Game Of Thrones star Gemma Whelan reveals she had to breastfeed her baby on set between takes

She’s part of the Game Of Thrones season 8 cast, under strict instructions to not say a word about how the show comes to an end.

But Gemma Whelan, who plays Yara Greyjoy in the fantasy series, has revealed one behind the scenes secret from the show’s last ever season.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain on Monday, Gemma, 37, who welcomed her daughter to the world in October 2017, recalled how she had to breastfeed the baby on set between takes, as she shot the final episodes. 

Behind-the-scenes: Gemma Whelan, who plays Yara Greyjoy in Game Of Thrones, has revealed one secret from the show's last ever season

Behind-the-scenes: Gemma Whelan, who plays Yara Greyjoy in Game Of Thrones, has revealed one secret from the show's last ever season

Behind-the-scenes: Gemma Whelan, who plays Yara Greyjoy in Game Of Thrones, has revealed one secret from the show’s last ever season

She was also asked if she’s told anyone in her life how it ends.

‘My baby daughter! Because she can’t tell any one. She can’t speak,’ she said. ‘She came on set with me for the whole thing. I was breastfeeding her in between takes when I was taking breaks.

‘I was tied in [to her costume]. It’s hard to get in to [her costume]!’ 

Gemma watched the new season at a screening with the cast, and said of the experience: ‘I was utterly dumbfounded when I came out of the screening.

Multi-tasking Mum: Gemma, 37, who welcomed her daughter to the world in October 2017, recalled how she had to breastfeed the baby on set between takes, as she shot the final episodes

Multi-tasking Mum: Gemma, 37, who welcomed her daughter to the world in October 2017, recalled how she had to breastfeed the baby on set between takes, as she shot the final episodes

Multi-tasking Mum: Gemma, 37, who welcomed her daughter to the world in October 2017, recalled how she had to breastfeed the baby on set between takes, as she shot the final episodes

Spoiler free zone: Gemma was also asked if she's told anyone in her life how it ends

Spoiler free zone: Gemma was also asked if she's told anyone in her life how it ends

Spoiler free zone: Gemma was also asked if she’s told anyone in her life how it ends

‘It’s so special; you don’t think they can raise the game anymore and they do! I’m so excited for everyone to see it!’

Asked whether the series ending is satisfying, she replied: ‘I’m just going to say yes! I can’t say anything!

‘People say to me “don’t spoil it – I don’t want to know anything”. I’m so well trained at keeping quiet now.

‘I think because, yes, it’s fantasy, but it’s also really rooted in human flaws and character and family drama and politics and has very realistic characters, even though they’re in a fantasy land. It’s brilliantly written. 

It's back: Gemma attended the season finale premiere in Belfast last week alongside Nathalie Emmanuel, her baby Hector Emmanuel Barnes, and Kit Harrington

It's back: Gemma attended the season finale premiere in Belfast last week alongside Nathalie Emmanuel, her baby Hector Emmanuel Barnes, and Kit Harrington

It’s back: Gemma attended the season finale premiere in Belfast last week alongside Nathalie Emmanuel, her baby Hector Emmanuel Barnes, and Kit Harrington

She said: 'I'm lucky in that I've done a lot of stuff on the side of it so I don't think I'm defined by Yara'

She said: 'I'm lucky in that I've done a lot of stuff on the side of it so I don't think I'm defined by Yara'

She said: ‘I’m lucky in that I’ve done a lot of stuff on the side of it so I don’t think I’m defined by Yara’

‘I’m lucky in that I’ve done a lot of stuff on the side of it so I don’t think I’m defined by Yara.’  

When the fact that the budget for the final season is said to have been  $15 million an episode was brought up, Gemma replied: ‘That wasn’t my wage!’

She recalled watching season 1 of the fantasy epic before auditioning for the role of Yara, who has appeared on the show since 2012’s season 2. 

‘I watched the whole thing back-to-back. I thought I had no chance of getting it. It made me want it!’

One billion tuned in as the highly anticipated Game of Thrones kicked off its eighth and final season on HBO Sunday night with the season premiere, the first of a six-episode final season.

The final season will span six episodes, the first two of which will run roughly the normal episode length at 54 minutes and 58 minutes.

The third episode will be the longest in series history, spanning 82 minutes, with the fourth episode spanning 78 minutes and the fifth and sixth spanning 80 minutes apiece.

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