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Is Jon Snow alive? Kit Harington pictured arriving in Belfast, fueling Game of Thrones fans' hopes

By Claire Cromie

It seems Kit Harington may be one big walking spoiler.

The Game of Thrones actor has been spotted arriving in Northern Ireland by an eagle-eyed fan, fuelling the rumours Jon Snow may not be dead after all:

Kit and his man-bun were pictured strolling through the airport by fan Twitter page Watchers On The Wall.

The star had been on a flight from London to Belfast, the home of Game of Thrones production, with Tom Wlaschiha who plays the mysterious Jaqen H’ghar. 

Of course he may just be visiting friends or taking in the sights he missed during filming, since we know he loves Belfast so much...

But we'd rather think he's returning to film Season 6.

Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams, and Sophie Turner have all been spotted in the city as they return for the read-throughs for the upcoming season.

Producers left us with an excruciating cliff-hanger at the end of Season 5 when Jon Snow was knifed in a mutiny at the Wall.

He was seen bleeding to death on the snow, but those of us too horrified to accept the demise of our favourite character have been in denial ever since.

Surely the arrival of Melisandre just before his apparent death means he will be saved or resurrected, we reassured ourselves.

And so began the ever-hopeful hashtag, #JonSnowLives.

Fan theories, in particular R+L=J,  have gone into overdrive after HBO confirmed it will be filming scenes for Season 6 at Castillo de Zafra in Guadalajara, Spain, a 12th century castle which could be the setting for the Tower of Joy.

#HairWatch brought speculation that Kit Harington's hair was the biggest clue to his character's fate - the actor had previously said he couldn't wait to cut off Jon Snow's long locks once he was axed from Game Of Thrones.

But while it serves as a shred of hope, the weights on the 'Jon Snow is dead' side of the scales are made of solid lead.

Kit Harrington said himself: "I had a sit-down with Dan and David (Weiss and Benioff, the creators), we did the Tony Soprano walk [letting an actor know they’re being whacked]. And they said, "Look, you’re gone, it’s done.""

"Quite honestly, I have never been told the future of things in this show, but this is the one time I have. They sat me down and said, "This is how it is." If anything in the future is not like that, then I don’t know about it – it’s only in David and Dan and George’s heads. But 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.

And director David Nutter, who helmed the Season 5 finale, said: "I can say emphatically that Jon Snow is definitely dead."

Case closed?

Maybe Harington needs to be filmed as Jon dying over and over again, or for a flashback.

Or perhaps it's all a stunt to stoke this precise debate...

Either way, it sounds like the next series is going to be a real treat. Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, has read the scripts and said it will go from "shocking moment to shocking moment".

Fans are well used to shocks although Season 5 was criticised in some quarters for lagging a little at times. Not so season 6, says Clarke.

"This season coming up, that we’re about to film, there’s none of that," she told the Los Angeles Times.

"It’s just go, go, go, go. Shocking moment to shocking moment. Epic moment to epic moment. It’s mental; it’s epic. And definitely Dany’s a part of it."

We can't wait.

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