MANILA, Philippines – When you’re one of the biggest shows on television, you do what it takes to keep your plot twists and endings a secret – even if that means flying one of your biggest stars all the way to Spain simply to be a decoy.
That’s exactly what happened for the finale of Game of Thrones, an HBO series based on the books by George R.R. Martin. In Game of Thrones: The Last Stand, a documentary about the final season of the series, a bemused Kit Harington is hanging out in Spain for no other reason than to throw people off.
"I've come out basically as decoy. It feels weird being here without actually filming,” he says in the documentary.
** SPOILERS FOR THE SERIES FINALE FOLLOW **
Kit plays Jon Snow, among the chief protagonists in the series. Jon, introduced as the bastard son for Ned Stark in the first season, is later revealed to be the legitimate son of Rhaegar Targaryan and Ned’s sister Lyanna Stark. That means he has a legitimate claim to the Iron Throne as other major characters.
That he’s in Spain distracts from one of the key plot points in the finale. Midway through the episode, Jon drives a dagger through the heart of Daenerys Targaryen, his aunt-slash-lover, after he is told – and finally believes – that Dany has turned into the monster she had vowed to defeat.
Spain is where the Dragonpit in Game of Thrones is shot. In the finale, the remaining lords of the realm gather at the Dragonpit to discuss the future of Westeros. Bran Stark is named the new king while Sansa, his sister, declares the North an independent kingdom.
Jon, of course, is not there because he’s imprisoned after killing Dany. Kit's character is sent back to the Night's Watch as a compromise – he can't be kept prisoner because it'll anger the North but also can't get off scott-free because it'll anger those loyal to Dany.
Kit wasn’t the only actor who flew all the way to Spain to serve as decoy. The Waif and Jaqen H’ghar, both of the House of Black and White, are also there. The documentary notes that The Waif was there specifically because of fan speculation that the real Arya is dead and that it’s actually The Waif who’s made it back to Winterfell.
Vladimír Furdík, who plays the Night King, is also in Spain. Vladimir also happens to serve as fight choreographer in the show – though it should be noted that there were no fight scenes at the Dragonpit. He was also there was decoy.
The Last Watch, by acclaimed British filmmaker Jeanie Finlay, was given unprecedented access to the filming of the final season of the hit HBO TV show. It began airing on Monday, May 27, at 9 am in Asia on HBO and HBO Go. It will air again for an encore telecast at 10 pm on HBO.
The documentary is set for another encore telecast on Tuesday, May 28, at 10 pm on HBO Signature. – Rappler.com