Kit Harington Talks Best Friends From ‘Game of Thrones’ Cast

Kit Harington has been portraying Jon Snow since Game of Thrones premiered in 2011; with nearly a decade under his belt working with the incomparable ensemble, he’s made a few close friendships along the way.

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Kit Harington | Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO

While his bond with Emilia Clarke is very specific – as they both graduated drama school and found themselves at the center of a mega-hit virtually overnight – he explained to Esquire that he, Alfie Allen, and Richard Madden hit it off right from the get-go.

Alfie Allen portrays Theon Greyjoy, while Richard Madden played Robb Stark. Allen, Madden, and Harington are all exactly 32 years old and started the show as young guys, excited to be working on such an impactful and unique production. Kit Harington sat down with Esquire to discuss his time on the show, and how he grew to be so close with Allen and Madden.

Kit Harington says he, Allen, and Madden were the “young lads” on ‘Game of Thrones’

During his interview with Esquire, Kit Harington discussed the first table read for Game of Thrones, and his early encounters with Allen and Madden. He told the interviewer:

“Richard [Robb Stark], Alfie [Theon Greyjoy], and I all met for the first time at that table read. We were completely fresh off the boat. This was a huge job for us: a pilot for HBO. American TV. That was massive. I remember it was very, very exciting.”

Sharing a similar experience and the same introduction to the show: a pilot that never aired because it was a “disaster,” according to Kit Harington himself, paved the way for the start of a friendship trifecta. Harington – referring to himself, Alfie Allen, and Richard Madden – told Esquire:

“We were almost like kids ourselves, going on this big wheel and obviously having this souvenir photo taken. It’s just remarkable looking at it now and thinking we had no idea what was going to happen with the show. We were just young actors happy to be working—literally a world-at-your-feet sort of thing but no expectations from it.

That was the start of a very close friendship between us, because I think we looked around the room at the table read and went, “You’re a young lad. You’re a young lad. You’re a young lad.” We were the young lads of the show. For about three years after that [until Robb Stark was killed] we were inseparable. You know, we were best, best mates. And we still are.”


Kit Harington explains that, while the friendship may have started with the mere realization that they were the three young folks in their 20s (when the show first began), their relationship has grown into a strong, and likely, timeless friendship.

What has Richard Madden been up to since his character died on ‘Game of Thrones?’

Richard Madden starred in Bodyguard (the TV series), which premiered in 2018 and played the handsome Prince in 2015’s Cinderella. Richard Madden also starred in Lady Chatterley’s Lover and The Take following his run on Game of Thrones.

Madden will appear in 2019’s Rocketman as John Reid, alongside Taron Egerton and Bryce Dallas Howard. The actor is also involved in a film titled 1917, which is currently filming. So, while he may have been killed off on Game of Thrones, the actor has done pretty well for himself since. How many people get to play the Prince in Cinderella?