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Jon Snow
A Song of Ice and Fire character
Jon Snow-Kit Harington.jpg
Kit Harington as Jon Snow
First appearance
Last appearance
Created by George R. R. Martin
Portrayed by Kit Harington
Game of Thrones
Information
Aliases Lord Snow
King Crow
The White Wolf
Title King in the North
Lord Commander of
the Night's Watch
Family House Stark
House Targaryen
Significant other(s) Ygritte (lover)
Relatives

Jon Snow is a fictional character in the A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin, and its television adaptation Game of Thrones. He is a prominent point of view character in the novels, and has been called one of the author's "finest creations" and most popular characters by The New York Times.[1][2]

Jon is introduced in 1996's A Game of Thrones as the illegitimate son of Ned Stark, the honorable lord of Winterfell, an ancient fortress in the North of the fictional kingdom of Westeros. He subsequently appears in Martin's A Clash of Kings (1998) and A Storm of Swords (2000). Jon makes a brief appearance in 2005's A Feast for Crows, and returns as a prominent character in the next novel A Dance with Dragons (2011).

Jon is portrayed by Kit Harington on the HBO series Game of Thrones. Harington was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for the role in 2016. He was also nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television in 2012 and 2016. He and the rest of the cast were nominated for Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Character[edit]

Description[edit]

In A Game of Thrones, Jon Snow is the 14-year-old bastard son of Eddard "Ned" Stark, lord of Winterfell,[3][4] and half-brother to Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran and Rickon. Jon is described as having strong Stark features with a lean build, long face, dark brown hair and grey eyes.[5] Jon has the surname "Snow" (customarily used for illegitimate children in the North) and is resented by Ned's wife Catelyn, who views him as a constant reminder of Ned's infidelity.[4] Jon is the same age as Robb and enjoys a warm relationship with his siblings, particularly the tomboy Arya (who resembles Jon and like him does not feel like she fits in). Ned treats Jon as much like his other children as propriety and his honor will allow. Still, as somewhat of an outsider, Jon has learned to be independent and to fend for himself when necessary.[3] Jon idolizes his father, but is wounded by Ned's refusal to tell him about his mother.[6] At the beginning of the story, Jon adopts the albino direwolf that he names Ghost. He later finds that at times he can "inhabit" the wolf and share its experiences.[4][5][6]

David Orr of The New York Times describes Jon as "a complex, thoughtful and basically good character".[1] Ned Stark teaches all his children about leadership, selflessness, duty and honor. Though Jon is a bastard—and therefore expected by some of the nobility to behave less than honorably—he cannot help but follow his father's example. This becomes more difficult as Jon faces challenges to his identity as a man, a Stark and a brother of the Night's Watch. David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, the creators and executive producers of the television adaptation of the series, note that "Jon Snow tries to live with honor, while knowing that honor often gets his family members murdered."[7] They explain that he is one of several characters in the series who must "face hard truths about the world they live in, and adapt themselves to those truths. The struggle many of them face is how to do that without losing their grip on who they are."[7]

Overview[edit]

Jon is a prominent point of view character in the novels, and David Orr of The New York Times called him one of Martin's "finest creations".[1] Jon is introduced as the 14-year-old bastard son of a Northern lord who, realizing he is an outsider in his own family, follows his uncle to the far north and accepts the honorable duty of serving in the Night's Watch. But as much as he is a second-class Stark at home, initially his fellow recruits and brothers of the Watch set him apart as privileged and aloof. Jon adapts, soon proving himself to be wise, compassionate and a natural leader. Over the course of the series, Jon's loyalty to the Watch and its vows, his family and even Westeros itself are tested as he becomes embroiled in the efforts of the wildlings from Beyond the Wall to force their way back into the Seven Kingdoms. He lives among them as a spy for the Watch, sympathetic to their cause and becoming romantically involved with the tenacious Ygritte, but ultimately betraying them to defend The Wall. Later, as the newest Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, he pursues an alliance with the wildlings.[3][4][5][8]

Several reviews of 2011's A Dance with Dragons noted the return to the narrative of Jon, Daenerys Targaryen and Tyrion Lannister, the three popular characters whom fans had missed most from the previous volume, A Feast for Crows.[2][9][10][11][12] These "favorites" had last been featured 11 years before in Martin's A Storm of Swords.[13] In A Dance with Dragons, Jon's leadership of the Night's Watch is complicated by several unprecedented challenges, including a wildling alliance, the demands of would-be-king Stannis Baratheon and the conflicting factions developing within the Watch itself.[11][13][14] The New York Times notes that "Jon’s leadership is the best hope of Westeros, so naturally he’s in imminent danger throughout A Dance With Dragons."[1] James Hibberd of Entertainment Weekly called Jon's final chapter in A Dance with Dragons "a harsh chapter in terms of fan expectations. You go from this total high of Jon giving this rousing speech about going after the evil Ramsay Bolton, to this utter low of his men turning against him."[15] Jon's presence in the forthcoming volume The Winds of Winter is uncertain.[15]

Asked what he thought was Jon’s biggest "mistake", Martin replied:

Were they mistakes? I guess they were mistakes in some ways since they led to him losing control of part of his group. But it might have been wise and necessary decisions in terms of protecting the realm and dealing with the threat of the White Walkers. I’m a huge student of history, and all through history there’s always this question of what’s the right decision. You look back with benefit of hindsight at a battle that was lost and say, ‘The losing general was such an idiot.’ Was Napoleon a genius for all the battles he won? Or an idiot for losing at Waterloo? Partly I’m reacting to a lot of the fantasy that has come before this. Ruling is difficult whether you’re a Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch or the King of England. These are hard decisions and each have consequences. We’re looking at Jon trying to take control of Night’s Watch and deal with the wildlings and the threat beyond The Wall.[16]

Parentage[edit]

The identity of Jon's mother has created much speculation among readers of the series, and guessing her identity was the test Martin gave Benioff and Weiss when they approached him in March 2006 about adapting his novels into a TV series.[17][18][19] In the novels, Martin hints that she could be a servant named Wylla, or the noblewoman Ashara Dayne.[20][21][22] The popular fan theory—called "R+L=J", an abbreviation of "Rhaegar + Lyanna = Jon"—proposes that Jon is actually the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Ned's sister Lyanna Stark.[17][23][24][25][26][27][28]

Though the character is presented as the illegitimate son of Ned Stark,[1][2][29] David Orr voiced the doubt of some readers when he wrote in The New York Times in 2011, "Jon Snow is presented as the illegitimate son of the Stark patriarch, although it's uncertain whether Stark is indeed his father."[1] Actor Sean Bean, who portrays Ned on the HBO television series, said when asked in a 2014 interview about returning to the series to appear in flashbacks, "I've definitely got some unfinished business that needs to be resolved there. I'm obviously not Jon Snow's dad. And you need that to be revealed at some point, don't you?"[30] The uncertainty arises from anecdotal evidence in the texts interpreted by readers to connect the mysterious maternity of Ned's son with the vague backstory of his sister Lyanna.[23][25][26][27][28][31][32][33][34]

As recounted by Ned in A Game of Thrones, at a tourney years before the events of the novel, Rhaegar had shown public favor to Lyanna in the presence of his own wife, the Dornish princess Elia Martell.[35] When Rhaegar and Lyanna disappeared sometime later, her father Rickard and eldest brother Brandon confronted Rhaegar's father, the Mad King Aerys Targaryen, demanding that his son return the abducted Lyanna. Aerys had Rickard and Brandon put to death for their insolence, inciting Ned and his friend Robert Baratheon, Lord of Storm's End and Lyanna's betrothed, to rebel against Aerys.[36][37] In what later became known as Robert's Rebellion, Aerys was overthrown and Rhaegar was killed by Robert in single combat.[36] After a bloody battle against three of Aerys' Kingsguard protecting the Tower of Joy in Dorne, Ned found Lyanna inside, in a "bed of blood." She died shortly after eliciting a promise from Ned.[38] Once the war was won, he returned to Winterfell with his illegitimate son Jon.[29]

The R+L=J theory posits that rather than Rhaegar kidnapping Lyanna, they fell in love and ran away together. Living for a year in the Tower of Joy, they conceived a child—Jon—and Lyanna died as a result of childbirth.[23][27][28][31][32] Ned claimed the baby as his own to protect him from Robert, who sought to exterminate all Targaryens out of hatred and to secure his claim to the throne.[23][32]

HBO's Game of Thrones has included in its adaptation many of the "hints" identified by this theory.[39] In the season 6 finale, "The Winds of Winter", Bran Stark has a vision of the past which shows Ned reuniting with a dying Lyanna in the Tower of Joy. Lyanna makes him promise to protect her son—Jon.[39][40][41] An infographic subsequently posted on the HBO-controlled website MakingGameofThrones.com confirmed Rhaegar as Jon's father.[42][43][44]

Storylines[edit]

Coat of arms of the Night's Watch, House Stark and House Targaryen.

A Game of Thrones[edit]

Jon Snow is first introduced in A Game of Thrones (1996), as he and his five siblings adopt six orphaned direwolf cubs. As Ned Stark's illegitimate son and with Ned's wife Catelyn despising him, Jon has always felt removed from the rest of the Stark family. He resolves to join the Night's Watch, as his status as a bastard prevents him from holding lands or marrying into a good family. At The Wall, the other recruits resent Jon's aura of superiority, but he makes amends by helping them master swordplay. He also befriends Samwell Tarly, a cowardly lordling who, despite being helpless with weapons, displays an aptitude for book learning. Jon's independence and his compassion for the recruits invite the ire of the harsh master-at-arms Alliser Thorne, who sees Jon as a threat to his authority. Jon gains the notice of the Lord Commander, Jeor Mormont, who names Jon his personal squire and grooms Jon for command. After learning of his father's execution, Jon resolves to desert the Night's Watch and join his half brother Robb, but the other recruits convince Jon to remain loyal to his Night's Watch vows. The next night, Jon saves Mormont's life by killing an undead wight. Mormont then orders a Great Ranging beyond the Wall to learn more of this new threat.[3][6]

A Clash of Kings[edit]

In 1998's A Clash of Kings, Mormont leads a party of Night's Watch rangers beyond the Wall to investigate the disappearance of Jon's uncle Benjen, assess the intentions of the wildling leader Mance Rayder and learn more of the threat posed by the Others. Jon is sent out with a scouting party led by Qhorin Halfhand. On the journey, Jon comes upon a wildling lookout and takes the warrior girl Ygritte captive; though told to kill her, Jon lets her escape. Jon and Qhorin are subsequently captured by the wildlings. Qhorin, who faces certain execution at Mance's hands, commands Jon to infiltrate the wildlings and learn their plans, at any cost. Jon pretends to disavow the Night's Watch, and the wildlings force him to fight Qhorin to the death to earn their trust. With Qhorin's silent consent, Jon kills him with the aid of Ghost.[4][45]

A Storm of Swords[edit]

As A Storm of Swords (2000) begins, Jon has gained the trust of the wildlings by killing Qhorin, and marches with their host. He learns that Mance intends to breach the Wall and march south to escape the Others, crushing the Night's Watch if necessary. Jon finds himself torn between his growing love for Ygritte and his vows of celibacy. After climbing over The Wall with Ygritte and Tormund Giantsbane, Jon deserts them to warn the Watch of the impending attack. He helps defend Castle Black against the wildlings' initial attacks despite his lack of men and weapons. Ygritte is killed in the fighting, leaving Jon stricken.

When the battle is won, Jon is arrested for desertion by Thorne and Janos Slynt, but is freed after convincing the judges of his loyalty. Still suspicious, Thorne orders that Jon be sent to kill Mance under the pretense of parley, but Jon's task is interrupted by the arrival of Stannis Baratheon's army. Stannis offers to legitimize Jon and declare him Lord of Winterfell if he will align the North with Stannis. Though greatly tempted at the prospect of becoming a true Stark, Jon again chooses to remain loyal to his Night's Watch vows. With Sam's help, Jon is elected to the position of Lord Commander by acclamation.[2][11][8][46]

A Feast for Crows[edit]

In 2005's A Feast for Crows, Jon sends Sam away from Castle Black with the Watch's Maester Aemon and Mance's newborn son to protect them from sacrifice by the Red Priestess Melisandre. He also gives Sam the specific mission of traveling to the Citadel in Oldtown to become a maester, so that he may better understand the threat of the White Walkers and eventually succeed Maester Aemon.[47]

A Dance with Dragons[edit]

In A Dance with Dragons (2011), after sending Sam away to the Citadel to become a Maester, Jon successfully negotiates the peaceful surrender of the remains of Mance's army. He promises to settle the wildlings in sparsely populated regions of the North, and allows some of them to join the Watch to garrison the many abandoned Night's Watch fortresses. Many members of the Watch dislike the idea of allowing their ancient enemies through the Wall and welcoming them into their ranks. Jon attempts to juggle the integration of the wildlings, growing unrest within the Night's Watch, and Stannis' attempts to use the Watch in his war for the Iron Throne, while trying to maintain the Watch's strict political neutrality. Already agitated by these unprecedented developments, a group of officers led by Slynt openly defies Jon's orders. When Slynt refuses to submit, Jon executes the man himself. Stannis explains to Jon his plan to attack the Dreadfort, but Jon advises him to instead rally the Mountain Clans and attack Deepwood Motte, the fortress of House Glover recently captured by the Ironborn. Stannis does so, winning the support of the Glovers and the Mormonts. Jon learns that his sister Arya is being married to Ramsay Bolton so that the Boltons may claim Winterfell. Unaware that the bride is actually Jeyne Poole, Jon sends Mance to rescue her while Stannis marches on Winterfell. Jon later receives a letter from Ramsay claiming that Stannis has been defeated and Mance is a prisoner. Ramsay demands hostages, else he will march on the Wall and kill Jon. Jon decides to seek out and kill Ramsay himself, but he is stabbed by his Night's Watch brothers seeking to uphold the Watch's neutrality before he can leave Castle Black.[1][2][11][13][14][48]

Jon's presence in the forthcoming volume The Winds of Winter is uncertain; when asked in 2011 by Entertainment Weekly "Why did you kill Jon Snow?", author Martin responded "Oh, you think he’s dead, do you?"[15] Asked later whether Jon was killed or will survive, Martin responded with a laugh, "I will not comment on that."[49]

Family trees[edit]

TV adaptation[edit]

Kit Harington plays the role of Jon Snow in the television series.

Martin told Rolling Stone in 2014 that some early inquiries he received about adapting A Song of Ice and Fire suggested identifying the story's "important character" and focusing on that individual plot line: Jon and Daenerys Targaryen being the two most popular choices.[50] Martin was not interested in sacrificing so much of the overall story.[50] When the pilot for the HBO adaptation went into production years later, one of the first roles cast was Jon, with Kit Harington announced in the role in July 2009.[51][52] Iwan Rheon had also auditioned for the role, and was brought into the show in season 3 to play Ramsay Snow instead.[53][54][55] In October 2014, Harington and several other key cast members, all contracted for six seasons of the series, renegotiated their deals to include a potential seventh season and salary increases for seasons five, six, and seven.[56][57] The Hollywood Reporter called the raises "huge", noting that the deal would make the performers "among the highest-paid actors on cable TV".[56] Deadline.com put the number for season five at "close to $300,000 an episode" for each actor,[57] and The Hollywood Reporter wrote in June 2016 that the performers would each be paid "upward of $500,000 per episode" for seasons seven and the potential eight.[58]

As the series premiered, TV Guide called Harington a "soulful heartthrob" whose Jon is idolized by his younger siblings and who "seeks purpose" by joining the Night's Watch.[59] Creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss later noted that Jon "tries to live with honor, while knowing that honor often gets his family members murdered".[7] They explained that he is one of several characters in the series who must "face hard truths about the world they live in, and adapt themselves to those truths. The struggle many of them face is how to do that without losing their grip on who they are."[7] Matt Fowler of IGN wrote in 2013 that while Jon and Daenerys' storylines in season 1 and season 2 "felt very separate" from the rest of the series' plot, for the first time in season 3, "Jon's entire situation felt incorporated into the larger picture."[60] Fowler also added that Jon's "oath-breaking romance with Ygritte added a lot of heat to the story".[60]

The costumes of Ygritte, Jon Snow, and Tormund Giantsbane in the show.

In a 2015 interview Benioff said, "The problem with Jon is, he’s not a cautious man. It’s the problem with him, and also the reason we love him. He is a hero, but heroes are inherently incautious."[61] Weiss added, "At the end of the day, Jon is his father’s son, he’s a person who’s honorable to a fault and does the right thing even when the right thing is extremely dangerous to him personally."[61] In the June 2015 season 5 finale "Mother's Mercy", Jon is stabbed to death by Alliser Thorne and several men of the Night's Watch after being labeled a traitor.[61] With Martin's 2011 novel A Dance with Dragons vague on Jon's fate, Harington confirmed the character's death in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, saying "I’ve been told I’m dead. I’m dead. I’m not coming back next season."[62] He added, "I loved how they brought Olly in to be the person who kills me. I love how the storyline with Thorne was wrapped up."[62] Benioff also said of the episode:

This is obviously a big deal, the death of Jon Snow. This is something we’ve been thinking about for a long long time, and Alliser kills him, it’s kind of like, it’s a bad guy killing a good guy. But when it’s Olly holding the knife … Olly’s not a bad guy. Olly’s a kid who’s seen just way too much horror way too early, and he makes a decision that’s a really hard decision for him but you understand where he’s coming from ... It’s one of those great conflicts that makes us love the books and this saga, is that it’s, ultimately it’s not just about good vs evil, it’s about people of good intentions who come into conflict with each other because they have very different views of the world, and unfortunately it did not work out well for Jon Snow in this case.[61]

Amid strong fan reaction over Jon's death on social media,[63] immediately following the episode journalists began theorizing how the show could resurrect the character.[16][64][65][66][67][68] Nate Jones of Vulture.com noted:

It's easy to see what [other characters'] deaths meant for the series' sprawling narrative: Ned's execution sent the Stark kids adrift in a universe where there was nobody looking out for them, while Robb's murder was the final death knell for the hopes that the saga would ever have a traditional 'happy' ending. What would be accomplished, narratively, by getting rid of Jon permanently right now?[69]

A July 2015 sighting of Harington arriving in Belfast, a primary filming location for the series where other actors were arriving for season 6 script read-throughs, prompted further speculation about the character's return.[70][71] However, Joanna Robinson of Vanity Fair pointed out that Charles Dance had been seen in Belfast the previous year after his character Tywin Lannister's death as well, and he only appeared in the first episode of the subsequent season as a corpse.[70][72] Another photo that showed Harington on set in Belfast in a costume that varied from the Night's Watch outfit was published on September 25, 2015.[73] A season 6 Game of Thrones promotional poster released in November 2015 featured a bloodied Jon.[74] Jon is resurrected by Melisandre in "Home", the May 2016 second episode of season 6.[75][76] In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Harington said:

I'd like to say sorry for lying to everyone. I'm glad that people were upset that he died. I think my biggest fear was that people were not going to care ... But it seems like people had a, similar to the Red Wedding episode, kind of grief about it. Which means something I'm doing—or the show is doing—is right.[75]

Storylines[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Following the plot of A Game of Thrones, Jon is the bastard son of Ned Stark who joins the Night's Watch. He arrives at the Wall, with his direwolf Ghost in tow, to find that the order is a shadow of its former self. Raised to be a talented fighter with a strong sense of justice and honor, Jon is at first contemptuous of his fellow recruits, who are mostly lowborn, untrained criminals and exiles. He soon puts aside his prejudices, befriending some of the others—in particular Samwell Tarly—and standing up for them. Jon takes his vows but is disappointed to be made steward to Lord Commander Jeor Mormont rather than a ranger. He eventually realizes that he is being groomed for command. Jon saves Mormont from a wight, and is given Longclaw, the ancestral blade of House Mormont, in thanks. Jon is torn between his family and his vows when his father is arrested for treason and then executed, but ultimately remains with the Watch out of duty.

Season 2[edit]

As in A Clash of Kings, Jon is part of a small scouting party led by ranger Qhorin Halfhand. When the party is overtaken by wildlings, among them the Lord of Bones and the woman warrior Ygritte, Qhorin orders Jon to appear to defect and join the wildlings so he can discover their plans. Qhorin stages a fight and secretly instructs Jon to kill him to gain the wildlings' trust. Jon does, and is taken to meet Mance Rayder, the wildlings' King-Beyond-the Wall.

Season 3[edit]

Following part of A Storm of Swords, Jon pledges his loyalty to Mance and travels with the wildlings to scout and then scale the Wall. During the journey, he begins to fall in love with the flame-haired Ygritte. Refusing to kill a farmer who has witnessed their crossing over into Westeros, Jon is attacked by the other wildlings, but escapes. He is tracked by Ygritte, who shoots him with three arrows before he is able to escape again. He finds his way back to Castle Black to warn the Night's Watch about the impending attack on the Wall by the wildings.

Season 4[edit]

Jon leads an expedition to Craster's Keep to kill the Night's Watch mutineers whom he believes may tell Mance of the Wall's weak defenses if caught. Jon's request is granted and he bands together a group of rangers to aid him, among them the new recruit Locke, who has actually come to kill Jon on Roose Bolton's orders. Jon successfully attacks the Keep and kills the mutineers, while Locke is killed by Hodor during an attempt to murder Bran, who is a captive at the Keep. Jon survives the subsequent wildling attack on Castle Black, personally killing Styr and taking Tormund prisoner. In the aftermath, Jon hunts down Mance, who turns the tables on Jon but is thwarted by the arrival of Stannis Baratheon, who takes control of the Wall. Jon later burns Ygritte's body in the woods.

Season 5[edit]

In "The Wars to Come", Stannis enlists Jon as an intermediary between himself and Mance, hoping to add the wildling army to his own. Mance refuses to submit to Stannis, and the wildling king is burned at the stake by the Red Priestess Melisandre. Stannis offers to legitimize Jon and make him lord of Winterfell in exchange for his support, but Jon is voted the new Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, defeating his nemesis Alliser Thorne by a single vote. Jon's intent to welcome the wildlings into Westeros and grant them lands by the Wall further enrages the faction of the Watch led by Thorne, who hold a deep seated hatred for the wildlings. In "Hardhome", Jon travels north of the Wall to the eponymous wildling village, seeking wildling support for his plan to ally the Night's Watch and the wildlings against the growing threat of the White Walkers. A massive force of wights, led by White Walkers and their Night's King, attacks the village, and Jon barely escapes alive with a small group of Night's Watchmen and wildlings. Shortly after returning to Castle Black in "Mother's Mercy", Jon is summoned to hear news of his missing uncle Benjen, but is instead stabbed to death by Thorne and his group of mutineers.

Season 6[edit]

In "The Red Woman", Davos, Dolorous Edd, and other brothers of the Watch loyal to Jon barricade themselves in a room with Ghost and Jon's body, and an attack by Thorne and his men is thwarted by the arrival of Tormund and his wildlings. Davos encourages Melisandre to attempt to resurrect Jon in "Home", and though the ritual at first seems to fail, Jon suddenly awakens. After hanging Thorne, Olly, Bowen Marsh, and Othell Yarwyck for their treason, Jon gives command of the Watch to Edd and prepares to leave Castle Black. He is reunited with his half-sister Sansa Stark, who has fled her abusive husband Ramsay Bolton and now seeks Jon's aid in crushing the Boltons. Jon is hesitant until a threatening message arrives from Ramsay demanding Sansa's return, and announcing Ramsay's possession of their brother Rickon. Jon, Sansa, Tormund and Brienne of Tarth set off to recruit an army to take back Winterfell from Ramsay. Their forces grow to half the size of Ramsay's, but Jon insists that they march on Winterfell anyway before Ramsay can amass more allies or the weather turns against them. As the armies face each other in "Battle of the Bastards", Ramsay murders Rickon to enrage Jon, who rushes in with murderous fury. A devastating battle ensues in which the outnumbered Stark forces are nearly slaughtered, until the knights of House Arryn arrive with Sansa and Petyr Baelish and destroy the Bolton army. Jon chases Ramsay back into Winterfell and nearly beats him to death, but relents and instead allows Sansa to feed Ramsay to his hounds. In the season 6 finale episode "The Winds of Winter", Bran Stark has a vision of the past which shows Ned reuniting with a dying Lyanna in the Tower of Joy. She makes him swear to protect her son—Jon. Meanwhile, the lords of the North name Jon as the King in the North.

Recognition and awards[edit]

Harington was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for the role in 2016.[77] He was also nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television for the role in 2012 and 2016.[78][79] He and the rest of the cast were nominated for Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016.[80][81][82][83][84][85]

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2011 Scream Award Best Ensemble Nominated [86]
IGN Award Best TV Hero Nominated [87]
2012 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor on Television Nominated [78]
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [80]
Golden Nymph Award Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Nominated [88]
2013 Young Hollywood Awards Actor of the Year Won [89]
2014 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [81][82]
2015 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [83][84]
Empire Award Empire Hero Award (Ensemble) Won [90][91]
Online Film & Television Association Award Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated [92]
2016 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor on Television Nominated [79]
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [85]
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Pending [77]

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