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- Kit Harington is presenting “Saturday Night Live” on April 6.
- The “Game of Thrones” actor talked about his upcoming appearance on SNL on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Thursday night.
- Harington said he called his mother after he found out he’d be hosting the variety show, which turned out to be a mistake.
- Telling his mother the show involved stand-up comedy, she apparently replied: “But you’re really good at the sad stuff?”
- Harington’s SNL appearance comes just over a week before the“Game of Thrones” final season begins on HBO.
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You’re not funny, Jon Snow.
That seems to be the message from Kit Harington‘s mother, at least.
Appearing on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Thursday, Harington shared his mother’s words of not-so-encouragement when she heard her son would be presenting “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) for the first time.
Harington is the latest in a string of “Game of Thrones” stars who are currently doing the talk show rounds in the build-up to the HBO show’s eighth and final season.
Harington told Fallon that when he found out he was hosting the show, he called his mom for advice instead of the likes of Jason Momoa and Peter Dinklage (who hosted back in 2016).
He recalls telling her that SNL was “like stand-up comedy,” to which she replied reassuringly, “Well, you don’t do that.”
Apparently, she even added: “But you’re really good at the sad stuff?”
“I was like, ‘Thanks mom!'” Harington said.
“You’ve got to call me next time,” Fallon said, “I’ll pump you up.”
Watch the full clip below:
Harington hosts SNL this weekend with musical guest Sara Bareilles, just over a week before the “Game of Thrones” final season begins on HBO.
On Wednesday, SNL released a teaser for Harington’s appearance wherein Leslie Jones played out various “Game of Thrones” fantasies starring the actor.
Harington recently reflected on his nine-year run on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” in a cover story for Variety, and described feeling a distinctly different vibe while filming the final season.
“It’s like when you’re at a party, and the party’s getting better and better. Then you reach this point of the party where you’re like, it’s peaked. I don’t know what I could find more from this,” he said.
“You realize, well, there isn’t more. This is it. And the ‘more’ that you can find is actually in the work rather than the enjoyment surrounding it.”
Harington also revealed how this tonal shift affected the friendships between cast members.
“You have these in-jokes, and these relationships that thrive for eight years,” he said. “That’s a long time for those jokes to be going, and they never felt old or tired. In the last season, I was like, these are getting tired now.”
“And I think they got tired because we could see the end coming. That’s a way of emotionally detaching from something: relationships very slightly starting to strain, just on the edges, just frayed. Now everyone loves each other again.”