Examining The Evidence: Is Jon Snow From ‘Game Of Thrones’ Dead Or Alive?

The sixth season of Game of Thrones is still a few months away, but considering HBO has already started releasing posters and teasers and such, this feels as good a time as any to go back and examine the most important question coming out of the fifth season: Did Jon Snow really die in that big finale cliffhanger, or was it all just smoke and mirrors meant to throw us off? There’s been plenty of speculation, testimony, and circumstantial evidence in both directions in the months since the episode aired, so what we’re going to do here is round up a bunch of it to make the case for and against Jon Snow being dead, with the hope of making sense of it all. Let’s see if we can’t get to the bottom of this sucker.


  • Kit Harington said he’s dead: “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.”
  • Kit Harington kind of cut his hair.
  • The one director told President Obama Jon Snow is dead. “Deader than dead,” to be specific.
  • Deader than dead is pretty dead.
  • Maisie Williams said he’s dead: ” We saw [Jon] get stabbed a lot in the chest, like, I think that’s pretty clear.”
  • She’s right, he did get stabbed a lot in the chest.
  • People who get stabbed a lot in the chest often die.
  • He looked pretty dead.
  • Game of Thrones has a long history of killing off main characters, so it’s not like it would be totally unreasonable for them to kill off Jon Snow.
  • I feel like Maisie Williams wouldn’t lie to us?


  • Nah.
  • Come on.
  • Come on, Game of Thrones.
  • Get outta here with all that.
  • We saw Kit Harington at the one airport!
  • And on the set!
  • And he said all that stuff!
  • And what about the fan theory thing y’all nodded toward heavily last season?
  • Come on, guys.
  • He’s totally alive.
  • Unless, like, he is dead and you just had him out there filming flashbacks and dream sequences or something.
  • Or maybe he’s a zombie?
  • Game of Throooooones. Did you make Jon Snow a zombie?
  • Be honest.
  • Look at me, Game of Thrones.
  • Did you?

VERDICT: Jon Snow is definitely alive. Unless he’s dead. Or a zombie. I’m glad we’ve settled this.