Thursday 19 April 2018

'You're not allowed to leave anything in the hotel rooms' - Irish actor on Game of Thrones' script secrecy

Eddie Jackson
Eddie Jackson
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Dublin actor Eddie Jackson has revealed the extent Game of Thrones crew goes to in order to keep scripts secret.

Jackson, who has previously appeared in Vikings, Gold, and A House of Cards, will make his debut in the upcoming sixth series of the hit HBO show.

The part he plays has not been revealed although Eddie has confirmed he is not a part of the Night's Watch, but rather a character based in Mereen.

He filmed in Belfast and Almeira with Peter Dinklage, Jacob Anderson who plays Grey Worm, Conleth Hill who plays Varys, and Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) and his first scene will air in episode five or six.

It was a case of third time lucky as Eddie previously auditioned twice before being called back for a third audition.

"I auditioned for season one, not really knowing anything about it as half the world didn't except maybe the people who had already read the books," he told Newstalk Breakfast.

"I got a second [audition] in Belfast, didn't get it, and just got called for this one with Carla Strong, the casting director for Ireland. I got called on the Monday and was in Belfast [filming] by Tuesday."

Since series 6 has now overtaken the books, the impetus on producers to keep plotlines secret has increased.

"You get a sense on set this year especially that because the books are gone, I'm not sure if [the cast] are afraid to say anything because they might be killed off if they do!" he said.

"You're well told, you show up, and your scenes are given to you and when you're leaving they're taken off you. 

"You're not allowed to leave anything in the hotel rooms. Everything is nearly cleaned out of the hotel room in the morning when you leave.

Eddie also revealed that he only knew what scenes he was doing and the storyline relevant to his character during filming.

"I think I only realised when I saw the trailer that one of the scenes was probably more important than I thought while filming it!" he said.

Apart from the trailer he has only seen "a few seconds" from the upcoming season and has no idea whether or not Jon Snow is actually dead.

"It's a completely different world," he told Chris Donoghue.  "You might as well be asking me about a different film at this stage. 

"But with everything online and predictions from myself, I don't think he is [dead].  I think he's alive.  That's not an expert thing, that's just my opinion."

Game of Thrones season 6 kicks off on Sky Atlantic on Monday morning at 2am with a repeat at 9pm that night.

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