Viewers are anxiously awaiting the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” — which may not debut until as late as 2019.
While fans are steeling themselves for the final episodes of the epic HBO hit, star Sophie Turner (who plays Sansa Stark) admits that knowing the show is coming to an end is “very, very emotional” for the cast.
“We started in October, so we’re maybe like a tenth of the way through,” says Turner in an interview with Variety, noting that there is still “six or seven months” of filming yet to go.
“When we all had the read-through for the final season, it was very, very emotional,” she reveals. “For the first time in ‘Thrones’ history, we had everyone there. All of the Americans wanted to come over. Every single cast member was pretty much there. We’re all kind of feeling the end of it coming. We’re all staying in town a little longer, going out for more meals, trying to get together more. We’re all trying not to take it for granted any more.”
As for what’s in store for her character, Turner says of Sansa: “It’s going to be tricky for her, because at the end of last season, she felt that she had everything set up. She had her family back together. They were in control of the North again. This season, there’s a new threat, and all of a sudden she finds herself somewhat back in the deep end. And without Littlefinger, it’s a test for her of whether she can get through it. It’s a big challenge for her, without this master manipulator having her back. This season is more a passionate fight for her than a political, manipulative kind of fight.”
Having literally grown up on the show, Turner explains that appearing in such a prestigious show, surrounded by top actors “makes you a bit of a snob, I think. And because it was my first job, the actors on ‘Game of Thrones’ are the people I learned to act from. I learned to act watching Lena [Headey] and Peter [Dinklage] and Maisie [Williams] and Kit [Harrington] and all of these different people. I put them all on such pedestals. The thought of not working with them is almost excruciating to me. They’ve been my growing up.”