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As fans continue the seemingly endless wait for Game of Thrones Season 8, actor John Bradley has seemingly taken mercy upon the fan base and dropped a very vague clue of what we can expect from the show's final episodes. While he didn't share any big deaths or introductions, he did indicate that each character will undergo some challenging changes as they're forced into "new environments":
These characters are so detailed and so rich, you can feel that you've got a pretty good handle on your character. You can predict how your character will react in any given circumstance, but when you place these characters in a new environment, it's always putting them under a microscope, and you constantly have to reexamine your character. Each of the characters this year is placed in a completely alien environment at some point in the season that they've never been placed in before. The thrill is seeing how they react to it and how they respond... This season, I think, more than any other is stretching these characters.
It's hard to imagine just how many new environments these characters can find themselves in considering every major Game of Thrones character has been through a LOT these past seven seasons, which makes the prospect of what John Bradley is saying all the more exciting. Obviously, the war is going to throw everyone around the map a bit, but an "alien environment" doesn't necessarily imply a brand new location, since it could also be a Westeros in which White Walkers are roaming everywhere, with no one ever being truly safe. How would some of the characters react to a world like that? Will rulers like Cersei think twice about their double-crossing ways? Will Samwell Tarly suddenly become a White Walker-slaying juggernaut? Will Azoh Ahai finally be revealed?
With new environments come new changes, so it's also possible we could see some major shakeups as a result of how characters respond to things. Perhaps someone gets imprisoned or witnesses the death of a loved one and it changes their personality completely, although we'd be hard-pressed to find a major character who hasn't had either happen at this stage in the game. There are still a few characters who have yet to see the dragons in action, so maybe part of the fun is seeing how those remaining characters react to being put up close and personal with Dany's pets as they tear through the undead and the Golden Company.
It's good to hear John Bradley tell TVGuide the cast and crew are putting such a deep level of care and understanding into the Game of Thrones characters going into the show's final hours. Of course, it's not exactly like fans expected the cast to monotonously phone it in during the final stretch, but still. Let's just hope these new environments the characters get introduced to don't result in anyone's tragic death, although knowing Game of Thrones, that sounds like a given no matter what the circumstances.
Game of Thrones Season 8 is rumored to be coming to HBO in 2019, and it's starting to sound more like a likelihood with each passing day. For more on upcoming television programming visit our fall premiere guide and midseason premiere guide to stay on top of the dates for shows new and returning. For a look at some shows that got canceled in 2017, visit our cancellation guide.