See Kit Harington's Emotional First Reaction to His 'Game of Thrones' Final Moments

Jacquie Cadorette
May 29, 2019 - 12:11 pm
Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke

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While the “Game of Thrones” series has ended, HBO had one last Sunday-night hurrah for fans with the premiere of “The Last Watch,” a documentary giving a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “Game of Thrones.” 

If fans weren’t prepared for the emotional turmoil of the final episode of the series, “The Last Watch” gave them even more to brood over by showing emotional footage of Kit Harington’s reaction upon learning the fate of his character. 

At a table read for Season 8’s final scenes, Harington can be seen gasping upon hearing the moment when his character, Jon Snow, stabs Emilia Clarke’s character, Daenerys Targaryen. 

As the final moments of the scene are read, Harington sits with his head in his hands and begins to wipe tears from his face. 

Kit Harington‘s reaction at Dany’s death during the Season 8 table read, in “The Last Watch” documentary! ----- {via @hbo}

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Harington isn’t the only actor who had a visceral reaction to learning his character’s fate. Clarke revealed her experience reading the final scripts for the first time to the New Yorker

“I read these scripts coming on two years ago now. When I did, I took a very long walk around London in a daze, not quit knowing how to digest the news,” she says. 

As seen in the video from the final table read, Clarke slides down in her chair in anguish, sharing an emotional moment with Harington over their characters’ respective endings.

The finale of the show – both filming and broadcast – proved to be an emotional endeavor for many of the key actors involved, with a few of them opening up on social media about what the journey has meant to them and how sad they are to see it go. 

Clarke posted this emotional tribute to the show on the day the final episode premiered. 

Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me. The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life. This woman has taken up the whole of my heart. I’ve sweated in the blaze of dragon fire, shed many tears at those who left our family early, and wrung my brain dry trying to do Khaleesi and the masterful words, actions (and names) I was given, justice. Game of Thrones has shaped me as a woman, as an actor and as a human being. I just wish my darling dad was here now to see how far we’ve flown. But to you, dear kind magical fans, I owe you so much thanks, for your steady gaze at what we’ve made and what I’ve done with a character that was already in the hearts of many before I slipped on the platinum wig of dreams. Without you there is no us. And now our watch has ended. @gameofthrones @hbo #love #motherofdragonsoverandout

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Sophie Turner, who played Sansa Stark in the show, also had a hard time parting with the cast, crew, and characters of Westeros, as revealed in her heart wrenching post. 

Sansa, Thank you for teaching me resilience, bravery and what true strength really is. Thank you teaching me to be kind and patient and to lead with love. I grew up with you. I fell in love with you at 13 and now 10 years on.. at 23 I leave you behind, but I will never leave behind what you’ve taught me. To the show and the incredible people who make it, thank you for giving me the best life and drama lessons I could have ever asked for. Without you I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Thank you for giving me this chance all those years ago. And finally to the fans. Thank you for falling in love with these characters and supporting this show right through till the end. I’ll miss this more than anything.

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