If you still can’t believe that HBO‘s Game Of Thrones is coming to an end in two seasons, well, it turns out that you aren’t alone – the cast is also feeling the pressure to make sure that the last dozen-or-so episodes are among the best in the series.
Mashable held interviews with a few of the supporting cast, such as Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth), Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), and Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy). Cunningham compared the situation of wrapping things up to kicking a drug habit before hinting at the stress his character (and several others) will face.
“We’re easing ourselves off drugs gently, and the drug is this show. Because we know we’re coming to an end, and [because of] what we’ve been filming in Season 7 — without giving anything away, things are coming to a head, so not only do we feel the passage of time … that’s also been reflected in what we’re shooting. So it can be occasionally a little odd on set; it adds to the work and adds to the tension and we can use it, but I’ve never committed to a job like this before, this length of time. I’ve got a family on this that I’m gonna miss hugely.”
Anderson commented that he’s more worried about everyone else, and that it paradoxically seems as though the penultimate season is longer than it actually is.
“It doesn’t feel like a panic, but I’m panicked for people, I think. I think, and this is true of Season 6, you can feel that things are coming to a close. It’s all getting a bit much. The show’s kind of like a pressure cooker… It’s just absolute chaos. I’m just in awe of how everybody’s managing to fit as much as there is into seven episodes, because it doesn’t necessarily feel like a normal season, it feels bigger.”
Allen noted that production doesn’t seem different, but the sense that it’s ending and that plots are coming together makes it seem crazier than usual.
“In terms of the pace of it, it’s been pretty much the same, but there’s definitely a feeling of… ‘it’s coming to an end’. It’s kind of crazy. It’s sad for us, because we’re not going to get to hang out as much. It’s gonna be a crazy season. It’s definitely going to blow a lot of people’s minds. It’s still the same running theme; characters that haven’t crossed each other’s paths before will do, and they’re gonna take it even further this time. People have loyalties that they have to examine.”
Since winter is pretty much here at this point and the Mother of Dragons has made her way to a divided Westeros, it’s pretty safe to say that things are going to heat up as the story comes to a close. It’s a given that Game of Thrones will not end on a whimper, but with a bang.
Game Of Thrones Season 7 will air in Summer 2017. It will be followed up by Season 8 sometime in 2018.