One Game Of Thrones Actor Really Thought Kit Harington Was Off The Show

Hiatuses between seasons of Game of Thrones are never easy, and a major cliffhanger meant that the long break between Seasons 5 and 6 was the most painful one yet. The finale of the fifth season ended on Jon Snow being assassinated by his brothers in the Night’s Watch, and we had to endure months of everybody from Kit Harington to HBO President Michael Lombardo promising that Jon was super, totally, 100% dead. Fans weren’t all that convinced such a major character could be gone for good, but Harington shares that one of his co-stars truly believed that it really was time to say goodbye.

Sophie Turner, bless her, wrote me a really long letter about how much she loved working with me – and I still got it. That made me chuckle.

It’s not often I get to say that anything about Game of Thrones is cute, but Kit Harington’s story to EW about Sophie Turner’s letter is positively adorable. We haven’t gotten to see much interaction between any of the Stark kids since back in Season 1, and Jon and Sansa didn’t have quite the bond as some of the other siblings. Still, Turner evidently had enough to say about her experiences with Harington that she had material for a really long and seemingly little-sisterly letter. No wonder Kit Harington kept it.

Of course, given that Jon Snow has returned to the world of the living after being dead for only most of two episodes, Sophie Turner might have had another and less kindly letter to write her co-star. Harington was awfully vehement about how permanently dead his character was after his final scene in Season 5, and he spun his story for a long time. I wouldn’t blame her if she wanted to smack him with the episode script a time or two. Who knows? Maybe she got an apology as well.

Hopefully, Jon Snow being brought back to life just as Sansa Stark begins an exodus to the Wall to escape Ramsay means that two of Ned’s kids will finally be reunited. Kit Harington and Sophie Turner have both improved as performers since their characters last interacted in Season 1, and it would be fascinating to see how their characters’ changes in fortune affect their dynamic. When they last saw one another, Sansa was betrothed to the future king while Jon was trekking to join the Night’s Watch because he had only so many options as a bastard. Now, Sansa is a refugee and Jon is a Lord Commander. If a reunion between them would happen to result in Sansa being joined by a horde of wildlings to take back Winterfell and get her revenge on Ramsay Bolton with her brother, I wouldn’t complain.

Game of Thrones airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. Now that Jon has been resurrected and Sansa has been motivated, we may soon see Sophie Turner get the chance to act opposite the man that she thought was leaving the show. Jon Snow is set to have a big season, and Sansa may be a part of that. Be sure to check out our schedule of summer TV premiere dates to see what other shows will be hitting the airwaves in the not-too-distant future. 

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.