Sunday 18 August 2019

Here's how Aidan Gillen hopes Game of Thrones will end after eight seasons

Aidan Gillen arrives at the LA Premiere of 'Game of Thrones'. Photo: AP
Aidan Gillen arrives at the LA Premiere of 'Game of Thrones'. Photo: AP
Sorcha O'Connor

Sorcha O'Connor

The finale is coming.

Game Of Thrones actor Aidan Gillen has said he is hoping that the show's ending will "surprise" fans of the fantasy series.

Season eight will be aired on HBO on April 14 and Gillen, who played Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish, said he thinks a happy ending would be "strange" but hopes characters such as Arya and Bran Stark, who have been dealt the worst cards, will get one.

"Happy ending," he said when asked what kind he'd like to see.

Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger in Game of Thrones
Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger in Game of Thrones

"I mean a happy ending would be really strange, wouldn't it? Maybe that's what it is.

"I've always been fond of Sansa Stark despite, you know, the way things went.

"I honestly don't know. At the start, when we started shooting it, it seemed like Tyrion, Arya Stark, Bran Stark you know, people who had the worst things done to them [would win] but I just think even that is too predictable.

"Hopefully, it'll be something surprising, that's all I know."

Speaking to Bang Showbiz, the Drumcondra man added he thinks there is little chance that anyone will emerge as a winner.

"There's all this stuff about who's going to win. I think that changed a few seasons ago, you know, the whole idea of it being a game, the winning - that there can be a winner, or a loser just seemed to go out the window," he said.

"It shifted and became about something else, so other than that I hope it's something really surprising and, you know, shocking."

He said season one showed there is always a twist in the plot, and he reckons something similar could be in store for the final episode.

"Maybe you'd hope it's going to be something like these strokes that the creators pull that make the show such a big deal in the first place that they can do it again," Gillen said.

"They did it with Sean Bean's character in season one. That's where people really kind of sat forward and thought this is something we haven't really had to deal with before."

Gillen met a grisly end in the show when he came up against the Stark sisters Arya and Sansa, played by Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner.

Sophie Turner revealed over the weekend in an interview that she was paid less than her co-star Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow in the fantasy drama series.

However, she didn't think it was unfair because the actor had to film 70 nights straight during the shoot for the ninth season.

"Kit got more money than me but he had a bigger storyline," said the 23-year-old.

"And for the last series, he had something crazy like 70 night shoots and I didn't have that many."


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