There were tears, laughs, farewell speeches, and then more tears during the final moments of shooting HBO’s GAME OF THRONES. With the series’ final episode on the horizon, Sunday, May 19 at 9 p.m. ET only on Crave, some of the cast look back at the final table read and the last moments of filming:
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister): “For me, it really was the perfect way. I can't talk about the scenes, but it was just the perfect ending to my whole experience of being on this show. It was a beautiful day, Northern Ireland, great crew, great scenes. I'd seen quite a few of these farewell speeches by this point. I remember I was like, ‘Why are people getting so emotional? It's ridiculous. I'm way too hard for that.’ Then, they give you this beautiful little framed bit of storyboard – mine was when my hand is chopped off. On the back, they write some nice words to you, and then suddenly I felt some wet stuff on my face. I was like, ‘God, er, I must be coming down with a cold.’ "
Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark): “Everyone was there. It was very emotional. We've had read-throughs before, but not everyone showed up. Kit (Harington, who plays Jon Snow) was reading it for the first time at the read-through. That was funny. You could just hear him in every scene let out a gasp.”
Conleth Hill (Varys): “I was absolutely depressed.”
Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont): “This was the first time all six episodes (of the final season) were read at once. We all sat around one enormous table with all the directors there, all the heads of department. We read it from beginning to end over the course of two days. It was just a really unifying experience and very moving. When you hear it read by mostly the people doing the roles, you do get a lovely arc and you do hear the story.”
Maisie Williams (Arya Stark): “Everyone was there. Producers, heads of department. They were all there and it was very emotional.”
Gwendoline Christie (Brienne): “I'm very attached to this character. She has meant a great deal to me in my life, not just in terms of my work but personally, too, in terms of stripping away all of the vanities which we all hang about ourselves. Of course on the last day, I told myself in the morning I'd be fine … I wasn't. I cried for two hours until everyone was rolling their eyes because there I was, changing out of costume and removing makeup and hair things, and still crying. People were saying, ‘Yes, she's still going. Nope, hasn’t stopped. Still going.’ "
Carice van Houten (Melisandre): “The group read-through was magical, I thought.”