Kit Harington has confirmed yet again that once the final season of ‘Game of Thrones‘ is over, he will no longer be a part of that world, regardless of when the spin-offs take place. Which makes sense as the man will have given a significant amount of time to the series and the role and is clearly ready to move on. As for the character of Jon Snow, it seems pretty clear that his story will be concluded, one way or another, by the end of the final season, and Harrington really should not have any need to return, especially if the sequels all take place before the current events of ‘Game of Thrones’ (as is rumored), in which case Jon Snow will either not be born yet or will be much too young to be played by the 31 year-old Kit Harington.
The reaffirmation of this news came to us from Harington himself. While speaking to GQ Italia recently, Harington spoke about the future of George R.R. Martin’s Westeros on HBO, and confirmed that he will not be a part of it, though he says that could be a good thing as he and the rest of the current cast have gotten rather pricey as the series has gone on. In his words:
“I think there’s going to be spinoffs, but I’m not going to be involved in any of it…The great thing about ‘Thrones’ for HBO is that you can sell it in a totally different way. You could set it 300 years earlier and save a load of money because we [the cast] are very expensive now.””
For now, there are 5 spin-offs in the works, with Martin heavily involved in a number of them, and rumor has it HBO is throwing considerable money into those productions, though none is guaranteed yet to go to series, but if things work out, we could have a few successors to ‘Game of Thrones’ to watch come 2020. With any luck, if they even come close to meeting the high standards of storytelling that the original show had, that would mean some great TV in the future. But I will remain skeptical myself, as without the cast, source books, or showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, there is a big chance these shows are going to be very different than the ‘Game of Thrones’ we know now, and I do not know whether that will be a good or a bad thing. Only time will tell.
Source: Screen Rant