Game of Thrones is coming to an end. Not today, not tomorrow, not even this year. Nevertheless, slowly but surely, the end of the show approaches. The seventh season may be many months away for us but, by the time we are able to watch it, the cast and crew will have begun working on a new season of Game of Thrones… For the last time. How are they handling this? Is parting ways with the show even more difficult for the actors than for fans? Today, three stars of the show answered that question… and of course hyped up season seven: Liam Cunningham, Jacob Anderson and Alfie Allen.
Interviewed by Laura Prudom for Mashable, at a preview for the Game of Thrones concert tour and at other events, the actors who bring Davos, Grey Worm and Theon to life have many things to say about their experiences filming this year’s season and the one coming next, the one which will put an end to the whole enterprise:
Cunningham confirms they’re all “feeling it on set.” After all, the end is closer for them: “You’ve yet to see the work we’ve done on Season 7. You guys have two more, we have one, we’re one ahead of you — and we’re now in the position where it must be like trying to get off drugs. We’re easing ourselves off drugs gently, and the drug is this show.”
According to Mashable, the smuggler turned knight, then turned Hand of the King (for two different kings, practically) admitted “there’s an urgency in the new installments, both on-screen and behind the scenes. Because we know we’re coming to an end, and [because of] what we’ve been filming in Season 7 — without giving anything away, things are coming to a head, so not only do we feel the passage of time … that’s also been reflected in what we’re shooting. So it can be occasionally a little odd on set; it adds to the work and adds to the tension and we can use it, but I’ve never committed to a job like this before, this length of time. I’ve got a family on this that I’m gonna miss hugely.”
On the feeling of filming season seven and looking ahead to the end, Jacob Anderson agrees with his co-star: “It doesn’t feel like a panic, but I’m panicked for people. I think, and this is true of Season 6, you can feel that things are coming to a close. It’s all getting a bit much. The show’s kind of like a pressure cooker … It’s just absolute chaos. I’m just in awe of how everybody’s managing to fit as much as there is into seven episodes, because it doesn’t necessarily feel like a normal season, it feels bigger.” The actors apparently also attributed the shorter season to this exacerbated sense of an ending. Just like us, the cast and crew must learn to relish these last dozen or so episodes.
Corroborating Anderson’s comments concerning the greater scope of this year, Alfie Allen, who was quoted from another event, elaborated that “in terms of the pace of it, it’s been pretty much the same, but there’s definitely a feeling of… ‘it’s coming to an end.’ It’s kind of crazy. It’s sad for us, because we’re not going to get to hang out as much.”
Finally, Allen teased the fans with what’s to come: “It’s gonna be a crazy season. It’s definitely going to blow a lot of people’s minds. It’s still the same running theme; characters that haven’t crossed each other’s paths before will do, and they’re gonna take it even further this time. People have loyalties that they have to examine.”
Though it’s fair to say these actors wouldn’t be doing their job if they didn’t promote the show, it’s still nice to see they appear to be as excited by what lies ahead in Game of Thrones as they are sad by its impending conclusion. Aren’t we all!