‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 6 Forces Fans To Wonder How Dead Is Jon Snow

Game of Thrones fans have spent the last year in a strange kind of limbo. Since the brothers of the Night’s Watch struck the final blow on Jon Snow and left him a bleeding shell in the snow, a question has lingered in the minds of fans. A question that has bitterly divided supporters of all houses. The uncertainty that threatens to change the world of Westeros or, perhaps, be its undoing.

Is Jon Snow dead?

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, HBO officially weighed in on the controversy last week. The synopsis for Game of Thrones Season 6 begins with the simple and fatal words, “Jon Snow is dead.”

Back in 2015, when the shocking image of Jon Snow’s corpse was still fresh in fans’ minds, HBO weighed in too. And in a move that shouldn’t shock anyone, HBO maintained then as it does now that Jon Snow is exactly as he was at the end of “Mother Mercy.” Dead.

Game of Thrones‘ large cast insist that Jon Snow is dead, even those whose characters have had little or no contact with the character during the series. Creators, executives, and everyone involved in Game of Thrones in any way recites the same refrain. Jon Snow is dead.

Everyone insists that Jon Snow is dead, but fans arent buying it.
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Kit Harington, who portrayed Jon Snow from a boy in Winterfell to the man who lead the Night’s Watch, insists that Jon Snow is dead. In fact, according to fansite Watchers on the Wall, Harington now insists that sightings of him on the set of Game of Thrones last year have a simple explanation. According to Harington, he was playing Jon Snow’s corpse.

“I was playing a corpse. I was there for a little bit, I was there for about a month or two months, it was spread over a bit and I was playing a corpse. I won’t tell you how many episodes I’m lying dead but it’s enough that I was out there for quite a while. It’s going to be so satisfying when you see it and you realize that I was telling the truth the whole time.”

But this is the world of Game of Thrones. The world in which what is dead may never die, or indeed, stay dead.

Which begs the question, when it comes to Jon Snow, how dead is dead?

Consider Kit Harington’s words. In a show that moves through plots as quickly as Game of Thrones does, how likely is it that one character’s corpse is featured in several episodes? It would be a first for Game of Thrones. While Ned Stark’s corpse featured in two episodes, his body was only whole in one of them. Subsequent episodes involved his bones. Sean Bean didn’t appear in either episode. Joffery Baratheon, John Arryn, and Tywin Lannister each appeared as corpses lying in repose, but never for more than one episode.

And with a horde of wildlings on the wrong side of the wall, winter finally descended, and white walkers heading for the wall, it seems unlikely that Season 6 will focus on the battle for Jon Snow’s corpse. Which would mean that HBO is reluctant to tip their hand on the subject of Jon Snow.

One way or another, fans will have their answer. In fact, they may have an answer as soon as tonight. According to Winter is Coming, the cast and crew of Game of Thrones will gather tonight in Los Angeles for the premiere of Season 6 Episode 1, “The Red Woman.”

A select group of fans will also attend the premiere, and while they will no doubt be forced to sign non-disclosure agreements, it would only take one eager tweet to reveal the truth of Jon Snow’s fate.

Game of Thrones Season 6 premieres Sunday, April 24, on HBO.

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