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Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington teases Jon Snow spin-off series: ‘He’s not okay’

The actor spoke about the character's possible fate at a recent Game of Thrones convention

By Nick Reilly

Game of Thrones' Jon Snow (Picture: HBO)
Game of Thrones' Jon Snow (Picture: HBO)

Game of Thrones star Kit Harington has discussed where his character Jon Snow might just find himself in a forthcoming sequel series.

It was reported earlier this year that the British actor will reprise the role of the gruff northerner in a series which is set to take place following the immediate conclusion of Game of Thrones, which ended with Bran Stark ascending the throne as King of the Seven Kingdoms.

Speaking at a Game of Thrones convention in New York last weekend, Harington refused to be drawn on the series but discussed the bleak circumstances that his character faces after killing Daenerys and banished to the Wall in the North.

“I think if you asked him, he would’ve felt he got off lightly,” the actor said. “At the end of the show when we find him in that cell, he’s preparing to be beheaded and he wants to be. He’s done. The fact he goes to the Wall is the greatest gift and also the greatest curse.

“He’s gotta go back up to the place with all this history and live out his life thinking about how he killed Dany, and live out his life thinking about Ygritte [played by Rose Leslie] dying in his arms, and live out his life thinking about how he hung Olly [Brenock O’Connor], and live out his life thinking about all of this trauma, and that…

“That’s interesting,” he suggested.

“So I think where we leave him at the end of the show, there’s always this feeling of like… I think we wanted some kind of little smile that things are okay. He’s not okay,” he said.

Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin confirmed plans for the series earlier this year and said the show – which is tentatively titled Snow – was Harington’s own idea.

“Yes, it was Kit Harington who brought the idea to us,” Martin wrote at the time. “I cannot tell you the names of the writers/showrunners, since that has not been cleared for release yet… but Kit brought them in too, his own team, and they are terrific.”

It also marks a softening of stance for Harington himself, who previously vowed not to return after the show’s end.

“Would I want to go back and do more? Not on your life,” he said in December 2018. “…If, like me, you go all the way back to the pilot of Game of Thrones, that’s almost 10 years of your life.