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[Warning: The following story contains spoilers from the Game of Thrones season five finale, as well as from The Walking Dead episode 607.]
“Jon Snow is dead.”
It’s a statement that’s as direct as it is devastating, taken straight out of the synopsis for the first episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones season six, called “The Red Woman.” But even death isn’t keeping the 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch’s name out of the conversation, as Harington’s name remains in the opening credits for the sixth season of HBO’s Emmy-winning fantasy series, as revealed during Sunday’s Hollywood premiere of the new episode.
Harington’s continued presence in the iconic Thrones title sequence brings to mind the absence of Steven Yeun’s name in the Walking Dead title sequence early on in season six. In episode 603 of AMC’s zombie drama, called “Thank You,” Yeun’s Glenn Rhee appeared to die, eviscerated by a group of flesh-hungry walkers. Yeun’s name was removed from the opening credits for subsequent episodes, before he was eventually revealed as alive in the seventh episode of season six. From then on, his name returned to the opening credits.
It’s already been revealed that Harington remains part of Thrones, at least as a corpse. Jon Snow was glimpsed in the season six trailer, lying in a pool of his own blood, frozen in place exactly where viewers saw him last, betrayed and brutally murdered by fellow members of the Night’s Watch. In March, Harington confirmed his continued role on Thrones as a corpse, joking, “It’s some of my best work.”
In a separate interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth) backed up Harington’s claim, saying, “He gives good corpse.”
In the past, Thrones has included former series regulars in the title sequence even after their on-screen demise, as long as their bodies are seen on the show. Charles Dance, for example, was included in the opening credits of the season five premiere, “The Wars to Come,” despite his character Tywin’s death at the hands of son Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) in the season four finale, “The Children.”
Game of Thrones returns on April 24. Catch up on all of THR‘s coverage of the show here.