The saga of Jon Snow’s status in Game of Thrones season six continues. Over the past year we’ve heard denials, confirmations and more (and written an unsightly number of words about hair length) about whether or not Jon Snow is returning for season six. Now Kit Harington has chimed in to confirm he is back. Sort of.
Just as a minor warning, spoilers ahead for what is basically the least-spoilery Game of Thrones season six spoiler ever.
Speaking to Time Out, Harington—who is preparing for a run of Doctor Faustus in London’s West End—contradicted his recent statements on the Jon Snow Denial Tour 2k16 that Jon would definitely not appear in the next season of the show by confirming he actually does.
...as a corpse.
Kit Harington: Look, I’m not in the show any more. I’m definitely not in the new series.
Time Out: So you didn’t film any new scenes?
KH: I filmed some scenes of me being dead – [jokily] it’s some of my best work.
TO: Do you know what happens in the series or have you lost your privileges?
KH:‘I don’t have a clue. I know how long I’m a corpse for, but I can’t tell you that!
Oh, you cheeky devil, Kit Harington. But, as cheeky an answer it is, it’s still the first actual acknowledgement that Harington is officially involved with season six—even if astute fans know that the actor has been spotted doing a little more than playing dead for the incoming series.
It’s almost sad that the saga of one of the most blatantly gratuitous denials in recent pop culture history is almost coming to a close, but we’ll have a definite answer on Jon Snow’s return from death soon enough when Game of Thrones season six premieres April 24th.