– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Disclaimer: This article contains spoilers for Season 6 of Game of Thrones

The previous season of Game of Thrones was a big one for the series, as it was the first one that went completely beyond the source material. As far as book fans knew, Jon Snow lay dead in the snow, and while his future resurrection seemed obvious, nothing was for sure. Season 6 saw this action realized, and in it we saw a completely new Jon Snow.

But how different, exactly? That was the question actor Kit Harrington had about his role going into the season, as was revealed in an interview with THR.

“Having died at the end of the fifth season, I was told I’d come back, but they didn’t tell me anything about how. And I thought, ‘Is it going to be some seismic shift in Jon? Is he going to come back as a nasty person? Is he going to come back as fundamentally changed and altered?’ And he comes back, and he’s the same. And then I thought, ‘Oh.’ Sort of what he comes back with is the knowledge about life that very few people have, which is, there is nothing after it. And that’s terrifying for a young man who probably is religious in some ways and thinks he’ll see his father after he dies. He goes to the other side and there is nothing there. That is going to fundamentally change him inside. And it does.”

We’ve now had a chance to see Season 6 of the show, and going into the last two seasons, the end of the story is nigh. But how happy of an ending can we expect?

Let’s be real. Things in the world of Game of Thrones have never been bright on sunny. The world is unrelenting, the never-ending struggles of the characters ultimately pointless, and their deaths usually long and painful. Though as crazy and dark as things get, it sounds like things will get a heck of a lot darker before they get any brighter — at least according Harrington.

“I think it’s going to get very bleak before if there is a happy ending. If there’s any sort of win or heroic moment for Jon and everyone else. I think it’s going to get very dark before it gets better. I think what we might see this season is those White Walkers and that Army of the Dead really come into force. So that’s going to be exciting to see. I don’t know what it means. I think with the whole ‘winter is finally here’ business, it means everyone is going to have a really bad time.”

Unfortunately we’ll have to wait a good while before we witness everyone having a “really bad time,” as Season 7 was officially pushed back to the summer of 2017.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.