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Game of Thrones returns in April with season 6 ... and with Jon Snow?

Game of Thrones' sixth season will premiere in April on HBO, the network announced today. HBO sent out a teaser poster for season 6 with the news, and the artwork features everyone's favorite man of the Night's Watch: Jon Snow.

[Warning: The following contains massive spoilers for the fifth season of Game of Thrones. But you probably already guessed that.]

The announcement puts an end to speculation that season 6 would arrive later than usual — HBO's slate of winter shows, including season 5 of Girls and the debut of Vinyl, is premiering in February instead of January. Every season of Game of Thrones has begun in April except season 3, which debuted at the end of March 2013.

Although Game of Thrones is an ensemble show, the season 6 poster only features one character: a bloodied Jon Snow. His fate has been the subject of endless discussion since the season 5 finale, in which Ser Alliser Thorne leads a mutiny against him. The members of the Night's Watch take turns stabbing their Lord Commander in the gut, leaving him bleeding out in the snow at Castle Black.

Kit Harington, the actor who portrays Jon Snow, has said in interviews that he's been told his character is legitimately dead. "I'm not coming back next season," he told Entertainment Weekly after the finale. HBO confirmed in October that Brienne of Tarth indeed killed Stannis Baratheon, but has said nothing concrete about Jon Snow.

You can check out the full season 6 poster below. How do you think Game of Thrones could bring Jon Snow back?

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