Jon Snow is one of the most beloved players in the Game of Thrones universe. He's kept audiences on the edge of our seats year after year, from the yearlong mystery regarding his fate to battling fellow bastard Ramsey Bolton to the revelation of his true identity. But he's also gotten a reputation for being a little, well, emo.
Actor #KitHarington is well aware of that fact, and now admits — in an interview with Time magazine in preparation for #GameOfThrones Season 7 — that he hasn't always been happy with his "morose" performance in the role.
The actor confessed that he hasn't been comfortable with his version of the character ever since the beginning of the series. According to Harington, his early work as the character just wasn't interesting:
"There were times early on where I felt what I was doing with the character was wrong. I made mistakes and felt that he wasn’t interesting enough. That sounds weird, but I’ve never been quite content with him. Maybe that’s what makes him him. That angst. He could be a bit too morose, he didn’t quite go there emotionally."
However, being a pro about his craft, Harington realized that he had to stick with his original interpretation of George R.R. Martin's character, so as to not make his earlier work look like a mistake:
"Once you've made those choices, that character is that character. You just look like an actor wanting to change the character if you then go back and betray what your first instincts were."
As much as the character's loved by audiences, getting such a statement from the actor playing him begs the question...
Has Jon Snow Really Not Been Interesting Like Kit Harington Says?
Harington's main problem seems to be Jon Snow's somber personality. While I completely understand that he could feel a tad too angsty at times, we have to look at the character's backstory: His mother died during childbirth and, even though he was adopted by his uncle, he had to live as an outcast and a disgraced bastard.
From the moment of his birth, Jon Snow was largely rejected by the same people who were supposed to care for him. He then left his home to find a place where he belonged, but it only led to more struggles and pain. So of course he'd be morose! As depressing as the guy may be, that's who Jon is — that's how he was molded by his life experiences, and that's just his natural evolution.
Even if Kit Harington isn't sure about his performance as Jon Snow, fans are sure about it — he perfectly represents who the man is and what he stands for.
Fortunately, after years of discomfort, Harington is finally coming to terms with his work. #GameOfThronesSeason7 will be packed with earth-shaking events for a lot of characters, and as Harington revealed, Jon will go through one that will provide him with some much-needed growth:
"I'm more happy with Jon than I've ever been before. This year there is this huge seismic shift where all of what he’s learned over the years, suddenly… He’s still the same Jon, but he grows up."
That has me quite excited for the future. If you too are eager to see Jon Snow's evolution, don't forget to tune in when Game of Thrones returns for its seventh season on July 16, 2017.
What do you think about Kit Harington's feelings regarding Jon Snow? Let me know in the comments!