Filming of the final season of Game of Thrones is in its last few weeks, and Kit Harington already has a plan for saying goodbye to his iconic role of Jon Snow. After playing the character for eight seasons, he plans to make the transition into the next part of his career by cutting off his long hair as soon as filming wraps.
“I’d like to step away and enjoy the obscurity, cut my hair, make myself less recognizable as the character, and go do and some other things with a completely new look and tone,” says Harington.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Harington plans to go very short with the cut, but it will be harder for him to get rid of the beard because he likes it. Actually, he likes the long hair, too. But, getting rid of the long hair and beard will be a “ritualistic thing” because he doesn’t want to go into his next role with the same look. He says the role of Jon Snow was brilliant, but he will need to get rid of him.
Of course, Harington’s plans could change depending on the next role he lands. Meanwhile, he is still filming Game of Thrones and continues to maintain the same look he has had since the show began in 2011.
It isn’t uncommon for an actor to change up their look after saying goodbye to a famous character. Emma Watson cut off her long hair after filming the final Harry Potter movie. She said she was not a little girl anymore, and after ten years of making the Harry Potter movies, she needed to mark the end by making a drastic change. So, her long hair turned into a short crop.
Fans might remember that in the hiatus between seasons five and six of GOT, Harington cut his long hair to help sell the idea that his character was dead, and he was done with the show.
It does look like Harington will have his Jon Snow style in his wedding photos. Considering the HBO show’s current production schedule and the report that he will be marrying his former co-star Rose Leslie on June 23rd, he won’t have his short hair for his big day.
In addition to his wedding and filming schedule, Harington is also busy with fundraising efforts for the Longlands charity, which is a working farm that helps kids develop skills. For about $6,600 (£5,000), you can buy a private dinner with the HBO star at a restaurant in Worcester. And, $13,349 (£10,000) will get you a dinner with the Harington and eight friends.
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But, there is only one dinner available, so the first person to drop the cash will win the special evening.
Harington grew up near the Longlands farm, and he is committed to helping the educational charity. On their crowdfunding page, the charity explains that their students have struggled in mainstream school, and some have difficult backgrounds or mental health issues.
When they go to Longlands, the kids have the opportunity to work with the staff to develop skills with animals and farm work. This leads to qualifications that allow them to further their education and gain employment.
The current fundraiser is for a new building project on the farm property.
Kit Harington returns for the final season of Game of Thrones in 2019 on HBO.