‘Game of Thrones: Final Season Premiere Gathers Stars from Past and Present One Last Time (PHOTOS)

It was a star studded affair in New York on Wednesday for the ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere ahead of the final season kicking off on April 14 on HBO…

The end is near.

On Wednesday night in New York, the premiere for the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ took place with cast members from the past and present gathering together to celebrate the beloved series that will come to an end with six more episodes kicking off on April 14.

While the majority of the cast from the current season of ‘Game of Thrones’ were present, several famous faces from the past also managed to walk the red carpet to celebrate the show one last time.

Sean Bean, who portrayed Ned Stark during season one, showed up for the gala affair as well as the man who ordered his head cut off as Jack Gleeson returned after playing the villainous Joffrey Baratheon for three plus seasons of the show.

Charles Dance also made an appearance after playing Tywin Lannister for several seasons and the original king from ‘Game of Thrones’ also popped up as Mark Addy returned after portraying Robert Baratheon throughout the first season of the show.

Pedro Pascal popped up at the premiere and he even managed to reunite with the monstrous Hafthor Bjornsson, who plays ‘The Mountain’ aka the guy who squashed his head like a bug on the show.

He wasn’t holding any doors this time around but Kristian Nairn also returned after playing Hodor on ‘Game of Thrones’ for several seasons. Aidan Gillan also make an appearance after playing Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish all the way through last season.

Even Khal Drogo himself — Jason Momoa made an appearance at the finale season premiere.

Obviously the remaining cast still appearing in the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ was front and center minus the queen — Lena Headey was sadly unable to make the premiere after falling ill and being forced to stay at home in England.

The rest of the cast was radiant including Kit Harington and his real life wife (and former flame on the show) Rose Leslie.

Emilia Clarke aka Daenerys Targaryen, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams definitely had bright spotlights on them all night as did the rest of the rest of the cast making appearances at the premiere.

While everybody was filled with smiles throughout the evening, there was still an underlying sadness to the event because this would be the last time this group would gather together for an event of this magnitude. Many of the cast members said it was tough even getting through the final script because it signified that their time on ‘Game of Thrones’ was nearly finished.

“I went numb and walked around for hours and hours,” Turner said. “I’ve cried over it, but I don’t think I’ve fully processed it.”

When it comes to the legacy of the show, ‘Game of Thrones’ is already the most watched series in HBO history, surpassing past shows like ‘The Sopranos’, and it’s going to be tough for any other series to match it.

“Game of Thrones changed people’s perspectives of the fantasy genre, I think,” Harington said when asked about how the show would be remembered. “We came along at a time when television was changing, and [series co-creators] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] and HBO realized the ambition.”

As far as the man responsible for all of this, George R.R. Martin was still blown away by the success of ‘Game of Thrones’, especially considering his work on the books that the show is based upon started nearly 30 years ago.

“It’s been an amazing ride,” Martin said at the premiere. “I never could have anticipated this.”

Check out more of the cast and crew from ‘Game of Thrones’ in photos below:

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H/T: HBO

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