John Bradley on the Mystery of Game of Thrones’ Ending and His New Dragon Project

Photo: SKY1

Photo: SKY1

John Bradley makes an interesting point in his new interview with Digital Spy. Can we properly analyze the story being told in Game of Thrones if we don’t know the ending? The actor who plays Samwell Tarly on the HBO series shares his thoughts on the matter.

“It’s interesting thinking about the end of Game of Thrones,” Bradley tells Digital Spy. “Because we don’t know how it ends – we don’t know who wins or who loses – we’ve got no idea what kind of story we’re telling.

“We don’t know if it’s an indictment of how bad people can triumph if good men do nothing, or a redemptive story about good triumphing over evil. We just don’t know, so that mystery has fed in to everything we’ve done so far.”

John, a regular since season one, will be appearing in the new season, debuting sometime next summer. According to DS, he says “there’ll be more spectacle than ever before – with some sequences in the scripts he’s convinced are ‘unfilmable.'”

“But you find that every year,” Bradley says. “You read it and you think, ‘They’ve really stitched themselves up here, because there’s no way they can get this on screen’ – and then 10 months later, there it is!”

The actor has kept busy in his off-season time this year, filming a role in the TV movie adaptation of Jasper Fforde’s book, The Last Dragonslayer. That’s right, another dragon show.

Not quite the same, however! The Last Dragonslayer, airing Christmas Day on SKY1, is a family-friendly film. Bradley plays Gordon, the assistant of Jennifer Strange (Ellise Chappell), an orphan who may become the title dragonslayer.

As for the similarities between his projects, Bradley explains that “people who watch Game of Thrones will enjoy it, it’s just broadening the audience a little bit. The treatment of fantasy elements is slightly different, but the elements are still there.”

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    1. Unfilmable scenes and more spectacles are always welcome, the crew of Game of Thrones always finds new ways to outdo themselves. I can’t wait to be speechless when I watch the new season of Game of Thrones, and read the comments of every other fan who was left dumbfounded after a episode 🙂

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    2. Funny how in the coming attraction (yeah, I’m that old) a character says marketing is the new magic (good line), yet I recall only seeing John Bradley in one shot. I would think to get a larger audience they’d have made a bigger deal of him. But anywho, Ellise Chappell appears to have real star quality.

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    3. My TV is not working at present and I doubt I’ll be able to get it fixed till after Xmas so I won’t be watching JB’s new project. These have probably been mentioned before (I tend to be late to the party) but there are a couple of new reactors – Unqualified Nerd and George Alexander. GA’s reactions are short and to the point; Unqualified Nerd and her unsullied sister are funny. From Scotland Stephanie Reacts does occasional GoT reactions also.

      While I’m typing, I wish all the hard working people behind Watchers on the Wall and all the people who come to post, read or just “lurk” generally the compliments of the season.

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    4. MC Gendry
      Sam the Slayer. (White walker, Thenn and now moving onto dragons.) Will have to watch this new show as well

      a) It’s not a show, it’s a TV Movie
      b) It’s not him who is called “The Last Dragonslayer” but the girl.

      Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to you all! I wonder if they’d celebrate something similar in Westeros and Essos.

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    5. If you don’t know what the story is by the time you are 3/4ths of the way through it, then either you are not paying attention OR the storyteller is doing a collossally bad job of telling the story!

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    6. I watched ‘The Last Dragonslayer’ on Sky 1. It was ok and as expected was a typical drama that is shown over Christmas for kids. A bit Harry Potter’ish with magic and set in a time/place that was half medieval, but with modern day things like bicycles, cars and TV sets… Ah, and with a talking dragon 😉

      John Bradley didn’t appear until quite late in the show and turned out to be the villain in the piece! The complete opposite to his Sam Tarley character.

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