If you thought that Game of Thrones (opens in new tab) would get tied up with a neat bow and a happy ending then, well, no offense, but have you actually ever watched an episode of Game of Thrones (opens in new tab)?
The hit HBO drama is gearing up for its eighth and final season (opens in new tab) this summer and it's sure to be tough to watch. The only thing harder than watching it? Filming it, apparently. Kit Harington (opens in new tab), who plays broody King of the North (opens in new tab)/secret King of Dragons Jon Snow (opens in new tab), revealed in a new interview with GQ Australia (opens in new tab) that the cast felt like the show's final season was literally designed to make them want to die IRL, basically. In Harington's (opens in new tab) actual words:
That's not all though! Harington (opens in new tab) doubled down, explaining that filming the fantasy epic's final season was so grueling that the cast didn't even feel sad (opens in new tab) about finishing work on the show. They were basically just relieved to be done with the arduous shooting process (and, no doubt, the emotional drain of bringing their characters' stories to an end (opens in new tab)):
Sounds rough, but as the saying goes, when you play the game of thrones, you win or you die, right?
Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
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