- Warning: Major spoilers ahead for the series finale of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” “The Iron Throne.”
- Sunday’s finale finally revealed why Kit Harington cried so much at the show’s final table read.
- In the series finale, Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke, looked poised to take the Iron Throne but was killed by her lover and nephew, Jon Snow, played by Harington.
- Recalling the moment he read his final scene with Clarke,Harington told Entertainment Weekly: “I looked at Emilia, and there was a moment of me realising, ‘No, no.'”
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We finally know what made Kit Harington cry so much at the table read for the “Game of Thrones” series finale.
HBO earlier this month released a trailer for its documentary about the making of “Game of Thrones,” featuring behind-the-scenes footage of the cast and crew during the final season.
The trailer shows Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow, crying as he reads his final scene with Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen.
At the time, it wasn’t obvious what set him off – but after the show’s final episode, “The Iron Throne,” which aired on HBO on Sunday, it’s clear.
This is your last warning before we dive into major spoilers for the series finale of “Game of Thrones.”
In the series finale, Jon Snow kills Daenerys Targaryen after she ascends to the Iron Throne, a campaign that saw her kill thousands of innocents in the process.
Fans were upset by the death, with many saying Daenerys’ fate was undeserved.
Whether you loved or hated the ending, as INSIDER’s Kim Renfro reported, the death actually comes very close to matching with legends found in George R.R. Martin’s book series.
And it turns out Clarke and Harington had plenty of time to prepare.
Clarke told Entertainment Weekly about the moment in October 2017 when she found out about her character’s fate.
She recalled thinking: “What, what, what, WHAT!? Because it comes out of f—ing nowhere. I’m flabbergasted. Absolutely never saw that coming.”
She said she had to make a cup of tea before reading the script.
“I cried,” she said. “And I went for a walk. I walked out of the house and took my keys and phone and walked back with blisters on my feet. I didn’t come back for five hours. I’m like, ‘How am I going to do this?'”
She added that she called her mum and said: “I read the scripts, and I don’t want to tell you what happens, but can you just talk me off this ledge? It really messed me up.”
As luck would have it, she ended up sitting next to Harington, who deliberately hadn’t yet read the script, on the flight to Belfast, Northern Ireland, for the final table read.
Clarke said that when the cast went through the final script, she sat across from Harington so she could “watch him compute all of this.”
Harington told Entertainment Weekly that when it came to their final scene together, “I looked at Emilia, and there was a moment of me realising, ‘No, no,'” to which she nodded yes.
“He was crying,” Clarke said. “And then it was kind of great, him not having read it.”
Harington said he expected reactions to the finale to be divided.
“But if you track her story all the way back, she does some terrible things,” he said of Daenerys.
“She crucifies people. She burns people alive. This has been building. So we have to say to the audience: ‘You’re in denial about this woman as well. You knew something was wrong. You’re culpable. You cheered her on.'”
Clarke said that ultimately she had always thought her character would die.
“I feel very taken care of as a character in that sense,” she said. “It’s a very beautiful and touching ending.
“Hopefully, what you’ll see in that last moment as she’s dying is: There’s the vulnerability – there’s the little girl you met in season one. See? She’s right there. And now, she’s not there anymore.”
She went on: “But having said all of the things I’ve just said… I stand by Daenerys. I stand by her! I can’t not.”