Kit Harington has completed filming Game of Thrones, but it’ll perhaps be a while yet before he fully escapes Jon Snow’s shadow. This year, you’ll be able to watch him on the big screen as the Viking Eret in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. It’s not Westeros, but it’s still a very old world filled with dragons, so Harington should feel right at home.
Harington recently sat down with the Belfast Telegraph to talk about The Hidden World, and about how he’s struggling with Game of Thrones approaching to an end.
“He’s still a kind of quite overly serious guy,” Harington says of Eret, “and takes himself too seriously, like certain other characters I play. I’ve loved playing him and being part of this. It is nice to do something which…has a bit more comedy to it and a bit more fun to be had.”
As for the end of Game of Thrones, Harington says he’s “strangely calm about it all,” though he suspects that may be another symptom of grief. “I know there’s gonna be one last kind of feeling of, ‘Wow, that’s over and done.’”
I’m looking forward to celebrating a bit. I’m looking forward to seeing my mates again. It’s very few times now that we’ll all be in the same room.
With something like this that’s coming to an end the team that put this together will be feeling the same way…When something finishes there’s a kind of emotional upheaval, but really you just wanna be around the people you made it with, and that’s what we’re gonna do to celebrate.
At present, Hollywood casting directors may perceive Harington as the man from that dragon show, but he’s able to play diverse sorts of roles somewhere else. Currently, he’s starring in a production of Sam Shepard’s True West at the Vaudeville Theater in London, which is about as far from Game of Thrones as you can get.
I’m looking forward to whatever the next thing is. You know, you’ll never find another Thrones, I don’t think. But saying that, I’ve been part of this, and this has been a huge hit series of films in the same way Thrones has. So who knows? I think it’s best not to kind of try and plan or predict, just see what comes around the corner.
Like many of the Game of Thrones cast members, Harington has a bright future in acting, whether it’s on stage or screen.