What the 'Game Of Thrones' cast have said about the season 8 finale
Game of Thrones director David Nutter compared the ‘crazy strict’ security situation on the set to the “Gestapo”, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister, revealed that the actors’ scripts self-destructed after filming. In other words, HBO had the final season on lockdown, taking every human and technological precaution possible.
Then Sophie Turner went and told her mates the ending, anyway. .
Unfortunately for us, her friends have so far proved trust-worthy. Worse yet, the cast still talk about the final season like they’re in a HBO exec’s crosshairs. But there are some clues if you look hard enough. To that end, here’s everything everyone has said about the Game of Thrones finale so far:
George R.R. Martin
“It’s been an incredible ride […] And almost all of it has been great. Obviously, I wished I finished these books sooner so the show hadn’t gotten ahead of me. I never anticipated that.
“It’s the end for a lot of people,” Martin said. “It’s not the end for me. I’m still deeply in it. I better live a long time because I have a lot of work left to do.” – Entertainment Weekly
Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark)
"I think, you know, as an actor it was really satisfying — I think for everyone, everyone’s storylines — to be able to act out the way that it all ends. It was really satisfying for us. Who knows if it will be satisfying for the fans. I think a lot of fans will be disappointed and a lot of fans will be over the moon, I think" – IGN
Maisie Williams (Arya Stark)
"I don't think anyone is going to be satisfied [when it ends]. I don't think anyone wants it to end but I'm really proud of this final season" – Sky News
Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen)
The Daenerys actor told The Independent that she walked around London for "three hours, aimlessly" after she received the season's script. She added that there were "loads of tears" as she filmed her final scenes.
Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark)
“Not everyone’s going to be pleased, because it’s such a big show, and it’s divisive […] But I think we have wrapped it up as convincingly and honestly and as cleverly as we could hope" – Radio Times
Kit Harington (Jon Snow)
Told the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show that he’s "maybe not happy, but very satisfied" with the ending.
“I was very shocked and surprised at certain events unfolding, and then I blubbed my eyes out. I cried.”
"I had theories all along and all of them were wrong," he said. "They were all wrong and I'm quite glad I never told anyone my theories because they were all wrong." – Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Carice van Houten (Red Priestess Melisandre)
“Everyone has a certain expectation, I guess […] “It’s been building up so much. But [the ending]’s great, as well, it’s going to surprise you.” – Radio Times
"It is what it is, and so that’s what it should be. There’s nothing to say about whether I’d change it if I were in charge. In an ideal world we would want Samwell Tarly to be the king and rule the world but unfortunately, that’s not the reality." – Country and Townhouse
Casey Bloys (HBO President)
“Everything I have seen makes me very, very confident that this is a [season] fans are going to be very happy with […] It is a dramatically and emotionally thrilling way to end the series. I believe it will live up to the very high expectations.” – TV Line
D.B. Weiss (Co-creator and show runner)
"We want people to love it. It matters a lot to us […] We’ve spent 11 years doing this. We also know no matter what we do, even if it’s the optimal version, that a certain number of people will hate the best of all possible versions."
"There is no version where everybody says, 'I have to admit, I agree with every other person on the planet that this is the perfect way to do this'—that's an impossible reality that doesn't exist," Weiss said. "I'm hoping for the Breaking Bad [finale] argument where it's like, 'Is that an A or an A+?'" – Entertainment Weekly
David Nutter (Director)
“It was definitely a situation where there was no paper on the set, [that] type of thing. [The production team] wanted to make sure nobody knew what was happening, and they went to the nth degree, like they do on the show in general. They basically take it to the point where it’s like the Gestapo.” – Huffington Post