Eva Green, Iwan Rheon… and other comings and goings

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Karen Kunawicz

Karen Kunawicz

Alright, it’s been 10 days after Game of Thrones’ “Battle of the Bastards,” and the finale has already aired so by now every hard core fan shouldn’t be too bothered by spoilers.

In the penultimate episode of the sixth season, we bade farewell to one of the show’s most vile and despised characters: Ramsay Bolton. We probably hated him as much as we did Joffrey Baratheon (Jackie Gleeson took a bow and exited show business for a career in the academe). Ramsay was played to wicked, sadistic perfection by Welsh actor Iwan Rheon. He was so good at being despicable, he did have very vocal fans who relished his performances. One Xavier Serrano spoke on behalf of them when he tweeted: “your performance is beyond amazing. I hated you so much.”

Iwan tweeted back: “I’m very touched by all your lovely messages… and very glad people can differentiate me from the character.”

If you still haven’t gotten enough of Mr. Rheon, I highly suggest you start watching Vicious. There are 14 episodes of this British sitcom with Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi as an elderly gay couple. Iwan plays their neighbor Ash who is as far from Ramsay Bolton as day is from night.


Iwan is also set to play young Adolf Hitler in an upcoming TV film called Adolf the Artist. Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) joins him as close friend August Kubizek.

With both Vicious and his Game of Thrones run ended, we can only hope we won’t have to wait too long until he gets a new series.

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We’ve also had to suddenly say goodbye to Penny Dreadful and Eva Green’s dark, disturbed and tragically beautiful Vanessa Ives. Showtime will not be renewing the show for a fourth season. I was incredibly fond of it—it was well written and properly gothic, exploring the darkness within us, our inner demons, the monsters we have to struggle with so we can fit in with the world and function in society.

Eva Green was undoubtedly the center of the show and she turned in a fine performance each time—none of the boys could even come close. And she did have some fine young men about her: Reeve Carney (Dorian Gray), Harry Treadaway (Dr. Victor Frankenstein) and Josh Hartnett (Ethan Chandler). There’s also Timothy Dalton (Sir Malcom Murray) and Billie Piper (Lily).

Her performance in Séance (Season 1 episode 2) was unforgettable as well as her exchanges with Patti Lupone in The Nightcomers.

Eva Green will be seen soon on the big screen though in Tim Burton’s imagining of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Ah, will she ever shake the aura of the gothic, peculiar about her?

Who knows if Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) survived Negan’s baseball bat at the end of The Walking Dead Season 6? No one will find out until October 9. But for now, you might get lucky and have access to Ride with Norman Reedus—a reality series following Norman’s bike rides across America. The six episode first season started June 12.

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