Actor Kit Harrington has confirmed once and for all that his Game of Thrones character Jon Snow is very much dead and will not be making a return.
Fans of the Sky Atlantic titan had been hoping for a return after Harrington was spotted in Stark armour apparently ready to do battle with Ramsay Bolton. He also featured prominently on the first poster for the upcoming sixth series.
But Harrington revealed: “People didn’t want me to die, but he’s dead. So there you go, everyone has to get used to it.
“People should tune in and watch, because whatever happens in the next season will be very exciting. But John Snow is dead I’m afraid.”
Harrington admitted that he could see the benefits in the hype and speculation around the series, and that Game Of Thrones is always going to be full or surprises.
“I think it’s great for the show,” the 29-year-old told BBC News. “But fans shouldn’t get their hopes up about anything, because Game Of Thrones is very good at dashing hopes. It’s been a gateway into many things for me, and I love it and owe it a lot.
“I hope that people keep watching it as it comes to a slow, gradual end.”
Harrington has today been announced as the lead in an upcoming production of Doctor Faustus at London’s Duke of York’s Theatre this April.
Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus tells the tale of a man who sells his soul to the devil in return for magical powers.
And Harrington has been preparing for the role by studying magic. He said: “I see Faustus as a magician in the vein of David Copperfield or David Blaine. In preparation, I’ve been to see an old friend who’s getting me au fait with the rules of magic.
“The show is going to have a big fantastical element. It’s wild and atmospheric. It’s got some David Lynch influence behind it. There will be things that delight an audience while they watch this man being dragged to hell.”
Harrington last appeared on stage in 2010 at London’s Royal Court Theatre in the play Posh. Tickets for Doctor Faustus are £15-£59.50, on sale on February 26 from here.
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