Sophie Turner weighs in on how the final read through of the season 8 Game of Thrones scripts had everyone involved in tears. Game of Thrones has been one of those rare shows that managed to actually increase its viewership with each season. Almost every episode of the show this year managed to out-do its predecessor in terms of audience size, and that acclaim has brought with it critical accolades. Game of Thrones has landed Golden Globe nominations alongside those from SAG, AFI, and other prestigious organizations. And season 8 of the show looks to top things.
We know that when Game of Thrones returns, season 8 will put the characters in alien environments. Though many plots and characters have been thrust together, the final batch of episodes looks to continue pulling them apart and throwing them for a loop. With multiple conflicts brewing and shaky alliances the only thing protecting the realm, it's safe to assume season 8 will be tense. But it will also be emotional, as the story comes to some sort of conclusion and the actors move on from the roles they'll forever be associated with.
EW spoke with Sophie Turner about her upcoming film X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and talk naturally turned to the final season of Game of Thrones. When asked how the cast and crew reacted with things headed toward the end, Turner detailed a bittersweet gathering.
“We had the read-through a while ago and at the end of it, we were all on our feet, applauding and crying. We had everyone there, everyone who’s had any part in this. It was amazing. We closed the blinds and shut ourselves off from the rest of the world and had six hours in this room just reading it through and crying and laughing. We had our emotional bit and then we thought, ‘Well now we’ve got eight months. We’ve still got a while to get through!'”
While read-throughs usually focus on one episode at a time, the abridged eighth season of Game of Thrones lends it self to one marathon table read. And from what Turner says, it sounds like people not even involved in the last six episodes were there. Given how sprawling and long-lasting the show has been, bringing everyone back together as the final moments of the show are read out must have been an intense and emotional rewarding experience for everyone involved.
Of course, the world kicked off by George R.R. Martin is far from finished. The author still has two books left in his series, while HBO is currently working on a number of potential spinoffs. Though some Game of Thrones characters want to return, we won't learn which spinoff will move forward until the flagship series is finished. And with Game of Thrones season 8 coming in 2019, we still have to wait a bit longer.
Game of Thrones season 8 will air sometime in 2019 on HBO.