Oh, the places the characters of Game of Thrones will go.
John Bradley, who plays the lovable but secretly badass Samwell Tarly on the acclaimed HBO fantasy drama, recently spoke with TVGuide about how the very last season of Game of Thrones will play out. And though he was expectedly mum about plot specifics, Bradley did reveal that the new episodes will see main characters in environments they’re not used to–a situation that allows both the actors playing them and the viewers at home watching them discover new and exciting things about their motivations and personalities.
“These characters are so detailed and so rich, you can feel that you’ve got a pretty good handle on your character. You can predict how your character will react in any given circumstance, but when you place these characters in a new environment, it’s always putting them under a microscope, and you constantly have to reexamine your character,” Bradley said. “Each of the characters this year is placed in a completely alien environment at some point in the season that they’ve never been placed in before. The thrill is seeing how they react to it and how they respond… This season, I think, more than any other is stretching these characters.”
The actor then commented on the mounting pressure to deliver fans a satisfying end. “We know that we’ve got a real job to do. This has been a part of people’s lives for so many years. This is our eighth season, and we are kind of feeling the pressure to get it right because we want to satisfy people. We want to give people a payoff that they’re going to be happy with,” stated Bradley. “We know how militantly passionate the fans of this show can be–in a good way–and we just kind of want to give them an ending that they deserve.”
With Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) shacking up with Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) growing more infuriated with his sister-lover Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) now running Winterfell, the last chapter of Game of Thrones is sure to be one heck of a rollercoaster ride.
Joining Bradley for the eighth and final season are Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, Conleth Hill as Varys, Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark, Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont, Liam Cunningham as Ser Davos Seaworth, Carice van Houten as Melisandre, Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane, Jerome Flynn as Bronn, and Hannah Murray as Gilly.
Game of Thrones is expected to return sometime in 2019.