When it comes to leaving a job and moving on, most of us depart with little farewell gifts to keep memories about the past workplace alive. However, Kit Harington who plays the fan favourite Jon Snow, in HBO’s hit TV series Game of Thrones, had a rather large object to take home after they finished shooting the final season.
In an interview with BBC radio Harington revealed that he got a stone statue of himself from the crypts of Winterfell, and that he was hanging onto the ominous keepsake.
“I kept that statue. You know, the one in the crypt? I kept it,” he said. “They sent it to my house so I’ve got it in my shed. How sad is that? I was the only one who kept their statue. That’s how narcissistic I am. I’m going to turn it into a water feature,” reported Esquire.
The statue he speaks of can be seen in the teaser for the eighth season which was shared by HBO a week ago. In the teaser Jon Snow can be seen carrying a flaming torch down a tunnel in the underground crypt at Winterfell and meeting Sansa and Arya.
As the trio walk through the corridor, they pass by statues of dead family members — Ned Stark, Catelyn Stark, and Lyanna Stark. Finally approaching the end of the corridor, each stand facing their respective stone sculpture.
Before the teaser, a snippet from the upcoming season was released by HBO which showed Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) meeting Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) for the first time, and saying, “Winterfell is yours, your Grace.”
Kit Harington told previously GQ Australia, “The last season of ‘Thrones’ seemed to be designed to break us. Everyone was broken at the end. I don’t know if we were crying because we were sad it was ending or if we were crying because it was so f**king tiring. We were sleep deprived. It was like it was designed to make you think, ‘Right, I’m f**king sick of this’.”
HBO CEO Richard Plepler told Variety in an interview: “It’s (season 8) a spectacle. The guys have done six movies. The reaction I had while watching them was, ‘I’m watching a movie.’”
Season eight of Game of Thrones has six episodes – each of which could run as long as 90 minutes. The shooting began in October 2017 and was wrapped up 10 months later.