BANG! NEWS – Kit Harington believes the ending to Game of Thrones represents what the show was “really about”.
The ending to the HBO fantasy drama – which concluded its eighth and final season earlier this year – saw Jon Snow kill his Daenerys Targaryen after she destroyed King’s Landing with her dragon, and was met with a mixed reaction from fans.
But Kit, who starred as Jon, believes the ending was exactly what the show was all about, because it showed the “dysfunctional family” dynamic between Jon and Daenerys.
He said, “It was said a long time ago, and I agree with it, that Thrones really is about dysfunctional families. It’s about mothers, brothers and sisters, but it’s also about how far your blood will stretch in your decision-making. That’s the ultimate choice Jon is left with. He’s faced with someone he loves as his lover but his loyalty is with the people and the part of the world where his roots are, the people who raised him.
“It’s that horrible conflict in a relationship, ‘Do I stay or do I go?’ We’ve all been through it at some point … except this one involves a knife.”
Kit said he and Emilia Clarke – who played Daenerys – spent three weeks filming the Mother of Dragons’ final scenes, and admits the “emotional” turmoil the pair went through while filming was “tiring”. He explained, “When you’re shooting the same scene for two weeks and it’s a page and a half, it becomes a long exercise in concentration. You have to remember the energy you’re bringing in, every day, and making sure it’s consistent.
“With a highly emotionally charged scene like that, it’s quite a lot, for everyone – the crew, me, and Emilia. It was tiring. It’s one of the hardest things we filmed.”