NEW YORK – King Robert Baratheon may have died in the very first season of “Game of Thrones,” but the actor who played him, Mark Addy, is alive, well and still a big fan of the show.
“I would have liked to be around to see dragons,” he says. “They were still inside the egg when I died. But there were lots of things I was glad I wasn’t around to see, like Joffrey.”
The actor was one of many who played dearly departed “Thrones” characters and returned for Wednesday’s glitzy, final-season premiere at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
Before the screening, the red carpet was lined with the likes of Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer, killed off in Season 6), Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson, killed off in Season 4), Ygritte (Rose Leslie, killed off in Season 4, but married to the real-life Jon Snow), Drogo (Jason Momoa, killed off in Season 1) and even the man himself, Ned Stark (Sean Bean, killed off in Season 1).
Even though the actors used to know all the secrets of Westeros, none of them had a clue how the series would end, but they’re as excited to find out as the rest of us.
“I’m sure it will be shocking, surprising, I doubt whether it will be amusing,” Addy says. “That throne might be empty and that’s the end.”
“I don’t have the faintest idea (what will happen),” says Esmé Bianco, who played Ros and was killed off in Season 3. “I think Arya might be left standing. I hope she is. I don’t think Tyrion will be, because I love him and therefore he has to die.”
If being killed off of “Thrones” has taught these actors anything, it’s to be pessimistic.
“Nothing good is ever going to happen; I reckon everyone’s going to be massacred in a horrible, horrible way,” said Kristian Nairn, who played the lovable giant Hodor, who died in one of the series’ most heartbreaking scenes.
The actors who play characters who are still standing (for now) couldn’t give too much away, but they’re confident fans won’t be disappointed.
“Every single episode in Season 8 has got a big key moment or a really shocking thing,” says Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran Stark. “That’s not just me hyping it up.”