Today we give you Jon Snow, the Bastard of Winterfell.
“A diamond in the rough is worth just as much as a diamond in the clear.” Maxwell Ingram said that.
Jon Snow is known to the people as the bastard son of Eddard Stark. He was raised by his father alongside his true-born half-siblings. Identity of his real mother has not yet been revealed. I love this character, his loyalty, love and respect for the Starks despite the alienation he faces now and then from Catelyn Stark, Ed’s wife. Though she’s just being a human (who sees Jon’s presence as constant reminder of her husband’s infidelity, making him feel unwelcome) in not being able to connect with the ‘Bastard’ son, I still feel bad for Jon. On their way back home after the execution of a deserter of Night’s Watch, they encounter direwolf pups, and Snow takes the albino one as he identifies it with himself as an outcast from its litter. Amidst all of the issues involving his bastardy he got on well with his half-siblings particularly Robb and Arya (both of whom I adore!)
Jon’s position both inside and outside the family subtly chafe him over the years until, when he nears adulthood, he joins the Night’s Watch, after his uncle Benjen suggested that the Watch could use a man like him.
On his journey to the Wall, Tyrion Lannister accompanies him, and their friendship is fostered by their shared position as noble outsiders. Jon also protects the shy and soft-hearted Samwell Tarly from bullying by some other recruits. Gradually he also becomes a natural leader to his fellow trainees.
His new friends save him from the ultimate fate of death as he is torn between his family and the vows to the Watch. He wants to join his brother Robb in the fight against the Lannisters but deserting the Night’s Watch has the penalty of death. Finally his friends – Sam and others – persuade him to leave the thought.
Jon finally decides to honor his bonds and fully commit to the Watch, he accepts his place as Mormont squire and prepares for the journey north, on the large Ranging into the Far north that Mormont leads.
He was raised as Stark and Northman and, in many ways, took to their values of honor, and later on, even when forced with horrendous decisions he stays morally correct and upright.
Jon also has a strong warg connection with his direwolf, Ghost, also a likeable character.
Jon Snow is played by Kit Harington. Kit has no known credits prior to Game of Thrones, but is excellently cast as the easily likable Snow. Kit plays him with subtle brilliance and hopefully this will lead him to further great roles. As it is, he is already slated to be in a fantasy/adventure film with Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore called The Seventh Son, which is set to come out early 2013.
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