Anyone addicted to the gut-dropping twists and turns of Game Of Thrones will know that it brings triumph, turmoil and everything in between - and that's just for the actors.
Kit Harington, who plays shaggy-haired Jon Snow (the closest thing GOT's got to a dashing hero figure) has had it preeeeeetttty easy in terms of his character's storyline (SPOILER ALERT: HE AIN'T DEAD M8). Until now.
Producers became aware that while his co-stars were getting slashed, pushed out of windows, beaten and murdered (ahh, good ol' Monday night television) Jon was still bopping about looking beautiful.
So, they wrote him a fake script for episode 8, season 1 in which he was covered in burns, lost ALL his luscious locks and generally had a nasty time. PSYCHE.
The book 'Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones: Seasons 1 & 2' recounts what it said:
"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 has burnt down to the scalp.
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."
Their reasoning for bringing Kit down a peg or two (not to mention his hairdresser's bonus)? HBO were ‘worried the Jon Snow storyline was too Harry Potter, and they wanted to do something to make it darker’.
Apparently, Kit was a total sport, turning up on set all ready to shoot the scene and lose his hair - and it was only then that they let him in on the joke.
We have one thing to say, though - Harry Potter too light? Have ya'll SEEN the last movie?