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Game of Thrones: Kit Harington's secret code name revealed

Saying ‘Jon Snow’ was banned from season 6 set

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This is how big of a secret Jon Snow appearing in Game of Thrones season 6 was: Even though star Kit Harington spent more days working on Thrones last year of than any other actor, the name “Jon Snow” didn’t appear anywhere in the scripts. Snow wasn’t mentioned in the scene breakdowns, call sheets, prop or wardrobe materials either.

Instead, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss gave the character a new name that was always used: “LC,” standing for “Lord Commander.”

The ban even extended to verbal communication. “No one was allowed to say ‘Jon Snow’ on set, ever, everyone had to refer to me as ‘LC,'” Harington confirmed to EW. (The only exception was when the name was said during on-camera dialogue). Even the producers used “LC” among themselves to code their conversation in case outsiders were nearby. 

The nickname inspired some ribbing among the cast. While shooting his resurrection scene, Harington had to lay naked on a table while Carice van Houten (Melisandre) washed him repeatedly. So the actress decided to give Harington a new “LC”-based nomenclature (it’s not something we can print, but feel free to guess). 

Harington is on the cover of this week’s EW where we chronicle the incredible story of how the actor and the Thrones team killed off his character, then secretly brought him back to life for his most dramatic story yet. Buy the issue here, or subscribe to receive digital access the moment the story is posted online.

For more coverage of Thrones‘ second episode of the season, “Home,” here’s our first interview snippet with Harington (“Sorry!”), our interview with Ramsay Bolton actor Iwan Rheorn on those gruesome murders, our deep-dive recap, and our new Game of Thrones podcast (new episode posted below).