'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Episode 2: Jon Snow Actor Talks Ep 1 Cliffhanger
Jon Snow used to know nothing. Now, he knows everything. And actor Kit Harington is teasing how Jon will react next in Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2.
In a Sunday interview published after the Season 8 premiere of Game of Thrones, Harington told Entertainment Weekly how Jon Snow emotionally registered the news that he is not only the rightful heir to the Iron Throne — his parents were Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark — but that his current lover, Daenerys, is his (wait for it) aunt. Eww.
Snow, predictably, did not take it well when his best friend Samwell Tarly told him in the crypts of Winterfell. But exactly how did Jon Snow take the news?
It is “the most upsetting thing in the world,” Haringon said. “If Jon could go back in time and say: ‘Whatever you’re about to say, don’t tell me,’ he would.” The actor added that “He’d happily be in ignorance.”
What’s more devastating for Jon is that he learns his father (or so he thought) had been lying to him his entire life.
“With Jon, it’s about what he says, ‘You’re telling me my father lied to me? My father, the most honorable man I’ve known my entire life, you’re saying that?’ For that moment, Samwell is nothing to him,” Harington said.
“Jon would disown this friend and beat him up if he was trying to lie to him about this. He’s quite threatening: You’re telling me this, you better be f—king right, and if you’re trying to play me — that was the way to play that scene I think. I hope it was.”
Harington contextualized Jon Snow as a simple character to understand. “He’s not hard to predict,” he told EW, “he doesn’t do many unexpected things.”
He added: “He finds out such a massive piece of information. Not only does he find out who his mother is but also that he’s related to the person he’s in love with. It’s hard for any actor to play. It’s not a two-hour movie but eight seasons of playing a character who’s finding out.”
Heading into Game of Thrones’ final season, fans have no doubt turned their attention to what will happen with Jon and Dany, arguably the only two people capable of uniting Westeros to fight the Night King’s army. How the two will move forward after learning of their family history could threaten the existence of the realm itself, but, it’s still gross.
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 p.m. Eastern on HBO.