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Heather Snowden

One would assume that growing up in the North would have taught the Starks a thing or two about how to keep toasty during the frosty winter months. More specifically, one would assume that growing up in the North, then spending a chunk of time in the Night's Watch perched upon the Wall and later venturing beyond it, that one of Jon Snow's (Kit Harrington) highest priorities would be keeping that lovely head of his protected from winter's icy paws.

So then why, dear fans, does he never wear a hat? Surely he knows how much heat one loses through one's noggin, especially in the colder months? And surely he's aware that getting a head cold is easy as pie and that he really needs to be in fit fighting form as the King in the North who's about to take on a giant-assisted hoard of White Walkers?! Yes, yes you would.

Spy Jon doing his hat-free thing in the clip below:

Well, as it turns out, weather-appropriate wear has been a huge debate behind the- scenes; Kit was actually begging for a little head warmth, especially during the Iceland shoots — he told the New York Times:

"I was asking for one! I wanted a hat when we were shooting in Iceland. We’ve had endless conversations about it. It’s been a big, big question in Thrones, about when they’re up North, whether they wear headgear or not. It seems ridiculous in cold climates not to have your head protected."

Yes, quite frankly it does seem ridiculous to not have your head protected — glad we agree on that, Jon Snow, you do at least know something. Yet as it turns out there is a legit reason why he doesn't wrap his crown in furs — it's because there are too many damn characters to keep track of in this beloved show:

"But it’s a decision they made a long time ago, the decision that we need to see faces more than heads being warm. It’s very difficult when you’re filming people in that environment, to differentiate between people’s faces. I think they decided that was the most important thing."

While it does seem relatively harsh to make your actors stand outside in the blistering cold without a hat on, it does make sense when you think of it from an audience perspective. Keeping track of every Game of Thrones character is hard work enough without having faces semi-obscured by a giant furry mount on top of their head.

So there you are, for every concerned, sensible GoT fan among you: Jon Snow hasn't thrown all caution to the wind, he's putting his head in jeopardy for your viewing pleasure. Isn't that nice?

Do you think Jon Snow should wear a hat? If yes, what kind of hat would you like to see him in?

(Source: New York Times)


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