More than two months before the now-infamous "Red Wedding" episode of "Game of Thrones" aired on HBO, Michelle Fairley, who plays Catelyn Stark, told OTRC.com she felt "fortunate" to have a "job that brings so much wonder and love to other people's lives."
The massively popular fantasy series is based on George R.R. Martin's books. Those who have read them know that several key characters do not survive the wedding of one of Stark's relatives and a daughter of a lord her family had hoped to secure as an ally. The episode depicting the grisly and bloody events aired on June 2. (Read a mini-recap and their remarks)
At the March 18 premiere of "Game of Thrones" season 3, Fairley was asked by OTRC.com about how she can take her character from one point to the next knowing the end is near.
"You're constantly being asked, 'Have you read the books?' What I do is I read per season. Some people have read them all. Some actors like to do that," she said. "I think your job is not to tell the end before you get there and to take it scene by scene. The guys do such an amazing job at writing and creating those scenes that it's up to us to do them justice."
"When you see the reaction of people to the program, it's incredibly rewarding and humbling because you realize just how fortunate you are to be in a job that brings so much wonder and love to other people's lives," she added. "And I know that sounds indulgent but actually, it's not. I genuinely mean it."
Many fans' reactions to the "Red Wedding" episode were identical -- shock. Earlier this week, Conan O'Brien screened a montage of people watching the key moments while interviewing Martin on his TBS show, "Conan." (Watch a VIDEO of his reaction.)
The author told O'Brien that at the Los Angeles premiere of "Game of Thrones" season 3, he talked to three actors whose characters get killed in the books.
"It was a delightful conversation," he said. "I had a moment where I realized they were all dead. One of them knew it but the other two didn't know it yet. They would know it if they read the books!"Additional reporting by Jason Marshall of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).