Isaac Hempstead Wright chats about the past and future of Game of Thrones, spanning from fan criticisms to the writers’ endgame plan to the prospect of facing life after season 8.
Eighteen-year old Isaac Hempstead Wright spoke with Hollywood Reporter recently about Game of Thrones. When asked about the shorter lengths of seasons 7 and 8, and how that impacts the flow of the show, Hempstead Wright praised HBO for not stretching out the final chapters of the story longer than necessary.
“The people making Game of Thrones are acutely aware of how they want this story to go,” he said. “It’s not like they don’t have a big plan and need to bide their time with a few extra episodes. They know exactly how they want this to end.”
Hempstead Wright also addressed the criticism that Game of Thrones faced last season from fans and critics alike about issues in continuity and travel time. While he didn’t weigh in on any specific controversies, he admitted that increased scrutiny is often the price of show’s popularity
“It’s fair enough that people are very antsy and concentrated on us making season seven absolutely perfect … I suppose Game of Thrones is its own worst enemy then, because there are moments where these tiny details reveal so much about the plot and the future,” he said. “But in general, I don’t think there were any glaring plot holes. I think it was a pretty incredible season.”
As for the expected fan reception of the series finale, Hempstead Wright was blunt: “It won’t go the way some people want,” he said. “It will be too happy for some people, or too sad, or too whatever. That’s the nature of an ending.”
On a more personal level, Hempstead Wright spoke of the sense of loss that he and the rest of the cast will feel once the show is over. Hempstead Wright is, after all, one of the youngest members of the cast and one of the few actors from the pilot to have made it into the final season.
“When it actually finishes, it’s going to hit hard,” he said. “We won’t experience it for a while … I think it will be when we get to this time in 2019, when we’re usually expecting the phone call organizing flights for the next season, that it will be very sad and it will be very real: This doesn’t exist anymore … There will be so many glamorous [events] and all of these fireworks as we celebrate the ending of the show — and then all of the sudden, it will be nothing. And it will be sad.”