In anticipation of the Game of Thrones season 7 premiere this Sunday, Kit Harrington stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! to share a little known secret: he actually auditioned for other roles on the hit fantasy HBO show before landing Jon Snow. Peep the video above to see Harrington portraying other cast members like Cersei, Hodor, and Khaleesi/Daenerys Targaryen/Mother of Dragons/etc.
Now that we have an idea of how he would play some of the biggest roles on Game of Thrones, it’s probably for the best that he got the role of the The King in the North, since it doesn’t seem like his auditions were very well received. But then again, he did bring his own props—most notably, a set of plastic breasts—so, you know, A for effort.
Harrington also admitted to Kimmel that the cast is well aware of the public's thirst for any kind of Game of Thrones news, but the notoriously secretive TV show went above and beyond to make sure people weren't aware of what was going on. “We did fake some scenes,” Harington revealed. “We put together people in situations where we knew the paparazzi was around so they’d take photos, and that would get on the internet to fake scenes.”
While we don't know exactly which leaks Harrington was talking about, he might be referring to some set photos that surfaced in October 2016 that implied Jon Snow, Tyrion, and Danaerys would be filming together.
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Next season on Game of thrones: "how to pet your dragon ft. Jon Snow" 😰😰 pic.twitter.com/WRGRyF0PQH
The penultimate season of Game of Thrones will premiere Sunday, July 16 on HBO and there have been a few details released here and there about what fans should expect out of the highly anticipated season. We know that the end of the series is fast approaching, and this year’s season will serve as the first part of the last season. It will have just seven episodes as opposed to the traditional ten, and since this year's season is being released slightly later than usual, most fans are eager to jump back into the show's unique world. Most recently, HBO released the names and plot summaries of the first three episodes of this season, which allowed for some speculation about how the season will look.
In the meantime, here’s a trailer to tide you over until Sunday’s premiere.