[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Sunday’s Game of Thrones finale, “Mother’s Mercy.”]
Jon Snow isn’t coming back … so says Kit Harington.
The season five finale of Game of Thrones finally saw Snow’s charmed existence come to a heartbreaking end with the unassuming and apparently innocuous Olly (Brenock O’Connor) plotting not only his bloody, stabby demise, but wielding the final few blows.
Speaking with EW the English actor spoke about Snow’s death and dashed the hopes of fans hoping he may make a return, saying emphatically “I’ve been told I’m dead. I’m dead.”
Harington was asked directly about fan speculation that Thrones author George R.R. Martin had left Snow’s death ambiguous in the books, in particular fan speculation is rife that by using special powers, Snow can transfer his consciousness into his Direwolf Ghost. Harington revealed that the show’s producers made it pretty clear his character was done. “I had a sit-down with Dan [Weiss] and David [Beinhoff], we did the Tony Soprano walk [letting an actor know they’re being whacked]. And they said, ‘Look, you’re gone, it’s done.'”
Harington added that that he “kind of knew it was coming,” even though he hadn’t read A Dance With Dragons, but said “he didn’t realize it would be the final shot of the season.” Harington said he loved the way the producers utilized Olly as the person to wield the kill stroke, saying that it “felt like the right way for it to happen.” He said he would be really interested to see the audiences reaction and he hoped it wouldn’t be a case of “f— he’s dead, thank f— he’s dead.”
Harington also revealed what his last day on set was like, saying that he was given a wrap party but he just “wanted to f— off out of there,” adding that he got a tear in his eye and was more “moved and emotional” than he thought he would be. However, he said he didn’t receive any special parting gifts, joking that “Rose got a f—ing bow and arrow and I didn’t get shit! So yeah, I’m definitely less popular than Rose.”
With his time on Thrones at an end, Harington can now, legally, cut his famous locks, but he said despite looking like Jim Morrison he might keep it until his next role. Keen Harington-watchers will know, however, that his famed mane, much like Jon Snow, is no more.