Kit Harington: 'Game of Thrones' final season left cast feeling broken

Kit Harington attends the screening of The Death & Life of John F. Donovan at the Elgin theatre the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on September 10, 2018. (Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network)

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The Game Of Thrones cast “had enough” of filming the last season as it “seemed to be designed to break” them, according to Kit Harington.

Kit and his co-stars, including Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, finished filming the six-episode eighth and final season of the TV fantasy in the middle of last year, ahead of the show’s premiere in April. And in a new interview with GQ Australia, the British actor admitted he was glad to reach the end because the series was gruelling to film.

“The last season of Thrones, seemed to be designed to break us. Everyone was broken at the end,” he said. “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. 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.’”

The 32-year-old, who has already ruled out returning to his character Jon Snow in any of the planned spinoffs, said he was most looking forward to being able to stay at home for an extended period of time, rather than having to constantly travel for work.

While he is grateful for the show for launching his career, he is most thankful for being introduced to his wife Rose Leslie, who played Snow’s love interest Ygritte. They married last year, and he likes the fact any children they may have will be able to witness the beginnings of their relationship.

“A lot of people meet their other halves at work. Our work just happened to be this iconic TV show…it dawned on me, recently, and I have no idea if we will, but say me and Rose do have children,” he gushed. “They’ll know. They’ll be able to see the genesis of their parents getting together. Which is quite a wonderful thought, really.”

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