Kit Harington is Ready to Move on from Game of Thrones

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The cast and crew of Game of Thrones have been rather emotional lately—and with good reason. After eight seasons traveling the world to create the fantastical Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, their time together is about to come to an end as the eighth and final season of the hit HBO series makes its way to fans in April.

Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth, warned that we're all going to need therapy by the time season eight reaches its long-awaited conclusion. Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow, confessed to crying over the finale (twice). And now, Harington is offering some more intimate details about how emotional a journey the final season has been for everyone who works on the show—but that he's ready to move on.

During a recent interview with GQ Australia, Harington shared how exhausted the cast was by the time they wrapped filming for the final season. Harington believes that the final season's grueling schedule was “designed to break” the cast—and it apparently worked. “Everyone was broken at the end," Harington said.

"I don't know if we were crying because we were sad it was ending or if we were crying because it was so f***ing tiring. We were sleep-deprived,” the 32-year-old actor shared.

The beloved HBO series, which has skyrocketed many of its actors to stardom, began in 2011. For many of the cast members, the eighth season was seemingly the most they could do. "I remember everyone walking around towards the end going, 'I've had enough now. I love this, it's been the best thing in my life, I'll miss it one day—but I'm done,'" Harington continued.

Harington was in his early 20s when he first auditioned for Game of Thrones, and now that he’s married to Rose Leslie (who was killed off the show in season four), he says he's ready to move on to the next chapter of his life.

When asked about whether he'd be open to returning for one of the show's many rumored spinoffs, Harington was pretty firm in his response. "It was emotional to leave the job, definitely," he said. "But I wouldn't say I was sad: if, like me, you go all the way back to the pilot of Game of Thrones that's almost 10 years of your life—that's really unusual in an actor's career. It was a huge emotional upheaval leaving that family. But would I want to go back and do more? Not on your life."

Harington is currently starring in a production of Sam Shepard's True West in London.

Peter Dinklage Can't Say Benevolent in This Game of Thrones Blooper Reel

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Helen Sloan, HBO

There are many adjectives one might use to describe HBO's Game of Thrones. While hilarious isn't usually one of them (though the series certainly has its moments of levity), that's the best way to describe the Game of Thrones blooper reel below, in which some of your favorite throne-seekers momentarily break character—and Peter Dinklage has a problem pronouncing the word benevolent. (Warning: profanity ahead!)

Ralph Fiennes Almost Turned Down Voldemort Role in Harry Potter Movies

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Ralph Fiennes has earned Oscar nominations for Schindler's List and The English Patient, but his best-known role might be his performance as He Who Must Not Be Named, otherwise known as Voldemort, in the Harry Potter film series. While the movies introduced Fiennes and his work to a new generation of moviegoers, he recently revealed that he almost said no to the project altogether.

We first saw Fiennes as Voldemort in the fourth film in the series, 2005's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and he continued to play the Dark Lord of the Harry Potter universe until the series' conclusion in 2011.

Though fans would argue that it was the role Fiennes was born to play, saying "yes" was not an immediate decision for the celebrated actor.

"The truth is I was actually ignorant about the films and the books," the actor recently admitted while appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show when asked about his relationship to the Potterverse prior to taking on the role. "I was approached by the production. Mike Newell was directing the film that they wanted me to be in ... the first time Voldemort was going to appear physically."

"Out of ignorance I just sort of thought, this isn’t for me," Fiennes continued. "Quite stupidly I resisted, I was hesitant. I think the clincher was that my sister Martha—who has three children who were then probably about 12, 10, and 8—said, 'What do you mean? You’ve got to do it!' So then I rewound my thinking."

Potterheads everywhere owe a debt of gratitude to Fiennes's sister—and her kids.

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