Harington, who plays the show’s wild-haired Jon Snow, graces the cover of our new issue
APRIL 23, 2014 11:00 AM ET
With its many beheadings, battles and betrayals, Game of Thrones has fast become the most anticipated hour of television for millions of Americans each week. The new issue of Rolling Stone– covered by actor Kit Harington, who plays the show’s long-haired, steely-eyed hero Jon Snow – goes behind the scenes with features on Harington and an in-depth interview with novelist George R.R. Martin, who conceived the world of Westeros and the Song of Ice and Fire series of books that serve as the basis for Game of Thrones.
In the Haringon feature, “The Winter Soldier,” written by contributing editor Stephen Rodrick, the frequently tight-lipped 27-year-old actor explained what he has in common with Snow, as well as their differences. “Snow’s a black sheep,” Harington says. “The thing that drives both of us is more similar than you might think – he’s driven by ambition. I’ve always been ambitious too.” Snow, he said, is a good person who believes in what he’s doing and he admires the way the character balances duty with ambition. “I’m very ambitious,” Harington said, “but how do I balance that with not fucking other people up around me?”
Harington also revealed that once the show has its final colorful wedding – which could still be five or more years away – he hopes to enjoy different sorts of roles. “I told my agent, ‘No more swords, no more horses,’” he said. “You [don't want to] get stuck in things. And maybe I can cut my fucking hair.”
But until then, he said he is enjoying perpetuating myths both onscreen and off. “I don’t do Twitter because I don’t want to talk about myself more than I already have to,” he said, though he shared stories with Rolling Stone about skinny dipping in the pool at a Hollywood hotspot and crashing a Ford Mustang while sober. But he also acknowledges that he is lucky to have such a fruitful career playing a beloved character, and that he understands the appeal of Jon Snow. “The show started when the economy was very bad,” Harington said. “People were looking for a hero trying to make his way through a dark world that they didn’t understand. That’s Jon Snow.”