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Kristofer Hivju talks about Game of Thrones Season 8, says he “loved it”


Kristofer Hivju a.k.a. Tormund Giantsbane emerged as one of the most popular actors from Game of Thrones. He managed to hold his own amongst many fine actors on the show and his portrayal of Tormund was a breath of fresh air on the show. He has now moved on to his next assignment Twin, the first look of which was revealed a week ago. Hivju recently spoke to the Winter is coming about Game of Thrones and Jon Snow! Read on.

Hivju will be seen playing a double role in his next series Twin. In the interview, he spoke about how he longed for an emotional and sober character after playing Tormund on Thrones. He said:

“Tormund was a huge character with a Shakespearean kind of style, everything is life and death. This is a totally different genre. I like to challenge myself, to do both is fantastic, but after six years on Thrones it was a pleasure to play a sober, emotional character. I longed for that, and it was a great experience.” 


Hivju also got behind the show’s final season and said that he loved it.

“I loved the final season, and I think that there is something organic about the show coming to an end. I think the ending was expected; when you kill a lead character in season one, there won’t be a happy ending. So it fit what made Game of Thrones what it was. It had unexpected twists and turns, it didn’t follow the rules of storytelling, it followed the rules of life. People change, to do good or to do worse. I think, whatever end it had, people would be outraged, or like it, or disagree. That’s the name of the game.”

When asked about what his character Tormund and Jon Snow would be up to now, he replied:

“Both of them have a broken heart, but I think Jon should be glad that Tormund is around,” he added. “I think Tormund is a faster healer and Jon needs help to get out of his depression. I think they are sitting around the fireplace, and Tormund is trying to cheer him up.”

Hivju sure has a point of view and it would be fascinating to see how he goes on about his acting career post-Thrones. Let us know your views in the comments below!

Humility is a virtue possessed by few. Even though Game of Thrones reached great heights, the show’s cast was always humble to their roots. They have won the admiration and respect of fans all over the world due to their down-to-earth nature. For example, Jason Momoa reached out to a young Aquaman fan battling cancer last year. Kristian Nairn (Hodor) talked to Digital Spy about the show’s success and praised his co-stars.

He said, “It didn’t happen overnight, and I think for us that was a good thing. I mean it was always immensely popular, I just think as the seasons went on it moved from a really amazing TV show into a kind of phenomenon. It sort of turned into that thing that everyone talks about, people say over the watercooler at work. “

“It’s crazy, because every TV show you watch these days, every single TV show or movie, they all reference Game of Thrones. It always blows me away. I watch a show I love and there’s a reference to Hodor, there’s a reference to Khaleesi. It’s become such a huge part of the public psyche. I don’t think we ever dreamed before season one was out that that would happen. It still happens!”

“It kind of grew, it really doubled per season. But we grew into it, which made it kind of easy. The cast was really down to Earth. I can say hand on heart we’re all really down to Earth. I think that’s a really nice thing. Just the whole Hollywood thing, we’re all kind of aware of that… Game of Thrones is so brutal and real. It’s important to keep it real.”

Have you ever met a Game of Thrones star in real? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!

Game of Thrones was an enchanting journey that lasted for nearly a decade. Some of the show’s cast was very young when the show began. They sort of grew up with the show, like Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and Isaac Hempstead-Wright. Stardom can be a bit scary when you are young. Especially for someone as studious as Isaac Hempstead-Wright. He revealed about his nervousness in an interview with Digital Spy.

Isaac (Bran) said, “It was actually a little bit intimidating. I remember seeing the show go interstellar. Especially when you’re separate from it a bit [Bran was off-screen during season five], you really just see how huge it is when you’re not in the midst of the whole thing.”

“I really think season five was when it had its meteoric rise. So coming back into season six – and I hadn’t acted for a year; I’d been doing my GCSEs – coming back in was kind of like, ‘Argh! I’ve forgotten how to act!’”

He continued, “I think also there had been a lot of bonds forged in that season, and a lot of people had grown up. I’d kind of grown-up, but I had that key year of being 15, 16 away from it. So it was a weird one to come back to. But after a couple of days, it was business as usual.”

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Game of Thrones ended more than one and a half years ago. It was a beautiful journey for both the fans and the crew that lasted for a decade. The fantastical series still holds the record for the most number of Emmy Awards won. On the occasion of New Year, the cast of the show came together for an interview with Digital Spy. They shared their experience while shooting for the fantasy epic. Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) and Kristian Nairn (Hodor) talked about how they were cast for their roles.

Gwendoline recalled, “I immediately rang my agent and said, ‘I want to do this’. My agent said, ‘What are you talking about? I’d never ever put you up for this. She’s ugly, her nose is broken, her teeth are broken and you’ll need to use a sword’.”

Nairn remembered, “I was a first-time actor. I was glad I didn’t know anything about the show at the time. Because if I had I would’ve realised what a huge audition I was going for. I had no idea what Game of Thrones was. I had auditioned for a part in another movie called Hot Fuzz, and I didn’t get the part. It was the casting director Nina Gold who remembered me – she called me in for this audition. I didn’t know it at the time, but when you’re called for an audition, that’s really in your favour.”

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