I have a sneaky suspicion that Game of Thrones won’t have the typical feel-good fairy tale ending that most TV shows and movies generally end with. Just call it a hunch or the fact that George R.R. Martin seems to get joy and life whenever he kills a beloved character just when his readers were starting to fall in love a character. So why wouldn’t Martin’s love of harsh outcomes rub off on David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for the epic finale of the TV show? In a new interview with Kit Harington, the Game of Thrones actor revealed possible spoilers from Jon Snow’s final scene and says that Season 8 is extremely sad and “designed to break us.”
In an interview with GQ Australia, Harington gave some insight into the final season of Game of Thrones.
“The last season of Thrones seemed to be designed to break us,” Harington said. “Everyone was broken at the end. I don’t know if we were crying because we were sad it was ending or if we were crying because it was so f*cking tiring. We were sleep deprived. It was like it was designed to make you think, ‘Right, I’m f*cking sick of this.’ I remember everyone walking around towards the end going, ‘I’ve had enough now. I love this, it’s been the best thing in my life, I’ll miss it one day – but I’m done.’”
Last April, the cast and crew of Game of Thrones filmed an epic battle scene for Season 8 that took 55 nights to complete. The producers of the HBO show wrote a letter thanking them for their hard work.
Harington also revealed that he didn’t think Game of Thrones would last. “After the first season I would say to people, ‘We definitely won’t get a second season,’” Kit said. “Then after the second season, I went, ‘Definitely not a third, no’. Everyone was, like, ‘Are you f*cking kidding me, Kit? Of course we’re gonna get a third.’”
Harington met his wife on the set of Game of Thrones, Rose Leslie who played Ygritte of the Free Folk. Harington talked about how the hit fantasy show had affected his life outside of his acting career. “It dawned on me, recently, and I have no idea if we will, but say me and Rose do have children,” Harington said. “They’ll know. They’ll be able to see the genesis of their parents getting together. Which is quite a wonderful thought, really. I thank the show for everything. But more than anything else, I thank it for introducing me to her.”
So what does Kit Harington want to do with his career after Thrones? “Of course I want to be in a film that gets a run at the Oscars,” he said. “I’d love that. But am I seeking the red carpet-ness, and everything that goes around it? No. ’Cause I’ve done that. I’ve been to the SAG awards nine years in a row with Thrones. What’s more to experience about it?”
Harington revealed a possible spoiler of the ending on Game of Thrones. In Jon Snow’s final scene in Game of Thrones, Harington said it took “a bit of green-screening.” You wouldn’t need a green-screen for the Iron Throne in the Red Keep. It’s worth noting that Emilia Clarke uses a green screen when filming scenes flying on her dragons. Is this the last scene in the Game of Thrones TV show or Jon Snow’s last scene? Is Jon Snow AKA Aegon Targaryen flying off into the sunset on a dragon?
Maisie Williams also revealed her last scene as Arya Stark on GoT. Williams echoed much of Harington’s feelings about the end of Game of Thrones. Williams said some cast members are still mourning its loss, but she feels at peace with leaving Arya behind. “I got to the end and I didn’t want more. I had exhausted every possible piece of Arya,” Williams said. “And this season was quite big for me. I had a lot more to do.”
Williams said Arya’s final scene was “beautiful.” “I ended on the perfect scene. I was alone – shocker! Arya’s always bloody alone,” Williams said. “But I was alone and I had watched a lot of other people wrap. I knew the drill, I had seen the tears and heard the speeches.” Maisie said her speech “wasn’t something I planned, but in that moment I realized what the show meant to me. And drank a lot of sake.”
Williams also posted a bloody image on Instagram with possible spoilers from her final day on the set.
If all of this intrigue wasn’t enough to get you amped for the final season of Game of Thrones, HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler said that he had seen all six episodes of Season 8 and they are tremendous. “It’s a spectacle. The guys have done six movies. The reaction I had while watching them was, ‘I’m watching a movie,’“ Plepler told Variety. Harington said that some of the episodes will be 90 minutes long.
Plepler gushed about the job showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had done with the ending of Thrones. “They knew the bar was high. They’ve exceeded the bar. I’ve watched them twice without any CGI and I’m in awe. Everybody’s in for an extraordinary treat of storytelling and of magical, magical production.”
HBO unveiled the first footage of the final season on Sunday night. Here is a YouTube breakdown of the teaser trailer for Season 8 of Game of Thrones.