WE’RE NOT READY.
We’re trying not to think about it, but at some point we’ll probably have to accept that are only two seasons of Game of Thrones remaining before the show leaves our lives forever — and it turns out that the actors are just as anxious about it as we are.
"I know we’re all feeling it on set," Liam Cunningham (who plays Ser Davos Seaworth) recently told Mashable. "You’ve yet to see the work we’ve done on Season 7. You guys have two more, we have one more, we’re one ahead of you — and we’re now in the position where it must be like trying to get off drugs. We’re easing ourselves off drugs gently, and the drug is this show."
Cunningham — who has been with the series since the beginning of Season 2 — admitted that there’s an urgency in the new installments, both on-screen and behind the scenes.
"Because we know we’re coming to an end, and [because of] what we’ve been filming in Season 7 — without giving anything away, things are coming to a head, so not only do we feel the passage of time … that’s also been reflected in what we’re shooting," he teased. "So it can be occasionally a little odd on set; it adds to the work and adds to the tension and we can use it, but I’ve never committed to a job like this before, this length of time. I’ve got a family on this that I’m gonna miss hugely."
"It doesn’t feel like a panic, but I’m panicked for people, I think," agreed Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm) of filming Season 7, which just wrapped. "I think, and this is true of Season 6, you can feel that things are coming to a close. It’s all getting a bit much. The show’s kind of like a pressure cooker … It’s just absolute chaos."
We’re gonna miss these guys.
"In terms of the pace of it, it’s been pretty much the same, but there’s definitely a feeling of… ‘it’s coming to an end,’" said Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy). "It’s kind of crazy. It’s sad for us, because we’re not going to get to hang out as much."
The actors pointed out that the sense of an ending is exacerbated because Season 7 is shorter than the others, comprised of only seven episodes, instead of the usual 10.
"I’m just in awe of how everybody’s managing to fit as much as there is into seven episodes, because it doesn’t necessarily feel like a normal season, it feels bigger," Anderson told Mashable at a preview for the upcoming Game of Thrones concert tour, which kicks off February 20 in Minneapolis, Minn.
The actors remained tight-lipped about plot details for Season 7, as they should, but Allen did offer one tease for the new batch of episodes, which will air this summer:
"It’s gonna be a crazy season. It’s definitely going to blow a lot of people’s minds. It’s still the same running theme; characters that haven’t crossed each other’s paths before will do, and they’re gonna take it even further this time. People have loyalties that they have to examine."
Sounds like business as usual in Westeros.