Have you ever wondered what it’s like to shoot HBO’s epic television series Game of Thrones? I know I have. Luckily, the one and only Jerome Flynn, who plays the sellsword Bronn on the show put in an appearance at New York Comic-Con last weekend—and even luckier, I got to sit in on it. From Bronn’s backstory to sword fighting and everything in between, read on for the dish on what life on set is like, straight from the source itself!
Q: What did you know about George R. R. Martin’s books and the entire world that you were getting into when you auditioned for the job?
Jerome Flynn: I didn’t know anything. I didn’t know if I was going to act again, actually. I had moved to Wales, and I had bought myself a farm, and I thought, “Oh, maybe it won’t happen again”… And then somehow my agent got me down to London. They wouldn’t let us see the script—not even after I had gotten the job—so I didn’t know what it was like. I had heard it was some books? [Laughs]
But I really didn’t know anything. I didn’t know what I was walking into—and actually I still now try not to know too much, because I’ve become a bit of a Thronie myself. I don’t read scripts except for [my parts], because I like to stay connected to what I’m doing and then enjoy it when the season comes up.
Q: Does that make it easier when you’re actually acting to be in the world and be as clueless as everyone else in the world, not to internalize what’s coming up?
JF: Yeah, I guess so. You kind of stay in the moment—and I mean it’s difficult with Thrones now, because it’s become such a phenomenon that it’s like no other job I’ve had. I’ve just done the fourth season, so I actually go in and I find myself getting star struck with the people I’m acting with, which is very weird. Then when I watch it, it’s almost like I’m not really in it. I pretend, like, “Oh, it’s Bronn, and I just love the show.” You’ve got to stay quite focused with a show like this, because it’s become such a phenomenon.
Q: If you had to jump ship in terms of loyalty from Tyrion [Lannister, played by Peter Dinklage] to another character, who would it be to and why?
JF: I think I might go and find Maisie Williams [who plays Arya Stark] and hang out with her. She’s a wonderful actress and the character is so cool. I don’t know what happens in the books, but I’m kind of rooting for Arya.
Up next: Jerome’s favorite Bronn moment and more!