- Jacob Anderson, who played Grey Worm in Game of Thrones, didn’t feel like filming the popular show was a big deal because he mostly worked with a small group of actors, not the entire extensive cast.
- The show expanded Grey Worm’s character from the book series by giving him a consistent presence and a romance with Missandei, allowing for more exploration of his worldview and desires beyond being a warrior.
- Despite the improvements to his character, Grey Worm’s storyline in the final season was inconsistent and underwhelming, with limited screen time for his relationship with Missandei and a diminished portrayal as a ruthless killing machine.
Game of Thrones star Jacob Anderson shares why filming the popular series did not feel like a big deal. Anderson made his series debut in season 3 as Grey Worm, a soldier in the elite army known as the Unsullied. After Daenerys Targaryen freed the Unsullied, they were forever loyal to her, and the Unsullied chose Grey Worm as their commander. Grey Worm remained an important character, particularly in Daenerys’ storylines. Anderson was featured as a recurring cast member from season 3 to season 7 and promoted to a starring cast member in season 8.
During an interview with NME, Anderson explains why filming the show that became a popular culture phenomenon didn’t feel like a big deal. He primarily felt this way because, for most of the series, Grey Worm only shared scenes with Daenerys, Missandei, Tyrion Lannister, and Varys. Since he mostly filmed with the “tight-knit” group of actors playing these characters, Anderson rarely filmed with the majority of the extensive cast and didn’t fully experience Game of Thrones‘ massive scope until watching the finished episodes. Read Anderson’s comments below:
“The experience of making that show was so different to the way it was being perceived and metabolised by people who watched it. It was such a big deal, but it never really felt that way to me because the way we made the show felt quite small.”
How Game Of Thrones Improved & Failed Grey Worm’s Character
Game of Thrones made Grey Worm more compelling than he is in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series. In both mediums, Grey Worm is an Unsullied soldier deeply loyal to Daenerys and is chosen by his peers to command them. In the books, most of the focus is on Grey Worm being the face of the Unsullied, along with his undying loyalty to Daenerys and the knowledge and prowess he wields as a warrior. Game of Thrones builds on this by giving Grey Worm a more consistent presence and voice in the Daenerys storylines.
Grey Worm also has a budding romance with Missandei, the latter of whom is significantly aged up from the books. There is no romance between Grey Worm and Missandei in the source material, but in the show, their gradual romance gives the story room to explore Grey Worm beyond being a loyal and formidable warrior. This relationship provides new experiences for Grey Worm, who raises questions that challenge his view of the world and thinks about a future beyond the constant fighting that has consumed his life.
Unfortunately, Game of Thrones does fail Grey Worm in the final season. Other than a brief discussion about going to Missandei’s home of Naath after they help Daenerys win the Iron Throne, the two characters and their relationship did not receive much screen time before Missandei’s brutal death. Grey Worm is then diminished to a ruthless killing machine who executes captive Lannister soldiers, but the show doesn’t fully commit to this characterization as he conveniently and begrudgingly allows Jon Snow to be sent to the Wall instead of killing him, even though Jon murdered Daenerys. Although Grey Worm had a bigger role, his Game of Thrones ending was sadly underwhelming due to the inconsistency with his arc.