Kit Harington Shoots Down GAME OF THRONES Fan Theory About Jon Snow
This article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season 6, episode 2, "Home."
When Jon Snow was resurrected at the end of this week's episode of Game of Thrones, it confirmed a long-held fan theory that the former Lord Commander would return after being stabbed to death by his fellow members of the Night's Watch. A Dance with Dragons, George R.R. Martin's book in which Jon's death occurs, came out in 2011, so book readers have had five years to speculate about what might happen to him.
Since the episode aired, a subset of fans has put forth a theory that when Jon was stabbed, he actually warged into his direwolf Ghost, who glanced up at Jon's body immediately before the resurrection. But now actor Kit Harington has shot that theory down in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, and beware — what he says spoils a little bit of an upcoming episode:
“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. 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.”
Obviously we have to take everything Harington says with a grain of salt since he blatantly lied about Jon's fate, but this seems A) like something that is going to happen on this coming week's episode of the show, and B) not a major "secret" that's theoretically worth lying about to preserve. But the idea that Jon comes back as a fundamentally changed person is good news, because it gives the whole death and resurrection subplot some meaning and hopefully will give the character a new perspective on how to move forward.
Watch Harington answer the question in the video below — which, weirdly, contains slightly different wording than what EW typed out in their written section (which I copied and pasted above):