Kit Harington on ‘Game of Thrones’ Ending: 'It Felt Like My Skin Was Being Peeled Away'


With less than four weeks until the long-awaited premiere of Game of Thrones, Jon Snow himself, Kit Harington, is spilling details on what fans can expect for the HBO show’s eighth and final season.

In a new interview, the 32-year-old reflects on his career-making role, cutting his hair and even reveals that he sought therapy at a difficult time in his life.

But it’s his clues regarding the final season that will have viewers even more excited for winter to come. Season eight is bigger than ever, and no expenses were spared.

“They went 'balls out,' I think is the term,” Harington tells Variety of of Season 8. “They could have easily set the same budget as they did for Season 7, but they went bigger.”

Filming was an emotional rollercoaster for the cast.

Harington watched his colleague Peter Dinklage wrap production, “and I saw him just break down,” the actor says. The next day, when Harington himself wrapped, he recalls “a huge heave of emotion. I’m just blubbing.” Harington also cried at the table read of the final season, noting that “the end of Jon’s journey, whatever that may be … I was satisfied with how his story ended.”

Saying goodbye to Jon Snow was quite painful.

On the last day of shooting, Harington says, “I took off the costume, and it felt like my skin was being peeled away. I was very emotional. It felt like someone was shedding me of something.”

There will be more Game of Thrones besides the upcoming prequel, which is set to air in 2020.

HBO programming president Casey Bloys, “I’m sure that when George R.R. Martin has the final two books published, there will be a surge of interest from fans wanting to see it again” — and grist for that spinoff, which he says will begin shooting this summer. “We hope Game of Thrones will have a long life at HBO,” he adds.