Based on the hints Game of Thrones‘ Kit Harington is dropping about the HBO series’ harrowing fourth season — now in production — Jon Snow should’ve just stayed in the cave and contented himself with showing Ygritte exactly how much he does know.
Alas, there are invasions to stave off and a wall to defend, and Harington tells TVLine that “the pressure’s on” for Ned Stark’s bastard — and himself — to step up.
“It’s a big season for Jon Snow,” the actor says. “Without telling you what happens, it’s a heavy action season… God, this is probably my biggest season to date. So I’ve got to live up to it and do right by Jon and do right by the books’ fans.”
Those who have read author George R. R. Martin’s series of novels know that [Slight spoiler alert: Hop one of Daenerys' dragons and fly away if you don't want to have any inkling about what may come] Jon faces some very personal loss after returning to fight alongside what remains of the Night’s Watch — and that’s after the “heartbreak [and] grief” he experiences when news of last season’s events finally reach him.
“He’s learning of his brothers’ deaths and his stepmother’s death — although they didn’t get on — and he’s learning of the Lord Commander’s death,” Harington notes. “On top of that, he’s trying to get over the heartbreak of leaving Ygritte, and he’s having to deal with the backlash from him leaving the Night’s Watch.”
Speaking of the arrow-slinging redhead, he adds that she’s always on Jon’s mind (“very much so”), but that doesn’t mean you’ll see him spill all in a heart-to-heart with Sam or sob frozen tears while alone on guard duty.
“Jon doesn’t really talk about his emotions. [He's] an interesting one to play — it’s all internal,” the actor says. But he will concede that his alter ego is “nervous” about the mess of trouble headed south.
All told: “It’s not an easy place for him at the start of the season.” (With reporting by Vlada Gelman)Follow @kimroots