Kit Harrington Talks Jon Snow Learning He’s A Targaryen On “Game Of Thrones”
Jon Snow, the man who’s been told for seasons that he “knows nothing”, now knows EVERYTHING.
In the “Game Of Thrones” season 8 premiere, Jon was finally told his true parentage and he clearly couldn’t deal.
In the crypts of Winterfell Jon was elated to see his best friend Samwell Tarley, but their reunion quickly turned to ash after Sam dropped a bomb that viewers have been anxiously waiting to detonate.
Sam told Jon the Targaryen truth, he’s of the House Targaryen, the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. His real name is actually Aegon Targaryen and he’s been a “King all along” and the rightful heir to the Iron Throne.
That also, of course, means that his lover Daenerys is actually his aunt and his father Ned Stark lied to him.
According to Kit Harrington a.k.a Jon Snow the news is, of course, devastating and “the most upsetting thing in the world.”
“If Jon could go back in time and say: ‘Whatever you’re about to say, don’t tell me,’ he would,” Harington told Entertainment Weekly. “He’d happily be in ignorance.”
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He also adds that he took his time for that scene to make sure “predictable” Jon had the right reaction; a mix of shock and anger. At one point Kit thinks Jon might want to strike Sam for not only telling him about his parentage but essentially calling his “father” the honorable Ned Stark, a “liar.”
“He’s not hard to predict, Jon, he doesn’t do many unexpected things,” Harington says. “You mark the particularly tricky scenes that you’re going have to concentrate on and this was one. 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.”
Harington notes Jon is pretty enraged by this news and struggling to contain himself. “The key to it is the audience already knows,” he says. “So it’s not a shock to them. 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. 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.”
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