Many TV shows have gone to great lengths just to keep storylines under wraps and Game of Thrones is no exception. Kit Harrington, who plays Jon Snow on the HBO hit series, appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night and revealed that the cast had to film fake scenes in attempt to throw off paparazzi.
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"We put together people in situations where we knew the paparazzi was around so they would take photos and end up on the internet. So we'd fake scenes," Harrington told Kimmel, adding that they did three fake scenes that took about five hours each.
In another interview, Harrington was able to shed more light on his character without giving away any spoilers. He marvels at Jon's incredible journey -- from bastard son of the lord of Winterfell, a watcher of the Wall, his death and resurrection to becoming the King of the North.
"He seems to be the one person who's gotten to leadership without actually asking for it," Harington told The Hollywood Reporter
. "He started the series as an illegitimate black sheep in the family who's just going up to this, back and beyond, to achieve nothing. And now he's the King in the North. He never aimed for that. He never expected it. He never asked for it. I think he's proud of it, but I think he's going to have about 10 seconds to be proud of it before he's right back in the proverbial poop."
Jon's fate, whatever it may be, is not associated with happiness. Harrington feels like Jon has a very different sense of what makes him happy, and that's why he's often in the middle of chaos.
"He has a very odd sense of what 'happy' is," Harrington said of his character. "It might not be everybody else's 'happy.' I don't know what happiness is for Jon. I actually think secretly deep down, he's a bit of a psychopath, weirdly. He looks for violence. In a strange way, and I said this to [director Miguel Sapochnik] during 'Battle of the Bastards,' I think that in a weird way this could be Jon's natural home, on this battlefield, where he comes to life. For all of his good, he's a violent man."
Meanwhile, one of the most anticipated storylines in the upcoming season will most likely involve a fan theory about Jon's origin. Last season, it was revealed that Jon is not the son of Eddard Stark (Sean Bean.) Instead, his mother is Ned's late sister Lyanna Stark, implying that his father is Rhaegar Targaryen. This assumption would make Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) Jon's aunt. But Harrington remains cautious about the R+L=J theory.
"It's important to say at the moment that it looks clear that this fan theory is going to come true, but we don't know that yet," he said. "We know Lyanna Stark is his mother, but we don't know who his father is for sure yet. But when I read all of that, I was very excited by it. There's obviously been this mystery for him for many seasons and many years. I love that he doesn't know about it. We all know about it, but he's completely in the dark about it. As far as he knows, he's still the illegitimate child of Ned Stark and some southern woman somewhere. That's all he thinks."