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Interview with Ben Hawkey

  • When did you learn that you would be return in Season 4?

  • I was told that I was going to be back at the premiere of Season 3 in L.A. I managed to keep it a secret until the episode came out.

  • What was different for you during this reprise?

  • Hot Pie has changed a bit as a character. I think he's obviously done quite well for himself, considering. He was a bit of a bully and evidently not sure of himself in Season 1, but in Season 4 he's working and doing what he loves. I think he's really come a long way.

  • Is there a secret to Hot Pie's appeal?

  • He's got that sort of human quality that I think people identify and empathize with. He's fallible and faulted.

  • What did you think of his latest attempt at wolf bread?

  • It looks so much better, doesn't it? I thought it was really cool. There wasn't just one bit of bread - there were like 70 identical breads on set. The person who kneaded them probably had a hard, early morning that day.

  • What's the strangest interaction you've had with a fan?

  • This girl came up to me asking, "Are you Hot Pie?" and I went, "Yes I am." I was quite shocked because it was the first time I had anybody coming up to me. She kept asking me, "Can you sign my face?" and she didn't have a pen. It was a very odd experience.

  • Does anyone offer you baked goods?

  • No. That's the only downfall. If they offered me that, I'd be well happy.

  • Which of your scenes was the most fun to shoot?

  • The scene where Hot Pie wets himself was quite fun but also frustrating. I had to put a wet suit on in the morning. The crew asked, "Do you need to go to the toilet before you put it on?" and I said, "No, not really." Like five minutes after I put it on, I really had to go to the toilet. I couldn't take off the wet suit until we were finished filming seven hours later. I could have literally wet myself on my own without the water feature put in.�

  • If Hot Pie could be personal chef to any GOT character, who would he choose?

  • I reckon he'd choose Tyrion. He's got all those girls up there with him, and he'd like to look at them. He'd have an easy day's work, wouldn't he?

  • Which GOT character would Hot Pie want as his sous chef?

  • I think he'd like to see Arya again, so he'd probably pick Arya.

  • What would he say to Arya if they were reunited?

  • I think he'd be lost for words, I don't really know what he'd say... probably for the third time say "Winterfell" as "Winterhell."

  • Does Hot Pie subconsciously hate Winterfell?

  • I don't think he has a subconscious hatred of anything. He's just playing simple or he actually is just a very simple, dumb character who doesn't know or care much about anything.

  • Given their reputations, would he ever cater a GOT wedding?

  • He'd probably get all stressed out if he had to do a whole wedding. I don't think he's quite there yet. If the only thing on the menu was wolf bread, he'd do it - only to show off how good he's got.

  • How would Hot Pie have reacted to the ultimate "hot pie" - the pigeon pie at Joffrey's wedding?

  • He would have probably been very jealous.