You know nothing, Jon Snow. Channel 4 News broadcaster meets Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington

The meeting that has been eagerly anticipated by fans of the news programme and the HBO fantasy series has finally happened

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It's the moment we've all been waiting for: Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow has met his namesake Jon Snow.

The broadcaster tweeted a picture of himself yesterday afternoon with the actor Kit Harington, who is better known as Jon Snow, the illegitimate son of Ned Stark, in the fantasy series.

Snow shared the photo with his 405,000 followers and wrote “Jon Snow meets Jon Snow #c4news 6.45pm tomorrow Saturday.”

The veteran journalist was wearing one of his characteristically bright ties as he towered above the young actor.

It's unlikely that Game of Thrones author George RR Martin caught an episode of Channel 4 News and was inspired to name the character after Jon Snow. The name itself is significant to the world created by Martin though.  

Game of Thrones is set in a medieval, feudal society, where families hand down properties and wealth through their lineage. It is important to distinguish between legitimate heirs and bastards in order to establish the line of succession.

In Game of Thrones children born out of wedlock are given a surname which reflects the region they were born, rather than the noble house name that legitimate children receive.

Bastards born in The North are given the last name “Snow” because of the wintry climate. While children in other past of Westeros have a different last names, such as “sand” for Dorne and “stone” for The Vale of Arryn.


There are a total of nine names, one for each of the respective regions of Westeros.

Harrington is playing Milo, a slave-turned gladiator in Paul WS Anderson’s Roman epic Pompeii while Game of Thrones is mid-way through its fourth season.

The interview will screen at 6.45pm tonight on Channel 4.