Kit Harington Insists That Jon Snow Is Dead, But Don't Worry — That Doesn't Mean He Won't Be Back On 'Game Of Thrones'
It's weird that Kit Harington's strength doesn't seem to be lying, considering he's a pretty great actor. In an interview with Digital Spy to promote his upcoming play Doctor Faustus, Harington insisted that Jon Snow was definitely dead, trying to imply that the late Lord Commander would not be returning to Game Of Thrones for Season 6, which is — as you probably know — finally just around the corner with an April premiere date. The conversation, of course, turned to Jon Snow's death, and the still long-haired Harington said: "People didn't want me to die, but he's dead. So there you go, everyone has to get used to it."
Uh. Get real, Kit: Do you think fans can't read between the lines? They know that even if someone dies in Westeros, they can definitely come back from the dead. Also, a dude who is probably you has been caught on set, like, a hundred times.
To be clear, Harington never outright said that he would not be returning for the show's sixth season — just that Jon Snow definitely "died." OK, that much we can all come to terms with: There are already many exhaustive and reassuring theories that, regardless of whether Jon Snow is dead, it doesn't mean he won't be in Westeros. In fact, several of the Jon Snow theories about his fate consider the possibility of resurrection, whether it be at the hands of Melisandre, the Red Woman, or Bran Stark (who will also play an important role in Season 6).
Harington offered some other weak facts as "proof" that he wasn't coming back: He said that he had been avoiding all media since Jon Snow's death, which is fair, because he's all the people have been talking about. But for good reason: There have been several incriminating photos of a man who looks suspiciously like Harington on the set of Game Of Thrones, not only palling around with other members of the cast, but clearly in costume and filming scenes on set — including a scene with Sophie Turner, who plays his half-sister, Sansa Stark.
Harington also noted he was relieved that fans were upset by his death, because at least it meant Jon Snow was loved: "Talking about the intense fan reaction to the final scenes of Season 5, which included Jon Snow being betrayed by the Night's Watch, he said: "I was hoping that there would be an outcry of 'why?' and 'oh god, no, no' rather than 'thank god.'" Aww, Kit.
But, let's be real, his excuses are wearing thin. He was literally the star of the first poster and teaser trailer. Plus, at this point, fans of Game Of Thrones would probably riot if showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss did not deliver on the expectation that, finally, something would be revealed about Jon Snow's parentage. By now, the infamous "R + L = J" theory has dominated the pile of Jon Snow theories to the point that it is canon. If you're not caught up, that theory proposes that Snow isn't Ned's bastard after all, but actually the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Ned's sister Lyanna Stark — meaning he would be a dragon. That very suspicious pattern of blood in the snow only serves to boost that theory.
So, regardless of Harington's unconvincing insistence that Jon Snow is dead, fans can rest easy that that doesn't mean he won't be back. Resurrection is always possible in Westeros.