Both in audience size and in number of of characters, Game of Thrones is truly the definition of an epic series. However, despite its popularity on television, one of the show's breakout stars has never been nominated for a single Golden Globe during the first six seasons of Game Of Thrones. Kit Harington, in his performance as Jon Snow, has arguably become the main character of the entire show and yet a Globes nomination has eluded him. Despite a harrowing season for Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, Kit Harington's Golden Globes hopes were dashed on Monday, when the nominations for Best Actor In A Television Series - Drama were announced, and his name was nowhere to be found.
While Game of Thrones has managed to score four nominations for Best Television Drama before this year, leading up to the nomination announcements it had only garnered two acting nominations for its massive cast. The only Golden Globe win for Game of Thrones was for Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role in 2012 for Peter Dinklage's scene-stealing portrayal of Tyrion Lannister. With so many actors and characters it may be easy for a performance to get lost in the shuffle, but Harington's performance as Jon Snow has been a tentpole in Game of Thrones for years, and for the 2017 ceremony the folks at HBO decided to adapt a different awards strategy to reflect that.
In previous years, Kit Harington's performance has been submitted to award shows as a supporting performance, which is the category that Harington's only Emmy nomination is from. However, awards-tracking site Gold Derby reported that for the 2018 ceremony, HBO submitted both Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke for leading role categories. This reflects the increased importance of their characters, as they are now two of the central roles in Game of Thrones now that nearly everyone else has died. It was a bold move for the network to submit their stars into a more crowded field, and a move that ultimately didn't seem to make a difference when it came to Kit Harington once again not getting a Golden Globe nomination.
With Game of Thrones coming to an end when its final season premieres in 2019, there aren't many more opportunities for Kit Harington to be recognized for his work. While he'll likely find a prosperous career as a result of playing an iconic character on an iconic show, there's nothing like the phrase "Golden Globe Winner" to help solidify one's stature as an actor. Kit Harington has come close to awards gold in the past with an Emmy nomination and a Critics' Choice TV Award nomination, but a win still eludes him.
Kit's lack of a nomination comes on the heels of one of the most demanding season of Game of Thrones yet, which saw his character meeting dragons, getting stranded above the wall, having to fight off an army of the undead once again, and unknowingly sleeping with his aunt. While Jon Snow may not seem to have changed much in the show's most recent season, Harington's portrayal of Jon's transformation from a boy who knows nothing to a man who knows some things is unlike anything else on television. Part of the magic of television performances is seeing one character change over the course of many years, and while the Golden Globes didn't give Harington the recognition he deserves for Season 7, here's hoping the award show will recognize how good Harington's performance is as one of the unluckiest people in all of Westeros when we finally get an eighth season.