If season 6 is the most mysterious edition yet of Game of Thrones, Ser Loras Tyrell might have one of the most secretive storylines. There’s been dozens of photos of season 6, two trailers, and a promo, and so far his character has just barely been glimpsed (embracing his sister Margaery, a fellow prisoner). Below Jones teases Loras’ struggles to come and, in case you missed it, check out the first part of this interview where Finn talks about his his upcoming role in Marvel’s Iron Fist.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What excites you in general about season 6?
FINN JONES: Once again, HBO has thrown even more money and talent and skill at the show. You feel like it’s ramped up to another level, which I didn’t even think was possible. And now that the story is entirely in the hands of [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss since the series have moved beyond George R.R. Martin’s novels], they’re really telling the story, now, for the first time. That’s exciting. They’ve done a fantastic job. We’re taking risks and telling stories that are different than previous seasons. And what’s interesting is most of the characters have changed so much they’re completely different people from where they started in season 1. Season 5 was all about people moving all over the map, there were a lot of things changing. Now those changes have been made and this is about how they adapt and survive with these new changes. David and Dan recently said how every episode is strong this year, and it’s true. I’ve read all the scripts and every episode packs a punch. Without a doubt it will be the most epic season so far.
Obviously many Thrones actors do more than one project at a time because each role amounts to a relatively small amount of screen time. But since you were cast in Marvel’s Iron Fist, some fans have asked me on Twitter if this means anything bad for Ser Loras.
I can definitely do both shows. Just because I’ve signed up for this job doesn’t cancel me out from doing more seasons of Thrones.
Loras is in a tight spot this season, though.
Loras is definitely in a very tricky situation. His whole family is. They’re going to be tested a lot. We’re just going to have to hope that good prevails. I have resources on my side — I’ve got an amazing sister who cares a lot about me and a wicked grandma who’s very savvy. Strong women on my team. I’m hopeful Ser Loras will survive, but it’s not going to be easy and he’s going to be tested — in more ways than one.
The last time we saw him he was convicted at his trial. So I assume he’s in prison?
He’s been left there to rot. He’s in isolation. He’s been treated very badly by a lot of bigots. We saw in season 5 how they treated gay men in the brothel. These religious men and women don’t take to gay people too nicely. He’s having a very difficult time. This is also a character used to privilege and power. He’s trained hard and excelled in his own talents and skills, but done that in the comforts of his surroundings. He’s never been to war. He’s a knight of summer, and now it’s the complete opposite. He’s never faced truly difficult challenges.
It seems like most Thrones actors have to spend a season in cell at some point.
Yeah, I’m earning my stripes. It’s Game of Thrones university, you have to sit in a cell to get to the next level. Hopefully I’ll pass!
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Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 24.