‘Game of Thrones’: What Does Kit Harington Want to Do Next?

Since 2011, fans have followed the story of the Stark family on HBO’s blockbuster show Game of Thrones. Emerging as the unlikely hero of both the series and the cast, Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow, has grown to become a certified celebrity around the world. With the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones set to premiere mid-April, fans are wondering what will become of Harington after the series ends, and when they will next be able to see the beloved young star.

How did Harington become famous?

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Out of all the characters on Game of Thrones, Jon Snow is one that has undergone possibly the most dramatic personal transformation. From his original identity as the shy, seemingly illegitimate son of Ned Stark to a ruler of the North, Snow stays true to his personal convictions throughout and can be said to be one of the few truly heroic characters on the show. He has remained a constant beacon of light on the show, even when surrounded by evil or degenerate characters.

The same can be said of Harington, who went from a relatively unknown English actor, who was only known for his work in various stage shows, to being cast in a leading role in one of the biggest television series of all time. In spite of being shot to fame through Game of Thrones, Harington has remained humble and prefers to stay a private person, granting relatively few interviews. He is also a known philanthropist and donates his time and money to several charities that are important to him.

What sort of characters does he want to play next?

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Harington’s roots are in theatre but as for his plans after Thrones ends, he intends to remain open to a wide variety of projects. In a recent interview, Harington opened up about the actors he most admires, and what sort of roles he will be gunning for in the future. He admitted that he particularly admired the careers of fellow British thespians Ben Whishaw and Benedict Cumberbatch, as they’ve managed to combine roles in big Hollywood blockbusters with independent film passion projects.

Harington also opened up about the challenges he’s had playing Jon Snow over the years. He acknowledged that it was difficult playing a character that was so steadfast and morally upright when his co-stars Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke frequently got more “fun” lines or scenes. Harington claims that because he’s had the experience playing a hero like Jon Snow, he’s more inclined to go after roles that are a little outside his wheelhouse. Although, he knows that it could be challenging getting the parts he wants right away because so many people know him as just one character — Jon Snow.

What’s next for Kit Harington?

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Harington will be making the rounds to late-night TV shows for some time, as Game of Thrones prepares to premiere on April 14th. Fans can also catch Harington in the new animated film How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. As for exactly what film or television roles fans can expect to see Harington in after he finalizes his commitment to Game of Thrones — that remains to be seen.

In his interview, Harington also admitted that he is looking forward to being able to cut his hair whenever he wants to: For nearly nine years, Harington has been forced to keep his signature long curls as part of his contract. No matter when or where Harington turns up next, there’s a legion of fans who will eagerly be following his every move.