Well, Game of Thrones fans, we’ve heard it from the horse’s mouth: Kit Harington says Jon Snow really is dead.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor confirmed that producers Dan Weiss and David Benioff had told him that his character really was a goner.
“I had a sit-down with Dan and David, 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 revealed.
The decision to kill off his character is sure to shock even the most ardent fans of George RR Martin’s book series. Snow is indeed stabbed and presumed dead in the latest literary instalment but the author has repeatedly hinted that the Night’s Watchman’s fate is far from sealed.
“This is how it is. If anything in the future is not like that, then I don’t know about it – it’s only in David and Dan and George’s heads.” Harington said when questioned about it, “but I’ve been told I’m dead. I’m dead. I’m not coming back next season. So that’s all I can tell you, really.”
For once, we’re really hoping Jon Snow knows nothing – and that much like his brothers Bran and Rickon Stark did during season five, he’ll quite simply sit the next one out until it’s revealed he’s still alive in a season six finale shocker.
Fans had worried about Jon Snow’s fate when he was spotted sporting a shorter haircut at the Testament of Youth premiere in January. The new do inspired endless fan theories and several think pieces about Snow’s future.
But while they wail on Twitter about the loss of the beloved character, Harington’s far happier about the big reveal. “It’s like I’ve been sitting on this big f**king secret” he said in an interview with Vulture. “I’ve had to watch what I say, but it’s a big moment, it’s a beautiful ending, and it’s how I wanted to go.”
And what of the future of Game of Thrones now that the man many thought was “the prince that was promised” is apparently dead?
“I think they’ll have to end it with most epic f**k-all battle TV has ever seen” Harington told EW.
It’s safe to say they’ll have a hard job topping the one at Hardhome.