A year after the final
On the evening of May 19, 2019 the time had come: The sixth and final episode of the eighth and final season of the hit series “Game of Thrones” flickered on the screens. Over 13.6 million people tuned in to the US broadcaster HBO, more than ever before. The spirits are still divided over the end. Many fans are bitterly disappointed, criticism and shit storms hailed on the net. Another part of the supporters can live with the finals. One thing is certain: The hype surrounding the actors could not have been greater in 2019. But how does it look a year later? What about the careers of series stars today?
Kit Harington (33) has been through a lot as Jon Snow. He even rose from the dead in the series. After the end of “Game of Thrones” he said goodbye to his famous hairstyle and took a longer break. The British-born retired to a wellness clinic “to work on some personal issues,” as a spokesman for the “People” magazine confirmed at the end of May 2019. In August 2019, he announced a new cinema project: Harington will be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In “The Eternals” he plays superhero Dane Whitman aka Black Knight. The film is expected to hit theaters in 2023.
As you know, Daenerys Targaryen did not survive the finale of “Game of Thrones”. Actress Emilia Clarke (33) allowed herself a free summer 2019 in nature to be able to take off the shoes of the mother of dragons. At the end of the year she finally enchanted in the romantic Christmas comedy “Last Christmas” as Kate, who works disguised as a Christmas elf in a Christmas shop. Since the end of January 2023, she has had a “new man” in her life: Ted, a cute puppy. During the Corona period, Clarke also raffled off a virtual dinner to collect donations for Covid 19 organizations.
Peter Dinklage (50) was nominated eight times for his performance as Tyrion Lennister at the Emmy Awards as best supporting actor in a drama series. He prevailed four times in the category, the last time in September 2019. In the year of the “Game of Thrones” final, fans heard the diminutive Dinklage in the original version of “Angry Birds 2” and saw it in “Between two ferns: The Movie ”on Netflix. Six new projects are planned for the 50-year-old, which will probably be delayed by the Corona crisis, including the thriller “I Care a Lot” alongside Rosamund Pike (41, “Gone Girl – The perfect victim”).
For Sophie Turner (24), who was named Queen of the North as Sansa Stark, a lot was offered in 2019. In May, after the Billboard Music Awards, she spontaneously married her fiancé, US musician Joe Jonas (30), in Las Vegas. The big wedding party followed in France at the end of June. Baby rumors are currently persistent. “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” with Turner as the title-giving mutant was released in early June, but the film lacked clout at the box office. Since spring 2023, Turner has appeared on the new Quibi streaming service in “Survive”, in the series she plays a depressed young woman who crashes by plane.
Maisie Williams (23) aka Arya Stark is still waiting for the release of the film “New Mutants”, which is based on the “X-Men” comics. The film was supposed to be released in April 2018, but the theatrical release was postponed again and again, most recently due to the corona pandemic indefinitely. The thriller “The Owners” is scheduled for release in autumn 2023. In the weird comedy series “Two Weeks to Live”, which should still be on Sky in 2023, she hunts her father’s murderer. Most recently, Williams enthused with a donation of £ 50,000 (around € 57,000) for an animal shelter in Bristol that had gotten into trouble because of Corona.
Lena Headey (46) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (49) died as incestuous siblings Cersei and Jaime Lennister the common serial death. The two actors have been involved in smaller productions since the end of the series. Headey was primarily active as a voice actress. But maybe the British will soon be in the superhero milieu? “Deadpool” co-inventor Rob Liefeld (52) could reportedly imagine the Cersei actress for the role of Wanda Wilson aka Lady Deadpool.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau founded his own production company, Ill Kippers Productions, with Joe Derrick and Jeff Chassen in autumn 2019. At the end of February 2023, the actor resisted false reports in his home country Denmark that he had died. In an Instagram video, he described this type of message as “hideous”.
In early March 2023, the Game of Thrones family lost one of theirs: Swedish-born actor Max von Sydow (1929-2020) died at the age of 90. In season six of “Game of Thrones” he took on the role of the three-eyed raven. For his performance, he was nominated for the Emmy in 2016 as “Outstanding guest star in a drama series”. However, Hank Azaria (56) was allowed to take the trophy home for his appearance in “Ray Donovan”.
In mid-March 2023 it was announced that Kristofer Hivju (41), best known as fan favorite Tormund Riesentod, had tested positive for the corona virus. Born in Norway, his fans were reassured via Instagram: he only had mild symptoms. In mid-April, he also announced via Instagram that he was completely healthy again. He and his wife Gry Molvaer Hivju, 49, who was most likely also infected, spent several weeks in quarantine. They volunteered to stay in isolation for more days, even though they were already symptom free.
In 2023 there will be an addition to the family at Hafthor Björnsson (31) aka Gregor Clegane, better known as “The Mountain”, and his wife Kelsey Henson (30). The couple already revealed their gender via Instagram in April 2023: It will be a boy!