You have to give Game of Thrones‘ Jon Snow some credit — he’s come a long way from being the “bastard” of Winterfell. The former king of the North has fought Night Walkers, defeated the reprehensible Ramsay, and even survived actual death. Not bad for someone who “knows nothing.” But although his brooding stares and man bun might make him look super tall and intimidating, Kit Harington’s height might surprise you. Watch our video above to see how tall Jon Snow really is.

Jon Snow (Kit Harington) Height

If you’re still a little surprised after learning Jon Snow’s height, don’t be. His stature was one of the reasons casting directors liked him. “He just had the look,” showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss told Esquire. “The brooding intensity; the physical grace; the chip-on-the-shoulder quality that we always associate with extraordinarily short people.” That’s right, the character Jon Snow isn’t tall, nor is he supposed to be. We know, you’re probably thinking, “So how tall are the Game of Thrones characters supposed to be?” Well, fans think the character of Jon Snow is about 5’8″. And if you’re wondering how tall is Rose Leslie, his IRL wife who played Ygritte on the show, she’s 5’6″. On the show, he towered over her, but in real life they’re both the same height!

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Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) Height

But probably one of the tallest people on the show is Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne. She’s 6’3″ in real life, and so it’s no surprise that, prior to Game of Thrones, she was a model. “I’m certainly really rather tall at 6 foot 3, and I’ve been this way since I was 14,” she told Rolling Stone, “but for years women who are even 5 foot 10 have come up to me in the street and said, “Oh, it’s so nice to see a woman who is taller than me. I’ve always felt like a giant.” But she’s not even the tallest Game of Thrones star. That title goes to Hodor, played by Kristian Nairn, who’s seven-feet tall!

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Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) Height

However, Kit’s love interest on the show, Daenerys, is one of the shortest of the lead female characters. She’s only about 5’2″, only one inch taller than Arya Stark, played by Maisie Williams. This might come as a shock to fans because in the book, Daenerys is described as “tall and willowy and blond.” Because of her shortness, Emilia had to really fight for the role. “I’m short and round and brown,” she told TheWrap. “So they weren’t, like, she can do that role, easy!”

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Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) Height

The critically-acclaimed actor, who is 4’5″, has made a name for himself by playing roles that don’t typically go to actors with dwarfism. “I just feel like it’s the responsibility of people my size to persevere a bit more about what they do,” he told Rolling Stone. “Because it will just perpetuate itself if you agree to do these things. Mirror Mirror – I have a friend who was in that movie, and he was like, ‘Why did I do this?’ You look on the top of the cabs in New York, and the ad was seven dwarfs. Really, Snow White? Come on. I don’t know. I just can’t do it. I have to play a person. I can’t play an adjective. Or adverb? Are they adverbs or adjectives?”

As for the rest of the characters, their heights are pretty much what you expect them to be. But with the show wrapping up its final season in 2019, fans are probably less interested in heights and more worried about the secrecy surrounding the final six episodes. “It was very, very bittersweet,” Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, said about the final shows. “The first day of the actors coming in and that kind of production starting, the day where we had the final read-through for the final script, it was really bittersweet. It was hard. At the end of the very last script, they read aloud, ‘End of Game of Thrones.’ As soon as they read that out, pretty much everyone burst into tears.” As long as Kit goes on to be eye candy in another fantasy show, we’ll be happy!