This past April and May, one of the greatest television sagas ever to grace HBO finally came to an end after nearly a decade. “Game of Thrones,” the dark medieval fantasy epic based on the books of “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin, put an end to its complicated political power struggle for control over the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros in its eighth season, well ahead of the yet-unfinished book series. Despite critical questions on quality of storytelling and characterization, “GOT” S8 still set a record for nominations in the 71st Primetime Emmys this year, even if they only won two.
Where the latest edition of Golden Globe Awards is concerned however, the last push for the epic HBO series developed by Dave Benioff and D.B. Weiss was worth only a single nomination according to The Hollywood Reporter. And that nomination is Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series. The actor in question: British star Kit Harington, who has been wearing the shoes of the hapless bastard-but-actually-royal Jon Snow of House Stark and Targaryen since 2011. He and three half-siblings (and the actor and actresses that portrayed them) are the last of the heroic Starks after eight seasons’ worth of harrowing trials.
Upon receiving word of his Golden Globes Best Actor (Drama) nomination from London, the 32-year-old actor got in touch with THR to give his opinion on being the only representative of “Game of Thrones” season 8 in the prestigious media awards scheduled for next year. “I’m the ‘loner Throner,’ it seems,” says Harington as he jokingly imagines being the only person from the HBO production at the assigned table during the awards night. This is Harington’s first Golden Globe nom, and for the award he is facing Brian Cox (“Succession”) and Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”).
Much like the humble and non-ambitious Jon Snow, Kit Harington was rather self-effacing about his big Golden Globes break. “I didn’t expect to be nominated,” he says. “I thought the show might be, but I was just at home, learning lines, and then my publicists called. It was very unexpected and wonderful.” The actor notes that he feels “Game of Thrones” keeps pulling him back for more surprises every time he thinks his time spent on the show has ended. He did mention missing his award-winning costars such as Peter Dinklage, adding that if no other members of the “GOT” production and cast join him during the awards, then he would prefer the table to be vacant except for himself.
The official list of nominees for the next Golden Globes was announced this Monday, December 9. The 77th Golden Globe Awards will happen January 5, 2020 at the Beverly Hilton.
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