Stephen Colbert tries to pry spoilers from Kit Harington on The Late Show

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Kit Harington recently appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and … well, an interview between late night’s biggest Tolkien fan and a Game of Thrones star was never not going to be entertaining, was it?

Over the course of their twelve-minute conversation, Stephen Colbert repeatedly tried to squeeze details about the final season out of Harington, to no avail. So, instead, Colbert spitballed potential endings for Game of Thrones while Harington had to stare into the camera and maintain a neutral expression.

“Please do nothing with your face,” Colbert implored him before “predicting” that the series ends with Jon fathering a son whom he names Tony Stark.

Harington offered nothing in the way of plot details during the interview, but he did discuss some aspects of production for season 8 and … boy, his burnout is palpable.

In response to a question about his costume, Harington said that every year more weight was added to it “just because A) the costume designer, Michele [Clapton] hates actors, obviously, and I think they just wanted to physically tire us out by the end so we never ever wanted to do the show again.”

Later in the interview, Harington talked about the grueling 55 nights the cast and crew spent filming a battle (which Colbert gleefully deduced takes place at night).

“You really realize that humans are not nocturnal creatures when you put a crew through 55 night shoots,” he said. “David and Dan just kind of swung up every once week and the poison in everyone’s eyes … like, ‘You’re not going through this, man.’ It was serious. It was a lot to ask but I think it will be definitely worth it.”

It wasn’t all negativity, though. Harington reflected fondly on the decade that has elapsed since he won the role of Jon Snow, how he has changed as a person and how the world has changed.

“It’s extraordinary,” he said. “After 10 years of it I’m still pinching myself and I still can’t quite grasp it.”

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    1. So confirmed the big battle is all at night. I’ve seen quite a few people upset saying it’s too dark and hoping some of the battle would be in daylight. I like they went with the nightmare feel to it, especially considering this is the final AotD battle. Hardhome was in daylight and so was Spoils of War. Blackwater and Watchers were dark night battles and are still great and those were with lesser budgets.

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    2. These late night chat show presenters really are a bunch of prize dickheads! They all try it on believing the interviewee will drop their guard, slip up and give information about the show. Surely they must know the actors have signed an NDA (Nondisclosure Agreement) and which could damage their careers.

      I guess in the case of Ian McShane (Brother Ray) and his “Its only tits and dragons!” comment, disclosing what he did made no difference. He’s well into his 70’s, a famous and a well known actor in any case and has appeared in many films and TV series. However, for someone like Kit Harington whose just starting off his acting career, disclosing information would be the last thing he would do!

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    3. I recognize the song the band is playing when Kit comes out as the opening bars of the second track of Lily Allen’s (Alfie’s sister) first album. That’s some archmaester-level prep on the part of Colbert producers.

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    4. JenStar Runner:
      I recognize the song the band is playing when Kit comes out as the opening bars of the second track of Lily Allen’s (Alfie’s sister) first album.

      Was it? I thought I was hearing a classic Professor Longhair New Orleans stride piano number.

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    5. Must say I enjoyed Kit feeling slightly guilty over the possibility of GoT having set the stage for certain worst contemporary political leaders, and specifically citing Joffrey as a role model.

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    6. Firannion,

      I looked it up before I posted. It’s possible she cribbed from Prof. Longhair. I loved her first album, in part, b/c it has a lot of tracks like that, and I went to school in New Orleans so…

      Either way, this aired on Mardi Gras so it could have been a coincidence. But it’s definitely the same first few bars of her Allen’s song.

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    7. Jack Bauer 24,

      Well, it would make sense for the Night King to attack at night!!!

      …annnddd it makes the importance of Arya’s blindness training and final test in Braavos that much more intriguing.

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    8. He’s so adorably humble! Hope to see much, much more from him, another play or a nice hefty BBC number.

      Firannion:

      Must say I enjoyed Kit feeling slightly guilty over the possibility of GoT having set the stage for certain worst contemporary political leaders, and specifically citing Joffrey as a role model.

      One of my favourite – if tragic/chilling – GOT anecdotes is how just after the 2016 election results, they happened to be either rehearsing or filming the dragonpit scene of Jon talking about false promises and words not meaning anything anymore. We could all use a nice dragon to clear up the mess!

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    9. These late night chat show presenters really are a bunch of prize dickheads! They all try it on believing the interviewee will drop their guard, slip up and give information about the show. Surely they must know the actors have signed an NDA (Nondisclosure Agreement) and which could damage their careers. Black Raven
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      You clearly haven’t seen the interview, have you? ^^
      Colbert pointed out at the beginning of the interview that he knows that Kit can’t say anything and the rest was in good fun.
      I mean they have to fill a 12 minute segment about the new season -how else do you think they gonna do that?

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    10. Black Raven,

      Hey Black Raven! Ha ha he will be on Jonathan Ross soon😉

      And as far as not blabbing , the interviewer should have taken Lena Heady’s advice and given Kit a couple of drinks, she reckons he’ll tell you anything you want to know 🥂👑🐺

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    11. Jack Bauer 24:
      So confirmed the big battle is all at night. I’ve seen quite a few people upset saying it’s too dark and hoping some of the battle would be in daylight. I like they went with the nightmare feel to it, especially considering this is the final AotD battle. Hardhome was in daylight and so was Spoils of War. Blackwater and Watchers were dark night battles and are still great and those were with lesser budgets.

      I’m not convinced it’s all at night and even with this interview there is room for the aftermath to happen at dawn similar to how the battle at the wall went down in S3.

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