Kit Harington has dedicated the last eight years of his life to Game of Thrones, but it doesn’t mean shooting the episodes get any easier. In fact, during the final season — which premieres Sunday, April 14 — Harington had to endure some difficult shooting days for one epic episode.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Harington looked back to reveal what his favorite episode of the entire series was and how the show is going to wrap everything up in its final six episodes.
“I’m very proud of ‘The Battle of the Bastards,’ the one [long continuous take of Jon Snow fighting] through the horses [from Season 6, episode 9]. And I’ll always be proud of Seasons 2 and 3 with [his wife Rose Leslie as Ygritte],” he shared.
“While I think there were storylines people enjoyed more, just when Rose and I are walking through the wilderness — those are some of the favorite shots I’ve done.”
Needless to say, the battle scenes take days and days to shoot. “Every episode is big … it’s just more exhausting than it’s ever been. It’s relentless. What would have been a one-day shoot two years ago is now a five-day shoot,” he explained.
“We’ve had walk-and-talks that would have been a half day end up being three or four days. That’s the scale of it. They really want to get it right. They want to shoot [every scene] every single way so they have options [during editing].”
And, though six episodes don’t sound like enough time to wrap up the show for good, Harington promises it’ll all tie together in the end.
“You have to do a conclusion in six episodes. Not every person is going to be happy with the conclusion of something so big.
“The whole nature of the speed of the [story] has to be different from earlier seasons. I think if you watch it all back to back years later [fans will] think it went so quick,” he shared.