[Potential SPOILERS for Game of Thrones season 6 ahead.]
From Kit Harrington's retained signature hair, to his suspicious presence on set in Belfast and the subtle in-show clues that support a continued story line, the suspected falseness of John Snow's 'death' has created an almost manic level of theorizing and armchair detective work for fans of the hit HBO show Game Of Thrones.
With several months to go before season 6 finds its way to screens, the HBO network and Game of Thrones show-runners would be amiss not to utilize this level of fan attention for some cleverly manipulative marketing in order to encourage as much interest as possible between seasons. This is exactly what HBO have just done, as it turns out.
Indeed, HBO has dropped a marketing bomb designed to provoke hyper fan speculation - in the form of a brand new poster that very strongly suggests that the betrayed and presumed dead Jon Snow will appear in Game of Thrones season 6. Check it out below:
The last we saw of Snow was the closing scene of season 5's final episode, where the Lord Commander's Night's Watch brothers performed their stabby betrayal and left him to die in a pool of his own blood. Several theories have arisen based on clues within both the source books and show material about the survival/resurrection of Snow. His presumed importance to the plot attributed to the unresolved matter of his true identity - something that has been referenced often enough to argue major significance that contradicts a true death of this character at this stage. This new poster is perhaps the icing on the cake, in that regard.
In fact, this Game of Thrones one-sheet suggest Snow will continue on the show, but possibly in the capacity of flashback (a device introduced within season 5 and apparently used again for season 6) - or it could be an early birthday gift for fans who have relentlessly pursued evidence that Snow defeats death somehow (with Melisandre's help, perhaps?). It's ambiguous enough to mean either possibility, which is exactly what you would expect from show-runners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff.
Whatever meaning you take from this poster, it is fair to presume that we will be seeing Jon Snow again on Game of Thrones (even Harrington himself has let hints slip under the immense fan deliberation), although under what circumstance is still up for deliberation. If such things are possible within the world of Game of Thrones, Jon Snow is arguably one of the closest to the role of hero the show has to offer. Here's hoping the hero doesn't die for once on this series.
Game of Thrones season 6 is expected to air in Spring 2016.