Game of Thrones is no stranger to retakes, which should be obvious, given the sheer magnitude of the show. Jon Snow’s resurrection was not spared the classic showbiz cliché as Carice van Houten and Kit Harington revealed how long it took to film the scene.
According to Entertainment Weekly’s interview with Carice van Houten, shooting the resurrection scene was exhausting. She spent hours washing and touching Jon Snow’s body, basically naked on a table.
Van Houten revealed that she washed his body close to 50 times, as the scene was shot from so many angles in such a small room. Game of Thrones director Jeremy Podeswa wanted every shot to be done right, which was well worth it, since the scene was well-received by viewers.
She added that a lot of people would be jealous of her “quality time” with Harington – her mother and sister included. The actor loved it when she joked about the scene, saying, “If my mother could see this.”
Kit Harington, on the other hand, compared the shoot to a teenager’s wet dream: lying naked and being washed by a Carice Van Houten. Aside from being washed, Van Houten also cut his hair, which were actually hair extensions, according to an earlier report.
Movie Pilot reported that the scene was also a welcome relief from his tiring action scenes as Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. Lying motionless on a table in a warm room is a far cry from the freezing scenes in Castle Black and Beyond the Wall.
The shoot was definitely bizarre for those involved, since Kit Harington had already convinced them that he was leaving the show. Many of the cast were surprised to know that his character is alive, even Van Houten herself.
After episode 9 last season, she garnered hate in Twitter after her character more or less caused the death of Shireen Baratheon. They said she would only be forgiven if she resurrected Jon Snow. She later tweeted “Happy Now?” after episode 2 aired to signify that the job is finally done.
Game of Thrones airs every Sunday exclusively on HBO.