Kit Harrington says the cast were 'sleep deprived' and 'crying' while filming the 'Game of Thrones' finale
Even big fans of Game of Thrones have to admit, watching the show is hard work. The twists, the turns, the beheading, the poisoning, the incest, the betrayal, it all sometimes gets you down, you know.
So, going on the fact that all of us are sitting our bums on the couch and getting stressed out, you can imagine that it's an even more taxing experience for the cast.
This was confirmed when Kit Harrington recently opened up about just how exhausted the strenuous work in the last season left him and the rest of the actors on set.
Revealing that the whole cast was '"sleep deprived" and "crying" during the final nine months of shooting, Kit claimed that everyone became "f**king sick" of it.
He told GQ Australia: "Everyone was broken at the end. I don't know if we were crying because we were sad it was ending or if we were crying because it was so f------ tiring. We were sleep deprived.
"It was like it was designed to make you think, Right, I’m fucking sick of this. I remember everyone walking around towards the end going, 'I've had enough now. I love this, it's been the best thing in my life, I'll miss it one day - but I'm done.'"
It's no big surprise that the cast of the HBO hit was shattered; reportedly, it took 55 days just to film the outdoor shoots of the final climactic battle scene. Production then moved into the studio where director Miguel Sapochnik continued shooting the same battle for weeks after that. Phew!
So, what does life look like for 32-year-old Kit post-Game of Thrones? Until February 23, he will be starring as Sam Shepard in True West, a play at the Vaudeville Theatre in London - And, needless to say, the British actor is looking forward to being back at home.
"I think people who don’t work in film or TV don’t realise quite how disorientating it is, being away from home all the time," the newly-married star told GQ, "Coming here today [to the hotel], and seeing all the people cycling in to work, it seemed in my head a real luxury. Which must sound mad."
He continued: "But the process of going to work, having a day with your colleagues, coming back to your family, cooking, having stuff in the fridge... It sounds odd to say but it’s the thing I’m looking forward to most. After nine years I’ll be at home. In one place. Static."
The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones will premiere in April 2018 with six 90-minute episodes. Let's hope poor worn-out Kit can watch with a beer or two from the comfort of his sofa.