Sorry, “Game of Thrones” fans. HBO has confirmed Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is dead. The premium cable service revealed the spoiler Thursday when it released the Season 6 premiere episode title and description.
Snow’s fate has been a hot debate for nearly a year. In the Season 5 finale, the fan-favorite character was stabbed multiple times by members of the Night’s Watch. Despite watching a pool of blood expand around his lifeless body, viewers have speculated the Lord Commander survived the mutinous attack at Castle Black. Theories about Melisandre (Carice van Houten) using her power to bring him back, and Jon warging have made their rounds online, and fans also regained hope when photos of Harington in costume on set leaked. However, HBO’s description of the Season 6 premiere is very clear.
According to the synopsis for episode 1, titled “The Red Woman,” “Jon Snow is dead.” The description doesn’t add any more details about the Lord Commander. Fans will have to tune in to see if the show is trying to fool fans. However, the synopsis does reveal other plotlines that will be explored in the premiere. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) will meet a “strong man,” and Cersei (Lena Headey) will see her daughter again.
For those who don’t remember Daenerys managed to escape an attack from the Sons of the Harpy in Meereen thanks to her dragon, Drogon. He brought her far away from the danger, but due to wounds, refused to fly her back to her castle. Shortly after she was surrounded by a large group of Dothraki. “Game of Thrones” viewers were left wondering if they were friend or foe of Khaleesi.
Meanwhile, Cersei’s storyline will be an interesting one following her “walk of shame” through the streets of King’s Landing. After her hair was cut and she was forced to walk naked in public, Cersei was finally freed from her cell. But she’s not going home to good news. Last season she sent her brother-lover Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) to Dorne to bring back their daughter, Myrcella (Nell Tiger Free), who was in danger. Unfortunately, Jaime failed. Myrcella was poisoned by Ellaria (Indira Varma), Oberyn’s (Pedro Pascal) former lover, who wanted revenge for his death. The Season 5 finale concluded with Jaime cradling Myrcella’s body while on the ship headed toward King’s Landing.
The Season 6 premiere of “Game of Thrones” will air on HBO Sunday, April 24 at 9 p.m. EDT. The episode was written by co-creators David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, and was directed by Jeremy Podeswa.