With only one short season left till HBO's fantasy epic Game of Thrones finally bids adieu, it makes sense for the fans and the cast of the show to be so emotional. The fantasy is one of the most popular series of all time, attracting viewership records and garnering more Emmys than any other primetime scripted television series. And with shooting for the final season of the show officially underway, Game of Thrones stars have just become aware of the fates of their characters, and this has left some of them quite emotional.
Recently, Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) opened up on BBC's The One Show, about how the table read of the series finale left him in tears. Speaking to hosts Ricky Wilson and Alex Jones, Harrington revealed:
"We had a read through last week in fact, so I know everything now. I cried at the end. You have to remember that eight years of it... no one really cares about it more than us."
We feel you brother!
Game of Goodbyes
It's important to remember that for most of the actors on the show, Game of Thrones has been their defining work — before Game of Thrones shot them to fame, the younger actors were all relatively unknown. In addition to the global stardom that Game of Thrones offered him, Harrington also found love thanks to the show: He began dating Rose Leslie (Ygritte) in 2012, and got engaged to her this September. Needless to say, #GameofThrones holds a very special place in Harrington's heart.
"It’s been an institution longer than any other institution I’ve been in, school, drama school, anything. I get a bit weepy thinking about it. It’s going to be a strange year saying goodbye to everyone and having last scenes with this person and that person. Not only you’re attached to it, loads of people around the world are attached to it."
Given that Game of Thrones has become such a permanent fixture for us fans, it's understandable why Harrington was so moved by the final script. But with the wildly unpredictable show heading towards its most anticipated chapter yet, it's entirely possible that Harrington also shed his tears over several characters' tragic fates — with the Night King marching on Westeros, and a traitorous queen in the Red Keep, the stakes have never been higher.
Needless to say, we will need to tune in to see how the show ends, whenever it airs on HBO. Till then though, we can have our share of Harrington by watching BBC One's miniseries Gunpowder.
What say you, fellow Westerosi, what will be the fate of Jon Snow in Season 8?Make sure to comment below.