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John Bradley, who plays the role of Samwell Tarly on Game of Thrones, talked to TVLine and reflected on the events of Game of Thrones season 7 premiere, where he is seen cleaning bedpans and dissecting human bodies:

“He’s not gone to the Citadel for an easy life for himself. When he appealed to Jon Snow, he said, ‘Send me to the Citadel because that’s where I can do the most good… I will help you win this war.’ He wants to go to the Citadel and work, and find knowledge that he can apply that’s going to change the course of things for everybody.”

Bradley also discussed his character’s conflict with the maesters where he is keen on applying the knowledge he learns while people at the Citadel are happy to just write the information in the books and leave them ‘on the shelf’:

“People at the Citadel are very keen on academia and knowledge for the sake of it. They’re quite keen to store all this knowledge and leave it on the shelf for a long time and never apply it. Sam doesn’t believe in that relationship with knowledge. He knows that knowledge isn’t powerful if it’s on the shelf… and not being applied.”

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