With production at the half-wait point on the eighth and final season of Game Of Thrones (Vanity Fair just published a piece this week about the production on the finalseason), the cast and crew are doing the media rounds, discussing all sorts of things, from where the shows been to where its headed now — the ending (the best of these interviews is a lengthy sit down with Sophie Turner — the actress who plays Sansa Stark).
In one of these interviews, Kit Harington (AKA Jon Snow AKA King in the North AKA Lord Comannder AKA The Prince Who Was Promised AKA Azor Ahai) 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.”
Production on Game Of Thrones season 8 has began in October and is set to wrap up in the summer. The final season of the massive HBO hit is expected to premiere in 2019. The final season will consist of six episodes, each expected to be longer than 80-90 minutes.