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By Lucy Cotter – arts and entertainment correspondent

Game of Thrones star Liam Cunningham says the end of the show will be "bittersweet" – and "fans will never be satisfied".

The actor, who plays Davos Seaworth, admitted "all the big issues" are taken care of but suggested it isn't going to be a straightforward conclusion to the show.

He said: "If we wrap this puppy up in a nice pink ribbon, everybody would be incredibly depressed because it would be condescending and patronising and all of the above. You have to remember it is Game of Thrones."

Speaking at the launch of a new Game of Thrones exhibition in Belfast, he appeared alongside Isaac Hempstead Wright – who hinted his character Bran Stark was in the show until the very end.

Image: Kit Harington as Jon Snow and Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen. Pic: Sky Atlantic/ HBO

When asked if he cried at the end, he told Sky News: "On the final day, I didn't think I was going to cry, I thought 'nah everyone is going to be all teary and its fine'.

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"And then the water works came on and it was just a total mess. The crew, all the other cast, everyone was just wailing away."

Isaac has been in the show since he was just 10 years old, even appearing in the pilot.

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He said he "felt a mixture of everything" when he watched the ending, adding: "There were a couple of moments where I did have to genuinely get up and pace around my flat and go 'oh my goodness' and I think that will be the same for a lot of people watching it.

"Brace yourselves for quite a lot of distress."

Both actors said when they received the final scripts they held off trying to find out if they were alive until the end.

Liam said once he'd made it to the final series he was happy to wait.

"I'm a fan, everybody on the show is genuinely a fan," he said.

"My ambition when I came on was to get to the last season and when I got to the last season, it was to get to the last episode.

"Whether that happens or not, one will have to wait and see."

The final season of the show premieres next week in the UK
Image: The final season of the show premieres next week in the UK

Since it first aired, Game of Thrones has become a cultural phenomenon – breaking records for viewers, budgets and awards.

It has featured 330 characters – over half of whom have already been killed off – with one fan estimate putting the total death tally at 174,373.

Filming has taken place in 25 locations in and around Northern Ireland, which has since built a tourist economy off the back of the show.

Castle Ward is one such location, which became Winterfell, where much of the first series was set.

John McGrillen, chief executive of Tourism Northern Ireland, told Sky News the impact of Game of Thrones has been "huge" on the country, with the value from tourists coming over for the show estimated at £50m.

He said: "One in six people who come to Northern Ireland on a break want to see the sets and sights where Game of Thrones is actually being filmed.

"When you think we get 2.5 million visitors from overseas and one sixth of those are coming to those sets, that's a very significant number and it has a very big impact," he said.

Game of Thrones: The Touring exhibition is one such attraction hoping to build on the show's legacy.

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