The table read for the final season of Game of Thrones was an emotional roller coaster, according to series star Sophie Turner.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Turner revealed the finale's script received a standing ovation from the cast, with some tears being shed as well. “We had the read-through a while ago and at the end of it, we were all on our feet, applauding and crying,” Turner said. “We had everyone there, everyone who’s had any part in this. It was amazing.”
Turner explained that the cast closed themselves off from the outside world during the reading. “We closed the blinds and shut ourselves off from the rest of the world and had six hours in this room just reading it through and crying and laughing," she said. "We had our emotional bit and then we thought, 'Well now we’ve got eight months. We’ve still got a while to get through!'"
Game of Thrones' final season is setting up to be of epic proportions. Former star Jason Momoa recently promised that the final season is "going to be the greatest thing that’s ever aired on TV. It’s going to be unbelievable. It’s going to f— up a lot of people."
The final season of Game of Thrones is expected in 2019, but has yet to be given an official release date. The penultimate season is now available in its entirety on HBO Go and HBO Now. Based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, the hit drama stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Kit Harington as Jon Snow.