Jon Snow speculation as Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington spotted near current filming location

Kit Harrington who plays Jon Snow in Games of Thrones. Photographer: Oliver Upton
Kit Harrington who plays Jon Snow in Games of Thrones. Photographer: Oliver Upton

Game of Thrones star Kit Harington has been staying at the Belmont Hotel in Banbridge, sparking fresh speculation that his character, Jon Snow, still lives.

There has been much debate among fans of the HBO show, based on the books of George R R Martin, about whether or not Snow died at the end of the last series.

One of the biggest characters on the show, Snow was last seen in a pool of his own blood after being repeatedly stabbed by the men of the Night’s Watch under his command.

Harington told Entertainment Weekly in June that he had a sit-down with the producers of the show and they told him “Look, you’re gone, it’s done.”

“I’ve been told I’m dead,” he said.

“ I’m dead. I’m not coming back next season.

“So that’s all I can tell you, really.”

That seemed to be that, but various sightings of Harington in Belfast reignited the debate.

Now the Banbridge Leader can reveal the actor has been staying at the Belmont while filming for the new series of the hugely popular show has been taking place locally at The Linen Mill Film & Television Studios.

A local source confirmed Harington stayed at the Belmont Hotel for one night on July 28.

A tweet from Jan Gilmore, which went out the same night, read: “When Kit Harington walks into the hotel you’re in . . .”

Game of Thrones has been one of the most popular series on TV in recent years and has been filmed in locations across Northern Ireland, including the Banbridge area.

The show has gained a reputation for killing off main characters but Jon Snow’s death still came as a shock to those who had not read the books.

There have been many fan theories regarding Jon Snow and whether or not we would be seeing him again when the show returns to our screens.

Many believe that the Red Priestess, Melisandre, who possesses magical powers, may bring him back from the dead.

Others have argued that Jon Snow may ‘warg’ (transfer his consciousness) into his pet direwolf, Ghost, a theory fuelled by the fact that Snow’s half-brother, Bran Stark, possesses the ability.