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[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from episode two, season six of HBO’s Game of Thrones.]
Jon Snow died, but that’s the funny thing about death … it doesn’t always stick.
After months of evading questions about his character’s fate on Game of Thrones, following his brutal betrayal and slaying at the end of the season five finale, Kit Harington has finally broken his silence on the matter — all thanks to Jon’s resurrection at the end of the Emmy-winning show’s latest episode, “Home.”
It all boils down to a single word: “Sorry!”
“I’d like to say sorry for lying to everyone,” Harington told EW. “I’m glad that people were upset that he died. I think my biggest fear was that people were not going to care. Or it would just be, ‘Fine, Jon Snow’s dead.’ But it seems like people had a, similar to the Red Wedding episode, kind of grief about it. Which means something I’m doing — or the show is doing — is right.”
In the months following his character’s demise, Harington had to dodge the question about Jon’s possible resurrection, to the point that he underwent a televised lie detection test. Eventually, Harington confirmed his continued role on Thrones, albeit as a corpse. The season six premiere in Hollywood further confirmed the actor’s involvement with the show, as his name remained in the opening credits.
Even the show’s cast and crew stuck to the same Jon Snow story. John Bradley, who plays Samwell Tarly, offered a touching eulogy for Snow: “My first scene ever professionally acting was with Kit. When we started out in season one, we really didn’t know anything. Kit had done some plays and I came straight from drama school. The bonds you make when you’re scared and you’re unsure, they’re the bonds that tend to last. It’s sad to see him go.”
“Central heroes don’t have any particular claim on immortality,” showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss told THR about Snow’s fate in an interview ahead of the premiere. “In fact, we could argue that the notion of “central heroes” is one of the fantasy tropes that George’s books have so brilliantly exploded.” Look, we all love Lord of the Rings, but none of us really believed that Sauron was going to kill Frodo. Was any gambler dumb enough to bet money on Voldemort defeating Harry? In traditional fantasy, when the forces of darkness are arrayed against the armies of light, everyone knows who’s going to win. And that’s one of the elements that bored us about traditional fantasy: the predictability of it.”
The next steps for Jon Snow are anything but predictable, but at least the question about his survival is finally resolved — and for Harington, the weight of the pop culture world’s heaviest secret finally off his shoulders.
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