This is how 'Game of Thrones' actors know their character is about to die
Sometimes it's a Jon Snow situation and sometimes a character just dies. Dead. This is how the actors find out. (Contains spoilers.)
Character deaths are not uncommon on “Game of Thrones” but the way the actors find out their services are no longer required can be pretty harsh.
The following contains spoilers about episode 2 from the GoT seventh season, “Stormborn.”
“Iron Fist” actress Jessica Henwick, whose character Nymeria Sand was murdered this week by Euron Greyjoy, told Entertainment Weekly she knew when Nymeria (and one other Sand Snake) was getting the ax.
Henwick talked about the call.
“I was in New York filming ‘Iron Fist’ and I got a call from ["Game of Thrones" showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss], the double Ds. As soon as you hear that more than one of them is on the call you know what that means. If it’s just one they’re probably talking about the story. But if it’s both of them then you know.
“They told me what’s going to happen and said, ‘We’d really love for you to come back.’ But at that point and time, I wasn’t able to do it. My schedule clashed. I was filming ‘Iron Fist’ for six-to-seven months and they wouldn’t give me the time off.
“The Ds pitched me the story and said, ‘It’s really important that you come back otherwise your character will just disappear and fans will never get a resolution.’ The show was so massive for me in terms of my career and building my profile and as an experience in itself, I wanted to see it through to the end. I went and spoke to Marvel and I managed to get a release on two weekends. So, I literally flew back and forth while I was doing ‘Iron Fist’ in New York to Belfast, and over the Christmas break, I was filming as well.”
Henwick added that shooting the “brutal” fight scene and demise of her "Game of Thrones" character was “grueling.”
But she did walk away with a whip.
For the full interview, go to Entertainment Weekly.