The Half-Naked Jon Snow Scene GOT Showrunners Have Come To Regret

Remember when Jon Snow died at the end of season 5 in Game of Thrones? After watching him bleed out in the freezing snow, we all had to grapple with the idea that he could be gone and off the show forever. (But we knew better — it’s Jon Snow for Pete’s sake.)

Finally, in episode 2 of the following season, we saw the previously dead Snow jerk back to life. We see a lot of Kit Harington in the scene, as he’s naked sans a tiny cloth. It’s one of the most memorable scenes in the series, and becomes part of a major arc in the remaining two seasons left in the series. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite scene from the series, but I’m biased and love anything Harington appears in. One would think that the same is true for the showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, too. But it’s not. In fact, Harington is front-and-center for whatt they have deemed the “worst scene” in the history of the entire series. And it’s in the very first episode of season 1, “Winter Is Coming.”

So, why do Benioff and Weiss hate the scene so much? Because all the guys are shirtless and they don’t recall why they directed them all to do that. While on a panel for the show at SXSW, the two laughed over the absurdity of the scene. And all the ab-flexing.

“There’s a scene in the pilot that might be the worst scene we’ve ever written — probably the most embarrassing — with the Stark boys and Jon Snow and Theon,” Benioff said, according to Uproxx. “They’re all shaving each other — like getting their haircut. And they were all shirtless, and it’s like, ‘Wait, why is this in here?’ And the only reason it was in there [is because there] was no continuity between scenes in the pilot where their beards are all different [due to how much the actors had grown from when the pilot first started shooting to when it was re-shot a year later]. And if you look closely, you could tell they were all flexing because they’re shirtless. They’re all flexing their abs.”

Weiss agreed and added: “They were all doing crunches all day between takes.”

Source: Refinery29

Kit Harington Says Not Knowing How ‘Game of Thrones’ Will End Is ‘Amazing’

The “Game of Thrones” star has a key role in “Brimstone,” the bleak, violent and uncompromising Western from Dutch filmmaker Martin Koolhoven (now in select theaters and available On Demand/Digital HD). The film slowly, over the course of four in-film “chapters,” unveils the grim circumstances in which a young, mute frontier midwife and mother (Dakota Fanning) finds herself the target of an obsessed and unrelenting fire-and-brimstone preacher (Guy Pearce). Harington plays Samuel, a wounded cowboy running from trouble, who receives shelter from the 14-year-old Liz (Emilia Jones) and leaves a lasting mark on the girl as her life descends into horror.

Once again, Harington treads into territory that unflinchingly explores violence, brutality, and their aftereffects, much like the HBO fantasy series he’s best known for. After wrapping filming on the upcoming seventh season, he admits that he’s still marveling on how the show has moved forward so strongly, without a new volume in the epic A Song of Ice and Fire” series to shape it.

Moviefone: “Brimstone” is quite an amazing piece of filmmaking, and I imagine it was a very easy “yes” for you to get involved. But what were the specific motivators for you? What were the things you saw in the character and in the story that really got you excited creatively?

Kit Harington: I’ll be honest: I read the script a while before I joined it. Then, as sometimes happens, the role went to someone else. It went to Robert Pattinson. I kind of put it to bed in my head. Then whatever happened happened, and I came aboard very late.

I think first and foremost, I really wanted this role from the get-go because the script was so strong. It was so interesting. It was so surreal. It wasn’t really specific to any kind of genre.

It takes a pretty unflinching look at violence and its consequences, and also very dark elements of sexuality, and both are things that you’re also familiar with from “Game of Thrones.” Why are these things, do you feel, important to explore artistically for you right now?

I think I’ve always been an advocate of going to really disturbing places in the dramas that we see, and to places of real violence. It could be a very controversial and very difficult subject to tackle on film, especially violence against women, and making sure that we’re not trying to use it as just a plot device.

And I think this piece was really about a young woman’s fortitude, and her journey through very tough and difficult and brutal things happen that in her life, and I feel that was a story that was worth telling.

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Kit Harington Promises ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7 Will ‘Break Boundaries’

The King in the North tells HuffPost the wait is worth it.

This is why Kit Harington is King in the North.

Along with the rest of the world on Thursday, we sat patiently waiting for “Game of Thrones” to melt a block of ice on Facebook to reveal the Season 7 release date. A tortuous couple of failed Facebook Live streams later, we finally got our answer.

As the ice was melting (literally), The Huffington Post asked Harington over the phone if Season 7 was worth it.

“Yes, I’m gonna say, ‘Yes.’ I mean I hope it is. I certainly did more this season than I’ve ever done. I think every actor on it did more action, had more action, had more scenes,” he said. “They really focused it because less characters are coming in, and they’re focusing in on the existing ones, and there are lots of people who cross paths, and that’s something that I think the audience has been waiting for for a long time.”

(Hmmm, what characters have we been waiting a “long time” to cross paths?)

(Khal it maybe?)

Harington continued, “They spent an increasing amount of money on less episodes, so it’s gonna be much bigger in scale, the CGI … we’re trying new things, experimenting with new camera techniques. I think we’re trying to break boundaries and push past boundaries in these final two seasons.”

Was he done yet? Oh, hells Snow.

“You have to live up to the hype that’s surrounded the show and the worst thing would be to end without really pushing and trying new things. Even if it’s a failure, at least trying to go out with a bang,” Harington added.

Despite what happens in the final two seasons, Harington is aware that he’ll never totally get away from Jon Snow.

The actor is now appearing in the Western-horror movie “Brimstone.” Through chapters, the movie reveals the haunting and horrific struggle of a woman (Dakota Fanning), who is tormented and pursued by a mysterious preacher (Guy Pearce). Harington plays Samuel, an antihero who may get a bit of redemption, but he knows some fans will still see him as his “Game of Thrones” character.

Harington said, “Most roles I go into I have the same appearance, so you’re never going to drift completely away from a viewer who’s watched ‘Thrones’ and loves ‘Thrones.’ They’re always going to see an element of me, which is the character of Jon Snow. I’m never going to get away from that so, for me, I don’t try and fight against a character like Jon Snow.”

Still, Harington explained that he actively seeks out a variety of different roles.

“I spend half the year playing a surly hero, and the other half of the year I quite like trying a different type of character, and this, he’s a short but powerful part of the film in the girl’s life, and he’s an antihero, but she changes him and he leaves the film trying to save her. I found that really interesting,” said Harington. “Brief but really interesting character development to explore.”

Taking on those new parts can be challenging. Harington said a shake-up in the casting gave him only one day to prepare for “Brimstone.”

“I was on a plane about 24 hours after being offered the part, desperately trying to make quick choices about who this character was. Usually you have a couple of months getting into character. I had very limited time. I didn’t have a lot of time with the accent, so I made a choice, and it’s probably horribly inaccurate, but it helped me gloss who he might be,” said the actor.

At least his “Game of Thrones” castmate, Carice van Houten, who also stars in “Brimstone,” had a hug waiting for him when he arrived.

Hey, Jon Snow didn’t have time to prepare to be King in the North either, and that worked out pretty well for him.

Source: The Huffington Post

Exclusive: Kit Harington talks ‘ambitious’ ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7

The wait is over — winter is [almost] here!

Fans will still have to hang on for a few more months before “Game of Thrones” returns for season 7. The show announced Thursday via Facebook live that the return date is July 16.

Shortly after the big reveal, Kit Harington spoke to ABC News about the new season, calling it “much grander” than anything fans have seen before.

“[Season 7 has] so much more ambition,” he said while promoting his new film “Brimstone” out in theaters tomorrow. “There are less episodes this year, so they spent more money on those episodes. So, the whole scale of it is up.”

The new season will have 7 episodes instead of the usual 10.

In fact, Harington, who plays the incomparable Jon Snow, touched on the final two seasons, 7 and 8, and said he wants to see the show go out “with a bang.”

“That has to happen at the end of ‘Thrones,’ this season and next season,” he said. “It has to go into places TV hasn’t been.”

As for how fans will receive the highly-anticipated comeback after last year’s big reveal that Harington’s Snow had come back from the dead, he admits he’s always surprised at the positive reactions from the “Thrones” masses.

“I’m such a big cynic, I film a scene and [think] it’s gonna be a terrible scene,” he said. “Then when everyone loves it, I’m happy.”

With the big release date earlier in the day, fans literally helped the show melt a block of ice by typing “fire” into the comments to reveal the date. There were more than 100,000 fans on the stream right after it began and millions of views by the time the July 16 date had thawed out.

Viewers left off at the end of season 6 with Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys in search of the Iron Throne, while Lena Headey’s Cersei had just pulled off one of the most sinister revenge plots in history, reclaiming the top spot in Westeros. And then there’s also Snow, who should play a big part in the mix of things.

Source: ABC News

‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7 Gets Premiere Date On HBO

Finally. The wait is over — HBO has set a premiere date for Season 7 of its blockbuster fantasy drama Game Of Thrones, The seven-episode seventh season will launch July 16.

In an extraordinarily elaborate, elongated Facebook Live video announcement watched by more than 150,000 fans, the premiere date was revealed as a big block of ice was melted by flaming torches. Fans were asked to type the word FIRE in comments to speed up the melting. Also interspersed were short videos of the series’ stars such as Alfie Allen breathing fire.

HBO promo’ed that the reveal would be made at 11 AM PT, but the first iteration of the video ended abruptly without a premiere date. A second version also ended without a reveal. Third time (after an excruciating wait) was the charm.

GOT, whose previous seasons consisted of 10 episodes each, typically premiered in April after filming during the second half of the previous year. Season 7 was delayed because the storyline required a longer period of shooting in winter conditions.

This is the beginning of the end for GOT, whose creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had revealed that the Emmy-winning series will end with Seasons 7 and 8. While Season 7’s episode count was set at seven last summer, before it went into production, the length of GoT’s final installment had been in flux. Benioff and Weiss had said that they were considering a 6-episode final season.

GOT is executive produced by Benioff and Weiss as well as Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield. George R.R. Martin, on whose books the series is based, is a co-executive producer.

Source: Deadline

Kit Harington is New Face of Dolce&Gabbana’s Fragrance Line!

Kit Harington has been announced as the face of Dolce&Gabbana’s fragrance line The One for Men!

The 30-year-old Game of Thrones actor’s new campaign will debut in September.

“Kit Harington is exactly how we see the Dolce&Gabbana man: young, naturally charming, charismatic, with a personality rich in traits. There could be no other face for The One for Men. We are happy to have him joining the Dolce&Gabbana family,” Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana said in a statement.

Stay tuned to see more of his fashion shots!

Source: Just Jared

BBC announces further casting for Kit Harington’s Gunpowder

Edward Holcroft, Shaun Dooley, and Tom Cullen are to join Game of Thrones and Spooks: The Greater Good star Kit Harington in Gunpowder, a new three-part BBC drama exploring the story behind the infamous Gunpowder Plot.

As previously reported, Harington will star as Robert Catesby, the 30 year-old Warwickshire gentleman who was the true driving force behind the plot, alongside Peter Mullan as Father Garnet, Mark Gatiss as the Spymaster Robert Cecil, and Liv Tyler as Ann Vaux.

Joining them are Edward Holcroft as Thomas Wintour, Catesby’s friend and co-conspirator, with Shaun Dooley as Sir William Wade, Lieutenant of The Tower and Cecil’s right-hand man. Tom Cullen takes on the role of Guy Fawkes.

Robert Emms (Happy Valley) will play Father John Gerard, the firebrand young priest who joins with the plotters, whilst Derek Riddell (The Missing) is King James.

Sian Webber (EastEnders) plays the devout and fearless Lady Dorothy Dibdale, with David Bamber (Tina And Bobby) appearing as Cecil’s great rival The Earl of Northumberland, and Kevin Eldon (The Halcyon) as Sir Joseph Hawksworth, Justice of the Peace. Acclaimed Spanish actor Pedro Casablanc will play the Constable of Castile.

The series was developed by Ronan Bennett, Kit Harington and Daniel West, and is written by Ronan Bennett, directed by J Blakeson and produced by Kudosin association with Thriker Films.

Source: Seenit

Sherlock actor Mark Gatiss among Gunpowder stars filming at Beverley Minster

Fans of cult TV dramas Game of Thrones, Dr Who, and Sherlock had a chance to spy actor and screenwriter Mark Gatiss when he descended on Beverley this morning.

The British creative, who wrote some of the episodes in sci-fi favourite Dr Who and also played Sherlock Holmes’ brother, Mycroft, in the recent TV adaptation, was among the cast members filming at Beverley Minster for the BBC’s latest period drama, Gunpowder.

The drama about the Guy Fawkes’ plot to blow up parliament is being filmed in the town for the next couple of days.
And while fans won’t have a chance to glimpse the three-part drama’s main star, Kit Harrington – who plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones – they will have a chance to spot Sherlock’s Simon Kunz, who has also appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Parent Trap.

Gunpowder production designer Grant Montgomery, who has also worked in the recent drama surrounding the lives of the Bronte sisters and Death Comes To Pemberley, said Beverley Minister was the “best place” for the scene they are shooting for the show after York Minister did not quite fit the bill.

“I came to Beverley to shoot Death Comes To Pemberley and it was beautiful, so I had it in my head to come back,” said Grant, who lives near Skipton.

“When I read the script I thought, I’ll go to York, I’ll go to Ripon and I’ll come to Beverley. I went around all of them and I chose Beverley. It’s really beautiful to shoot it and great to work in.”

Part of what the Minster is being used for is the setting of a feast scene.

“Will people recognise it? Some of it yes and some of it no,” said Grant. “We’ve created a feast of what food would have been eaten in the Jacobean period.

“King James I loved his food, he was particularly well known for eating a lot and was known as a very messy eater. It’s all ox heads, a lot of birds, there’s fish dishes and there’s a hedgehog.

“It’s all dressed inside the minster along several tables – it’s very heavily dressed. We’re using the central room as the state rooms and the privvy council are in a smaller area. This location is very important to the production, it keeps coming back to show the King’s world.”

Some of the crowd watching cast members strolling in and out of the Minster dressed in their Jacobean fineries had been waiting since 8am.

“I got here just before 8am to hopefully see Kit,” said Lisa Tissington, 48, of Bransholme. “I’m involved in amateur dramatics so it’s nice to see fellow artists and I always wanted to know what they do when they’re filming these period dramas.

“So far I’ve seen a few extras go in and out and they’ve been setting up a new load of lighting, but I’m here to get my picture of Kit.”

Rebecca Margherita, a student studying translation at the University of Hull, had come to Beverley to see what was going on.

She said: “We didn’t have class this morning so we thought we would wake up early to come here and see Kit. We have been here since 9am and we have seen a lot of actors dressed up and it is very interesting to see it all.”

With a release date yet to be announced, this fast-paced 17th century thriller delves into the history behind the plot evolution, the selection of the team to carry it out, the gathering of the resources, and the obstacles they came up against.

Source: Hull Daily Mail