If you’ve read George RR Martin’s epic A Song Of Ice And Fire series, the source material for HBO’s Game Of Thrones Season 3, you’ll know that bumbling sidekick Sam Tarly (played by John Bradley in the show), with the help of a dragonglass dagger… er, advances in his relationship with the White Walkers beyond just looking on in horror and pegging it.
“I think there will come a day where the White Walkers will rue that decision not to kill Sam when they had the chance,” teases Bradley, speaking exclusively to SciFiNow.
“There’s only so much we can say for people who don’t know the books, but I think that Sam has had a function, all along, in terms of his place in the Night’s Watch, as far as being instrumental in keeping Jon there, and being instrumental in forcing Jon to make these decisions and stay with the Night’s Watch for a brief amount of time, while the Night’s Watch needed him.
“I think his function in Westeros, as a whole, is going to become quite apparent as the season goes on.”
For bibliophiles, you might have been expecting Sam’s conversion to “Sam the Slayer’ to begin in the Game Of Thrones Season 3 premier, but Bradley says the wait is worth it.
“I think that the longer that we wait to introduce that strand, then the more effective it will be because the longer the threat goes on, the more essential a solution is to it,” the actor explains.
“I think that that element comes into it at a perfectly-timed moment. That’s another life-changing thing for Sam, once he finds that out. That’s another reason to keep going. He needs to spread all this knowledge that he’s gathered.”