Richard Madden Doesn't Think Anyone on Game of Thrones Will Make it Out Alive

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Helen Sloan, HBO

When you’re an actor on a show, chances are you know all the behind-the-scenes secrets—including, quite possibly, how the series will end. But when you’re an actor on Game of Thrones, the secrecy is much more intense, and even the show's biggest stars don't always know everything.

So when you're an actor on Game of Thrones whose character was killed off a few seasons back, it's safe to steal a line from Ygritte and say: "You know nothing, Jon Snow." Or, in the case of Richard Madden: "You know nothing, Robb Stark."

Though Madden played Robb Stark for three seasons until his untimely (and very memorable) death at the Red Wedding, we're pretty sure the 32-year-old actor is as clueless as the rest of us when it comes to how the final season will shake out. Still, Madden—who just earned a Golden Globe nomination for his work on Netflix's Bodyguard, and who is being loudly talked about as the next James Bond—had a pretty bold prediction about the series' finale. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Madden admitted that he doesn’t think any of his former co-stars will make it out of Game of Thrones alive.

"I kind of think it’s just going to be three dragons flying around and everyone else is dead," he said. "It’s a possibility!"

We certainly can't rule it out. And given Madden's own bloody demise on the series, one can't blame him for having such a dark theory. Yet he also shared how leaving the show was a blessing in that it allowed him to become a fan.

"I can’t wait for the new season," he said. "I kind of don’t recognize that I was in it anymore because I’ve been watching so many years of it, and they talk about Robb Stark and I know who he is but I don’t see myself in that role. I’m just a viewer now, which is so good. That was one of the bad things about being in the show is you got the scripts, so you knew what was going to happen next ... I’ve not had that for years, so now I can just truly enjoy it as a viewer, which is thrilling."

Game of Thrones will return to HBO for its final season in April 2019. In the meantime, we'll just keep our fingers crossed that Madden's prediction is just a random guess.

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Mark Hamill Learned About The Empire Strikes Back's Big Darth Vader Reveal Before Anyone Else

Nope, not even Harrison Ford knew about it.
Nope, not even Harrison Ford knew about it.
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Few cinematic secrets were better kept—or more shocking when they came out—than that of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa's true parentage in the Star Wars saga. According to ComicBook.com, the reveal that Darth Vader is Luke and Leia's father was such a well-kept secret that it wasn't actually put into the script at all. Evidently, only three people on set knew about the moment in advance: Mark Hamill, Star Wars creator George Lucas, and The Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner. (Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan was also aware.)

Hamill took to Twitter to explain the pivotal part of the franchise, during which a fake line was used so the actual reveal could be dubbed in afterwards, allowing the trio to keep the secret from the cast and crew for more than a year.

"The cast & crew first learned of it when they saw the finished film," Hamill said to his fans on Twitter. "When we shot it, Vader's line was 'You don't know the truth, Obi-Wan killed your father.' Only Irvin Kershner, George Lucas & I knew what would be dubbed in later. Agony keeping that secret for over a year!"

Props to them for not letting the spoiler slip early. Even with the pressure of keeping such a big plot twist under wraps, Lucas says financial concerns were what plagued him most.

“Well, to be very honest, the most challenging aspect was paying for [The Empire Strikes Back],” Lucas recently told StarWars.com. “In order to be able to take control of the movie, I had to pay for it myself. And in order to do that, I did something my father told me never to do, which was to borrow money. But there wasn’t much I could do because I only had maybe half of the money to make the movie, so I had to borrow the other half, which put a lot of pressure on me.”

If you feel like reminiscing about a galaxy far, far away, check out this year's May the Fourth celebration compilation here. And if you want to see the twist for yourself (whether it's for the first or the hundredth time), all nine movies in the Skywalker Saga are now streaming on Disney+.

[h/t ComicBook.com]

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