If you watch “Game of Thrones,” chances are you’re obsessed with “Game of Thrones.” And if you’re obsessed with “Game of Thrones,” chances are the #1 question on your dragon-addled mind since last year’s season-five finale has concerned the fate of a certain Watcher on the Wall whom we inexplicably saw bleed out in the episode’s waning moments — inexplicable because, despite George R.R. Martin’s affinity for coldly killing off fan favorites, Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) was presumably cloaked in the strongest plot armor of the entire cast.
Speculation has run rampant in the 10 months since “Mother Mercy” aired, with fans pointing to a certain theory (R+L=J, anyone?), the presence of a nearby sorceress with otherworldly abilities and, most tellingly, the fact that Harrington is still sporting Westeros-friendly long hair as evidence that Snow will return in one form or another.
In this week’s Variety cover story, “Game of Thrones” co-creators and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss definitively described the character’s status: “Jon Snow is dead.” (Weiss happens to be wearing a shirt for the metal band Mastodon, who had a cameo in last season’s killer “Hardhome” episode.) Sounds pretty conclusive, right? Well, not really — everyone knows he’s dead. The question is whether he’s coming back. Their phrasing is telling.
“Game of Thrones” is based on Martin’s highly popular — and, much to the chagrin of fans, as-yet incomplete — “A Song of Ice and Fire” series of high-fantasy novels. HBO’s adaptation of the books is now set to outpace its source material, as the author has yet to finish writing “The Winds of Winter.” The show’s sixth season premieres this Sunday, April 24.
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