It's official: Game of Thrones is back and already causing quite a stir. While the long-awaited Season 6 premiere on Sunday didn't give too much away, it planted plenty of seeds in our fertile minds that we just know will grow and grow until we become tormented by the uncertainty. The show will slowly drip-feed us the story in that oh-so-agonizing way as we grasp at straws and wind up almost in tears out of pure frustration and agitation. Oh, Game of Thrones. How we've missed you.
The only people that really know what's going on this season (aside from Mr. Martin, of course) are the cast and crew members themselves, but if you think you can just ask them your burning question and get an answer, you are very, very wrong. The GoT gang are notoriously hard to break; not their fault, really — one word out of line and HBO would have their heads — but this season especially is so shrouded in secrecy, we long for something, anything, that could give us a clue about what's coming up. But how do we get them to talk?
Well, it looks like we've finally found the answer. At the Season 6 premiere party in Beverly Hills, the Yahoo! TV team had the ingenious idea of presenting the cast with a game of 'Two Truths and a Lie,' a superbly sneaky way of getting them to talk without fear of revealing something that might land them in shit with the big shots down at HBO. Yes, a fair few may have bowed out but a significant handful of brave and daring souls were up to the challenge, and what they said may seriously shock you...
Sophie Turner — Sansa Stark
Lady Stoneheart returns.
Arya checks three people off her list.”
Wow, Turner clearly knows what she's doing. I had to think pretty hard about these three, but my bet is on the second one being a lie based purely on the fact that actress Michelle Fairley has been pretty busy starring in Rebellion and Fortitude over the last year. If that is the case, we are left with a death for Ramsay (leaving most people delighted) and a triple serving of revenge for Arya. But who might her next victims be?
Walder Frey, Cersei and the Mountain are the obvious first choices, but it seems unlikely that Arya (or any other potential killers for that matter) will be able to get close to the latter two at least. Melisandre, Beric Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr also earned spots on her list when they stole Gendry back in Season 3, but as priests and priestess of the Lord of Light, they also pose quite a challenge as far as assassination is concerned. It's early days and I guess only time will tell how Arya fairs in her conquests.
Isaac Hempstead Wright and Dean-Charles Chapman — Bran Stark and Tommen Baratheon
Wright: “Oh, I love this game! I fell asleep on set this year.”
Chapman: "I broke a bit of the Iron Throne.”
Wright: "There was a landslide on set. Can you guess which? [They all sound true.] That’s because they are all true! [laughter] We’re so bad at this game! Three truths!”
How on earth did he manage to fall asleep? Wright explained:
“I have this really comfy blanket to lie on when I’m by the tree. I was warging, and for one of the visions, I had to lie down. I fell asleep, and I can just remember the director saying, ‘And cut!’ And I was like, ‘What? Are we rolling?!’ ‘No, no — we’ve done the scene!’ ‘Oh!’”
And what about this landslide?! Turns out it occurred in a quarry called Magheramorne in Northern Ireland. Wright continued:
“It’s just rain and sleet and doom. I don’t think anyone got hurt, but it wrecked a bit of the set. I wasn’t supposed to say that because of health and safety regulations. Whoops!”
Chapman, however, brought his own landslide to the set by the sound of things.
“I was filming this speech scene. I had to sit down and as I sat down, [The Iron Throne] was rolling. ‘It’s fine,’ I said. 'I can glue it back!’ It was bad…”
Liam Cunningham - Ser Davos Seaworth
“[A character] will be silenced, that’s a truth... Longclaw will… oh no, I can’t be doing this, because that’s ahead of the fucking thing! Davos will end up on the fucking throne!”
Okay, I'm not quite sure Cunningham fully understands how this game works but I commend him for giving it a try. We could presume that last one is a lie but hey, stranger things have happened and as we've already established, the show certainly likes to shock. I happen to think he'd make a pretty fair ruler!
Maisie Williams — Arya Stark
“They’re going to be about Arya.
Arya goes to Westeros, back over the sea.
Arya is in the trailer more times than people have realized, because they don’t realize it’s her.
Arya doesn’t cross any more names off her list."
And just when we thought Turner had given us enough to chew on, Williams threw this curveball, totally contradicting what Turner had claimed about Arya's list. At least one of them is lying, but who? Arya heading back to Westeros would certainly correspond with a couple of storylines in the books, but is she truly ready to leave Braavos and the Faceless Men so soon?
The second claim is completely plausible and actually makes a lot of sense, which leaves us with the list question mark. Of course, both Williams and Turner could be lying; Arya could cross off one, two or more, as she doesn't necessarily have to be the one who kills them. Whatever happens, Williams is excited and you should be too. She concluded:
“Particularly this year, there are a lot of moments throughout the earlier parts of the season that [Arya] uses in the second half of the series to her advantage. I love that — that you can watch something again and again and again.”
So do we, Maisie, so do we. Catch Season 6 of Game of Thrones at 9pm, Sundays on HBO. Watch the latest promo for Episode 2 below.
Which statements do you think are true?