Sunday, June 16, 2024

“Game of Thrones” Author George R. R. Martin on Jon Snow’s Fate: “Follow the books” (Wink wink he’s alive)


Is Jon Snow dead? Is Kit Harington coming back to “Game of Thrones” next year?

After last night’s Emmy Awards, what do you think? You bet he’s coming back.

I ran into the mastermind of “Game of Thrones,” George R. R. Martin last night, after the Emmys. His fans are panting for the next installment of the books upon which the HBO series is based. The last book, “A Dance with Dragons,” appeared  in 2011. This past season of the TV series brought the action right up to the end of that book, complete with Jon Snow’s “death.”

When I asked Martin if Snow is really dead, he actually kind of laughed, gave a big smile, and said, “Just follow what happens in the books.”

He didn’t seem sad, and didn’t respond with a “Yes.” And at this point, it seems like a wink-wink. Martin and HBO aren’t stupid. If it Snows in March, when “Game of Thrones” returns, the cliffhanger ratings will be like an earthquake. And now that the show has finally won the Emmy Award — along with Peter Dinklage– the matinee idol of the show is not going anywhere.

The new Martin book, “The Winds of Winter,” is about to be announced as well. That book should bring back Snow and an avalanche of book sales preceding the return of the show. Well played!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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