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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

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Why Doesn’t the Game of Thrones Cast Read the Books?

Only a few Game of Thrones cast members have read the books the show is based on, the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, and now it seems we may know why. Iain Glen, who portrays the oft-exiled knight Ser Jorah Mormont on the show, says the decision not to read actually comes from higher up. Specifically, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss.

“I don’t read the books,” Glen admits to the Radio Times. “I read the first one when they gave me the job, just to get a feel from it and a synopsis breakdown of what was going to happen to the character. But beyond that, the writers themselves, David and Dan, they didn’t particularly want actors coming to the scripts from the book, always suggesting what the book did and how it was different —I could see the glazed look in their eyes when that happened. They were quite happy for us to move forward and treat them as screenplays with no history, so that’s the reason why I only ever read the first novel.”

We can definitely see where Benioff and Weiss are coming from here. Having actors tell them what’s going to happen to their characters would get old real fast. It’s interesting that this is just coming out now though, since Season 6 will be surpassing the material in the books pretty much all season. So even if the actors did read the books now, they’re not going to gain much insight from them!



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