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Not long ago, Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) was on borrowed time, the clock ticking down until he went slowly mad from greyscale. Thanks to a surgical procedure courtesy of one Samwell Tarly (John Bradley), Jorah the Andal is now alive and well heading into the final season of Game of Thrones — and to hear the actor behind the fierce warrior tell it, he’s lasted long enough to know how the whole story will come to an end.
In a new interview, Iain Glen has spoken up about the looming Game of Thrones conclusion, with the final season set to bow in 2019. According to the man who has valiantly served his Khaleesi for seven seasons and counting, the final episode should exceed most expectations — emphasis on most.
“When I read it, I thought it was rather brilliant. I am a bit of a fan of the series as well, and it satiated my expectation and hopes,” he tells IndianExpress.com. “But we will just have to see. You know with something this big like Game of Thrones, you cannot please everyone.”
Glen’s assessment lines up with what other actors have said about the final notes of Game of Thrones, including Isaac Hempstead Wright, who previously spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about how there’s a certain freedom in knowing the show’s ending simply can’t satisfy all customers.
“We’re all so confident in the way this story goes and the message it gives and how the whole story arc works,” said the actor, who plays Bran Stark. “As long as we can reconcile with ourselves that we’re happy with how it ends, it won’t matter what anyone else thinks, really. As long as we feel we’ve done the story justice, and have done justice to [author George R.R. Martin’s] universe and [show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’] vision, then that’s really all we can hope for. It won’t go the way some people want. It will be too happy for some people, or too sad, or too whatever. That’s the nature of an ending.”
Likewise, Sophie Turner (Sansa) spoke with THR about what it was like to read the final script with the cast and crew, describing it as a deeply emotional experience.
“It was very, very bittersweet,” she said. “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 David and Dan. We were all clapping and cheering. It was amazing.”
Whether fans will clap and cheer as loudly as Iain Glen, Sophie Turner and Isaac Hempstead Wright remains to be seen — but Turner’s use of the word “bittersweet” certainly falls in line with the tone author George R.R. Martin has often bandied about in describing his plans for the novel series’ conclusion. Given the tone of Game of Thrones thus far, a series in which heroes have been ruthlessly butchered at moments of honor and happiness with alarming regularity, it’s a smart bet that the “bitter” will win out over the “sweet.”
How do you think the series will end? Sound off in the comments below, and keep checking THR.com/GameOfThrones for more on all things Westeros.
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