For those of us counting down the days until April 1, when we can return to Westeros and the intensely captivating world of George R.R. Martin's creation for season two of HBO's "Game of Thrones," the wait is a torturous one.
Our latest encounter was with Kit Harington, a.k.a. Jon Snow, who revealed a few romantic hints about his character and that he and his castmates have been feeling a swell of fan support for the show recently.
"It keeps getting more momentum," Harington told MTV News at the SAG Awards of the show's increasing popularity. "I think it's one of those things — a TV show, the longer it's out there and is doing well, word of mouth spreads it around, and then more and more people watch it. It's one of those things that keeps snowballing, which is fantastic for us."
With respect to what's in store for Snow in season two, we asked Harington for his thoughts on new character Ygritte, a wildling woman who we know becomes particularly close to Lord Snow. "Yeah, Ygritte [pronounced E-greet or E-grit, according to Harington], it's a tempestuous relationship. I'm not allowed to go into details," Harington said. "But I will say that it's nice for Jon to meet a woman."
We then asked if there was anything he could tease about episode 10, which we've been told is particularly shocking.
"Episode nine is a big episode," Harington revealed, before stopping himself. "Actually, I can't tease anything. Jon gets to fight more," he offered. "In the first season, it was all training-yard stuff, and the world he's going into [this season] is very much more real. The fighting he has to do, it's for real. It's not play fighting."
With regard to the scene partners Harington worked with most this season, he was sorry to admit he doesn't cross paths with Tyrion (Dinklage) but had high praise for two new faces in "Thrones."
"[There are] no more with Peter, but there are new faces who came in," Harington said of which actors to look out for. "There's Simon Armstrong [Qhorin, a.k.a. Halfhand]. He's a fantastic actor. He's going to be brilliant this season. And Rose Leslie who's playing Ygritte. Watch this space, honestly — she's amazing."
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