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Game of Thrones season 6 release date: has HBO just confirmed that Jon Snow is alive and returning in April?

Published 23/11/2015

Jon Snow teaser: Some Game of Thrones fans suggested that Snow will be resurrected by Melisandre
Jon Snow teaser: Some Game of Thrones fans suggested that Snow will be resurrected by Melisandre

Everything looks set for Jon Snow's much-debated return to Game of Thrones after the show's official Twitter feed posted a photo of actor Kit Harington in character with a bloodied face.

Not supine and glassy-eyed on the snow either.

Simply captioned 'April' in a clear reference to the season six air date fans have been waiting for, the picture is dark, moody, and incredibly exciting.

Jon Snow was last seen looking decidedly dead after being stabbed by his own Night's Watch comrades for being a "traitor" during the epic Battle of Hardhome in the season five finale and since then, there has been a ton of hype surrounding what this could mean for the future storyline.

There were rumours abound over whether or not the much-loved character would make a comeback, before Harington was later spotted on set in Northern Ireland in costume, all but confirming that he was still be taking part in the HBO show.

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"Let’s just say that Game of Thrones will remain a part of my life for a while, I’ll probably be in my thirties when it’s over," he said in September.

It remains unknown what this news might mean, with some fans suggesting that Snow will be resurrected by Melisandre, but will lose a piece of his soul in the process. It will almost certainly involve magic of some kind, as he was stabbed numerous times by his fellow Night's Watch members.

Actress Maisie Williams who play's Arya Stark in filming at Carnlough. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Actress Maisie Williams who play's Arya Stark in filming at Carnlough. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
HBO's TV show Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams who play's Arya Stark pictured getting into the water during filming at Carnlough, in Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
HBO's TV show Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams who play's Arya Stark pictured getting into the water during filming at Carnlough, in Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
HBO's TV show Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams who play's Arya Stark pictured getting into the water during filming at Carnlough, in Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
HBO's TV show Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams who play's Arya Stark pictured getting into the water during filming at Carnlough, in Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
HBO's TV show Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams who play's Arya Stark pictured getting into the water during filming at Carnlough, in Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
HBO's TV show Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams who play's Arya Stark pictured getting into the water during filming at Carnlough, in Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
HBO's TV show Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams who play's Arya Stark pictured getting into the water during filming at Carnlough, in Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
HBO's TV show Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams who play's Arya Stark pictured getting into the water during filming at Carnlough, in Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Game of Thrones fans, the Preziotti family from Washington D.C, USA walk along Strangford Lough on a Game of Thrones tour trail on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Lead Game of Thrones Winterfell tour instructor William Kells waits for the next tourist group to arrive at Castle ward on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Game of Thrones Magheramorne quarry film set which doubles as 'Castle Black' on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Game of Thrones tourists take photographs of one another as they visit a beech tree lined road known locally as The Dark Hedges on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Game of Thrones fans are given archery lessons similar to that seen on the television programme on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Lead Game of Thrones tour instructor William Kells prepares to 'behead' a tourist as part of the Winterfell experience at Castle Ward on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Adam Morrison from the Winterfell Tour hangs up Game of Thrones costumes on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
The Game of Thrones Magheramorne quarry film set which doubles as 'Castle Black' on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Lead Game of Thrones tour instructor William Kells prepares to 'behead' a tourist as part of the Winterfell experience at Castle Ward on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
A tour tram drives past the Titanic film studios on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Costumed Game of Thrones fans walk towards Audleys Castle as they enjoy a themed tour trail on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Lead Game of Thrones Winterfell tour instructor William Kells interacts with tourists at Castle Ward on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Game of Thrones tourists take photographs of one another as they visit a beech tree lined road known locally as The Dark Hedges on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - AUGUST 13: A Game of Thrones bike trail bicycle awaits the next group of tourists at Castle Ward on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. According to recent audited figures from Northern Ireland Screen, the HBO produced fantasy adventure television series Game of Thrones has contributed an estimated £110m to the Northern Ireland economy. Many local companies have profited from providing services during production creating more than 900 full-time and 5,700 part-time jobs in the process. Due to the popularity of the series various locations highlighted on screen have become tourist attractions around the province. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - AUGUST 13: A display case featuring some of the costume jewellery used in the Game of Thrones television show as made by Steensons jewellers in Glenarm on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. According to recent audited figures from Northern Ireland Screen, the HBO produced fantasy adventure television series Game of Thrones has contributed an estimated £110m to the Northern Ireland economy. Many local companies have profited from providing services during production creating more than 900 full-time and 5,700 part-time jobs in the process. Due to the popularity of the series various locations highlighted on screen have become tourist attractions around the province. Steensons jewellers, a local business, make the costume jewellery for characters to wear on screen and are now licensed to sell a replica range of items to the public. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - AUGUST 13: A woman takes a photograph of her son dressed in a Game of Thrones costume at Castle Ward on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. According to recent audited figures from Northern Ireland Screen, the HBO produced fantasy adventure television series Game of Thrones has contributed an estimated £110m to the Northern Ireland economy. Many local companies have profited from providing services during production creating more than 900 full-time and 5,700 part-time jobs in the process. Due to the popularity of the series various locations highlighted on screen have become tourist attractions around the province. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - AUGUST 13: A Game of Thrones tourist dressed in costume walks along a beech tree lined road known locally as The Dark Hedges on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. According to recent audited figures from Northern Ireland Screen, the HBO produced fantasy adventure television series Game of Thrones has contributed an estimated £110m to the Northern Ireland economy. Many local companies have profited from providing services during production creating more than 900 full-time and 5,700 part-time jobs in the process. Due to the popularity of the series various locations highlighted on screen have become tourist attractions around the province. The Dark Hedges doubled for the Kings Road in series two and featured major character Arya Stark played by actress Maisie Williams. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
A Game of Thrones fan visits a tree lined road known as The Dark Hedges on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Game of Thrones tourists Kevin Recher (L) and Kathrin Trattner (R) from Austria pose for photographs at Audleys Castle on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
A close up of a Game of Thrones tour guide's costume and sword in Strangford on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Lead Game of Thrones tour instructor William Kells 'beheads' a tourist as part of the Winterfell experience at Castle Ward on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
A Game of Thrones fan takes a 'selfie' beside a plaque at Ballintoy Harbour on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
A display case featuring some of the costume jewellery used in the Game of Thrones television show as made by Steensons jewellers in Glenarm on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Game of Thrones Film Location - Iron Islands - Ballintoy
Game of Thrones film location - Stranocum Dark Hedges - Ballymoney
Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams
Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin
Sansa Stark and Ramsay Bolton in Game of Thrones season five
Replica of the Game of Thrones dragon eggs
Secret service: Peter Firth, who reprises his role as Harry, with co-star Kit Harington, of Game of Thrones fame
Game of Thrones is the biggest TV production to be filmed in Northern Ireland
The aftermath of the chaos caused by White Walkers in Belfast's Custom House Square, where the fountains have been frozen solid.
03rd June 2015 ?William Cherry/Presseye The aftermath of the chaos caused by White Walkers in Belfasts Custom House Square, where the fountains have been frozen solid. Big things continue to happen around Northern Ireland with Games of Thrones spilling out into the real world, where the hit TV series is filmed. Its all part of Tourism Irelands latest campaign, created in partnership with HBO to showcase Northern Ireland around the world. Over the past few weeks, Tourism Ireland has been organising a series of Game of Thrones-themed stunts with fantastical props from the hit TV series appearing in surprising locations around Belfast and Northern Ireland. Further information: Elaine Moore/Clair Balmer, Tourism Ireland Tel: 07766 527719 Sinead Doyle, MCE Tel: 07912 059230
The aftermath of the chaos caused by White Walkers in Belfast's Custom House Square, where the fountains have been frozen solid.
The aftermath of the chaos caused by White Walkers in Belfast's Custom House Square, where the fountains have been frozen solid.
The aftermath of the chaos caused by White Walkers in Belfast's Custom House Square, where the fountains have been frozen solid.
The aftermath of the chaos caused by White Walkers in Belfast's Custom House Square, where the fountains have been frozen solid.
The aftermath of the chaos caused by White Walkers in Belfast's Custom House Square, where the fountains have been frozen solid.
The aftermath of the chaos caused by White Walkers in Belfast's Custom House Square, where the fountains have been frozen solid.
The aftermath of the chaos caused by White Walkers in Belfast's Custom House Square, where the fountains have been frozen solid.
The aftermath of the chaos caused by White Walkers in Belfast's Custom House Square, where the fountains have been frozen solid.
The aftermath of the chaos caused by White Walkers in Belfast's Custom House Square, where the fountains have been frozen solid.
Prime Minister David Cameron during a visit to the Titanic Studios in Belfast, where they saw the film sets for the TV drama Game of Thrones. Photo: Stefan Rousseau

An exact air date for season six is yet to be revealed but the good news is, you don't need to wait until May as previously thought!

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