Game of Thrones ending - 24 quotes from the cast about the final season (and what they could mean)

Game of Thrones ending

I don't know if you've heard, but Game of Thrones is ending... Yeah, some time next year Game of Thrones season 8 will premiere and then a few, short (well, not that short) episodes later, it will end and there'll be no more Game of Thrones EVER AGAIN. While you ball your eyes out at that realisation, let me offer you something to keep you going until then with everything the cast has said about the Game of Thrones ending so far. 

With HBO going to extraordinary lengths to keep things under wraps, all we have to go off is the odd comment or quote, here or there from the cast when they've been allowed to talk to press, and while we don't want to have the Game of Thrones ending ruined for us, our curiosity won't allow us to ignore it completely. With so much speculation about the final season flying around the internet, there’s a lot of confusing rumours, contradictory articles, and questionable discussions out there, so let me assure you, below you'll only find actual quotes from the season 8 cast. Cold, hard facts about the Game of Thrones ending. FACTS! Read on to find out everything we know about the Game of Thrones ending from the people who have actually read the scripts/worked on it, in their own words.

We might see Dany in a different light 

Who: Emilia Clarke, AKA Daenerys Targaryen

What they said: “It fucked me up,” Clarke told Vanity Fair. “Knowing that is going to be a lasting flavor in someone’s mouth of what Daenerys is…”

What it might mean: OMG! What is Dany going to do?! This is by far the closest Emilia Clarke has ever come to telling us anything concrete about how Game of Thrones ends (you can tell by the way she trails off and doesn’t continue the thought...) and it sounds like it might not be a happy ending for the Mother of Dragons. With Daenerys becoming more bloody-thirsty in Game of Thrones season 7, could we see that continue into the final season? Is Dany going to do something really questionable? Will she become the very thing she’s fighting against? 

Sansa could become a warrior

Who: Sansa Stark, AKA Sophie Turner

What they said: “I always saw something of a warrior in Sansa that I don’t think other people really saw,” Turner tells Gold Derby. “I always had the feeling that she was learning and adapting and at some point or another it was going to manifest itself somehow, and she manifested it into being a warrior. It felt really satisfying when it happened, and I’m really happy where this storyline for her has ended up.”

What it might mean: The key part of this quote is when Turner says: "It felt really satisfying when it happened". It being, Sansa becoming a warrior? That's certainly what Turner implies here, so it might mean that we see her kicking ass in season 8. And about time too!

It gets Ser Jorah’s seal of approval

Who: Iain Glen, AKA Ser Jorah Mormont

What they said: “I am one of the few people who has read the script and I know the ending and what happens,” Glen told The India Express. “When I read it, I thought it was rather brilliant. I am a bit of a fan of the series as well, and it satiated my expectation and hopes… But we will just have to see. You know with something this big like Game of Thrones, you cannot please everyone.”

Glen added: “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.”

What it might mean: That Iain Glen loves to talk? It also promises great things from the Thrones finale, although I’d be surprised if anyone involved said it was going to be bad! Still, Ser Jorah wouldn't steer us wrong and if he’s satisfied with how Game of Thrones ends, then so am I.

It won't be a happy ending. Duh

Who: Hannah Murray, AKA Gilly

What they said: “I knew to expect the unexpected,” Murray told Watchers on the Wall. “Anything that felt too obvious to me I knew was not going to be what [happened]. So there were certain things where I was like, ‘Well it can’t be that but I don’t know what it is going to be’.” 

Murray added: “It’s not like a fairytale happy ending by any means at all and I think it’s a really wonderful final season. I’m really excited for people to get to see it.”

What it might mean: That everyone's going to die?! But seriously, we probably didn't need anyone to tell us that the Game of Thrones ending wasn't going to be a happy one - I mean, it's Game of Thrones! - but there's nothing quite like having it confirmed by a member of the cast. Eeek. 

Jaime might side with Jon and Dany

Who: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, AKA, Jaime Lannister

What they said: "I really liked working with Liam Cunningham, who plays Davos Seaworth." Coster-Waldau said on WRadio. "We worked together and now we get along very well. I will not go into depth because I would be giving away spoilers."

What it might mean: Coster-Waldau might be worried about spoilers, but he may have already let slip too much by revealing that he shares scenes with Cunningham in season 8. It's true that the pair have technically shared a scene before in season 7’s The Dragon and the Wolf, but as their characters never even spoke to each other, I somehow doubt this is why Coster-Waldau enjoyed working with Cunningham so much. No, I think it's much more like Jaime and Davos will meet again in season 8 and for a much more in-depth storyline. This also implies that Jaime will be hanging out with Jon and maybe even Dany as all three of them are together at the moment. Could this mean Jaime betrays Cersei and joins forces with her enemy? Or did they all just have a nice little chat while destroying White Walkers together?

Multiple endings were filmed to keep the ending secret!

Who: Casey Bloys, AKA HBO programming president

What they said: “I know in Game of Thrones, the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really knows what happens,” Bloys said at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, according to the Morning Call. “You have to do that on a long show. Because when you’re shooting something, people know. So they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that there’s no real definitive answer until the end.”

What it might mean: The cast are a lot better at keeping secrets than HBO themselves if this quote is anything to go by, but it seems to imply that there are multiple Game of Thrones endings. While that’s pretty exciting from a fan point of view don’t get too hyped just yet because the next few quotes might disprove this entirely...

But Nikolaj Coster-Waldau isn’t convinced...

Who: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, AKA, Jaime Lannister

What they said: “Do you think that’s true? It seems really stupid to me,” he told Marie Claire when asked about the multiple endings. “I mean if it’s true I don’t believe it, but I don’t know, maybe. I mean, I haven’t read the script, so unless they will show several endings that could be a twist, they’re not going to waste that money. They know how expensive it is to shoot. You’re not going to waste $100,000 a day to shoot something you’re not going to use. It’s not going to happen.”

What it might mean: Coster-Waldau has a point here even though this quote is from before he read the scripts. Game of Thrones is one of the most expensives shows ever, so it’s unlikely that the showrunners would spend extra money making multiple endings they would never use. Maybe Bloys was just referring to multiple scripts?

Neither is Maisie Williams:

Who: Maisie Williams, AKA Arya Stark

What they said: “Well, I heard this and I immediately thought, ‘I don’t think we’ve got the budget to shoot lots of different endings,'” she told Jimmy Kimmel. She added: “As we know, sometimes presidents don’t always tell the truth.”

What it might mean: That Maisie Williams isn't afraid to throw shade. And that she also agrees with Coster-Waldau.

Or Hannah Murray...

Who: Hannah Murray, AKA Gilly

What they said: “So I only just heard that for the first time, just today,” she said at Con of Thrones. “I don’t… I was not under the impression that there were multiple endings, but I could be wrong and I could be being fooled and I could have [a] completely incorrect idea of how this season ends.”

What it might mean: Now Hannah Murray is afraid that she doesn’t know how Game of Thrones ends and no-one will tell her! Welcome to our world Hannah.

Emilia Clarke doesn’t seem to know either way!

Who: Emilia Clarke, AKA Daenerys Targaryen

What they said: “I did [read the script], and since then, you just… people are saying something on set and you’re just like, ‘I think that they’re filming other stuff and everybody’s being really cagey about it,’” she said on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast. “And then there’s a lot of like, ‘Wait why’re you—what are you—wait a second.’ Cause there’s lots of different endings that could happen that I think that we’re all doing all of them and we aren’t being told which is actually what’s gonna happen.”

What it might mean: It’s official, even the cast don’t know what’s going on! To be fair, they’re probably only given the scripts which relate to their characters, so perhaps we have the wrong idea trying to work out the ending from the cast. They each only know their own part in the Game of Thrones ending. Surely one of them ends up sitting on the Iron Throne though, right?

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