Spoilers for Game of Thrones below.
Somehow, we’ve all lasted long enough to survive the long drought from Season 5 of Game of Thrones to Season 6, which will debut in a couple of weeks. Well, I guess not all of us made it. HBO has released an official description for the season premiere, and it gets right to the point in addressing the biggest question that viewers have had for the past 9 months.
Jon Show is dead. Daenerys meets a strong man. Cersei sees her daughter again.
Of all the things that can be said about that synopsis, being “far too fluffy” is not one of them. Fans have spent a long time trying to convince themselves and everyone else that the most gloriously coifed soldier in the Night’s Watch couldn’t actually be dead, that he indeed survived those brutal stabbings that we saw at the end of Season 5. (Many also tried to convince themselves that Olly would drop dead of being a total shitbird, but that hasn’t been confirmed either.) All of those conversations and speculations have apparently been for naught, though, as it’s hard to find a lot of wiggle room in "Jon Snow is dead," especially considering the footage we've seen in clips and trailers for Season 6, which have shown him lying on a slab.
To be fair, HBO and actor Kit Harington have been pretty adamant about the character’s doomed fate for a while now, even when it looked like it was just unfortunately leaked details. Kit Harington even came out and explained why he was seen on the set, claiming he was playing a corpse for far more than just a single moment in a scene.
Of course, I can’t imagine that logline is going to throw people off enough to really convince them that Jon Snow won’t be living and breathing at some point during Season 6. After all, he was seen filming in a manner that was not just him laying down acting dead, and there are always characters on this show that have the power to do some pretty wild things, such as resurrecting deceased characters. As well, there’s the chance that the character could pop up in a flashback, since Game of Thrones doesn’t hate doing those anymore. (Spoiler: >this scene is what Jon Snow was seen filming.)
Sure, we’re interested to see what kind of a Daenerys' journey with the Dothraki and where a "strong man" will fit in. And it’ll definitely be shocking to see Cersei reunite with her dead daughter. Plus, that presumably means her brother-lover Jaime will also be around in what is sure to be an uncomfortable scene. But for now, the majority of our interest lies alongside Jon Snow’s possibly deceased/ possibly soon-to-awaken corpse.
Game of Thrones Season 6 will premiere on HBO on Sunday, April 24, at 9 p.m. ET, and you can bet that Jon Snow will be a major topic of discussion on the recently announced chat show After the Thrones. Fortunately, we've actually learned and seen a fair amount about the hero over the past few weeks.
You can flip over to the next page for the first full look at Jon Snow in the Season 6 trailer...