It’s not easy promoting the final season of Game of Thrones.
As Kit Harington, who portrays Jon Snow on the HBO fantasy saga, told Stephen Colbert Tuesday night, “I can't say anything, that's the problem. We're all in the same boat, all of us in the cast. We're kind of turning to each other going, ‘What do you say?’ And I can't even say lies. I can't even make something up.”
“It’s a minefield,” he added of this predicament, which has been going on nearly a decade since they first shot the show’s pilot. “After 10 years of it, I'm still pinching myself,” he said. “And I still can't quite grasp it. And I think about 10 years ago, I think about who I was 10 years ago, and what the the world was 10 years ago. And I think about it now, and where we are now and who I am now and they're just worlds apart.”
“This show was a big cultural definer for the 2010s,” Colbert said, subtly steering the conversation back towards his preferred topic of President Donald Trump. “So we can blame you for where we are right now.”
Taking the bait, Harington shared his theory that Game of Thrones “kind of screwed the political landscape.”
“By making the Lannisters an acceptable form of ruling family?” Colbert asked.
“No, I just felt that certain, you know, political figures tried to emulate Joffrey and things went a bit wrong,” Harington replied.
“He’s got the hair,” Colbert joked of Trump, who shares similarly platinum blond locks with the former child king of Westeros.
As for how the show will end when the final six episodes air starting next month, Harington would only say that all of his theories about the finale were wrong and that when he read the final script he was “very shocked and surprised at certain events unfolding” and then began to sob.
“So it has a happy ending,” Colbert guessed.