Throughout the past season of “Game of Thrones,” I chronicled the top moves for Gold Derby readers and and last week at “Game of Thrones: The Exhibit” in Sydney, Australia, I got to try the iron throne on for size (that’s me giving the thumbs up in the photo above) and to see some of the key Emmy-nominated work from the past season.
At the exhibit, star Liam Cunningham told us what those 19 Emmy nominations mean to the show: “It’s validation from the industry for the hard work that’s been put into it. I’ve always been of the opinion that, if you build it, they will come. I think with ‘Game of Thrones,’ it’s a beautiful story and it’s beautifully told.”
This season saw the character he plays, Davos Seaworth, and his leader Stannis Baratheon take charge of the wall. “The interesting thing with team Stannis is the fact that for a season and a half we’ve been disempowered after the battle of Blackwater. It was a bit of a gamechanger. We got a bit of power. We just won a battle. I think Stannis’ mojo is back and I think it will be very interesting to see what’s going to happen next.”
His character, he says “is from very, very low beginnings. He’s from the poorest slum in King’s Landing. But the interesting thing about him is he has a nobility about him. In a strange way he’s sort of a teacher about being decent.”
On whether team Stannis can take the throne, Cunningham says, “That’s what we’re walking towards and it’s up to Mr. Martin and the boys to steer us in that direction. If it happens, it happens. Who knows?”
Watch our chat below.