Harington was at a press event for the new Game of Thrones Season 4 DVDs, which hits shelves in a week’s time. The actual question was if he, as the actor portraying Jon Snow, ever feels pressured by the fans, or worried he won’t live up to their ideals. Like many popular fantasy series with passionate fan bases, the reputation of Game of Thrones fans has a tendency to precede us. Harington said he wasn’t worried for himself, but what upset him was how we treat the man who created this world to begin with.
Harington’s quotes, after the jump.
“The only thing I get p–sed off about is that, as far as George RR Martin goes, there’s a lot of fan pressure on him – a lot of nasty, manipulative, quite vicious fan pressure that’s aimed towards him, about his health, and about when he is producing the next book. I get quite angry about that.”
Harington admits he considers himself to be “Friend-friends” with the author. This isn’t all that surprising, as over the years, other actors in the production have talked quite openly about being close to Martin–to the point of getting spoilers out of him. (Ahem, Alfie Allen.)
Harington himself is not a fan of social media, and does not have a Twitter account. Internet abuse in general seems to upset him. “It’s unhealthy, and symptomatic of many problems we have at the moment, in terms of people sitting behind a screen and firing arrows, which I think is an ugly side of our society.” I’m sure it doesn’t help that fellow actors like Maisie Williams have also experiences cyber-bullying, to the point where she has become an advocate on the subject.
“Stuff about the show, about how it varies from the book – I get angry about that, because it [the show] is an adaptation,” he said. “It’s a version of the book, and people shouldn’t take it literally.”
This last bit isn’t all that surprising, considering that–though Harington insisted he knew nothing of what was coming, and refused to give away any spoilers for Season 5–we learned very recently in the A Day In the Life special that Harington’s character will be going “off book.” Though we can only guess at what might be in store for his character this coming year, all we know for sure right now is that, much like he did last season, Snow will be going North of the Wall in order to beef up his story line with more actions and moments of Jon Snow derring do.
“As far as what the future brings for us, I believe none of us [the Game of Thrones cast] know anything at all,” he said. “The three people who know what is coming – and I believe it really is only three – are George RR Martin, David Benioff and Dan Weiss”.
That’s very true, but I wouldn’t have minded another hint or two of what’s coming at Hardhome anyway.