Thanks to his role as Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, Kit Harington has become an international superstar. With Game of Thrones Season 4, which should be Jon's biggest season yet, less than a week away, let’s take a look back at his best moments on the show so far.
Jon, Meet Ghost. The first clue we get as to who Jon Snow is occurs in the pilot, when the Starks come across a dead direwolf with five pups. The direwolf is the sigil of House Stark, and Jon suggests it’s a sign from the Gods that there are five pups; one for each of the Stark children (Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Rickon). Jon purposely leaves himself out because he’s a bastard, showing the sense of honor and selflessness that later comes to define the character. Then, a sixth pup is discovered, an all-white runt which goes to Jon. Jon names the wolf “Ghost,” and we see their bond form immediately.
Tyrion and Jon, BFFS. Back in Season 1, Tyrion accompanies Jon to the Wall, and their interactions are pure gold. The two both share something as the outsiders of their respective families, Jon being a bastard and Tyrion being a dwarf, and through that they develop an unlikely friendship. Let’s hope that someday these two will reunite, we miss their chemistry!
No One Touches Sam. We get our first glimpse at Jon’s leadership qualities after Sam is introduced to the Night’s Watch. Alliser Thorne is incredibly hard on Sam, forcing the brothers of the Night’s Watch to beat him mercilessly. Jon takes a stand (a very risky and unpopular one at first) and convinces his brothers not to touch Sam when instructed to, no matter what. They all agree, except for Rast... That is until Jon pays him a late night visit with Ghost and convinces him otherwise.
Kissed by Fire. Jon is such an honorable do-gooder that by Season 3 we’ve actually grown a little tired of his act. That’s why it’s so great to see him cast aside his vows and get busy with Ygritte in a cave. Jon fell in love, lost his virginity, and became more human all in one fell swoop, adding a whole new dimension to his character.
Bye, Orell. Jon had had a lot of pent up anger his whole life. Being raised as a bastard and scorned by Cat, being treated like dirt in the Night’s Watch, and his father’s execution all made for one very angry young man. When Jon reveals to the Wildlings where his loyalties truly lie, we finally get to see him release some of his anger and get revenge on someone who had wronged him when he kills Orell. You get the sense that when he plunged his sword into Orell’s gut, he was also picturing Alliser Thorne, Joffrey, Craster, and everyone else who’d ever wronged him.
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