‘Game of Thrones’ Exclusive: Actor Rory McCann reflects on the Hound’s renewed purpose

SOURCE: Buro. Singapore
AUTHOR: Aravin Sandran
DATE: 14 April 2019
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How does the final season of Game of Thrones begin for your character?
He’s part of the crew. He’s not the loner any more. He’s found some direction and meaning in his life. He still hates his brother but overriding it all, he’s part of a mission.

What was the final all-cast table read like?
We made a big effort. When it’s being read out and narrated, there’s a lot of energy and people were going for it. There were a few actors that really — and I thought they were kidding on — that they hadn’t read the script. They were waiting until that day. Kit (Harington) was one of them. He wasn’t just pretending. He was sight-reading it and then you could probably see his face going, “Noooooo.” It’s emotional.

I remember we were stood up for the 10 minutes just clapping and we’re looking at David (Benioff) and Dan (DB Weiss) was going, “Wow.” My hair was on end just thinking about it.

So the millions of people out there looking forward to the final series…
Will not be disappointed. No, because they’ve got it in their own heads, those theories and stuff. It might not suit their version.

Looking back over the series, when was the moment you realised that everything had gone to another level?
A couple of seasons in really. I’ve been in denial for a long time — I haven’t really watched much of it, so I’m going ‘la, la, la…’ I had a year off and even then you’re still in the middle of nowhere and you suddenly pass a stranger in a really remote place and suddenly you hear, “Are you alive or are you dead?”

There’s plenty that you’ll miss of course from making Game of Thrones. Is there one thing that you won’t miss?
Well, for me, it will be the costumes. I was always the first in just with this prosthetic on my face. The one for the burn. Every day. I will not miss that. Then when I was working around it, I usually had to have half a beard. This side all had to be shaved off. And then you go back home and people go, ‘Listen, you need to sort that out.’ I go, ‘I’m working, I’ve told you this time and time again. When I have no beard on this side of my face, it means that I’m working.’ ‘Well, it looks ridiculous big man.’