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Actor John Bradley From ‘Game of Thrones’ on Whether White Walkers Have Feelings, Too

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During the “Game of Thrones” Season 7 finale on Sunday, Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) arrived at Winterfell just in time to put two and two together with Bran Stark. Together, they concluded that Jon Snow isn’t actually Jon or a Snow, but rather Aegon Targaryen, the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. (Too bad they couldn’t alert Jon of this fact before he committed incest with his aunt).

It’s a game-changer for the series, so we enlisted Mr. Bradley to help make sense of this final confirmation of a very popular fan theory — and to weigh in on whether Sam and Bran should continue to drop knowledge bombs on Westeros. Following are edited excerpts from that telephone interview.

So it turns out that Sam knows more than the Three-Eyed Raven, at least in this instance. I thought perhaps Sam had ignored or missed the information Gilly presented about Rhaegar Targaryen.

Even the Three-Eyed Raven has gaps in his knowledge. And if someone has gaps in their knowledge, Sam is very, very keen to fill them. The thing about Sam is that he’s always been wrapped up in his own head. He’s been so isolated and felt like such an outsider for so long that he’s just constantly living introspectively. I think Sam is the kind of person who can absorb information rather efficiently. He can almost absorb the information by osmosis, almost subconsciously. His brain is never completely closed.


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How do you think this is going to change his relationship with Jon Snow, who we now know to be Aegon Targaryen? Would he even still call him Jon? Would he start calling him Aegon, or “Egg”?

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