With just six days left until Season 6 of Game of Thrones premieres, anticipation is higher than ever for this show's return. We have seen a few trailers for the new episodes, but there is still very little that we know about what's happening in Westeros. We do know one thing for certain: Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is most certainly dead. Kit Harington did come back to film scenes as Jon Snow's corpse this season. And it seems that this beloved character won't be coming back from the dead anytime soon. During a new interview with TV Line, series star Liam Cunningham offered some insight about what it was like on the set for Kit Harington during these scenes.
"He gives good corpse. It's a pig of a job being a dead body. It's really difficult, especially for elongated scenes. To just be there and not breathe. And you get forgotten about [by the] crew. Nobody talks to you. They step over you. It's a really weird dynamic. You're ignored and dead. I flicked his beautiful [hair] a bit. You always have to have a bit of fun if somebody is dead in a scene. That's a red rag to a bull for an actor. You do a little poking. You do things to annoy the actor. It's your job. You have to utilize the opportunity. You have to get through the day."
Some fans are still holding out hope that Jon Snow will be resurrected, since Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark in the series, claimed there is a "great twist," even though she confirmed that he isn't alive. Kit Harington himself also added some fuel to the fire, by stating in March that he knows how long he'll be a corpse for, but he wasn't allowed to say. Hopefully we'll find out more about this twist during the Season 6 premiere, entitled The Red Woman.
While the fate of Jon Snow was discussed repeatedly after the Season 5 finale, that is just one aspect of the show that will be addressed in Season 6. The Season 5 finale also showed Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) being punished for her crimes, as she was forced to walk naked in front of everyone in King's Landing. While nudity is quite common on the show, some fans were rather enraged that the actress used a body double for the pivotal scene. The actress revealed in a new interview that, while she has done nude scenes in the past, she would be too "emotional" to perform this scene while completely naked. Here's what she had to say about the "shocking" reactions to her use of a body double.
"You know what? It was really a bit shocking. I've done nudity. I'm not averse to it. But I know I'm a very emotional actor and I get really driven by that. In order to do my job, I allow myself to be really vulnerable. I don't know any other way to do my job. Things really affect me. And the thought of being naked for three days and trying to contain her in the way she would be I think I would feel very angry. I didn't want to be angry. I don't think Cersei would be angry. I did what I thought she would do, emotionally. And wonderful Rebecca [Van Cleave, Headey's stand-in] was able to contain herself and be naked. She found it very difficult, obviously. It's not a natural thing to do. I film every year and I have kids and they know me now and [being naked in the scene] was just too much on top of that. So yeah, people that get it thought it was great. I didn't phone it in; I was actually there for three days with Rebecca."
The "Walk of Shame" that Cersei had to endure was supposed to give her some humility, but the actress revealed it had the opposite effect, stating it has "worsened things." We've seen in previously-released trailers that Cersei will reunite with her brother/lover Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), after he returns to Kings Landing with their dead daughter Myrcella (Nell Tiger Free), who was poisoned just before leaving Dorne. We'll find out what happens to both Jon Snow's corpse and Cersei when Game of Thrones returns with the Season 6 premiere, airing Sunday, April 24 at 9 PM ET on HBO.