6 Times 'Game Of Thrones' Jon Snow Could Have Used A Hug, Because Growing Up In Westeros Is Not Easy
Jon Snow, known by his plainclothes name as Game of Thrones star Kit Harington, really is the broodiest of the brooders. Talking to Page Six, Harington lamented that his character Jon Snow on Game Of Thrones might not be taken seriously because of sex appeal: "To always be put on a pedestal as a hunk is slightly demeaning," the 28-year old actor said, specifically.
"It really is [demeaning] and it’s in the same way as it is for women. When an actor is seen only for her physical beauty, it can be quite offensive," he continued. Despite the fact that it's a bit unfair to say that men and women are sexualized and objectified in the same way — they absolutely are not, as the objectification of women runs much deeper than male actors just being recognized for their looks — I can't help but think about Jon Snow, and all the reasons we should be taking him seriously as a character. The dude hasn't had the easiest life, what with being the bastard son of Ned Stark and member of the very deadly Night's Watch. On top of that, he loses most of what family he has, as well as the love of life, Ygritte! Poor, poor Jon Snow.
So, in honor of Jon's not-so-easy life in the series, here are the 6 times he really just could have used a hug:
Leaving For The Wall (Season 1, Episode 1)
In the very first episode of Game Of Thrones, "Winter Is Coming," Jon Snow, bastard of Ned Stark, has decided to leave Winterfell and become a man of the Night's Watch because he just feels too much like a black sheep/his stepmom really hates him. He has to say goodbye to everyone he loves, and it's pretty upsetting — BUT THE WORST IS WHEN HE HUGS ROBB GOODBYE. It's so sad, it's like he needed a hug on top of the one he was getting from Robb.
Suddenly Having To Kill Monsters (Season 1, Episode 8)
I imagine it must have been pretty stressful, emotionally, physically, and mentally, when Jon had to think on his feet and kill the Wight in the Season 1 episode, "The Pointy End." You did a good job, dude! Even though you were scared!
It's Not You, It's Me (Season 3, Episode 10)
Questions we need answered: WHY do Jon Snow and Ygritte have to break up? WHY does she have to cry as he walks away even though he doesn't want to? And, most importantly, WHY does she have to shoot arrows at him not because she wants to hurt him but because he has hurt her so much by leaving? Ugh.
Out In The Cold (Various)
Every time Jon Snow has to trek across the miserable, frozen hell of tundra beyond the Wall — and ESPECIALLY when he has to scale it — he looks like he's about to burst into tears. I can't blame him.
What's Love Got To Do With It? (Season 4, Episode 9)
Anticipating the imminent, brutal attack on Castle Black by Mance Rayder and his wildling army, Jon Snow and BFF Samwell Tarly stand guard atop the wall and talk about love and stuff. Hearing Jon Snow talk about Ygritte will make your heart shrivel up and die.
And He Deserves A Hundred Hugs For... (Season 4, Episode 9)
The fact that Jon Snow had to watch Ygritte, the love of his life, die in his arms — while telling him he knows nothing — and then bury her body north of the wall because that's what she would have wanted is so heartbreaking. And then, even worse, he can't even grieve properly because he is a sworn man of the night's watch... ugh, forget Jon Snow, I'm the one who needs a hug here.
Game Of Thrones Season 5 premieres on April 12.