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Game of Thrones cast bids farewell to 'the greatest show on Earth' at season 8 premiere

The cast of Game of Thrones descended on Radio City Music Hall in New York on Wednesday to bid farewell to the HBO hit show after eight seasons.

'I've got my waterproof mascara on tonight because I know there'll be a lot of crying,' says Sophie Turner

Rose Leslie and Emilia Clarke pose together following the Game Of Thrones season 8 premiere in New York. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Sophie Turner wore her waterproof mascara. The actress knew there would be a lot of crying.

She and the rest of the cast of Game of Thrones descended on Radio City Music Hall in New York on Wednesday to bid farewell to the HBO hit show after eight seasons.

"It's very exciting because there's a whole new chapter of our lives we're embarking on, but it's also really sad because this other chapter is closing, and we won't be able to play these amazing characters anymore," said Turner, who plays Sansa Stark.

"I've got my waterproof mascara on tonight because I know there'll be a lot of crying."

Maisie Williams, left, and Sophie Turner play sisters Arya and Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

The groundbreaking HBO series, based on the popular book series by George R.R. Martin, has had crazy twists, eye-popping turns and a measure of fearlessness, like killing off main characters. It also has one of the most dynamic battle scenes ever filmed in an episode called "Battle of the Bastards."

Pilou Asbaek, who plays Euron Greyjoy, said fans can expect even more of those moments in the last few shows. The last season premieres April 14.

Hafþor Julius Bjornsson, Game of Thrones villain Gregor 'The Mountain' Clegane, and Pedro Pascal, who played Oberyn Martell, joke around on the red carpet. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

"There's going to be a couple of episodes in season eight which is going to be madness, which is going to be epic, which is going to be the biggest ever seen on TV," Asbaek said.

Jason Momoa, whose character Khal Drogo was killed off in the first season, came back from the dead to attend Wednesday's event.

"It's the greatest show on Earth and nine years ago I didn't think I'd be here right now. It's just beautiful to see my friends off, wish them luck and show the world that it's the greatest show," Momoa said.

Lisa Bonet, left, and Jason Momoa arrive at HBO's Game of Thrones final season premiere at Radio City Music Hall in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Kristian Nairn, who portrayed the simple-minded Hodor in the series, was the subject of a full-frontal nude scene that made him proud because it shows the inclusion the creators have for the world they created.

"I'm not your average Hollywood actor and to be able to take your clothes off onscreen, I think that just shows what Game of Thrones is all about. It's inclusive," he said.

"You don't have to look like a Hollywood A-lister to be in Game of Thrones. I think that's the way the acting culture should move. It's supposed to be inclusive these days. We all look different so that's why I took the chance to appear naked."

Kristian Nairn attends HBO's "Game of Thrones" final season premiere at Radio City Music Hall on in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Kristofer Hivju, known for the role of Tormund Giantsbane, pointed to the show's unpredictability as part of its strength.

"It doesn't follow the rules of storytelling. It follows the rules of life and the rules of death. And it's unpredictable. It's like a sports event. You don't know what's going to happen. Boom! Something happens. Boom! Always something," he said.

Kristofer Hivju, seen at right with Gry Molaer Hivju, pointed to the show's unpredictability as a strength. 'It doesn't follow the rules of storytelling.' (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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