In an interview with Zoe Ball on her BBC radio show the British actor admitted that he was hanging onto the ominous keepsake.
“I kept that statue. You know, the one in the crypt? I kept it,” he said. “They sent it to my house so I’ve got it in my shed. How sad is that? I was the only one who kept their statue. That’s how narcissistic I am. I’m going to turn it into a water feature.”
The statue appears in a teaser for the eighth season which landed last weekend. In it we see Jon Snow carrying a flaming torch down a tunnel in the underground crypt at Winterfell before being joined by Sansa and Arya.
At the end of the corridor they each stand face to face with statues of fallen family members Ned Stark, Catelyn Stark, and Lyanna Stark ( Jon’s real mother)—before arriving at their own graves.
In the same interview Harington also admitted that he wasn’t totally happy with the ending but felt satisfied with it. “Hopefully it’ll change TV again like it did originally” he said.
If not at least he’s got the statue of him to remember the good times. [Source]
Kit Harington’s reaction to the big Game of Thrones season eight finale shows that has finally fully mind-melded with Jon Snow.
He’s “not happy, but very satisfied” with how it all ends for Jon and the gang, which is an extremely grumpy northerner way to put it. He reckons the finale will knock some heads back, too.
“I’m so excited for people to see it,” Harington told Zoe Ball on her radio show yesterday. “I think it’s going to be extraordinary, hopefully it’ll change TV again like it did originally, and break boundaries. I think it might.”
Harington also said that the whole experience of finishing up the show has left him feeling at a bit of a loose end, and admitted that he’s feeling some “grief” that it’s all over.
“It’s like when you finish a book, you’re not happy it’s over are you? You don’t finish a good book and say, ‘I’m happy I finished that’,” Harington said. “But you have this grief that it’s over, and it’s the exact same with nine years doing this show. No matter how it ended, or how it does end, there’s always this bit of you that’s like, ‘oh’; there’s this loss around it.” [Source]
The arrival of winter in Westeros made the final season of “Game of Thrones” especially grueling, says Jon Snow himself, aka Kit Harington.
The Emmy-nominated “Game of Thrones” star told GQ Australia that filming Season 8 of the HBO series, set to premiere in April 2019, was excruciating.
“The last season of ‘Thrones,’ ” he told the outlet, “seemed to be designed to break us”.
“Everyone was broken at the end,” Harington, 32, added. “I don’t know if we were crying because we were sad it was ending or if we were crying because it was so (expletive) tiring.
“We were sleep-deprived,” he continued, “It was like it was designed to make you think, Right, I’m (expletive) 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.’ ”
The English actor emphasized how excited he is to be at home more, with his former “Game” co-star, Rose Leslie, whom he wed in June.
“I think people who don’t work in film or TV don’t (realize) quite how disorientating it is, being away from home all the time,” he explained. “Coming (to the hotel) today, and seeing all the people cycling into work, it seemed in my head a real luxury. Which must sound mad. But the process of going to work, having a day with your colleagues, coming back to your family, cooking, having stuff in the fridge … It sounds odd to say but it’s the thing I’m looking forward to most. After nine years, I’ll be at home. In one place. Static.”
Harington is grateful to the show for bringing his bride into his life.
Back on the London stage in Sam Shepard’s classic ‘True West’, Kit Harington talks rowdy audiences, sibling rivalry and the end of ‘Game of Thrones’
Curled up in an old leather rehearsal-studio swivel-chair that he seems to have formed some sort of emotional attachment to (he even tells me how much he loves it), Kit Harington is tired but palpably happier than the last time I interviewed him. Perhaps it’s because he’s enjoying playing, Austin, the neurotic younger brother to Johnny Flynn’s deadbeat elder sibling, Lee, in Sam Shepard’s iconic 1980 drama ‘True West’. Or maybe it’s because he doesn’t have to lie about Jon Snow not being in the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’, which is wrapped and airs next summer.
Why did you choose to do ‘True West’?
‘I wanted to do a two-hander where me and another actor shared the stage for the bulk of the time. And what I love about Austin is the opportunity to play somebody incredibly highly strung and neurotic; that’s not a part that’s usually offered to me. Austin has a complete fucking breakdown, and that’s always fun to play.’
How have you got on with Johnny Flynn?
‘Really well! I know it would be more interesting to say I hate him. But that’s the risk; the nature of the role is that Lee is bullying Austin a lot of the time, so if you don’t get on with that other actor it can become very, very difficult. But he’s such a calm, interesting guy. There would be something wrong with you if you didn’t like Johnny Flynn.’
When Kit Harington entered the conference room, he had no idea what to expect.
The final season’s scripts had been emailed just a couple of days earlier, sending the Game of Thrones cast into a reading frenzy. Like millions of fans around the world, the actors had been waiting nearly a decade to learn their characters’ fates. The entire six-episode season arrived at once, protected by layers of password security.
Sophie Turner flew through her copies in record time, quickly messaging the producers her reaction. “It was completely overwhelming,” says the actress, who plays Sansa Stark. “Afterwards I felt numb, and I had to take a walk for hours.” Others, like Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), first had to hurry home to get some privacy. “I turned to my best mate and was like, ‘Oh my God! I gotta go! I gotta go!’” she recalls. “And I completely flipped out.” She then settled in for a reading session with a cup of tea. “Genuinely the effect it had on me was profound,” Clarke adds. “That sounds insanely pretentious, but I’m an actor, so I’m allowed one pretentious adjective per season.” Peter Dinklage, meanwhile, broke his years-long habit of checking immediately to see if Tyrion Lannister survives. “This was the first time ever that I didn’t skip to the end,” he says.
Even showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss were uncharacteristically anxious, wondering how the actors would react to the climactic twists. “We knew exactly when our script coordinator sent them out, we knew what minute they sent them, and then you’re just waiting for the emails,” Benioff said.
The cast then journeyed to Belfast to gather in a production office for the formal read-through. By then, everybody knew the tale that was about to unfold, with two notable exceptions: Davos Seaworth actor Liam Cunningham (“The f—ing scripts wouldn’t open, the double extra security!” he grouses) and Harington, who outright refused to read anything in advance.
“I walked in saying, ‘Don’t tell me, I don’t want to know,’” Harington says. “What’s the point of reading it to myself in my own head when I can listen to people do it and find out with my friends?” So, yes: Jon Snow, quite literally, knew nothing.
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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