Kit Harington’s hair is so integral to his Game of Thrones‘ role, it even has its own contract. (We’re not kidding!) And his haircut at the start of season six even assisted in Jon Snow’s miraculous resurrection. But Harington just stepped out with a whole new look — sans beard! (What does it all mean?!)
After a performance of the London production, Doctor Faustus, he greeted fans outside debuting his freshly-shaved look (teamed with a hint of stage makeup and an all-black outfit).
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After he debuted a shorter cut following last year’s finale, fans went wild with speculation that he was to be killed off the show. And even though he’s safely returned this season, his fresh-faced new look could (understandably) send fans reeling again.
But if you ask us, he looks like he’s more than ready for a 10 Things I Hate About You remake. With Heath Ledger’s signature flippy curls intact, plus that brooding/baby-faced scowl, he looks a lot like the actor. (Though, some editor’s are getting Twilight‘s Edward Cullen vibes. To each their own.)
In 2014 on an appearance at Live With Kelly and Michael Harington explained the seriousness of his hair contract with HBO producers. “It has its own contract, definitely,” he confessed. “I never thought I’d say that about my own hair … I’m not allowed to cut it, and I didn’t realize this until recently. I wanted to cut it — I’ve had long hair for ages — and and they were like, ‘No, no, no. That won’t be happening.'”
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Even a trim takes negotiating. “It’s very funny when you get into these things, and people get very obsessed by little things … There’s all of these ridiculous conversations that go back and forth between agents and managers and HBO: ‘Can we have four inches off or can we have an inch off? What can we do with this? How curly should it be?’ It’s silly,” he shared.
Thoughts on his shaved beard? What could this mean for Jon Snow? Share your theories below.
— Colleen Kratofil