Kit Harington ditches part of Jon Snow’s signature look!

Farewell to a great supporting cast member: Jon Snow’s beard.

Farewell to a great supporting cast member: Jon Snow’s beard.

We’ve reported for months now on production for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones coming to an end, from filming winding down to Emilia Clarke’s farewell Instagram post and the last-ever wrap party. But no one was considering Season 8 truly finished until Kit Harington rid himself of his signature Jon Snow hair and beard, which he’s been contractually obliged to keep until HBO says otherwise — and that time is now, my friends.

Insider reported that Harington appeared in a video released by the Jaime Lloyd Company in honor of playwright Harold Pinter’s birthday this week, and while his hair still appears to be the same length, his face is the cleanest-shaven we’ve seen since a baby-faced Jon Snow left for the Wall back in Season 1. The image from the video isn’t great, but a follow-up Instagram post from the theater troupe certainly makes it clear:

Though there was little to no doubt, this means that any possible secret reshoots on Season 8 of Thrones would have now concluded. In an interview last month at the Toronto International Film Festival, Harington confirmed that he was under orders to keep the look until the showrunners released him from the obligation, and said specifically that he would keep his hair on the longer side but ditch the beard (despite his own assertion that he looks like “a tired child” when he shaves) when he got the OK.

It looks like he wasted no time in keeping that promise to himself, although the hearts of many fans have surely been broken by the loss of the signature Jon Snow scruff. But the final season has meant the end of a lot of things, and now we can add #HairWatch to the list.

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    1. By the way and off topic: Yesterday I joined a party, and later arrived too people from Paris: one looked like young Jon Snow with glasses, the other one looked like Arya, who likes chokolade and cookies little too much, but she was cool just like our ASNAWP.)
      Very funny :o)

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    2. Ha! So.. he wiped off that bumfluff with a wet cloth? Big deal 😋 It’s not as if he’s shaved his hair off..and no mention of the fact he’s standing with the great (and original) Jon Snow, from Channel 4 news! 😛

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    3. Somewhat off topic, but WiC recently had an article speculating on the release of season 8 based on the premiere of True Detective season 3 on January 13. Long story short, April 28 looks to be a strong possibility. Also, going back and looking at season 6 (which premiered on April 24), it didn’t get its first bit of promo material until that Jon Snow poster was released on November 23 (according to Wikipedia). The first teaser came on December 3. With that in consideration, it’s not that strange that we haven’t seen anything yet for season 8. Hopefully that means we can expect at least a teaser poster or a short teaser within the next month, month-and-a-half or so.

      Oh yeah, and.. RIP Kit’s beard.

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    4. I thought Kit wanted to go back to his shorter hair he had before GOT?

      Hopefully this news edges us closer to a final teaser of some sorts possibly confirming when S8 will return. I saw on Twitter Kim Renfro speculating that it will be sometime between March and May 2019 with April 21st the most likely date. In the meantime I am doing a re-watch of sorts watching S1-S7 audio commentaries on the Blu-Rays. I have never done this before and was a bit sceptical but actually they are quite enjoyable with GRRM also involved and giving a lot of insight into each episode as well as all the core actors and D&D. Interestingly there are some goofs in S1 which I never picked up on.

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    5. Enharmony1625:
      Somewhat off topic, but WiC recently had an article speculating on the release of season 8 based on the premiere of True Detective season 3 on January 13. Long story short, April 28 looks to be a strong possibility. Also, going back and looking at season 6 (which premiered on April 24), it didn’t get its first bit of promo material until that Jon Snow poster was released on November 23 (according to Wikipedia). The first teaser came on December 3. With that in consideration, it’s not that strange that we haven’t seen anything yet for season 8. Hopefully that means we can expect at least a teaser poster or a short teaser within the next month, month-and-a-half or so.

      Oh yeah, and.. RIP Kit’s beard.

      Didn’t read your post before putting mine up but Kim Renfro (one of the best GOT journalists out there) is suggesting it will air sometime in March-May 2019 with April 21st Premiere looking the most likely. Given that the HBO big boss says we will get a trailer this year (I am expecting this to be December) I do think we will get a teaser in the next month or so hopefully confirming April 2019 or something similar. If I am correct then we we get first full trailer in December and final one in February although I think for S6 we didn’t get the first trailer until January then another in March so not sure how accurate I am.

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    6. Jon Snowed,

      The promo material will probably be a lot less for season 8
      its gonna be a lot more secret, and lets face it..
      they don’t need much promo to get people watching.

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    7. Yes you are probably right but I do think they will be keen to promote the date it returns to let the hype build. It reminds me of S6 final teaser where Bran says something like “they have no idea of what’s going to happen”, I’d guess they will do something similar with a line of dialogue and maybe a gif like image. I really am not expecting anything more before the trailer and even then they will be guarded about what they show as clearly everything could be a spoiler.

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    8. Enharmony1625,

      Jon Snowed,
      Until I hear otherwise (officially) I’m still strongly set on April 21st premiere. Most people trying to guess a date factoring in the TD premiere are typically squeezing the BLL season in between it and GoT. While HBO does routinely, and probably typically set their calendar so their dramas run without overlap, they’ve often doubled up programs on finale-premiere nights and other times for several weeks. GoT is their flagship and isn’t likely to overlap on it (*), but I don’t believe they’d be averse with overlapping TD and BLL a bit if it works for scheduling. They do kind of share a similar genre and demographic so it could be a benefit as well.

      * I was hoping the new J.J. Abrams HBO series Demimonde would be ready to premiere following GoT. I haven’t been following it too closely but it doesn’t seem like it will be.

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    9. zandru: Kudos on Mr Pinter’s tie!

      That’s not “Mr Pinter”, it’s a TV journalist whose name is ….. Jon Snow.
      Harold Pinter died in 2008.

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