The end of any long-running TV show is an emotional moment, and Game of Thrones is no different. A 2-hour behind the scenes HBO documentary titled The Last Watch reveals how the cast and crew came together on last time for Season 8 before saying their heartfelt goodbyes, but one particular moment may have you weeping into your bread and salt.
In an emotional speech, Kit Harington (Jon Snow) says goodbye to to Game of Thrones after filming his final scene in Season 8, Episode 6. It’s a powerful moment worth watching for yourself (video above), but if you can’t here’s the full text of what he said:
“I feel like my heart is breaking. I love this show more than, I think, anything. It has never been a job for me. It’s been my life, and this will always be the greatest thing I’ll ever do and be a part of, and you have been my family. I love you for it, and thank you so much.”
Harington’s speech actually followed one from Game of Thrones co-creator D.B. Weiss, who said a few words as well before handing Kit an unseen gift (it kind of looks like a framed poster?).
Here’s that speech in full:
“10 years ago, you walked into Nina Gold’s office as a 12-year-old, and here we are now. You watch has ended, and it has been a hell of a watch, for us, for these people, and for so many people around the world. Thank you for being Jon Snow and thank you more than that for being you.”
Say what you will about the Game of Thrones finale (I think it was pretty meh), but there’s no denying that the cast and crew deserve all the praise we can give them. Kit Harington and everyone else involved poured their hearts into the HBO show, and even when the writing isn’t at its best, the acting, set design, music, special effects, and pretty much everything else is always incredible.
That alone should cement Game of Thrones in the TV show hall of fame, and Kit Harington’s speech in the HBO documentary only confirms how important the last eight years have been to everyone involved, the audience included.
Watch the full Game of Thrones documentary on HBO.