Game of Thrones season eight may have come to an end way back in May but the HBO series is still much-talked-about among George RR Martin fans. While season eight’s finale and the fates of the series main characters well and truly divided fans, it appears it also wasn’t how Sansa Stark star Sophie Turner wanted GOT to end. Turner has revealed she would’ve opted for different approaches in terms of the deaths of Cersei Lannister (played by Lena Headey) and her own character’s fate.
Game of Thrones tied up a number of the loose ends it left throughout season eight.
Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) sat on the Iron Throne with Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) as his Hand.
Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) was heading west of Westeros while Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) headed north with the Wildlings.
Elsewhere, Cersei and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) met their demise under the Red Keep.
Sansa Stark was declared Queen of the North, although Turner hoped her character and Cersei would’ve reunited.
Turned told TheWrap: “I would like to have seen Sansa and Cersei reunited, or Arya and Cersei,
“But there were so many ways the story could have turned out.”
She also revealed how she would’ve killed of Cersei, telling the publication: “I thought Arya would kill Cersei.”
Instead, Cersei and Jaime died in each other’s arms while trapped under the Red Keep as the rubble crushed them thanks to Daenerys Targaryen’s (Emilia Clarke) dragon fire.
Despite missing out on a Cersei and Sansa reunion, Turner admitted: “I felt very passionately about the ending for Sansa, and I was very happy with the ending that turned out for her.”
Some fans weren’t quite as understanding as Turner was with the show diverting away from their desired endings.
A petition to have the entire final season rewritten with “competent writers” gained over a million signatures within days of its launch.
However, Turner weighed in on how the criticism of the series affected her.
“The fans are incredible and so loyal, and we love them because of the fact that they’re so, so passionate,” Turner began.
She continued: “I cannot fault them there. But when people were saying that there was no effort, that the writers were terrible…
“The most effort was put into this final season.
“We were shooting for an incredibly long time, nearly 11 months.
“We did the most night shoots anyone has done ever, I think. I felt a little defensive, and I think I’m entitled to feel like that.”
Game of Thrones season 8 is available to buy and stream on Amazon Prime now.
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