We're rapidly approaching the premiere date for the long awaited Game of Thrones Season 6, and like the character everyone is talking about - Jon Snow - we still really know nothing about his ultimate fate.
The debate has gotten really very tired as of late, with speculation running rampant and fake interviews circling despite the insistence of cast and crew that yes, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is dead, "deader than dead" in fact. Not to mention Maisie Williams, who plays Snow's younger sister Arya Stark in the show, comments regarding the Season 5 cliffhanger:
"We saw [Jon Snow] get stabbed, a lot, in the chest. Like, I think that’s pretty clear. Well, if it makes you feel better then, yes, there’s hope... No hope, ever.”
Even the President of the United States, Barack Obama himself, had this burning question on his lips, as Game of Thrones director David Nutter describes meeting with the man in the White House himself, and even he had to ask:
"[Obama] shook my hand, and he put his other hand on my shoulder and he said, 'You didn't kill Jon Snow did you?' and I said, 'Mr President, Jon Snow is deader than dead'."
But still theories persist: maybe Melisandre (Carice van Houten) will bring him back to life, or his Skinchanger / Warg powers will give him a vessel to live on inside Ghost, or some mysterious deus ex machina will come along to save him from bleeding all the way to death in the snow from those pesky puncture wounds.
This is the great and terrible thing about having such an active fandom fuelled by the internet - all sorts of theories get flung about until fact and fiction start to blur, and verifying facts online can be painfully difficult.
Jon Snow has always been a popular character, and a large part of the reason fans were upset by his death was cause he's at the centre of an unanswered theory regarding his parentage that we'd hoped to see resolved during his run on the show, but if Game of Thrones has taught us anything it's that life isn't fair, (and if you're a fan favourite you should probably watch your back).
Game of Thrones' popularity is partly due to it's harsh, uncompromising, bloody narrative; though characters like Lady Stoneheart and The Lightning Lord Beric Dondarrion have returned from the dead it's not a common occurrence for someone to do so - and we haven't even seen Stoneheart in the show yet (spoilers...).
So the latest news emerges via Time Out London, with whom Kit Harington gave an interview to a few days past. And, put on your speculation hats guys, cause he's confirmed that he WILL return to Game of Thrones Season 6...!
Playing Jon Snow's dead body.
"Harington: Look, I’m not in the show any more. I’m definitely not in the new series... I filmed some scenes of me being dead – it's some of my best work."
When pressed as to whether or not Harington was privy to information regarding the future (or lack thereof) for Snow he responded: "I don’t have a clue. I know how long I’m a corpse for, but I can’t tell you that!"
Hmm, curiouser and curiouser. Does this mean he's coming back as a White Walker, or will his corpse (or head) be put on display like his father before him? Maybe it just means what they've been telling us since Season 5 ended, that Jon Snow is really dead and gone...
Of course if he wasn't dead, the showrunners wouldn't exactly come out and tell us... At least we don't have long to wait until the next season now, with the first episode set to premiere in a mere month and a half's time.
And you know what the Drowned Men say: "What is dead may never die, but rises again, harder and stronger...." Of course they may have just been referring to the Game of Thrones fan theories there.