Kit Harington chats about the Game of Thrones cast’s “many” wrap parties

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As much as we, in the fandom, are already struggling to come to terms with the end of Game of Thrones, it’s hard to imagine what saying goodbye must be like for the show’s cast. According to Kit Harington, he and his fellow Westeros alumns found closure at the end of production by partying it up after wrapping at each filming location.

During an appearance on BBC Radio 6 Music, Harington was asked how the cast of Game of Thrones commemorated the end of their time together in Westeros. Harington’s answer: parties.

“We had so many … we had a few,” Harington laughed. “‘Cause [at] every location we filmed, we would have this party to finish that location.

“One of the greatest things about Thrones is that we all got on like a real house on fire and we loved each other very deeply,” he said. “And we had a good time together so we’re going to celebrate that.”

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    1. Surprised we haven’t gotten the Season 8 poster yet. Past April premieres brought the poster in January. I’m going with poster February and trailer March. We’re just two full months away with February and March and then it’ll be April.

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    2. Jack Bauer 24,

      I’m going with the season 8 premiere in April and some promotional materials coming at some point between now and then 😉

      Kidding aside, it’s been a year and a half since season 7 ended. If I’ve made it this long without new footage then I can make it the last couple of months too, even though I would LOVE to see something new. I’m trying to avoid thinking about new footage too much though because it’ll just make the wait more agonizing for myself. I find it’s best to not focus too much on when/if certain promos are coming out because it just makes the wait worse.

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    3. Funny: Now that the season’s almost here, three months doesn’t feel like nearly enough time. There’s so much that I’d like to get done before I set the time aside to immerse myself in the show, and the post-viewing analysis.

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    4. Firannion:
      Funny: Now that the season’s almost here, three months doesn’t feel like nearly enough time. There’s so much that I’d like to get done before I set the time aside to immerse myself in the show, and the post-viewing analysis.

      It’s only 2 1/2 months now. Can’t believe it’s been 17 since the Season 7 finale.

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    5. I actually hope now we only get one trailer to keep us in the dark as much as possible and don’t mind waiting a few more weeks if that is the case. Two and half months away from a premiere really doesn’t feel that long to me:)

      As for the wrap up party we know they had one in Spain and one in Belfast were there others then? I know they shot scenes in Croatia but we only know Kit and Lena were there although there were rumours of Sophie and Isaac also being on location.

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    6. I’m sure the trailer will be released next Sunday during Super Bowl.
      If not a full trailer, at least another good teaser.

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    7. In the video, Kit said he listens to Harry Potter audio books to chill out in his trailer.
      I’d like to see someone make a “Harry Potter meets Jon Snow” dream sequence video.
      Or add a Game of Thrones world next to Harry Potter World at Universal in Florida.

      I keep looking at the WotW counter… it won’t be long before it gets down to 60 days! I think when it gets to 59, things will get very real for me that it’s happening! I don’t think they will spoil much in the trailer. It will probably be mostly early episodes, but it will be fun to guess.

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    8. Someone mentioned it costs $5million to release a trailer during the superbowl, if so it makes zero sense to do that when they could drop it on social media for free and reach a much bigger global audience at zero cost.

      I would imagine if they are releasing two trailers we will get one very soon but I actually hope we only get one trailer and if so logical time is towards end of Feb/start of March.

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    9. Jon Snowed:
      Someone mentioned it costs $5million to release a trailer during the superbowl, if so it makes zero sense to do that when they could drop it on social media for free and reach a much bigger global audience at zero cost.

      I would imagine if they are releasing two trailers we will get one very soon but I actually hope we only get one trailer and if so logical time is towards end of Feb/start of March.

      Yeah exactly. Trailer is probably still at least a month away. GoT doesn’t need the exposure of a SB trailer like Westworld did. I don’t think we’ll see anything until True Detective Season 3 ends, which is February 24th.

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    10. Firannion:
      Funny: Now that the season’s almost here, three months doesn’t feel like nearly enough time. There’s so much that I’d like to get done before I set the time aside to immerse myself in the show, and the post-viewing analysis.

      Agreed.

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    11. I love the fact that Kit listens to Harry Potter audiobooks. Wouldn’t have expected him to be a Potterhead.

      Pretty awesome. Also I just learned that Stephen Fry was the voice for the audiobooks, which I didn’t know as I don’t use audiobooks.

      But nonetheless, that instantly makes both Stephen Fry and Harry Potter infinitely cooler, which I didn’t think was possible for either of them, lol.

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    12. Nick20,

      Saner Half hasn’t read a book of fiction in years, but he loves listening to them on road trips. We’ve listened to the first two Harry Potter books on the road, so we’ll eventually get through them all (lol). His father, who died several years before we met, did read them all on paper (as have I). My husband has always described him as a pretty tough and often humorless son-of-a-bitch, so he treasures the memory of his 70something dad, a Korean War vet, being enthralled by the Potterverse in the twilight of his life.

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    13. Nick20: I love the fact that Kit listens to Harry Potter audiobooks. Wouldn’t have expected him to be a Potterhead.

      Pretty awesome. Also I just learned that Stephen Fry was the voice for the audiobooks

      For the UK version, of which I’ve only ever heard snippets (though I did get to see Stephen Fry live onstage once: as Malvolio, courting Mark Rylance as Olivia in Twelfth Night, which was pretty amazing).

      The US version is read by Jim Dale, probably best-known here for having won a Tony as the lead in the original Broadway version of the musical Barnum, but already famed in the UK by then for having appeared in a whole bunch of the Carry On movies. (He also wrote the song ‘Georgy Girl.’)

      Jim Dale’s rendition of the HP audiobooks isn’t perfect, but close enough to have spoiled me for most other voice actors. I found Roy Dotrice’s readings of ASoIaF very disappointing by comparison. i hope to get a chance eventually to check out the Stephen Fry versions.

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    14. Wolfish:
      Nick20,

      My husband has always described him as a pretty tough and often humorless son-of-a-bitch, so he treasures the memory of his 70something dad, a Korean War vet, being enthralled by the Potterverse in the twilight of his life.

      The Potterverse is for everyone! Even – perhaps especially – those people who look down on the books as kiddie stuff and think that they’d be lowering themselves to read them. Their humanism is universal. I can’t imagine reading them and not getting emotionally engaged.

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    15. I feel as though 24th Feb makes sense however if it comes much later we can realistically only expect one trailer.

      Any guesses for the red carpet premiere? Most likely a week before, possibly two I’d imagine.

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    16. Firannion:
      Funny: Now that the season’s almost here, three months doesn’t feel like nearly enough time. There’s so much that I’d like to get done before I set the time aside to immerse myself in the show, and the post-viewing analysis.

      For those (especially book readers) realizing how fast time flies, consider that it’s been over 9 years since the showrunners & GRRM were casting the roles for the pilot. For a bit of nostalgia, you may want to take a look at two GRRM’s live journal blog entries + book readers’ comments from August 21, 2009 (and follow up on August 24, 2009), when he announced the casting of the child actresses who’d be playing Sansa and Arya:

      8-21-09 GRRM Live Journal – “As Arya and Sansa Stark”

      https://grrm.livejournal.com/102596.html

      [Excerpt] “You guys cannot possibly know how hard these roles were to cast. I’ve viewed dozens of readings for both girls. Sweet kids, some with great looks, all of them bright and eager and enthusiastic… but good child actors are rare. Maisie brought Arya alive in a way that none of the other kids could match, right from the first. Sophie read two scenes; the scene with Arya on the kingsroad, and a much later one when Joff is forcing her to look at the heads on the walls. Two very different sides of the character. She knocked ’em both out of the park.

      I think you’re going to love these girls. I know I do.”
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      8-24-09 GRRM Live Journal – “Arya and Sansa Revisited”

      https://grrm.livejournal.com/103855.html

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    17. Firannion:
      Funny: Now that the season’s almost here, three months doesn’t feel like nearly enough time. There’s so much that I’d like to get done before I set the time aside to immerse myself in the show, and the post-viewing analysis.

      I know! 😀 I’m looking at my calendar and trying to fit in all the other things, like writing a Master’s thesis!

      As to Kit “meditatively” listening to the Harry Potter audiobooks… I get that. When I want to relax, give my mind some breathing space, I go for my “comfort reading”, books that I’ve read and reread many times. Old friends that don’t provide any surprises or shocks, therefore comforting.

      Some of them are just total brain-off relaxation, you don’t discover anything new, just read over the same old familiar story. Some, like the ASoIaF books or some Scandi-noir, you discover new things every time, which gives you a deeper appreciation of the book(s) in question, a fleeting moment of gratification, “hey, I’m a bit clever to notice that this time!” In case of Scandi-noir detective/thrillers, also noticing my Swedish is still up to scratch and improving. (I often read the Norwegian/Danish/Icelandic books in a Swedish translation, not my own language translation) . Very gratifying 😀

      I once tried to read a Norwegian detective story in Norwegian. I tried it because I have very little trouble understanding the kind of Norwegian they speak in the far north, and they have no trouble understanding my Finnish variety of Swedish (in some places, it’s even simpler to speak a kind of Finnish!). That reading experience was not very gratifying. I understood some, some I had to try to figure out via Swedish, or even Danish/German! The further south you go in Norway, the more different the languages become. That goes for Swedish as well, the southern dialects, especially Skånska, are quite difficult for me to understand.

      BTW, DI Kurt Wallander, the Swedish DI in the bestselling book series and then the hit Swedish TV series, and then the Kenneth Branagh starred British remake, is skånsk, from Skåne (Scania).

      Oops, I seem to have gone off on a tangent. Soz.

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    18. talvikorppi,

      I also return, over and over, to my “comfort books.” Not that they tend to be that comforting, mind you… When I was a teenager the books I re-read the most were A Tale of Two Cities and 1984! 😂 Now that I’m a much older version of that disturbed child, the books I turn to most often when I need familiar words tend to be my favorites by Guy Gavriel Kay.

      I’m fascinated by what you write about the Scandinavian languages. I began learning Spanish when I was 8, but after 40 years I have yet to read a great Spanish-language novel in Spanish (embarrassing, I know). It’s one of my goals to read Gabriel García Márquez in his own words.

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    19. Wolfish,

      Gabriel Garcia Marques? Wow, you’re ambitious!

      With my smattering of Portuguese and Spanish, I thought I’d look at Don Quiote. Just because there was a teacher in high school waxing lyrical about donkey hot. That’s the way we heard her, she never explained it, the language or the literary signifigance to us. Whereas our art teacher had us draw/paint “donkey hot” scenes. Tilting at windmills, with a smart sidekick, that kind of thing. We learned about poor Rosinante and the whole story of Don Quiote from our art teacher showing us slides of artworks depicting scenes from this story. Lit teacher FAIL.

      This faintly amusing story has stayed with me because it demonstrates one teacher stuck in her own little academic world, another teacher who knows all that stuff (good education) but reaches out, explores, wants to find new ways of expression.

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