‘Game Of Thrones’ Actress Gwendoline Christie On Her Role As Brienne Of Tarth, The Grizzly Bear, Plus Ireland And Croatia Launch ‘GOT’ Tourism

Whether you watch the HBO hit show “Game of Thrones” or not, you’ll soon be receiving TV and print advertising from Northern Ireland and Croatia, two locales where Westeros meets HBO, with these nations realizing that the show’s fan base is a great advertising tool, and what about beautiful Gwendoline Christie’s wonderful performance, which this season, included fighting a grizzly bear?

 Is your reaction to newly launched tours of “Game of Thrones” filming locations a) tittering fanjoy at the thought of seeing King’s Landing in real life, or b) uneasy fear that touring the modern day castle without a sadistic boy-king inside it would impede your suspension of disbelief?
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Either way, beginning this summer, devotees of topless fantasy, medieval bloodlust, flayings, dragons, direwolves, White Walkers and Peter Dinklage will be able to visit locations used in the filming of the epic HBO series.
San Francisco-based online travel company Viator has announced the launch of two “Game of Thrones” tours, one in Dubrovnik, Croatia, the other in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The cities and surrounding areas serve as settings for fictional locales depicted in the series. Dating to the seventh century, the walled city of Dubrovnik serves as the official setting of King’s Landing, capital of the Seven Kingdoms.
The tours are operated independently of the show.
And what about the wonderful and talented Gwendoline Christie, who portrays the Lady Brienne of Tarth? When she and Jaime Lannister arrive in King’s Landing soon, she’ll find Loras Tyrell has not forgotten that he believes she killed his lover Renly Berathion. Fans know that the actually murderer was the smoke demon that the Red Priestess gave birth to, but Brienne’s only eye witness, Lady Catelyn Stark has her hands full this week, and won’t be able to help her.  Besides the Lannisters hate the Starks, so hopefully Jaime will be able to convince his father Lord Twyin Lannister, the richest man in the world of Brienne’s usefulness.
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British actress Gwendoline Christie has spent Season 3 as one half of one of the most engaging storylines in this year’s installment of “Game of Thrones”— the journey of Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister. When asked how she felt as Brienne when the Lannister scion Jaime, the King Slayer jumped in the bear pit to fight the grizzly for Brienne and save her life.  The actress said, “From my point of view, it was always that she started to respect him as a man, but those two acts, I think more — you must realize Brienne would have felt grateful, but also slightly humiliated still because this is a woman that doesn’t have anything done for her. She is ‘all protector,’ she is the most powerful and I don’t think anyone’s ever done anything like that for Brienne before,” said Christie.
Insiders know that the bear and maiden scene was filmed here in Los Angeles, not in Northern Ireland or any other exotic locales for “Game of Thrones,” and Gwendoline had definite ideas about working with the bear.  “That bear was an absolute diva. The bear was adorable! The bear had to have country music playing whenever he was on set… and he also had to have a round of applause every time he stepped on set, which I said to Dan [Weiss] and David [Benioff], ‘Why don’t’ I get that?’ And when he’d done something particularly well, he had to be given a frying pan full of whip cream.”
Don’t miss Sunday night’s exciting episode as “The Rains of Castamere” airs, and for GOT fans, better known as the infamous Red Wedding.
 
 
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: Helen Sloan/HBO and AP
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