Kit Harington is Ready to Move on from Game of Thrones

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HBO

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.

The Office Star Ellie Kemper Wants to Do a Reunion Episode

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NBC - NBCUniversal Media

While rumors of The Office getting a reboot have been swirling around for years, the outlook on that happening any time soon doesn't look good. But a reunion episode might just be possible.

Ellie Kemper, who played Erin Hannon in the beloved series, recently stopped by Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen to dish about the sitcom and her thoughts on whether it might be making a return to the small screen: "I would love there to be a reboot, but I don't think there will be. So, that's a sad answer," Kemper admitted. "But maybe like a reunion episode? That would be fun."

E! News reports that Kemper isn’t the only cast member that wants to get the band back together. Jenna Fischer, who played Pam Beesly, also thinks a reunion episode would be a hit. “I think it's a great idea," Fischer said in 2018. "I would be honored to come back in any way that I'm able to.”

A key player in the series' success, however, is not so enthusiastic about the idea. Steve Carell, who played the infamous Michael Scott, doesn’t think a revival would be well-received. "The climate's different," Carell told Esquire back in 2018. "I mean, the whole idea of that character, Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behavior. I mean, he's certainly not a model boss. A lot of what is depicted on that show is completely wrong-minded. That's the point, you know? But I just don't know how that would fly now.”

A Star Wars Connection Might Predict Jim Hopper's Future in Stranger Things

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Netflix

*Warning: This story includes spoilers for Stranger Things.*

Netflix’s Stranger Things is set in the 1980s and regularly includes references to huge cultural phenomena from that time. The series' third season made nods to Back to the Future, The NeverEnding Story, and (unsurprisingly) Star Wars. What might come as a surprise is that George Lucas's legendary space opera could hold a clue to what fate awaits one of Stranger Things's most beloved characters.

One of the major lingering questions from Stranger Things's third season is whether we will see David Harbour's character, Jim Hopper, ever again. Our favorite grumpy sheriff selflessly sacrificed himself in order to defeat the Russians and close the gate to the Upside Down. Fans were almost certain of his death (though it’s not shown on screen) until the post-credits scene rolled, in which the Russians speak of “the American” being held in their cells. Which is where things get interesting …

A new theory from Politico’s Bill Kuchman, which we spotted via Men’s Health, draws parallels between Hopper and Star Wars's Han Solo. In doing so, he might have predicted Hopper’s fate.

Kuchman explains that both Hopper and Solo use the phrase “See you in hell” before meeting their demise, with the Stranger Things character saying it in the final episode of season 3, and Solo saying it in The Empire Strikes Back.

On top of that, both characters seemingly die via a machine: Hopper is part of the key’s explosion, and Solo is frozen in carbonite. Also, at the end of the Stranger Things season 3 finale, Steve Harrington (played by Joe Keery) makes a reference to Return of the Jedi during his video store interview, the film in which Solo is revived.

Kuchman drives this point home by recalling that Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian save Solo in Return of the Jedi when Jabba the Hutt is feeding prisoners into the Sarlacc Pit. This is similar to how Stranger Things season 3 ends, with the Russians feeding prisoners to the Demogorgon.

Will Eleven, Mike, and the gang find the Force and save Hopper from the Russians? We’ll hopefully find out, if and when a fourth season of Stranger Things ever materializes.

[h/t Men's Health]

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