For those that haven't seen the sixth season of Game of Thrones, beware of spoilers below.
According to a press release from HBO, Game of Thrones' beloved bastard Jon Snow, played by Kit Harington, will not be a part of the new season, as the studio has said multiple times.
The press release has also removed Harington's name from both the list of main stars and the list of recurring actors, which include Alfie Allen (Theon) and Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell). While that would usually cement a character's fate, as would the network repeatedly claiming he was dead, AMC did something similar last year with The Walking Dead, only to have the character waltz back in the next episode.
HBO also released a title for the season premiere, "The Red Woman." Besides the bit about Jon Snow, only added that it would feature Cersei being reunited with her daughter and Daenerys "meeting a strong man." We know that the "red woman," which obviously refers to the sorceress Melisandre, was last seen at Castle Black with Snow's body. Whether or not she uses her black magic to revive the fallen soldier will be the question of the night.
The network included this brief description of the episode and the upcoming season at large:
Following the shocking developments at the conclusion of season five, including Jon Snow’s bloody fate at the hands of Castle Black mutineers, Daenerys’ near-demise at the fighting pits of Meereen, and Cersei’s public humiliation in the streets of King’s Landing, survivors from all parts of Westeros and Essos regroup to press forward, inexorably, towards their uncertain individual fates. Familiar faces will forge new alliances to bolster their strategic chances at survival, while new characters will emerge to challenge the balance of power in the east, west, north and south.
Despite the straightforward message, however, many still believe that Snow will make an appearance — a live appearance — on the series. While Harington has denied all of these rumors, only recently confirming that he returned to set to film a couple of scenes in which he played a corpse, fans have refused to give up hope that after five seasons together, their time has come to an end.
Game of Thrones' sixth season premieres April 24 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.