A 'Game of Thrones' post before House ONTD becomes a garden of bones

HitFix Interview: Richard Madden talks 'Game of Thrones'
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When I chatted with him last week in a Santa Monica conference room, The King in the North was satisfied.

No, Robb Stark hadn't avenged his father's death, nor reunited with his sisters. He hadn't consolidated power in Westeros and taken his place on the Iron Throne.

He'd simply found out that the cookie he thought contained marshmallows, actually contained white chocolate chips. And that was satisfactory.

In truth, it's very easy to tell Scottish actor Richard Madden apart from his character on HBO's "Game of Thrones." His hair is shorter. His wardrobe goes beyond furs and armor. Oh, and Madden's also prone to laughing and joking, which hasn't been a part of Robb Stark's emotional range lately. Who has time to smile when, as you may have heard, winter is coming.

As "Game of Thrones" moves deeper into its second season, things are getting darker and darker in war-torn Westeros and Robb Stark is moving into uncharted territory. Robb's exploits are largely discussed second-hand in George R.R. Martin's "A Clash of Kings," but to keep Madden in the fold, series showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss chose to depict moments that were only referred to in passing before.

In our conversation -- the cookies only came into play at the end -- Madden discusses Robb's evolution, the honor of having scenes added to keep him around and his season-by-season approach to reading Martin's novels.

[Note: There are some minor spoilers in this interview. They're very minor, but if you want to remain pristine, tread with caution.]

Lengthy, but great interview with Richdick.Collapse )
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