The late Ned Stark (Sean Bean) may have been head of the Stark household, but it was his wife – the flinty Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) who exemplified family ties and tradition, and for Fairey it’s just as important that she know all there is to know about the Starks of Winterfell, as it is for her Westerosi alter ego in HBO’s Game Of Thrones.
“Oh very much so,” confirmed Fairley at the launch party for Game Of Thrones The Complete First Season, “There’s a lot of detail. George RR Martin wrote all the detail in the books – so in order to research, all you do is read the books.
“When [executive producers] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] started work, they had a family tree for every House made up – we know who we’re related to, we also know who our parents were, how we intermarry, how many children we have, how many brothers and sisters… we know absolutely everything about our families.”
Michelle Fairley is evangelical about working on Game Of Thrones, and she describes returning for Season 2 as leaving her feeling “very privileged”
“You walk onto these amazing sets with the best craftspeople in the world,” Fairley continues, “You have the most amazing costumes and you have a fantastic script, so you feel like one of the luckiest people to be working.”
Game Of Thrones Season 2 begins April 2 on Sky Atlantic HD.
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