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Spoilers ahead for Season 6 of Game of Thrones.
Season 6 of Game of Thrones ended a month and a half ago, and fans are still reeling from all of the chaos and bloodshed that occurred throughout the past 10 episodes. One of the most anticipated plot lines going into Season 6 was the possibly dead Jon Snow, who was stabbed enough times to resemble swiss cheese in the final moments of the previous season. And while nobody was really surprised, Jon Snow was eventually brought back to life by Melisandre, much to the joy of pretty much every Game of Thrones fan ever. But now that Season 6 is over and the direwolf is out of the bag, what did Kit Harrington think of coming back from the dead? Turns out, he wasn't too psyched about it at first.
Kit Harrington recently spoke to The Wrap, where he admitted his original disappointment in Jon's resurrection plot line. He said the following,
I knew I was coming back to life, but I didn't know if I'd come back as a changed person, as a villain. So I couldn't pre-plan anything, which was hard. And then I got the scripts, and actually, he comes back as himself, as the Jon that everyone knows. Which at first I found disappointing. But it's more subtle than that. He has an insight into what lies beyond that very few people in his world do, and that no one in our world does---he knows that there's no afterlife. Which does quietly drive who he is and what he wants to do.
Touche, Mr. Harrington. The Game of Thrones actor brought up some pretty fair points about Jon's return to the world of the living, let's break it down a bit more.
To start, I love that Kit Harrington was ready for a dark Jon Snow to come into play. Dying presumably takes a lot out of you, and considering the betrayal that lead to Jon's untimely death, it would make sense of he came back with a vengeance. Those who read George R.R. Martin's novels will know that another Stark family member was resurrected in the books, and that character's sole focus is revenge. And since that plot line has been noticeably absent in the HBO series, it could have been really interesting to see an angry freshly dead Jon Snow taking Longclaw to his enemies without mercy.
Of course, Jon Snow did end up changing a bit during Season 6. After years of watching his story on the Wall, he finally left the Knight's Watch. Since he already gave his life as Lord Commander, the Stark bastard didn't really have much else to give to The Watch. Snow also informed both Melisandre and the audience that the Game of Thrones universe apparently has no after life, as there was nothing but darkness on the other side when he passed.
What did you think of Jon's return to the world of the living? Should he have come back broken and evil, or would that have been too radical a change? Sound off in the comments below.