Saturday 19 October 2019

What next for the Game of Thrones favourites?

The cast members are moving on but can they escape their GoT characters?

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (left), Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner and Kit Harrington of HBO's "Game of Thrones" pose backstage with their award for Oustanding Drama Series at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Reuters/Mike Blake
The cast at the Game Of Thrones premiere in Belfast (Liam McBurney/PA)

Denise Smith

As the saying goes: all good things must come to an end, and Game of Thrones is, sadly, no exception.

If you were a fanatical follower of the fantasy drama, you might think there is no such thing as life after Westeros, but dry your eyes: dragons and double-crossing might now be off the agenda, but there is still light at the end of the tunnel.

The HBO series has made your favourite characters into household names, which means you will be seeing much more of them as they take over the big and small screens.

With the final season now officially wrapped, it’s time to look ahead to see what’s next for Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke and the rest of the cast. Remember, it’s not goodbye, it’s just see you later.

Emilia Clarke (Daenerys)

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Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams turned heads on the red carpet for the final Game Of Thrones season premiere (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Tired from torching entire cities to the ground, fooling around with her nephew and executing people on a whim, Emilia Clarke’s next project sounds absolutely blissful in comparison to her time in the Seven Kingdoms.

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Emilia Clarke stars as Daenerys (Sky)

For fans that can’t get enough of the Mother of Dragons, the 32-year-old stars in a new rom-com Last Christmas, in which she plays a retail elf who meets a ‘too good to be true’ man. Due to be released on November 8, Clarke will also hit the big screen with Jack Huston in the drama Above Suspicion, a true story about the first FBI agent arrested for murder.

Kit Harington (Jon Snow)

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Kit Harington will reprise the role of Jon Snow when the show returns on Monday (Liam McBurney/PA)

He may have risen from the dead and proved his sword skills, but Kit Harington is tired of being a hero, so much so that he’s decided to move away from action roles completely.

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Kit Harington as Jon Snow (Sky)

If you’re looking to get your Kit fix, you’ll find him starring in his new film, director Xavier Dolan’s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, to be released later this year. For the kids, he has also voiced a character in 2019’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger)

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Killed off: Aidan Gillen, as Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish, on the set of ‘Game of Thrones’ with Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark

He may have only made it to season 7, but Aidan Gillen as the delectably manipulative Littlefinger was TV gold, so it’s no surprise that the Drumcondra-born actor has a variety of projects in the works, most notably a role as James Joyce in an upcoming film about the writer’s later years.

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Star turn: Aidan Gillen and Camille O’Sullivan at the Rock Against Homelessness concert. Picture: Arthur Carron

Gillen will also continue starring as a UFO researcher in the second season of the History series Project Blue Book.

Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark)

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British actress Sophie Turner arrives for the "Game of Thrones" eighth and final season premiere at Radio City Music Hall on April 3, 2019 in New York city. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Sophie’s has been busy during the GoT hiatus. Aside from getting hitched in Vegas, and working on the movies Broken Soldier and Heavy, the 23-year-old is the main draw in the upcoming blockbuster X-Men movie Dark Phoenix on June 7.

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Sophie Turner

Taking on the titular mutant, Jean Grey, and her descent into evil, thankfully Sophie is well versed in playing a Hollywood badass (this is a woman who fed her husband to the dogs, after all).

Maisie Williams (Arya Stark)

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Maisie Williams as Arya Stark

Not letting her on-screen sister have all the fun, Maisie Williams is also set to become an X-Man in the franchise’s New Mutants spin-off movie. Due to be released this summer, she’ll play the shape-shifting mutant Wolfsbane.

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Maisie Williams has spoken of her self-hate struggles (PA)

An easy job for Maisie, who has served under the Many-Faced God. She’s also attached to thriller flick The Owners. It has also just been announced that she will be the first celebrity guest judge on RuPaul's Drag Race UK which will air on BBC Three later this year.

Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister)

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Peter Dinklage plays Tyrion Lannister (PA)

Peter Dinklage will lend his dulcet tones to upcoming animated kids’ movie sequels The Angry Birds Movie 2 and The Croods 2. Not only that, the imitable actor will return to the big screen in dark thriller The Thicket and The Dwarf (which unfortunately, are not GoT spin-offs).

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister)

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Ian West/PA

He may have met an untimely end in the penultimate episode of the series, but Nikolaj will at least get some downtime in his native Denmark for his next roles. He’s set to star in Copenhagen-set Domino, which will be released later this year and the Danish-language Suicide Tourist, in which he takes “a long and mysterious journey into the world of polar bears and weird suicides”. But that’s not all, the King Slayer also has roles in Notat and thriller The Silencing.

Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy)

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Alfie Allen (brother of Lily) plays Theon Greyjoy. Photo: Getty

In the end, we all realised that Theon was a “good man”, but post-Thrones, Alfie Allen is set to become a great man, as he lands several movie deals. This year, you will find him in Jojo Rabbit and How to Build a Girl, the film adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s bestselling book.

Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark)

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Bran Stark

Now that he has said farewell to Bran Stark and can enjoy using more animated facial expressions, Isaac can be next seen in The Blue Mauritius, a crime caper that centres around five international thieves who set out to steal the most valuable stamp in the world. Makes a change from being the all-seeing Three-Eyed Raven.

Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister)

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Lena Headey plays Cersei Lannister in the eighth and final series (Ian West/PA)

Putting her wine glass temporarily on ice, the actress starred alongside Dwayne Johnson in Fighting With My Family. You can catch her when she buddies up with GoT co-star Iain Glen in The Flood. She is also attached to movies, Crooks and Gunpowder Milkshake.

Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont)

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Iain Glen (Ian West/PA)

It seems Iain isn’t as loyal as his on-screen alter-ego Jorah, as he has fallen in line with his co-star Lena Headey in The Flood, out later this year. He also has movies What About Love and Haven: Above Sky in the works.

Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth)

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Liam Cunningham attending the Game of Thrones premiere (Liam McBurney/PA)

The Onion Knight is set to star in upcoming Ebola virus mini-series The Hot Zone. Liam will also be dabbling into video-game work as part of the upcoming Squadron 42’s star-studded voice cast.

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