Game of Thrones star Kit Harington finally breaks his silence regarding the HBO fantasy series’ controversial ending.
Kit Harington was at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards in honor of Game of Thrones’ many nominations including one for him in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (which he lost to Billy Porter in Pose). Following the ceremony, Kit Harington addressed the media room about the fan backlash to the final season for the first time since the series ended earlier this year:
“I’ll take this one… Controversy. I still haven’t seen the show, so that’s how I dealt with that controversy. I haven’t seen the final season, but I know what it took to shoot it and it was hard, and everyone put their love and effort into it. Controversy for us — we knew what we were doing was right story wise and we knew that it was right for the characters because we lived with them for ten years. Controversy for us — didn’t really effect us.”
It’s interesting to hear that Kit Harington himself has not seen the final season. Based on his comments, it appears that he wanted to avoid dealing with the backlash and controversy by not directly engaging in the discourse surrounding the final season.
Kit Harington played Jon Snow for all eight seasons of Game of Thrones. Despite mixed reviews for the eighth and final season, the performances of the ensemble cast including Kit Harington’s portrayal of the character still received praise.
Game of Thrones received 12 Emmy Awards out of its record-breaking 32 nominations for its eighth and final season. It also became the first series in history to win the Outstanding Drama Series award for its eighth season.
Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Liam Cunningham as Ser Davos Seaworth, Carice van Houten as Melisandre, Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, Conleth Hill as Varys, Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane, Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark, Jerome Flynn as Bronn, Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont, Hannah Murray as Gilly.
All episodes of Game of Thrones are available to stream on HBO GO.