We’re three months removed from the Game of Thrones series finale, and in the acceptance stage of grief, we have nearly come to terms with the disappointing final season of the HBO series.
Unfortunately, Kit Harington has decided to reopen old wounds by providing his honest perspective on Season 8.
Harington admits that while he was “happy” to see how Arya’s character arc played out with her killing the Night King, he wanted to do it. “I was a bit pissed off, only because I wanted to kill the Night King! I think I felt like everyone else did, in that it had been set up for a long time, and then I didn’t get to do it,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. “But I was so happy for Maisie and Arya. I was secretly like, ‘I wanted to do that!'”
“But it was a really great twist, and it tied up Maisie’s journey in a really beautiful way,” Harington continued. “Over the seasons, we’ve seen her build up these skills to become this hardened assassin, and she uses it all to kill our main antagonist.”
Harington also indirectly addressed the belief that co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss didn’t handle the final season of Thrones with the care it deserved. When discussing what went into making the scene where Jon Snow kills Daenerys, Harington reveals that Benioff and Weiss, who directed the final episode, went to great lengths to get the pivotal moment right, calling it “one of the hardest things we filmed.”
“We felt a sense of responsibility over it,” Harington recalls. “We shot the hell out of it. It was essentially a page and a half of dialogue, and we spent three weeks filming it. They wanted to shoot every conceivable angle, every way, to make sure they got it the way they wanted it.”
In the end, Harington was satisfied with the “sweet ending” given to Jon Snow. “This character that I loved for so many years and had grown so close to, and had meant so much to me, 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,” he explains. “It was a really sweet ending.”