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The painstaking ways ‘Game of Thrones’ kept Jon Snow’s fate a secret

Published May 3rd, 2016 8:30PM EDT
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It’s Tuesday already, which means there’s really no excuse for you to keep trying to avoid Game of Thrones spoilers, especially if you’ve been waiting for months to see whether Jon Snow is alive or not. The internet was buzzing with Jon Snow all weekend, and every Thrones fan was probably talking about him on Monday. And actor Kit Harington was a huge topic as well, and not just because Jon Snow came back from the dead in episode 2.

A video showing the actor apologizing to fans for his dishonesty regarding the fate of his character went viral online, and more details about how Game of Thrones makers kept the secret for ten months became public.

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Harington’s apology is part of the exclusive Entertainment Weekly story on Jon Snow. The entertainment site revealed further production secrets for this Game of Thrones season, including the secret code used on the set when shooting Jon Snow scenes.

Harington spent more days than any other actor last year shooting Game of Thrones, but the name Jon Snow didn’t appear anywhere in the scripts. His name isn’t mentioned in scene breakdowns, call sheets, prop or wardrobe materials, EW says.

Instead, “LC” is used, which stands for – drumroll – “Lord Commander.”

“No one was allowed to say ‘Jon Snow’ on set, ever, everyone had to refer to me as ‘LC’” unless it was said during on-camera dialogue, Harington told EW. Even in private conversations between producers, the LC code name was used.

This also inspired fun banter on the set, with Carice van Houten (Melisandre) using LC for a nickname that can’t be printed, which she used while shooting the scene where she washes the dead body of Jon Snow.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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