Game of Thrones Actor on Season 5 Finale Death: “I’m not coming back next season”

***Spoilers ahead for the Game of Thrones season 5 finale***


Season 5 has ended, and being Game of Thrones, there have been some truly shocking developments.

If you’ve seen it, you’re probably like us: worried at the blinding of young Arya Stark, satisfactorily shaken at the slaughtering of Meryn Trant, shocked at the shameful events experienced by Cersei Lannister, and, perhaps most importantly, devastated at the apparent death of Jon Snow.

Kit Harington has spoken to EW about the shocking final moments of season 5, which saw his character attacked by fellow members of the Night’s Watch. One dagger after another plunged into Jon Snow, until young Olly delivered the final stab.


“Like every season, you read something in the script and go, ‘Oh f–k.’ I kind of knew it was coming. I didn’t read [George R.R. Martin’s novel] A Dance with Dragons. But I read the other books and I had heard this is what happens. So I had an inkling it should be this season,” Harington said, adding that not knowing his death would be the final shot of the season made it all the more special.

“I dunno, I loved it. I loved how they brought Olly in to be the person who kills me. I love how the storyline with Thorne was wrapped up. I think it was really well crafted by [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss]. It felt like the right way for it to happen.”

It is a shocking turn of events indeed, but, as Harington said, “…we have to go by what Thrones does. And Thrones treats drama as real life. And people die and don’t accomplish what we think they’re meant to in real life.”

Of course, fans would be remiss if they didn’t have hope that Snow could come back at a later stage. Yep, that includes us, so here’s the kick in the guts: “I had a sit-down with Dan and David, we did the Tony Soprano walk [letting an actor know they’re being whacked]. And they said, ‘Look, you’re gone, it’s done.’ ”

It can’t be, we hear you saying. While we’re not ready to lose hope either, Harington’s pretty adamant about what he’s been told.

“They sat me down and said, ‘This is how it is.’ If anything in the future is not like that, then I don’t know about it – it’s only in David and Dan and George’s heads. But I’ve been told I’m dead. I’m dead. I’m not coming back next season. So that’s all I can tell you, really.”

Harington’s Snow was a crowd favourite and it felt as though much of the character’s arc was still to come, so here’s hoping whatever is in David, Dan and George’s heads involves bringing him back somehow in the future.


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