The battle for the dawn has been won, and it’s time for our characters to celebrate…or is it? “The Last of the Starks” allowed the survivors to briefly grieve and rejoice before ratcheting up the tension as we head toward the final clash with Queen Cersei. The losses didn’t end last week, as Team Dany receives some devastating hits to their morale as they gear up for the last war – and the outcome is far from certain. While we anxiously await what happens next, let’s dive into today’s interviews and videos!
The most heartbreaking blow to Daenerys was losing her translator and confidante, Missandei. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Jacob Anderson admits, “There’s like a cruel inevitability in this show where anybody who finds that happiness is going to have to watch that taken away from them…I honestly thought Grey Worm was gone in that episode. And I even had that thought: ‘Take me!’ She’s come through so much s—t that she’s had to deal with her life. As soon as it looks like they’re about to enjoy it, it all gets snatched away. So I didn’t expect it and I had to lay down the script for a bit.” Happiness on Thrones? Not today!
Nathalie Emmanuel believes that Missandei’s death was “really emotional and she’s so brave in it and shows her strength and fearlessness even though she doesn’t wield a sword. She believes in her queen and believes in her cause. I’m so happy that she has that kind of exit…She was willing to lay down her life but we hoped she wouldn’t have to. You can watch the end of a show and think the character is living on to do whatever. But there’s a real sadness to the fact that the character won’t.” She adds ominously, “It seems likely to push Daenerys to a scary level.” Cersei and the rest of King’s Landing will likely live (however briefly) to regret it.
Head to EW for more on Emmanuel’s thoughts on the final season.
A character we saw only briefly was Jorah Mormont, as Daenerys gave him an emotional farewell before lighting his funeral pyre. Iain Glen tells EW that although there was no line written for Emilia Clarke, she did whisper something to him. Glen is keeping it between them, however. “It’s something entirely sincere and true to the moment and something that I’ll never forget…I’ll always cherish it because it’s something no one will ever know but the two of us. And that’s a memory to hold onto.” Rest in peace, Ser Jorah.
One of the episode’s highlights was seeing Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth finally acting on the passion that has been simmering under the surface of their relationship all these years. Unfortunately it was all too brief, as Jaime decided to leave for King’s Landing after hearing about Cersei’s execution of Missandei.
Gwendoline Christie confesses to EW that she hasn’t “been certain of the relationship between Jaime and Brienne. It hasn’t been a love story. It’s been this strange relationship between a man and woman that’s never been able to find it’s true form…So you’re dealing with two people who are not terribly functional in the emotional world. I think going through sharing the experience of surviving the war together and saving each others’ lives continuously proves to be a very heady combination. Physicality often releases emotion and I think that’s what happens — working together unlocked them.” Did it ever!
She also explains that it was “important to see a moment of choice from Brienne where she chooses to do this. Brienne is a virgin. As far as we know, Brienne hasn’t had a sexual or romantic encounter before. In the books, the character sleeps in her armor to protect herself. It’s important that she choose to explore life in that way and have that experience.”
When Jaime chooses to leave, Christie reveals, “It’s so heartbreaking. But it’s life isn’t it? Life is heartbreaking…I have no judgment of Cersei but their relationship is dysfunctional. That’s when I went very red. I was very upset and I had to go for a walk.” She continues, “I feel for [Brienne] so deeply. I love that she doesn’t crumble from it…But my god. That’s the Game of Thrones, isn’t it? Just when you think things are going to go well it punches you harder than ever in the guts…” I think we can all agree on that point by now.
Read the full interview here.
In this week’s “Inside the Episode,” David Benioff and Dan Weiss discuss the aftermath of the battle of Winterfell and character motivations heading into the endgame.
The next two videos are from HBO’s website and are only available in the United States. Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington reveal why the Jon and Daenerys relationship is breaking down in “Destruction and Discord.”
“The Game Revealed” takes us behind the scenes of the funeral, the victory feast, Daenerys’ devastating losses, and more.
In case you missed it, check out next’s week preview below!