Actress Gwendoline Christie has credited Game of Thrones’s vocal fanbase with encouraging HBO to develop a show with a variety of complex and powerful female characters.
Christie has become a fan favorite for her stirring rendition of the noble knight errant Brienne of Tarth, a physically imposing woman disdained by some for her masculine role and features. Complicated roles like Brienne, the actress says, wouldn’t make it to screen if audiences hadn’t demanded that the show do justice to the strong female characters found in the books it’s adapted from.
“What the Internet has done is provided everyone with an equal voice, and one element was that we heard what audiences want. And what they want are more female characters, and they want more complex female characters,” said Christie, speaking from the red carpet at the Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere.
Something I’m deeply proud of in this show is that it has honored the books, it has taken the characters that are so exquisitely drawn and described in the books, and maintained that and kept it in the TV show,” she continued. “I think that this huge phenomenon that is Game of Thrones has illustrated that people want to see female characters, they’re interested in those stories. And it has provided some really exceptional female characters. I’m very proud to be a part of it.”
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Game of Thrones returns to TV this Sunday for its eighth season, which producers have said will mark the conclusion of the long-running fantasy epic.
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