“Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington reveals to GQ Australia the very real emotional toll production of the show’s final season took on the cast.
“The last season of ‘Thrones’ seemed to be designed to break us. Everyone was broken at the end,” Harington reveals. “I don’t know if we were crying because we were sad it was ending or if we were crying because it was so f**king tiring. We were sleep deprived.”
“It was like it was designed to make you think, Right, I’m f**king sick of this. I remember everyone walking around towards the end going, ‘I’ve had enough now. I love this, it’s been the best thing in my life, I’ll miss it one day – but I’m done.’”
Speaking of the best thing in Harington’s life, the actor once had a really cute realization about his marriage to co-star Rose Leslie. “A lot of people meet their other halves at work,” Harington says. “Our work just happened to be this iconic TV show.”
You may recall Leslie played Ygritte, the love interest of Jon Snow, on “GoT”. Well, “it dawned on me, recently, and I have no idea if we will, but say me and Rose do have children. They’ll know. They’ll be able to see the genesis of their parents getting together,” Harington explains, “which is quite a wonderful thought, really.
“I thank the show for everything,” he expresses. “But more than anything else, I thank it for introducing me to her.”
So what is next for Harington now that “GoT” is about to wrap up its historic run? “I think people who don’t work in film or TV don’t realize quite how disorientating it is being away from home all the time,” he says. “Coming here today [to the hotel], and seeing all the people cycling into work, it seemed in my head a real luxury. Which must sound mad.”
“The process of going to work, having a day with your colleagues, coming back to your family, cooking, having stuff in the fridge… it sounds odd to say but it’s the thing I’m looking forward to most,” Harington insists. “After nine years I’ll be at home. In one place. Static.”
The final season of “GoT” premieres in April. The Jan/Feb issue of GQ Australia is out on Jan. 14.