Fridays are great, but you know what would make them even better? Specifically, this Friday? A Game of Thrones Season 8 spoiler. It’s been so long since we’ve had one of those, and if you’re anything like me, you’re in desperate need of some GoT news.
Thankfully, we now have one of our most exciting Season 8 spoilers yet, and it comes courtesy of John Bradley, who plays the bookish Maester-wannabe Samwell Tarly. Bradley recently sat down with TV Guide to chat about the show in seasons past, but during his interview, he managed to let slip a fresh and mysterious Season 8 spoiler that will have you scratching your head until the season actually premieres.
While he couldn’t reveal too much, Bradley was able to tell TV Guide that Season 8 would provide major tests for each character and further change them.
“Each of the characters this year is placed in a completely alien environment at some point in the season that they’ve never been placed in before,” he explained. “The thrill is seeing how they react to it and how they respond… This season, I think, more than any other is stretching these characters.”
Not to get too tinfoil hat about the whole thing, but it’s very interesting that Bradley uses the phrase “alien environment,” since that could refer to a couple of things. Firstly, it’s inevitable that the characters in GoT will be plunged into war, which is something only a few characters — namely Jaime, Tyrion, Jon and Daenerys — have had a taste of. War can certainly feel alienating, and there’s no doubt that it will test each of the characters.
Additionally, “alien environment” could refer to a literal location. While GoT hasn’t been afraid to push its horizons wider and wider with each season, giving us a better sense of what the worlds of Westeros and Essos are like, there’s definitely more to be explored. Going north of the Wall is certainly an option; perhaps someone will return to Dorne (a land we rarely get to see), or maybe we’ll go somewhere we haven’t seen yet.
But Bradley’s final words on Season 8 perhaps best sum up how all GoT fans feel about this show, regardless of who we’re cheering on or theorizing about: “We want to give people a payoff that they’re going to be happy with. We know how militantly passionate the fans of this show can be — in a good way — and we just kind of want to give them an ending that they deserve.”