HBO's Game of Thrones will return for its eighth and final season, with series star Sophie Turner recently confirming that these last episodes will debut in 2019. Although, there has been no confirmation of an exact date quite yet. While there have been no official story details released, one of the show's stars seems to let it slip in an interview that his character may in fact die. There will be potential SPOILERS below, so read on at your own risk.
The character in question is Dolorous Edd, one of the Night's Watch leaders played by Ben Crompton, who has appeared in 30 episodes of the hit show since Season 2. The actor only appeared in one episode of Game of Thrones Season 7, the season premiere Dragonstone, where he was seen escorting Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick) into Castle Black after their arduous journey. While the actor wouldn't shed much light on the story for the upcoming season, he revealed that filming will likely continue until next year, while hinting that Dolorous Edd may not survive by the time the series comes to a close. Here's what he had to say.
"We're currently filming. I think the shoot goes on probably till next year. We're currently filming. I think the shoot goes on probably till next year. Even though there's only six episodes, there's a lot to shoot because it's the last one. We're going out with a bang. I'm grateful and so is my mortgage. In a way I'm surprised just because, just for a character to have that longevity in a show where characters get killed off so regularly. In a way it's penance for him. He's a character who, of all the characters, he'd be quite happy if he dropped off this mortal coil, and in a way it's punishment for him to have to endure everyday life."
While he doesn't come out and say that Dolorous Edd will be killed off this season, it wouldn't be surprising, considering how Season 7 came to a close. The Night King and his army of the dead arrived at Eastwatch in the final moments of the Season 7 finale, and with the help of his undead dragon, he took down The Wall at Eastwatch, enabling his massive army to set foot in Westeros. When asked if he thinks fans would be happy with the conclusion of Game of Thrones the actor had this to say.
"I would hope they would be. Whatever we do there'll be fans who love it and fans that won't be satisfied. However (creators Dan Weiss and David Benioff) choose to end the show there's always going to be people who have their opinion about how the show should end. I'd be surprised if people are disappointed because there's a lot of effort and love gone into this, and I think it's very satisfying. So hopefully everyone will agree."
HBO is already prepping for a future after this hit fantasy series, with the network planning five Game of Thrones spin-offs, although it isn't quite clear which of these shows will move forward, and what these shows are about. It has been confirmed that each of these shows will be set before the events of the flagship Game of Thrones series, but there have been no further details about these spin-offs. While we wait for more details on this highly-anticipated season, you can visit Metro.co.uk for their full report on the final season of Game of Thrones.