HBO: Jon encounters Ygritte again in the season finale. Did he know she’d shoot?
Kit Harington: I genuinely don’t think he knows—that’s what makes it a great scene. He appeals to her and says, “Look I have to do this, I have to. I love you and I know you’re not going to hurt me.” When he turns around, I don’t think he knows what’s going to happen so when that first arrow hits, it’s a real shock. And he realizes he’s in danger; she is his enemy now and he has to get out of there.
HBO: By making it back to Castle Black, Jon fulfills his mission from Qhorin Halfhand. Was it worth the price?
Kit Harington: I think it takes a huge toll on who he is. It’s a hell of a way to lose your first love. I don’t think he really knows, he just has to make decisions and he has to stick with his instinct. On a different day, his instinct could have told him to stay with Ygritte. But Jon has known all along he has to get back and defend the Wall. This whole trip has been a crazy journey for him but he has to stick to his morals.
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Why he’s not on Twitter.
I just never really got Twitter. I’ve nothing against it, if people want to be on Twitter that’s great. But I think for actors it’s a mistake. I’m sure there are advantages to it, but I talk enough about myself in interviews, I don’t want to have to do it in my free time as well, is basically why I’m not into it.
On climbing the Wall.
They built a huge section, massive, in the studio. They built this huge section of wall that was made out of plaster and wax. Which you could climb, which we could climb. It was an amazing piece of set. They must have spent a lot of money on that sequence special effects-wise and the actual building of it. I think they knew it was a big action sequence in the books and it needed to be spectacular. They really went for it. It was a long three days of filming. It was very physically demanding. We had harnesses on all day and you’d be left danging on the wall for like hours. But then you’d look at what you were doing and hope the result would be good. It was kind of incredible.
On other members of the far-flung cast.
Everyone is in their own world… At one time I’m pretty certain they had four units going. One in Iceland, one in Belfast, one in Morocco, one in Croatia. Which is mad if you think about it because you’ve got four different sets of actors, four different sets, four different directors, four different crews. It’s a huge operation. But we’re all very connected, we’re all friends. We all meet up in London. You find out how things are going from other people just by word of mouth.
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“By the time it goes the distance, it will be years and years,” said Harington, 26, over drinks at the Four Seasons hotel’s Windows Lounge in Beverly Hills earlier this spring. “It will be most of my 20s, really. You look at it in those terms, and that’s a big portion of my life that I’m dedicating to this show. So I’ve got to love it.”
Harington says he does, largely because he identifies with his character. He admits to peeking ahead in Jon Snow’s future, reading four of Martin’s seven planned books in the series.
“I devoured them, really,” he said. “I stopped because I got way too far ahead of myself. He becomes an older, different person, and I had to really reel back my mind for Season 1, because he’s just this young chap, and none of that world has hit him yet.”
“What it really is, is playing the journey into being a man,” Harington said. “Playing it while I’m going through that myself is kind of a bizarre thing for me — developing a character while going through my 20s and making my own mistakes while Jon was making his in completely different worlds. So each year, I return to him hopefully having grown up a bit as a person, to bring that to him.”
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Not unlike Jon Snow, the hunky hero he portrays on “Game of Thrones,” Kit Harington is something of a mystery. Not much is known about the actor, which he admits is “semi-intentional” on his part. “I’m still adjusting,” he says of the sudden onslaught of attention from his first onscreen gig. “It seems to grow with each season, but I think it’s got to plateau at some point. I think this season has got to be as popular as it can be.” Point out that he’s sounding rather tragic, and he laughs. “Yes, it’s all downhill from here. There’s my cynical, English side coming out,” he says. With the season three finale of “Thrones” airing Sunday, Harington took the time to speak to Backstage about how he achieved his brief but impressive career.
Go to ‘War.’
Harington was in his final year at Central School of Speech and Drama in 2008 when he had the opportunity to audition for the original production of “War Horse.” After three auditions, he was told he landed the coveted role of Albert, who follows his beloved horse Joey into World War I. “I was in rehearsal for a play at school when I got word,” he says. “It’s still the biggest moment of my career.” Harington actually finished his school play and graduated before going to work on the show. It was a difficult, rewarding experience, he says. “The puppeteers were amazing; they really captured people’s imagination,” he says. “I’d take friends backstage and show them the puppet, and they’d get really emotional.” Though he did audition for Steven Spielberg’s film version, he says he was somewhat happy to say goodbye to Albert. “I’d done it for a year and I was gutted by then,” he says. “It was a grueling thing to do. Whoever’s playing Albert at the moment, my heart goes out to them.”
Be ‘Game’ to play.
Shortly after finishing “War Horse,” Harington had the opportunity to audition for Jon Snow. “Sometimes you get a really good feeling about auditions, and that one I had a good feeling about,” he says. “And when you have that good feeling, you go in with confidence.” Like “War Horse,” he had three auditions—his final one was a scene with his Wildling love interest, Ygritte. It was a scene from season three, one that only recently aired. “The producers plan so far ahead in their head, they know exactly where things are going with the show. And it was important to them to see that someone could do this love story further down the line,” he says. “ So one was a scene in season three that we’ve just seen, where Jon tells Ygritte she can’t win the war. It was weird getting to that scene this season.” The only hitch: the actor playing Ygritte (Rose Leslie) wouldn’t be cast for another year, so he read opposite a male casting director. “He was actually great!” Harington says with a laugh. “He gave me a lot to work with.” After landing the part, Harington read all the “Fire and Ice” books upon which the show is based—though two have yet to be written. Does he ever hit up author George RR Martin for hints? “He’ll give you winks and nudges, that’s all,” Harington says. “But he keeps it pretty close to his chest, which he should. Still, it’s not hard to play someone without knowing how it will end up, that’s how it is with most TV shows.”
You can read all of the article at Backstage.
HD screencaps of Kit in episode 3.07 entitled The Bear and the Maiden Fair have been added to the gallery. Enjoy!
3.07 – The Bear and the Maiden Fair