'Game Of Thrones' Seasons 7 & 8 Will Likely Be "Very Bleak," According To Kit Harington
There's still a while left before the upcoming penultimate season of Game of Thrones, but Kit Harington is already a lot less tight-lipped than he was when speaking about Season 6. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kit Harington said Game of Thrones Seasons 7 and 8 are looking like they'll be something us fans definitely aren't used to: dark. You know, because GoT is all sunshine and puppies all the time. While he admitted he hadn't read the scripts yet, he imagines the upcoming season as "bleak:"
I think it's going to get very bleak before if there is a happy ending. If there's any sort of win or heroic moment for Jon and everyone else. I think it's going to get very dark before it gets better. I think what we might see this season is those White Walkers and that Army of the Dead really come into force. So that's going to be exciting to see. I don't know what it means. I think with the whole "winter is finally here" business, it means everyone is going to have a really bad time.
Why is Harington talking about endings? The Game of Thrones creators revealed that the next two seasons will be the show's last, and the final two seasons will be half the length of previous seasons. There aren't many episodes left to go, so the show has to start tying everything up.
The idea that Game of Thrones will somehow get bleaker is almost unfathomable for a show renowned for ruthlessly killing off its characters and torturing most of the rest of them. Season 6 alone included the death of some beloved characters, murdered babies, and piles of dead bodies. I believe Harington, but it's hard to imagine Game of Thrones getting darker.
Harington's quote reveals something else about the show. He seems very hopeful that Game of Thrones will have a happy ending, and that there will at least be one heroic character who wins the Iron Throne. While a happy ending and clear winner might seem like a no-brainer for some shows, it's easy to come away from watching the past seasons of Game of Thrones thinking that the show's philosophy is there's no such thing as a happy ending.
There is a silver lining here, though: Co-creator David Benioff has said that he wants the show to be wrapped up as "one continuous story," and based off of Harington's optimism, I'm going to wager a bet that ending won't come when the last main character is killed off.