HE shocked fans of fantasy blockbuster Game of Thrones when he plunged a sword into Jon Snow in the final scene of the latest series – killing one of its most-loved characters.
Now 15-year-old Worthing schoolboy Brenock O’Connor has revealed what it was like filming the controversial finale.
He said: “I was absolutely gobsmacked with what they (scriptwriters) had given me. It was great fun to film. It was quite a weird atmosphere on set that day because Kit (Harrington, who plays Jon Snow) has been there from the beginning and he wanted it to look as good as it could.
“The brother of one of my drama school mates is Jon Snow’s biggest fan and he wasn’t too happy with me.”
While Brenock’s character Olly may have betrayed Snow – the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch made the orphan his steward following the death of his parents – off-screen he has nothing but praise for his co-star.
“Kit is one of the nicest people I have ever met,” said Brenock. “One of the first times I saw him he was the image of cool. I walked onto the set and he was sat there in his Jon Snow costume with ear phones in and cigarette in hand. It was incredible to work with him.”
Prior to filming, Brenock had not watched the show but has since become a big fan.
He said: “I don’t know anyone else’s stories until I see them on TV. That’s great as well because I’m a fan of the show. Since I have been watching it and getting up to speed I’ve absolutely loved the show.”
The Theatre Workshop Stage School in Brighton helped Brenock secure an audition for the role. Olly does not appear in the Game of Thrones books and he was originally only meant to appear in one episode, before the writers beefed up his role.
Lora Munro, The Theatre Workshop’s creative director, said: “We are beyond proud of Brenock’s continued success. It has been great to watch his character unfold in Game of Thrones and we look forward to following his latest venture.”
That venture is new 20-part BBC drama Dickensian. The series, which is currently being filmed, incorporates well-known characters from the world of Dickens, such as Fagin and Scrooge, into one setting.
Brenock plays Peter Cratchit, Bob Cratchit’s son, a role he is relishing.
He said: “I absolutely loved the whole idea of it. I was in the UK tour of Oliver! (he played the Artful Dodger) and I loved all of that story line and to have all of these incredible characters put in one Dickensian street is amazing.”
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