More than a week after the Season 5 finale of “Game of Thrones,” the shock from relentless deaths of characters is still reverberating. Now actress Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, has spoken out about her own shock. She said she was most affected by Jon Snow’s demise at the end of the episode.
"The latest, the last death, was definitely … that was a tough one, out of nowhere," Clarke said on Britain's "The Graham Norton Show,” where she sat on a guest panel that included Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jake Gyllenhaal and model Cara Delevingne.
“It drove people crazy,” Norton said about the season finale. Clarke agreed. She jokingly said that the script was a page-turner, with death after death on every page. She said many of the actors learned about their character’s demise upon reading the script -- with little or no warning.
Of course, people who read the George RR Martin books already knew that Jon Snow (Kit Harington) would get stabbed by revolting members of the Night’s Watch. However, despite knowing this for four years, the ambiguous ending in “A Dance with Dragons” left some hope that Jon Snow didn’t really die.
“Game of Thrones” director David Nutter set the record straight in an interview with Variety. He could not be clearer when he said: “I can say emphatically that Jon Snow is definitely dead.” But despite confirmation both from the director and Harington himself, fans have been relentless in their speculation, offering numerous resurrection theories for Season 6.
At this point, book readers and those who follow the story only from the series are almost on the same footing. The TV version of “Game of Thrones” has practically used up all the material in the published books from “A Song of Ice and Fire.” Martin is reportedly working to complete the sixth book. Season 6 of the series starts filming in July.