Back in “Game of Thrones” Season 1, it was easy to point to Ned Stark as the show’s central hero. Even in Season 2, Tyrion Lannister seemed like the obvious choice, while in Season 3 it seemed Robb Stark would right Westeros’ wrongs. But according to star Kit Harington, the central heroes of “Game of Thrones” are looking less and less like heroes in Season 4.
A recurring theme of Zap2it‘s interviews with “Game of Thrones” fan-favorites like Maisie Williams, who plays Arya; Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who plays Bran; and even Harington, who plays Jon Snow, is that their characters are taking a darker turn in 2014. Harington elaborates that the “classic heroes” on the show will not resemble their shinier selves from earlier seasons once viewers get into Season 4.
“I think all of your heroes in ‘Game of Thrones’ start [going dark], and that’s what’s really fascinating about it,” Harington tells Zap2it. “Let’s look at the classic heroes in it: Tyrion, Arya, Dany, Jon; they’re kind of your classic heroes at the start. This season, every single one of them turns slightly, some more so than others. Tyrion gets very twisted. Dany goes very dark, and all the goodness in her starts turning quite dark. Arya starts having her lists of people she wants to kill, and Jon starts fighting dirty.
“It’s what’s fascinating about it is that your good people aren’t good, and they can’t be. To win, they can’t be. Even in the first season, Cersei says, ‘You either win or you die,’ and that’s the lesson they’re taking as we go on,” he says.
Harington admits that he’s rooting for Peter Dinklage’s Tyrion Lannister to come out the victor (if there is one) by the series’ end, but teases that Tyrion isn’t as fun in Season 4 as he was in previous seasons. “He loses his humor this season, really,” Harington says. “He doesn’t have anything to laugh about anymore, and that’s very not-Tyrion.”
Jon and Tyrion only had a handful of scenes together back at the beginning of Season 1, but Harington has hopes that fate brings those two characters back together. As he sees it, they’re two of the only characters on “Game of Thrones” who have a sense of perspective, which is an increasingly important quality on the show nowadays.
“[Jon] is one of the few people who has perspective. I don’t think Daenerys has perspective, but I think Tyrion has perspective. Everyone else loses perspective, apart from Tyrion and Jon, and maybe Varys. I think Tyrion and Jon got on for that reason. They’re quite grounded people, in lots of ways,” Harington says. “I loved working with Peter. I always feel like it’s never quite done with them. It always felt like they were going to meet again, so I’m hoping that they do.”
“Game of Thrones” Season 4 premieres on April 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.