Game of Thrones Sam Season 6 Jon

Game of Thrones Star John Bradley Says Jon Snow's Death Would 'Destroy' Sam

If ever there were a poster child for living in oblivion, Game of Thrones‘ John Bradley says, Samwell Tarly is it.

Sam, who at the end of Season 5 left The Wall with Gilly and her infant son just prior to the fatal attack on Jon Snow, has no idea that his best friend is bleeding out into the snow — and Bradley asserts that it’s better that way.

“Sam’s got himself, over the course of Season 5, to a point where he’s pretty confident,” Bradley tells TVLine. “He had this aim… where he just wanted to get Jon into power so he could wrangle his way out of Castle Black with Baby Sam and Gilly. He’s achieved that.”

Game of Thrones Sam Jon Season 6But if Sam knew that Jon had been murdered not long after the wannabe maester left for Oldtown, “he’d feel the guilt of it. He’d think, ‘Maybe if I was there, I could’ve done something to help. Maybe I could’ve stopped it from happening. He’d burden himself with that guilt, because that’s what he’s done all his life.”

Bradley elaborates that his alter ego’s chronically low self-esteem has gotten a boost during his time in the Night’s Watch — his status as one of the few able to singlehandedly fend off a white walker doesn’t hurt, either — but that Sam, at heart, is “fundamentally a weak person.”

So he’s fine with the notion of Sam being far away, studying to replace Maester Aemon and seeing to the safety of Gilly and the baby, all the while mistakenly believing that Jon Snow remains Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch.

“I think it’s best if he doesn’t find out,” he says. “Because it would destroy every single ounce of confidence he’s been allowed to build up.”

Game of Thrones returns for a sixth season Sunday (HBO, 9/8c). — With reporting by Michael Ausiello

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5 Comments
  1. Summer is here. Our long winter is over, and it’s now time for a nice ten week vacation in Westeros and the surrounding areas. God, I have missed this show. I hope Jon, Sansa, Theon, Arya and Jorah have better luck this season. And please GOT producers, DavidX2, no more rape scenes. It distracts everyone and achieves nothing vital to the story line.

    • DL says:

      I wasn’t a fan of the Jaime/Cersei scene. But disturbing as it was, I think the Sansa/Ramsay scene was vital for her character development (and Theon’s). She’s been beaten down over and over, and I think we needed to see her finally be completely broken, so that now she can rebuild herself into a person who’s capable of bringing justice to the North, and retribution to those who betrayed the Stark clan.
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      Again, that’s not to say her rape scene wasn’t disturbing. But I’d still argue it was purposeful and belonged in the show.

      • Joey says:

        I have to say that hearing you say that, you understand Sansa as a character as well as the showrunners, which is to say not at all.

  2. Atm says:

    Sam & Gilly storyline is the worst and most pointless of all….and I can’t believe they are introducing more Tarleys this season, taking up valuable screen time on these boring characters. They need to treat them like Rick and Orsha..we never see them but we just assume they are out there somewhere safe.

  3. Jorah The Bear says:

    Jon Stark will be released from his vows!