Warning: Major Spoilers ahead!
If you’ve just finished watching the latest Game of Thrones episode, you’ll be feeling fairly awestruck at the ending. Jon Snow, having been resurrected and getting revenge by hanging Ser Alliser Thorne and three others who betrayed him, declared that his ‘Watch had Ended.’ Oathbreaker shocker!
Yes, Jon Snow has left Castle Black.
It seemed like a strange decision for the character and it was certainly one we didn’t see coming at this stage. Some would say that Snow’s exit is linked to the episode’s title ‘Oathbreaker,’ but that is incorrect.
You see, the Night’s Watch’s creed reads: “Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death…”
‘Until my death.’ Jon Snow died at the end of season five, so too did his Watch.
If you’re still unconvinced, Harington was on the phone to Entertainment Weekly straight after the episode aired last night to give them the exclusive scoop on his character’s decision.
“He’s done with it,” Harington said. “He’s seen the other side, seen what’s there, and comes back and realizes he needs to lead his life and get out of there. This place betrayed him, and everything he stood for has changed. Plus, he had to kill a child, Olly, and that’s what really does it. He kills an underage kid and he can’t see the point in being up there anymore. At the heart of it, he knows by staying at the Wall he can’t help the kingdoms and he’s probably going to die very quickly if he stays.”
“At first, I was worried that he’ll wake up and he’s the same, back to normal — then there’s no point in that death,” Harington said. “He needs to change. There’s a brilliant line when Melisandre asks: ‘What did you see?’ And he says: ‘Nothing, there was nothing at all.’ That cuts right to our deepest fear, that there’s nothing after death. And that’s the most important line in the whole season for me.
“Jon’s never been afraid of death, and that’s made him a strong and honourable person. He realises something about his life now: He has to live it because that’s all there is. He’s been over the line and there’s nothing there. And that changes him. It literally puts the fear of God into him. He’s seen oblivion, and that’s got to change somebody in the most fundamental way there is. He doesn’t want to die ever again. But if he does, he doesn’t want to be brought back.”
So yes, Jon Snow is different (as we knew he would be).
Meanwhile, Ser Alliser Thorne actor Owen Teale opened up after his character was killed during ‘Oathbreaker.’
Speaking of when he found out about his character’s fate, Teale told EW: “I wasn’t sure what was going on, and I kind of demanded a bit more openness because I was about to do my deal for season 6. I refused to close my deal until they told me. I wanted them to be clear with me. It was all quite close to filming. It wasn’t a very long conversation; it was a bit of mutual appreciation society. I felt a great sense of achievement and a sense of loss. Thorne was never an easy guy to be with.”
We’ll not exactly miss Thorne, but he was a worthy adversary for Snow and we’ll always admire his leadership qualities during the Wildling assault on Castle Black at the end of the fourth season. He was a gobshite, but he knew what he was doing.
What did you make of the Oathbreaker shocker? What do you think it means for Jon Snow going forward (we have some ideas, which you can read about here).