Game of Thrones' Ser Davos Tells Us Why It's Dangerous To Have Dinner With The Producers
There's only two more seasons left 'til the end of 'Game of Thrones' and no doubt, fans are eagerly anticipating the show's return in July this year
Ahead of the Season 7 premiere, we met up with Liam Cunningham a.k.a. Ser Davos Seaworth while he was in Bangkok last week for a quick chat about the show:
1. On how he convinces the "two or three people on the planet" who haven't seen 'Game of Thrones' to watch the show
"When they see the people sitting on their sofas, gasping and screaming, I go, 'This is why you should watch the show!' Because how many shows do you know have that effect on people?
It's amazing, the way this show draws out your emotions because it's beautifully written. It's constantly surprising, it's scary, it's dangerous... and sometimes, it's very difficult to watch. There's very few shows that challenge you as a viewer."
2. On why it was necessary to show the sex and violence as they are explicitly portrayed in the show
"It would be patronising and condescending to the audience, it would be treating the viewers as if they're not as intelligent as they are.
For example, the death of Shireen. I'm in a show that shows the burning of a child! It's a horrible thing to show, but it was necessary to show you how dangerous chasing power can be, how it turns the mind of a father and mother to do to their own child."
3. On what it was like to step into Castle Black and working with a different cast in Season 6
"It's very strange, 'coz for about four to five years I was somewhere else in this show, so it messes with your head a little bit.
A lot of my stuff was done in Dragonstone with Melisandre and Stannis (Baratheon, played by Stephen Dillane), so the only time I saw Castle Black is when I watch the show on television with my family. To find myself doing scenes in Castle Black with Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and everybody else, it was like going into another show!"
As for working with an almost entirely different cast, Cunningham revealed that he'd known them personally and was "lucky to get the chance to work with them".
"But I really miss working with Stephen. Stephen Dillane is a wonderful guy, a magnificent actor. I'm a big fan of his, so I wasn't happy when they killed him. Very unhappy."
4. On Ser Davos' role as the "conscience" of the show and speaking up on behalf of the audience
"What's interesting about Davos is that he has remained the same. I mean that in a good way - his loyalty, his decency, he's got a conscience, he will stand up and say, 'No, this is wrong. You can't do that.' He doesn't care if it's his life in danger and I think, in a way, he's almost like the voice of the audience.
There's a lot of morally ambiguous people on the show, so you need some characters to put their hand up to speak up for the audience like Davos and even Samwell Tarly, who are kinda like the 'conscience' of the show."
5. On why he doesn't go for dinner with producers
Apparently, that's what happens when the producers are about to kill off a character.
"A lot of the time, they get the bad news before they get script... so the producers take them to dinner! So I don't go for dinner with the producers."
A pause. "Nah, I'm joking, I do. But so many people get killed in this show, so who knows what's going to happen."
6. On the one character he wish had not died
"I was sitting in my little room at home with a big pot of coffee and the door locked, and when I read that scene I just went, 'WHAT? You gotta be kidding me! Noooo...!' I couldn't believe it."
It seems that Cunningham is as attached to the young actress who played Shireen as his character was to the Baratheon princess.
"I love doing those scenes with Shireen (Kerry Ingram), she's a brilliant actress. When we said goodbye, I didn't know she'd bought me a gift but I had a gift for her - a silver Irish-made stag like the one I gave her in the show. When I gave it to her, she pulled out a pillow and it had a stag embroidered on it. She also gave me a book that said 'Grammar for Dummies'. She's got a bit of a sense of humour, that girl."
7. On which character he'd want to portray if he weren't cast as Ser Davos
Cue nervous laughter from all the journalists in attendance (yours truly included). Cunningham quickly assured that he has his reasons.
"Brilliant character, who's scared his children - Cersei, Jamie, and Tyrion - all very strong characters, and I love Charles Dance. I think he's a magnificent actor as well and I think he portrayed it brilliantly. As an actor, when you watch someone working and doing something wonderful with a wonderful character, you should always go, "Oh, I'd love to do that!" It's a good thing, coz you liked what he did."
8. On who he thinks will end up on the Iron Throne at the end of the show
"Carice van Houten (actress who plays Melisandre) was asked that question awhile ago and I have to agree with her. She said, 'I would like to live in a world that was ruled by Samwell Tarly.' But she said there's no way that's gonna happen, and I think she's probably right!"
"It looked like the guy at the beginning of this, Tyrion (Lannister, played by Peter Dinklage), would be the right man for the job, but he likes (mimes drinking) a little bit too much.
I think Jon Snow would be good, but he doesn't strike me as someone who wants to. He's had power thrust upon him. He never asked to be king, it was all the other people in the North who made him king and he has a responsibility to his people.
But with this show, who knows who's gonna end up a king. It could be anybody. Or nobody."
9. On "stealing" from the set of 'Game of Thrones'
"I steal something every year. I've taken some coins from Braavos, I've taken the stag and given it to my daughter. I've taken a couple of little things, but I always ask first! The prop man is a good friend of mine, so I have tiny little souvenirs.
Hopefully, at the end of it, I think I'll take my costume. I did take an old pair of boots. I had to change my boots, so I stole my boots but they were in bits. I'll put them on eBay when I'm poor."
10. One last thing! Will Ser Davos survive Season 7?
"Well, if I told you that, then I would be sacked and so would you. HBO would come after you!
I was alive at the end of Six, that's all I'm going to tell you."
Season 7 of 'Game of Thrones' is set to premiere at the same time as the US on Monday, 17 July 2017 on HBO (Astro Channel 411/431) at 9am
There will also be a same day primetime encore at 9.00pm.