*This article contains minor spoilers for the Game of Thrones episode ‘The Long Night’*
It’s been almost seven days since millions tuned in to see Jon Snow, Arya Stark and the rest of the gang took on the Night King and his army of White Walkers in Game of Thrones and it’s safe to say, we’re having trouble processing what went down. But one actor is having an even more difficult time, in that he can’t believe his character actually survived the Battle of Winterfell.
John Bradley, who plays Samwell Tarly in the epic fantasy drama, appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss the latest episode and how “nobody is safe” when it comes to a show like Game of Thrones.
“I didn’t think I was gonna survive,” Bradley told host Ellen DeGeneres, when she said she was surprised Tarly walked away from the great conflict considering how many times he almost perished. “Because you’re always kind of looking at the scripts for the new episode with one eye open. You’re so nervous.
“And people say, ‘Oh, Sam can’t die’, and ‘Sam’s too important’ or ‘Sam’s too beloved’. And you just think, ‘God, don’t you watch this show? Have you never seen this show before?’ Important and beloved doesn’t matter. Nobody is sacred and nobody is safe.“
The 30-year-old went on to admit that he’s worried he doesn’t actually know how the final series is going to conclude anymore, because he recently learned that showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff added fake scenes into the actor’s scripts to throw them off and avoid accidental spoilers.
“I don’t know what I know,” he laughed. “I may ultimately know, but I’m not gonna know that I know until I know that I know.”
Well, he won’t have to long to find out as Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season concludes on Sunday 19 May.