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How Kit Harington really feels about Game of Thrones ending

By Nina Starner / .21. August 2019, 3:14 p.m. EDT /. Updated: August 21, 2019, 3:14 p.m. EDT

Jon Snow himself talks about the end of game of Thrones.

After a few months, most of the dust has settled Thrones'Divisive last season and last series, but now that critics have had their say, everyone from former cast members to series writer George R. R. Martin has commented on how they felt about the show's big end.




In a roundtable discussion withThe Hollywood ReporterKit Harington, who grew up on the show playing the alleged bastard and secret king Jon Snow for eight seasons, spoke about how he really felt about the ending - and offered his real reaction to that twist of the night king.

During the interview - which included celebrated actors like Bill Hader (Barry(Mahershala Ali)True detective), Ted Danson (The good place), Sterling K. Brown (This is us) and Jared Harris (Chernobyl), among other things - Harington got real about his initial reaction to the end of the show, noting that he had purposely not read any scripts before reading the final table. When he read the scene where he kills his aunt-slash lover Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), he was utterly surprised, although you can see the way through the season how it got there - and even the last couple of seasons before if you can look back. But it was still a big shock to me. '

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Harington also announced that it took about three weeks to film the emotionally harrowing sequence. Diehard fans have known since the post-finale documentary that Harington was quite shocked by this twist. The last clock, featured footage of Harington's unedited response to the final script.



What is Harington's view of Jon's controversial decision to kill his queen for the good of the realm? Some would argue that he did the right thing after Daenerys' dangerous assassination attempt when she fired King's Landing in the penultimate episode of the series - and Harington agrees, taking it to an even deeper level.

“But what really matters, the real gist of it, is that the decision will be made when she puts it between himself and his family. Jon basically sees it as Daenerys or Sansa and Arya and that goes for him, ”the actor said. “He preferred blood to other blood. But he chooses the people he grew up with, the people he is rooted with, the north. That is where his loyalties lie in the end. Then he sticks the knife in. '

Harington then delved into Jon's final moments on the show, where our hero-turned outsider returns to the Night's Watch as punishment for committing regicide.



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“As for Jon Snow, that character that I have loved for so many years, who has come so close to me and who has meant so much to me ... to see him go back over the wall to something true, something honest, something Pure with these people who he was always told belonged to him - the Free People - it felt to me like he was finally free. Instead of being chained and sent to the wall, it felt like he had been released, ”he explained. 'It was a really sweet ending. As much as he had done a terrible thing (by killing Daenerys), as much as he felt that pain, the very ending for him was finally released. '

He's also eaten some of his less fond memories on Thronesespecially when it came to riding kites. A secret Targaryen, the product of Prince Rhaegar (Daenerys' brother) and Lyanna Stark (the sister of Ned Stark who pretended Jon was his son), Jon could ride dragons, just like Daenerys. In real life, Harington wasn't a fan. He said he didn't initially think it could be that bad, but ultimately admitted, “It doesn't act at all. It doesn't act, it never will act, and it's not what I signed up for. But it looked great, didn't it? It just felt terrible! As a man, it's very uncomfortable. '

Harington then laughed, 'I don't think I can have children now.' Hopefully this is a joke because if not, that's a pretty high price to pay for a fake kite ride.

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The actor also had a lot to say about The Long Night, the third episode of game of Thrones'eighth and final season with the long-awaited Battle of Winterfell and contained the longest battle sequence in film and television history. Given that the cast and crew of this episode shot 55 consecutive nights in freezing cold Belfast, it makes sense most of them have admitted it was exhausting and even downright hellish to film. But when Harington looks back, his memories are much better: “As hard as it was, it was Thrones, Man. It was Thrones! It was all Thrones should have been. It's a full set, hundreds of extras throwing in everything they had, all of us as a large ensemble - I loved it. I hated it then, but I love it when I look back. I have some really fond memories of this whole experience. '

However, he admitted feeling some disappointment with the big turn of this episode: when all hope seemed lost and the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) was just inches from victory, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), the show resident, jumped silent assassin, delivering the final blow to the Night King and his entire undead army from the darkness. Most people assumed that Jon Snow, who had previously faced the Night King and killed a senior White Walker, would be the one to overthrow him - including Harington.

'I was a little pissed off just because I wanted to kill the Night King!' he said. 'I think I felt like everyone else because it was set up for a long time and then I couldn't do it anymore.'

Harington I qualified that statement and immediately added, “But it was a really great twist, and it connected Maisie's journey in a really beautiful way. She has built these skills over the seasons to become this die-hard assassin and she goes to great lengths to kill our main antagonist. '

He also took the time to debunk a burgeoning fan theory that Jon was trying to distract the Night King's undead dragon to help Arya, saying, “What, the big man is going and telling the little girl to do it and (do it)? No thanks. This is crap. She did everything on her own. It had nothing to do with Jon. '

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Eventually, Harington ended the interview on some quirkier details, including the fact that he played Sister Sledge's We Are Family to pump himself up for his final scenes. He also revealed his favorite line from last season (supplied by Sansa in regards to Daenerys' good looks) and the prop he'd still love to steal from the set - your train, HBO. Send the man Jon's sword!

Harington, who spent some time on a wellness retreat in the intense aftermath of Thrones'Finale, is nominated for his second Emmy for the show. In September he could have more to say about his career-defining role. But for now, fans can rest assured that he has answered some of the most pressing questions of last season.