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Game of Thrones cast tease “numbing” ending: “Not everyone’s going to be pleased”

We caught up with the actors behind the smash-hit series to hear about how we’ll wave goodbye to Westeros – and how they think the fans will react when it all plays out

Published: Monday, 11th March 2019 at 4:03 pm

After eight years, 73 episodes and a LOT of inventive murder, smash-hit fantasy series Game of Thrones will finally come to a close on 19th May 2019 – and at the moment, all any of of us cares about is finding out how it all ends.


And with all that hype and expectation, can writers David Benioff and Dan Weiss really hit upon a conclusion that satisfies everyone? Or will a whole collection of fans find themselves disappointed when they find out who finally will sit on the Iron Throne?

“Oh, f*** the fans,” Conleth Hill, who plays spymaster Varys in the series, sighed when we asked him about the build-up.

“That was a joke! But I don't know, I don't know if you can please everyone.”

“Not everyone's going to be pleased, because it's such a big show, and it's divisive,” agreed Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who plays Bran Stark in the series.

“But I think we have wrapped it up as convincingly and honestly and as cleverly as we could hope.”

“Everyone has a certain expectation, I guess,” added Carice van Houten, who plays Red Priestess Melisandre.

“It's been building up so much. But [the ending]’s great, as well, it's going to surprise you.”

“I’m sure people will be moaning about something,” quipped Hill.

Clearly, it’s hard to predict how passionate fans would react to such a momentous ending, so how about an easier question – what did the cast think when they experienced the conclusion of Game of Thrones for the first time, whether that was in a script, a read-through or on set?

“Well we come out with the same thing every year – 'it's going to be bigger and better.'” Rory McCann, who plays the Hound, told “But of course HBO are going to throw everything at it in the last year, so. That's what it's going to be.

“I remember reading [the ending] going, 'Wow, thank you David and Dan. Thank you George. What a gift.'”

“I know how it ends but I’ve avoided the detail,” van Houten said. “I just want to watch.”

“It was all quite numbing,” Hill told “For us, because it was the end of 10 years.”

“Personally speaking I love my journey,” Richard Dormer, who plays resurrected warrior Beric Dondarrion in Thrones, told “I love what Dan and David have done. The arc, the journey, every character.”

“I think everyone would agree in terms of saying they think their character endings are just and are the best way to wrap the characters up,” Hempstead Wright concluded.

“Even if, God forbid, some of them might die.”

So there you have it – overall, we can expect an emotionally numbing, character-driven ending that’ll probably kill off loads of people and prove to be incredibly divisive. Sounds like the perfect fit for Game of Thrones.

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