The months between seasons of HBO’s Game of Thrones are always filled with fans frantically theorizing about what could be coming next for the show. There were a few cliffhangers at the end of Season 5, but the one plot twist that has had many of us tearing our hair out since the finale aired back in June is the apparent death of Jon Snow. As Jon was last seen going dead behind the eyes as he bled out in the snow, he seems pretty definitively dead. According to actor Kit Harington, what we saw is what we get.
People didn’t want me to die, but he’s dead. So there you go, everyone has to get used to it.
As seems evident in his interview with Digital Spy, Harington is done mincing words about the future of Jon Snow on Game of Thrones. After years of needing to keep mum on spoilers, it must be refreshing for him to come right out and confirm that his character is good and dead.
Unless he’s totally just trying to mislead everybody and conceal the fact that Jon Snow will be coming back with a vengeance in Season 6, which…let’s face it, he probably is. Game of Thrones has always striven to keep a tight lid on spoilers, and Harington proclaiming that Jon is good and dead could count as a spoiler as much as admitting that Jon is alive. Honestly, Harington sounds like he’s protesting a bit too much:
I haven’t done Thrones in a while. I had quite a lot of time off last year. I’ve been taking it easy. And relaxing.
It’s worth noting that Harington was rather vague in his comment about not working on Game of Thrones in a while. He didn’t state outright that he hasn’t done any filming for Season 6, though that certainly would have helped his case for claiming that Jon is dead and gone. Normally, an actor being slightly vague about his work schedule shouldn’t be enough to fuel rumors that his character will be recovering from what appeared to be many mortal wounds, and folks behind-the-scenes assuring the world that Jon Snow is in fact super dead should be enough to stop the theorizing, but there’s actually quite a lot of evidence supporting a resurrection for Jon Snow.
Between potential accidental spoilers from HBO to shots of Harington sporting his Jon Snow haircut to glimpses of Harington actually on set filming scenes, the odds are that Harington is not telling the whole tale about what has befallen Jon Snow. That’s not to say that he’s necessarily lying, though. Jon did look super dead at the end of Season 5, and he may have truly died. Luckily, the assassination attempt happened to go down in a location with a handy dandy priestess of a religion known for resurrection around. Jon Snow may have died and he may currently be dead, but there’s no guarantee that he won’t still be alive and well in Season 6.
Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 24, 2016. To see when other shows are returning and premiering in the next few months, check out our midseason TV schedule.