, which is currently nearing the end of its fourth season, Kit Harington found time to get acquainted with another fire breather in
How to Train Your Dragon 2, which hits theaters Friday. We met up with the 27-year-old actor at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills to discuss why hes so drawn to fantastical narratives about mythical creatures. Plus, the actor gave ELLE the inside scoop on Sunday\'s tumultuous and emotional episode of
Are you only allowed do projects that involve dragons?
Oh no, thats just where my career has taken me. And Im quite happy to do it. This was completely different from anything Ive ever done with dragons before. But yeah its just me and dragons again. Although if you think about it Ive never encountered an actual dragon in any fictional situations except this one.
Without being flippant, why not? Its just such a wonderful medium to work in. Everyone Ive met whos done it actor-wise has said how liberating and wonderful it is to do. I actually thought it might inform me on my acting in other places. Its quite theatrical and I havent done theater in a while. Maybe I could go a bit bigger with my performance.
I did. I trained in theater. And I started in theater with my first two jobs doing stage plays. Since then Ive been living in the world of film and TV, which can be quite restrictive and boxed. And this is not boxed. This is very vocally free. Its nice to work vocally without a hundred different eyes on you like you do in film work. Its much more intimate. Its much smaller and more focused than film and TV.
episode was pretty insane. What was it like shooting that huge battle scene?
It was pretty incredible. We were filming it for about a month, on and off. It was a two-week intensive period, but the whole thing was about a month. For
thats pretty unheard of. We all grew very close doing it. There were about ten of us there and thats very condensed for
Was it difficult to shoot the scene where Ygritte dies in Jon Snows arms?
That was very emotional. Me and Rose [Leslie] have worked together quite intensively for three years now. We always knew that was coming. We knew that was in the books. We just didnt know how it would happen. We got the scripts though and the dialogue was beautiful. The way it happened was perfect, in my opinion. The little boy who Jon has trained up and mentored kills her. Hes seen her kill his family. So he knows hes doing the right thing. And hes saving my life. And yet its a horrible triangle because Jon has to deal with the person hes trained killing the only person hes ever loved. And had Olly not shot the arrow, Jon would have done nothing. Theres a moment where he smiles and its a moment of satisfaction of seeing her. Its a beautiful scene.
I dont think she would have shot that arrow.
Jon hadnt seen her all season until that moment, right?
No. The hard thing for me with this season and I wrote to the writers about it early on is that I wanted the audience to know hes been missing her. In the books he thinks about her constantly. Its there, written down, that hes thinking about Ygritte. In this he doesnt mention her once until the very beginning of this episode. The real challenge for me this season was showing the audience that he loves her without saying anything or talking about it. Which is kind of impossible, showing the audience the inner-workings of your head. So I had to find moments of that happening and I hope I did.
The battle ends at the end of episode nine. The beginning of ten carries on with the story. Jon is focused on being a leader. Hes a much colder person after this. He loses a lot of whatever warmth he had, which, lets face it, wasnt a lot. Theres a lot of lessons hes learned in this last episode about doing what you need to do to survive and surviving past losing your love is one of those things. At the beginning of episode ten you see a very broken man.
It is sad. Hes been going through heartbreak the entire season. Whether youve seen it or not, hes been going through it. It all ends the only way it could end and the way he probably knew it would end. Hes not naïve. He knew there was the possibility of seeing her die or her seeing him die at the battle. You know that thing when you break up with someone and youre walking around the town where you both live and youre just really hoping to see them? You know that youre not supposed to see them, but theres nothing you want more.
season five. And then I dont know until next year, really. This is where I start looking for projects for next year. But I might take a break. I really might take a break.
So we know Jon Snow survives the finale episode if youre headed to shoot next season.
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