‘Game of Thrones’: Did Kit Harington Just Reveal Too Much About His Character’s Fate?

By September 15, 2015

(Spoiler Warning For Anyone Not Caught Up on Game of Thrones!)

Game of Thrones is known for the unpredictable nature of its storytelling. Going all the way back to Ned Stark’s death in season one, the show and novels by George R. R. Martin have firmly established one basic rule: no one is safe. Usually, in a television show or series, there is a certain set of characters that you’re never really worried about. However, there isn’t a single sword fight or battle in Game of Thrones that won’t leave everyone on the edge of their seats because there is a very real possibility that neither of them could make it out alive.

However, I don’t think a single death has shocked or left so many fans heartbroken as Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) death did at the end of this last season. The pure surprise and emotional weight that the death held, especially considering everything that Jon stood for and represented in the show up until that point, it left everyone gasping for breath by the time it was over. There’s another aspect to this death that makes it significant though, and its that for the first time in possibly GoT history – people don’t really think Jon is dead.

While everyone involved with the show nearly has repeated over and over again that Jon is actually dead, the fans don’t seem to believe them. Part of that is because of some of the major fan theories running around online, and part of that is because before he died, the Red Priestess Melisandre showed up at the Wall, meaning there is a very big possibility that she could revive him next season.

Everyone including the cast and crew of Game of Thrones are keeping their mouths shut tightly though for the time being. However, while recently promoting his film, Testament of Youth, a Reddit user has claimed that Harington may have spilled the beans slightly regarding his character’s fate, when he began talking about how much the show has meant to him over the years. Below, you can find the Reddit user’s translation of Harington’s comments:

“[…] I often felt frustrated as well. I had to pass on amazing parts because I was attached to Game of Thrones. So the show is like a double-egded sword to me: I owe a lot to it, but > at the same time it has almost completely drained me. Oh well, I try not to think about it too much. The important thing is that I now know exactly how long I am still under contract, and in the meantime –
Interviewer: How many more seasons would that be?
Nice try (laughs). I can’t talk about that. Let’s just say that Game of Thrones will remain a part of my life for a while, I’ll probably be in my thirties when it’s over. One thing’s for sure: the day I’m no longer onThrones is the day I’ll bury myself in movie projects (laughs).”

For reference, Harington is currently 28 years old, and with the series almost confirmed to be running eight seasons at this point, it would mean that Harington would likely be in his early thirties by the time the show ended, if his character made it to the end. I think we can all agree at this point though, that it’s become pretty clear that Harington will be returning to the series at some point, in some way.

After several reports have spotted him back on set for filming, and some of the cast members have even speculated about how he could return, it’ll either be something that everyone will be able to breathe out a sigh of relief over when he returns, or people will just lose all hope in their GoT theories.

Without George R. R. Martin’s sixth novel too, “The Winds of Winter” as a frame of reference for fans, it’s almost impossible to know what the future holds for Jon Snow. All we have right now is our own theories, thoughts, and the comments made by people who actually know the answer. But for right now, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Game of Thrones season 6 will premiere in 2016.

Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable