Fans of HBO’s original series “Game of Thrones,” named the most viewed show in June, have already come to grips with the fact that the show is ending. It seems, however, that some of the show’s stars are struggling with that fact.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kit Harington, who plays hero Jon Snow on the series, was asked about what “Game of Thrones” ending means for him and his career. The British actor revealed that he’s given a lot of thought to his next career move, but has not yet made any decisions. Instead, he plans to bask in the glory of having played the much beloved bastard (or so he thinks) of Winterfell for as long as possible. Harington noted that landing a role in a series like “Game of Thrones” is not an opportunity that comes around often.
“It has been in my consciousness a lot,” he said. “This mammoth, goliath event in my life, which has so much of what my 20s are, is going to come to an end. I think I’m going to really make the effort in these next two years to enjoy every moment of it, because I don’t know when I’ll get something like this coming around again.”
Harington also touched on where the show left off, recalling a scene from “Battle of the Bastards” — Season 6, episode 9 — during which his character climbs out from under a mountain of bodies. The actor compared the scene to another, involving Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). He told THR the “Game of Thrones” writers had not planned for the scenes to line up the way they did. Could it be a hint that the pair — who are aunt and nephew if there is any truth to the R+L=J theory — will be teaming up in Season 7?
“Strangely enough, without even thinking about it too much, when he breaks free and climbs his way back up, in a way it’s like a rebirth for him [Jon],” he said. “He doesn’t give up. He doesn’t stay down. He fights his way out. It looks a lot like the shot when Daenerys is being held aloft by the free slaves. That was a happy accident. We didn’t realize how those two would be compared.”
Although Harington is faced with a lot of uncertainty about his own future, he’s fairly sure about Jon’s. On Aug. 18, The Wrap published an interview with the Londoner during which he revealed that his character having been brought back to life during Season 6 has given him what may be a false sense of security. Harington noted that, at least in his opinion, it would be terrible storytelling to kill him off again after making such a show out of his revival. As such, he feels certain that Jon is “one of the safest people” on the show.
“Maybe I shouldn’t say that,” he said. “He [Jon Snow] could die next season, but I felt very safe this season. Because if I come back to life in episode two, it would be awful storytelling if you kill me in episode four. So I felt a bit cocky this season.”
Other “Game of Thrones” cast members don’t seem to share Harington’s feelings. Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, told Variety that she and her castmates knew the HBO show couldn’t last forever. She remains uncertain, however, how the show’s ending will affect Sansa’s storyline. Turner told the publication that, at present, the eldest living Stark girl has but two choices — team up with Jon or join forces with Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) “and become a villain and sadistic.” She did not say which way she was leaning toward for her character. While Turner had no strong inclinations about whether Sansa should choose good or evil, she has mapped out a plan for how she’d like to die if her character should be put on the chopping block.
“A long, slow episode-lasting death, where it’s just one long scene of my death and no one else,” she joked. “And it’s going to be the last episode of the last season.”