December 4 is an important date, at least for the Italian fans of Game of Thrones. Which are not few: it remains the most pirated series in the world (perhaps the least noble but numerically significant record).
Just in time for Christmas gifts, the eighth season arrives at home video, flanked by a limited edition of the complete collection of episodes with a box made specifically by the English designer Robert Ball. The box set, also available in the standard version, contains 38 DVDs (or 33 Blu-Ray), and is one of the most awaited events. Among the 15 hours of extra content is the reunion special, which is a meeting of all the protagonists, past and present, led by Conan O’Brien on the Belfast set. Not to mention the two-hour documentary on the last chapter, The Last Watch, directed by Jeanie Finlay.
To celebrate the event, fifteen cast actors met in London to reveal the background, curiosity and memories of the series born from the novels of George RR Martin, with an eye for the last moments together.
1. Farewell gift
The production honored each actor with the storyboard of their cult scene. In the case of Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran), for example, the moment when he is pushed out of the window; for Kristofer Hivju (Tormund), instead, a frame of struggle.
2. Bitter tears
Some have tried to hold back the emotion , like Joe Dempsie (Gendry), who candidly admits to Wired : ” I tried to do it until the end, but I failed “. It was not the only one: Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran) became a valley of tears, “only the last day , though”. ” When I unpacked the hotel for the last week of filming – recalls Maisie Williams (Arya) – I started feeling all the emotions at once. Yet I am aware that the real blow will come in a year. “
The bravest : John Bradley (Samwell): “I promised myself at the beginning of the season not to think about the farewell and until the last lunch on the set I avoided becoming emotional“.
3. Tits and dragons
“The audience has nicknamed the series Boobs and dragons,” chuckles Maisie Williams (Arya). “And it seems appropriate, because he told strong women, though there were shocking moments of sex and violence. I believe, however, that the throne of swords has had the merit above all of managing every storyline with honesty and it seems to me positive the disconcerted reaction of the public that made the spectators jump on the armchair because nothing of the kind has ever been seen on TV ”.
4. False myths
Many legends have circulated in the end of the series. For Jerome Flynn (Bronn) it is time to debunk some myths: “Meanwhile, it is not true that the production has provided us with false scenes or alternative episodes, even if the security measures adopted for the secrecy of the scripts have been increased. To the point that none of the cast went around on the set with the scripts.” The actor does not like spoilers: “As a fan of the show I never wanted to spoil my surprise by knowing in advance the scenes that were not about my character“.
The recurring nightmare of the protagonists: to be eliminated suddenly: “What an obsession! Therefore, every year of life in more than Bronn seemed to me a Christmas present and it didn’t seem real, I felt only a huge sense of gratitude“. The same was true for colleague Richard Dormer: “My Beric feared nothing, except … die for trivial reasons. He was a religious man, so he would have liked God to call him in an appropriate way.”
5. Fan theories
Liam Cunningham (Davos) was one of the few on the set to read the hypothesis of the audience: “I enjoyed it very much, I wanted to see how far the madness of the people came“. Colleague Carice Van Houten (Melisandre) shakes her head: “I didn’t even think about it: I stopped when some fans found clues even in my dress.” Sophie Turner (Sansa) smiles: “Among us in the cast there was even those who, like Nicolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime), enjoyed telling lies to fans to mix the waters. I, on the other hand, kept away from even the comments of the social media, to the point of having deactivated the tags so as not to be affected“. Maisie Williams (Arya) interrupts her: “This is something new, I would have liked to know about this option, can you show me? Personally I always have a more uncaring approach: I say mine and if you don’t like it and don’t want to follow me on social media, it’s your business ”.
6. The strange couple
George RR Martin’s books do not include emotional details on the relationship between Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) and Jaime (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau) : “These two were on emotional roller coasters,” she says. “They went from irritation to affection. Something very similar to the relationship between me and Nicolaj, with whom I fought from day one”. He comments: “It doesn’t surprise me, because she was quite tried by the haircut that had just been done“.
Christie replies: “I have a different memory. I was in the makeup and I was very afraid to meet him. He arrived, looked at me from top to bottom and just said to me: “So?”Is it true that he looks like his character in reality? “.
7. Friends forever
One of the indissoluble bonds born on the set of Game of Thrones is that between Sophie Turner (Sansa) and Maisie Williams (Arya). When the first married, the other one acted as a witness. Best friends for a decade now, not only do they have an equal tattoo, but they have also invented a secret handshake to the cry of ” best friends forever “.
8. Paranoia and conspiracies
Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran) became a bit paranoid: “All the time of the shooting I didn’t go to Google for fear that some hacker slipped into my computer. I am someone who knows how to keep secrets, but out of caution I never talked about the series with anyone. Never. Online I just visited Wikipedia and read the news. And it’s not the only way the series has influenced my life: I dropped out of college during the eighth season, because the pressure had become unbearable and the levels of stress were absurd. At one point, my life started and ended on the set, but I’m glad that now I can find my true path and maybe go back to studying.”
9. Add a seat at the table
Despite having participated in the Fast & Furious franchise, Kristofer Hivju (Tormund) admits that Game of Thrones is positioned on a completely different scale: “Suffice it to say that some days at lunch we were 750 , which would amount to a single budget film ”. The family of the actor, for the record, had a relationship with the sui generis series : “My children do not believe in the acrobatics I can do on the set, I had to show them the video of my ice climbing to silence them. Instead, I haven’t been able to convince my wife to see the episodes yet, it’s one that is easily frightened ”.
10. The future
Cast actors have very different hopes and fears about the post-throne era of swords. For example: Hannah Murray (Gilly) would like to turn the page and make a good comedy: “But they send me only bloody scripts, like for the movie Charlie Says , a drama is exhausting me “.