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Game of Thrones Interview:
Kit Harington

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With the premiere of HBO’s epic fantasy series Game of Thrones less than two weeks away, the hype surrounding the show contiunues to increase. The sprawling TV adaptation, based on author George R. R. Martin’s revered A Song of Ice and Fire novels, is already winning rave reviews from critics and fans alike. The Shelf had the opportunity to see the first two episodes of the show earlier this week and came away very impressed.

Today we were lucky enough to speak with actor Kit Harington (in Toronto filming Silent Hill: Revelation), who plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones. As the bastard son of Lord Eddard Stark (Sean Bean), Snow is the black sheep of his family. In an effort to find his place in the world, Jon joins the Night’s Watch; a once proud order of warriors dedicated to defending the northern reaches of the kingdom from an unknown threat. We discussed the audition process, the character of Jon Snow, the sprawling and illustrious cast, Thrones fan sites, and what he keeps on his dork shelf.

Viewer beware: there is a potential spoiler at 11:10 in the interview.

Special thanks to all the folks who submitted questions for Kit via email! Sorry that we couldn’t get to them all.

Game of Thrones begins April 17 at 9 PM on HBO Canada and HBO.

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  • Axe

    Great interview. What a coup! Harington is open and engaging.

  • HF

    What a great guy! He obviously knows his stuff. Also, how cool is it that he’s looking forward to the scene with Quorin Halfhand? I really hope that the series gets more seasons so we can watch him!

  • Sally Armstrong

    The series starts April 17th, not April 23rd! Just so people don’t miss the premiere! :)

  • Becky Wilson

    I LOVE that you discussed the rumors about Jon Snow’s origins. I was wondering what Kti Harington thought of it.

  • Elizabeth

    The casting has been brilliant so far, especially with the unknowns. Kit is a standout, everything we could want in Jon Snow, plus he is absolutely gorgeous. Hopefully this is the start of a long and enjoyable career for him (after the show has many, many more seasons, of course!)

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  • Dustincole

    seems like a really cool guy!

  • Jen

    Gasp, he’s in Toronto?! Time to figure out where Silent Hill 2 is filming so I can stalk him! And by stalk I mean catch a glimpse of, haha. :D

  • Lannister

    My most anticipated moment in the series is the meeting between Jon and Dany.
    A song of Ice and Fire indeed.

  • Tizmeannie

    wow, how cool! my friend sent me this link, and i am glad i watched. kit doesn’t seem much like the character john snow, which in my opinion, must make him such a better actor. i like that he is eager about the series, and into the hype. and i DEF think it is cool how he mentions the theories that are out about what john’s past and future hold. way to go, kit! thanks for rocking!

  • Ms. Stormborn

    Can’t wait for Dance w/ Dragons to come out and see how his character evolves. Harington was the perfect cast for Jon Snow. Hope they continue to cast new faces for characters in season 2. Looking forward to seeing the Jon/Ygritte storyline unfold onscreen.

  • Charmed_811

    you are a amazing actor what ever yu do and truly one sexy guy