Kit harington Jon Snow

The Game of Thrones fandom has spent much of the off-season debating what really happened to Jon Snow. It hardly matters that the cast and crew have maintained a (mostly) consistent line to the press; even the President of the United States has voiced his skepticism about Snow’s apparent fate.

And Kit Harington’s latest comments won’t do anything to put that speculation to rest. In an interview, the actor let slip a certain detail that seemingly bolstered fan theories about Snow’s future. Read the Kit Harington Jon Snow fate comments after the jump. 

(Need we say it? Spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 5 ahead.)

Harington discussed Game of Thrones in an interview with Dutch-language Belgian magazine Humo. Here’s the pertinent exchange (via Vanity Fair):

Harington: […] I often felt frustrated as well. I had to pass on amazing parts because I was attached to Game of Thrones. So the show is like a [double-edged] sword to me: I owe a lot to it, but at the same time it has almost completely drained me. Oh well, I try not to think about it too much. The important thing is that I now know exactly how long I am still under contract, and in the meantime—

Humo: How many more seasons would that be?

Harington: Nice try [laughs]. I can’t talk about that. Let’s just say that Game of Thrones will remain a part of my life for a while, I’ll probably be in my thirties when it’s over. One thing’s for sure: the day I’m no longer on Thrones is the day I’ll bury myself in movie projects [laughs].

Harington turns 29 in December, so if we take his words at face value we can expect Jon Snow to stick around for another two seasons at least. However, there are several caveats to keep in mind here.

The biggest is that this is a Dutch-language publication, meaning the words we see above were translated from English to Dutch and then back into English. It’s possible that something was mistranslated, or that a bit of nuance was lost along the way.

Another is that Harington only confirms he’s still under contract, which we already knew. It was widely reported last year that Harington, along with several of his co-stars, were signed on through Season 7 — at which point Harington will indeed be 30. That doesn’t necessarily mean Game of Thrones will keep him around through Season 7, just that they can if they want to.

Moreover, even if Game of Thrones does bring back Harington as Jon Snow, we don’t know in what form. Snow might appear in a flashback or dream, or he might come back as a corpse like Jack Gleeson (Joffrey) and Charles Dance (Tywin) did after their deaths.

Still, it’s a much more open-ended response than Harington has given in earlier interviews. (“I’m dead. I’m not coming back next season,” he told EW in no uncertain terms this summer.) Combined with the growing mountain of clues that Snow may yet rise again, and it’s looking less and less certain that we’re done with Jon for good.

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