‘Thrones’ stars toast the epic fi­nal sea­son

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - ANALYSIS - Ni­amh Ho­ran

KIT Har­ing­ton, Ja­son Mo­moa and Liam Cun­ning­ham — bet­ter known as Jon Snow, Khal Drogo and Davos — made Game of Thrones fans happy last week when they popped into a pub in Belfast to have a quiet tip­ple in be­tween work­ing on sea­son eight of the fan­tasy epic.

The group seemed in jovial form, de­spite the fact that the cast know this will be the last se­ries of the record-break­ing TV show.

Speak­ing about the fi­nale, Cun­ning­ham told re­porters that the whole team were pre­par­ing them­selves for the big mo­ment.

Asked about read­ing through for the fi­nal three episodes of the show, he said: “We’ve kind of been try­ing to pre­pare our­selves for the end of this from the be­gin­ning of last sea­son. That’s when we kind of said we have to start think­ing about this. This is gonna end.”

And with his typ­i­cal hu­mil­ity, Cun­ning­ham added: “They’re gonna take this baby off us. We’ll be out in the wilder­ness again with no­body even re­mem­ber­ing who we are. Back to ob­scu­rity.”

But that is highly un­likely. The show has brought each of the re­main­ing stars world­wide fame be­yond their wildest imag­i­na­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to Va­ri­ety, the five main ac­tors each make the same amount: $500,000 per episode. The fe­male leads are also paid the same as their male costars, whereas his­tor­i­cally women have been paid less in Hol­ly­wood, as in other in­dus­tries.

Mean­while, asked about the oft-re­peated ru­mour that au­thor Ge­orge RR Martin once told him “a se­cret” about the plot, Cun­ning­ham didn’t let the cat out of the bag but did pre­pare fans for “a real let-down” when film­ing wraps up and he can even­tu­ally let slip what it is.

“Ev­ery­body thinks he told me who’s on the throne be­cause that’s what they’re pro­ject­ing — ‘He must’ve told him some­thing.’ You’re big­ging it up. It ain’t that big. It was just some­thing he told me. It’s not mon­u­men­tal,” said Cun­nigham.

The next sea­son is not ex­pected to air on Sky un­til 2019 due to the time it takes to film the epic scenes.

‘They’re gonna take this baby off us. We’ll be out in the wilder­ness’

GAME NEARLY OVER: Kit Har­ing­ton, Ja­son Mo­moa and Liam Cun­ning­ham take a break from film­ing sea­son eight and meet fans in a pub in Belfast, where parts of the se­ries are shot

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