So, my beloved People.com shook me to my very core today when they released this article: “‘Sick of This’: Kit Harington Says Game of Thrones Cast Was Over Show During Final Season Filming”
(Insert record scratch noise here)
The exact quote, which he relayed in his cover story in GQ, as relayed by People, and now relayed by me to you is:
“It was like it was designed to make you think, ‘Right, I’m f—ing sick of this,’ ” he added to the outlet. “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.’”That’s a pretty strong statement coming from the Pompeii star.
Do I get what he was attempting to relay? Yes, of course. The conditions of filming an entire season that is set during the Winter we’ve been warned about for 8 years if you’re a show viewer, and time immemorial if you’ve read the books, is probably a grueling climate to go through.
Did he relay that effectively?
Here’s what I would have said, if someone asked me about filming the last season of Game of Thrones in tough conditions:
“It’s been fine I guess, but I’m pretty pissed off to be honest. I’ve been with this show since the beginning, and they have yet to let me meet the dragons. Can you believe that? Every day I would get to set and say ‘Where are the dragons?!’ and every day, they would just sort of laugh it off like I’m not serious. I am deadly serious, I want to see the dragons, and yet? No dragons. Also, filming the last seasons was very cold, and the entire cast and crew handled it beautifully. They would have handled it more beautifully if they had shown me the dragons, but what can you do? Maybe we can work together on a future project, and yes, I’m talking about the dragons. Pete Dinklage is alright,too.”
See the difference? You can say it was a hard experience, give props to the crew, and still let the world know where you true interest lie without saying you became sick of making the show that has made you famous, rich, and introduced you to your wife.
He did say he was grateful for that, though:
“I thank the show for everything,” he added to GQ Australia. “But more than anything else, I thank it for introducing me to her.”
So is this whole “sick” controversy a nothingburger put together by People because it was a slow news day and they wanted some Game of Thrones traffic? I don’t know, but I can tell you that if I were Kit Harrington, I’d have made damn sure to have met the dragons before the show wrapped, because Hollywood is fickle and you never know when an opportunity to meet dragons will present itself again.
Game of Thrones returns this year. When you watch it (and we know you’ll be watching) be sure to note that in any scene where Jon Snow looks miserable, it’s probably safe to assume he’s not acting.
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