After almost a decade on our telly screens, the stars of Game of Thrones – their characters very dead or very alive – took to the red carpet in New York earlier today to celebrate the premiere of the final season. And while everyone looked glamorous, a special mention must go to Gwendoline Christie, otherwise known as Brienne of Tarth.
Christie wore a divine gown by Iris Van Herpen and boy did she kill it on the carpet.
She previously modelled for Van Herpen in 2016 at her Quaquaversal SS16 show during Paris Fashion Week. Christie donned a 3D-printed dress that was live-printed upon her during the show.
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The actor’s official cast portrait was somehow even more powerful.
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Speaking to Variety about her favourite female characters on the show, Christie said she deeply admired Catelyn Stark and her maternal strength. She also talked about the evolution of female characters in television and the role the internet played in making that happen in Thrones.
“Game of Thrones has come about in a time where the birth of the internet also really occurred with people using it regularly, having phones they could refer to with ease and what the internet has done has provided everyone with an equal voice,” she said. “One element of that was that we heard what audiences want and what they want is more female characters and they want more complex female characters and something I’m deeply proud of in the show is that it has honoured the books and it has taken the characters so exquisitely drawn and described in the books and maintained that and kept it in the TV show
“I think this huge phenomena that is Game of Thrones has illustrated that people want to see female characters. They’re interested in their stories and it has provided some really exceptional female characters. I’m very proud to be a part of it.”
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Christie was joined by stars from all seasons including the one and only Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister), Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell), Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and his former Thrones co-star/wife Rose Leslie (Ygritte), and Mother of Dragons Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen).
Pascal, we love him.
Clarke described the night to HBO as “really exciting and wonderful, but also incredibly sad.” Details of season eight, which will premiere on Monday, April 15 in Australia, have been kept under lock and key so a lot of your favourite stars spent the interviews on the night reflecting upon that final script.
Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), said she “went numb and walked around for hours and hours” after reading the script. “I’ve cried over it, but I don’t think I’ve fully processed it.” Tyrion Lannister actor Peter Dinklage said he was “completely devastated” after his final reading. “It took me a while to recover, and then once I did, I realised there was no other way to tell this story. It’s completely stunning… I think fans are going to take away many different things, and how you see it depends on who you’ve been siding with.”
Thrones mastermind George R.R. Martin concluded, “It’s been an amazing ride. I never could have anticipated this.”
On Instagram, Thrones uploaded a number of stunning portrait videos from the night.
It’s almost unsettling to see Tywin smile so widely after all this time.
The final season of Game of Thrones will premiere in Australia on Monday, April 15.