Conleth Hill (Varys) and Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) recently spoke about their respective characters on “Game of Thrones” and also about what to expect in Season 6 of the HBO series. The cast members have begun traveling to Belfast, Northern Ireland, as production nears for Season 6 episodes. [Spoiler Alert!]
Speaking to io9, Hill explained the difference between Varys and Petyr Baelish, played by Aidan Gillen. Hill said that while his character is working to bring order to the realm, Baelish is trying to create chaos. This difference in approach is said to be the “essence” of the two characters and Hill said that it makes them “good polar opposites.”
Addressing speculation that the fantasy TV series is actually about behind-the-scenes strategies of the two characters, the actor said he understood why this assumption was being made. Varys is currently busy helping Daenerys consolidate her power and win the Iron Throne, while Baelish is making his moves to gain more power.
Hill said that Varys has no doubts in his mind about the capabilities of Daenerys and pointed out that his character wouldn’t have gone all the way to Meereen if he had any doubts. He said that Varys’ “hand was forced” to travel to Meereen after Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) killed his father, and he could have been implicated in the death had he stayed.
The main task of Varys in Season 6 is to help Tyrion restore order in Meereen. Hill described his character’s new task as challenging and said viewers can expect some “quipping” as the two characters attempt to accomplish their task. The actor said that character will not return to Westeros to assassinate anyone, as he does in the novels by George R.R. Martin.
Meanwhile, Clarke told the Los Angeles Times that next season will be “really exciting” for Daenerys. “Ooooh. Oooooh there’s so much in store for her,” Clarke said. She revealed that she had read the script and said that unlike Season 5, where the producers had to set the scene and give information about some of the characters, Season 6 will not require any world-building.
“It’s just go, go, go, go. Shocking moment to shocking moment. Epic moment to epic moment,” Clarke said. She said that Season 6 is “mental” and “epic” and added that Daenerys will “definitely” be a “part of it.”