Jon Snow has survived battles with White Walkers, been resurrected, returned to his childhood home, and was declared King in the North. But despite all of this, actor Kit Harington isn’t convinced Jon can be happy.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter for the upcoming season seven premiere of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Harington said his character is basically a “psychopath.”
“I actually think secretly deep down, he’s a bit of a psychopath, weirdly,” he said. “He looks for violence. In a strange way, and I said this to [director Miguel Sapochnik] during ‘Battle of the Bastards,’ I think that in a weird way this could be Jon’s natural home, on this battlefield, where he comes to life. For all of his good, he’s a violent man.”
And the battlefield is probably where Jon is going to spend much of the series’ final two seasons. At the end of season six, Jon was given the responsibility to lead the North in a fight for survival after being declared to lead Winterfell. Cersei sits on the Iron Throne in the South, Daenerys and her dragons are crossing the Narrow Sea to Westeros, and the threat of White Walkers lies to the North.
Harington thinks it’s going to be hard for Jon to find his own version of “happiness.”
“I think happiness is a very strange term to associate with Jon,” he said. “He has a very odd sense of what ‘happy’ is. It might not be everybody else’s ‘happy.’ I don’t know what happiness is for Jon.”
Though he has come so far since joining the Night’s Watch on season one, Jon still has much to learn about the threats he and his army face, as well as the truth about his own lineage.
“He seems to be the one person who’s gotten to leadership without actually asking for it,” Harington told The Hollywood Reporter. “He started the series as an illegitimate black sheep in the family who’s just going up to this, back and beyond, to achieve nothing. And now he’s the King in the North. He never aimed for that. He never expected it. He never asked for it. I think he’s proud of it, but I think he’s going to have about 10 seconds to be proud of it before he’s right back in the proverbial poop.”