‘Game of Thrones’ Finale: Jon Snow Actor Says Fans Are ‘In Denial’ About Who Daenerys Really Was

Jon Snow fell hard and fast for Daenerys Targaryen. So hard and so fast, he didn’t see the writing on the wall when she began to slip (catapult) into madness. Kit Harington, the man who plays Jon Snow, says many Game of Thrones fans are as oblivious to Daenerys’s true nature as Jon was.   

“If you track [Daenerys’s] story all the way back, she does some terrible things. She crucifies people. She burns people alive. This has been building,” he told EW. “So, we have to say to the audience: ‘You’re in denial about this woman as well. You knew something was wrong. You’re culpable, you cheered her on.'”

Kit Harington | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO
Kit Harington | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO

Additionally, the Jon Snow actor loves that some of the show’s most interesting, evil characters are women.

“One of my worries with this is we have Cersei and Dany, two leading women, who fall. The justification is: Just because they’re women, why should they be the goodies? They’re the most interesting characters in the show. And that’s what Thrones has always done. You can’t just say the strong women are going to end up the good people. Dany is not a good person. It’s going to open up discussion but there’s nothing done in this show that isn’t truthful to the characters. And when have you ever seen a woman play a dictator?” he said.

Just because Daenerys’s turn to madness made sense to Harington doesn’t mean it was any less emotional for his character to kill her. He says the death was strangely reminiscent for him of when Ygritte died.

“This is the second woman he’s fallen in love with who dies in his arms and he cradles her in the same way,” said Harington. “That’s an awful thing. In some ways, Jon did the same thing to Ygritte by training the boy who kills her. This destroys Jon to do this.”

Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington’s) message to the haters

The final season of Game of Thrones has been pretty heavily critiqued. The Jon Snow actor has a message for the naysayers:

“How I feel about the show right now is quite defiant. I think no matter what anyone thinks about this season—and I don’t mean to sound mean about critics here—but whatever critic spends half an hour writing about this season and makes their [negative] judgement on it, in my head they can go f–k themselves. ‘Cause I know how much work was put into this,” he told Esquire.

He continued: “I know how much people cared about this. I know how much pressure people put on themselves and I know how many sleepless nights working or otherwise people had on this show. Because they cared about it so much. Because they cared about the characters. Because they cared about the story. Because they cared about not letting people down. Now if people feel let down by it, I don’t give a f–k—because everyone tried their hardest. That’s how I feel. In the end, no one’s bigger fans of the show than we are, and we’re kind of doing it for ourselves. That’s all we could do, really. And I was just happy we got to the end.”

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