Kit Harington explains how death will change Jon Snow on Game of Thrones

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May 5, 2016

Warning: There are slight spoilers for the next episodes of Game of Thrones below.

Let’s get this out of the way first: JON SNOW LIVES!! But what will the whole coming back from the dead thing mean for the (former?) Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch? How will that change the fan favorite character going forward on the show?

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, a very apologetic Kit Harington opened up about what it all means for Jon now that he gasped back to life -- resurrected by Melisandre (Carice van Houten) and the Lord of Light -- in the final, closing minutes of Sunday’s shocking (and I'm putting this mildly, damn you, Ramsay Snow/Bolton) episode of Game of Thrones. 

Again, be aware that there are some slight spoilers below, and that Harington’s answer puts to bed a very popular fan theory that’s been making the rounds for a year. You ready?


Here's what Harington said:

“At first, I was worried that he’ll wake up and he’s the same, back to normal — then there’s no point in that death,” Harington says. “He needs to change. There’s a brilliant line when Melisandre asks: ‘What did you see?’ And he says: ‘Nothing, there was nothing at all.’ That cuts right to our deepest fear, that there’s nothing after death. And that’s the most important line in the whole season for me. Jon’s never been afraid of death, and that’s made him a strong and honorable person. He realizes something about his life now: He has to live it, because that’s all there is. He’s been over the line and there’s nothing there. And that changes him. It literally puts the fear of god into him. He’s seen oblivion and that’s got to change somebody in the most fundamental way there is. He doesn’t want to die ever again. But if he does, he doesn’t want to be brought back.”

Right. So, that means Jon didn’t transfer his consciousness into Ghost as many fans have speculated ever since the Lord Commander was stabbed to death. Bye bye theory. It was fun while it lasted.

Also, if you were afraid Jon's return to the land of the living would mean he'd be more like the six-times-resurrected Beric Dondarrion (dude loses bits of himself every time he’s being brought back to life), I think we can breathe a little easier. Yeah, he'll be different (I guess dying will do that to you), but he won't be as far gone as Beric because Jon will never let that happen to him again. 

But with Jon being faced with the triple threat of his Black Brothers, the White Walkers, and Ramsay Snow/Bolton this year, will that resolve prove hard to keep? What do you think?

(via EW)

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