Now that HBO is releasing teasers, it’s officially time to begin counting down to Game of Thrones season 6. Although it will be starting a little later this year, the news is beginning to filter in with more regularity and generating buzz. Indeed, now Kit Harington has been speaking about the forthcoming season but what he’s said may upset a few fans.

Yes, although the fate of his character Jon Snow is the worst kept secret in TV, Harington is insistent that his character is dead.

Asked what he made of the intense fan speculation surrounding his character, Harington told Digital Spy: “I was hoping that there would be an outcry of ‘why?’ and ‘oh god, no, no’ rather than ‘thank god’. That was the right reaction as far as I was concerned!

“People didn’t want me to die, but he’s dead. So there you go, everyone has to get used to it.”

We definitely know the actor will be involved in the new series in some shape or form, but he has played down the importance.

“I haven’t done Thrones in a while,” he added. “I had quite a lot of time off last year. I’ve been taking it easy and relaxing.

“When I realised I was doing this, I had a few months to prepare for it, and something like this takes some working through before even getting into the rehearsal room.”

He was spotted in Stark armour apparently ready to do battle with Ramsay Bolton and was also teased as the centrepiece of the new poster for season 6.

As for how he handles the constant rumours, Harington said: “I’ve just hit the ground, and gone undercover. I’ve tried to do absolutely no press for anything.

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“It’s brilliant, the fact that people care about this TV show and what happens to the people they love or hate in it, is a special thing. I’ve got nothing to complain about, put it that way. If they care about it and I get asked about it a lot, it means that people hold it dear to their hearts and it’s doing what it meant to.”

Dead or not on-screen, he’ll definitely be watching the new episodes.

“Yeah, absolutely. Can’t wait for the next season.”