Knowing how long it’s going to feel throughout the next year before Game of Thrones returns with its seventh season, is something that every fan has been worried about over the past several months since the sixth season’s stellar finale episode. With the production requirements causing the premiere to be pushed from the Spring to the Summer of next year as well, it’s not only going to feel like a longer wait than usual, it’s going to be actually be this time as well.
In fact, the wait between this season and the next is arguably going to give season five’s cliffhanger a run for its money, which left fans wondering for an entire year whether or not Kit Harington’s Jon Snow was dead or alive, though it seemed like the general consensus was that he would return in the sixth season, no matter how many times the show’s creative team told us otherwise.
While speaking recently with The Wrap though, Harington (who was nominated for an Emmy for his incredible work in the latest season) revealed that he was initially disappointed by Jon’s return when he read the scripts for the season:
I knew I was coming back to life, but I didn’t know if I’d come back as a changed person, as a villain. So I couldn’t pre-plan anything, which was hard. … And then I got the scripts, and actually, he comes back as himself, as the Jon that everyone knows. Which at first I found disappointing. But it’s more subtle than that. He has an insight into what lies beyond that very few people in his world do, and that no one in our world does—he knows that there’s no afterlife. Which does quietly drive who he is and what he wants to do.
There was quite a lot of speculation from fans about how Jon might return differently, when he did, since the only other time we’ve seen a character return from the dead in the show, he had a brief monologue about feeling changed each time. In the books, the other time we saw someone come back from the dead, she was so different she practically wasn’t the same person.
With all of that being said though, Jon’s arc in the sixth season was still without a doubt, one of the best aspects of it, and seeing him rise from the dead Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch to the pronounced Lord of Winterfell and King of the North was one of the most satisfying things I’ve ever witnessed on television before. This is also not to mention some of the other… reveals… that we learned about his character in that finale too. So suffice it to say, Jon Snow’s fate may have seemed dreary this time last year, but I’d say it looks much, much different now.
Game of Thrones will return for its seventh season in the summer of 2017.
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