Game Of Thrones Season 3: “Mance Rayder has Jon Snow twisted around his finger”

Ciarán Hinds’ Mance Rayder is manipulating Jon Snow in Game Of Thrones Season 3

Ciarán Hinds as Mance Rayder in Game Of Thrones Season 3
Ciarán Hinds as Mance Rayder in Game Of Thrones Season 3


Speaking exclusively to SciFiNow, Game Of Thrones Season 3 star Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow, revealed that there’s an element of his father in the young ranger’s new relationship with Mance Rayder, the weathered King Beyond The Wall, played by The Woman In Black‘s Ciarán Hinds.

“It was amazing, first of all, to have Ciarán Hinds playing Mance Rayder. I think you really should watch him this season. He’s incredible. I don’t know. I think Jon knows to respect him, and respects him from word go.

“But, it’s quite nice having another older, paternal figure. He’s had so many. He had Ned, and then Benjen, and then Maester Aemon, and then Mormont, and then Qhorin Halfhand. Finally, he gets one that he doesn’t actually have to listen to. He’s telling him where he’s going wrong and all this, and he can go, ‘You know what, mate? Piss off! I am fighting against you.'”

As of Game Of Thrones Season 3 Episode 1, Snow has sworn his fealty to Rayder, the King Beyond The Wall and Night’s Watch deserter, with a view to being Castle Black’s man on the inside, but he might not find it as easy as all that.

“Then again, this man has bonded all the people from Beyond The Wall because he’s got amazing charisma, and Jon will fall for that, too,” muses Harington. “I think Mance knows exactly what he’s doing, by twisting Jon around his little finger and knows that Jon hasn’t quite come over to their side yet. It’s a really interesting relationship to develop. I wish me and Ciarán had more.”

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