When Does ‘Game Of Thrones’ Return? Season 6 Still Months Away, But Speculation On Jon Snow’s Fate Rampant

When does Game of Thrones return for what should be a thrilling Season 6? Unfortunately, fans who want to know whether Jon Snow is alive or dead still have several months to find out.

After a cliffhanger conclusion to the HBO show’s Season 5, fans were left up in the air as to whether Snow was still alive after being ambushed and stabbed by his own men. While there are differing ideas on Snow’s possible return to the show, fans will have until sometime next year to theorize.

Filming for Season 6 of Game of Thrones started in July, and the show’s Wikia page reports that it will return sometime around the spring of 2016.

There seems to be strong evidence that Snow is actually dead. Screenwriter and producer Dan Weiss told Entertainment Weekly that Snow is in fact dead, though author George R. R. Martin has left the possibility in his books that Snow may be alive.

Actor Kit Harrington, who plays Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, said Weiss and fellow showrunner David Benioff sat him down to explain Snow’s fate. Harrington also denied rumors that he was listed as having a salary raise for the coming two seasons — which would imply that Snow is very much alive.

Harrington told EW,

“This is my understanding of it. I had a sit-down with Dan and David, we did the Tony Soprano walk [letting an actor know they’re being whacked]. And they said, ‘Look, you’re gone, it’s done.’ And as far as the salary thing goes, that angered me when that story came out. I don’t know where it came from, but it was inaccurate in many ways. It’s going to put questions into your head and into fans’ heads that things are not what they are. Quite honestly, I have never been told the future of things in this show, but this is the one time I have. They sat me down and said, ‘This is how it is.’ If anything in the future is not like that, then I don’t know about it – it’s only in David and Dan and George’s heads. But I’ve been told I’m dead. I’m dead. I’m not coming back next season. So that’s all I can tell you, really.”

There are also some who believe in a third option. As Zap2It suggested, the camps who believe Jon Snow is dead and those who believe he is alive may be missing the point entirely.

“Why not make both groups right? Since so many people will be clamoring for an answer one way or another when Season 6 starts filming, not to mention when it premieres in 2016, why not just take a break from the Wall storyline altogether like Season 5 did with Bran’s? All season viewers will have to wonder one way or another if Jon will come back or not, while also grappling with the dramatic tension of not knowing what is going on with the White Walkers.”

Fans will have a while to think about it. Game of Thrones is expected to return for Season 6 in spring 2016.

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