‘It’s The ‘Beginning of the End’: Game of Thrones Cast Teases The Super-Sized Season 7 Finale

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Iain Glen (Jorah), Kristofer Hivju (Tormund), Richard Dormer (Beric) and episode 6 director Alan Taylor talked to The Hollywood Reporter and teased the super-sized 79-minute long finale (The Dragon and the Wolf) of Game of Thrones season 7:

Glen: It was really surreal. I think it’s hard for fans to appreciate how dissipated and separated we’ve all been over the course of seven or eight years. There are large numbers of these actors who have never acted together before. We’ve all been part of this thing that’s turned into an extraordinary success, and we’ve met at premieres and we’ve met at read-throughs and we’ll bump into each other in trailers. It’s been a very complicated process. You have two units operating at the same time, with actors flying from one unit to another — from Spain to Croatia back to Ireland on the next Wednesday. You pass each other, but to actually be able to be in the same space, to have fun together, to live in the same hotels, to act in the scenes primarily? For me, it felt like it was part of the beginning of the end in a very good way. In a very lovely way. The reason we’re starting to group together and all starting to be part of the same storylines is because the end is nigh. That’s the movement towards it. What you do as actors is you say, ‘Fucking hell. Can you believe how this has been?’ You share your delight and how much of a ball the whole gig has been. Sometimes it’s easy to think, ‘Is it just me?’ And then you bump into all of the other actors and we all feel the same. It’s very hard, because we know it’s not going to be there for much longer. It’s all going to go at some point — well, we know at what point. You want to relish it while it’s there, man. It’s a lovely feeling. It’s like someone you have known for a great deal of time but you’ve never had the chance to really see them and shake their hand and be part of the same thing and give them a hug. For everyone, it was a special time.

Hivju: It’s going to be interesting, I can tell you that. It’s like Game of Thrones is competing with Game of Thrones, in the way that we feel everybody has to take it up another notch to make the fans happy. I really think they have done that this year. When you have a battle in episode two, and a huge one in episode four … these are big, big sequences. Somehow, it feels like the thing on Game of Thrones now is, if anybody comes up with a [great] idea, whatever the cost, the ambition, everyone has to say yes. We’re competing with ourselves. Episode seven is maybe the longest one. We’re talking about a feature-length episode.

Dormer: I think what everybody imagines, they’re going to get it, and maybe even a little bit more. It’s the last episode, so things are really ramping up. It’s going to be truly epic. You’re going to wish you were watching on a massive cinema screen.

Taylor: When I heard I was going to be doing the penultimate episode of the season, I went, ‘Oh, good! That’s the big one!’ In most HBO shows’ story-arcs, and on Game of Thrones usually, the penultimate is the big one and then you coast down in the final episode. I got to Belfast and started looking at the other scripts and went, ‘Oh, mine’s not the big one. That’s the big one.’ Every episode I started to realize was big. The loot train was huge. The sea battle was huge. This season, it keeps hitting a bar of scale throughout. What becomes more important is not so much the scale of the action as it is the scale of the story point. I was lucky to have a major one like the Night King going nuclear and having the weapons the good guys have. I can say the next episode that finishes this short season, the plot point evolves in an even more dramatic way. It takes a huge leap forward. It keeps building.


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