Iain Glen recently chatted about Game of Thrones’ “brilliant yet beautiful” conclusion, stressed the importance of giving actors complete scripts and said that, at the beginning of season 8, Ser Jorah is … actually doing alright.
While promoting his upcoming PBS miniseries Mrs. Wilson with IndieWire, Iain Glen discussed the final season of Game of Thrones and praised the directors of the show for always keeping the actors in the loop, rather than hiding important plot points in the name of secrecy.
“Certain directors work that way…” Glen said. “But I find it slightly belittling to what we do as actors, the notion that we’re denied large [portions of scripts] unless it’s integral to the story that you’re telling,”
According to Glen, it’s not just that it’s insulting to be kept in the dark about a show that you’re on; it also hinders the actor’s artistic process.
“The knowledge you gain about the story, the telling, and the themes that are involved … you piece your little journey into that,” he said. “That’s what we do as actors. We should be given the material. We always got to read everything before we started.”
So, all that said … how does Glen feel about season 8’s material?
“I was in awe at the writing finesse,” he said, “that it just realized everything in a very fulfilled way. I thought it was brilliant, yet beautiful.”
When asked about how his character, Jorah Mormont, is fairing at the beginning of season 8, Glen says (despite any “fucking punkass little shitburger stole my khaleesi” looks he’s given in the past) Mormont is in a good place when season 8 opens.
“I think he’s very, very relieved and content to be back inside Daenerys’ good favor,” he said. “He’s well placed to try and to look after her. Through all the seasons, he’s ebbed and flowed with her, and now he’s well set, so that’s where he is.”
Glen said he feels a “funny old melange of different sensations” about facing the end of Game of Thrones.
“I felt very sad of course, but you don’t want to outstay your welcome,” he said. “I think it’s the right time for us to reach our conclusions. These things have a saturation point, and although people are desperate to see the resolve and see where we go, you want people to wish it was going on, and wish to want more.
“But personally, it’s been a decade of my life. I was in original pilot and every season since then. I’ve gotten very fond of the people… Acting by its nature is ephemeral, and that’s what you’re used to having quite strong relationships with people and then saying, ‘Bye,’ and then bumping into them later. And so, knowing that you were going back each year, and knowing that the whole thing was growing and becoming so ridiculously, massively, globally popular – it transformed all our lives. It was extraordinary. I know I’ll miss it, but I also want to finish when it felt right.”