Warning: Major spoilers ahead for any of you not currently up-to-date with Game of Thrones. Though if you’ve somehow managed to avoid this news thus far, you probably aren’t even reading this.
When your possible resurrection on the most popular show in the world is to be kept secret from everyone, even those closest to you, you have an obligation to remain silent, under any and all circumstances, but apparently that secrecy goes flying out the window when you’re facing a speeding ticket.
Last night on The Tonight Show, Jon Snow himself, Kit Harington, told Jimmy Fallon that although he was told by the show’s creators not to reveal to anyone, including his family, that his dead character would come back to life, he immediately told his parents and his girlfriend anyway. Okay, that’s understandable. He wasn’t supposed to let them in on it, but at least he only gave that information to people close to him in life, people he loves and trusts.
Because it turns out he also had no problem spilling the beans when a cop caught him speeding fast enough to make it a bookable offense, and Harington was presented with two choices. Harington said the cop told him, “Look, there are two ways we can do this: you can either follow me back to the police station now and I book you in, or you can tell me whether you live in the next series of Game of Thrones.” We won’t spoil exactly what went down–you should watch the video above–but Harington’s obviously not behind bars.
I’ve heard some amazing stories about getting out of a speeding ticket before, but the old “reveal the biggest secret in the world” has got to be at the top of the list. As for the rest of the time, when he wasn’t facing the prospect of jail, Harington said it was hard keeping the big news from some of his fellow actors, because if Jon Snow remained dead it may have meant that their time and work on the show was over too.
Fallon also asked him about why it was necessary for Melisandre to not only cut the hair from the top of his head, but also from his beard, since “hair is hair,” and Harington joked that they edited out the part where she cut some hair off from other parts of his body.
Jon Snow’s return was the least surprising, least shocking return in the history of television (book readers had pieced that puzzle together years ago), but yet that’s all any of us talked about since he was assassinated at Castle Black at the end of season five. Some may complain that the cop abused his powers, but I would have done the exact same thing. Perhaps it’s good that I’m a writer instead.
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