“Loner Throner” Kit Harington on Being the Sole Game of Thrones Golden Globe Nomination

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Winter may still be yet to come, but Game of Thrones continues its awards demolition, whatever the season (of Earth or of television). However, among the plethora of awards shows, the Golden Globes have never really been GOT’s jam. While it’s been fairly regularly nominated for best series, its history of actor nominees record few and far between nominations. Season 5 and season 7 only received nominations for best TV drama, and season 6 received nominations for best TV drama as well as Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) for best supporting actress – TV. Prior to that, the ONLY other actor ever nominated for a globe was Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), for best supporting actor – TV. So, Kit Harington (Jon Snow) being the only nominee for GOT this year, acting or otherwise, is no small feat, and one of which he should be proud. Well, it just so happens that he is.

“I’m the ‘loner Throner,’ it seems…I just imagine myself sitting down at a table all by myself as the ‘loner Throner!'” Kit tells the Hollywood Reporter. Speaking of sitting down at a table, it turns out that’s where he was when he found out about the nomination, blissfully unaware that an announcement was even being made: “I didn’t expect to be nominated[.] I thought the show might be, but I was just at home, learning lines, and then my publicists called. It was very unexpected and wonderful.”

Now, before the hoity toity “See, I told you even he didn’t care about season 8!” backlash rolls in, I’ll let you know that Kit does not waver in his defense of the show and his character: “We spent a lot of years with this thing [GOT]. Obviously, I dearly loved it. I loved every moment of it. I loved the character. It’s a weird feeling, but I feel kind of happy for him, the character, if that makes sense.”

Ok, fine, but…surely Kit couldn’t have loved the ending, right?

“For me, that’s the perfect ending for him…It’s where I wanted him to be. I didn’t want him on the throne, and I didn’t want him to be dead. I wanted him to be in the North, where he belongs. My feeling is where he ended in the show is exactly where he should have ended. There was a full-circledness to it. This [nomination] feels full circle, too. It’s a lovely way to say goodbye to the character. It’s a lovely way to say goodbye to the show. It’s perfect, in my book.”

The Golden Globes will be hosted by Ricky Gervais, and air Sunday January 5th on NBC.

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    1. Well said Kit and well deserved! It was exactly where your character should have ended. Brilliant ending indeed by Mr. Benioff and Mr. Weiss and brilliant execution from you Kit. I’ll always be grateful.

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    2. I don’t think you’re the lone wolf Kit, I think many people are behind you, and especially those who have worked with you.

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    3. So happy Kit’s acting gets recognized at last! He got my respect as soon as season 1 and never lost it, it only grew stronger. He’s been among my favorite male actors on the show, on a par with Charles Dance, among the “man of few words” type – a type of actors that can also create beautiful interactions and make their acting partners shine (btw, both have wonderful scenes with Arya and with Tyrion). His range kept widening as his character evolved, subtly accompagnying Jon’s maturation. And his talk at the pyre in Season 8 was a great moment. I always had the feeling his acting was underrated by the audience, except for his battle skills, so this nomination really makes me very happy for him.

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    4. I agree with Kit. I love how he ended up north of the wall with ghost. The north is the one place he can be holy again. His acting in episode 4 and 6 in my opinion was fantastic. He carried episode 6 for me. His reaction to stabbing Danny was heartbreaking cause in my opinion he truly didnt want to do it but had to for his sisters. Jon is one of the harder characters to play since most of personality is an introvert. I’m glad he was recognized by the academy the critics and now the globes.

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