Winter Is Still a Long Way Off: Sophie Turner Reveals Game of Thrones‘ Season 8 Return, and Laments Losing Her Mentor *Update: Maisie Williams Gives More Info

Winter may seem to be upon us, but as Sophie Turner just revealed, Game of Thrones‘ winter is still a long way off. We knew there was a chance HBO would hold the final season longer than usual; via Variety, Sansa just confirmed that’s exactly what’s happening. Asked where production stands, Turner replied:

We started in October, so we’re maybe like a tenth of the way through. [Laughs.] No, no, we’ve got six or seven months left.

Game of Thrones comes out in 2019.”

In addition to that nonchalant reveal, Turner discussed ***Game of Thrones Season 8 Spoilers*** what she and Arya did to Petyr Baelish, aka Aidan Gillen aka both the actress’ and her character’s mentor. Turner called the moment of realizing Sansa was going to kill Littlefinger her favorite of the season.

… and when you realize that Sansa and Arya — Maisie — had been scheming behind Litlefinger’s back, which is a pretty impressive thing to do for two young girls against a master manipulator. It was just a really powerful moment for her, to have used up all of her master’s lessons and finally discard him. The student becomes the master now.

It was really hard, because out of all the people I’ve worked with on the show, he has been the one who was consistent throughout, from season one to season seven. He has been my Game of Thrones experience. He’s been the backbone of it for me. So to say goodbye to him was pretty hard, especially because life imitated art in a way, because he was also my mentor. I learned so many lessons just by watching him act. It was this weird parallel, and an emotional thing for everyone.”

Not having Littlefinger as an ally (sometimes) will be difficult, but Turner realizes this is also a defining Sansa moment.

… it’s a test for her of whether she can get through it. It’s a big challenge for her, without this master manipulator having her back. This season is more a passionate fight for her than a political, manipulative kind of fight.

Sophie also talked about the important effect other great actors on the series have had on her.

… I learned to act watching Lena [Headey] and Peter [Dinklage] and Maisie [Williams] and Kit [Harrington] and all of these different people. I put them all on such pedestals. The thought of not working with them is almost excruciating to me. They’ve been my growing up.”

I wonder if that’s further evidence Sansa is on her way to going full Cersei. Let’s hope that return is early 2019.

Read the full interview here.

*Updated January 26th

Sophie’s onscreen sister just gave away the exact month in 2019 when Season 8 returns.

photo via Metro

Maisie Williams told Metro that Arya and Co. will be back in April 2019, after wrapping filming in December, 2018.

We wrap in December and we air our first episode in April [2019]. That’s a four-month turnaround for these huge episodes. There’s a lot that goes into the final edit. You would not want to rush this season at all. We owe it to our audience and our fans to really do this final season to the best of our abilities.”

The whole interview is lovely, with Williams saying she’d just love for Arry to let go her anger and find peace, after all the character has gone through.

I’ve always said I wanted her to find peace. The things that have been driving her through her story have been very bitter and twisted and aggressive. I would love for Arya to find her true self again and let go of this anger and revenge that’s accompanied her on this journey. I’d love for her to be happy.”

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over ten years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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