With no official confirmation of Jon Snow's return to the sixth season of Game Of Thrones, the floor is pretty much open for speculation. Despite actor Kit Harington coming right out and saying the opposite last month, many fans are adamant that Jon will be resurrected. Is this wishful thinking or could they actually be right?
Liam Cunningham, who plays Davos Seaworth on the show, recently revealed details to the Daily Express about the opening scene of the first episode:
"The first episode to kick off with [Melisandre] — without saying anything again — is astonishing. There's absolutely amazing stuff coming up, just so left of field. "
Could this mean that Jon Snow will in fact be resurrected by Melisandre?! This isn't the only hint we've heard. Episode director Jeremy Podeswa had this to say when he was asked if Jon Snow would be part of the season premiere:
"The show picks up where it left off last season. That's all I'll say on that subject."
And Melisandre herself has even weighed in on the subject. Actress Carice van Houten hinted in an interview with The New Daily last year:
"You’ve seen her clock Jon Snow, which is a great ending because you think, ‘Uh oh, what’s going to happen there’? You feel that she is concentrating more and more towards Jon Snow. There are slight hints that something’s going to happen."
Could it be that Melisandre's magic really does make a miracle? Van Houten continued:
"I was doing ADR [a dubbing process] the other day and then the producer was there and he was saying something that I've heard before, which is quite spectacular, for next year, which I really can't say anything about."
We think we know what she means.
And if that's not enough to get the rumor mill turning, Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) as good as confirmed Jon's return at the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday night. While presenting the award for Best First Feature, fellow presenter Nate Parker asked the question on everybody's lips: Is Jon Snow still breathing? Wink if he is! And Clarke winked! What more evidence do we need?
In a first for the HBO drama, the sixth season will be airing before George R.R. Martin's corresponding book The Winds Of Winter is published, although elements will be borrowed from A Feast For Crows and A Dance With Dragons. This means we'll just have to wait until the season premiere on April 24 to find out Jon's fate for sure.
Try not to get too excited while watching the promo video below: