In the Season 3 premiere of “Game of Thrones,” “Valar Dohaeris,” Jon Snow finally comes face-to-face with the King Beyond The Wall, Mance Rayder. Kit Harington teased to Zap2it on the “Game of Thrones” Season 3 premiere red carpet that Jon’s relationship with Mance changes how he views the world in the upcoming season.
“I think it affects Jon’s psyche because he wants to know why Mance Rayder deserted because he’s maybe feeling the same things in his heart,” Harington teased. “He also needs to convince this genuine deserter from the Night’s Watch that he’s doing the same thing — this very clever man who can read people and read into people — and I think he’s terrified he’s going to be found out. He has to convince himself that he’s becoming a Wildling, which obviously plays crazy tricks with his brain.”
As for what’s in store for Jon in Season 3, Harington said, “He’s now going beyond the Wall and joining the Wildlings and we have to see whether he stays faithful to the Night’s Watch or whether he’d prefer to be a free man and go off with the Wildlings. That’s what this season’s really about for Jon.”
“I’d like to point out she kisses me, I don’t kiss her in that trailer. I need to clarify that,” Harington said. “You’ll have to see what happens with Jon and Ygritte this season.”
But what about the story about Harington and Leslie filming a scene in a hot tub together? “I don’t know anything about that, I’m afraid,” he hedged. “You’ll have to wait and see whether anything actually fires off or not; whether Jon goes against his vows. I don’t know, we’ll see.”
Fans probably won’t get any scenes between Jon and Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) in Season 3, but Harington said that the new actors he’s working with — Ciaran Hinds, Mackenzie Crook and Kristofer Hivju, the latter of whom Harington said people should “watch out for” — are great additions to “Game of Thrones.”
“Those three performances are going to be quite something,” he said. “Mackenzie, I’ve never seen him do a role like this. We obviously know him from Gareth in ‘The Office’ or he’s in ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean’ and I saw him in a Chekov play once, but I’ve never seen him play a disturbed, evil character. That’s what he is this season and he does it perfectly.”
As George R.R. Martin hasn’t written the final “A Song of Ice and Fire” novel yet, the public doesn’t know how the series is going to pan out. Harington shared his theory on how “Game of Thrones” will end, and it’s one that’s easy to get behind.
“I’d love to say Jon on the throne, but I actually don’t think he would be,” he teased. “I think either him and Daenerys will have a great big massive battle, or they’ll team up and Jon will become Hand to the Queen. That’s my theory.”
“Game of Thrones” airs Sundays on HBO at 9 p.m. ET.