The ending for “Game of Thrones” is near and the stars are quite emotional over it. Actress Sophie Turner talked about the moment she realized the end for the hit show was coming. The “GoT” star, opened up with The Hollywood Reporter about the moving final script read for the HBO series with longtime cast members including Kit Harington and Maisie Williams.
“It was very, very bittersweet,” Turner said about coming back to shoot the final season. “The first day of the actors coming in and that kind of production starting, the day where we had the final read-through for the final script, it was really bittersweet. At the end of the very last script, they read aloud, ‘End of Game of Thrones.’ As soon as they read that out, pretty much everyone burst into tears. There was a standing ovation for [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss]. We were all clapping and cheering. It was amazing. It was the first time every single castmember had been there and sat through all of the scripts for season 8.”
The actress also describes the realization about the fact that it’s going to be the final season. “It was a shock to the system. We actually realized, reading that ‘end of Game of Thrones’ line, that that was it,” she said. “When you’re in it, you don’t really see an end point. It’s just an ongoing thing you’re living with. It was a real shock. It was really sad, but there was an immense amount of pride, too. We realized we had done it. We had created this amazing thing, and that’s it now. It was just a feeling of pride.”
Turner also talked about her pride over the work done by the showrunners. “I was proud of David and Dan, and I was looking around at all of the other cast members around the table, nodding at them, and saying: ‘Well done. We’ve done it.’ It was the craziest feeling,” she told. “It’s the biggest project we’ll ever do. We’ve put our hearts and souls into it. Saying goodbye to it means putting parts of our hearts and souls behind. But we also know we’ve given it everything that we’ve got.”
For the actress, who is currently engaged to Joe Jonas, the fact that the end is so close it became an opportunity that brought the cast members closer. “The anxiety of, ‘What the f–k are we going to do when this whole thing finishes?’” she said. “Panic started there. Probably since season five I started personally feeling like it was all winding down. All of the sudden, we started hanging out a lot more often and realizing we shouldn’t really take this for granted. We’re having more dinner parties and making the most of it more now.”
The final season of “Game of Thrones” will air on 2019.
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