Wednesday 17 January 2018

'Thrones' stars toast the epic final season

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
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
Niamh Horan

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 co-stars, 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.

Sunday Independent

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