For the moment, Podrick has made it alive through season six. He was last seen in a boat with Brienne, who waved goodbye to her patron, enemy and kindred spirit Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Koster-Waldau).
"There's something lovely about watching that and the relationship between Brienne and Jamie continuing and seeing how it evolves, because who knows how it's going to go," Portman says. "I don't."
Really? "I don't," he says. "I don't know whether or not they see each other again, or how deeply they feel for each other if they do see each other again. It's interesting to think about."
Will he return for season seven? Now Portman laughs. "I am not allowed to tell you," he says. "Sorry!"
For now, Portman is more curious how others take on his role as cosplayers at Oz Comic-Con, happening in Sydney Sept. 10-11 and Brisbane Sept. 17-18.
"I think it's cool," he says. "If the character has inspired people to make a costume and go out and do that, then I think that's huge."
While he loves meeting Australian fans ("They are amazing," he says), Portman admits, "I'm not a huge sci-fi guy, I'm not a huge comic book guy and I'm not a huge fantasy guy, I'm not a gamer or anything like that, but if I could geek out about anything with anybody? Then it would be Shakespeare. I really want to geek out about Shakespeare."
Portman has been able to make a film inspired by the bard and is looking towards doing more varied roles.
"Game of Thrones has just opened so many doors," Portman says, "not only as an actor but in terms of other things that I wanted to pursue. People got interested in me as a guy, so that's cool."
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