“In my opinion, when I first became aware of the books and then when I saw the scripts, it was the fact that this was a television show that was going to put women at the forefront,” said Gwendoline Christie in an interview with Entertainment Weekly about what drew her to “Game of Thrones,” which returns for its seventh season on July 16 (watch above). “We were going to explore female characters in a way that conventionally doesn’t happen. We were going to look at them in a three-dimensional way.”
Christie has become a fan-favorite for her role as Brienne of Tarth, a fiercely loyal champion who at first pledged her service to the doomed Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony), who was pursuing the Iron Throne before being killed by his brother Stannis (Stephen Dillane), who also made a claim on the throne. She later served Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley), which led her to search for and protect Catelyn’s daughter Arya (Maisie Williams) — though Arya has proven she can protect herself.
“We would explore their darkness, we would find them complex, and we would spend more time on them, and they wouldn’t simply exist as the mother role, the girlfriend role, the wife role, the sister,” said Christie about these female roles. “They would be people in their own right.”