Game of Thrones: Is Jon Snow Really Dead?

Game of Thrones has killed off more characters than that new dinosaur in Jurassic World,  but fans can’t seem to wrap their heads around Jon Snow’s alleged death in the Season 5 finale, “Mother’s Mercy.”

Is it because he’s one of the most important characters in the ensemble? Or because Kit Harington is so dreamy that fangirls just can’t bear the idea? Or, maybe, it’s because he isn’t actually dead (gasp!). Let’s look at the facts, shall we?

He renewed his contract through Season 6

First of all, last year the Hollywood Reporter confirmed that he renewed his contract through Season 6 — and a potential Season 7 — along with several other main cast members.

He’s still got long, flowing locks

Then, there were all those long-hair-don’t-care pictures of Harington at Wimbledon. Everyone knows he isn’t a fan of the long-hair look sported by Jon Snow, so why would his hair still be long if his character is actually dead? 

Anything goes in the GoT world

GoT has messed with our minds time and time again, so there’s really no telling what could happen. A multitude of fan theories are coming out of the woodwork: Some think he’s one of the three dragon riders, while others find it peculiar that Melisandre (who could potentially raise him from the dead, although no one is exactly sure if that’s possible) showed up right before his death scene. 

The cast and creators are being coy

Everyone from Harington to showrunner Dan Weiss to Maisie Williams (who plays Arya Stark) assures us Jon Snow is dead and isn’t coming back. Williams even told People, “That’s what this show does. And if you haven’t learned that by now, well, then I can’t help you.”

But other cast members, such as Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), aren’t so sure, and George R.R. Martin even asked Entertainment Weekly, “Oh, you think he’s dead, do you?”