The stars of the hit series ‘Game of Thrones’ tell us which character they’d want to encounter.
Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY
Survive long enough in Westeros and you never know who you’ll bump into.
With just 11 episodes left, Game of Thrones characters who were once spread far and wide are coming together, some for the first time.
Last week, Daenerys Targaryen met Red Woman Melisandre, and early pictures from Sunday’s episode (HBO, 9 ET/PT) suggest perhaps the most consequential meeting of all: Queen of Dragons Daenerys and King in the North Jon Snow.
Before Season 7 started, USA TODAY asked Thrones’ stars who they’d most like their characters to meet before the Emmy-winning drama ends. Here are some answers:
Harington, who plays Jon, teases a Dany-Jon meeting without actually confirming it.
“It’s got to be Daenerys. They seem to have similar stories that kind of run in parallels. I think they have a lot in common,” he says.
One of those common points appears to be family lineage. Last season, viewers learned that Jon — thought to be the bastard child of Ned Stark — is actually the son of Ned’s sister, Lyanna. The general thinking is that his father is Dany’s brother, Rhaegar Targaryen, which would make her Jon’s aunt.
But Jon isn’t yet aware of any of that, Harington says.
“He doesn’t know Lyanna Stark is his mother, and we don’t know who his father is. We may find out this season who that might be,” he says. “Right now, it doesn’t affect him. But it will be a profound knowledge for him to learn, if and when he does.”
Daenerys and Jon encounters top the list for some actors.
“I would very much like to see Daenerys and Brienne meet up. I’d really like to see them discuss strategies and views of the world and see how they might possibly decide to lead a female-led army,” says Gwendoline Christie, who plays armored protector Brienne of Tarth.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is looking for a reunion, not a first-time encounter. He wants his character, Jaime Lannister, “to meet up with Jon Snow. They had a very brief meeting in Episode 1. That would be interesting.”
Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane, a giant of a fighter converted into a Frankenstein’s monster of sorts, is in high demand for varying reasons.
Richard Dormer, who plays Brotherhood Without Banners leader Beric Dondarrion, finds the zombie-like Mountain fascinating.
“There’s something about him. He’s turned into this weird, horrible presence,” he says. “He’s the scariest thing in” Thrones.
Jacob Anderson wants a one-on-one between his Unsullied warrior Grey Worm and The Mountain. “I want Grey Worm to meet The Mountain and fight him, beat him,” he says.
Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran Stark, also anticipates a harsh encounter.
“I’d like to see Bran run into Jaime Lannister,” who caused Bran’s paralysis by pushing him from a Winterfell tower, Wright says. “It would be interesting to see what he has to say to him and whether there’s a big fight, although I’m not sure how good Bran would be. Mind you, Jaime’s missing a hand.”
Not every get-together wish would end up in the King’s Landing emergency room.
“I’ve always thought Sam Tarly and Missandei would be really good mates,” says Nathalie Emmanuel, who plays Dany’s trusted aide. “He’s quite nice, she’s nice and they could hang out and have a good time.”
John Bradley, who plays maester-in-training Sam, wants his heavyset academic to meet Tyrion, who is a dwarf.
“That would be amazing, because there’s a lot of similarities between them in terms of how they were treated by their fathers in terms of their physical attributes and the way they’ve used that to spur them on and used wit and intelligence to either present a shield or sword to their world,” he says. “I think they’d be a formidable partnership.”
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