Kit Harington reflects on his ‘unexpected’ bond with Emilia Clarke, and says she comes over all the time and plays with his kid

A woman with short blonde hair stands next to a man with dark curly hair and a mustache and beard.

In his first major public panel appearance since “Game of Thrones” ended in 2019, actor Kit Harington was asked by a fan about whether or not he keeps in touch with any of the other cast members or stayed close with. 

“Yeah, there are,” the Jon Snow actor said. “It’s a bit like leaving school, right? You have this tight bond of people over this one thing and then it ends.”

He continued: “There’s a deep sadness in that because you know you’re not gonna be in that group of people having that shared experience again. The magic from it’s gone and you have to let it go. We do it as actors all the time. We go from job to job to job, and you have this incredibly important shared experience and then you gotta let it go and move on to the next one. But you do hold on to relationships and some of those relationships can be unexpected.”

Harington met Rose Leslie (his now-wife and the mother of his child) when she was cast as Ygritte — Jon Snow’s love interest in season two of “Game of Thrones.” Ygritte was killed off in season four, but Harington and Leslie continued seeing each other and eventually married in 2018. Many of the “Game of Thrones” cast were in attendance, including Emilia Clarke. 

By then, Harington and Clarke (who starred as Daenerys Targaryen) were actually working together for the first time as the Mother of Dragons and Jon Snow intersected at last in the show’s storylines.

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Rose Leslie and Kit Harington as Ygritte and Jon Snow on “Game of Thrones.” 

“I don’t think me and Emilia were that close during the show because we were always separate,” Harington said. “But now since the show’s ended, we’ve become very close. Emilia’s very good friends with Rose and she lives down the road, so she’s over all the time and playing with my kid. We’re really close, me and Clarke.”

Harington also gave a shout-out to Ben Proctor, who played Dolorous Edd in “Game of Thrones” and is one of Harington’s “favorite people in the world.” Kristofer Hivju (Tormund), John Bradley West (Sam), and Liam Cunningham (Davos) were also among the cast members Harington has been in touch with recently.

There’s also a chance Harington and his ‘Game of Thrones’ costars might reunite for a sequel series sometime in the future

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Kit Harington and Kristofer Hivju as Jon Snow and Tormund in “Game of Thrones.” 

During HBO’s “Game of Thrones” convention in Los Angeles on Sunday, Harington did not acknowledge the report that a Jon Snow sequel series was in development — meaning for now it’s just an idea among the many successor show ideas being considered. So far no pilot or actual series has been greenlit by HBO.

Back in June 2022, “A Song of Ice and Fire” author George R.R. Martin wrote a blog post that mentioned the series.

“Yes, there is a Jon Snow show in development,” Martin wrote, noting that a Hollywood Reporter story by James Hibberd that had been published a week earlier was “largely correct.”

Martin went on to explain that the news must have come from a leak, and said “there’s not much more I can tell you, not until HBO gives me a green light.” As Insider reported at the time, HBO declined to comment when the first report was released. 

“I cannot tell you the names of the writers/showrunners since that has not been cleared for release yet,” he continued. “But Kit brought them in too, his own team, and they are terrific.” 

For now, fans will have to wait for further reports on whether or not Harington will ever don his heavy black cloak as Jon Snow again.

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