"Game of Thrones" is known for shocking moments, but it appears those are nothing compared to what's coming next. Speaking with HuffPost Entertainment about the new "Game of Thrones" box set, "Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourth Season," actress Sophie Turner hinted how Season 5 takes things to a whole new level.
"There’s some massive moments, perhaps even more shocking than the Red Wedding type of thing. There’s like a lot going on this season," Turner, known in the Realm as Sansa Stark, said. "There’s also, you know, a lot of blood, a lot of death. And a lot of people kind of come far. And there are a few familiar faces around as well."
In addition to teasing Season 5, Turner also talked about great moments to check out on the "Game of Thrones" Season 4 DVDs, opened up as much as she could about her upcoming traumatic scene and even revealed the surprising name at the top of her "Game of Thrones" death list.
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How was it finally watching Joffrey die?
To be honest, for me, it was very bittersweet. It’s like a terribly triumphant moment for everyone else who's, you know, watching the show, and they wanted the character to die so much. It’s bittersweet for me because, yes, I'm happy for Sansa that he finally dies. But also I think, you know, Jack Gleeson was such a wonderful person to be able to play off and I'm really gonna miss him. But also, I think the viewers are going to miss him. I mean, they all loved to hate him.
If you had a death list like Arya, who would be on it?
Top of the death list ... you know what, Daenerys is quite a threat, I feel. I love Daenerys, but for my character's sake she's a threat. She’s got dragons, so she has to go. Actually, no, the dragons have to go.
Aw, man. I love the dragons.
I know, who doesn't? But they're kind of scary if they're not with you.
Was it awesome smacking Sweet Robin?
You know what, that was improvised. No, I'm kidding. Yeah, I just wanted to smack the kid. [Laughs] No ... I mean that was awesome for me because I’ve been the one slapped around so much on this frickin' show that I felt like I wanted to do it anyway. So I really wanted to give him a good one. There wasn't really a huge amount of preparation. I mean just a lot of safety in terms of eyes and [how] to smack, like, a 12-year-old child in the face. But I can certainly find the anger for Sansa. He was such an annoying little kid.
For sure, that was a great snow castle he wrecked. Did you help put it together?
I wish I put that together. That was the most impressive snow castle I think I've ever seen in my life. I think they had an actual stone structure underneath, and they just covered it in salt, so it wasn't actually a real snow castle.
Are you creeped out by what's going on with Sansa and Little Finger?
I kind of love the storyline. I mean, for some viewers, it's very creepy, but that's kind of what it's supposed to be. It's supposed to be this very messed up, twisted relationship in which Sansa knows she can manipulate Little Finger to get what she wants, and he can do the same with her. And together they create this amazing kind of tag team. And, you know, to outsiders, it's very messed up and strange, but to her it's the only way she can get what she wants, and finally she has that power, so she's gonna use it.
What was it like filming the kissing scene with Little Finger?
You know what, Aidan [Gillen] is not a bad-looking guy. I'm not going to object to that kind of thing, and I like him. I mean, it's kind of weird because he has a daughter who's, like, a year younger than me, so that was pretty strange. But I think it was probably more awkward for him than it was for me. I mean, I'm used to having relationships on the show with older men, so it wasn't too much of a change [...] It was a very strange day on set. It was handled very well. You know, he was very gentle with me about it.
With this new look, is this a new era for Sansa?
This thing about this whole change for her, changing the dark hair and changing the structure and the color of the dress, was a very conscious decision for her to kind of get away from her mother's Tully roots and really, you know, form something of a House of her own. She wanted to completely change everything everyone has ever known about her. So it's just like a massive transformation. There's no Sansa left behind, and I think not just in the way that she appears but in the way that she's thinking now. How she’s become this, like, massive manipulator in a way.
You adopted the dog that played your direwolf on the show. What's it like living with a direwolf?
It's not as exciting as you think it would be. I mean she's beautiful and wonderful and I love her a lot, but she just kind of lies around the house. She doesn't really do a whole lot. She's a dog. Not as cool as you'd expect, you know? She growls at other dogs, and that's about as direwolf as she gets.
Speaking of direwolves, I met a guy the other day. He was like driving me around, and then he goes, "My name is Dire Wolf." And he showed me his I.D., and his last name was Wolf and his first name was Dire. I'm not kidding.
Wow, it's like my dream to have that name.
I know, right? That's the coolest name. Then there was the guy who was Batman Superman or something like that, but for me I think Dire Wolf tops it.
On a scale from one to 10, with 10 being the Red Wedding, how hard is it to watch your traumatic scene in Season 5?
I think I really bigged that one up. [Laughs] It's traumatic, but isn't all of "Game of Thrones" traumatic? I give it a solid "6," though ... It's a pretty intense scene. I can't say much more than that.
Do you discuss "Game of Thrones" theories with the cast?
Sometimes we talk about theories … there's that one theory where Rhaegar and Lyanna are Jon Snow's parents. And we've definitely discussed that, but I think a lot of us are thinking now that it's such a huge theory it would be so predictable if it happened. But if it did happened, it'd still be awesome.
What's your favorite Season 4 moment to re-watch?
I recently watched the Battle [of Castle Black] in IMAX, so that just reminded me that's probably my favorite episode. It's just stunning, and there's that one shot that they do, where it's just like one massive long shot that goes on for two minutes, and it's just a 360 of all the fighting. It's amazing. I think it's so well shot and incredible.
What inspired the theme song covers in the DVD commentary?
I really don't know. I think we were like 14 when we did our first DVD commentary, and we were just like being really stupid and decided that we would sing it. Because I think everyone else -- when they sit down and the introduction comes on and that song comes on -- sits there and sings it. So we started doing it, and then we felt the pressure to keep it up because everyone loved it so much the first time.
Sansa loves songs, so if she had a theme song for Season 5, what would it be?
"If I Were a Boy" by Beyoncé. [Laughs] No, I can't think of one. If I were a boy, Little Finger wouldn't hit on me.
"Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourth Season" is available Tuesday, Feb. 17, on Blu-ray with Digital Copy, DVD & Digital HD.
This interview has been edited and condensed.