Who run Westeros? Girls!
For far too long, the women of Game of Thrones have been underestimated, abused, and maligned by the men on the show, but in the eighth and final season, the ladies will take center stage. In a feature on British Vogue, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, and Gwendoline Christie teased the final season and confirmed the "key players" are all women.
Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, addressed criticism about the violence inflicted on women in the show (Sansa was raped and abused by Ramsay Bolton) and explained it all had to happen to make her rise to the top that much sweeter.
"There are some people who make comments like, ‘It's a misogynistic show because all these women are getting raped,'" she said, but emphasized that "most of the people coming out on top are women."
Maisie Williams, who plays her little sister, Arya Stark, echoed her words.
"I'd say the key players this season are all female, which is why it's so amazing we're doing this shoot today," she said.
Does this mean we should expect a queen atop the Iron Throne? Most likely!
According to Lena Headey, the actress behind the formidable Cersei Lannister, overturning the Westeros patriarchy was the plan from the start. Throughout the series, men had most of the power, and it's finally time for us to to see the women take their places.
"That’s why they could shoulder all of the criticism — they knew what was coming and what they had in store for these women,” she said of showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and author George R.R. Martin. When asked if she ever doubted they would stick to that plan, Heady gave a stern "no."
The women's rise to power won't be easy, of course. It will involve a long battle — one that inspired Sansa to suit up in armor for the first time. It was previously reported the epic battle scene took 55 nights to shoot. Whew!
"All the training in the world couldn’t have prepared me for the amount of stamina you needed for these night shoots," Williams said. “It gets to the point where it’s four o’clock in the morning and you’re looking around like, ‘This is ridiculous. What are we doing?'"
As for the ending? That's still a secret, but Weiss said he hopes it gets the same response as Breaking Bad's finale, with people debating whether it was good or great.
"We want people to love it. It matters a lot to us. We’ve spent 11 years doing this," the showrunner told EW. "We also know no matter what we do, even if it’s the optimal version, that a certain number of people will hate the best of all possible versions. There is no version where everybody says, ‘I have to admit, I agree with every other person on the planet that this is the perfect way to do this’ — that’s an impossible reality that doesn’t exist. I’m hoping for the Breaking Bad [finale] argument where it’s like, ‘Is that an A or an A+?'"
Catch the final season of Game of Thrones on Sunday, April 14 on HBO.