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Game of Thrones has killed off a lot of characters over the years, and some in spectacularly gruesome ways. Actor have to say goodbye to co-stars on a regular basis, and it can't always be easy. John Bradley, who has played Samwell Tarly ever since the first season, has one character death that he wishes had never happened: Jon Snow. If that seems like an odd pick, given that Jon was resurrected a couple of episodes later, Bradley has a reason for wanting him to have stayed alive. Bradley appeared at a recent San Diego Comic-Con panel, and he had this to say:
Jon Snow's death was the big cliffhanger in the Season 5 finale, and fans had to wait nearly a full year to witness the aftermath of the assassination. The wait would have been hard enough on fans even if Game of Thrones wasn't a show that had established resurrection and warging and magic as ways to defeat death. As Game of Thrones is a fantasy show, however, fans were driven to hunting for spoilers just about everywhere, and that apparently included badgering poor John Bradley for details.
We can bet that Kit Harington agrees at least a little bit with John Bradley about why Jon Snow's death was kind of regrettable. He was forced to lie whenever he was asked about whether or not his character was dead, and he had to deal with people analyzing everything from his travel to the length of his hair. He must have been relieved when the episode of his resurrection finally aired and he was able to tell the truth. I have to wonder how many people in his life were furious that he'd been lying. Even some on the cast didn't know that he'd be coming back to life as Jon.
If Jon Snow dies again, the odds are pretty good that he's not coming back. For one thing, he specifically requested that he be left dead at the Battle of the Bastards if he was killed. For another, he doesn't have a Red priestess handy anymore to do the resurrecting, as he send Melisandre away after the reveal that she'd burnt poor Shireen to death. Besides, there aren't too many episodes left in the series. Would Game of Thrones really go through another death and resurrection for Jon?
We can only wait and see at this point. For John Bradley's sake, I hope Season 7 doesn't end on another doesn't end on another cliffhanger that will result in him being badgered for another year (or possibly even longer). You can catch new episodes of Game of Thrones on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.