10 Things We Learnt From Kit Harington About The Final Season Of Game Of Thrones

10 Things We Learnt From Kit Harington About The Final Season Of Game Of Thrones

He May Know Something

The final season of Game Of Thrones, season eight, starts on 14 April in the US and 15 April in the UK and here’s 10 things we learnt from Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow, in an interview he did for Variety…

  1. “They went balls out, I think is the term,” Harington says of Season 8. “They could have easily set the same budget as they did for Season 7, but they went bigger.”
  2. The actor is very critical of his own work, he admits, if he was to go and rewatch the entire show now: “Looking back at the entirety of ‘Thrones,’ there’ll be 70% of the scenes that I’ll just never be happy with. I’ve come to terms with that.” The upcoming eighth season represented something of a breakthrough. “I know who this is now, and I’m at peace with who this is. I just got a feeling that it’s the most satisfied I will be with my work as Jon Snow.”
  3. He sees his part as one of most pivotal roles in the entire show and this does create extra pressure for him and Emilia Clarke as well: “We’re the two young female and male leads, and there’s going to be more pressure on those parts. They’re not your Joffreys; they’re not so showy. And there was a sort of feeling in me, in the middle of when the show was going on: ‘I’d love some sort of character thing.’”
  4. The reviews for the show in the beginning didn’t help him either, he admits: “My memory is always ‘the boring Jon Snow.’ And that got to me after a while, because I was like, ‘I love him. He’s mine and I love playing him.’ Some of those words that were said about it stuck in my craw about him being less entertaining, less showy.”
  5. However, as his role became more key, with him playing a major role in the Battle of The Bastards, the reaction to him became more positive: ““I now look back and I go, well, I was a f—ing integral part of that whole thing.Jon was, and I am, and I’m proud of it. It took me a long time to not think, I’m the worst thing in this.”
  6. The pressure has increased on him as the show has moved closer to its dramatic climax: “When you become the cliffhanger of a TV show, and a TV show probably at the height of its power, the focus on you is f—ing terrifying,” 
  7. After his character’s death, Harington had to deal with the public quizzing him when they saw him in real life: “You get people shouting at you on the street, ‘Are you dead?’ At the same time you have to have this appearance. All of your neuroses — and I’m as neurotic as any actor — get heightened with that level of focus.”
  8. Despite its challenges, the actor did feel lucky that he was part of something so culturally significant despite quite a lot of self-doubt at the time: “It wasn’t a very good time in my life. I felt I had to feel that I was the most fortunate person in the world, when actually, I felt very vulnerable. I had a shaky time in my life around there — like I think a lot of people do in their 20s. That was a time when I started therapy, and started talking to people. I had felt very unsafe, and I wasn’t talking to anyone. I had to feel very grateful for what I have, but I felt incredibly concerned about whether I could even f—ing act.”
  9. His mounting fame caused him to look at celebrity in a different way as the show progressed: “It’s like when you’re at a party, and the party’s getting better and better. Then you reach this point of the party where you’re like, it’s peaked. I don’t know what I could find more from this. You realise, well, there isn’t more. This is it. And the ‘more’ that you can find is actually in the work rather than the enjoyment surrounding it.”
  10. With Game of Thrones finished, Harington would never make anything as ambitious and as exhausting as GoT again, he stated: “It would have to be extraordinarily special, and it would have to shoot here [in London]. I think there’s enough to dip my hand in without doing a six-year marathon.”

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