Kit Harington, unfortunately, may suffer from the Kramer-syndrome. What is the Kramer-syndrome, you ask? Let me explain.
If you’ve ever seen or heard of Seinfeld, you know exactly who Kramer is … and that’s the problem. Michael Richards, the actor who played Kramer, became so famous for that one role that he became synonymous with it, and I fear that Harington is headed down that path, especially after watching Gunpowder, where I kept thinking to myself “that’s Jon Snow wearing different clothes”.
Speaking with Deadline about his miniseries Gunpowder (eh — it was alright at best), Game Of Thrones, and life after Jon Snow, Kit Harington gave a lot of juicy details about the final season of HBO’s epic fantasy series.
Harington chatted with Deadline about the HBO series, based on George R.R. Martin’s novels, coming to an epic conclusion.
“They’re going really well, mate. These days are long and a grind but we’ve got the first section out of the way, and all is well. All is good.”
Harington discussed that he and the cast feel a certain amount of pressure to keep audiences engaged and excited.
“…Whereas before, every year there’s always been a bit of pressure, this season is one where we could easily let people down. Obviously, we don’t want to do that so we’re very much stepping up everyone’s game which is very apparent, at least to me. We’re all growing a bit and I think everyone’s attention is very focused on what we’re doing in a way that it’s always been, but it may be more apparent. I love it, you know. It’s also I think that thing of just trying to get everything you can out of it while we’re still doing it. Really kind of explore every inch of it.”
Harington also got personal when he shared how he felt about the series and character exiting his life.
“Honestly, it’s weird. So, to me, that question is a weird one and a valid one too. The “how are you” feeling thing is a strange one because I’m not sure that you’re feeling one particular thing at any one time when you’re present in it. Really you’re kind of overwhelmed to pay much attention. So, it’s all after the fact, you know. So I look back at the ‘Battle of the Bastards’ episode now and I understand what it meant and what it was to do it, but at the time you’re just getting on with the job. So Dominic, I don’t know what I’m feeling, is what I’m trying to say. I will say I think I’m understandably more affected by it than I thought I would be.”
Although it sounds like he is ready to move on, Harington does believe it will be quite emotional coming to terms with the end.
“You know I wasn’t quite cynical about things, I’m quite straightforward and English. But, really, eight years of your life is a long time to connect with anything. I didn’t know at the beginning if this would be a show that no one would watch or if it would be a show that a lot of people would watch. And I’ve never been in a situation, a show, that’s lasted this long. In my life it’s pretty significant thing that’s happened to me, and coming to the end of it is understandably quite emotional.”
As for future plans, it sounds like the How to Train Your Dragon alum is keeping them open.
“Yeah. You know, I don’t feel like I should jump into anything straightaway. I think next that I have to find the right thing. I’m going to pick and choose my roles carefully, and spend some more time with Rose (Leslie), who will then be my wife. For God’s sake I think the world has seen quite enough of us going back over the last 10 years. You don’t want to saturate them with more of it, do you?”
The final season of Game Of Thrones is expected to air early in 2019.