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Anyone who saw last week’s episode of Game of Thrones knows that Jon Snow was resurrected by the talented Melisandre at the behest of Ser Davos. Thanks to Melisandre’s spell very nearly failing, the moment had our attention, but it still didn’t come as a huge shock. Rumors and theories had been going around for months that Jon Snow was probably coming back, although a slew of cast members vehemently denied those rumors throughout the year. Recently, Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams revealed what she thought about lying to the fans who the HBO drama for months on end. In all honestly, she really seems to have enjoyed it. Here’s what she said in a recent interview:
Whenever we were asked the question, ‘So is Jon Snow coming back?’ everyone was like, ‘Oh, well, I can’t really say. And I was like that’s so boring you should just say no, because if you say, ‘Oh, I can’t say,’ then people know that he is and that you just can’t say... [So] Fans would come up and be like, ‘I know you can’t talk about it, but, so, is Jon Snow dead?’ like giggly. And I’d be like, ‘No, yeah, he’s dead.’
As Maisie Williams noted, a lot of people near and dear to the show were cagey about the future of Jon Snow, and some of them even said they didn’t know what was going on. But Maisie Williams was obviously a fan of the outright denial tactic, and she wasn’t the only one that openly said Jon Snow was dead and was only on set to shoot funeral scenes. Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow, was pretty adamant his time on the series was done. Other people on the creative end—like HBO’s President or showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff were all over saying Jon Snow was out of a gig. Some of these people were creative and simply said Jon Snow was dead—which did hold true, for a time—but others outright said it was the end of the line for the character, making things even more muddled. If you’d like to see a list of a slew of people who were all in on the conspiracy, head here.
I love how Maisie Williams was totally unapologetic when speaking to Yahoo TV. That's a far cry from the reaction her fellow co-star Kit Harington had when he somewhat sheepishly apologized for misleading fans for months on end. Williams' attitude, somewhat similar to her character Arya's, is you gotta do what you gotta do. By misleading fans, the moment was still a big one on the small screen, whether or we were a fan of the cliffhanger at the end of Season 5.
There are still quite a few episodes left to go in Season 6 of Game of Thrones. To see what is coming up, check out what we know about the new episodes. And if you missed the epic Jon Snow episode, you can find out more about it here. Game of Thrones airs on HBO on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET.
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