Kit Harington Finally Opened Up About That Controversial Final Season Of "Game Of Thrones"

    He opened up about everything from the moment that shocked him to the core to his annoyance at not being the one to kill the Night King.

    It's no secret that the final season of Game of Thrones, which ended in May, left fans incredibly divided.

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    In fact, all six episodes were met with varying degrees of backlash, and a petition calling for the entire season to be remade in its entirety, using "competent writers", ticked over the 1 million signature mark after the finale aired.

    Many of the show's actors, including Emilia Clarke, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, and Lena Headey, spoke out about the controversial season, revealing that they weren't exactly thrilled at how things went down.

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    Hempstead-Wright, for example, thought that the ending of the show — which saw his character, Bran, become King of Westeros — was a joke when he first read the script. Clarke admitted to "wandering around London aimlessly" after finding out the fate of her character, whereas Headey said she was "gutted" at the way her story ended.

    But one actor who has been very quiet about the whole subject is Kit Harington, which is especially intriguing because he described the final season as "disappointing" before it had even aired.

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    However, he's now opened up in detail for the first time about the final season, and revealed exactly how he feels about the show's ending.

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    Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Harington began by explaining that he didn't read any of the scripts prior to the first table read of the final season — and was rendered speechless by the moment that his character, Jon Snow, killed Daenerys.

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    He said: "I wanted to hear them around the table, without having read anything first. ... I didn't realise what was going to happen the whole way through until maybe half a page before Jon kills Dany. I remember my mouth dropping open and looking across Emilia at the table, who was slowly nodding as I went, 'No, no, no!'

    "It was a 'holy fuck' moment," he continued. "Jaw-dropping. I was completely surprised by it, even though you can kind of see the path through the season of how it was getting there ... But it was still a big shock to me."

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    And Harington went on to say that another surprising moment for him was discovering that Arya would be the one to kill the Night King — and he was actually "pissed off" that it wasn't him.

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    He explained: "I was a bit pissed off, only because I wanted to kill the Night King! I think I felt like everyone else did, in that it had been set up for a long time, and then I didn't get to do it. But I was so happy for Maisie [Williams] and Arya. I was secretly like, 'I wanted to do that!' But it was a really great twist, and it tied up Maisie's journey in a really beautiful way."

    Harington also revealed that while the final season had shocked him, he was ultimately happy with the ending his character was given.

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    He said: "This character that I loved for so many years and had grown so close to, and had meant so much to me, seeing him go beyond the Wall back to something true, something honest, something pure with these people he was always told he belongs with — the Free Folk — it felt to me like he was finally free. ... It was a really sweet ending."

    "As much as he had done a horrible thing [in killing Daenerys], as much as he had felt that pain, the actual ending for him was finally being released," he concluded.

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    You can read the full interview with Kit Harington here.

    Ellie Woodward is Celebrity and Entertainment Editor for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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