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‘Bigger than ever’: Jon Snow star on Game of Thrones finale

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By Gemma Peplow, arts and entertainment reporter

Kit Harington has promised the final season of Game Of Thrones will be "bigger than any other season – by a long way".

The star, who has played hero Jon Snow since the first episode in 2011, says being a part of the epic show has been "a rollercoaster" for the whole cast.

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With just hours to go until fans get to see the first episode of season eight – after a wait of almost two years – there is much speculation about how the hugely successful TV show will end.

Image: Harington has played Snow since the very beginning of the show. Pic: HBO/Sky Atlantic

Will Jon Snow and his new queen Daenerys Targaryen rule the Seven Kingdoms together? Will Cersei Lannister reign? Or will producers live up to their reputation of killing off fan favourites and let the Night King triumph over everyone?

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Speaking at the season eight premiere in Belfast, where much of the show was filmed, Harington was giving nothing away about the final battle for Westeros.

However, he promised a series like no other before – which is no mean feat when you're talking about the show that brought us Battle of the Bastards and Hardhome.

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"We went big, on spectacle and scale and ambition," Harington told Sky News.

"We went bigger than any other season by a long way. What you get to see is all of your characters' stories hopefully being served correctly and right and you get to see the culmination of nine years under the blanket of one amazing spectacle."

Harington said he had been experiencing "every emotion" after finishing filming and now getting ready to finally say goodbye.

"It's everything from pride to joy to fear," he said. "I mean, the whole thing was a rollercoaster – and the ending is just as much of a rollercoaster."

Kit Harington as Jon Snow in Game Of Thrones season 7. Pic: HBO/ Sky Atlantic
Image: The actor has admitted he will miss his iconic role. Pic: HBO/ Sky Atlantic

Harington said the show, which is the most awarded series in Emmys history, with 38 wins, would leave a number of legacies.

"I think it will have changed the genre of fantasy massively; in how it's viewed, in the respect people give it, in how people feel they can do things on TV within fantasy," he said.

"I also think the thing I'm proud of most is that we wrote stories for complex characters and complex female characters, and that's what I think will be a lasting legacy."

Other stars at the premiere also said they were proud of what the show has achieved.

 Maisie Williams, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner and Isaac Hempstead Wright attend the 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 screening at the Waterfront Hall on April 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
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