Winter has come to Manhattan. Well, actually, it never left, but bear with me here… As I was saying: Winter has come to Manhattan in the form of “Game of Thrones” The Exhibition, a touring collection of Westeros memorabilia (Ned Stark’s severed head, anyone?), sponsored by HBO and Time Warner Cable. And in celebration of the exhibit’s only U.S. stop, a slew of the realm’s famous faces abandoned their firs and corsets to attend a special VIP opening Wednesday night in New York.
Among the dapper stars was Kit Harington, whom fans know as man-in-black Jon Snow. As we chatted about the upcoming season, Harington surprised us by revealing he didn’t actually read any portions of the script in which his character didn’t appear—meaning he’s just as in the dark about Dany’s dragons or Arya’s whereabouts as we are.
“This year, I didn’t read the script. I just read my portion, which may seem like lazy actor stuff, but it wasn’t,” he explained. “I wanted to watch the TV show fresh as a viewer would.”
Of course, Harington’s read the George R.R. Martin books upon which the show is based, but as any “GoT” fan can tell you, what ends up on the small screen can vary vastly from the source material.
“I know what happens in the book because I’ve read those, so I kind of know the story, but I kind of want the rest of the show to be a surprise,” Harington continued. “I saw the first episode the other night. It’s fabulous. It’s amazing. I’m glad I did it that way because it’s coming to me fresh again.”
So, if you’re looking for “Game of Thrones” spoilers ahead of season three’s premiere on Sunday, you best bribe another cast member besides Harington.
“Game of Thrones” The Exhibition is open, free of charge, to the public from Thursday, March 28 to Wednesday, April 3.
Will you be tuning in to the season premiere this weekend?