It will be the finale season to beat all TV series finale seasons, if the producers over in HBO would have their say. After all, the fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” has been the face of their cable network’s high-profile programming for close to a decade now. In the show’s setting, the threats have become existential, the stakes have become apocalyptic, and the personal ambitions have become utterly unfettered in the face of universal doom. But while “GOT” season 8 is being hyped to be the greatest ending ever, a cast member candidly states the conclusion will not please everyone.
Entertainment Weekly reports that such is the opinion of British actor Iain Glen, who portrays Jorah Mormont, the lovesick and undyingly loyal retainer of Emilia Clarke’s Queen Daenerys. And he knows what he is talking about; the primary cast has already done a table reading of the events of the last season for “Game of Thrones”, and that it brought them to tears. Part of the reason would be how news sources that covered it are under the impression that the final character death toll will be catastrophic. That still does not mean that audiences will agree with their reactions.
“When I read it, I thought it was rather brilliant,” noted Glen, who had described himself as a big fan of the series he co-starred in, but also adds that it will be up to the viewers to watch the climax of the saga themselves. He adds, “You know with something this big like Game of Thrones, you cannot please everyone. All I can say is that we will be doing what we have done before and the writers have written great episodes. They have had a great strike rate up to now and I am sure that will continue.”
Due to the logistics necessary for filming, as the final act of “GOT” takes place in the dead of winter, season 8 will skip the 2018 TV season entirely, not returning until next year, in 2019. What can easily be confirmed is that show-runners DB Weiss and David Benioff have an entirely different conclusion in mind from George RR Martin, whose book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” is the basis for the show. The seventh book in his saga, “The Winds of Winter” is yet to release, but he confides that the ending of Book 8 is “bittersweet”.
Outside his work in “Game of Thrones”, Iain Glen is due to appear with his HBO co-star Lena Headey – Cersei Lannister – in an upcoming immigration thriller “The Flood”. Previously he was an antagonist character in Screen Gems and Constantin Films’ last “Resident Evil” movie adaptation, which premiered in early 2017.
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