The long-promised winter is finally upon us, as well as the many Game of Thrones characters. Naturally, we are all sitting tight waiting for any news we can get about the upcoming season 8. But before we get too ahead of ourselves, I say we sit back and reflect on the sumptuous season 7 finale from which we are still reeling. If it’s any consolation during the long wait, the cast is just as anxious to get rolling on the next season as we are to watch them do it! Several of them (eight, to be precise), offer a little further insight into their characters’ ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’ storylines. Making Game of Thrones has assembled a plethora of actor quotes, in which those interviewed offer thoughts into the many friend/enemy/frenemey encounters and reunions that the finale had in store for us.
“The feelings she had about the Hound were very immature, and I feel like she’s grown up since then. If they met again, she’d hopefully just be an effective killer with him, rather than against him,” reflects Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) on the Hound’s conversation with Brienne. I hope that if Arya ever reunites with the Hound (fingers crossed for season 8!), they put their enmities aside (thanks, Davos), and revisit the buddy-comedy ‘Stark and the Hound’ duo we all know and love. (credit to our own Oz for that title)
“I didn’t see it coming. The way I acted it is, ‘It’s gone. I’m out. See you guys,’” says Pilou Asbæk (Euron Greyjoy) about his feigned exit during the meeting at the Dragonpit. In order to fully convince the other characters (as well as the viewing audience) that Euron really is ditching Cersei, Euron needs to act as if there is no trick up his sleeve…and clearly it worked as his backdoor plotting with Cersei surprised a lot of people (including myself).
“What they’ve got to offer is unique; something that no one else can bring to the table…Sam knows he and Bran possess skills nobody else will ever get. That makes this such an interesting partnership,” muses John Bradley, about the unique pairing of Sam and Bran. And he has a fair point – Bran is all-knowing, but only insofar as knowing what to look for, and Sam (with no small contribution from Gilly!) has lots of knowledge and historical tidbits tucked away in his brain. Together they could make an unlikely, yet surprisingly helpful pair for season 8.
Read the full article for more quotes from Jerome Flynn (Bronn), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Isaac Hempstead Wright (The Three-Eyed Raven), Richard Dormer (Beric Dondarrion), and Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane).
In an interview with Vulture, Kristofer Hivju plays coy on whether Tormund is alive or not, following the calamitous events of the episode’s final Wall-crumbling sequence.
“Well, isn’t that the mystery? I don’t know! [Laughs.] Last time I saw him, I was inside a Wall, hundreds of meters of ice that was falling apart!”
With the hope that his character is still alive, Hivju is quite the optimist, and quotes his very poetic mother:
“…My mother said to me today, actually: ‘Forgiveness is the most difficult way to go forward, but it’s still the only way.’ You have to turn the page and let bygones be bygones. It’s nice to play a character who has that ability, because there’s so much revenge and the wish to kill each other in this show. It’s nice to have a character that’s able to turn the page and get the overall view. And it’s a skill of necessity, because you have to adapt or else you’re lost.”
He also shares some insight into what it was like shooting the sequence where the Wall collapses:
“Well, they built a fantastic set of the top of the Wall. We had real crows, real birds. And it was pretty cold in that studio. But you know, because I’d seen the army of the dead, I know what it is to imagine it.”
Same, Tormund. Same. I imagine our imaginations will only get wilder as GOT into season 8. Read the full article for the rest of the interview.
Lastly, the final Beautiful Death poster for season 7 has been released. Artist Robert Ball has shared his process for its creation:
“Petyr Baelish was one of my favorite characters, and if I were a betting man, my money would have been on him sitting on the Iron Throne at the saga’s end — which is why I never gamble, and why I was doubly upset when his schemes finally caught up with him…When I saw Littlefinger fall to the Great Hall floor, my immediate idea was to use the floor’s flagstones to make a web with Baelish finally caught in the lies that have spun out of control…Then I decided, as it’s the last poster of the season, to cram in as much symbolism as the image could take.”
Here’s the result of his labor of love, and what a treat it is: