Posted by admin on April 10th, 2019

The Knockturnal: Iain Talk Final Season Of ‘Game Of Thrones’

The eighth and final season of the fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones will premiere on April 14, 2019. 

Like previous seasons, it largely consists of original content not found in George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series and adapts material Martin revealed to the showrunners about the upcoming novels in the series, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. The season was adapted for television by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, as usual, follows powerful families of kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and honest men playing a deadly game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and to sit atop the Iron Throne.

We were on hand at the final season premiere of  Game of Thrones and caught up with Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont) to discuss the finale series of the show.

You’ve had so much fun doing this show, I can imagine. Are you a professional fighter now? Or swordsman? How many people can you take out on this carpet?

Iain Glen: Yeah. You know, I’m pretty good. I’m pretty good now. But I went to drama school at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. And they always had sword training. So you had armed combat all the time. And we went from small sword to rapier and dagger to broadsword to unarmed combat. And so I started early and then I did quite a lot of plays. So I did, I play Henry V who was, you know, the Royal Shakespeare Company, he was … broadsword was his weapon as well. And a few of the other Shakespeares. And so I’ve sort of done maybe a little more than most in terms of the technique of how to use them. So, yeah. I’m okay. I do enjoy it. It’s, especially when you’re in the hands of fantastic stunt coordinators and fight directors like these guys are. They make you look really cool and I just need to look at you as a stunt man and you go, “Oh man, that hurt.” Yeah. Because, you know, I’m the actor and you’re, yeah. So that’s the way it works.

The Knockturnal: On a scale of one to ten, how happy is Jorah happy for Khaleesi and her new relationship?

Iain Glen: I think he’s okay about it. I think it’s a ten. You know, you would have pangs of hurt about it. But I think he wants what’s best for her. I think he no longer seeks a sexual relationship with her. So he wants her to be happy. So I would say maybe seven.

The Knockturnal: I’ve been asking everyone tonight. Can you react how bad your cry was on the last day?

Iain Glen: It was pretty bad. When I cry I cry … I’m not speaking. So they gave me a lovely speech saying that he’s wonderful and thank you and there’s your gift. And I went, “Can I just say a few words?”. And that’s all that came out. Completely meaningless nonsense. So that was, yeah. That wasn’t good.

The Knockturnal: What was this gift you got? Tell us about this final gift?

Iain Glen: They gave us all a storyboard, a framed storyboard of one of our famous scenes, all the actors. So it was really sweet. So mine was the gladiatorial scene that we did in season five in front of Daenerys when Sir Jorah was in the middle of the ring and he took on all these different fighters. Well, I kicked ass. I kicked ass. And they, yeah, so I got that with some lovely words of appreciation on the back, so. That was lovely.

The Knockturnal: I mean, what a classy group.

Iain Glen: Very classy group. Totally classy. There really have been really, really lovely people and yeah. I mean, that’s the only tricky thing is your expectations are really, you know, they’re up there. For me, I’m sort of more long in the tooth so I know things change. But for some of the younger actors, I think they’re going to be hit hard because they’re going to walk and say, “Everything’s going to be like Thrones.” And it’s not. It’s not.

 

Source: The Knockturnal


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