We all finally know now that Jon Snow is ALIVE on ‘Game Of Thrones,’ but for cast member Maisie Williams, it’s been a well-kept secret for quite some time. The actress, along with other stars of the show, have had to remain super coy about Jon’s fate, which Maisie admits she had a little too much fun with!
Maisie Williams, 19, finally got a chance to flat-out lie to the world with good reason…and she took advantage of it! The 19-year-old had to hide her knowledge of Jon Snow being alive on Game of Thrones until the episode aired on May 1, and she admits in a new interview that she totally relished in the fact that she was tricking the world.
“We were told not to discuss what was inside [the script] and whenever we were asked the question, ‘Is Jon Snow coming back?’ everyone was like, ‘Oh, I can’t say,'” she explains on Alan Carr: Chatty Man. “I thought that was boring and I thought we should just say, ‘No.’ If you can’t say, then people will know that he is [alive] and you just can’t say. So I took it upon myself to lie to absolutely every journalist, every fan, and everyone that came up to me. It was really funny because fans would come up to me and be like, ‘I know you can’t talk about it, but is Jon Snow dead?’ all giggly, and I’d be like, ‘Yeah, he is dead.'”
Unfortunately, her straight-out response wasn’t generally accepted by the fans. “They would be shocked,” she admits. “And I’d watch them be like, ‘I don’t really want a picture with you anymore.’ It was mean.”
But that doesn’t mean she’s apologizing for how she handled the questions! “I think that’s the fun of it!” she says. “Why would I say, ‘Who knows?’ when I can totally lie and catch everyone off guard? Everyone guessed anyway, but whatever. He’s dead. Then he wasn’t.”
Still, fans were completely floored when it was revealed that Kit Harington’s character was, in fact, alive on the May 1 episode! “I’d like to say sorry for lying to everyone,” Kit told EW. “I’m glad that people were upset that he died. I think my biggest fear was that people ewre not going to care.”
And even though Maisie got to be in on the lying fun, there was a time when even she (and the rest of the cast) had no idea what was going on. Kit was told before anyone else, and he didn’t love the secretive part as much. “At first I thought I would find it fun, this will be a fun game,” he explained. “But I had to lie to a lot of close friends and cast members and crew. The longer it went, the more it felt like I was betraying them.” Awww!
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Maisie lying about Jon’s fate? Were you shocked by the twist?