If you’re like us, you’ve been holding out hope — that is, feverishly piecing together any possible theory
we can muster to make it so — that the future of Jon Snow will be long
and fruitful, even despite the fact that he was brutally taken down
Julius Caesar-style to close out “Game of Thrones” Season 5’s season finale. (Et tu, Olly?)
But according to HBO exec Michael Lombardino, all the Snow
survivalists of the world are in for a rude awakening when Season 6 does
Lombardino spoke at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour Thursday (July 30) night, and, as reported by The Wrap, told the audience that all that wishful thinking is for naught.
“Dead is dead is dead. He be dead. Yes. Everything I’ve seen, heard
and read, he is dead,” said Lombardino of the character’s bloody fate.
But before you get too worked up about this statement, there
are STILL a few glass-half-full-ers who can see a little loophole
lurking in the seemingly ironclad statement he just made. These two
tweeters, for instance, think that the question shouldn’t have been
whether Jon Snow is currently dead but whether he will remain dead throughout the forthcoming season. Oooooooh.
The question isn’t whether Jon Snow is dead. It’s whether Jon Snow is going to STAY dead. It is #GameofThrones; some dead can be revived.
— David S. Cohen (@Variety_DSCohen) July 30, 2015
Jon Snow is dead. It doesn’t mean he’ll stay that way, however. pic.twitter.com/8lb4eBvRBa
— Jace Lacob (@televisionary) July 30, 2015
We like the way these guys think. After all, we’ve still got the Red
Witch lurking around Castle Black now, and the White Walker
transformation theory is still left intact by this news. So, even though
the HBO boss tried to blast our emotions all the way to the Gulf of
Grief, we’re not giving up.
And guess what else? It looks like we have a few more years to look
forward to show from the show, too (this we will choose to believe,
Lombardino said that ideally, the show will make it to a solid eight seasons.
“Obviously we’re shooting season six now, hopefully discussing
seven,” he explained. “I think their feeling is we’re looking at two
more seasons after six. I’m hoping they’ll change their minds, but
that’s what we’re looking at right now.”
Also of interest? A potential prequel, which hellooooo Targaryens.
“I’m open to anything Dan [Benioff] and David [Weiss] would want to do,”
he said, “but no conversations yet.” We are SO in.