All-captivating thrilling and suspense-filled HBO series Game of Thrones would not be intriguing without characters like Jon Snow portrayed by Kit Harrington. Lovers of the series can’t get enough of the enigmatic character in the series adaptation of George R.R Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series of novels.
Snow has been portrayed in a series of dynamic developments in the novel becoming a major point of view in the movie. The series portrayed the struggle for power and dominance of the fictional Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. Several questions have been asked about the fascinating GOT character. Let’s answer some of them…
Brief Bio of Kit Harrington, The Actor Who Plays Jon Snow GOT Character
Jon Snow is Kit Harrington in real life. He was born on 26 December 1986 in Acton, London. Harrington attended Central School of Speech and Drama, where he graduated in 2008. His first role ever was in theatrical production War Horse. Kit needed not embark on endless audition scoutings before he got his big break on-screen with Game of Thrones (GOT) as Jon Snow. His remarkable role in the movie which abruptly shot him to fame and prominence has earned him lots of accolades and has placed him on a high pedestal among his counterparts.
Who Is Jon Snow?
In the first season of the series, Jon Snow appeared as a bastard son of Eddard (Ned) Stark, the Lord of Winterfell in Westeros. He had five half-siblings, Ned Stark’s children with his wife Catelyn Stark – Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Rickon. Faced with trying times and overwhelming calamity, Ned sends his illegitimate son to the Night’s Watch at Castle Black – the men of the Night’s Watch guard the wall from intruders including the Wildlings.
In the second season of the series, Snow, alongside Night’s Watch ranger, Qhorin Halfhand was captured by the Wildlings beyond the borders in their bid to penetrate the Wall. Left with no other option, Qhorin asked Snow to kill him in other to gain the trust of the Wildlings.
In Season 3, Jon Snow hiding his ulterior motives swore allegiance to the leader of the Wildlings, Mance Rayder, but secretly spies on them for the Night’s Watch. Finding out their plans to invade the wall, he soon became romantically with one of them, Ygritte, which is against the tenets of the Night’s Watch. He would also escape from the Wildlings when his cover was blown. In he next season, his noble act earned him the position of the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch.
In Season 5, Jon Snow, the New Lord Commander sent his friend Sam, alongside Craster’s daughter and her baby whom he rescued; away from the Watch to protect them from looming terror. In ‘A Dance With The Dragons’, Snow who is so righteous and disciplined seeks to make the Wildlings (the long-standing enemies of Watch) allies of the Watch. This culminated in a catastrophe at the Watch, ending in a bloody and ugly fate for Snow – he was killed by his own followers who labeled him a traitor.
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In Season 6, Jon Snow loyalists like Davos Seaworth, Dolorous Edd, and others rallied in a room with dead Snow hoping for a miracle. Davos managed to convince the Red Woman Milisandre to bring him (Snow) back to life which she did. Jon Snow assumed his position as Lord Commander and executed his murderers for treason. Leaving the Watch in Edd’s hand before leaving Castle Black, he reunited with his half-sister, Sansa who absconded from Ramsay; conqueror of their home Winterfell and her ruthless and abusive husband. Sansa sought to reclaim Winterfell with Snow’s help. Hearing of Ramsey’s capture of their little brother, Rickon, Snow got set for battle and faced off with Ramsey in a ‘Battle of Bastards’ which saw his victory and Sansa’s reclaim of Winterfell.
In Season 7, Jon Snow learns from Sam that lying beneath Dragonstone, the ancient Targaryen castle where Danearys Targaryen was, were truckloads of dragon glass needed to kill the growing White Walkers (the Walking dead) who are fast approaching Westeros. Having been invited by the mother of Dragons, Daenerys, Snow went to Dragonstone but refuses to swear allegiance to her. After convincing Cersei Lannister of White Walkers at King’s Landing, Jon Snow and his team were ambushed by the White walkers led by the Night King who killed one of Daenerys Dragons when she came to their rescue.
The Mother of Dragons, having seen the White Walkers herself and filled with murderous rage over the death of one of her dragons, she agreed to fight the dead with Snow and he inturn agrees to bend the knee to her as his queen. They also arrived in a truce with Cersei who also agreed to join them in the fight against the White Walkers. Bran soon saw that Jon Snow is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lynna Stark and was born Aeon Targaryen. Meanwhile, Snow and Daenerys consummate their burning passion.
Who are His Parents?
In the beginning, Jon Sow was thought to be the illegitimate son of Ned Stark, Lord of Winterfell and step-son of his wife Catelyn Stark. But as the story developed it was discovered that he is the product of a romance between of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark.
Kit Harrington, however, was born Christopher Catesby Harington to Deborah Jane (Catesby), and Sir David Harington, his parents.
Is He Really Dead?
In Game of Thrones, Jon Snow died in season 5 after he let the Wildlings pass through the Wall, and infuriated the resentful faction of the Night’s Watch. GOT fans were left in so much pain and grief over the death of their favorite who is also the major point of view in the series. But Snow was resurrected by the Red Woman Mellisandre, after which he executed his murderers for treason.
What Is Kit Harrington’s Net Worth?
Kit Harrington only appeared in a theatre production before he got his big break from Game of Thrones. Kit became one of the highest paid actors in 2017 with a whopping £2 million, which saw a dramatic elevation of his financial status. The actor sits on an enviable net worth of $12 million which is likely to become a trifling figure in the coming years.