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Game of Thrones Showrunners Prank Kit Harrington Telling Him He'll Lose His Hair

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Game of Thrones Showrunners Prank Kit Harrington Telling Him He'll Lose His Hair

Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have admitted to playing a harsh prank on Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow on the show, during the show's first season.

The two lads told Entertainment Weekly that they had tricked Harington into believing his character would suffer horrible burns, which would disfigure his face and leave him bald.

The pair sent Harington a fake script for a scene in episode 8 of season 1.

Apparently the fake script read: "Jon plunges his hand into the fire, seizes the burning drapes, and flings them at the dead man, engulfing them both in flames.

"When the fire is finally out, we see by torchlight that all of Jon's hair that has burnt down to the scalp.

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"The skin on the top half of his face has been melted in the extreme heat, blistered and pustulant. Despite what must be the extreme agony of permanent disfigurement, Jon stands stoically by his master's side.

"Jon smiles, his teeth shining brightly in his destroyed face. Mormont, sickened, has to look away."

Imagine if that had actually happened.


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David Benioff and Dan Weiss
David Benioff and Dan Weiss

David Benioff and Dan Weiss, with Emilia Clarke (Credit: PA Images)

Weiss told Kit that HBO were 'worried the Jon Snow storyline was too Harry Potter, and they wanted to do something to make it darker' when they sent him the script.

Kit turned up on set ready to lose his locks, only to be told the whole thing was a wind up.

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Apparently he saw the funny side and laughed it off.

Good to see they're up for a bit of banter on set, can't wait for next episode to come out to be honest.

Words by James Dawson

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Topics: Kit Harington, Game of Thrones

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