The end is near for Game of Thrones and nobody feels that as deeply as Jon Snow portrayer Kit Harington. Harington recently explained that he believes Season 8 of the groundbreakingly ambitious fantasy show was designed specifically to break the actors — and who knows what it’ll do to fans. If the first teaser for the season is any indication — the nightmarish vignette shows the surviving Starks, Arya, Jon, and Sansa, finding their own statues down in the family crypt — it’ll freeze fans’ blood cold.
But let’s focus on those statues for a second. Below Winterfell, they were helpful earlier in the show to represent the long line of Starks in the north and allow the children to be close to their father after his quick disposal. Now they portend the possible, likely deaths of the kids in the upcoming battle against the supernatural. But they don’t have to be so scary. They could be fun, right? That’s what Harington thinks, at least. In a conversation with Zoe Ball on BBC Radio 2, Harington said that not only did he keep his statue, he’s got some pretty benign plans for it.
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At about 2:40, the actor answers a question about saying his goodbyes to the show by focusing on something much more symbolic: his own stony death mask.
“I kept that statue. You know, the one in the crypt? I kept it. They sent it to my house so I’ve got it in my shed. How sad is that?” Harington laughs. “I was the only one who kept their statue. That’s how narcissistic I am. I’m going to turn it into a water feature.” Whether the water runs down as tears from the eyes or through all the stab wounds he suffered before his resurrection, well, that’ll likely depend on the ending of the show and the fate of Jon Snow.
Harington got a little more serious about finishing the series, explaining his bittersweet reaction. “It’s like when you finish a book, you’re not happy it’s over are you? You don’t finish a good book and go, ‘I’m happy I finished that,” Harington said.
“But you have this grief that it’s over, and that’s exactly same with this nine years doing this show. No matter how it ended, or how it does end, you know there’s always going to be a bit of you that goes, ‘oh’, it’s got a loss around it.” While Harington has been dealing with the show’s ending way before fans will have to, at least he’ll have gotten perhaps the world’s most unique decoration out of the deal.
Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 14.