanigans because now the word is out that Joffrey shouldn’t be on the throne, Stannis is the righful heir, so we’re gonna do something about that.”
How do the politics play out for Davos Seaworth?
“The poster, the first one was ‘Winter Is Coming’, and now on this season it’s ‘War Is Coming’, and Stannis and the boys, including me, are a very big part of that.”
And of course, you start to see a bit more of the supernatural in Season 2, with Carice van Houten’s fire witch Maelisandre…
“Yeah, Maelisandre has come in. There’s a triumvirate in Stannis’ household, in Dragonstone, and Carice van Houten is playing Maelisandre who is scuppering my plans, because I’m trying to do it the real way, with diplomacy and battle, and she’s bringing in all sorts extraoridanary things which will be revealed as this goes on. It was was astonishing when I read it, it was amazing when we were shooting it, and it’ll be very interesting to see what the reaction is to it.”
I see you’re not actually wearing your fingers round your neck!
“No, I’ve kept them in the fridge!”
Game Of Thrones Season 2 is showing now on Sky Atlantic HD.
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