*Warning: Spoilers ahead.*
Jon Snow may know nothing, but Kit Harington knows (and feels) a thing or two about the Game of Thrones season finale.
Like taking his Night’s Watch oath, though, the actor took a vow of silence about the (er, contentious) TV show ending. That is, until now...
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Harington said the final episode, “The Iron Throne,” (aka the one where he assassinates Queen Daenerys) was one he didn’t see coming. Harington reveals that he was just as shocked as most viewers probably were when he read that scene.
“I remember my mouth dropping open and looking across Emilia at the table, who was slowly nodding as I went, ‘No, no, no!’” Harington said. “It was a ‘holy f*ck’ moment, pardon my language. Jaw dropping. I was completely surprised by it, even though you can kind of see the path through the season of how it was getting there—and even the previous couple of seasons before that, once you can look back. But it was still a big shock to me.”
Really?! We mean, we sorta saw the death of Dany coming, especially with the talk of the Azor Ahai prophecy and the fact that the Prince Who Was Promised had to stab the sword Lightbringer through the heart of his love, Nissa Nissa. But he had no idea? We’re skeptical.
Harington said once he became accustomed to the idea of killing Dany, he was able to justify Jon’s decision in his own mind.
“What it really comes down to, the real crux of it, is the decision is made when she puts it between her and his family,” Harington said. “Jon essentially sees it as Daenerys or Sansa and Arya, and that makes his mind up for him. He choose[s] blood over, well, his other blood. But he chooses the people he has grown up with, the people his roots are with, the North. That’s where his loyalties lie in the end. That’s when he puts the knife in.”
Harington also revealed that it was one of the hardest finale scenes to shoot physically, too. It was only one and a half pages of dialogue, but took three weeks to film.
“It was tiring. It’s one of the hardest things we filmed,” Harington said. And that’s from the dude who filmed the Battle of the Bastards for months on end, so you know it must’ve been brutal.
He also said Jon’s final scene, the one where he returns to the Wall as punishment for killing Daenerys, was “a really sweet ending.”
“Seeing him go beyond the Wall back to something true, something honest, something pure with these people he was always told he belongs with—the Free Folk—it felt to me like he was finally free,” Harington said.
“As much as he had done a horrible thing, as much as he had felt that pain, the actual ending for him was finally being released,” he continued.
On reading his character’s fate of leading the Free Folk back North of the Wall, Harington said he got emotional.
“When I read it, that bit really made me cry. What really made me cry was on the paper: ‘End of Game of Thrones.’”
We wonder what Ygritte would say if she knew Jon was crying. TBH, she’d probably laugh.