The seventh season of HBO’s fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” ended just a few weeks ago in spectacular fashion. But with the series’ eighth and final season possibly not returning to our TV sets until 2019, what are Westeros watchers to do in the meantime?
Fear not, for some of the Seven Kingdoms’ familiar faces will soon be appearing on the big screen. You could say winter – including film festival season – is here.
Peter Dinklage – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Nov. 10)
(Note: Due to crude language, trailer is NSFW.)
As Tyrion Lannister, Dinklage serves as the shrewd Hand to the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen. This fall, he stars in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” a dark comedy about a different kind of mother.
Justice-seeking Frances McDormand stands up to police after months go by without an arrest in the rape and murder of her daughter. Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell also star. The film made the rounds at the Venice and Toronto film festivals.
Gwendoline Christie – “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Dec. 15)
Christie exudes bravery and honor as warrior Brienne of Tarth in Westeros. But she transforms into a villain in the new “Star Wars” trilogy.
In Episode XIII, she reprises her role as Captain Phasma of the First Order from “The Force Awakens.” Here’s hoping Christie gets more screen time as the mysterious captain in the next chapter of the Star Wars saga.
Nathalie Emmanuel – “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” (Jan. 26, 2018)
As Missandei, Emmanuel plays Daenerys Targaryen’s loyal follower and friend. She has also become a regular in the sci-fi “Maze Runner” franchise, based on the dystopian young adult novels.
Bonus: The third film in the series stars Thomas Brodi-Sangster, whose “Game of Thrones” character, Jojen Reed, was killed off at the end of season 4.
Maisie Williams – “Mary Shelley” (U.S. release date unknown)
Williams plays cunning assassin Arya Stark in the medieval-inspired fantasy series. In her next role, Williams fast-forwards to the 19th century as the friend of famed writer Mary Shelley (Elle Fanning). The drama explores the love affair between the “Frankenstein” author and Percy Bysshe Shelley (Douglas Booth.) The film was screened at the Toronto Film Festival.
Bonus: Stephen Dillane, who played steely commander Stannis Baratheon on “Game of Thrones” for four seasons, also stars in the drama as William Godwin, Mary Shelley’s father.
ON DVD AND STREAMING
Nathalie Emmanuel and Kristofer Hivju – “The Fate of the Furious”
Emmanuel and Hivju, the red-haired actor who plays fan favorite Tormund Giantsbane, are on opposite sides when Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) turns on his family in the eighth film in the wildly popular “Fast and Furious” franchise. Emmanuel reprises her role as no-nonsense hacker Ramsey, while Hivju enters the fray as a henchman of cyberterrorist Cipher (Charlize Theron).
Aidan Gillen – “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”
For seven seasons, Gillen entertained us as the devious Peter “Littlefinger” Baelish. The actor also appears in Guy Ritchie’s stylish take on the medieval legend of King Arthur (Charlie Hunnam).
Iain Glen – “My Cousin Rachel”
As the loyal Jorah Mormont, Iain Glen returned to Daenerys Targaryen’s side this season. In the period drama based on Daphne du Maurier’s novel, Glen plays the godfather of a young Englishman (Sam Claflin) seeking revenge on his cousin’s beautiful but mysterious widow (Rachel Weisz).
Nikolaj Coster-Walau – “Shot Caller” (Streaming on Amazon and iTunes)
Coster-Walau has lost his honor, his hand and his children as embattled Jaime Lannister on “Game of Thrones.” In this crime thriller, he plays a man who goes to prison and is forced to join a gang to survive.