By now, you probably know the end of the 5th season of “Game of Thrones” had fans distraught. You don’t have to be a fan of the show to know the conclusion, featuring the illustrative death of Jon Snow, was hard for loyal viewers to endure.
This was to be the end of Jon Snow (played by Kit Harington), but TIME’s Jack Linshi has something for fans to (not literally!) hold on to: Harington’s locks.
Here’s a photo taken of Harington this past weekend at Wimbledon, where Linshi points out he “was sporting [Jon Snow’s] signature long hair.”
“…don’t expect any “Game of Thrones” fan to give up hope now — unless he decides to get a haircut,” Linshi writes.
Business Insider’s Kim Renfro also agrees fans shouldn’t lose hope just yet.
In a post written right after the season 5 finale, Renfro explains why fans shouldn’t be throwing roses on his tombstone anytime soon, even though Entertainment Weekly reported Harington was told by the show writers: “Look, you’re gone, it’s done.”
Renfro, an avid fan of the show and the books, writes:
Another reason fans have faith Jon isn’t really dead comes from the author of the series himself. In 2011, just after “Dance” was released, George R.R. Martin was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly. The first question was, “So why did you kill Jon Snow?”
Martin simply replied, “Oh, you think he’s dead, do you?”
This coy answer seems to be a pretty clear way of dodging any definitive confirmation. If Jon were truly dead and never coming back, why would it matter what the reader thought happened? This is a classic cliffhanger strategy, and Martin has done this before.
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