HBO confirm Jon Snow is dead in ‘Game Of Thrones’ S6 premiere

US station preview first episode ahead of April 24 premiere

HBO has clarified that Game Of Thrones character Jon Snow is definitely dead in the first episode of the show’s sixth season.

Game Of Thrones returns on April 24, with Sky Atlantic airing the episodes in the UK. Ahead of that premiere a brief synopsis has been made available for the first episode.

The synopsis reads: “Jon Snow is dead. Daenerys meets a strong man. Cersei sees her daughter again.”

The episode is titled ‘The Red Woman’ and fans have speculated online that the “strong man” Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys meets could well be Strong Belwas, a popular character from George R.R. Martin’s novels who has yet to appear on screen.

‘The Red Woman’ is written by showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weisd, who recently promised that S6 is “the best yet” and contains the biggest battle scene to date.

With the show set to return to screens in the US and UK on April 24, fans are split between avoiding spoilers and actively trying to work out what the new episodes will bring. A number of spoilers have leaked ahead of S6, most recently when Ian McShane talked about the fate of his character after joining the cast for the new episodes.

McShane is not the only cast member to give away secrets this year. Sophie Turner revealed that her character Sansa Stark won’t be killed off in the series while Emilia Clarke may have revealed the fate of character Jon Snow at a recent awards ceremony.