Winter never left! The eighth and final year of Game of ThronesEven though the controversial ending was aired in May 2019, it still has many fans.
Many of the HBO series’ leading characters made it to the end, despite their being on the HBO series since the beginning. Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Cersei Lannister — despite the fate of most of their family members (R.I.P. Ned Stark, Khal Drogo, Tywin Lannister, etc.) — shined bright on the small screen for the show’s last six episodes.
“The last season of Thrones seemed to be designed to break us,” Kit Harington, who portrayed Jon Snow since the show’s inception in 2011, told GQ AustraliaJanuary 2019, “Everyone was broken at the end. I don’t know if we were crying because we were sad it was ending or if we were crying because it was so f–king tiring. We were sleep deprived.”
Emilia Clarke, who played Harington’s love interest, Daenerys, also opened up about the show’s conclusion while speaking to Us Weekly and other reporters at HBO’s Emmys afterparty in September 2018.
“Everybody has done a lot of crying filming the last season, so we’re all feeling very bittersweet and existential crisis-y, the usual,” she said.
Peter DinklageAfter his acceptance speech for Outstanding Sustained Actor in Drama Series at the 70th Emmy Awards, Tyrion Lannister (played by Jeremy Irons) shared a similar sentiment.
“I had my last day on set back in July … and it was very sad,” he told reporters in September 2018. “This is not only a great TV show to be a part of, but it was an enormous family to be a part of.”
Season 8 Game of ThronesThe series premiered on HBO in April 2019, and was cancelled six weeks later.
The show’s iconic characters hooked fans in with their extravagant costumes — and some viewers still don’t recognize the cast outside of Winterfell. Many actors wore wigs for years in order to better portray their roles, while others simply wore long coats and war attire.
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