Kit Harington has issued an apology after the “lies” he told during the Game of Thrones break. However, many fans have supported him, saying that he never lied about anything. He was under contract not to say anything to them and often skirted around questions.
At the end of Game of Thrones‘ Season 5, fans were left questioning whether Jon Snow would return. He had been stabbed multiple times by members of the Night’s Watch, and just left dying in the snow. Showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff continually said that he was definitely dead, but fans refused to believe that Harington’s character would go. There were too many fan theories around this one particular character.
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The problem for fans was that there was no more source material to fall back on. Up until this point, George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire had always been ahead. Season 6 has been the first time the show has moved ahead, something Martin had tried and failed to prevent.
All of the actors and actresses, along with crew members, had to try to make it seem like Harington’s character was not coming back. Nobody would discuss whether someone would bring him back to life or whether he had somehow survived the stabbings. Thrones fans believed Melisandre would bring him back but were unsure how it would happen.
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As it turned out, fans were right. Melisandre, despite losing faith in her abilities, agreed to perform a ritual to bring Jon Snow back. Believing it had failed, everyone left his body, but it was clear that Ghost knew his best friend would come back. He lay quietly until a second before Snow took a breath; only then sitting up to look at Jon.
Harington has apologized for the “lies.” He says he felt awful for insisting that his character was gone and never coming back, but his resurrection was a closely guarded secret. There was even a secret code to make sure as few people would find out about Jon’s return as possible. According to TIME, he was referred to as Lord Commander or LC on the Game of Thrones set, and never as Jon Snow. Nobody was allowed to say his name.
Love that John snow is back on game of thrones
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Harington was happy to see that he had done his character justice, and that people were worried they would never see him again. He was worried that people would just shrug their shoulders and move on, considering nobody is safe on Thrones. Instead, fans took an approach similar to after the Red Wedding, outraged at the idea they could kill off the character.
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Carice Van Houten, who plays Melisandre, says that her character will now start believing in herself again, according to The Telegraph. She does not take the view that she is a sorceress, but she thinks that the Lord of Light worked through her to bring Jon Snow back from the dead.
Many Game of Thrones fans were not surprised at his resurrection but were surprised it happened so soon in the season. Some were expecting to wait until Episode 3 or 4.
Despite the scripts not even having Jon’s name, there were many who had spotted some filming in Belfast. Harington was seen in Winterfell clothing, and fans knew that this was not a flashback. He had to be fighting to get Winterfell back under Stark control, but the question was always how and not if they would end up bringing him back.
Game of Thrones Season 6 continues on HBO on Sunday nights. Now that Jon Snow has been resurrected, it is time to see how all the others will react, especially those who stabbed him.
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