Game of Thrones has been a great companion to our television needs over the years, and helped redefine the genre on the whole. As you all know, the show is now gearing up for the end, with Season 8 now in development. The season is now filming, and a table read, the final one, was held at the beginning of the production.
In a new interview now, Sophie Turner, who plays the role of Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones, recently said in an interview that this last table read was so emotional that the entire cast broke down into tears at the end of it. Read on!
Sophie recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter, and she teased a bit of Season 8, and how emotional it is for the cast. She said that it was great to know how it all finally ends :
“We’ve imagined it for so long. There’s also an ambiguity every season when we would get the scripts: “Is this the season where we die?” To have made it this far is pretty unbelievable, considering the amount of deaths there have been.”
“All of us have always had discussions about theories about what we think is going to happen — who’s going to die, who’s going to end up ruling. Now, we know. It almost feels like another one of our theories. It doesn’t even feel like it’s what’s actually happening. It’s very satisfying.”
She was then asked how the mood was on the sets as the cast returned to film for one last time. Sophie replied :
“It was very, very bittersweet. 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. It was hard. 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 eight — obviously not castmembers who had died in the earlier seasons, but I’m sure they have better things to do now!”
Now, as we know, Season 7 was the beginning of the end, and it felt like part one of a two part season. Apparently it was similar to film, revealed Sophie :
“Definitely. It definitely felt that way. And it was probably even sadder because we didn’t know what was going to happen in the end. We were filming the final push, but we didn’t know who was going to die and who was going to live. The bittersweetness started there. Also, the anxiety of, “What the fuck are we going to do when this whole thing finishes?” (Laughs.) The 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.”
She also spoke about how the show ending was like saying goodbye to a family. Lastly, she spoke about her personal take on the last table read :
“I’m getting goosebumps now thinking about it. It was a shock to the system. We actually realized, reading that “end of Game of Thrones” line, that that was it. 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. I was proud of David and Dan, and I was looking around at all of the other castmembers around the table, nodding at them, and saying: “Well done. We’ve done it.” It was the craziest feeling. 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.”
Sucks that we have to wait more than an entire year from now to find out what happens. We can’t wait. What about you? Talk to us in the comments, down below!
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