One ‘Game of Thrones’ star is pretty confident he’s safe until the very end
Only two things are certain in Game of Thrones: death, and more death.
But one of the stars seems to be feeling pretty confident about his chances of making it to the end of the series, despite its notoriously high body count.
Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) certainly seemed like an underdog when he was introduced in Season 1 — but author George R. R. Martin has proven that he’s a big fan of underdogs; or “cripples, bastards and broken things,” as Tyrion Lannister once famously observed.
With that in mind, Bradley recently offered a pretty compelling argument for his character’s continued existence during a podcast interview: “The thing about Sam is, if he’s still around at this stage, you do suspect that there is gonna be a point to keeping him around.”
Of course, we could say the same about any Game of Thrones character — obviously all of them serve a narrative purpose, or they’d be dead already. But Bradley’s observation does seem to hint that Sam may still have a pivotal part to play in the final two seasons.
Many fans — including Bradley himself — suspect that Sam is actually the narrator of Game of Thrones, and that the end of the show will reveal an older version of Bradley’s character as a Maester in the Citadel, telling the story of the battle for the Iron Throne long after it’s over.
Either way, Bradley’s already thinking about the end of the series, which is only 13 episodes away.
“It’s going to come to an end and I think that’d be easier for actors that’d had huge careers, or just done anything else of note, really, then arrived at Game of Thrones as part of their career, because there’s a before and there’s an after,” he noted. “But for me there’s no before; I’ve never been a professional actor and not been in Game of Thrones.“
Just try not to think about it — that’s our strategy.
In the meantime, fans are already speculating about the first photo of Sam and Gilly from Season 7, which offers an easter egg about Azor Ahai, the legendary warrior who could be reborn as Jon or Daenerys or Jaime, depending on who you ask.
Maybe this is Bradley’s way of telling us that Azor Ahai was Samwell all along.