Game of Thrones star Brenock O'Connor received death threats after Jon Snow murder
Game of Thrones actor Brenock O'Connor received death threats after his part in the murder of character Jon Snow.
The 16 year-old star plays Olly in the fantasy show, one of several assailants who lured the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch to his death in the season five finale.
However it was young Olly, who joins the Night's Watch after his mother and father are murdered during a Wildling raid, who never forgave Jon (Kit Harington) for teaming up with them, who delivered the final blow.
In an interview with the Brighton Argus, Brenock shared how fans targeted him with death threats on social media for months after the dramatic scene aired last year.
"If you get people from Spain and Portugal and all over the world saying they are going to kill your family, you just can’t take it to heart or you would not cope," he told the British publication. "My family just thinks it is people who wanted to say something, and because of social media, you can say it to people on other side of the world."
Despite battling the internet trolls, the teenager has been able to brush off the threats and doesn't take the messages too seriously.
"It's laughable how people think the show is realistic enough for them to send messages like this to someone who is not the character. I find it quite funny," he shrugged.
The season six premiere of the cult HBO drama aired on Sunday night in the U.S., and in the U.K. a day later.
The show finally put to bed any speculation that Jon Snow was still alive after the brutal attack. The opening of the episode saw his Night's Watch brothers carry his lifeless body away after discovering he'd been stabbed multiple times.
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