Kit Harington on ‘setting the template’ for season 8 and growing up with Jon Snow

For Kit Harington, playing Jon Snow has been the experience of a lifetime.

For Kit Harington, playing Jon Snow has been the experience of a lifetime.

Imagine forming an instant bond with someone, an intimate one that sees you through nearly a decade of your life and provides you with incredible experiences and memories. That’s how Kit Harington described his relationship to his Game Of Thrones character, Jon Snow.

“I’ve played him all through my 20s — and his 20s, too, really — and we’ve grown up together,” Harington said in an interview the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. “It will be hard to let him go. I’ve loved playing him and being a part of the series.”

Although he couldn’t elaborate much, Harington also touched on how season 7 is “a different animal altogether” compared to the series thus far.

“It’s seven episodes instead of 10, and each of those episodes is bigger and bolder than before,” he said. “The last episode is incredible, really, and the length will be longer as well. It will set the template for next year.”

Harington also talked about the influence Thrones has had on his acting career and how lucky he feels to have landed the role.

“Who knows what could’ve happened, but it’s rare to find something like this that’s so popular and widely watched,” he said, having given him the “notoriety” to do other interesting projects.

You can watch the full interview here.

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    1. My favorite <3

      I am loving every single scene of Jon this season… especially his scenes with Dany and yesterday's with Drogon. Amazing…

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    2. The scenes with Drogon was really amazing, good acting. Jon and Dany’s scenes has really been great this season. I really wonder what this next project might be.

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    3. He is in a new 3 parter for BBC called Gunpowder which due to content will probably be shown around November. It is about one of his ancestors Robert Catesby.

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    4. Carole H,

      Yes, I’m really looking forward to that! Especially since he’s one of the creators too.
      But they’ve already shot that, before this interview was done and he’s talked about it plenty so I think Kit was talking about a role after Thrones is done. Which for them would be around next spring? Anyway, whatever it is I’m really curious about it now, lol

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    5. Such a lovely interview – love Kit!

      Are there any big franchises recruiting? Avengers, etc? Sounds like he’s in the running for something along those lines.

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    6. BTW reading today that since Michelle Clapton divulged that she used Ikea rugs for the wildling capes sales have gone up 775% and apparently the percentage of buyers are GOT fans lol

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    7. Jon is one who for (show-only people) quietly snuck up to become a favorite, if not favorite character. Morally good characters are not always the most interesting to me but Jon somehow transcended that bias.

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    8. Hope Kit is cast in the prequil hbo has got in the pipes. Kit said he isnt allowed to say. We can only hope or maybe hell be cast in Confederate.

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    9. Jon is my fave from the start – both show and book versions. Kit has been great as Jon. Makes me sad to think there are only a few episodes left in this series. I’ll miss this character the most. But I do hope to see more of Kit in other projects.

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    10. It took Jon dying for me to like him. Now I’ve loved him since his naked butt popped off that table last season!!

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    11. Kit’s done an amazing job as Jon however I fear he’s been typecast now and will struggle in the long term for work – especially given how badly his movies have bombed so far. Hope I’m proven wrong of course.

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    12. Cersei’s Brain,

      Yep need to free the locks soon. Jon has been my favourite from the start show and books. When he walked into Bran’s room in ep 2? to say goodbye to Bran and he got the evil eye from Catlyn that was it, I’d follow him anywhere.

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    13. Jon Snowed,

      If he were at the mercy of the Hollywood machine, I’d agree with you, but he seems to be taking his career into his own hands and creating opportunities for himself that might otherwise never come to fruition. He has his own production company and has already had one of his projects green lit by the BBC. If he works prolifically in indies, self-produced films and miniseries, with the occasional Hollywood franchise thrown in (e.g. How to Train Your Dragon), he’ll be fine. Besides, he still has a ways to go before he collects as many box office bombs as Peter, Lena, and Nikolaj have during GoT’s run.

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    14. I rewatched that Jon-Drogon scene again with the sound turned up and I swear that Drogon is purring while Jon pet his cheek. It made me wonder if R&V could be interested in him as well. Maybe they will follow Drogon’s lead?

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    15. I would give my life for Jon lol.Kit has been doing great this season.He and Emilia have been amazing.For something this anticipated I was worried the expectations would be too high but they nailed it.Can’t wait to see what Kit does next.

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    16. My favourite character (with Ned Stark, sobs) since the beginning of GoT.
      Kit is a great actor and a beautiful person. I know his career will be amazing.

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