Game of Thrones fans have been heartbroken since the death of popular character Jon Snow in the finale of Game of Thrones Season 5. Diehard Game of Thrones fans and conspiracy theorists alike have bombarded the internet with rumors and theories on the different possible ways that Jon Snow could have survived his own death to return in Season 6 of Game of Thrones.
But now Time is reporting that there could possibly be some truth to these rumors after all. Who would have thought it?
It seems that the paparazzi were on the set of Game of Thrones in Belfast, Ireland, and managed to take some photos of actor Kit Harington, who plays (played?) Jon Snow, on the set wearing his full costume, sword in hand.
JON SNOW IS ALIVE pic.twitter.com/fXtPRDBeG1
— ester (@mickkmilkovich) September 26, 2015
To add to the scandal, Kit Harington, who is appearing in a new film Testament of Youth, gave an interview with Humo, a Belgian magazine. The interview needed to be translated into English, which was done by the Huffington Post to ensure its authenticity and accuracy.
As it turns out, Kit Harington probably revealed a little more in this interview than HBO and the rest of the team behind Game of Thrones would have liked. Perhaps he thought his words would never be translated into English.
"The important thing is that I now know exactly how long I am still under contract... Let's just say that Game of Thrones will remain a part of my life for a while, I'll probably be in my thirties when it's over."
— Variety (@Variety) September 27, 2015
It's an obvious point to make, but if Jon Snow is indeed dead, then why is Kit Harington tied to the show for at least the next two years? (Kit Harington's birthday is December 26, 1986, making him currently 28-years-old.)
It was only back in July 2015 that Michael Lombardo, the programming head of HBO, emphatically confirmed that Jon Snow is dead, the Wrap reported. He even said the word "dead" no less than five times in his very short quote.
"Dead is dead is dead. He be dead. Yes. Everything I've seen, heard and read, he is dead."
It even rhymed.
Of course, these latest photos and tidbits have sparked the rumor mill yet again, and even the Daily Mail and Vanity Fair have come on board with their hypotheses for Jon Snow's Game of Thrones fate.
The Daily Mail wondered whether Carice van Houten, who plays Melisandre, could also be seen in the shot, although they admitted that the resolution of the photo is so grainy that it can't be confirmed.
Vanity Fair noted that although Jon Snow appears to be in full costume in the photo, it is important to note that he is no longer wearing Stark armor but is instead wearing the black armour worn by the Night's Watch. We'll leave you to draw your own conclusions about this.
We don't want to further break any diehard Game of Thrones fans' hearts or bring up any painful memories, but if you have perhaps forgotten how Jon Snow was killed off in the Season 5 Game of Thrones finale, here it is again in all its gory detail.
You may be wondering: If the Game of Thrones TV show is based on the books, then why don't people know Jon Snow's true fate? Good question, and the answer is that the book series hasn't been completed either. Whether that was by design or simply that the TV episodes are being created at a faster rate than the books are being written, we don't know. What we do know is that we will have to wait until Game of Thrones Season 6 starts to find out what really happened to Jon Snow.
[Photo: Wikipedia, "Jon Snow-Kit Harington"]