Kit Harington Is Feeling 'a Bit of Pain' Over HBO’s Game of Thrones Prequel Show

Kit Harington, October 2021.
Kit Harington, October 2021. / Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images

Kit Harington played Jon Snow on Game of Thrones for eight seasons. After spending nearly a decade immersing himself in Westeros, he'll soon watch a whole new crop of actors follow in his footsteps in House of the Dragon, the Game of Thrones prequel show HBO is currently filming. As Harington recently told Insider, the experience may cause “a bit of pain.”

“There’s emotion connected to that for me,” he said. “I think to see people get into outfits and costumes that resemble what we wore for all those years and it have the same music and style and tone but not be in it…there’s gonna be a rawness there.”

According to his interview with Insider, Harington still plans to watch the show and support Miguel Sapochnik, one of its showrunners. “Of course I’m gonna watch it and I’m gonna support Miguel, who’s helming the show, and I wish them all the best," he said. "It’s so close to my heart, that story, that of course there might be a bit of pain there.”

Sapochnik directed Harington in Game of Thrones episodes like “Hardhome,” “Battle of the Bastards,” and “The Long Night.” He and Ryan Condal are the showrunners on House of the Dragon.

House of the Dragon will have “a different tone” to Game of Thrones

House of the Dragon will be set hundreds of years before Jon Snow was born, during an epic conflict called the Dance of the Dragons that pits different members of the Targaryen family (and their dragons) against each other. Harington is right that it will have similarities to Game of Thrones—how could it not?—although Sapochnik himself has said it will have a “different tone.”

House of the Dragon will premiere on HBO and HBO Max sometime in 2022. In the meantime, you can see Harington as Dane Whitman/the Black Knight in Eternals, a Marvel movie landing in theaters on November 5.

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