Is Jon Snow Dead? Here Are 11 Theories From the ‘Game of Thrones’ Cast

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The world waits with bated breath for the answer about Jon Snow’s true fate.

As some of you Game of Thrones fans may recall, the Lord Commander was last seen getting stabbed by his fellow “sworn brothers” after he had decided to make peace with the Night’s Watch’s longtime enemy, the wildlings. The season ultimately finished off on a cliffhanger as Jon Snow was left for dead.

So, does that mean he’s really gone?

Though Kit Harington has filmed scenes for the new season (but refuses to confirm if his character is still alive), many of his castmates have come up with their own theories about the bastard Stark to pass the time. Here’s everything the cast and crew are saying about Jon Snow:

Maisie Williams (Arya Stark)


“I feel so mean because I speak to people and they’re all like, ‘Jon Snow, is he back?’ and it’s like really heartbreaking because people are like, ‘Yeah, but he’s coming back though?” she said at the London Film Critics’ Circle Awards. “It’s a great twist but I can’t say he’s going to be alive.”

Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen)


“If I had to bet, I’d say it’s like a 50/50 chance,” she told MTV. “There’s some helpful people there who could bring him on back to life. But if it means that I’m that much closer to getting to the Throne, then hey, okay.”

Carice von Houten (Melisandre)


“No, he can’t be dead. No!” she told The Sun, adding about the fan theory that her character could bring Jon snow back to life, “I’ve seen that on the internet; like I’ve seen stuff saying ‘We’ll forgive you if you save him.'”

Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy)


“Jon Snow is alive, but he comes back as a mouse,” he joked to Buzzfeed. (Or was it a joke?!?!)

Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark)


“I think I’m kind of with Emilia,” she told MTV. “It’s Game of Thrones, so anything can happen. We do have White Walkers and everything, so I wouldn’t rule anything out… [but] he’s not going to survive that, really. Who knows. You don’t know. I don’t know.”

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister)


“The opening of the show—Season 6—will kinda reveal that Jon Snow is dead,” he told E! News. “But that’s not a big surprise, really.”

John Bradley (Samwell Tarly)


“He’s one of my closest friends in the world, so I won’t see him again, and it really did feel like the end of a chapter of our relationship,” he told Huffington Post about Harington. “To say goodbye to the Jon and Sam relationship in that way was really heartbreaking. It feels like the book’s been closed on that, and it’s been beautiful.”

D. B. Weiss (showrunner and executive producer)

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“Dead is dead” he said when Entertainment Weekly asked about Jon Snow’s fate. “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?'”

David Benioff (showrunner and executive producer)

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Watch his reaction when comedian Andy Samberg jokes about Jon Snow being alive.

George R. R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire author and co-executive producer)

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“Oh, you think he’s dead, do you?” he mused when Entertainment Weekly posed the question in 2011. (Jon Snow’s fate is also unknown in the books.) “My readers should know better than to take anything as gospel.”

Last but not least… Kit Harington (Jon Snow)


“All I can tell you is Jon Snow is dead. He died at the end of last season,” he told BBC Breakfast.