There’s still a long, cold winter’s wait ahead before Game of Thrones returns to carry out what, for many beloved shows, has proven a thankless and nearly impossible task: giving die-hard fans the satisfying series ending they feel the show they’ve invested so much in truly deserves.
Whatever HBO has in store for its farewell tour of Westeros, though, at least one cast member says to worry not. The denouement of eight seasons’ worth of intrigue, murder, rapaciousness, back-stabbings, front-stabbings, White Walkers, and dragons will be nothing short of mind-blowing, assures Nathalie Emmanuel.
Speaking with the Indo-Asian News Service for a preview of GoT’s long-awaited eighth and final trip around the dial, Emmanuel said each of the truncated season’s six extended episodes promise to unweave long-tangled skeins in “incredibly satisfying” ways — and that the finale, in particular, is gonna blow everyone away.
“[I]in the last couple of seasons, we have seen the pace of the show increase with the stakes getting higher and higher. There are so many storylines that have to come to [a] conclusion. We have to play them out, so the pace of the show is continuing on that sense," she said. “…So, this season is going to be incredibly satisfying for people. It is going to be incredibly exciting and heartbreaking.”
Echoing Emmanuel was Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), who told The Wrap that Season 8 definitely finds a way to resolve all the dangling plot threads and unresolved character conflicts. “[Y]ou know shows where it’s a murder mystery and at the very last minute you find out it doesn’t make sense?” he said. “[H]ere all the pieces fit into this massive jigsaw puzzle.”
Emmanuel, whose role as Daenerys Targaryen’s confidante, Missandei, has expanded since she joined the cast in 2013, didn’t elaborate on where the heartbreak might come from (and with Game of Thrones, one fan’s heartbreak is another fan’s victory lap). But by the time those final moments arrive, everyone who’s stuck with the show can expect one stunner of a payoff.
“I feel like people will have their mind blown when they watch the final one,” she promised.
As veterans of the Red Wedding know, it wouldn’t be the first time that’s happened — even if it will, sadly, be the last. Game of Thrones closes out its run as one of television’s most popular shows when Season 8 arrives at HBO sometime early next year.