With production getting under way on Game of Thrones Season 8 very soon, it seems production will be briefly shut down at least once this season, for star Kit Harington's wedding. The actor has been dating his former co-star Rose Leslie, who played the Wildling warrior Ygritte in the second, third and fourth seasons of the show, since 2012, and they recently announced their engagement a few weeks ago. During an appearance on the U.K. talk show The Jonathan Ross Show, Kit Harington, who plays the beloved character Jon Snow, revealed that he called the show's producers and essentially demanded that Game of Thrones Season 8 production be shut down, so that the entire cast and crew could attend the wedding. Here's what the actor had to say about the wedding below.
"I rang (the producer) up and I said, 'I'm getting married and it's your fault, actually.' I think for the final season he is so stressed that he's reached that peaceful level. I was like, 'You need to factor in a Game of Thrones wedding by the way.' They [the cast] have all got to be there so the whole thing has got to shut down."
While the actor wouldn't say what producer he called, it was likely one of the Game of Thrones creators, David Benioff and/or D.B. Weiss. The marriage is the producer's "fault" since they first met on the show, and started dating during the first season Rose Leslie was cast as Ygritte. We recently reported that production on the Game of Thrones final season won't actually wrap until the summer of 2018, running a few months longer than the traditional production cycle of six months for every 10-episode season, even though this final season only spans six episodes, which may confirm a previous rumor.
Back in July, Game of Thrones costume designer Paula Fairfield hinted during a convention appearance that the final season will be comprised of feature-length Game of Thrones episodes, while also revealing that the Season 7 finale would be 82 minutes long. As it turned out, she was just two minutes off, with the finale actually clocking in at 80 minutes, which still turned out to be the longest episode in series history. It seems that the show may be looking to eclipse that record each week with a shorter season comprised of much longer episodes.
Kit Harington also revealed his epic Game of Thrones prank that he pulled on Rose Leslie on April Fool's Day this year, where, presumably with the help of the Game of Thrones makeup effects team, he placed what looked like his own severed head in their fridge, while he filmed her terrified reaction. It seems the prank didn't quite work, since she apparently vowed to leave him if he ever did it again. As for the wedding, the actor didn't reveal if a date had been set on The Jonathan Ross Show (courtesy of LADBible), but it seems that it will be happening at some point during the final season production cycle.