According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Game of Thrones cast has renegotiated their salaries all the way through to a potential seventh season of the HBO series. (Previously, they were all signed up only through season 6.) But that announcement brings with it plenty of speculation for fans of the Song of Ice and Fire books—especially concerning the fate of one character at the end of A Dance with Dragons.
MAJOR POTENTIAL SPOILERS for A Dance with Dragons and future books. We will be discussing these in the comments, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, turn back!
We’re not kidding at all. This is a potential “Red Wedding” level spoiler. Read below if you dare.
The actors who have negotiated new contracts are Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Natalie Dormer, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams. Fans immediately noticed Harington’s name, since Dragons ends with Jon Snow stabbed, Julius Caesar-style, by his Night’s Watch men. Popular belief is that he’s been fatally wounded, especially since there’s been no word if he’ll appear in The Winds of Winter.
George R.R. Martin was of course quite coy about Jon’s fate back in 2011, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly:
EW: So why did you kill Jon Snow?
Martin: Oh, you think he’s dead, do you?
With this latest news, Redditors have already started theorizing that Jon Snow might live, die, or even be resurrected in The Winds of Winter/whatever season matches up with that book.
THR does point out that just because these actors have negotiated for season 7, doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll make it that far. While the series has already deviated from the books, it’s unclear how much they will continue to alter plotlines. Jon Snow’s fate in Winds of Winter could be entirely different from later seasons of the show. We’ve got a good long time to speculate.