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Why Grey Worm Didn't Kill Jon Snow In Game Of Thrones Season 8

Grey Worm in Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones fans flocked to Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con to say goodbye to a handful of cast members from the long-running, and Emmy-winning, HBO series. And in the process, they also wanted to get some answers to the lingering questions from the controversial season eight – which wrapped up a ton of storylines in a truncated fashion, and still left some dangling plot threads.

One big one involving Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) was addressed by Anderson when the panel started to clear up misconceptions about the outcome of the final season. Anderson was asked why Grey Worm didn’t kill Jon Snow after it was revealed that Jon killed Daenerys (Emilia Clarke). Turns out, Anderson had an explanation for Grey Worm’s non-action, as he told the Hall H crowd:

That's a good question. I think that there, like in my head, I think there maybe came a point for Grey Worm towards the end where he was just like, ‘Enough.’ Like, ‘Enough is enough.’ I think that's a big reason why he kind of left. It was like, everybody who was dear to him now was dead. And he’d only just learned how to have people be dear to him. So I think he just wanted to get [away]. ‘This is a violent place and this is not what I want my existence to be anymore. I would just don’t want it to be violent.’ … I don't think he wanted, necessarily, to kill Jon Snow. He just doesn't want him to be alive.

There you go. That’s Jacob Anderson’s interpretation of why Grey Worm let Jon Snow return north of the wall, choosing not to avenge Dany because he was tired of the violence that had fallen on the realm over the course of Season Eight. Dany’s dragon had just laid waste to King’s Landing, and Grey Worm could have been overwhelmed by the shock of that terrifying violence.

At least, that’s what the actor thinks of why Jon Snow was able to survive the ordeal of Game of Thrones. Now it’s up to you to tell us if you believe it.

There was skepticism in the room at San Diego Comic-Con, mainly because the cast didn’t take audience questions. At all.

But there also was a fair amount of warm nostalgia, as the cast members reminisced, reflected, and genuinely enjoyed being back in each others’ company. I break down my reaction to the entire panel here.

This is the end of Game of Thrones as we know it, though I fully expect a number of these cast members to make names for themselves on the convention circuit for the rest of their careers. This universe will live on when HBO gets the prequel series for GOT on the air. More on that as we learn details. And more from San Diego Comic-Con as the festival rolls along.

Sean O'Connell
Sean O'Connell

Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. He's frequently found on Twitter at @Sean_OConnell. ReelBlend cohost. A movie junkie who's Infatuated with comic-book films. Helped get the Snyder Cut released, then wrote a book about it.