GoT star ‘cried’ reading final script
KIT Harington, the actor who plays Game of Throne's hirsute Jon Snow, has revealed that he cried when he read the final script for the wildly popular show.
The 30-year-old actor - who has portrayed the brooding Snow in the hit drama series since its first season - says he "knows everything" about how the show will end.
Speaking during a TV interview in the UK, Harington - who recently got engaged to girlfriend and former on-screen love interest Rose Leslie - said: "We had the 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," he said. "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," he continued. "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."
Harington also spoke about the tight veil of secrecy that surrounds the show.
"[I was told], 'Don't tell [friends] when you're filming. Don't take pictures in Belfast. Don't do all of that. It's on lockdown!'" he said.
Despite shedding a tear over the end of the show, Harington has previously admitted he's excited to move onto other projects.
"It will be liberating, just the thought of having a whole year free - you shoot for six months, but half of the projects you might want to do will have started shooting before that six months is over.
"There's a lot of things you can't do. I'm looking forward to finishing, and eight years is the right amount of time."
He added: "I wouldn't want it to go on any longer than it has. I have other ideas I'd like to look at producing."
Harington has been with the show since its very beginning and met fiance Rose Leslie on the set where she played the wildling (and later, his love interest), Ygritte. (Her "you know nothing, Jon Snow" line will go down in TV history.)
The couple - who have been together since 2012 - announced their engagement earlier this month with a traditional announcement in a British newspaper.
And given half of the guests will be the couple's castmates, Harington reckons he expects to be given some time off from filming.
"I rang [the producers] up and I said, 'I'm getting married and it's your fault, actually," he said in an interview with Jonathan Ross in the UK.
"I was like, 'You need to factor in a Game of Thrones wedding by the way. [The cast] have all got to be there so the whole thing has got to shut down.'"
While fans were thrilled for the on and off-screen couple and their exciting news, the potential delay in filming will surely stress them out further given that they already have to wait until 2019 for the final season.
Yet while the Game of Thrones cast may all be in attendance, Harington has ruled out a themed wedding representing the series.
"No. There is absolutely no chance of me convincing her of that."
This story originally appeared in The Sun and is reprinted with permission.