With production beginning on the eighth and final season of Game Of Thrones, the cast is doing the media rounds, discussing all sorts of things, from where the shows been to where its headed now.
One of the most extensive interviews is with Kit Harington, the frustratingly handsome actor who plays Jon Snow. Speaking to The Guardian, Harington touched on all sorts of topics, such as how he deals with his Thrones-level fame, his reaction to the season 8 script, and even an unseen episode of GoT that only the show’s creators have seen.
In the interview, Harington talks about a Game of Thrones episode which the public has never seen because it was never aired or released.
According to Kit, this never-before-seen episode is actually the very first pilot filmed. Harington admits that while there were “a lot of problems with the episode”, he also admits that he’s never actually seen the episode himself.
via The Guardian:
Game of Thrones’ first incarnation wasn’t promising, however, and the pilot turned out to be a dud. “They made a lot of mistakes. It didn’t look right, didn’t feel right, had nothing different about it.” In it, the nascent Jon Snow was wearing a wig, was clean-shaven and made use of the baby face Harington hides under his beard. He claims that hardly anyone has seen that pilot, not even him, but that the show’s creators, DB Weiss and David Benioff, have a copy they use to keep him in line. “They say, if I ever piss them off too much, they’ll release it on YouTube. Every now and then, they send me a screengrab, just as a threat.”
If the rumors that suggest that Game Of Thrones will not be returning until 2019 are true, then the least Benioff and Weiss can do is release this unseen episode as a holdover for us.
Production on Game Of Thrones season 8 has begun in Belfast, with the first table reading taking place in early October. The final season of the massive HBO hit is expected to premiere in either late 2018 or early 2019. The final season will consist of six episodes, each expected to be longer than 80-90 minutes.