The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones is just around the corner! The word “bittersweet” has been used quite often to describe the feeling the finale will leave viewers with, but it also describes how the show’s fans are feeling right now.
On one hand, there’s the excitement. Who isn’t excited about the Battle of Winterfell? Dany and Jon riding dragons together? Cersei’s latest round costumes? On the other, there’s the sadness. Love it, like it, or not, Game of Thrones leaves behind a legacy that any TV series would greatly envy. That legacy is felt just as much, if not more, by the actors who were bringing these beloved characters to life.
HBO recently released a big batch of interviews featuring the Game of Thrones actors talking about their characters and their time on the HBO juggernaut, reflecting about where they began and where they find themselves now. From Lena Headey to Emilia Clarke to John Bradley, the actors go deep into their Game of Thrones journey, what they have found of themselves through their characters, and what it means for them to have woven their life into this tapestry of ice, fire, and blood.
Lena Headey on Playing Cersei Lannister
“When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die.”
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on Playing Jaime Lannister
“The things I do for love.”
Emilia Clarke on Playing Daenerys Targaryen
“Do you know what kept me standing through all those years in exile? Faith. Not in any gods. Not in myths and legends. In myself. In Daenerys Targaryen.”
Maisie Williams on Playing Arya Stark
“But what’s west of Westeros? I’d like to see that.”
Sophie Turner on Playing Sansa Stark
“I’m a slow learner, it’s true. But I learn. Thank you for all your many lessons, Lord Baelish. I will never forget them.”
Peter Dinklage on Playing Tyrion Lannister
“I am your son. I have always been your son.”
Rory McCann on Playing The Hound
“F*** the King.”
John Bradley on Playing Samwell Tarly
“I’m tired of reading about the achievements of better men.”
Isaac Hempstead Wright on Playing Bran Stark
Liam Cunningham on Playing Davos Seaworth
“Good. Now go fail again.”
Kit Harington on Playing Jon Snow
“If I fall, don’t bring me back.”
Iain Glen on Playing Jorah Mormont
“I wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t. I return to your service, my queen, if you’ll have me.”
And just in case you didn’t want to bawl over the entire set of videos, there is a handy condensed version for several cast members right below.
The final season of Game of Thrones starts April 14 on HBO Canada and Crave.