The actor may have been playful enough throughout the promotional rounds for Season 8, but when asked how he'd handle any audience backlash to these last six episodes of the series, he dropped all pretense.
Speaking to Esquire, Harington threw down a few four-letter words to describe the pressures of satisfying viewers' many expectations, saying, "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--- themselves."
Harington went on to add that he feels this way because of how much work the cast and crew put into making the final season what it is — a subject he's been eager to discuss in the past. The actor even revealed that his own nethers were crushed in the process of shooting a scene for the premiere.
"I know how much work was put into this," Harington told Esquire. "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. [...] Now if people feel let down by it, I don't give a f--- — 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."
In other words, this is fair warning that if you decide you don't like the watch in the show's final stretch, Kit Harington is not the one to talk to about it.
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.
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