What The Words ‘The Dead Are Coming’ Means To GOT Cast And Their Characters

bran nights king“The real war is between the living and make no mistake — the dead are coming,” says Davos Seaworth in Game of Thrones season 6 trailer. IGN got in touch with Maisie Williams (Arya), Sophie Turner (Sansa), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay), Tom Wlaschiha (Jaqen H’ghar) and Dean-Charles Chapman (Tommen) and asked what they think about the looming threat of white walkers and what it means for their characters:

Sophie Turner:

“This is a big thing. It’s always been battles between the houses and from across the Narrow Sea. This is one of those battles that is kind of unstoppable. It’s more ominous than anything. It’s looming, and you really get a sense that the end is nigh.”

Dean-Charles Chapman:

“Tommen don’t even know what’s going on. He only knows that he’s got to feed Ser Pounce. It’s worrying. The living is causing chaos as it is, and now the dead are doing it? You can’t win.”

Isaac Hempstead Wright:

“For Bran, I think it’s a real wake up call. He’s north, he’s up where the dead are, and he could potentially be the key to making the dead victorious or defeating them. There’s not much time. Bran has really got to get his act together, and he’s still got many teenage, hubristic tendencies. He’s still making some silly decisions with his powers. He’s got to learn quickly, and he’s got to shoulder a tremendous amount of responsibility with these powers which are going to be crucial, I feel like. For Bran, ‘the dead are coming’ is a real ‘you need to step up to the plate.”

Iwan Rheon:

“It must be [a concern], but it’s not the immediate threat because it seems further away to them than the other people — practically everyone in Westeros — who wants to get rid of them. They’ve got a lot more battles to fight before the White Walkers come.”

Tom Wlaschiha:

“I think the Faceless Men, they know much more than what we’ve seen so far. I’m pretty sure Jaqen knows about the White Walkers and the stuff that’s going on in Westeros.”

Maisie Williams:

“To me, it [‘dead are coming’] means that everyone’s little personal issues are absolutely meaningless, and Arya’s own little selfish storyline means nothing in the overall story of Game of Thrones, and it’s true, we have to be turning our weapons north. But you think anyone’s going to before it’s too late?”

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