New York Post


Kit Harington’s Season 7 forecast for ‘Thrones’ alter-ego


KIT Harington is feeling upbeat about the prospects of his “Game of

Thrones” alter-ego, Jon Snow.

Having survived a gruesome assassinat­ion by the Night’s Watch, thanks to an otherworld­ly resurrecti­on, and the Battle of the Bastards, he doesn’t think there’s much standing in the way between Snow and the Iron Throne.

“If you’re going to go into a betting shop and bet on who’s going to win, I think he’s high up there. I think he’s an eight or a nine,” says Harington, 30.

The star of the HBO phenomenon tells The Post that Snow has met his match this season —and it’s not another musket-brandishin­g warrior. It’s his half-sister, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner). In the end, it may be brains, not brawn, that saves the Starks from the advance of the Night King (Vladimir Furdik).

“Sansa is cleverer than John. She’s more intelligen­t,” Harington says. “And she knows she is the one person he can’t banish or execute. If anyone else chal- lenged Jon the way she does, they would be kicked out of his camp. But she’s his sister, so there’s nothing he can do about that.”

Fans saw the siblings bickering about military strategy in Season 7’s premiere episode, “Dragon Stone,” in which several characters reconnoite­red for the series’ end game in 2018. Harington believes the one enemy everyone has reason to fear is the Night King.

“He’s a monster. Anyone else you can reason with,” Harington says. “Even Cersei [Lena Headey]. Even Cersei has some reasonable bone in her body you can get to. This guy, he’s the terminator.”

Wearing a black T shirt and black jeans, Harington cuts a casual yet serious figure. The slightly built actor was born in London and named after Elizabetha­n playwright Christophe­r Marlowe, but the actor has more infamous ancestors in his lineage. Robert Catesby, whom Harington will play in a BBC historical drama, was a Catholic crusader who helped organize, along with the more famous Guy Fawkes, the Gunpowder Plot conspiracy in 1605 which tried — and failed — to blow up the House of Lords. “It’s a fascinatin­g part of my family history,” says Harington, who seems uncomforta­ble talking about the BBC drama on HBO’s dime.

He’ll eagerly discuss how “GoT” has changed his life. Not only did he meet his girlfriend, Rose Leslie on the series — she played the ill-fated Ygritte — but it has opened many doors for him.

“If you get into an audition and know you’ve got this incredible show that a large of population watch, you get to walk in with confidence,” he says.

Yet when audiences see him next, they may go into Twittersho­ck. “It’s about as different from ‘Game of Thrones’ as you can get,” he says of “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” a movie in which he plays the title role. “It’s about a young TV star who’s about to go into film. He’s secretly a gay man but he won’t tell the world about it. The press outs him and tears him down and it’s about his journey through that.”

Jon Snow’s journey is far from over and Harington cautions that last season’s bombshell — that Ned Stark is not his father — must be taken with a grain of salt. “It’s important to say that ‘Thrones’ always flips fans’ expectatio­ns of what is going to happen,” he says.

“It would be presumptuo­us to start assuming that the most popular fan theory is the one we’re going to go with.”

 ??  ??

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from United States