20/08/2019 09:03 BST

Kit Harington Loved Game Of Thrones’ Controversial Ending, Admitting It Made Him Cry

The actor says he felt his character Jon Snow was "finally free".

While many Game Of Thrones fans and some of the cast weren’t exactly thrilled with the final series of the fantasy drama, Kit Harington was pretty pleased with the way things turned out for his character.

The actor played Jon Snow for eight seasons of the HBO series, which came to a controversial end earlier this year.

Kit Harrington as Jon Snow.

Fans remain divided over the show’s conclusion, with many petitioning the show’s creators to re-do the entire final series.

But despite the backlash, Kit says he was happy with his character’s final moments, which saw him going beyond the Wall with the so-called “free folk”.

He told the Hollywood Reporter: “I loved it. When I read it, that bit really made me cry. What really made me cry was on the paper: ‘End of Game of Thrones’.

“But as far as an ending for Jon Snow, this character that I loved for so many years and had grown so close to, and had meant so much to me … seeing him go beyond the Wall back to something true, something honest, something pure with these people he was always told he belongs with — the Free Folk — it felt to me like he was finally free.”

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Kit Harington

The final episode sees Jon killing his love interest, Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen, who goes mad with power after seizing the Iron Throne.

Kit added: “As much as he (Jon) had done a horrible thing, as much as he had felt that pain, the actual ending for him was finally being released.”

Earlier in Game Of Thrones’ final season, the forces of the living faced off against the forces of the dead, led by the Night King.

After one of the most lavishly produced battle scenes in television history, Maisie Williams’ Arya Stark killed the Night King.

The twist was a shock to many fans, who had long predicted Jon would be the one to vanquish the threat posed by the dead.

Kit admitted to secretly wishing he had been the one to wield the knife.

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The cast and crew of Game Of Thrones.

He said: “I think I felt like everyone else did, in that it had been set up for a long time, and then I didn’t get to do it. But I was so happy for Maisie and Arya. I was secretly like, ‘I wanted to do that!’.”

Since the conclusion of the show was aired, several cast members admitted that they wished things had turned out differently.

This included Lena Headey, who revealed she was “gutted” about how her character met her demise, while Natalia Tena recently admitted to “ranting for hours” after watching the finale.

Others have stuck up for Game Of Thrones, though, including Sophie Turner and Nikolaj Coster-Waulder, who was recently booed at Comic-Con when he defended the show.

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