Eight years and seventy-three episodes later, the wrestle for the Iron Throne is lastly over. Seventy-plus hours of ice and hearth got here to a head within the Recreation of Thrones season eight finale, “The Iron Throne,” drawing the curtain on David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ game-changing adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s epic saga of homicide, love, energy, and morality. Whether or not they gained, misplaced, or forfeited their declare, we lastly know precisely the place the chips have fallen for all of Recreation of Thrones’ characters, however what’s subsequent for the actors who made them so actual?
A trip, certainly. However past that, we will anticipate to see Westeros’ best crop up in an entire host of future films and TV exhibits, their post-Thrones profession prospects being ceaselessly boosted in a lot the identical method Thrones has reworked the TV panorama. In an effort to fill the Davos-shaped gap in our hearts, then, we’ve put collectively an inventory of all of the locations you’ll be able to anticipate to see all of season eight’s main gamers sooner or later.
Warning: This text accommodates spoilers as much as and together with the occasions of “The Bells,” although when you haven’t but seen the finale, you’re nonetheless good:
Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister)
Subsequent seen in The Indignant Birds Film 2 (August 16, 2019), The Croods 2 (December 23, 2020), The Thicket (launch TBA), The Dwarf (launch TBA), Final Sons of America (launch TBA), and Brothers (launch TBA).
Of all Thrones’ many, many breakouts, it’s undoubtedly Peter Dinklage whose star has risen highest because of the present’s monumental success. Tyrion’s sharp wit, ribald humor, and political shrewdness have positioned him on the middle of many a standout scene, however his attraction rests on extra than simply consuming and figuring out issues: as an underdog from the outset, he’s additionally answerable for a few of Thrones’ most profoundly emotional and sophisticated moments (see his season 4 trial monologue for instance).
It’s inevitable that Dinklage would discover himself in excessive demand post-finale, besides, his calendar is unbelievably crowded: no fewer than 13 future tasks are listed on Dinklage’s IMDb, a number of of that are for twin actor-producer roles. Probably the most concrete and speedy of these suggests a stark tonal shift from Dinklage’s brooding work in GoT, with starring voice roles already locked down for 2 family-friendly animations: The Indignant Birds Film sequel, through which he’ll reprise his position because the Mighty Eagle, and The Croods 2, by which he’ll debut the a part of Phil Betterman, the evolutionarily superior rival patriarch to Nicolas Cage’s Grug.
For decidedly much less family-friendly fare, there’s the promise of a starring position in Elliott Lester’s darkish interval thriller The Thicket, by which Dinklage will play a bounty hunter reluctantly recruited to rescue a kidnapped woman in oil boom-era Texas. Dinklage is each star and producer on that challenge (which is presently in pre-production), a twin position he additionally takes for The Dwarf, the long-gestating adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning writer Pär Lagerkvist’s novel. Updates on The Dwarf’s manufacturing have been scarce since 2017 when The Machinist helmer Brad Anderson was employed to direct Dinklage and co-star Alexander Skarsgård on this Renaissance Italy-set challenge.
Past that, Dinklage has set extra starring roles as certainly one of two unlikely siblings in Etan Cohen’s comedy Brothers, in addition to the dystopian graphic novel-adaptation Final Sons of America, which can see him play an adoption officer working to facilitate adoptions in Colombia for People who can not conceive because of a organic terrorist assault.
And all of that’s to say nothing of Dinklage’s rumored attachments, which embrace Sony’s Rumpelstiltskin adaptation and an element alongside Michael Fassbender and Jamie Foxx in a contemporary remake of The Wild Bunch that’s, sadly, set to be directed by Mel Gibson. Whether or not something comes of that or not, one factor is for certain: Dinklage will stay booked and busy for a really, very very long time.
Package Harington (Jon Snow)
Subsequent seen in The Dying and Lifetime of John F. Donovan (launch TBA).
In interviews, Package Harington has spoken brazenly concerning the pressures introduced on by enjoying Jon Snow for eight years, so it’s virtually no marvel his post-Thrones diary is presently empty. Harington did play a closeted actor in Xavier Dolan’s English-language debut The Demise and Lifetime of John F. Donovan final yr, though that movie has but to obtain a launch date outdoors of Europe because it was extensively panned after premiering at TIFF in 2018. Past that, we all know nothing about Harington’s future profession plans, though he did drop some hints in a current interview, telling Selection that he isn’t desirous about enjoying heroes anymore and that Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s “darker…extra characterful” profession is one he’d wish to emulate post-Thrones.
Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen)
Subsequent seen in Final Christmas (November eight, 2019) and Let Me Rely the Methods (launch TBA).
Hearth, blood, doom, gloom; Daenerys has by no means precisely been a jolly presence on Thrones. That’s why Emilia Clarke’s subsequent venture – Paul Feig’s vacation rom-com Final Christmas – actually seems like one thing to sit up for. From the outset, there’s an absurd attraction in Clarke’s character Kate, an aspiring singer and hapless slacker who works as a division retailer elf year-round. After which there’s the truth that Final Christmas is co-written by Emma Thompson, whose earlier screenwriting credit (Bridget Jones’s Child, Nanny McPhee) attest to her standing as a gifted screenwriter and comedy legend.
Thompson’s involvement additionally inevitably invokes the thought of Love Truly potential on this Wham!-inspired romantic comedy, particularly since Final Christmas is about in London throughout prime tinsel season – however intriguingly, it doesn’t sound like Feig’s movie is resting on its rom-com laurels. In an interview with The Every day Mail, Thompson hinted at a darker underbelly to the movie, explaining that, as a result of Final Christmas is explicitly set throughout 2016, Brexit and Donald Trump will function because the political backdrop to the romance that performs out between Kate and Henry Golding’s Tom. That context is especially related as Thompson is enjoying Kate’s mom, an ex-pat from the previous Yugoslavia who grows more and more uneasy on the prevailing hostile discourse round migration.
Clarke’s different upcoming venture isn’t fairly as modern, though it’s a romance; as lately as Might 2019, she has been hooked up to Björn Runge’s interval drama Let Me Rely the Methods, which can chronicle the key relationship between English poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning in 19th century London. Clarke will star as Elizabeth, a profitable poet whose fragile well being successfully renders her a recluse till she meets and begins a secret romance with fellow poet Robert beneath the nostril of her overbearing father. Obtainable plot info means that that father-daughter battle will take center-stage in Let Me Rely the Methods, making for a compelling thematic hyperlink with Runge’s final film, The Spouse.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister)
Subsequent seen in Domino (Might 31, 2019), Notat (November 14, 2019, Denmark), Suicide Vacationer (2019), and The Silencing (launch TBA).
Seven seasons in the past, hardly anybody (at the least, those that hadn’t learn the books) might have guessed that Jaime Lannister – the sister-loving, child-defenestrating soldier – would emerge as one thing of an unlikely hero by the present’s last season. Whereas it’s true that “The Bells” might have finally scuppered his possibilities at a glowing obituary, it’s a testomony to Jaime’s sudden, monumental reputation that his demise has prompted such widespread protest. No matter your place on whether or not that rocky demise was deserved or not, it’s arduous to argue that Jaime’s journey hasn’t been essential to the present’s essence: its ethical ambiguity.
It’s fascinating to notice, then, that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s non-Thrones work displays an identical pre-occupation with ethical grey areas. In films and exhibits like A Second Probability, Headhunters, Shot Caller, three Issues, and New Amsterdam, he’s performed cops and criminals alike, and, in tasks like Small Crimes, Coster-Waldau has even been each on the similar time. His post-Thrones profession, which begins with Brian de Palma’s revenge thriller Domino, will see him dive proper again into exploring that dichotomy. In Domino (which additionally stars Thrones‘ Purple Lady Carice van Houten), Coster-Waldau performs a Danish police officer in search of revenge on the IS member who murdered his patrol associate, a premise shared partially by one other of the actor’s subsequent tasks. Danish-language function Notat will see Coster-Waldau play one other Danish cop, his character right here based mostly on one of many actual cops who tracked down the IS-affiliated gunman behind the 2015 Copenhagen shootings.
It’s one other of Coster-Waldau’s upcoming tasks, although, that appears to supply the actor one of the best alternative to play as much as his darker impulses. In response to Deadline, The Silencing will see Coster-Waldau play a “reformed hunter” turned head of an animal sanctuary “who turns into concerned in a lethal recreation of cat and mouse when he and the native sheriff Alice Gustafson got down to monitor a vicious killer who might have kidnapped his daughter years in the past.”
If that logline is something to go by, The Silencing appears set to function in a equally vengeful vein as Taylor Sheridan’s Wind River. That places it in stark tonal distinction with Coster-Waldau’s remaining venture: a romantic thriller from When Animals Dream director Jonas Alexander Arnby. In Suicide Vacationer, Coster-Waldau will put in a flip as an insurance coverage declare handler who locates a suspicious shopper in a mysterious lodge designed to assist its visitors understand their dream suicides. The job triggers an existential disaster in Coster-Waldau’s character, one which we assume could also be assuaged, a la The Lobster, by the movie’s obvious romantic parts.