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Game of Thrones’ Night King defends being killed by Arya Stark, says ‘It wasn’t easy for me to hurt her’

Game of Thrones actor Vladimir Furdik, who played Night King on the show, has spoken about his character’s death at the hands of Arya Stark, played by Maisie Willaims.

tv Updated: May 03, 2019 18:53 IST
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Vladimir Furdik (left) played the Night King on Game of Thrones.
Vladimir Furdik (left) played the Night King on Game of Thrones. (Instagram)

The much-dreaded Night King, played by Vladimir Furdik, in world’s most popular TV show Game of Thrones was finally killed by Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) in the latest episode of the eighth and final season. While the fans of the show rated it the second worst episode in the entire series, Vladimir couldn’t care less about his character’s unexpected death.

Talking to Hollywood Reporter, the actor said, “Because I’m part of the stunt team, I don’t have much time to think about being the Night King. I have to perform a lot of [other] fights. I was there from the beginning to the end of [the shoot]. Every fight that happens in this battle, it goes through my hands and the other [stunt team members’] hands. “



Vladimir and Maisie are very good friends off the screen and were at the centre of attention in the climax scene. Sharing the hardships of shooting the epic scene, Vladimir said, “It was a very emotional day and night. It was so strong. I spent all my energy playing it, and she as well. It was not an easy day. It was cold. There was rain. She was on a wire, in a harness, jumping many times. It wasn’t just the one time; it was maybe 15 times. When I have to hold her under the jaw and it looks like she dies, we had to spend a lot of energy on that particular scene. It was very, very difficult. We are very good friends. We know each other. It wasn’t easy for me to [pretend to] hurt her. When I grabbed her under the jaw, it wasn’t easy [on a practical level]. If you make a bad move — if you don’t grab her well — she could have an injury. So I was under pressure and she was under pressure. It was not an easy day.”

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Vladimir Furdik and Maisie Williams do a high-five after shooting the climax scene.
Vladimir Furdik and Maisie Williams do a high-five after shooting the climax scene.

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The stuntman expressed that its the people from the costume and makeup departments who he would miss the most. The actor revealed that a team of about 25-30 people assisted him in his prosthetics, makeup, camera and lighting and helped him become the Night King.

The third episode left the viewers dissatisfied due to its blurry and dark cinematography and the unbelievable twist at the end but became the most tweeted about television episode in Twitter’s history. The fourth episode of this season will air on Monday and will show the aftermath of the Battle of Winterfell and what lies ahead for Jon Snow and Daenerys at the King’s Landing.

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