Jon Snow has a message for critics of Game of Thrones' final season: You know nothing.
Actor Kit Harington has no patience for those who may have unkind words for the final season of the Emmy-winning HBO epic. After witnessing firsthand how countless people in front of and behind the camera have contributed to bringing George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series to the screen, the actor resents those who would complain about the show in any way.
"How I feel about the show right now is quite defiant," said Harington in an interview with Esquire. "Whatever critic spends half an hour writing about this season and makes their [negative] judgement on it, in my head they can go f--- themselves."
He goes on to talk about the crew of Thrones, a ragtag group of people from all backgrounds sent around the world for a common purpose, not unlike the Night's Watch, which Snow was involved in and even led for a significant portion of time. According to Harington, their adversarial White Walkers are in the form of critics, who took to social media after Sunday night's final season premiere with mixed reviews.
"I know how much people cared about this," said Harington. "I know how much pressure people put on themselves and I know how many sleepless nights working or otherwise people had on this show. Because they cared about it so much. Because they cared about the characters. Because they cared about the story. Because they cared about not letting people down."
Despite his harsh words for the naysayers, Harington is quick to point out that it's coming from a place of clarification, an expression of how deeply devoted everyone is to telling this story and landing the proverbial dragon.
"In the end, no one’s bigger fans of the show than we are, and we’re kind of doing it for ourselves," he said. "That’s all we could do, really. And I was just happy we got to the end."
Airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO, Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark and Kit Harington as Jon Snow.