Mere minutes after the close of June’s stab-happy Game of Thrones finale “Mother’s Mercy,” truther movements sprung up insisting that Kit Harington’s Jon Snow would return to the series in 2016 no matter what. Repeat set sightings have confirmed the TV industry’s worst-kept secret, but might Harington himself have finally given into the speculation?

Be advised of Game of Thrones spoilers from here on out, which, if you haven’t yet heard (Seriously! Look away now, and don’t yell at me later!), Jon Snow is no more. Like your pet parrot, he has simply ceased to be. Or, that’s what HBO brass and Game of Thrones actors will swear up and down until April of 2016. Kit Harington has repeatedly skirted the subject of Jon Snow sightings as well, though a recent (translated) interview with Belgian magazine Humo may finally have seen the actor acknowledging his Game of Thrones future:

I often felt frustrated as well. I had to pass on amazing parts because I was attached to Game of Thrones. So the show is like a double-egded sword to me: I owe a lot to it, but at the same time it has almost completely drained me. Oh well, I try not to think about it too much. The important thing is that I now know exactly how long I am still under contract, and in the meantime –

Interviewer: How many more seasons would that be?

Nice try (laughs). I can’t talk about that. Let’s just say that Game of Thrones will remain a part of my life for a while, I’ll probably be in my thirties when it’s over. One thing’s for sure: the day I’m no longer on Thrones is the day I’ll bury myself in movie projects (laughs).

Granted, we can understand HBO’s dedication to denying Jon Snow’s return, it seems at least some pretense has lifted as to whether or nor we can expect Harington to remain a part of the franchise. And if everything we’ve heard of Jon Snow’s role in the season is true, Harington may wind up a little sore heading into his thirties.

Elsewhere of Game of Thrones Season 6, screen legend Max von Sydow has been cast as the mysterious Three-Eyed Raven to a returning Bran, while Deadwood alum Ian McShane will also appear in a limited, mysterious role, joining Richard E. Grant and The Babadook star Essie Davis as theatre troup players, and Borgen star Pilou Asbæk as fan-favorite Euron Greyjoy. Apart from a list of directors, story logistics seemingly confirm scenes set at The Wall next year.

We’ve still a ways to go before HBO confirms any official Game of Thrones Season 6 details, but what should we make of the Harington’s apparent admission?

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