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Oct 18
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Kit Harington is about to kick off his post-Game of Thrones career by appearing in a West End production of Sam Shepard play True West.

Talking before his appearance at Esquire Townhouse, the actor explained why he wants to back to the stage, how it was wrapping up the biggest TV show on earth and how he likes to dress (when not in furs).

What is your new play True West about?

Many things, depending on what you make of it. It’s about two brothers in their mother’s house, just outside of LA. Austin, my character, is a screenwriter who’s trying to get his movie script off the ground. He’s the straight-laced, conventional one – at least at the start. Lee, his brother, is a renegade, drifter, vagabond type – who’s putting Austin off writing his script. Really, it’s about two sides of one creative personality. I think they’re the same person.

You must have no shortage of offers after Game of Thrones. What made you go for this one?

I’ve always admired [director] Matthew Dunster’s work. That piqued my interest. Then the more I read the play, the more I was fascinated by Austin. It’s an amazing character and there’s an appeal doing a smaller, more contained play where the lead is shared between me and Johnny (Flynn). It’s almost a two hander.

How has your relationship with Johnny been?

It’s been brilliant. I didn’t know him before this. He’s quite a calm, thoughtful man which is good in a two-handed play of this intensity over a few months… If you don’t get on, it can be tough. We’ve met two or three times and already built good vibes.

What’s made you want to go back to doing theatre?

My first job was [the theatre production] War Horse. Then I did the pilot for Thrones, then [the play] Posh, then nothing until Faustus four or five years later. So there was an urge to get back and do it. There’s a drain somewhere that was blocked, and I needed to unblock it. I think you have to switch between theatre and film. For me, it’s essential. It works different muscles.

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Oct 18
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GQ’s Best Stuff visited with the GoT star to learn about all the stuff he can’t live without (including the herbal deodorant he thinks about while gazing into the distance).

Kit Harington is a man of impeccable taste. He loves worn-in leather travel bags, he loves his worn-in flat cap he travels with everywhere, he loves his worn-in wallet with worn-out old photos of family, past and present. He likes old stuff, basically. The classics. With his time as Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow coming to an end, Harington will soon be on the lookout for something new. He sat down with GQ to discuss the things he brings everywhere.

Not Enough to Look Sharp

“The Times crossword is trickier than some of the others. I don’t do the cryptic crossword. I don’t get those. Some of my friends do. But it’s just the normal crossword, but I find it’s a bit trickier than the Guardian one and I quite like the Times newspaper. I read The Guardian on my phone all the time—I like it but that’s pretty left-leaning, and I need something that’s a bit more middle-ground just to keep me not in one bubble. I just read the Times for a bit of neutral journalism.”

A Wallet That Can’t Fit in Your Pocket

“You’ve got all sorts of stuff in here. I’ve got a play that I’m doing next in there. I’ve got a little letter from my wife. I’ve got little pictures of me with mates. You can just slip your passport in. It’s just little things. My mum bought me this for Christmas once because she knows I like old, tattered things. I also think there’s something just nice about having these bits that never change in your life, this isn’t flooded with receipts or whatever else it’s just a place for… all kinds of important stuff.”

Take Note

“I love my notebooks. I do take notes on my iPhone but I prefer writing stuff down on paper. I find it disappears on here [holds up his phone] somehow. If your whole life is on here, which it is now, it’s not marking it any different from all the old, other stuff that’s on your phone. If you’re writing ideas and things down, you want it to be on a separate entity. I think that I’d always wanna be scribbling something, even if it’s just a doodle.”

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Dec 17
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Game of Thrones star Kit Harington shifts into producing with Gunpowder, a miniseries in which he plays his real-life ancestor on his mother’s side, Catholic rebel Robert Catesby. Catesby was part of Britain’s 1605 Gunpowder Plot to blow up Parliament. Gunpowder airs on HBO nightly from Dec. 18 to Dec. 20. TIME spoke to Harington—currently at work on the final season of Thrones—about coming into his own as a producer and what he learned from his bosses on the Game of Thrones set.

When did you first learn you were related to Robert Catesby?

I don’t actually know—it was one of those first things you learn, one of those family stories, one of those pieces of family curiosity. I can’t pinpoint when I knew or found out about it. What went into the inception of this piece is the drama around that piece of history. That’s how I started approaching it, from the family connection to him, but it’s just one of those family things you grow up with.

Did you find Catesby to be a relatable figure?

As I went along trying to depict Catesby and get into his head, the less I sympathized with him. He’s persecuted—I see why he does what he does. But the more I looked, the more I realized he’s an incredibly selfish person. He takes a whole lot of people along with him who wouldn’t have ended up becoming attempted murderers. Reading up on him and looking at the real historical person, he thought quite a lot of himself. He really felt he was on the way to change history. He basically after a while couldn’t see what he was attempting which was to kill innocent people and become as bad as those people who were persecuting him.

It must be a complicated thing that you’ve now made this project bringing a family name further into the light—and yet you’ve depicted him as an impetuous, zealous, person. How did your parents feel about this project?

They were over the moon about it! It must have been 2005, my mum had written a very good piece for the radio—she’s a playwright, and she wrote a really good piece about the women of the Gunpowder Plot, and she wrote about Catesby’s mother. She looked into the complexity of it as well. Because of that, she was very pleased I had the same thought to do something around it.

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Nov 17
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Kit Harington on the modern relevance of his BBC series Gunpowder, Harvey Weinstein – and Game of Thrones’ final scenes!

Kit Harington is at Broadcasting House. And as a fan of the BBC’s own self-mocking comedy W1A he’s finding the experience pretty funny. A quarter of an hour earlier, the actor was appearing on The One Show. “A really thorough grilling, you can imagine,” he says, with a gently mocking raise of the eyebrow.

After a quick cigarette, hidden from adoring fans waiting patiently just yards away, we wander back through the now-deserted television studio; smaller, tattier and less homely with no lights or topical banter to warm the atmosphere. Upstairs we venture past Royston Vasey (a meeting room) towards The Queen Vic (another meeting room), before settling down on the bright sofas of Albert Square (a communal meeting space).

Next Monday he begins filming the eighth and final series of Game Of Thrones. The beard and long locks are all ready to resume his role of Jon Snow – only the intense scowl is missing.

“I buy The Big Issue, regularly. I have been buying it off a guy on Essex Road recently. I have never learnt his name, and I should,” he says, before sharing his worries about how our vendors will manage as more and more people become post-cash consumers. He seems reassured to hear that we have already been testing cashless payment gizmos.

Gunpowder, which ends on Saturday night, feels like the start of a new stage in Harington’s career. The 30-year-old is testing the water for life after the show he endearingly refers to as “Thrones”. The idea for the three-part series grew from Harington’s middle name, Catesby being a throwback to a relative on his mother’s side, Robert Catesby – the brains behind the infamous Gunpowder plot.

He now has the power within the industry to create a primetime BBC One drama from “this piece of family curiosity.” He knows where the credit for that lies.

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