Kit Harington: ‘I Wanted To Kill Game Of Thrones’ Night King’

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August 19, 2019 | 3:10pm EST

Kit Harington is still upset his Game Of Thrones character didn’t get to kill the Night King on the show.
Arya Stark, played by Maisie Williams, delivered the fatal blow that ended the undead villain’s tyranny, and Harington still believes that job should have fallen to Jon Snow.
“I was a bit p**sed off, only because I wanted to kill the Night King!” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I think I felt like everyone else did, in that it had been set up for a long time, and then I didn’t get to do it. But I was so happy for Maisie and Arya.
“I was secretly like, ‘I wanted to do that!’ Especially because I love fighting with Vlad, who also played the White Walker… I’ve never seen a better swordsman.
“But it was a really great twist, and it tied up Maisie’s journey in a really beautiful way. Over the seasons, we’ve seen her build up these skills to become this hardened assassin, and she uses it all to kill our main antagonist.”
Kit has also opened up about his emotional table read reaction to the show’s final scenes, as documented in a post-series TV special – the actor was visibly shaken when he realized he would be the one to kill co-star Emilia Clarke.
“I hadn’t read the scripts for the final season until the table read,” he explains. “I wanted to hear them around the table, without having read anything first. I sat on a plane next to Emilia on the way to the read-through in Belfast, and she had read them already, and she was like, ‘S**t, Kit, you are in for some surprises’. That piqued my interest. I didn’t realize what was going to happen the whole way through until maybe half a page before Jon kills Dany.
“I remember my mouth dropping open and looking across (to) Emilia at the table, who was slowly nodding as I went, ‘No, no, no!’ It was a holy f**k moment, pardon my language. Jaw dropping. I was completely surprised by it, even though you can kind of see the path through the season of how it was getting there.”
Harington has mostly been silent about the final season of the show as he spent the early part of the summer dealing with personal issues in rehab.

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