I forgot about this moment, from Season 1. It doesn’t feel like Theon was pretending or lying at the time. Whatever he feels about the other Starks, the bond with Robb at least seems genuine, or at least it seems like Theon himself believed that it was genuine. Hmmm, maybe I’ve been too hard on Robb for trusting Theon. He couldn’t have known that Theon’s daddy issues would go that deep. Well, if your father is the tight-ass Balon Greyjoy instead of the gentle, noble Ned Stark, you might have major daddy issues too!
They were interviewed during the promotional trip in Brazil. Madden mentioned that Robb Stark is much younger in the book. Well then, maybe in the show they should stop making other characters call Robb Stark “a boy”, since as played by Madden, he’s obviously NOT a boy. And it’s especially weird to hear Cersei call him a boy, since Lena Headey looks like she’s only a few years older than Richard Madden.
Interesting interview with Richard Madden aout Season 2 of Game of Thrones and Robb Stark. The interviewer mentions that unlike his character in GoT, Madden laughs and jokes a lot. Yup, that sounds about right, except for Tyrion, the characters in Game of Thrones seem to lack a sense of humor. Can’t blame them I guess, what with the coming winter and the rising cold winds and all that, heh.
Madden on being recognized off the set:
In Rio, we did get recognized and crowds would wait outside the hotel for us there and you’re like, “This is quite odd,” because I’m not used to it. I’m just like drinking in a bar in London like I normally do or whatever and you’re in Rio and it’s like, “Well, you can’t really go out of the hotel for a little while.”
On the quite cumbersome costumes, and how they influenced his performance:
At first, I first tried on these costumes and I was like, “These awesome. It’s perfect and I really love them.” And then you’re shooting and you’re 20 days in or whatever and it’s 4 a.m. and my back’s aching and the costumes are still wet and they stink from the night before filming. And then you’re like, “I don’t want to wear this costume. Why can’t I be in King’s Landing in a t-shirt or something?” But actually, I’ve realized that it’s a huge influence on me as an actor. The costumes are so heavy and they mold around my body in a certain way and it changes how I stand and it changes how I breathe. The cloak dragging along the ground, it changes the way I walk. So actually, these things that could have been a weird out for me were actually really useful in terms of me creating Robb.
On only reading the books relevant to the season they’re shooting:
Because sometimes I don’t trust myself as an actor. (…) And then it came to me that I didn’t want to read too far ahead, because what I loved about reading Book One and then into Book Two, taking my character out of it, is you see characters and, as an actor, I want to make decisions and stick to that and then you get to a script by David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] or you get to a chapter in the book and you see a character go in a different direction and for me as an actor, that’s my favorite. (…) If I’d read the scripts for Season Two while I was shooting Season One, it would have influenced me and I don’t want it to. I think it’s more challenging for me as an actor and it’s more exciting for an audience member to see this character change live, rather than me letting elements seep in too quickly or too early.
On the difference between Robb Stark in the books and in the show:
I think yeah, there’s got to be changes. I’m very loyal to the book, but I’ve got to remember that we are doing the TV show and not the book and they are two different beasts and there’s got to be changes. You look at the difference in my age to what Robb’s age is, for example. But then I’ve always thought as well, something I’ve realized, is that in Westeros, in the Seven Kingdoms, a 15-year-old or 16-year-old boy is much older than a 16-year-old boy in our world today. They’ve gone through so much more at such a younger age in these worlds. You get to see it in the whorehouses, for example, girls much younger and that’s a natural process of life and that’s not what we’re used to. So when people say that I’m much older than what Robb is, I say, “Yeah, physically, mentally there’s much more parallels to where Robb is in the book to where someone in their early 20s would be.” They just go through a lot more life experience.
I don’t think Robb’s age is ever mentioned on the show, and I haven’t read the books, so I’m not sure how old he is supposed to be. But it always weirded me out whenever other characters like Cersei or Tywin would refer to Robb Stark as “a boy”, because as played by Richard Madden, he doesn’t look like a boy at all, he looks like a fully grown man.
Or rather, the actors playing them (Richard Madden, Kit Harrington and Alfie Allen). Allen looks so different from Theon on the show, but Madden and Harrington pretty much look like Robb and Jon, minus the funny clothes. Allen claims he would have liked to play Arya (nope, sorry dude, not plucky enough!), Madden and Harrington said they share some similarities with their on-screen characters (easy to say, when you’re playing basically decent and noble characters, heh).
From Vulture‘s interview with Richard Madden, who plays Robb Stark in Game of Thrones:
Kit Harington said that on the Iceland set, when they’re at the bar, they fight about theories. Same in Belfast?
Completely. Sometimes I text with Kit or Gethin [Anthony, who plays Renly], and we laugh at about how geeky we are. I’ve been having a lot of Robb Stark-Renly jokes recently, about Renly crushing on Robb Stark. That always gets a good laugh.
There is already fan fiction about the Robb Stark–Renly Baratheon pairing.
[Laughs hysterically.] I have not read any of it yet. But we’re sending texts verging on that.
Well, if I have to choose between the Knight of Flowers and Robb Stark, I’d go for Robb Stark too, heh.
When Robb Stark was declared The King in the North. Interesting, at the time, Robb was adamant that Renly is not the rightful heir, Stannis is, but this season, he sent his mother to negotiate with Renly.
The original scene.
New trailer. Looks like Renly has ditched the Knight of Flowers for a woman.
Character featurettes. Robb Stark, the King in the North. Hmm, doesn’t look like Robb is fighting for the Iron Throne, he just wants whoever is sitting on the throne to relinquish power over the North. Mother-son conflict coming up. Dude, seriously? You’re not going to go rescue your sisters?!
Jon Snow. I’m kinda meh on this character, and the whole Night’s Watch thing.
Daenerys Targaryen. So the magic dragon babies can’t help her yet, since they’re still small, heh.
Joffrey Baratheon . Hey, what do you know, another mother-son conflict.