‘Game of Thrones’ actors aren’t readers 

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Even Charles Dance was surprised by the intense bloodshed in “Game of Thrones.”

The next-to-last episode of the third season floored viewers with its red wedding, a massacre staged by the bride’s father, who meant to settle a score with his hall of guests.

“I got quite a shock!” Dance told The Associated Press. “It was bloody in the extreme!”

Even though the role Dance plays, Lord Tywin Lannister, had a hand in the violence, the actor was caught off guard.

“When I’m not in it, to be honest with you, I don’t read the script,” Dance says. “I catch up on what’s happening when the episode airs.”

Based on the five-and-counting novels by George R.R. Martin in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, HBO’s fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” begins its fourth season Sunday.

“I still have not read the books,” Dance says. “They frighten me, books that thick.” British actress Diana Rigg, who plays Lady Olenna, hasn’t read them either.


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