'Game of Thrones' beauty has her say on the final 'heartbreaking' season
George R.R. Martin started writing his epic dragons-and-boobs fantasy series, A Song Of Ice and Fire, in the 90's - yes, the 90's. The first book, A Game of Thrones, was published in 1996. The fifth book, A Dance With Dragons, was published in 2011 - seven years ago! The 69-year-old author says there will be two more books in the series, but there is no news on when they will be released. Fans of the books have been suffering more than Theon Greyjoy in the hands of Ramsey Bolton. (Well, maybe not that much.)
Luckily, the television adaptation will finish the story. The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones airs in 2019, and will consist of six super-sized episodes. Cast members aren't allowed to spoil the story, but they have dropped hints about what to expect. In interviews, Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, has suggested her character might betray a fan favorite, and described the ending as "unpredictable."
In an interview with the Times, actress Nathalie Emmanuel revealed that the production is "finished." On the show, Nathalie plays Missandei, a former slave who becomes Daenerys Targaryen's interpreter and close confidant. She said that despite only having six episodes instead of the typical ten, the final season took longer to shoot than any other.
"I think what we can expect from the final season of GoT is just a real push. Like in the last couple of seasons, we have seen the pace of the show increase with the stakes getting higher and higher. There are so many storylines that have to come to conclusion. We have to play them out, so the pace of the show is continuing on that sense...
...There are so many characters and stories that haven't found their conclusion. So, this season is going to be incredibly satisfying for people. It is going to be incredibly exciting and heartbreaking."
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jamie Lannister, also hinted at a heartbreaking conclusion, while discussing his character's fate. Well, Game of Thrones viewers are used to heartbreak. The show (and books) became famous for brutally killing off main characters, people whom you thought would survive until the very end. But nope.
So, all bets, are off. As the ice zombies march into Westeros, and the long-suffering Stark family reunites, and the Mother Of Dragons makes her claim to the Iron Throne, nobody knows what to expect - except at some point, there will probably be some dragons and boobs.
Nathalie added that "the emotions will be so much more intense.' "I feel like people will have their mind blown when they watch the final one," said the actress. Well, that's great news, especially for fans of the books, who have been waiting for the conclusion to this epic story for over twenty years. But if the end is going to be 'heartbreaking,' maybe waiting isn't such a bad thing.