The final season of Game of Thrones won’t air until 2019, but some of the cast of HBO’s hit fantasy series just revealed how they reacted to reading the final script. In a recent interview GOT star Kit Harington revealed that the series finale was so emotional that he cried when he found out what happens.
Without dropping any major spoilers, Harington told Entertainment Weekly that the final script actually brought him to tears not once, but twice.
Unlike his co-stars Harington refused to read the script before the final table reading. Fans assume that the fate of Jon Snow – and perhaps Daenerys – was the original source of his tears, but the second thing that made him tear up, may surprise you.
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“The second time was the very end, referring to what the producers had written once the script had finished. Every season, you read at the end of the last script ‘End of Season One’, or ‘End of Season Two.’ This read ‘End of Game Of Thrones,’ and you realize, okay, it’s really happening.”
Last year Harington admitted that just the thought of saying good-bye to his co-stars made him a bit weepy. He also noted that he’s been with the series for 7 years – longer than most people attend school – and that saying goodbye to his costars was
“I get a bit weepy thinking about it. 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,” he shared.
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Although Game of Thrones is coming to an end, Harington assured fans that security is just as intense heading into the final year.
In fact, producers told the actor to avoid taking pictures in different filming locations and not to inform the press when he is shooting scenes for the show. The extra precautions are to prevent any major leaks from surfacing and keep the ending a secret until the finale.
While Harington gets ready to say goodbye to Game of Thrones, The Sun reports that there is a secret episode Harington hopes will never get released. The actor revealed that he participated in a pilot episode before Game of Thrones was commissioned by HBO and that it was so embarrassing producers decided to trash it and start over.
— NME (@NME) November 9, 2018
Harington jokingly revealed that producers threatened to release the tape online if he ever gets out of line. They even send him an occasional screenshot of the footage to remind him it still exists.
HBO has not released an official premiere date for Season 8 of Game of Thrones, although it us rumored to premiere in April and will consist of just six episodes.