There’s a new Game of Thrones season 6 out today and it isn’t really answering the question that most fans have on their lips: is Jon Snow (Kit Harington) coming back in season 6?
The trailer is made up mostly of flash back clips of Snow and other Game of Thrones characters being killed or maimed. There’s also a voiceover at the beginning before the montage of mayhem. According to I09.com, that voice belongs to Max Von Sydow, who will play the “Three Eyed Raven” in the upcoming season.
“We watch, we listen, and we remember,” the voice says during the trailer. “The past is already written. The ink is dry.”
Then, near the end of the clip, we hear a voice that any fan would recognize as that of Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright), Jon Snow’s “half-brother.”
The last time we saw Bran was in season 4 and he was beyond The Wall following his prophetic visions in search of the Three Eyed Raven, whom he eventually finds. Those who have read George R. R. Martin’s latest book in the series, A Dance With Dragons, know that Bran is currently learning how to harness his psychic ability with the Three Eyed Raven.
“They have no idea what’s going to happen,” Bran says in the teaser.
It’s all very cryptic and does little to foreshadow what we can expect in Game of Thrones season 6.
But fans of the show can be reasonably sure of one thing, Jon Snow is probably coming back in some form or another. He’s the centerpiece of this new trailer and the first poster feature a picture of his bloodied face.
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According to Us Weekly, Kit Harington spoke to IGN last month and said that Jon was definitely killed at the end of Game of Thrones season 5.
“It’s just a different catchphrase on the street,” Harington said referencing te fans who have been hounding him with questions about the series. “Rather than ‘You know nothing,’ it’s ‘Are you dead?’ And I am most definitely dead, so it’s a simple one to answer, really.”
But “dead” isn’t always the end for characters on Game of Thrones. Characters have been resurrected before, although most of them have been secondary characters and not main cast members like Jon Snow.
However, there are several reasons that fans are still holding out hope that Jon Snow will be alive and well when Game of Thrones season 6, episode 1 rolls around in April.
First of all, George R. R. Martin has not confirmed that Jon has died. Soon after A Dance With Dragons was released, Martin was asked why he killed Jon Snow in an interview with Entertainment Weekly in 2011. To which he responded cryptically.
“Oh, you think he’s dead, do you?” Martin said. “I’m not going to address whether he’s dead or not.”
He hasn’t been dropping any clear hints as to Jon Snow’s actual fate recently either.
“If there’s one thing we know in A Song of Ice and Fire is that death is not necessarily permanent,” Martin said in interview with Entertainment Weekly earlier this year.
Then there’s the mystery of Jon Snow’s parents and his importance to the TV series and the books. There’s a consensus among the Games Of Thrones fandom that his parents are Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. In an interview with the New York Post, George R. R. Martin said that the answer to the Jon Snow parents question will be resolved. Why would that be important if Jon Snow is dead and has no chance of returning to the series?
So, we can be 99.9 percent sure that Jon Snow is coming back to the series, but we’ll have to wait and see how his resurrection will happen.
Game of Thrones premieres on HBO in April, 2016.
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