Kit Harington says 'Game of Thrones' Screwed the Political Landscape—'Certain Political Figures Tried to Emulate Joffrey'

Chatting with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show Tuesday, Game of Thrones star Kit Harington poked fun at the cultural impact of the landmark HBO show that made him famous.

Discussing how much the world has changed since Thrones premiered back in 2011, Harrington and Colbert joked that the show was to blame for real-life political upheavals.

Based on the A Song of Ice and Fire book series by George R. R. Martin, the show won legions of fans for its portrayal of brutal power grabs and underhanded schemes and in a medieval-style world where mythical creatures roam. Wildly popular, Thrones nonetheless continues to divide viewers with its graphic depictions of sex and violence.

"The show was a big cultural definer for the 2010s. So we can blame you for where we are right now," Colbert said to Harington, who plays lead character Jon Snow.

The actor laughed and said he had a theory of his own about the impact of the show on politics. "We kind of screwed the political landscape," he joked.

"By making the Lannisters an acceptable form of ruling family?" Colbert asked. Famous for their golden hair and ruthless ambition, the Lannister family built a path to the Seven Kingdom's Iron Throne by marrying into the ruling Baratheon clan and producing an heir, Joffrey.

Crowned king of the Seven Kingdom after the death of his alleged father Robert Baratheon, Joffrey sports the Lannister's signature crop of blonde hair.

The young figurehead, played by Jack Gleeson, generally bent to the will of his mother, Cersei Lannister, when it came to matters of state. But outside his royal duties, he was portrayed as a cruel and sadistic villain.

"I just felt that certain political figures tried to emulate Joffrey," Harington continued. "Things went a bit wrong." Although the actor didn't mention any names, Colbert chimed in with, "[He's] got the hair."

Game of Thrones is set to return for its final season in April. With Martin's book series unfinished, fans can't be sure who will ultimately win the Iron Throne—or if it will even still exist by the end of the show.

Scientists with spare time on their hands recently calculated which characters were most likely to survive the longest on the show famous for its merciless slayings of major characters. Those with the worst odds, it seems, are prominent male figures of low birth who hail from Westeros and remain loyal to their faction.

Kit Harington, Stephen Colbert
Kit Harington attends the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images
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