LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Kit Harington says Jon Snow is very much dead.
The 29-year-old English actor insisted in an interview with BBC News on Tuesday that the Game of Thrones character had been killed. Snow was stabbed and left for dead in the Season 5 finale, but fans remain hopeful he'll return in Season 6.
"Whatever happens in the next season will be very exciting, but Jon Snow is dead I'm afraid," the star said. "I think [speculation] is great for the show, but [fans] shouldn't get their hopes up about anything because Game of Thrones is very good at dashing hopes."
Harington previously told Entertainment Weekly he's "not coming back next season," with HBO later confirming, "Jon Snow is indeed dead." The actor said in a different interview with Digital Spy this week that the character had died.
"I was hoping that there would be an outcry of 'Why?' and 'Oh God, no, no' rather than 'Thank God," the star said of fan reaction to Jon's death. "People didn't want me to die, but he's dead. So there you go, everyone has to get used to it."
"It's brilliant, the fact that people care about this TV show and what happens to the people they love or hate in it, is a special thing," he added. "I've got nothing to complain about, put it that way. If they care about it and I get asked a lot about it, it means that people hold it dear to their hearts."
Game of Thrones Season 6 will premiere Apr. 24 on HBO. Natalie Dormer, who plays Margaery Tyrell, previewed problems for her character in November, saying Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) will be the least of Margaery's troubles.
Harington will star instead in a production of Doctor Faustus at the Duke of York's Theatre in April. The actor is also slated for The Death and Life of John F. Donovan with Jessica Chastain and Brimstone with Dakota Fanning.