Harington also says he understands the appeal of his character, Jon Snow, explaining, “The show started when the economy was very bad. People were looking for a hero trying to make his way through a dark world that they didn’t understand. That’s Jon Snow.”
For Harington, Rolling Stone finds out more about the 27-year-old man behind the mop of hair. He admits he’s not on Twitter because he doesn’t “want to talk about myself more than I already have to,” while he recounts stories of skinny-dipping at a “Hollywood hotspot” and crashing a Mustang while sober.
The Martin interview is much longer, but worth the time investment for a deep look into the mind of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” author. Martin explains how his personal history and America’s affected his worldview, and how those combined factors translated into “Game of Thrones.” He also takes Rolling Stone through his development of the novels, and how they are both informed by and different from J.R.R. Tolkein’s “The Lord of the Rings.”
“Game of Thrones” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.