‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 8: Kit Harington Was Not Happy About That Major Twist
Episode 3 of Game of Thrones witnessed the conclusion of the Battle of Winterfell and the demise of the Night King. Going into Season 8, most fans suspected that Jon Snow (Kit Harington) would be the one to deliver the final blow to the leader of the White Walkers, but instead Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) saved the world from certain destruction.
Most fans were thrilled to see Arya put her assassin skills to good use, though Harington recently admitted that he was not happy when he initially read the script for the Battle of Winterfell.
Harington was angry about the twist ending
For the past eight seasons, the show has put Jon Snow in position to be the traditional hero. Not only was he raised from the dead in Season 6, but we learned last season that he has Targaryen blood running through his veins and was crowned King of the North.
In a behind-the-scenes clip for “The Long Night,” Harington confessed that he would have bet money that Jon would be the one to kill the Night King ahead of Season 8 and was shocked when producers went a completely different route.
“I was pissed. I was pissed that it wasn’t me killing the Night King,” Kit Harington shared. “I would’ve bet you thousands before we read the finals.”
There were several moments during the Battle of Winterfell where it seemed like Jon was going to be the one who ended the Night King’s reign of terror. He knocked the character off his undead dragon and tracked him down outside the gates of Winterfell. But after another chilling resurrection scene, the Night King put hundreds of men between them.
Jon also failed to reach Bran in the godswood after the dragon re-appeared and blocked his way. Luckily for Bran, Arya managed to sneak by everyone to deliver the final blow.
‘Game of Thrones’ producers open up about the twist
According to Insider, Game of Thrones executive producer David Benioff discussed the twist and revealed that it did not feel right to have Jon kill the Night King. Benioff explained how Jon is the obvious hero on the show and that going a different route made sense.
They also knew Arya was going to be the one who stabbed the Night King for the past three years, though they apparently didn’t let the cast in on the secret.
To make things even more interesting, the dagger that killed the Night King first appeared in Season 1. As we later learned, Littlefinger gave the dagger to an assassin who was supposed to kill Bran. The knife eventually made its way back to Bran, who gifted it to Arya last season.
After Harington got over his initial shock, he admitted that having Arya save Westeros from the white walkers was inspiring. It was also a great way to display Arya’s fighting skills, which she has been perfecting the past few seasons.
How did Williams feel about Arya’s twist?
While Harington was angry about the change, Williams said that she was “unbelievably” excited after reading the script. According to Entertainment Weekly, the actress was also unsure about how fans would react to the move and thought that perhaps Arya was unworthy.
When she told her boyfriend how the battle would end, even he thought it was strange that Jon wasn’t the one who defeated the Night King.
By the time filming came around, Williams had come to terms with her character’s fate. She realized that having Arya kill the Night King made perfect sense, especially after her interactions with Melisandre (Carice van Houten), who gave her a sort of pep talk during the battle.
Considering Arya has been training for this moment since the first season of Game of Thrones and, given everything she has gone through, she totally deserved some redemption.
Harington fires back at critics
Although the highly anticipated Battle of Winterfell featured most of our favorite characters – many of whom survived against all odds – and Arya’s amazing moment with the Night King, some fans expressed disappointment with how things played out. But for Harington, the actor is tuning out the noise and could not care less about what anyone thinks.
New episodes of Game of Thrones air Sunday nights on HBO.