While production is still ongoing with Game of Thrones Season 8, series star Peter Dinklage took a break to head to the Sundance Film Festival, where his new film I Think We're Alone Now had its world premiere. The actor was asked his thoughts about this final season, revealing that he thinks this is the perfect place to end the show, both from a storytelling perspective, and it's just the right time in the lives of all of these cast members. Here's what he had to say below when asked about the final Game of Thrones episodes.
"It's time. Storywise, not just for all our lives. It's the perfect time to end it. Sometimes shows stay on a little too long, the jumping-the-shark thing."
While there had been rumors that the Season 8 premiere date was pushed to 2019 last year, that was ultimately confirmed earlier this month at the TCA Winter Tour, making 2018 the first time the series will skip an entire calendar year. The actor added that they're "taking their time" with the final season, which, despite spanning just six episodes, will have a longer production schedule than any other season, with production wrapping this summer after starting last fall. There have been rumors that each of these episodes will be feature-length, but that has yet to be confirmed. When asked how he felt about bringing his show to an end, Peter Dinklage had this to say.
"It's bittersweet when it's time to move on with everything. It's always the sad part of our business, because you get pockets of great people for short amounts of time and then you have to move on and it's always heartbreaking. Especially when you've spent more than a couple months with people."
While Peter Dinklage wouldn't divulge any story details, there have been some bits and pieces that have surfaced since production started. We reported in October that Marc Rissmann (Into the Badlands) has been cast as Harry Strickland, leader of the infamous Golden Company, a group of mercenaries who have allegiances to only the highest bidder. In the Season 7 finale, Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) charged Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek) to set sail and bring the Golden Company to strengthen the Lannister army. The Golden Company has been mentioned several times throughout the show, but this final season will seemingly be the first time we see them on screen.
There was also a casting call last year that revealed two younger characters will be revealed this season, the first being a "Northern girl" between the ages of 8 and 10, and the second is a boy between the ages of 8 and 12, who could be from King's Landing. Aside from Marc Rissmann though, no further casting details have been revealed thus far. Take a look at the Game of Thrones portion of Peter Dinklage's Sundance interview, courtesy of Variety.