Warning: Spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 4, episode 9 “The Watchers on the Wall” are contained in this article.
Jon Snow lost the one woman he’s ever loved, and he’s going to be forever changed by it.
Zap2it spoke with Kit Harington about filming the death of Ygritte, and he admits that it was a very hard scene for him and Rose Leslie to shoot. “It’s one of those moments when I’m going to be very nervous about because it’s so important to me and Rose Leslie, who plays Ygritte, that it works,” he says. “I think we as actors tied it up as well as it was written. I think Rose definitely did. Whether I did, who f***ing knows.”
Though Ygritte was technically Jon’s enemy at the end, she was also one of the most important women in his life. Harington thinks that’s why Ygritte had such a strong effect on him.
“Apart from his sister Arya, he’s never had a female figure close enough to him. I think that’s why he’s so confused by [Ygritte] for so long,” Harington says. “She wants to attach herself to him, and he finds this utterly confusing. He’s never had a mother figure, he’s never had anything close to him but his sister, finally he gives into his male urges, and that has a profound effect on any man. Love is, even for a medieval dude like Jon Snow who’s f***ing steel inside as far as I’m concerned, meeting a woman is going to break that.”
Now that Ygritte is dead, expect a very different Jon Snow in Season 5. “That’s the biggest thing that happens to him: Falling in love, falling out of love, and then losing your love in the most heartbreaking way. So after that happens, after she dies, he is — and this is what I wanted to get in the series — is he’s a profoundly, profoundly different person,” Harington says. “He’s cold. He’s cold inside after that.”
“Game of Thrones'” Season 4 finale airs Sunday, June 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.