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In an interview with Esquire, the Jon Snow actor made his views on any possible criticism pretty clear: the critics can go f**k themselves.

When asked about the insane amount of hype surrounding the final season and if that puts any pressure on him, Harington said:

“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.”

 

The (quite unfair) underestimation of a critic’s workload notwithstanding, Harington has his reasons to feel defiant. He told Esquire,

“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 not letting people down.”

critics can go fuck themselves if they hate season 8 says kit harington

Kit Harington and Maisie Williams in a scene from the upcoming episode 2 of Season 8.

But what if people still feel let down? Harington has previously hinted the possibility that everyone may not be happy with how Game of Thrones ends. But now he says that does not matter to him, because they all tried their hardest and have no regrets. In his own words,

 “Now if people feel let down by it, I don’t give a f**k. That’s how I feel — because everyone tried their hardest … 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.”

Phew! That sure sounds like a truly Targaryen thing to say.

What’s your opinion on the final season? Tell us in the comments!


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anonymous
anonymous
1 year ago

chill out and pop a xan, kit, people are allowed to think what they want to

christian westbrook
christian westbrook
1 year ago

100% agree. The few people I know that have expressed disappointment with how the show is progressing do so because “nothing has happened.” Well, we didn’t come to love the characters by watching one long battle scene. No, it earned a place in our hearts by creating phenomenal character arcs that resonate with the human soul. Just as any self-aware person searches for meaning in their own life, so do our beloved characters in GOT. It’s those “inner struggles” that GRRM talks about that are reflected so beautifully in the show that make it special.

marcia nunns
marcia nunns
1 year ago

Well, it isn’t like it is free. They all got paid. If we think that we are not getting our money’s worth. We have been following this story for a long time and have invested our emotions in the characters and story. I don’t read the books but I was drawn into the story. So if we think that Ghost should have gotten more screen or how the hell did Samwell Tarly make it out without a scratch, it is our fucking right.

NoOne
NoOne
1 year ago

People have the freedom to say whatever they want if you’re not okay with this you can go f**k yourself

Hal Jones
Hal Jones
1 year ago

you know nothing jon snow

thatsme
thatsme
1 year ago

Kit, no one’s saying it’s your fault.
It’s writers fault.
Fuck them and fuck you, if you don’t understand it.

LadySong
LadySong
1 year ago

IMHO the quality isn’t there because they have so much to cram into such a short season. Season 8 needs 24 feature length episodes to complete all the story arcs. The scenes seem stilted and rushed. I love the show and will watch to the bitter end, but I just wish they had more time.

Jessica
Jessica
1 year ago

I hate Kit Harington’s attitude. He whines so much about his job. Glad he is finally finished with GOT. Won’t be watching him in anything else.

Marta
Marta
1 year ago

Fuck you too then Kit. We were only saying how only writers did awful job, never blamed anyone else. And if you’re doing it for yourself, then any other movie or tv show you will watch by yourself too. I’m not watching anything you’ll be in. Kthxbye.

george
george
1 year ago

Season 8 – a complete failure

Gary A. Valenzuela
Gary A. Valenzuela
1 year ago

Well, I’m not liking the end of the show, because IT MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL!
But I’ll took your advice and return your wishes thrice!

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Game of Thrones cast and crew spill the beans on the absolutely bonkers original pilot

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The first attempt at making something new doesn’t always succeed. When it comes to crafting a world as mystical as Game of Thrones, you can expect a few mistakes. The truth about the scrapped pilot episode of the famed series was revealed in a book by Entertainment Weekly editor, and the legend behind some of the best Game of Thrones coverage, James Hibberd.

An excerpt from Hibberd’s upcoming book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon, which delves into the making of the show, contains some interesting bits and pieces from the cast and crew. The way they describe the pilot episode is almost unbelievable. The crew filmed the original pilot in 2009. However, the show finally took after 4 years of hard work by the production team perfecting the rocky vision of showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss.

It was a frightening time because it was our first time running a production of any scale,” Weiss recalls. “And there are many, many moving parts, human and otherwise, that go into any production, especially one of this size.”

The shooting took place in Northern Ireland and Morocco. There was a feeling of uneasiness among the cast and the crew. According to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), no one had any idea what they were doing. He said, “During King Robert’s arrival I remember finding the whole thing ridiculous.”

He added, “It’s a very fine balance between being serious and believing it and just being cosplayers. There was certainly not a sense that this was going to be some game-changer for anyone. But we had a lot of fun

Mark Addy, who played King Robert Baratheon, describes, “We were trying to establish the rules and order of this new world. In the Winterfell courtyard scene, nobody kneeled when the king arrived in the first pilot. You can’t play being the king. You can’t display “look at how powerful I am.” People have to give you that by showing subservience. It has to be afforded to you by others. In the reshoot, everybody kneeled. It made a huge difference in terms of establishing who’s in charge.”

Game of Thrones pilot Robert Baratheon

Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) shared, “I looked like a Vegas showgirl in the [original] pilot — furs and massive hair, like a medieval Dolly Parton. Not that I’m complaining, I loved it. My hair devolved.

Bryan Cogman (then Benioff’s assistant; later a co-executive producer) recalled, “When we first shot the scene where the Starks find the direwolves — this was the version you never saw — the wonder of what a direwolf was wasn’t coming across. It didn’t seem important enough to the characters. And I’m little assistant Bryan running around the set yelling to anyone who would listen: “These are direwolves! No one has seen these in a million years! This is like seeing dinosaurs! It’s not like finding puppies!” And everyone’s sort of chuckling.”

Christopher Newman (producer): “Joffrey had a different haircut. In the original pilot, it was more pageboy cut, slightly pudding bowl-ish, like Henry V. It wasn’t that it didn’t suit him being a little shit, but it softened the edge. The modern cut in the version that aired gave him more spitefulness.”

David Benioff (showrunner): “At first it seemed to us like it was going well, but that was because we didn’t know any better.”

Dan Weiss (showrunner): “As we went on, the cracks turned into bigger cracks, which turned into fissures. You started to feel the wheels coming off by the time we got to Morocco.”

It seems like the pair was clueless about what they were doing from the first day, the previous reveal of which has angered the fans.

George R.R. Martin definitely had fun on the set. He said, “I went to Morocco for Dany’s wedding in the first pilot. I played a Pentoshi nobleman with beard extensions and an enormous hat. I looked like an idiot, but it was fun.” You might remember this picture of GRRM’s Game of Thrones cameo:

George R. R. Martin Game of Thrones cameo

Harry Llyod (Viserys Targaryen): “I had a different wig. It was titanium and silver, and it was shorter and a bob. Looking back, it was a mistake. There were consultations: “I’m not like Draco Malfoy, I’m not like Legolas … how do we do this?”

Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont): “It was a bit ragged and, in some ways, ill conceived, and no one had great conviction. Since the wedding was shot at night, quite a lot of money had been spent on seeing absolutely f—k-all.”

Bryan Cogman: “Is it fantasy with dramatic trappings? Is it a drama with fantasy trappings? There was a nervousness about the pilot leaning into the fantasy too much — ultimately to a fault. Key exposition was cut to make the dialogue sound more “real,” and as a result, the pilot didn’t make much sense. The impulse to not be over-the-top Shakespearian and Tolkien-esque was right — you’re trying to make it as grounded as possible — but this is still an epic fantasy, and if you ignore that, it’s to the detriment of your story.”

Originally, Tamzin Merchant played the role of Daenerys. Jason Momoa, who played the fierce Khal Drogo, recalls, “[Merchant] was great. I’m not sure why everything was done. But when Emilia got there that’s when everything clicked for me. I wasn’t really “there” until she arrived. ”

Emilia Clarke Game of Thrones pilot

Bryan Cogman: “Everybody involved in making the original pilot scored such a bull’s‑eye with so many of our actors. I thought Tamzin did a really good job. It’s hard to say why things didn’t work out. Ultimately, it’s obvious Emilia Clarke was born to play that part.”

Cogman also noted that HBO somehow gave Game of Thrones a second chance, something which is rare in the industry. The pilot episode was a $10 million disaster for HBO. It is a relief for the fans that they didn’t cancel the show altogether. James Hibberd’s Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon, which is bound to have a lot more behind-the-scenes bits from Game of Thrones, comes out Oct. 6 and is now available to pre-order.

What do you feel about these revelations? Let us know in the comments below.


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Maisie Williams reveals original plans for Jon Snow in fight against Night King

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Game of Thrones amassed one of the highest viewership numbers any show has seen in the past decade. The final season of the series was one of the most awaited programs of 2019. The episode ‘The Long Night’ in which Arya Stark slays the Night King had a viewership of 17.8 million!

It was a shocking turn of events when Arya stabs the Night King, ending his reign of terror forever. However, many of the fans desired for a different way of killing the Night King. A death by the hands of the show’s other protagonist Jon Snow.

Jon and Arya

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Maisie Williams, who played the role of Arya Stark, revealed the original plans for the death of Night King. Everyone, including Kit Harington, who played Jon Snow, believed he would be the one killing the villain. It turns out, the showrunners always had Arya Stark in their mind.

[Kit Harington] expected it to go [Jon Snow’s] way, too, and he even said, ‘It was going to go that way. Someone told me in season three that I was going to kill The Night King,’” Williams shares. “And then, he read the script, and it was Arya the whole time. Yeah, I think it would’ve been too obvious. I’m glad that it was Arya, honestly. I think I had the best storyline of the final season.”

The death of the Night King in the third episode of season 8 was indeed satisfying. Most of the fans hoped it would be Jon Snow because he had the best experience fighting against the White Walkers (someone else was killed by Jon Snow). Arya landing the killing blow was surprising for all the fans worldwide.

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Maisie Williams felt pressure “not to say anything stupid” on social media during height of Game Of Thrones fame

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Social media has been a part of our lives ever since we’ve had access to Internet. It is a great way of building public image, expressing your thoughts and let others know what you’re doing. Maintaining a positive image is no joke. Especially when you’re as famous as Game of Thrones’ actress Maisie Williams.

In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Maisie revealed the problems she had to face on her rise to fame as Arya Stark. Game of Thrones was a turning point in her life. It brought her fame and fortune one can only dream of. When you’re that famous, you’re constantly being judged, whether you are on or off screen.

Maisie Williams

I was always curious but I didn’t know how to represent myself.” She said, “I was very fearful of being judged and I was too scared to express myself. I have learnt to embrace who I am and have my own opinions and style myself the way that makes me feel good and proud.”

Williams went on to explain about her struggles with experimenting on her style as she grew up. Another creative outlet she is still figuring out is social media. She said, “When I was a teenager, social media was exciting and new and you could invent yourself online. I wanted to share everything like my friends did. Then obviously I got a much larger following, so there was pressure to not say anything stupid.”

Maisie has been coping with online noise from both fans and critics alike, since the tender age of 14. She prefers to learn and be a better person, rather than talk about it on social media. She also debuted on stage with the play I and You.

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