This week’s premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones signals the end of the epic HBO series, but it’s just the beginning of a new journey for star Kit Harrington.

Portraying Jon Snow has been a career-making role for Harrington and also a life-changing one as his on-screen romance led to his off-screen marriage to co-star Rose Leslie. According to a recent interview, now that the show is coming to an end he’s ready to take the plunge into another incredible role: fatherhood.

“The most important job I’ll ever have is about to finish,” Harrington told InStyle “Well, not the most. Hopefully, I’ll be a father.”

Falling in love with his future wife while filming Season 2 is one of the greatest experiences of being part of Game of Thrones Harrington revealed. “I think almost the worst thing about falling in love with Rose and marrying her is that it’s going to be very hard to work with her again,” Harington says ruefully. “Working opposite her was one of the highlights of my life and career. I don’t know when, if ever, I’m going to get to do that again, because we’re married now, and it’s hard to work opposite your wife.”

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Not only did the series rocket him to stardom, but it gave him a future as a husband and father. “It gave me my future family and my life from here on in,” Harington told reporters in the Emmys press room. “That’s the main thing it did for me, and it’s changed it completely.”

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr

 

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