Sorry, “Game of Thrones” fans: Jon Snow is not just dead, he’s really dead.
At least, that’s according to HBO executive Michael Lombardo, who asserted this week that the "GoT" protagonist is -- yes, that’s right -- 100 percent not alive.
“Dead is dead is dead. He be dead. Yes. Everything I’ve seen, heard and read, he is dead,” Lombardo said on Thursday during the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, per The Wrap.
Lombardo’s words echo those of the show’s producers who said that when it comes to Snow, dead is indeed dead.
“We would hope that after seeing the scene and the way it’s shot that the answer to that will be unambiguous in the minds of the people watching it,” showrunner Dan Weiss told Entertainment Weekly, referring to season five’s final bloody scene. “It should be pretty clear what happens in by the time you’re done seeing that scene. It’s not an, ‘Oh what just happened scene?’”
Despite these crystal clear pronouncements of Snow's indubitable demise, fans haven't been able to stop themselves from speculating about how the character might still make a comeback.
“There are some who won't believe, because maybe Jon Snow could come back as, I dunno, a White Walker, or an abominable snowman or a cloud shaped like a rabbit. A dead person could -- in a land of black magic and dragons -- be resurrected,” Katie Hasty wrote on HitFix.com.
On Wednesday, Variety poured fuel on the flames when it reported sightings of Kit Harington, the actor who played Snow, in Belfast where “Game of Thrones” is currently being filmed.
“Jon Snow Is Still Hanging Around the Game of Thrones Set for Fun? If You Say So,” the headline read.
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CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misspelled Michael Lombardo's name. It has since been corrected.
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