How many times do we have to be told that Jon Snow is dead before we believe it?
HBO programming president Michael Lombardo managed to say the word ‘dead’ five times in three sentences when he was asked whether Game of Thrones was toying with our broken, bloody hearts.
“Dead is dead is dead,” Lombardo said. “He be dead. Um, yes. Everything I’ve seen, heard and read, Jon Snow is indeed dead.”
Ah, but what about the Kit Harington sightings in Belfast, the mysterious Spanish towers, the suspiciously long Snow-esque hair and the assurances from a gen-u-ine Red Priestess that dear Jon can’t be KIA?
This is the conspiracy that just won’t die.
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom from the HBO boss: Lombardo hinted that he would be open to a Game Of Thrones prequel that went back to explore George RR Martin’s world in (even) more depth.
“I would be open to anything that [showrunners] Dan [Weiss] and David [Benioff] wanted to do – about Game of Thrones, or any subject matter,” Lombardo said at the Television Critics Association press tour. “It really would depend fully on what they wanted to do.
“There’s enormous storytelling to be mined in a prequel, if George and Dan and David decide they want to tackle that. At this point, all the focus is on the next few years of the show.”