GAME OF THRONES fans are used to bidding goodbye to characters by now, after seeing many high-profile deaths over the course of the past seven seasons. As season eight approaches, however, one former cast member announced a surprising career move as he revealed he’s not a fan of the series.
Gary Wales played one of the Frey clan in the hit HBO fantasy epic, before the house were slaughtered by Arya Stark (played by Maisie Williams) for their part in the Red Wedding.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, the actor revealed he has bridged his career into modelling, having been confirmed as the first model for London Fashion Week later this year.
“I didn’t go through any casting process or anything like that,” he said.
Swapping the set of Game of Thrones for the catwalk, he will be walking for House of Ikons in September.
“I was basically at a photoshoot with my photographer in Scotland and we started posting some of the pictures online and that’s when Savita [Kaye], the director and owner of House of Ikons at London Fashion week had seen,” Gary explained.
“My photographer and Savita started talking and that’s where I came in.”
In a move which will leave Game of Thrones fans stunned, Gary also admitted he’s never been a fan of the show despite landing a role in it in season six.
“I’ve never had an interest in vikings or old era or fighting with swords and stuff,” he said. “I’ve never had an interest.”
He confirmed that he had never watched the drama before appearing in it and hasn’t been fussed about tuning in since either.
“I’ve never been a fan of it, and I probably will not [be],” he said.
“I like drama, true events, like a thriller.”
However, Gary has his sights firmly set on furthering his modelling career, saying of his upcoming catwalk show: “It’s the first and it’s definitely not going to be the last.
“From what I’ve watched online and catwalk sessions and stuff like that, it just looks very intriguing and it interests me in a way.
The Game of Thrones star hit out at “horrible” shoots and “miserable” 20-hour days on set as he took a swipe at filming for the series.
Unimpressed with his time on the show, he confessed: “To be honest, I’ve had better experiences on film sets than Game of Thrones.
“They’re very long hours, I was on set for maybe 20 hours at a time,” he continued. “It would be like 20 hours one day, have two hour’s sleep, 20 hours the next day, two hour’s sleep.”
He explained that he had to shoot in the day and night in the rainy climate near Belfast, adding: “It was because we were filming in November, just outside Belfast in Northern Ireland and it was cold and miserable and we were cranky and I’m just like, nah, this is not what I want.”
Gary also said he was told not to shower in between days on set in order to make the effect of the make-up more authentic, saying: “They wanted to see exhausted, tired characters and dirty characters.”
He recalled getting sodden feet day after day filming in a field in “fabric” shoes, saying: “I took my socks off and the full bottom of my feet were completely black.
“I had to scrub them with a wire brush. It was horrible.”