‘Game of Thrones’ has just returned for its final season. For security reasons, HBO isn’t providing critics with advance copies to review, and that’s just fine with Kit Harrington. The man who plays Jon Snow feels that he and the rest of the cast and crew poured their hearts and souls into crafting this final batch of episodes for one of the largest fan bases in television. So if someone sitting behind a keyboard wants to pick apart the series endgame, Harrington says, “they can go f*ck themselves.”
“How I feel about the show right now is quite defiant. I think no matter what anyone thinks about this season — and I don’t mean to sound mean about critics here — but whatever critic spends half an hour writing about this season and makes their [negative] judgment on it, in my head they can go f*ck themselves. ‘Cause I know how much work was put into this. I know how much people cared about this. I know how much pressure people put on themselves and I know how many sleepless nights working or otherwise people had on this show. Because they cared about it so much. Because they cared about the characters. Because they cared about the story. Because they cared about not letting people down.
“Now if people feel let down by it, I don’t give a f*ck — because everyone tried their hardest. That’s how I feel. In the end, no one’s bigger fans of the show than we are, and we’re kind of doing it for ourselves. That’s all we could do, really. And I was just happy we got to the end.”
Whether they liked it or not, 11.8 million people tuned in to watch the Season 8 premiere live, which set a new record for a season premiere but is actually a little shy of the 12.1 million who tuned in for the Season 7 finale. But that was just live viewers, so once streaming and recorded viewings are added it, expect the number to rise even higher.
But for those that didn’t like the season premiere, keep your opinions to yourself, at least around Mr. Harrington.