Characters getting killed off on Game of Thrones happens so much and so often that it has left many viewers numb to each new death. Making each new death a little less shocking and lowering the emotional impact when compared to the last. That, however, was not the case with a certain someone met their unexpected and brutal departure in the final moments of the season 5 finale.
The death of this character has sent GOT fans into a fury, many believe it’s not true – that the character will return next season. This is largely based on fan theories from the Game of Thrones books by author George R.R. Martin, who left enough implications and bread crumbs to lead people to believe the fan-favorite character has a much larger story to tell post his Julius Caesar like demise.
All this hub-bub has gone so far that the President of the United States himself, Barack Obama, to get confirmation of death.
*Note: if somehow you’ve managed to swear off the internet these last few weeks and haven’t seen the GOT Season 5 finale, let this be your only SPOILER WARNING.
Entertainment Weekly caught up with David Nutter, the man who directed the Season 5 finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones, who recently had the opportunity to meet President Obama. The President is apparently a big fan of the show, just like everybody else, and had one question for the man.
Three weeks ago, I was the in the company of the President of the United States…He turned to me, put his hand on my shoulder, and said, ‘You didn’t kill Jon Snow did you?’
Kit Harrington, who plays Jon Snow, has gone on the record stating that he wouldn’t be back for future seasons, much to the chagrin and disbelief of fans. The President’s question and feelings mirror that of every other Game of Thrones fan. The thought being that Kit Harrington and the creatives team behind the show must be pulling a fast one on us. They simply couldn’t have killed off one of the top 3 characters on the show. It’s one thing to doubt in actor, as they’re paid to lie for a living. But now David Nutter confirms the case himself stating:
I said, ‘Jon Snow is deader than dead’…I thought I was going to be sent to Guantanamo or something, but fortunately I’m here — but he’s dead.
Firstly, I dunno how unsettling it is realizing that the leader of the free world has enough time to be watching Game of Thrones, albeit as cool as it is that POTUS is a GOT fan. Secondly, you would think that the director wouldn’t lie to the President of the United States. And maybe he isn’t. “Deader than dead” is not a confirmation that the character won’t return. The reanimated are deader than dead.
Despite what Kit Harrington and David Nutter say, it’s still hard to take their word for face value. Not when there is such a fuss over Jon Snow’s lineage (see R+L=J ).
Jon Snow is dead… but the real question which no one seems to be asking… is Kit Harrington coming back as Jon Stark, Jon Targaryen or Azor Ahai?