Okay, so maybe that’s not the thing he’s most excited about once he’s done playing the role, but it’s definitely on the agenda, Harington tells Entertainment Weekly.
“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,” Harington tells the publication. And although the actor is looking forward to shearing off his locks, he does admit that the “beard will be harder to get rid of — I quite like the beard.”
The actor explains that, as much as he enjoys having the long hair and beard, getting rid of the mane “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.”
Fair enough. After all, Harington has been playing the role since 2011 (or 2009, if we’re counting when the pilot was shot), so we totally understand the need to shed this identity and move on, regardless of how fun and iconic the role is.
This is actually something Harry Potter star Emma Watson also did when she was done playing Hermione for the franchise. After playing the role for so long, Watson felt she needed to give herself a new look. “I’m not a little girl any more. I’d been on Harry Potter for 10 years so I needed to mark the end of it in some way,” Watson had told Metro U.K. in 2010 after cutting her hair short. “I needed a drastic change and that’s what the crop was all about.”
Now, unlike his co-star Emilia Clarke, Harington is still filming the final season of Game of Thrones, which is currently in its last weeks of production, so Harington will have to keep the hairstyle for just a little while longer.
Game of Thrones returns to HBO for its final season in 2019. (Yeah, we know. We’re hurting, too.)