Game of Thrones fans recently experienced a rollercoaster of emotions that began with seeing Jon Snow (played by Kit Harington) killed at the end of Season 5. That was followed by months (10 of them!) of not knowing whether or not to grieve his death, as rumors of his future resurrection abounded. Then, there were many fan gasps of joy as they watched him take a breath in his new life in the premiere of Season 6 of Game of Thrones. Kit Harington has spoken about the difficulty of keeping his secret for so long, but now he is speaking about a much more enjoyable experience: falling in love.
The curly-haired Kit Harington, who has become a Game of Thrones fan favorite, spoke with Vogue Italia recently about his experience on the show, including falling in love with co-star Rose Leslie. E! Online reports that Harington and Leslie fell in love in 2012 and dated off and on for a while. Rose appeared as Ygritte, the love interest of Kit’s character Jon Snow. They had a passionate but tumultuous relationship on Game of Thrones. And that big secret Harington had to keep for so long? Well, Kit has said in several interviews recently that he did share the truth with Rose. Did he tell anyone else? He gave this sweet answer.
“I told Mum and Dad straight away. It’s Mum and Dad. No one else…well, my girlfriend knew. A few people knew quite quickly. They’re all very trusted people.”
Harington also said that Game of Thrones showrunners knew who he was going to tell and were okay with it.
Kit did confess in a recent appearance on The Tonight Show that one more person knew, a policeman. Here’s the story he told.
“I was driving back from my parents’ house and I was driving too fast, I was just being a bit naughty. I was going over the speed limit and I feel the sirens go off behind me and this policeman comes up, pulls me over. He said, ‘Look, there’s two ways we can do this: You can either follow me back to the police station now and I book you in or you can tell me whether you live in the next series of Game of Thrones.“
Harington told him that Jon Snow would live again in Season 6 of Game of Thrones. This was what Kit said happened next.
“And he goes, he says, ‘Mmmhmm. On your way, Lord Commander.'”
As for what Harington had to say to Vogue Italia about falling in love with Rose Leslie, well it was beautiful. Kit spoke about many things in the interview, some related to Game of Thrones and some not. At the end of the interview, however, Harington was asked about his favorite memory from the show so far. His response was as follows.
“The three weeks in Iceland when we were shooting the second season. Because the country is beautiful, because the Northern Lights are magical, and because it was there that I fell in love. If you’re already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest in the show, it’s becomes very easy to fall in love…”
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Kit and Rose are very private. Not much is known about their relationship, and it seems that is the way they like it. Although rumors have circulated for a long time about Harington’s romantic relationship with Leslie, they only recently appeared in public together as a couple.
Alas, Game of Thrones fans won’t be seeing Kit Harington and Rose Leslie on GOT together any longer, as her character was killed in a previous episode. Characters don’t always remain dead on Game of Thrones, though, as proven by Kit’s character Jon Snow and others. So, maybe we will. It’s doubtful, but we can hope.
You can still see Kit Harington on Game of Thrones on HBO Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET.
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