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Everything in this article is spoiling the last episode of Season 5 "Game of Thrones". . . Don't read unless you don't mind spoilers.
Actor Kit Harington, show runner Dan Weiss, Director David Nutter, and writer George R. R. Martinall had things to say about the death of Jon Snow.
"I kind of knew if was coming."
"I didn't read (George R. R. Martin's novel) 'A Dance with Dragons." But I read the other books and I had heard this is what happens."
"We did the Tony Soprano walk (tell an actor they're going to die). And they said, "Look, you're gone, it's done."
“I didn’t realize it would be the final shot of the season and that made it extra special”
“I loved how they brought Olly in to be the person who kills me. I love how the storyline with Thorne was wrapped up. I think it was really well crafted by (Benioff and Weiss). It felt like the right way for it to happen.”
‘I’ve been told I’m dead. I’m dead. I’m not coming back next season. So that’s all I can tell you, really.’
"I’m looking for movies for next year”
“I’m in a very lucky place—I can turn things down and do what I want to do. There’s a couple movies I’m looking at, but I can’t really talk about them yet. I might take a holiday. I might try writing. I’m trying to figure it out.”
Dan Weiss confirmed:
"Dead is dead."
“We would hope that after seeing the scene and the way it’s shot that the answer to that will be unambiguous in the minds of the people watching it,” he explained. ““It should be pretty clear what happens in by the time you’re done seeing that scene. It’s not an, ‘Oh what just happened scene?’”
Director David Nutter:
"Jon Snow is dead."
George R. R. Martin added speculation to the sure death:
“My readers should know better than to take anything as gospel,” he said in a 2011 interview. He added fuel to the fire in another interview this past year: “If there’s one thing we know in ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ is that death is not necessarily permanent,” he said, referring to the first volume in the books. Martin is currently writing the next book in the series, “Winds of Winter.”
Many fans were hoping the vague ending for Jon in the book would make people believe he would come back somehow. Some speculated that in death, Jon would be released from his "Night's Watch" oath and finally be able to have the freedom to do what he wanted, perhaps lead the North. Well for now, it doesn't look to be the case. Sure, it's still possible that Jon Snow has to die, and maybe resurrected or some other magical factor could bring him back in some capacity, and the statement made by Nutter wouldn't technically be wrong. One sad issue I have is for the character of Ghost, his Direwolf. In the book, they show Jon interacting with the wolf before he dies, the show didn't. We already get so little wolf action it was a bummer to see the little bit not used at all.
Well, when George R. R. Martin's book is released, something tells me it might smash sales records as people rush to find out the fate, at least in the printed version, of Jon Snow.