Sibel Kekilli: 'Game of Thrones'' Shae responds to Tyrion and Sansa's wedding

Neither Sansa nor Tyrion seem to be particularly happy about their wedding in last night’s “Game of Thrones” episode, “Second Sons.” Sansa didn’t get to marry the handsome prince she always dreamed of, while Tyrion was forced to marry a child who doesn’t love him.

But what about Shae? Sibel Kekilli‘s character has been an interesting development this season as she continues to be loyal to her secret lover Tyrion but also has become closer with her mistress Sansa. Zap2it recently had the chance to speak with Kekilli via e-mail and ask her about how her character responded to the news that her lover was marrying the woman she works for. Needless to say, Shae wasn’t pleased.

Zap2it: What was going through Shae’s mind when she first heard Tyrion was going to marry Sansa?
Sibel Kekilli: She definitely does not like that idea at all. Now she feels put back into her former role as a mere whore for Tyrion. She is hurt and disappointed once more in her life.

Why was it important for Shae and Sansa to grow closer in Season 3?
As Sansa’s maiden, Shae is always close to her and knows most of her thoughts and actions. Shae became the only person whom Sansa can trust. Shae is taking care of Sansa like an older sister.

How will this marriage affect Shae’s relationship with Tyrion? With Sansa?
Uh, that’s a bit early to answer that question before the whole series is shown on the screen! I guess it’s not getting easy for anyone.

Did you realize you would be a part of a love triangle going into this show?
No. As with almost everything in this show, you cannot foresee the ending, which is certainly one out of many reasons why this show is so successful. Not even the characters know whether they will survive the next season or not. And to be honest, it’s not really a love triangle. It’s Tyrion’s commitment to his duties.

How would you describe Shae’s role in Season 3?
First of all, she remains true to herself as she did in the past two seasons. Yet, it’s going be a bit more complicated for her and she has to act deliberately.

What has been your favorite scene to shoot so far this season?
I think the golden chain scene is pretty impressive. So Tyrion gets to know that he cannot buy her.

How has your relationship with Peter Dinklage evolved since Season 1?
Actually we have gotten along very well from the very beginning. I think I can call us friends. Meanwhile I do understand all his jokes. [Winks]

Who is the funniest person you’ve worked with on “Game of Thrones” when the cameras aren’t rolling? What’s your favorite behind-the-scenes Peter Dinklage story?
Conleth [Hill] who plays Lord Varys and Peter are really funny. Peter once was asked by Turkish fans in Croatia if I am on the set as well. I could not stop laughing. They asked him, the main character of the season, if I would be on the set … normally it should be the other way round.

Would you recommend fans read the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series in addition to watch the show? Have you read the books?
Of course they should watch it. HBO and the producers as well as George R. R. Martin did a great job in transforming the books into a script. And they certainly will encounter some differences. Personally I have not read the books so that I’m not affected by them because my role differs from the books quite a lot.

If you could have your way, who would you like to see end up on the Iron Throne?
Of course Tyrion and Shae. That is an idea that I would really appreciate.

“Game of Thrones” airs Sundays on HBO at 9 p.m. ET.

Posted by:Terri Schwartz