One Game of Thrones actor is still receiving death threats after his character delivered the fatal blow to the much-loved Jon Snow. In the final episode of Game of Thrones Season 5, Brenock O’Connor, who plays Olly, knifed the Night’s Watch Lord Commander.
Even if Olly wasn’t the only one who stabbed Jon, it was him who knifed Ghost’s master last. Jon’s Night’s Watch brothers murdered him for his decision to welcome the Wildlings to Castle Black. In the talked-about scene, Olly was also the one who watched Jon as he fell to the ground. This apparently made matters worse in the eyes of fans.
The 16-year-old admits that despite the new season, some are still enraged for his fictional sin that led to Jon’s demise. Brenock told Brighton Argus that the hate against him won’t die down yet because some are still catching up on Game of Thrones through box sets.
“If you get people from Spain and Portugal and all over the world saying they are going to kill your family, you just can’t take it to heart or you would not cope. My family just thinks it is people who wanted to say something, and because of social media, you can say it to people on other side of the world. It’s laughable how people think the show is realistic enough for them to send messages like this to someone who is not the character. I find it quite funny.”
Despite the death threats he’s subjected to, Brenock chooses to treat the situation in a positive light. He said he “wouldn’t have it any way” because of the viewers’ incredible reaction. He is currently studying at Chatsmore Catholic High School in Goring. He also attends Brighton’s Theatre Workshop Stage School to hone his skills.
Jon remains a corpse in the pilot episode of Game of Thrones Season 6, although Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, told the Upcoming that her brother would return. She apparently did not reveal how or what condition he’d be in upon his believed return.
“It was awful, it was really awful. Everyone was so sad about it, and I feel so mean because I speak to people and they’re like ‘Jon Snow, is he back?’ It’s really heart breaking because people are like ‘yeah, but he’s coming back though’. It’s a great twist. I can’t say that he’s going to be alive.”
Hannah Murray, on the other hand, thinks that everyone is merely in denial. The actress, who gives life to Gilly’s character, said people should start moving on.
“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!”
Jon’s fate is still a mystery because showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have already gone past George R.R. Martin’s available Game of Thrones novels. A Dance with Dragons was published five years ago, and there’s no definite Winds of Winter release date yet. GRRM assures readers that the show will not spoil his forthcoming books.
HBO also claims that even if the network has taken the show’s storyline into their own hands, the showrunners won’t do things that will violate the integrity of GRRM’s work.
Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 2 will air on Sunday, May 1.
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