Updated: 19th April 2018

Winter’s not coming: Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow worried over lack of it

Kit Harington describes a very sad irony as the HBO show films in locations where ice is shrinking, even as his character fears the approaching winter

His character Jon Snow may fret about the arrival of winter, but Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington has said he was instead confronted by terrifying evidence of global warming while filming the HBO show.

Harington said it was a very sad irony to film in locations with diminishing ice for scenes where the arrival of winter, and the frosty undead from beyond the Wall, is feared by his character.

We went to Iceland to find snow, because winter is here, the actor told Time. We got there and we were lucky to get the snow we did, because in our world, winter is definitely not here. Its this weird parallel, the opposite parallel.

We go out there this year, and the glacier that me and Rose [Leslie, who played his love interest Ygritte] filmed on four years ago, I saw it and it has shrunk. I saw climate change and global warming with my own eyes, and it is terrifying.

Game of Thrones has used several locations in Iceland as backdrop to scenes from beyond the Wall a frigid, snow-blanketed environment where the itinerant Wildings are threatened by the advance of the undead White Walkers.

Grjotagja, a cave near the town of Akureyri, is where Snow and Ygritte sleep together, while the Svnafellsjkull and Vatnajkull glaciers are also featured.

Vatnajkull, Europes largest glacier, is estimated to be shrinking at a rate of 1 meter (3ft) a year and will probably disappear, along with Icelands other glaciers, within 100 years, a government committee has warned. This rate of decline is shared by many of the worlds largest ice sheets, with warming temperatures causing them to melt away and ultimately fuel sea level rise.

Game of Thrones also films on location in countries such as Northern Ireland, Spain and Croatia. Harington said the show, despite the misery endured by many characters, is increasingly a pleasant distraction from recent real-world events.

There is a lot of chaos in the world right now, whether its implemented by our government, purposeful chaos or not, he said. Its interesting being in a TV show that is not reflecting the world, but at the same time is.

Now, Westeros maybe feels like a nice escapism compared to what youre seeing on the news, because the worlds politics has gotten very, very dark in recent weeks and months.

The seventh season of Game of Thrones starts in July.

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