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One of the many things Game of Thrones has going for it is its fantastic cast, but it took lots and lots of auditioning for it. Some actors tested for a number of roles before being cast—Alfie Allen auditioned to play Jon Snow before getting the role of Theon Greyjoy. Kit Harington is no exception to that, as “audition tapes” courtesy of Jimmy Kimmel Live demonstrate.
It’s hard to imagine Kit Harington as anyone but Jon Snow, but he auditioned for many of the other characters on the show, complete with costumes and fake appendages. While some of his acting choices are inspiring—and he can do a mean “You know nothing, Jon Snow”—he’s clearly out of his depth with other roles. (Though he definitely gets some points for creativity for his take on a White Walker.)
The good news is that if Game of Thrones doesn’t work out for Harington and Jon Snow by the end of the series, he could easily play George R.R. Martin in a biopic.
i have no words pic.twitter.com/yX4N4gHXpJ— Osha (@oshawildling) July 11, 2017
Jimmy Kimmel also attempted to slyly get Game of Thrones spoilers out of Harington, but he didn’t take the bait. Considering Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy) recently revealed that she was almost fired just for putting her Game of Thrones role on her CV, we can only imagine what HBO would do if Harington revealed an actual spoiler ahead of time. What are they going to do, kill him again?
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.