Jon Snow is... (spoilers below)...
DEAD. Deader than a doornail. Perhaps never to be seen again. At least that’s what Kit Harington is saying in a post Game of Thrones Season Six finale interview with Entertainment Weekly:
I was talking to Dan Weiss and he said Jon is really dead. But George R.R. Martin left open the possibility the character might not be dead in the books. And then that cast salary contract story came out last year and it had your name among those receiving raises for season six and an option on a seventh. So let me ask you: Is Jon really dead?
This is my understanding of it. 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.” And as far as the salary thing goes, that angered me when that story came out. I don’t know where it came from, but it was inaccurate in many ways. It’s going to put questions into your head and into fans’ heads that things are not what they are. Quite honestly, I have never been told the future of things in this show, but this is the one time I have. They sat me down and said, “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. 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.
Let’s note that Harington said, “I’m not coming back next season,” not “I’m never coming back at all.” Seems like intentional wording to me, but what the heck do I know about the twisted inner workings of Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin’s mind? Maybe Snow is temporarily dead or maybe he’s dead forever. That’s the thing part they always leave off of “valar morghulis,” by the way: All men must die... but sometimes they get brought back by fire priestesses.
Speaking of Martin, here are his [UPDATE: FAKE] thoughts on last night’s finale:
[UPDATE: That’s a parody Twitter account/I am a dummy.]
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