HBO just dropped some big news about Game of Thrones, and it’s leaving the show’s hardcore fans pretty upset, to say the least. At the network’s Television Critics Association’s panel this week, HBO exec Michael Lombardo answered two major questions about the beloved series: how long will GoT run and — even more pressing — is Jon Snow really dead?
Let’s get to the almighty Snow situation first. Since his death, there’s been a ton of speculation over whether the favorite character is truly gone for good. Well, sorry to break it to all the Snow survivalists out there, but it looks like the answer is yes. Lombardo basically broke hearts and crushed dreams everywhere when he confirmed that all that wishful thinking for Snow’s return is just that.
“Dead is dead is dead. He be dead. Yes. Everything I’ve seen, heard and read, he is dead,” he said, per The Wrap. Yikes.
Needless to say, GoT fans are not pleased with the news. In fact, the reaction on Twitter has been intense. Some viewers are sad:
Sometimes I think about Jon snow and then I get sad
— maree (@honeymoonliam) July 31, 2015
The day I stop watching the Jon snow vines will be a free day
— pw (@katie_pw) July 31, 2015
Some are downright denying it:
NO. You know nothing, Michael Lombardo. https://t.co/kyIfUeyZAp
— Angelie アンジェリ (@crazyangelie) July 31, 2015
But the best reactions? Those who are convinced Lombardo’s statement has zero indication of Snow’s actual fate on the show, and that HBO is just avoiding answering the real question.
@NatalieAbrams Sure, but dead doesn't mean he's not ambulatory (or can't resurrect), especially in Westeros …
— Travis M Andrews (@travismandrews) July 30, 2015
The problem with the “Jon Snow is dead” question is that everybody agrees he IS dead. The question is “Will Jon Snow be resurrected.” #TCA15
— Todd VanDerWerff (@tvoti) July 31, 2015
Jon Snow is dead. It doesn't mean he'll stay that way, however. pic.twitter.com/8lb4eBvRBa
— Jace Lacob (@televisionary) July 30, 2015
We’ll have to stay tuned to see who’s telling the truth: Lombardo or the Snow death deniers. Either way, it looks like there’ll be lots of time for shocking deaths and conspiracy theories. Lombardo also revealed that GoT will likely run through Season 8 — less than the 10 that he originally said he was aiming for, but more than enough for plenty more action and surprises (and according to many, maybe even the revival of Snow).