Sophie Turner is on a meteoric rise. At 21 years old, the Northampton native is wrapping up her tenure as Sansa Stark on HBO's Game of Thrones and heading on to bigger and better (is there anything bigger or better than Thrones, though?) things like Simon Kinberg's Dark Phoenix movie in the X-Men universe.
The sky's the limit for the prolific young actress, who recently spoke with Variety about the end of Thrones and the future of her career. Here's a few interesting facts we learned from her interview answers ...
The Season 8 premiere is a ways away:
If you were expecting Game of Thrones to return next spring or summer, you're in for a rude awakening. Sorry to burst your bubble, but the eighth and final season won't be premiering for a while, according to Turner.
"Game of Thrones comes out in 2019. Dark Phoenix is in November . Then I have a couple indie movies coming out. I’m a producer on my next movie [Girl Who Fell From the Sky]. So I’m really excited about the future," she said.
Littlefinger isn't such a bad guy:
Ok, the actor who plays him, Aidan Gillen, isn't such a bad guy. Littlefinger as a character is still pretty bad, and most fans don't seem particularly sorry that he's dead. However, Gillen's absence weighs heavily on Turner, who said, "He has been my Game of Thrones experience. He’s been the backbone of it for me. So to say goodbye to him was pretty hard, especially because life imitated art in a way, because he was also my mentor. I learned so many lessons just by watching him act."
Life without Littlefinger:
Turner gave some insight into the obstacles Sansa will face in the final season within the context of the void left by Gillen's Littlefinger.
"This season, there’s a new threat, and all of a sudden she finds herself somewhat back in the deep end," said Turner. "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."
Parting is such sweet sorrow:
As Thrones was Turner's first acting job at the age 14, she basically grew up around the massive spectacle of the show. Now that it's about to end, she has become quite wistful about all the great thespians who made a mark on her and being able to act alongside them just one more time.
"I learned to act watching Lena [Headey] and Peter [Dinklage] and Maisie [Williams] and Kit [Harington] 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," she told Variety.
Game of Thrones' swan song will have all of Westeros facing off against the zombie-like White Walkers, who now have a zombie dragon in their arsenal. Expect a lot of deaths and for someone to claim the Iron Throne once and for all. There's also that itty-bitty detail of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen being aunt and nephew.
The scope will be unlike anything we've probably seen on the show before, and that's saying something. Is it 2019 yet?!