8 'Game Of Thrones' Actors Who Make Us Think Jon Snow Is Alive
As Game of Thrones Season 6 approaches, the cast's frustrations surrounding people asking them whether or not Jon Snow is alive continue to grow. While I can comprehend how annoying it must be to have to continually answer questions about Kit Harington's character — a character that your character may have never even interacted with on the show — Game of Thrones actors being asked about Jon Snow really only have author George R. R. Martin and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to blame. With such an unexpected death of one of the series' most-beloved characters in the Season 5 finale, how can they blame the fans and the media for their unquenchable curiosity?
If Jon Snow is actually dead and the cast knows it, then they are probably having a blast playing a really elaborate joke on the public — I can just imagine Stark sisters Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams debating over what lie to tell next about their on-screen brother. But when even Siri can't answer if Jon Snow is dead, then I have to wonder if maybe not all of the actors are entirely sure of Jon's fate either.
As a person who wholeheartedly thinks we'll be seeing Harington — and not just as a corpse — on Game of Thrones one of these days, I always laugh when a Game of Thrones actor vehemently denies any resurrection rumors. So here are 8 Game of Thrones actors who have only confirmed my suspicions that Harington will be back on the series alive one day, my main criteria being the more the actors insist that Jon Snow is dead, the more I believe he's alive.
When asked about Jon Snow on the red carpet before the Season 6 premiere, Jaime Lannister actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau told USA Today, "He's stabbed 40 times in the heart. He's dead." Quite the conveniently obvious answer there. Plus, no one is doubting that Jon didn't die from being stabbed, they are doubting that he'll stay dead.
Ah, the ever sincere Samwell Tarly. USA Today also asked Jon Snow's on-screen BFF actor John Bradley about the fate of his bud and he gave perhaps the most honest answer of any Game of Thrones actor so far. On when people ask him about Jon Snow, he said, "I get very aggressive. I say, 'Listen. Do you want to see the answer to that question played out with an HBO budget; with some of the best actors (and) directors working in TV; all the visual thrill, all the design elements? Do you want them to tell you the story or do you want me to tell you the story with my voice on a cold street somewhere in Manchester?' Chances are they want the story to be told the way the show is designed to tell it." That's actually a totally valid response that I can get behind, yet Bradley also told People how Jon is definitely dead and noted he's getting frustrated answering questions about it.
Samwell's love interest also has something to say about Jon Snow. As Gilly actress Hannah Murray told E!, "He's dead, for sure dead. You know the whole stages of grief thing and the first one is denial? I think everyone really needs to move on past that, you can do some bargaining, but then you need to get to acceptance." Never, Murray!
The actress who plays one of Jon's sisters also spoke to E! on the red carpet before the Season 6 premiere about whether Jon is coming back to life. With a big smile, Turner said "No" and then gave a wink. She tried to talk her way out of the telltale wink by saying she wasn't lying, she was just being fun. Well, I'm not buying it. Plus, would she have hilariously impersonated Jon Snow singing Adele's "Hello" if he was actually dead?
Another winker on the subject of Jon Snow is the Mother of Dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen. Emilia Clarke has given many conflicting statements about Jon being dead, but I like to go with what she did at the Independent Spirit Awards. While presenting the Best First Feature award, Clarke was asked to wink if Jon was still alive ... and she did. Considering she's the Khaleesi, I'm very much inclined to believe her playful gesture.
Not only was the Podrick Payne actor asked about Game of Thrones during his grandmother's funeral, but Daniel Portman thinks fans need to accept Jon's death. As he told Vanity Fair, "How many people have died on Game of Thrones? Get over it! That’s what I say! I know it's a bit harsh, but get over it — there are loads of other characters for you to be getting on with."
Arya actress Maisie Williams jokingly (I think?) complained to Seth Meyers on the April 14 episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers that fans continuously come up to her to ask about what's happening with her brother Jon Snow, rather than her own character. Williams said, "People ask me all the time and I'm just left wondering: What about Arya?" Williams is clearly using the classic distraction technique here.
The man, the myth, the legend himself, Jon Snow, is the number one reason why I believe Jon is still alive on the show. Harington has made an art of lying about Jon Snow and I think he continued to do so when he gave an interview on The Jonathan Ross Show. Harington stated he only filmed scenes as a corpse for Season 6, saying "I am no longer involved in the show, so any secrets that are with the show, I don't actually know anymore, so it becomes very easy, Jonathan. You're looking at me like you don't believe me. It's going to be so relieving when people actually see the show and realize that I don't come back." The bastard doth protest too much, methinks.
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