“Thrones nicely bookended my twenties, but I’m 30 now. Maybe I can reinvent myself and get away from an image that’s so synonymous with Thrones," says Harington, who has a miniseries, Gunpowder, and a film, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, in the pipeline. "But maybe this was the role I was always meant to play and that was it.”
For showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Harington was perfect for Jon Snow.
"He just had the look. The brooding intensity; the physical grace; the chip-on-the-shoulder quality that we always associate with extraordinarily short people," they explain of the five-foot-six actor.
Harington says he's not looking to take his "brooding intensity" to the "next big Oscar film" after Game of Thrones concludes next year.
“I don’t really aim to get into that next big Oscar film," he confesses. "That’s not really my route."