Game Of Thrones Q&A: Kit Harington Talks SNL Sketches, Climbing The Wall & Jon's Love For Ygritte
Kit Harington as Jon Snow in 'Game of Thrones,' and Kit Harington on a red carpet at a 'Game of Thrones' event -- Getty ImagesHelen Sloan/HBO
He may play the earnest, heroic and quite often serious Jon Snow on HBO's epic "Game of Thrones," but Kit Harington has a well-exercised funny bone, one that was tickled recently by "Saturday Night Live."
"It was very funny," Kit tells AccessHollywood.com of the show's most recent "GOT"-themed sketch, which had its cast playing contestants, competing in a "Game of Thrones" game. "I'm a big Zach Galifianakis fan, so I just found it hilarious, and Nikolaj [Coster-Waldau, who made a cameo in it] was funny."
Just a year ago, "SNL" player Taran Killam actually impersonated the Englishman in another sketch about the drama, and down the phone line from Canada (where he's been shooting the film "Pompeii") Kit admits to Access he found Taran's work to be on point.
"I saw that other one they did and it's a horribly accurate impression of me," he laughs.
As for Kit's work -- his portrayal of Jon Snow has not only been accurate, but compelling. From Season 1, Kit's Jon has fit in closely with the Jon of George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels: a young man who grew up in a noble family (but without the perks of their name), suffered emotional abuse at the hands of his stepmother, and left home determined to live up to an idealized version of nobility he couldn't have in the Seven Kingdoms, by dedicating the rest of his life to the Night's Watch.
It didn't quite turn out the way Jon planned. He entered into the Wildling camp at the start of Season 3, and later, broke his chastity vow for a feisty, flame-haired woman named Ygritte. And for those who haven't read, "A Storm of Swords," and don't know what's on the way, Kit's put a real question in TV watchers' minds over where Jon's loyalties lie.
One place it was clear they do exist is in self-preservation. After Orell tried to cut the rope holding Jon and Ygritte thousands of feet above the ground in last Sunday's "The Climb" episode, Jon managed to save himself and his girl with some quick thinking. And in our new interview with the actor, Kit told Access about preparing to film the epic, action-packed scene, Jon's feelings for Ygritte and the trouble that lies ahead for his character as the season continues.
Access: Last Sunday night, 'The Climb' episode of 'Game of Thrones' aired. Mackenzie Crook, who plays Orell, told us you actually had to have ice wall climbing lessons. What does that entail?
Kit Harington: They're very thorough HBO and also, [we knew] we we're going to be doing this big scene where we climb The Wall, so... they sent us to an ice wall in London and we had a bit of experience. But, the actual Wall itself was very different from that. It's an incredible set that they built in Belfast. They built this 50 foot section of like plasters and wax and you could actually climb it with picks. We were being winched up and down that all day, for like three days or four days. With this series, every now and again you walk on [set] and you see what all the guys in 'Thrones' have built and that was one of those, 'Wow!' moments of like, 'This must have cost you a fortune and it looks incredible.' It was an amazing experience.