HBO has announced plans to produce multiple “Game of Thrones” spinoffs, but star Kit Harington won’t be returning for them.
Speaking in the March issue of Italian GQ, the Jon Snow actor said, “I think there’s going to be spinoffs, but I’m not going to be involved in any of it.”
“The great thing about ‘Thrones’ for HBO is that you can sell it in a totally different way,” Harington explained. “You could set it 300 years earlier and save a load of money because we [the cast] are very expensive now.”
The 31-year-old actor also talked about his decision to sign on to the global hit series, despite not even understanding the original script.
“It was HBO, and that’s all that really mattered to me. It was, and is, a staple of quality. But the script? I didn’t really understand it,” he said. “I read it twice and thought, This is the most bizarre thing ever. I don’t quite get why they’re doing it, but I’m in. I do remember reading my role and thinking, This is in my locker – I can do this. Grumpy. Quiet. Solid. That’s fine. I can do that.”
Harington described how life-changing “Game of Thrones” was for him, not only in his career but because he met his fiancee Rose Leslie, who played Ygritte on the show.
“It’s a weird one when you find that career-defining thing in your first job,” Harington said before pointing to season 2 as the real turning point for him. “That season was the most significant for me because we realized it was a show that was successful, we were suddenly in this incredible location – and I was with the girl that I fell in love with.”
As for what his future plans are, Harington said he’s unsure, but the possibilities are endless.
“I freaked out. That’s ending, what am I going to do now? And then I suddenly realized that next year I can do two films and a play. Or I could do another show which I’ve never been able to do since being on ‘Thrones’. And… I could take two months off and spend them with Rose! We can go off somewhere! I suddenly got really excited about it,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to do a boxing movie. But before I get too old!”