While the details of Game of Thrones’ final season remain firmly under wraps, we already know the fantasy drama’s most tragic casualty this year – Kit Harington’s beard.
Yes, after years of contractually-obligated face-fuzz the Jon Snow actor has finally taken a Valyrian steel razor to his chops, revealing his new clean-cut look while hosting Saturday Night Live and describing himself as “pre-pubescent Jon Snow.”
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And as with any shocking Game of Thrones departure, it’s fair to say that fans are, ahem, bristling at the beard’s surprise exit.
Not to be picky or anything but can Kit Harington a.k.a Jon Snow please grow back his beard? pic.twitter.com/RMsoD3CX94
— Her Campus Pace (@HerCampusPace) April 9, 2019
Thoughts on Kit Harington’s no beard debut on #SNL?
Okay, I’ll start: no.
— alyssa (@alwaysalyssaaa) April 7, 2019
Kit Harington showing up at @nbcsnl without a beard is giving me trust issues
— Michelle Reichmeier (@ItsMeesh08) April 7, 2019
kit harington shaving off his beard is top 15 worst things to happen to me
— Bianca Adamo (@biancaadamo) April 10, 2019
Kit Harington [hosting #snl]: look, i shaved off my beard!
Every woman on earth: pic.twitter.com/ooqEMbf4Nm
— Erin Auci (@erina58) April 7, 2019
Kit Harington shaved his beard, now imma go cry till it grows back
— nav (@NavjitSingh19) April 7, 2019
I slightly remember my boyfriend waking me up in the middle of the night to tell me Kit Harington is ugly without a beard
— debbie (@lum0s_nox) April 7, 2019
— Magnolia Blossom ? (@OrdinaryCharlie) April 7, 2019
Im suing SNL for having kit harington shave his beard. This is an utter travesty
— no (@daddyyy098) April 7, 2019
me: wow kit harington is so attractive ???
kit harington: *shaves his beard and does an american accent*
me: I’ve never been more disgusted in my life
— a time for wolves ? (@themollyjeanne) April 7, 2019
Clearly, Harington may have underestimated the sheer power his beard brought him – even Ned Stark’s death didn’t elicit such an outpouring of dismay – though on the other hand, at least one member of his household may have seen the writing on the wall, with former Thrones co-star Rose Leslie (who married Harington last year) interrupting her husband’s SNL monologue to ask an important question.
“How soon can you grow back that beard?” she asked.
Hopefully, like Jon Snow himself, the beard will be granted a resurrection at some point down the line – but for now, these chops have ended.