(WARNING: This post will contain spoilers for those of you not caught up on Game of Thrones yet.)
Game of Thrones fans were left with their jaws hanging open, tears streaming from their eyes, and likely a lot of rage exuding from their faces when season 5 of the hit HBO show finally concluded with the brutal killing and betrayal of Jon Snow (Kit Harington) at the hands of his Night’s Watch brothers. Unlike most other deaths in the series though, fans haven’t wavered in their belief that Snow is not actually dead, displaying their evidence behind the popular R + L = J theories, and possible ways that the beloved character could be brought back to life.
However, showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have remained fairly adamant in their stance that Jon is as dead as dead can be at this point, with the episode’s director even backing them up too. Harington in particular has remained fairly tight-lipped about his character’s fate, although fellow cast member Emilia Clarke doesn’t seem quite as sure about the validity of his “death”.
After months of hearing next-to-nothing about next year’s sixth season too, HBO has officially revealed the first teaser poster for the highly anticipated season, and it might just be time to rejoice Jon Snow fans – because it looks like the character’s fate isn’t quite as concrete as the creators have previously let on. Or at least, we think that’s what this poster means. Check it out below:
This is interesting because this is the first time that HBO or any of the promotional material for GoT has even hinted at the possibility of Snow’s return from the dead(?). While we’ve all carefully watched to make sure Harington didn’t cut his hair, and have been furiously theorizing about why he’s still alive, silence has practically fallen all around the Thrones production and creative team, in the hopes of keeping as much of season 6’s mystery alive as they can.
The thing that made Snow’s death so interesting in particular too, was the fact that not only did he seem like such an integral part of the series, but also that his death was the final moment that the showrunners had left before completely catching up to the events in author George R. R. Martin’s novels as well. This meant that there was no source material for fans to turn to as reference or comfort. So whether this poster is coming as confirmation of Snow’s return, or as a simple reminder of the events of season 5, it’s sure to start some rabid discussions once again leading up to the series’ highly-anticipated sixth season. Something tells me that’s exactly what the creative team were hoping for too.
Season 6 of Game of Thrones will premiere on HBO in April 2016.
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