If you aren't caught up with this current season of HBO's Game of Thrones, you may want to stop reading now, because there will be numerous SPOILERS below. The period between Season 5 and Season 6 was by far the most secretive in the show's history, with the producers failing to confirm any new cast members at Comic Con, one of the show's long-standing traditions. And the network even stopped sending out advanced screeners for the first four episodes like they had done in the past. For many fans, there was one burning question they needed an answer to, regarding the fate of Jon Snow (Kit Harington), and as it turns out, one lucky fan knew before almost everyone else.
The fate of Jon Snow was constantly discussed in the months leading up to Season 6, with Kit Harington and the show's producers constantly insisting that he is in fact dead. The Season 6 premiere last month did feature Kit Harington pretending to be dead, but at the very end of the second episode, he was brought back to life, thanks to the magical powers of Melisandre (Carice Van Houten). Kit Harington recently appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where he revealed that he spilled the beans about Jon Snow's fate to a cop who had given him an ultimatum, after pulling him over for speeding.
"No member of the public, no stranger knew... well, that's not strictly true. One policeman knew. There's a story behind it. I was driving back from my parents house and I was driving too fast. I was being a bit naughty and going over the speed limit, and I hear sirens go off behind me. This policeman comes up, pulls me over and I'm a bit sheepish. I said I'm sorry, I wasn't really looking at the clock, and he said, 'You do realize how fast you were going? That's a bookable offense.' I said yes, I'm very, very sorry and he said, 'Look, there's 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 if you live in the next season of Game of Thrones.' I laughed and his face was just stone. He said, 'I have to tell you, whether or not I take you to the police station depends on what your answer is.' So I looked at him and went, 'I'm alive next season.' He goes 'Mm-hmm. On your way, Lord Commander. Keep your speed down this far south of The Wall.'"
Shortly after Jon Snow's ressurection was finally revealed to everyone, the actor explained that he had to keep this amazing secret for nearly two years. After the scripts for Season 5 were released two years ago, showrunners and series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss told the actor that he was being brought back to life in Game of Thrones Season 6. Many fans assumed that he wouldn't be killed off, since the identity of his mother is one of the biggest burning questions for fans of both the hit TV series and George R.R. Martin's books, especially since the author still hasn't finished his sixth book, entitled The Winds of Winter.
It's possible that the identity of Snow's mother may be revealed in tonight's episode, Book of the Stranger, especially after last week's episode featured a unique vision from the past, courtesy of Bran Stark's (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) greensight abilities. While it has long been believed that Snow is the bastard son of Ned Stark, a popular theory has surfaced throughout the years known as R+L=J, which claims that Jon Snow is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, Ned Stark's sister. Last week's episode featured a flashback where a young Ned Stark arrived at the Tower of Joy, looking for his sister Lyanna, who had been abducted by Rhaegar Targaryen. This theory claims that Lyanna asked Ned to keep the true heritage of her son Jon Snow a secret, which he took to his grave after being beheaded by King Joffrey. While we wait for tonight's episode, take a look at the video where Kit Harington tells his humorous Jon Snow story below.