Af­ter all was said and done, he did know one thing

Kit Har­ing­ton waxes philo­soph­i­cal ahead of that tragic ‘Thrones’ fi­nale.

Los Angeles Times - - POP & HISS - MARY McNA­MARA TELE­VI­SION CRITIC mary.mcna­mara@latimes.com

Oh, Kit Har­ing­ton, you were there, and I was there, and you never said a thing. Cer­tainly not dur­ing our chat on cam­era in March, when you shook your head over the high body count of fel­low “Game of Thrones” cast mem­bers and smiled just as if you didn’t know you were join­ing them.

But not even off cam­era when I joked about all the hair ru­mors — how you had been spot­ted with short hair, prompt­ing some to be­lieve your char­ac­ter, Jon Snow, was dead.

“Re­ally?” you said, look­ing at me as if I should re­ally find bet­ter things to do than read GoT blogs.

But maybe there were hints, as there al­ways are when some­thing has ended even though no one says the word. You spoke of Jon rue­fully, as if he would never learn the ways of the world, and com­pared him to his fa­ther, who also died for his be­liefs.

It’s easy to read be­tween the lines when you know what you’re look­ing for.

“Win­ter is here,” you said of Sea­son 5. And now we know, you weren’t kid­ding.

Here are a few other bits and pieces from our con- ver­sa­tion be­fore the knives came out: Will Jon Snow ever get off the Wall?

I don’t know. The one time he could have left — there were a cou­ple times — he could have gone down to try to avenge his fam­ily, and he could have left with Ygritte, and he didn’t, so it’s go­ing to be pretty hard to tear him away from the Night’s Watch now. He’s grown there. ... It’s go­ing to have to be some siz­able event to drive him south. Has win­ter come for Jon Snow?

I think it comes this sea­son. It’s a phrase, more a metaphor re­ally. You’ll see win­ter ar­rive quite strongly this sea­son. … If you watched the first episode, ev­ery­one is at the dark­est place they’ve ever been in, their low­est point. It only gets darker from there. What do you know and when do you know it in terms of your char­ac­ter?

The funny thing is that ev­ery­one in­volved in “Thrones” knows what’s go­ing to hap­pen be­fore the ac­tors do. So you turn up for your horse rid­ing as­sess­ment, and Camilla, the horse mistress, is giv­ing you know­ing looks, and winks and sug­ges­tions be­cause she’s had all the scripts and we never get them — we get them a cou­ple weeks be­fore we start.

This sea­son that was just done was re­ally fas­ci­nat­ing; it drifted from the books. There were so many el­e­ments about it that were new. We had to sign off on things and hand back the sides at the end of the day. It all got very “Star Wars.” Has any­body had to work back­ward from a death scene?

Yeah, I think peo­ple have, and it is a lit­tle bit an­noy­ing. Ideally, if you do die on “Thrones,” you want that to be the last scene you film, but it doesn’t al­ways work like that. Is this the sea­son Jon Snow be­comes a man?

This is the sea­son he be­comes a politi­cian. He has to start think­ing up here [head] and less in here [heart]. He has to learn to be a strict politi­cian, he has to learn to be bru­tal, he has to learn to make huge sac­ri­fices and give away some of his in­her­ent good­ness to get to where he wants to be. And I think that’s some­thing his fa­ther wasn’t pre­pared to do. No, and he dies for it.

And he died for it. And I think Jon’s slowly learn­ing that. Do you have a new ally, or are you a loner all the way through?

I think the cliché to at­tach to Jon is “It’s very lonely at the top.” Poor Jon. He’s al­ways lonely.

Ri­cardo DeAratanha Los An­ge­les Times

“POOR JON. He’s al­ways lonely,” says Kit Har­ing­ton of his “Game of Thrones” char­ac­ter, who met with a stun­ning plot twist in the last episode of this sea­son.

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