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Game of Thrones fans are not the only ones having to contemplate what lies ahead when the megahit comes to an end. For the cast, it means preparing to inhabit new roles, as well as attempting to take a break from the appearance of their character. Kit Harington is already considering how he wants to go about that and it involves saying goodbye to his now-iconic hair. Explaining his plans, Harington says:
I'd like to step away and enjoy the obscurity, cut my hair, make myself less recognizable as the character, and go do and some other things with a completely new look and tone. Short-short. The beard will be harder to get rid of --- I quite like the beard. I like having the long hair and beard both, but it will be like ritualistic thing. I can't go into my next role looking the same. This role was brilliant, but I'll need to get rid of Jon Snow.
It may be hard to consider or even accept (grief is a process), but Game of Thrones is coming to an end. And Kit Harington announcing his hair plans to EW makes that fact feel all the more real. It will not be the first time since Game of Thrones has been in-production that Harington has changed up his look. He cut his hair short and shaved his beard for his role in the romantic drama Testament of Youth.
His longer hair for Game of Thrones has come in handy for other roles where it fit with the period. It does not sound like Kit Harington is completely ruling out a return to longer hair in the future. He is fond of the beard, so there is that. Plus, being able to alter one's appearance drastically is an advantage for actors seeking to take on a myriad of characters.
The real interesting thing will be to see what roles Kit Harington will select in the future. Will they require long hair? It is difficult to imagine a role that required it, but if Harington were to take on another long-haired literary character, there would probably be a strong desire for him to wear it that way. There is one genre we may not see him in moving forward. While promoting his HBO miniseries Gunpowder, Harington seemed to rule out period pieces set in medieval times.
In truth, Jon Snow's hair has been a sort of background character on Game of Thrones. While he wore it down for five seasons, his return from the dead sparked a slight makeover, and Jon Snow has been rocking a bun ever since. Will he be rocking it to the finish line? We will see. Filming on Game of Thrones is rapidly coming to an end.
Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen on the series, recently bid farewell to the show on social media. For his part, Kit Harington has not shared any ominous-sounding teases about Jon Snow's final scene like Clarke did for Dany. This post-Thrones hair-related insight is what we have to go on for now. Will Jon Snow let his hair down before the show ends? Or will Game of Thrones end with the most shocking twist of all -- Jon Snow's hair being cut super short? Stay tuned.
Game of Thrones Season 8 will premiere on HBO in 2019. For new upcoming and returning television shows you can watch in the coming months, check out CinemaBlend's guide to TV's summer premieres.