A Game of Thrones star is warning that the fantasy show’s famous tagline is getting less and less true in real life.
Kit Harington told EW sister magazine Time that the show’s production has had an increasingly difficult time finding suitably wintery environments for on-location filming.
“The one irony I found this year, it was a very sad irony: We went to Iceland to find snow, because winter is [there],” the Jon Snow actor said. “We got there and we were lucky to get the snow we did because, in our world, winter is definitely not here. It’s this weird parallel, the opposite parallel. We go out there this year, and the glacier that me and [former co-star Rose Leslie] filmed on four years ago, I saw it and it has shrunk. I saw climate change and global warming with my own eyes, and it is terrifying.”
In another political aside, the actor also noted that Thrones feels more escapist than ever due to current world politics. “Westeros maybe feels like a nice escapism compared to what you’re seeing on the news because the world’s politics has gotten very, very dark in recent weeks and months,” he said.
Harington also confessed to having been, for a long time, uncomfortable with his own character. “There were times early on where I felt what I was doing with the character was wrong,” he said. “I made mistakes and felt that he wasn’t interesting enough. That sounds weird, but I’ve never been quite content with him. Maybe that’s what makes him him. That angst. He could be a bit too morose, he didn’t quite go there emotionally … This year there is this huge seismic shift where all of what he’s learned over the years, suddenly… He’s still the same Jon, but he grows up.”
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