The end is here! After eight seasons, the last episode of Game of Thrones will be broadcast on the night of Sunday to Monday at 3 am, simultaneously with the United States, on OCS. If fans will cry their heroes during the final scene, tears have also sunk on the set at the time of the last shots.
"We have been together for a decade"
The time is in the balance sheet. "At the filming premiere, we were far from imagining that Game of Thrones would become so huge and so important in our lives for so long," says Iain Glen, who is pitching Ser Jorah Mormont. "It's ten years of our lives! "Summarizes Jerome Flynn, Bronn's interpreter.
"We have been together for a decade. Game of Thrones is the world's biggest hit in television history and we shared that, "says Glen. "I think we have not yet taken the measure of the impact of the series in the years to come," continues Joe Dempsie, who plays Gendry.
"I could not compare anything with that"
The saga of George R.R. Martin "changed our careers," says Glen. Side visibility, the side of professionals and the public, everything has changed. "I can not move anymore as I did during the thirty-five years of my career. I can not go to an airport or business without someone recognizing me. For the youngest, it must be complicated to have gone from unknown to megastars, "said the British actor.
"I know I could not compare anything to what I experienced with Game of Thrones. It was the perfect job in so many ways. And I do not think I'll make other friends like that, "says John Bradley, who plays Samwell Tarly.
"We had to say goodbye to a whole team"
"We knew it was the last season. There had to be an end, "says fatalismist Gemma Whelan, aka Yara Greyjoy. "It was strange. We had known for months that there would be our last day and our last catch. But we can not really prepare for that. It feels both proud to have participated in this series and very sad too. There's a lot of good-bye to do ... It was very moving, "tempers Hannah Murray, who plays Gilly.
The end of the shooting was "moving" for all the actors, because "we had to say goodbye to a whole team, faces that had been seen for years. It's very rare in our trades to work so long with the same people, "says Bradley.
"I did not expect to be so moved"
"It was very moving to shoot our last scene," confirms Gemma Whelan. "In general, the last days, we turn a close-up of your hands. There, I made a charming scene, one of the false ends. Many people from the team came because they knew it would be my last scene. That day, everyone was entitled to his farewell. I wanted to say something and I did not manage to say a single sentence without crying, "remembers Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen.
"I did not expect to be so moved. I saw a lot of tears and I heard beautiful speeches. And then something happened to me, a kind of allergy to the eyes, "recalls Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who lends his features to Jaime Lannister.
"I cried on my last day of filming and I would not have thought it happened. And then, I realized that I was not going to see these people again every year. It was like the last day at school, "says Jacob Anderson, who is camping Ver Gris. "It's really like that, it's like the last day at school," says Joe Dempsie.
"Saying goodbye to the character you played six months of the year for ten years is painful," says Bradley, on the verge of tears. "When you play a character for the last time and the director says" cut ", it's as if an old friend suddenly disappears and we never see him again. Samwell is gone and I can not get him back. It's sad, "he continues.
"It was the day I realized that alcohol could be depressing"
The production organized a party in Belfast to celebrate the end of the shoot. "We had a huge party. Many people are working on the series, you know, "says Jacob Anderson. " A party ? It was literally a rave! "Corrects Joe Dempsie.
The creators of the show, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss offered each member of the cast a piece of storyboard. "A wonderful gift," says Glen. "It was nice to have that! "Says Gemma Whelan.
The two showrunners also addressed a few words to each of the actors in the series. "They have found a way to do that so personally and sincerely! As they talked to me, I said to myself, "You two have changed my life." I do not know what I will be without this series, "says Bradley. The sadness was on the day: "It was the day I realized that alcohol could be depressing," says Emilia Clarke.