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Jon Snow currently stands as King in the North, but don’t expect him to turn his eye toward ruling King’s Landing.
Appearing in Italy at the Giffoni Film Festival, which is a festival entirely dedicated to kids and teenagers, Game of Thrones star Kit Harington picked up an award on Wednesday and met with the young festival goers to answer their many questions about his role as Jon Snow on the hit show. Among the topics covered, Harington weighed in on Jon’s recent rise to power, and why he doesn’t think the new Lord of Winterfell has southern ambitions for the Iron Throne.
“He never expected it or wanted it,” said Harington. “There are so many people in the story who looked to move up. And Jon never looked to move up. That’s one of the things I really love about him is that his ambition is less than others, and yet he gets further.”
“He’s gone as high up as he can get. I don’t think he’ll be king,” he added, much to the dismay of the audience present.
Harington spoke of his character’s ambitions as being very different from the other characters on the show, who are always angling for a chance at the throne: “One of the reasons we like Jon is he feels that it’s his duty to stand up for those who are being bullied,” he said.
Turning away from the topic of crowns, Harington looked back at his earliest days as Jon Snow and how much he’s grown as an actor alongside Jon’s evolution in Westeros.
“I think Jon Snow, because I’ve lived alongside him for eight years, is now a part of me,” said the actor. “It’s a strange thing to have fame come about when you’re attached to such a specific character. In some ways, I live this double life and I was thinking about just changing my name to Jon Snow to make things a bit simpler.”
He added that he feels especially close to Jon at times, to the point that his own mood has crossed over into playing the character. “When I’ve been very unsettled in myself and I’ve been depressed,” he said, “that has bled into my performances, for good or bad.”
At another point, the discussion turned to Game of Thrones‘ depiction of violence, which has been criticized at times throughout the drama’s run. “I think the thing that you risk when you’re trying to make something which is new and bold and dangerous, you risk going too far,” said Harington, discussing the show’s violent nature. “You’re always going to take that risk. In Thrones, I think we have gone too far at times.”
Harington defended the series, saying he feels the characters of Thrones are more well-rounded than the ones typically found in the fantasy genre, even taking a quick shot at the Lord of the Rings franchise.
“Jon Snow seems very real to me. I think that’s the thing about Thrones, is that everyone in it seems like a real, fully rounded character in the real-world situation. They don’t feel like Frodo Baggins,” he said. “They feel like Cersei Lannister. There’s a difference. It’s a fantasy based in reality, and I’ve always found that that’s maybe what people responded to with Thrones.”
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