Vladimir Furdik reveals that the Night King has "a target that he wants to kill" in Game of Thrones Season 8. Furdik has played the mysterious villain since Season 6 of the hit HBO series, taking over for actor Richard Brake after playing a White Walker in Season 5. Specifically, he was the White Walker who fought Jon Snow in the episode Hardhome and is the first Walker that Snow ever killed. The final season is upon us and fans are still reeling from the first full-length trailer that dropped earlier this week, which only had one real shot of the Night King.
In a new interview, Vladimir Furdik talked about his experience working on Game of Thrones and some of the Night King's motives in Season 8. In addition to playing the villain, Furdik is also a stuntman and provided his own stunts, which include, "horse falls, fire drops, high falls, sword fights," this season. When it comes down to specifics about what the Night King is up to, Furdik could not be specific, but he has a pretty good tease. He explains.
"Somebody made him the Night King. Nobody knows who he was before - a soldier or part of (nobility). He never wanted to be the Night King. I think he wants revenge. Everybody in this story has two sides - a bad side and a good side. The Night King only has one side, a bad side. People will see he has a target he wants to kill, and you will find out who that is. There's also that moment (in Hardhome) when Jon Snow was on the boat and the Night King looked at him and raised his arms - there's a similar and even stronger moment between Jon and the Night King this time."
Is Jon Snow the Night King's main target in Game of Thrones Season 8? He could be, but it doesn't seem like Vladimir Furdik would spoil that right before the season is set to debut. Instead, maybe it's someone close to him, which could mean any number of people at this point in time. Regardless, it's going to be very interesting to see who the Night King wants to specifically kill this season.
Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss asked Vladimir Furdik to take over the Night King role after his work on Season 5 as a White Walker. However, Furdik isn't sure why he was asked to take on the job, though he is very happy about the gig currently. The actor/stuntman claims that he has never asked why he was picked to play the Night King.
When Vladimir Furdik gets into his Night King character, different directors ask him to go for different feelings. However, everybody wants him to be cold, which doesn't seem like a giant stretch. It's when they ask for human elements to come out, that things start to get complicated for the character, not the actor. Hopefully we learn more about the mysterious Night King when Game of Thrones Season 8 concludes. The interview with Vladimir Furdik was originally conducted by Entertainment Weekly.
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