Kit Harington Lied To ‘Game Of Thrones’ Cast About Jon Snow Fate (SPOILERS)
Kit Harington admits in a new interview that not even the cast and crew of “Game of Thrones” knew Jon Snow was still alive after the character was seemingly stabbed to death at the end of the fifth season. The actor reveals that in order to protect the surprise twist, producers made him lie and tell his co-stars he was leaving the show.
“At first I thought I would find it fun,” Harington tells Entertainment Weekly about fooling the cast. “But I had to lie to a lot of close friends and cast members and crew. The longer it went, the more I felt like I was betraying them. So I did end up letting people in, slowly.” Upon learning of his “death” when the Season 5 scripts were handed out back in 2014, showrunners for the HBO series had to assure Harrington he wouldn’t actually be out of a job. However, he was forbidden from letting anyone else in on the news and had to spend a full year pretending it would be his final season.
In fact, Harington reveals that Sophie Turner, who plays his half-sister Sansa Stark on the series, bid him an emotional farewell. “Bless her, [she] wrote me a really long letter about how much she loved working with me,” the actor says. “And I still got it. That made me chuckle.” But Liam Cunningham, whose character Ser Davos spent much of the Season 6 premiere protecting Jon Snow’s corpse, never believed he would be gone for good. “[He] told me to f**k off from the start,” says Harington.