Kit Harington had something else in mind when it came to unleashing the dragons. The Game of Thrones star showed off the extent of his “range,” as Jimmy Kimmel called it, when he dressed up as Daenerys Targaryen for the late-night host’s fake (but hilarious) audition tapes.
“Well hello, Khal Drogo,” Harington, toying with the curls of his blond wig, said into the camera. “Would you like to see my dragons?” Keeping with the trend of unexpected surprises and nudity on Game of Thrones, the actor opened his robe to reveal a prosthetic breast plate — and not the armored kind.
In the style of those fake Star Wars audition tapes on Saturday Night Live and Conan, Harington also delivered screen tests for Cersei, Arya, Ygritte, Hodor, a White Walker, and a fantasy-crossover twist with Harry Potter. “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to have sex with my brother,” he says while cradling Cersei’s wine chalice.
Even better than seeing Harington arguing with the casting director while dressed as J.K. Rowling’s Hogwarts golden boy is the realization that Game of Thrones is finally returning this Sunday, July 16 at 9 p.m. ET.
“Everyone gets a bigger slice of the pie,” Harington told EW of the seventh season. “Everybody is left with more stuff to do. This season is really different than any other season because of the fewer episodes and everything accelerating toward the end. A lot of stuff collides and happens much much quicker than you’re used to seeing on Thrones — it was a plodding slow machine and it’s now turning into a thriller. It’s quite exciting how it ramps up speeds up toward a dangerous climax.”
Winter is here, folks. But until the official return to Westeros, watch more of Harington’s fake auditions in the video above.