Jacob Anderson teases where Grey Worm and Missandei’s relationship goes in Game of Thrones season 8


One of the delights of Game of Thrones is its deep bench of characters. Big names like Jon snow and Daenerys Targaryen get a lot of attention, but just as much a part of the fabric of the story are characters like Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson), who’s quietly developed from a mindless killing machine into a sensitive warrior with a lot to lose over the course the past five seasons.

One of the humanizing things for Grey Worm has been his relationship with Missandei, Daenerys’ loyal handmaiden. Metro asked Anderson what role their courtship will play in the final season, and while he obviously didn’t give specifics, there’s definitely more to come:

"We’ll just have to see. I think that that is quite a big part of that character’s story, his relationship with Missandei. So it’s fair to assume that’ll be a factor in the next season. But there’s a lot going on so…"

I actually wasn’t on board with Grey Worm and Missandei’s relationship for a while, but they eventually won me over. It figures I’d finally get invested right when all the characters are at the biggest risk of death.

Anderson also talked about his final moments on set, which came after a grueling 10-month shoot. “It was heartbreaking,” Anderson said. “Obviously I can’t say who I was with, but it was a really bittersweet thing.”

"When you’re shooting for that long, I was ready to finish when we finished, but at the same time I’m really going to miss everybody I’ve been working with. It was an emotional day. I cried. It’s been a big part of my life…It’s changed my life in ways I never expected. It’s a big show and it’s been a really huge part of my year, every year, going back it feels like school. I’ve learnt so much and I’ve made so many friends and I’ll be grateful for it for the rest of my life."

Anderson mentioned that everybody on set got a “send-off,” although he declined to give details. “It was lovely,” he said. “It was a really nice way to finish things the way that we did.” Happily, in a different interview, Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) was freer with the specifics:

"What David and Dan [Benioff and Weiss, the showrunners] do, they bring out a storyboard of their favorite scene for your character in all of Game of Thrones, and they write this really long note on the back. I just bawled my eyes out. I couldn’t stop shaking and crying for hours."

Turner cried, Anderson cried…Who DIDN’T cry during this process? That’s what I want to know.


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Now that he’s well and truly finished shooting Game of Thrones, Anderson is spending his time with one of his other passions: music, which he produces under the name Raleigh Ritchie. He already released one album — You’re A Man Now, Boy — in 2016. He’s now at work on a second, and has even directed the music video for the advance single “Time in a Tree.”

“It’s like one thing at a time,” Anderson said of his post-Thrones life. At least, I’m trying at the moment to do one thing at a time and Game Of Thrones this year, I was shooting for 10 months so it took a lot of my energy. I loved it but at the moment I’m in album mode, but I’ve also just written a film so I’m trying to continue to work on that as well. Who knows if I’ll do acting stuff around it but I’m sure I will, I want to.”

Here’s hoping Grey Worm survives the final season of the show. I’d wish Anderson luck too but it sounds like he’s doing just fine without it.

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