Kit Harington: 'Everyone was broken at the end' of Game of Thrones
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Kit Harington: 'Everyone was broken at the end' of Game of Thrones

The arrival of winter in Westeros made the final season of Game of Thrones especially gruelling, says Jon Snow himself, aka Kit Harington.

The Emmy-nominated star, 32, told GQ Australia that filming season 8 of the HBO series, set to premiere in April 2019, was excruciating.

"The last season of Thrones seemed to be designed to break us," he said.

"Everyone was broken at the end," Harington added. "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---ing tiring."

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He continued: "We were sleep-deprived. It was like it was designed to make you think, 'Right, I'm f---ing 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.'"

Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow, in Game of Thrones opens up about the season finale.

Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow, in Game of Thrones opens up about the season finale.

The Englishman opened up about how excited he is to be at home more with his former co-star, Rose Leslie, who played Ygritte, whom he wed in June.

"I think people who don't work in film or TV don't realise quite how disorientating it is, being away from home all the time," he explained.

"Coming [to the hotel] today and seeing all the people cycling into work, it seemed in my head a real luxury. Which must sound mad. But 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. After nine years, I'll be at home. In one place. Static."

Harington and Rose Leslie on their wedding day in Scotland in June 2018.

Harington and Rose Leslie on their wedding day in Scotland in June 2018.Credit:AP

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Harington is grateful to the show for bringing his wife into his life.

"I thank the show for everything. But more than anything else, I thank it for introducing me to her," he said of Leslie, who played his love interest during the second and third seasons.

"It dawned on me, recently," said Harington. "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. Which is quite a wonderful thought, really."

He is also content with the show's legacy.

"It's done now. I can be proud of it," he told the magazine. "We've got eight seasons, and they can sit on a bookshelf at home 'til the end of time."

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