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April 3, 2014 • Entertainment


This image released by HBO shows Charles Dance in a scene from “Game of Thrones.” The fourth season premieres Sunday at 9p.m. EST on HBO. (AP Photo/HBO, Helen Sloan)

NEW YORK (AP) — Like every “Game of Thrones” fan, Charles Dance was gobsmacked by last season’s next-to-last installment.

That episode floored viewers with its ritualistic “red wedding,” a massacre staged by Lord Walder Frey, the bride’s father, who meant to settle a score with his hall of guests, and did.

“I got quite a shock!” says Dance, speaking for everyone who saw it. “It was bloody in the extreme!”

The fact that Dance was caught off-guard is notable, since he’s a star of the show. Indeed, the character he plays, Lord Tywin Lannister, had a hand in the bloodshed.

But he didn’t actually appear in that episode, “and 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.”

“Game of Thrones,” which returns Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT on HBO, will pack its next punch soon enough in the new season. Such is the nature of this epic fantasy, set on a make-believe continent called Westeros, chock-full of warring kingdoms, rugged landscapes, lots of sex and Login to read more

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