Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow on HBO’s Game of Thrones, was spotted in London last night at the premiere of his new film Testament of Youth, and he apparently had decidedly shorter hair.
So what, right? People cut their hair off all the time. Except, you may recall, that Kit Harington has a contract with HBO that specifically prohibits him from cutting off his hair while he’s still a cast member of Game of Thrones. That contract is so strict, in fact, that Harington had to wear a wig while shooting Testament of Youth because his character required shorter hair.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
BOOK SPOILERS AND POTENTIAL SERIES SPOILERS
It is quite possible that Kit Harington’s run on Game of Thrones is over. Shooting on the fifth season is done, and the fifth novel in the A Song of Ice and Fire series ends with a cliffhanger that sees Jon Snow being stabbed and left for dead. Is the character actually dead in the series? George R.R. Martin has been sly on that issue, suggesting he could still be alive.
Who knows, really? The fifth season of Game of Thrones is where the series will probably begin to diverge even more from the novels, as they head into a sixth and seventh season with no source material from which to work. Maybe Harington got out of his contract. Maybe his character will sport shorter hair in the sixth season. Maybe he has time to grow it back before shooting on the sixth season begins (after all, he didn’t cut it ALL off). Maybe he’ll wear a wig for the sixth season. Or maybe his character is dead.
I wouldn’t read too much into it. After all, when Andrew Lincoln shaved his beard on The Walking Dead, some suggested that could signal his demise. I tell you what, though. If he’s dead, that’s going to ruin some perfectly great fan theories about the show.