On Sandor's fate: "The Hound can see that [The Mountain] can’t be killed by sticking a dagger in his eye. He has to be burnt. Of all the things Clegane has to do, he has to go into the fire. That’s the sacrifice. But his pain is over... Maybe he could have found peace and wandered off. But this is a fine way to go. It seems pretty beautiful to me. "
On the Stark sisters: "It’s been great seeing [Maisie] again. The last parting shot with Arya and The Hound is lovely. She calls him 'Sandor' for the first time in the whole 7, 8 years. It’s a lovely moment. And the parting moment with Sansa was lovely too."
On life after 'Thrones': "I’m a sailor and spent all my years trying to do up boats. Now I’m thinking of finishing my last few scenes and sailing off into the sunset. That’s my dream."