Maisie Williams is refusing to admit that Jon Snow will return in Game of Thrones season six, insisting that the popular character is “toast” despite all reports suggesting otherwise.
The 18-year-old actress plays the Night's Watch commander's half-sibling Arya Stark in the hit series, so if anyone knows what the hell is going on in Westeros, she should.
But with actor Kit Harington being spotted shooting a major battle scene on set in Belfast and all but confirming his comeback himself, it seems likely that this is merely a last-ditch attempt to throw fans off the scent.
“All the time people are asking me if Jon Snow is alive and the answer is no! He’s dead! I promise,” Williams told Christian O’Connell on Absolute Radio this morning, before suggesting viewers are unwilling to face up to the horror.
“I think you’re in denial about it for a long time when you see the death of a big character but I can’t help but think it makes for such a great storyline! It keeps you coming back for more. My favourite character was Ygritte. But then she died!”
Shocking Game of Thrones scenes
Shocking Game of Thrones scenes
1/9 Sansa/Ramsey rape scene
Season 5, episode 6: Fans were outraged as the episode ended with Sansa Stark being brutally raped by her new husband, Ramsey. The camera soon panned to Theon as he watched on, terrified.
2/9 Shireen burns at the stake
Season 5, episode 9:Stannis burns his daughter Shireen at the stake after Red Priestess Melisandre advises him to make a sacrifice to gain more power
3/9 Theon gets his penis chopped off
Season 3, episode 10: While being tortured by Ramsey, Theon Greyjoy goes through all sorts of pain. The most horrible though is when his penis is cut off and then sent to his family.
4/9 George Bush’s head on spike
Season 1, episode 10: According to the directors, they couldn’t get enough prosthetic heads made up for the show and ended up using the spare one’s lying around. One of those just happened to be the fake head of George Bush, which eventually ended up on a spike.
5/9 Joffrey murders two prostitutes
Season 2, episode 4: In one of his most violent moments, Joffrey finds himself with two prostitutes in his room and the most disgusting thing he can think to do with them, uses them as living targets.
6/9 The Red Wedding
Season 3, episode 9: It was the turning point for the entire show. Just as everyone thought it was going the Starks way, they nearly all end up murdered in one of the bloodiest episodes of any TV series ever.
7/9 Rat torture
Season 2, episode 4: Torture is a pretty common occurrence on Game of Thrones, but none were quite a bad as this. In the scene a bucket of rats is put to a man’s chest and then heated up with a flame so they must eat through the man to escape. Terrifying.
8/9 Mountain head explosion
Season 4, episode 8: Just as everything was going Oberyn Martell’s way, it all literally blew up in his face. The warrior ended up looking like a squashed watermelon in one of the most awful scenes in the entire series.
9/9 Theon botched beheading
Season 2, episode 6: Beheadings: In one of the more gruesome beheadings, Theon strikes Ser Rodrick Cassel not just once but four times in the neck, finally taking it all the way off with a kick.
The Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, who was stabbed by his own men and left for dead in the season five finale, recently revealed that the show will “remain part of his life for a while”, but Williams has an answer for this too.
“The interview that you’ve all read and think that Kit spoiled is fabricated. It was totally false!” she told TV Line at the Emmy Awards last month.
It’s all getting too confusing, with so many theories we’re practically swimming in them.
Game of Thrones is expected to return to HBO and Sky Atlantic next spring.Reuse content