Kit Harington says 'Game of Thrones' haters can 'go f*** themselves' if they don't like season 8
It's no surprise that Kit Harington, one of the true MVPs of the sensational Game of Thrones, is incredibly passionate about the hit HBO show. And therefore, the 32-year-old actor certainly isn't going to hold back about how he feels regarding critics bashing the final season of the show.
In a Q&A with Esquire, the English star revealed how he's been feeling "quite defiant" regarding the eighth and final season of the show - which is no surprise, considering it was the role of Jon Snow that propelled Harington to international stardom.
In the interview - which was published on Monday, the day after the season premiere - Harington boldly stated: "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."
Check out the brand new opening titles to the final season of Game of Thrones:
Harington's passion is understandable, as not only was GoT his television breakthrough, but every scene within every episode is clearly crafted with extreme passion by the cast and crew - something which Harington feels shouldn't be overlooked by haters or critics:
"I know how much work was put into this. 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. Because they cared about the characters. Because they cared about the story. Because they cared about not letting people down.
"Now if people feel let down by it, I don’t give a f*** - because everyone tried their hardest.
And this certainly isn't the first time Harington has let his emotions for the show be known. In an interview with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, Harington revealed that he "blubbed [his] eyes out" when reading the final scripts for the show.
Check out the heart-warming revelation in the interview below:
But after eight years of creating one of the most talked-about and acclaimed shows in the history of television, Harington revealed that the biggest fans of the show are the actors, writers, directors, and crew - and that they were now "doing it" for themselves:
"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."
Of course, another very significant reason Harington is such a strong defender of the show is because of the impact it has had on his personal life.
For those who are unaware, Harington met wife Rose Leslie on the set of the amazing fantasy drama. But seeing as Leslie's character, Ygritte, was killed off in season four of the show, she no longer receives the scripts - and therefore has no idea how the show is going to end.
This has become such an issue for the couple, that in a hilarious interview with Seth Meyers, she revealed she refuses to let her husband read the scripts in front of her.
Rose Leslie revealed that she literally has to kick her husband out when he is reading the scripts: