There are only six episodes left of Game of Thrones, but if you’re expecting Season 8 to answer every lingering question about the HBO series, then we’ve got some bad news. In a new interview, Game of Thrones star Iain Glen cautioned fans that Season 8 may not include everything they hope it will.
Potential spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8 below.
“I felt, ‘they’ve done it, they’ve pulled it off,’ that balance of satiating people’s desire for things to be complete, but leaving enough questions in the air for people to try to project forward what world will follow, individually for all the characters and universally for the world that Thrones has occupied.”
Could that last part refer to who’s on the Iron Throne at the end and how he or she will rule? Fans are going into Game of Thrones Season 8 expecting to find out who will claim the throne, and that is one question HBO can’t leave “in the air” when it’s over. Even the most casual of fans know it’s key to the series, and HBO’s big marketing push is all about that ongoing competition “for the Thrones.”
However, it is possible that we’ll only find out who’s taking the Throne in the series finale — and perhaps even in the final moments of it — so we won’t see much, if any, of that person’s reign. (Or learn how long they’re able to hold onto power.)
And even if we do find out where every surviving character is and what’s in store for them in the immediate future in the series finale, that will likely set up a new group of questions regarding each of them.
Game of Thrones can’t answer every question and mystery in the final six episodes. There likely won’t be enough time. But we should find out the most important answers. (Who ends up on the Iron Throne is one. How Jon Snow will react to learning his true identity is another.)
However, fans should, for the most part, be satisfied with the ending based on the comments above and in other interviews from the series’ actors.
Glen previously told IndieWire that he felt the ending “realized everything in a very fulfilled way.”
Kit Harington told Variety that he “was satisfied with how [Jon Snow’s] story ended.”
Also, speaking on the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, he compared reaching the end of the series to reaching the end of a book. “You’re not happy it’s over,” he said, comparing it to suffering a “loss.” As for the ending itself, he thought fans would be “maybe not happy but very satisfied.”
“Satisfied” seems to be the key word here. Hopefully they’re right and fans won’t be disappointed. We’ll know soon if that’s the case.
Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. on HBO.
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