Winter has finally arrived and that means we only have one season left of Game of Thrones (available on TMN GO). That part of our life is coming to a close, and we’re not looking forward to that end. Not at all. Someone who has grown up on the show since it began shooting in 2011 is Sophie Turner, who has played Sansa Stark for seven seasons. The actor recently sat down with Variety magazine to talk about Sansa’s badass Season 7, what’s in store for Season 8, and when exactly we can expect the final season to premiere. Hint: pack your patience.
When asked about her favourite Sansa moment in Season 7, Turner’s answer was not a big surprise. “It was probably the moment that you realized that Sansa was going to kill Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) and does kill him, and when you realize that Sansa and Arya (Maisie Williams) had been scheming behind Littlefinger’s back, which is a pretty impressive thing to do for two young girls against a master manipulator,” said Turner. “It was just a really powerful moment for her, to have used up all of her master’s lessons and finally discard him. The student becomes the master now.”
Oh yeah, we remember. It was the epitome of ladies doing it for themselves. Stark women FTW.
When we left Sansa at the end of Season 7, she and her sister Arya, along with their brother Bran were watching over the North, with Sansa in place as Lady of Winterfell in her brother Jon Snow’s absence. But if we’ve learned one thing from our seven seasons of Game of Thrones, it’s that we can’t have nice things for very long. In her new interview, Turner reveals that the calm that has descended upon the North will be short-lived. An army of the dead and a dragon breathing blue fire will do that.
On Sansa’s role in Season 8, Turner says “It’s going to be tricky for her, because at the end of last season, she felt that she had everything set up. She had her family back together. They were in control of the North again. This season, there’s a new threat, and all of a sudden she finds herself somewhat back in the deep end. And without Littlefinger, it’s a test for her of whether she can get through it. It’s a big challenge for her, without this master manipulator having her back. This season is more a passionate fight for her than a political, manipulative kind of fight.”
So, if we’re reading this right: the family will be split up again, they won’t be in control of the North, white walkers EVERYWHERE, and everything is chaos. Sound about right? We think so too.
Turner admitted that saying goodbye to Westeros will not be easy. With Game of Thrones acting as 21-year-old Turner’s breakout role, the actor says that starting her career on such a high note has made choosing future projects more difficult. “It makes you a bit of a snob, I think,” admitted Turner. “And because it was my first job, the actors on Game of Thrones are the people I learned to act from. I learned to act watching Lena [Headey] and Peter [Dinklage] and Maisie and Kit [Harrington] and all of these different people. I put them all on such pedestals. The thought of not working with them is almost excruciating to me. They’ve been my growing up.”
As for when Game of Thrones will be back on our TV screens to make Sunday night the most exciting timeslot of the week, HBO has yet to reveal whether Season 8 will premiere in 2018 or 2019. But Turner has confirmed the latter. “We started (shooting) in October, so we’re maybe like a tenth of the way through. [Laughs.] No, no, we’ve got six or seven months left,” said Turner. “Game of Thrones comes out in 2019.”
Well, there you have it. This means we have more than a year to speculate on who will die, will sit on top of the Iron Throne, and how long it will take Jon and Daenerys to realize they’re related now they’ve they slept together.
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