Season 8 debuts in 2019.
Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on the HBO show, thinks the series finale will split fans down the middle.
During a phone interview today to promote the first trailer for Dark Phoenix, wherein she reprises her role as X-Men member Jean Grey, Turner revealed her reaction to reading the script for the series finale.
“A lot of tears. I think, you know, as an actor it was really satisfying — I think for everyone, everyone’s storylines — to be able to act out the way that it all ends. It was really satisfying for us,” Turner said. “Who knows if it will be satisfying for the fans. I think a lot of fans will be disappointed and a lot of fans will be over the moon, I think. I think it will be really interesting to see people’s reactions, but for me reading the script it was just like heartbreaking to read at the very final page of the script it just says, ‘End of Game of Thrones’. That was really emotional.”
Turner teased Sansa’s arc during the eighth and final season, saying, “She kind of takes ownership over who she is and what she stands for. Over the course of the series she’s been completely unaware of what she wants, where she wants to be, who she really is, and at the end of this season, I feel she is the most self-assured character in the show.”
With Dark Phoenix possibly the last X-Men movie given Disney’s pending acquisition of 20th Century Fox (and Marvel Studios’ subsequent takeover of the X-Men franchise) and Game of Thrones coming to an end, Turner was open to and optimistic about what the future has in store.
In regards to Dark Phoenix and doing any more X-Men movies, Turner said, “I approach every project as if it’s my last just in case because I don’t want to be let down. But I think with the ending of this story there’s always room to do more X-Men. We always kind of leave it open so there’s that option. I heard rumors here and there but all of them are conflicting so I probably know as much as you but hopefully this one grabs the audience enough that they want to see another one. Who knows.”
Turner said that saying goodbye to Sansa Stark and Game of Thrones was “really bittersweet. I’m really excited to be able to have — every year I would kind of plan out six, seven, eight months of my time to be like, I dedicated that towards X-Men or towards Game of Thrones and now I have all this sort of freed up time to do kind of different projects that would normally shoot over the time that either X-Men or Game of Thrones would shoot. It’s really exciting. I see a lot of opportunities and getting a ton more scripts, which is just like fueling my passion so I’m excited but, of course, it’s hard to say goodbye. Especially to Game of Thrones. I’ve been on it for nearly a decade but it’s definitely difficult.”
For more on Sophie Turner’s future, check out our breakdown of the new trailer for Dark Phoenix, which has reportedly been delayed yet again.
And for more on the Emmy-winning Game of Thrones, check out our picks for the 25 best episodes, find out how long George R.R. Martin thinks the show could’ve lasted, and read about Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s “emotional” farewell to Jaime Lannister.
The final season of Game of Thrones premieres on HBO next year.