Game Of Thrones Star Kit Harington Defends Violence In Show

Game of Thrones star Kit Harington defended the violence used in the show, even if it’s hard for some fans to stomach.

Harington, 28, plays the character Jon Snow in the HBO drama. Snow sees his fair share of violence as he battles wildings and undead creatures at the Wall with his brothers of the Night’s Watch.

Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington described the violence from the show in an interview with He explained, “In Thrones it’s war and awful, awful things happen, as we see on the news daily. And if we’ve got an appetite for watching these things on the news then you can’t shy away from it on cable drama.”

Because the series is about war, Harington insists the fighting and the deaths of so many characters have an impact on the plot and aren’ just thrown in gratuitously.

However, he does concede Game of Thrones is “gory as hell.”

Filming for the fifth season of the HBO show concluded in mid-December. Harrington said the filming “was phenomenal this season. They’re seriously overreached themselves.”

The storyline of the fifth season will be based on George R. R. Martin’s A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, the fourth and fifth books from A Song of Ice and Fire. The show will most likely take a few deviations from the books, as it did in the second, third, and fourth seasons.

Even so, Harington is excited for the upcoming season. “They’ve built it in the right way – it could have got a lot sillier a lot earlier and it hasn’t. It’s progressed in the right way story-wise. It’s so brilliant this year.”

Now that Game of Thrones star Kit Harington has defended the violence used in the show, what do you think? Is it a realistic depiction or do some scenes take it too far?

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