The question of whether or not popular Game of Thrones character Jon Snow is actually dead has been tormenting fans ever since the bloody season five finale.
Snow's death was just one of many in the episode 'Mother's Mercy' but it was the most shocking, coming quickly and gruesomely as it did with Snow being stabbed to death by a gang of Night's Watchmen.
However, many fans have been debating the finality of the 'death', suggesting that the character may still be alive, or saved by the priestess Melisandre. Reddit has been hopping all week with theories.
Of course, ever since Sean Bean's character came a cropper just a couple of episodes into season one, fans know that any character may die at any point, not that that knowledge makes it any easier to cope.
However, director David Nutter has clarified the situation and read no further if you'd rather not know the absolute truth...
In an interview with Variety, he said, "I can say emphatically that Jon Snow is definitely dead.
“Kit Harington is just a great guy and Kit was sad to leave the crew. It’s an emotional feeling as well. But I felt it was important to set up the sequence as quickly as possible so you didn’t expect it or wait for it. I didn’t want it to linger. I wanted it to catch you by surprise.
“My concern was to take care of Jon Snow, and he's now deader than dead.”
Kit (28) also told Entertainment Weekly, "“I’ve been told I’m dead. I’m dead. I’m not coming back next season. So that’s all I can tell you, really."
While Snow's fate in the books is a little more ambiguous, Nutter adds, “I have not read the books. As a director, the scripts have to be my bible. That's the only thing the audience will ever have. So I have to translate them as a director. What's in the books or not in the books, I can't concern myself with.”
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