Game Of Thrones' Richard Madden predicts how the final season of the HBO series ends... as he opens up about stripping naked as an actor

The hotly-anticipated eighth season of Game Of Thrones is set to be released in early 2019.

And Richard Madden, who portrayed Robb Stark in the first three seasons of the HBO series - now in its eighth - has given his theory about how the forthcoming final episode will play out.

The Scottish actor, 32, jokingly told i newspaper: 'Jon Snow saves the day and kills everyone,' with a gleeful smile on his face.

Theory: Richard Madden, 32, who portrayed Robb Stark in the first three seasons of the HBO series has given his theory about how the forthcoming final episode will play out

Theory: Richard Madden, 32, who portrayed Robb Stark in the first three seasons of the HBO series has given his theory about how the forthcoming final episode will play out

But he then confessed: 'People often ask me if I know what's happening next. I don't, but I'm going to start making things up.'

And while he's happy to fabricate elaborate plots about the fantasy drama series' finale, he won't even touch on his personal life.

The actor - who is reportedly dating actress Ellie Bamber, 21 - is fervently intent on keeping his private life, private, refusing point blank to speak about it.

Richard did reveal, however, that he made the decision to keep his private life just that, early on in his acting career.

Joking: The Scottish actor jokingly told i newspaper : 'Jon Snow saves the day and kills everyone,' with a gleeful smile  (Pictured: Kit Harrington as Jon Snow in Games of Thrones)

Joking: The Scottish actor jokingly told i newspaper : 'Jon Snow saves the day and kills everyone,' with a gleeful smile (Pictured: Kit Harrington as Jon Snow in Games of Thrones)

The truth: But he then confessed: 'People often ask me if I know what's happening next. I don't, but I'm going to start making things up' (Pictured as Robb Stark in Game of Thrones)

The truth: But he then confessed: 'People often ask me if I know what's happening next. I don't, but I'm going to start making things up' (Pictured as Robb Stark in Game of Thrones)

He said: 'I think you have a choice. If you choose to bring your personal life into the public domain and actively do that then once you open that door it's very hard to close it.'

And despite starring in Game of Thrones, he admitted: 'I don't feel famous. I choose to stay out of that world as much as possible.'

While he won't talk about his personal relationships, Richard is happy to open up about his thoughts on stripping naked for acting roles.

After starring in Game of Thrones, in which the depictions of nude sexual encounters detailed in George R. R. Martin's never-ending novels certainly weren't shied away from, Richard admits he worries about his appearance, 'all the f**king time.'

Keeping shtum: The actor - who is reportedly dating actress Ellie Bamber, 21 (pictured) - is fervently intent on keeping his private life, private, refusing point blank to speak about it

Keeping shtum: The actor - who is reportedly dating actress Ellie Bamber, 21 (pictured) - is fervently intent on keeping his private life, private, refusing point blank to speak about it

The actor confessed that in every script he reads, his character is required to take his shirt off within 15 minutes, telling the publication: 'It's relentless. I try to take jobs where the nudity is relevant.

'You talk to someone differently when you're naked than when you're clothed so if it's necessary that I'm naked because it is showing an intimacy or a comfortableness – such as a scene when I'm naked in bed with a partner – I take those things into consideration. 

'But if it's just a gratuitous: 'And now we'll have a scene of him in the shower' then that's pointless.'

Following his rise to fame in Game of Thrones, Richard went on to play a diverse range of characters, including Prince Charming in Disney's 2013 live action version of Cinderella alongside Lily James, and Oliver Mellors in the BBC's adaptation of Lady Chatterley's Lover, in 2015. 

Moving on: Following his rise to fame in Game of Thrones, Richard went on to play a diverse range of characters (Pictured as Robb Starke in Game of Thrones)

Moving on: Following his rise to fame in Game of Thrones, Richard went on to play a diverse range of characters (Pictured as Robb Starke in Game of Thrones)

Now he's breaking away once again, to play a troubled former soldier in a new six-part BBC drama, Bodyguard.  

Richard told inewspaper: 'It was good to take on a much more adult character. We tried to handle his PTSD in a delicate way that wasn't all defining about his man but in a way that we could kind of touch on it sensitively and gently and see what was happening with it and how it was affecting this man's everyday life.'

The actor discussed the issues surrounding PTSD, including the reluctance of many sufferers to speak openly about it and support for those who need it. 

He said: 'One of the problems with PTSD is that people don't talk about it. 

Latest role: Now Richard is breaking away once again, to play a troubled former soldier in a new six-part BBC drama, Bodyguard (Pictured alongside co-star Keeley Hawes in Bodyguard)

Latest role: Now Richard is breaking away once again, to play a troubled former soldier in a new six-part BBC drama, Bodyguard (Pictured alongside co-star Keeley Hawes in Bodyguard)

'I'm always moved and fascinated by soldiers who are reluctant to talk about it because a lot of the time their experience is so traumatic that human nature kicks in where they don't want to share that experience because they don't want people to know how bad the world is.

'There is a lack of support there and maybe a lack of dialogue. It's a taboo.'     

The full interview with Richard Madden is available to read in the latest issue of iweekend newspaper, out on 18th August 2018. 

Addressing the taboo: Richard told inewspaper: 'It was good to take on a much more adult character. We tried to handle his PTSD in a delicate way'

Addressing the taboo: Richard told inewspaper: 'It was good to take on a much more adult character. We tried to handle his PTSD in a delicate way'

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Game Of Thrones' Richard Madden reveals his theory about how the final season of the HBO series ends

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