Game of Thrones has been crazier than ever in its sixth season. Luckily, the performances from the lead actors have been solid enough to ground most of that craziness. One actor who has really shown off his acting chops in a big way is Kit Harington as Jon Snow. Harington has had to portray a very different side of Jon in Season 6, and it's really worked to raise the stakes for the story in the North. According to Ser Davos actor Liam Cunningham, Kit Harington will deserve an award for his work in by the time Season 6 comes to an end.
I would be very, very surprised if Mr. Harington isn't taking up a statue at the end of this. The amount of stuff I saw Kit doing out there... I think he's blossomed from a young man into this fantastic character that he's playing in this. I said it to him at the time, that his work is beautifully subtle on this. I've watched him from viewing him, and also working with him on this season, just blossoming as an actor... It's going to be jaw-dropping.
Liam Cunningham's reveal to THR that he believes Kit Harington deserves an award for his Season 6 performances promises exciting things for the final two episodes of Season 6. Harington has been excellent so far, but the upcoming "Battle of the Bastards" should showcase Jon Snow in a way that other episodes haven't necessarily. The sneak peeks that we've seen so far already show Harington with a gravitas that definitely wasn't there back in Season 1.
Kit Harington actually hasn't been nominated for any mainstream solo awards during his time on Game of Thrones. He's been part of the crew for the nominations for the ensemble. Peter Dinklage has been the only cast member to take home a major trophy for his work. Tyrion has always had meaty material for Dinklage to perform; perhaps Harington receiving bigger storylines in Season 6 will mean that he's in for award acknowledgment.
The praise coming from Liam Cunningham makes sense. Season 6 is the first time that Cunningham will have regularly worked opposite Kit Harington. In previous seasons, Ser Davos' scenes were almost exclusively of him doing anything and everything in his power to serve Stannis. With Stannis out of the picture, Davos' loyalty has shifted to Jon, and we've seen plenty of Cunningham and Harington together. If anybody is qualified to say that Harington has earned awards recognition for Game of Thrones Season 6, Cunningham is the one.
There are still two episodes left in Season 6, so Kit Harington may have even bigger powerhouse performances in store before the finale. "Battle of the Bastards" certainly has me excited to see Harington's Jon Snow face off against Iwan Rheon's Ramsay Bolton. Be sure to tune in to see the bastards battle it out on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. For a look at what you'll be able to watch once Game of Thrones concludes for 2016, check out our summer TV premiere schedule.