I’m not sure if this is still a thing, but it used to be that one could surf a fanfiction website and find dozens of stories imagining the real-life actors from a TV show or movie dating, rather than their characters. Like 1500 words about Elijah Wood and Sean Astin making out backstage at the Oscars.
Of course, the only thing that could trump such fantastical imaginings is confirmation that it’s actually happening. TMZ reports that Kit Harington and Rose Leslie, who play Jon Snow and Ygritte on HBO’s Game of Thrones, are dating — like, holding hands and kissing in public and everything. Considering their characters have an awkward courtship that (SPOILER WARNING) leads to unbridled arctic sex, it’s more or less the perfect publicity push to get teens on Tumblr steaming over the serendipity. Indeed, searching the “Kit Harington” tag on Tumblr reveals a wealth of fans freaking out over the newly revealed relationship. “Whether they’re truly dating, or just handsy mates,” writes on user, “I still love and admire them both significantly, and best of luck to both of them as individuals and, if true, as a couple.” The Internet is goofy.