Did you hear? Season eight of Game of Thrones premiered Sunday night? I thought, you know, what with Tiger Woods winning the Masters and the NHL and NBA Playoffs and all that you might have missed it. Ha! I kid.
So, did you like the first episode? One of our writers here who shall remain nameless said about the premiere, “Nothing happened last night. It was like 60 minutes of people staring side-eye at each other.”
If you fall into that camp and were less than happy with what you watched, Kit Harington, aka Jon Snow, has officially let it be known that he really doesn’t give a f**k.
Those are the exact words he used in an interview for Esquire’s May cover story.
How I feel about the show right now is quite defiant. I think no matter what anyone thinks about this season — and I don’t mean to sound mean about critics here — but whatever critic spends half an hour writing about this season and makes their [negative] judgement on it, in my head they can go f**k themselves. ‘Cause I know how much work was put into this. I know how much people cared about this. I know how much pressure people put on themselves and I know how many sleepless nights working or otherwise people had on this show. Because they cared about it so much. Because they cared about the characters. Because they cared about the story. Because they cared about not letting people down.
Now if people feel let down by it, I don’t give a f**k — because everyone tried their hardest. That’s how I feel. In the end, no one’s bigger fans of the show than we are, and we’re kind of doing it for ourselves. That’s all we could do, really. And I was just happy we got to the end.
You hear that all you negative nellies?! Jon Snow is not down with your complaints!
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On the more positive side of things, Harington also gave 60 Minutes a tour around the set of home to the Night’s Watch, Castle Black, prior to the season eight premiere, which was nice.
“It’s incredibly weird walking around as Kit, having done every inch of this as Jon Snow,” Harington told Anderson Cooper as they traversed the amazingly realistic set. “These steps I’ve walked down a hundred times.”
“You feel like this is an actual castle that’s been around for hundreds of years,” added Cooper.
Pretty cool, Kit. Pretty cool indeed.
Read the rest of Harington’s interview over at Esquire.com.