How do you hope Robb is remembered?
Just like his father. He’s a just man. Typically in Game of Thrones people who are honest and just and do things for the right reasons tend not to survive. I hope he’s remembered as a good man and the man who would have been the best person to lead the Seven Kingdoms. It’s tragic that he’s killed because I think he’s the best leader of all the candidates available at the moment.
Were you tempted to lobby for Robb to live longer?
I didn’t want to change it at all. I know that [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] have spent years structuring out things beautifully. I’m not going to come in and try and push any of that around … I wanted it to be a sudden and shocking as it was when I read the book.
Any hard feelings about the way Robb Stark dies?
I think Robb Stark dying in that way is one of the best things that HBO and Game of Thrones does so beautiful and that’s just rip these characters hearts out in front of you. Maybe it would have been better for Robb to die gloriously on the battlefield, or something else. This is so sudden and violent and horrible. The way I and the writers have tried to build him up, there’s no other way we could have killed him. Because he is great on the battlefield and despite his poor choices he is a great leader … he’s been outsmarted and it comes from his good heart and his trust in other people.
Robb Stark’s wife didn’t die in the books. Why was it important that Talisa (Oona Chaplin) die in the show?
I think it’s a full stop to the story of [Robb’s] army. I think it’s more tragic that there’s nothing left over from it. There’s no possibility that Talisa’s in hiding and having that baby and one day that baby will become the King in the North. There’s something more tragic about having it all be cut short … She’s a wonderful actress.
Favorite scene to film?
One scene, actually, I started to set into Robb’s shoes was a goodbye scene with Bran. I’m going off in the night and I’ve got a sword on my waist and my cloak on. This was a significant change point for Robb Stark leaving Winterfell and going off and becoming a man.
Do you have a message of encouragement for fans who might want to stop watching after the Red Wedding?
No one is safe on Game of Thrones.
Heard there were some tears on the set?
It was horrible. It was a very difficult day for everyone … Yeah. It wasn’t just my last scene in the show, it was also my last day on the set. It was, Michelle and I, our last scene on Game of Thrones. Yeah, after we wrapped, it had been an exhausting five-day shoot. We were mentally exhausted. I cried my eyes out, completely — as did a lot of the crew and other actors. It was very emotional. The wrap party was that night, but I had to start filming another job the next day. So I washed my blood off and got on a plane.
RED WEDDING FULL COVERAGE
— ‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners talk The Red Wedding
— Robb Stark shocker: ‘Game of Thrones’ actor talks heart-breaking twist
— ‘Game of Thrones’ recap for The Red Wedding
– ‘Game of Thrones’ Michelle Fairley joins USA’s ‘Suits’
— George R.R. Martin must-read interview! Game of Thrones author on why he wrote The Red Wedding
— Michelle Fairley interview: Why Catelyn made her shocking decision
— See EW’s Red Wedding invitation