Kit Harington survived eight seasons of Game of Thrones and is being rewarded with his first Golden Globe nomination. The British star is the only actor from the hugely successful HBO series to receive a nomination for the show’s final season, with Monday’s Golden Globe nominations delivering a surprising lack of love forthe final season of GoT. The quest for #JusticeForKhaleesi continues.
“I’m the ‘loner Throner,’ it seems,” Harington told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday after the nominations were announced. The actor, who is up for Best Actor in a Drama, said he’s already concerned about the seating arrangement at the January award show. “I just imagine myself sitting down at a table all by myself as the ‘loner Throner!’” joked Harington. “If [the cast and crew] can’t make it, I’m just going to reserve the seats for no one,” said Harington. “I think it’s important that I look like I’m on my own.”
Harington said he was surprised to be the only GoT star nominated for the final season—same, Jon Snow. Same. “Obviously, I’m sad I’m not going to be there with Emilia, Peter [Dinklage], the rest of the cast, or [David Benioff and Dan Weiss]… obviously, I wanted everyone to be nominated, and I feel like they should, as anyone who loves their show and loves their cast and crew would feel and want. I’m happy for my nomination, and I’d love the show to be represented [more], but it won an Emmy, and it wasn’t nominated for a Globe. So, I’ll represent the show on my own. I’ll do my best.”
The news of Harington’s solo nominee was especially surprising after the GoT cast was so well represented at the 2019 Emmys, where it picked up serious hardware. The show was hugely represented in the acting categories as well, where Harington along with Peter Dinklage, Alfie Allen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gwendoline Christie, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, and Emilia Clarke all received nods. Dinklage even took home the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, making his exclusion from yesterday’s Golden Globes announcement even more shocking.
“I didn’t expect to be nominated,” he said. “I thought the show might be, but I was just at home, learning lines, and then my publicists called. It was very unexpected and wonderful,” said Harington, adding “Every time I go to say goodbye to this show, something comes along that reminds me of the story of it. This is one of those moments. I have to say thanks to the HFPA for nominating me. We spent a lot of years with this thing. Obviously, I dearly loved it. I loved every moment of it. I loved the character. It’s a weird feeling, but I feel kind of happy for him, the character, if that makes sense.”
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While fans continue to debate whether Game of Thrones delivered a satisfying ending, Harington told THR that seeing his character Jon Snow make a journey back to his home in the North in the final moments of the series was the conclusion he personally wanted. “For me, that’s the perfect ending for him,” he said. “It’s where I wanted him to be. I didn’t want him on the throne, and I didn’t want him to be dead. I wanted him to be in the North, where he belongs. My feeling is where he ended in the show is exactly where he should have ended. There was a full-circledness to it. This [nomination] feels full circle, too. It’s a lovely way to say goodbye to the character. It’s a lovely way to say goodbye to the show. It’s perfect, in my book.”