I know there are theories floating around online that Jon Snow isn’t really dead – or rather, wasn’t murdered by the Night’s Watch for getting half his men killed to save some Wildlings during Sunday night’s Game of Thrones season finale – but alas. While I would love to believe that Melisandre could bring him back from the dead, because a lot of Jon’s storyline was cut short prematurely. He didn’t even find out his true parentage, after all! But no one should get their hopes up, because director David Nutter has said Jon’s fate is set in stone.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
What was Kit’s last day on set like?
He is a consummate professional. It wasn’t unlike the Red Wedding where everyone gets attached to people when you work with them for such a long time. You really grow quite fond of each other. You’re family. It was a lot of sadness on the set. The guys on the crew knew Kit really well, and people who are extras — the members of the Night’s Watch, they take this very seriously. They have clubs and they have get-togethers. These guys have to look like that 24/7, 12 months a year. They live the part so much. I took all of the extras aside prior to shooting the sequence and we read the Night’s Watch creed together, because I wanted them to feel like they are part of it. Without them being involved, it wouldn’t have worked as well. I wanted the scene to happen rather quickly, where it didn’t hang at all. That it would happen before you know it.
The book is a little ambiguous. This looked final. It’s safe to say Jon is dead?
Jon Snow is dead.
So there you have it. Of course, he could be lying, or plans could change, but I think it’s pretty safe to say Jon Snow’s days are over, as are Stannis Baratheon’s, which… eh, I’m a bit more “whatever” about that, especially since Brienne got to do the honours.
For me, the highlight of the ep purely from a performance standpoint had to be Cersei’s Walk of Shame. Lena Headey did an absolutely phenomenal job with that scene, and totally deserves basically all the awards for it, come awards season.