Kit Harington speaks up about Jon Snow's fate
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Two words might sum up the latest episode of Game of Thrones: delayed gratification. The season 6 opener may not have addressed one of the previous season's most burning questions, but the collective gasp over the second is palpable over social media. (READ: Recap: Huge 'Game of Thrones' shocker revealed in season 6, episode 2)
Many avid fans have asked, "Is Jon Snow dead?" For the most part, Kit Harington – who plays the fallen Lord Commander of the Night's Watch – along with his co-stars have successfully dodged the question. (Although talk show host Jonathan Ross wasn't convinced with his flat "Yes.")
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly (EW) in an exclusive interview, Kit addressed some matters, breaking his silence over the latest (and expectedly shocking) season.
If you've seen the latest episode, titled "Home," then click on the button to read about what the Game of Thrones star has to say:
"Home" could be said to have surpassed last week's "The Red Woman" in terms of shock factor – depending on how incredulous you have been regarding Jon Snow's true fate. The episode ended with his eyes as wide open as he was when mutineers subjected him to multiple stabs. Indeed, Jon Snow lives!
"Sorry," Kit sheepishly tells EW in a "top-secret," "in-depth" interview. "I’d like to say sorry for lying to everyone. I’m glad that people were upset that he died."
He adds, "I think my biggest fear was that people were not going to care. Or it would just be, 'Fine, Jon Snow’s dead.' But it seems like people did have a, similar to the Red Wedding episode, kind of grief about it. Which meant that something I’m doing – or the show is doing for Jon is right."
An extended version of the EW interview appears as a cover story chronicling Jon Snow's death – and return.
Watch EW's video below, as it appears on James Hibberd's story:
Previously, in an interview with Belgian magazine Humo, Kit revealed how long he's under contract with HBO. "Let's just say that Game of Thrones will remain a part of my life for a while, I'll probably be in my 30s when it's over. One thing's for sure: the day I'm no longer on Thrones is the day I'll bury myself in movie projects," he said, as a Reddit user translated it. (READ: Kit Harington drops major 'Game of Thrones' hint about Jon Snow)
In George RR Martin's A Dance with Dragons, the fifth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire novels – the source material for the HBO series – Jon Snow's fate was left as a cliffhanger just like in last season's finale.
The Winds of Winter, the next in the series, is yet to be published. However, showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff have said that the series has diverged from the path that the books are taking. (READ: 'Game of Thrones' to be released before 6th 'A Song of Ice and Fire' – George RR Martin)
David previously told EW, "People are talking about whether the books are going to be spoiled – and it’s really not true. So much of what we’re doing diverges from the books at this point."
"And while there are certain key elements that will be the same, we’re not going to talk so much about that – and I don’t think George is either," he added. "People are going to be very surprised when they read the books after the show. They’re quite divergent in so many respects for the remainder of the show."