Last season of Game of Thrones ended with a fabulous stabbing scene that left Jon Snow bleeding in the snow, surrounded by traitorous men of the Night Watch lead by Ser Alliser Thorne. Fans went ape-shite and the Internet followed. During the months between then, and last night’s episode, fans debated Snow’s fate, was he really dead, would he be brought back somehow? Now we know and Kit Harrington, who spent the summer repeating repeatedly that Jon Snow was dead, has a bit of an apology for fans.
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That quote from HBO’s President was one of many from the show’s production staff and show runners, as well as all the other cast members of the series. They all towed the same line during the off-season and technically they were right… but here’s what Harrington had to say about the whole thing.
Sorry! I’d like to say sorry for lying to everyone. I’m glad that people were upset that he died. 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 had a, similar to the Red Wedding episode, kind of grief about it. Which means something I’m doing – or the show is doing – is right.
There will be more in the EW interview, which includes the off-screen acting Harrington had to do at the showrunners direction to deliver:
…an off-camera performance too — the role of an actor who departed a series that’s become a worldwide sensation.
We, that is the people who read the books and followed the show closely, figured that Snow would be back and that the Red Woman, Melisandre would have a hand in his return. Things played out exactly that way.
It is important to note that in the world of Ice and Fire, a return from death has a price, and we’ve yet to find out what price Snow will pay. Beric Dondarrion, who appeared back in season one has been reported to have died and been brought back numerous times by Thoros of Myr’s prayers to the Lord of Light. Dondarrion had this to say about it:
Every time I come back, I’m a bit less. Pieces of you get chipped away.
What might Snow have lost? Let’s not forget that old Iron born saying:
What is dead may never die, but rises again, harder and stronger.