“I think it’s one of the best episodes of Game of Thrones I’ve seen,” Kit Harington on the season 7 finale
We can all agree that the Game of Thrones season 7 finale was nothing short of epic. Fans have been gushing over it since the moment it came out and for good measure. However, we’re not the only ones going crazy over the episode that kicked the ass of every single thing on the planet.
Turns out the actors are just as busy fangirling over “The Dragon and the Wolf” as we are. Actor Kit Harington who plays Jon Snow (now Aegon Targaryen. Forgive me, it’s going to take time getting used to this) spoke in detail to Deadline about the finale and his thoughts about the season overall.
“I think it’s one of the best episodes of Game Of Thrones I’ve seen,” Kit said. “It’s got a bit of everything, it fits with the season, and it also fits with Thrones in general, and I love it. I feel very soppy about it at the moment.”
He talked about one of his favourite parts of the episode, which was the Dragonpit scene. “You know, I think the major part of that episode, which really was really strange for all of us as actors, was being in that dragon pit and everyone being there just facing each other, like every character. I say, it’s more for us as actors with every actor in the series that we’d ever thought about working with.”
“You have to try and remember that a lot of these people knew each other by rumor, but had never met. So I, or Jon Snow, had no idea what Cersei looks like …well, I had from the first episode of the first season, but no idea how she is, how she interacts, how she works. So that was a major thing for the episode and the series.”
Another personal favourite of Kit’s was the scene where Theon and Jon talk in Dragonstone. “I think that the really poignant bit for me,” he said. “My favorite moment really in the episode, just on a personal level, was I was getting to work with Alfie Allen again and do the scene with Theon where they meet in the Dragonstone throne room. I love that scene because I love what Alfie does with his character.”
“I’ve loved his journey this season. I think that’s just really interesting to look at how those characters and the journeys they’ve been on since they interacted in that first season. Now here they are as men, and what’s changed, and what they’ve been through, and I think was a really interesting thing to play with me for and Alfie.”
He then said that it’s really good that the season ended with the longest episode yet. “For me, it’s a really good way of finishing the season, doing that sort of length. I think where the season has suffered a bit is that you’re trying to pack so much into seven one-hour episodes. Whereas now, with the finale and going into the final season, we’ve got a bit more time in those episodes.”
Since season 8 is going to begin filming soon, Kit reflects on when he’ll have to put down Jon’s sword Longclaw and what it would feel like. “It’s been on my mind a lot recently,” he said. “Obviously, and it’s kind of very much in my consciousness and I think in my subconsciousness. I’m already feeling very emotional about it. This is beyond what many actors experience in their lifetime, a kind of phenomenon like this, and I experienced right at the start of my career. I think I just want to do a really good job in the final season. I want to finish it well. That’s what I care about right now.”
He said he doesn’t know how it will feel when it all ends. “When it gets to the end, I’ll know for sure and tell you,” he said. “I can tell you now it’ll feel like the right time. I think right now how perfect this feels as a time to end. I think if it had ended this season, it would feel too short. I think if it went on any more seasons, I would be sick of it.”
Kit said that he expects a lot of characters to die next season. “And the thing is, with so few characters left, they (the viewers) should get used to and get ready for next year is Thrones returning to form and killing its main characters quickly. They’re going to go, and they’re going to go fast, and I think that the payoff of our characters not being in great peril this year will be that, next year, it’s going to be a bloodbath.”
He also spoke about Littlefinger’s death. “Looking at it, it really comes back to what the root of Thrones is, seeing someone face their own mortality and see who they really are in that moment. I think, you know, we see this terrified little worm come out, and actually, I felt sorry for him. I felt for him, you know, and it was incredible, beautiful acting from Aidan Gillen. I think the show will miss him next year.”
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Lastly he talked about how unpredictable this season has been and what the audience have expected. “You know, usually, there’s a lot of around-the-table talking and small cogs, slow cogs moving into place,” he said. “That’s what we’re used to from Thrones. Then out of nowhere, we hit them with this very, very, very fast-paced, incredibly adrenaline-filled season where everyone meets, and a lot of things happen, and the dragons go batsh*t crazy.”
“I hope that instead of it being a slow roller coaster, I think that they’ll have enjoyed the pace that it’s picked up on, and then they’ll now know what they’re in for for the last one. They’ll now be used to this Thrones, which is a slightly different Thrones, but one where it always had to end. It had to end on this massive level.”
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