“The lead up to it was crazy because it was the biggest secret on the planet,” says “Game of Thrones” director Jeremy Podeswa as we chat via webcam (watch above) about bringing Jon Snow (Kit Harington) back to life this year after he was killed by his mutinous comrades at the end of season five. “We really wanted it to be a big moment and there was a huge amount of anticipation for it.”
Podeswa directed the episode “Home,” in which Snow was resurrected. It was one of the most talked about episodes of the series and has been submitted for Best Drama Directing at the Emmys. “Anything that has so many people invested in it is almost unbelievable,” he says of the heightened anticipation surrounding the episode. “To be at the center of that whole thing gave me a new level of awareness about how much the show means to people. It was really huge. I couldn’t have a conversation with anyone for months that didn’t center on if he’s dead or alive. It was weird to have this bit of information I couldn’t share with anyone at all. I loved to be in the center of that storm.”
But does Jon Snow deserve to ascend to the Iron Throne by the series’ end? Podeswa isn’t sure. “It keeps changing in my mind,” he explains. “Sometimes I think it would be incredible to see Sansa on the throne. It would also be incredible to see Dany or Jon. I think a woman would be the most exciting thing to see. There are a lot of powerful women on the show. So I’d probably say one of the Stark girls if you forced me to give an answer.”
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