Game of Thrones Cast and Crew Reflect on Final Season, Las Vegas’ Bellagio Fountains soon to turn into fire-spitting dragon

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“Lo and behold, upon this day, there were but 14 days left until premiere day of the final season of Game of Thrones” – Probably some prophet somewhere. We’re in the home stretch and the finish line is in sight! As interviews pour in in spades, it becomes funnier and funnier watching the cast come up with new ways to tease the ending without giving away spoilers. What do, Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), and others have to say? Let’s take a peek!

“It’s a strange thing thinking about life post-Thrones,” Kit Harington tells The Star. “I’ve never been in an institution as long as this, not school, not anything. The people and friends I’ve made here, the experience I’ve had, is more significant than any experience of my life thus far. It’s as big as it gets really.” It’s kind of weird when you think about it. We all have our family and friends in our daily lives, as well as our work friends…but for those cast members lucky enough to have survived for eight seasons strong, they’ve spent so much time on set in countries other than their own, away from their own friends and family. Given the amount of time and distance they’ve spent away from their lifelong loved ones, their work friends have become their loved ones and family members. It’s a neat thing.

And good friends, as we know, love to make fun of each other: “You should have seen Kit’s face at the read-through!” says Emilia Clarke, in reference to the first table read of season eight. As we’d reported on previously, Kit himself was a ball of tears during the read-through. He had not read the scripts ahead of time, so his live response was great for the cast: “His reactions were insane,” says Emilia. “And even for me, hearing it all come together…Everyone was crying.”

Remember the years of us wondering when ‘so-and-so’ characters would finally reunite? Wonder no more: “This season we keep having scenes with people that we haven’t had scenes with before,” says Sophie Turner. “I keep going, ‘Oh my God. Watching you is just so bizarre because the only time I have ever seen you in character is on TV.’ It’s really funny. I do feel like more of a fan-girl this year than ever.” And with all the uncertainty of the final season, Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) played ‘Guess Who’ with her mom: “I remember I was shooting something else earlier in the year and my mum came out to join me. We sat down one evening and we both said to each other, ‘Let’s project the final season. Let’s say who we think is going to be alive and who we think is going to be dead.’ We did and we were both wrong.”

Writer Dave Hill even chimes in on the ending itself (cryptically of course): “We wanted to justify people’s investment for many years and hopefully they will not feel cheated…But we do feel a great deal of pressure to bring this thing to a satisfying close. Hopefully we’ll stick the landing.”

For more from other members of the cast and crew, including Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth), and writer/producer Bryan Cogman, check out the full interview – there are lots of good quotes in there!

And lastly, on a completely separate note, The Bellagio (aka, that fancy hotel with the fountain in Las Vegas) tweeted out something involving the ongoing #Forthethrone quest:

It turns out the Fountains of Bellagio are going to recognize the final season of the show with a special show, which will make its debut at 8 p.m. March 31. It will run through April 13 and feature a dragon spitting fire.

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    1. Is that music for the Bellagio promo from them? I’m actually excited about the new pieces of music Ramin Djawadi will have in store for us for the final season. Something epic I imagine. Also, did Liam Cunningham just reveal Davos’s fate or am I misreading that sentence about reassuring his agent? I love how everyone’s teasing Kit about his crying during the table read. Sophie did as well in that Rolling Stone “First Time” video with Maisie. In case anyone wanted to re-watch it, they discuss the table read and Kit’s crying at around 11:45 😂

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gI3hGSeT9Mg

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    2. “feature a dragon spitting fire.” Whew! For a second, I thought it would read “feature a dragon spitting water.”

      Douche!!!

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    3. My husband is heading to Vegas on business tomorrow. I asked him to please, please, please hustle over to the Bellagio between meetings and record at least a little of the fountain show for me. Why oh why didn’t I get to go along on this trip??

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    4. It seems like Jack Bauer was correct once again, there is a new 27 second teaser trailer doing the rounds on twitter which seemingly aired last night. Not too much new stuff but Tyrion speaking about working together and the Hound fighting mixed in with earlier footage.

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    5. Maisie saying this:

      “One thing for me has been the costumes. Seeing the costumes up close I was like, ‘God, they are so good.’ It’s every Thrones fan’s dream come true.”

      let’s me have my fingers crossed that (as I already stated in another post) Sansa was so scared of what Arya said to her, that she sewed her a dress. Money quote: “I made this for you.” (originally to Jon) 😁

      Because I think it is highly unlikely, I will freak out if this really happens.

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