Kit Harington Talks About How He Had To Lie To Game of Thrones Cast and Crew About Jon Snow

It's pretty much known by now that the cast and crew of Game of Thrones were asked by series showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss to keep the biggest spoiler in the show – Jon Snow's fate – a secret prior to this week's major cliffhanger episode. Kit Harington even apologized to fans for lying about it.

Apparently, the 29-year-old English actor had a way more elaborate mission than the rest of the show's cast. The hit HBO series' cast and crew were told during season 5 filming that Jon Snow is dead and Harington had to pretend he will be leaving the show at the time because nobody, including the cast, must know about Jon Snow's fate.

In 2014, two weeks after the rest of the cast received their season 5 scripts, Benioff and Weiss told Harington he will be resurrected, but they also made him swear to not tell anyone about the secret. This meant that nobody but Harington and the showrunners knew about Jon Snow's fate for a year.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Harington shared the following:

At first I thought I would find it fun. This will be a fun game. But I had to lie to a lot of close friends and cast members and crew. The longer it went, the more I felt like I was betraying them. So I did end up letting people in, slowly.

Some of the cast, such as Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, believed Harington at first:

Sophie Turner, bless her, wrote me a really long letter about how much she loved working with me – and I still got it. That made me chuckle.

Meanwhile, others were not so easily convinced. Harington said Ser Davos actor Liam Cunningham told him to "f— off from the start."

By the time that the cast were given their scripts for season 6, they pretty much already knew what was going on.

Ygritte actress Rose Leslie probably knew though, since she's dating Harington in real life.

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