When it comes to Marvel's Netflix shows, cast members typically need to block out six months or more of their schedule per season, which can be frustrating at times for those involved as that makes it difficult to work in other projects. For Iron Fist star Jessica Henwick, this meant she nearly had to drop out of Game of Thrones Season 7.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Henwick revealed that because of her obligations on Iron Fist, she almost had to walk away from her role as Nymeria Sand on the hit HBO drama. In fact, during the initial conversations between the actress and HBO, Henwick told them there was no way that she'd be able to make her schedule work, as the two series were filming at the same time. Of course, much like with her fellow Iron Fist star Finn Jones, Henwick owed a lot to Game of Thrones, the series that helped put her on the map. So, when a producer on the series revealed that her character would more than likely disappear if she wasn't able to return, the actress reached out to Marvel to try and make it work -- and in the end, it did.
“A GoT producer explained, ‘It’s really important that you come back otherwise your character will just disappear.’ So I spoke to Marvel and I managed to get a release. I literally was flying back and forth while I was doing Iron Fist in New York to Belfast, even during Christmas break,” Henwick revealed.
Yet, while they were eventually able to make Henwick's schedule work, she admitted that she did consider leaving the series at one point. “I’m not going to lie, a part of me was like, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t do it … maybe Nymeria does just disappear," she shared.
With the character set to return, though, Henwick was able to briefly tease what fans can expect from the Sandsnake going into the seventh season of Game of Thrones. “When we left Nymeria she was newly aligned with Olenna Tyrell [Diana Rigg] and was going to start a war,” she said. “We pick up right where we left off and get into the nitty gritty very quickly. There is no time wasted this season.”
Game of Thrones' seventh season debuts on HBO on July 16, but will feature a shortened episode order in comparison to previous seasons. The penultimate season will consist of seven episodes, with the final season slated for six overall. The series was adapted for television by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. The seventh season is slated to star Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Kit Harington as Jon Snow and more.