So what do you read about why they act that way?
I think a lot of people are totally separated from each other. Camera phones have become like fingers, an extension of themselves, and they don’t even think about it, because that’s how everyone lives. A lot more famous actors than me can walk down Broadway if they hide well, but I can’t, so it can be difficult. I moved to New York City to remain anonymous: “Who cares? No one looks twice.” And now, because of technology, everyone is doing that.
George RR Martin sought ‘Game of Thrones’ will continue for two more seasons. Do you think it should have happened, or was it the right time to stop?
It was the right time. No less, no more. You don’t want to wear out your welcome, although I’m not sure that show could have that. But I think the reason there was some backlash about the ending is because they were mad at us for breaking up with us. We went off the air and they didn’t know what to do with their Sunday night anymore. They wanted more, so they responded back to that.
We had to stop when we did, because what the show was really good at was breaking prejudice: villains became heroes and heroes became villains. If you know your history, if you follow the progress of tyrants, they don’t start out as tyrants. I’m talking about, spoiler alert, what happened at the end of “Game of Thrones” with that character change. It’s gradual and I loved how power corrupted these people. What happens to your moral compass when you get a taste of power? Humans are complicated characters, you know?
I think some people really wanted a happy happy ending, even though “Game of Thrones” told us from the start it wasn’t that show.
They wanted the beautiful white people to ride into the sunset together. It’s fiction by the way. There are dragons in it. Continue. [Laughs] No, but the show undermines what you think, and that’s what I love about it. Yes, it was called “Game of Thrones”, but at the end all the dialogue when people approached me in the street was “Who’s coming to the throne?” I don’t know why that was their takeaway as the show was really more than that.
One of my favorite moments was when the dragon burned the throne because it pretty much killed that whole conversation, which is really irreverent and rather brilliant on behalf of the show’s creators: “Shut up, that’s not what it’s about.” They did that constantly, where you thought one thing and they delivered another. Everyone had their own stories while watching that show, but none were as good as what the show delivered, I guess.