There’s a pretty good chance that ‘Game of Thrones’ fans are still in shock over the death of Jon Snow at the end of season five. From the minute that credits rolled on that episode, fan theories were already being formulated to explain how the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch survived multiple stab wounds sustained during the mutiny. But no matter how much the showrunners or star Kit Harington would declare that the character is gone, fans held out hope, especially when the actor was spotted close to where the upcoming season was being filmed. Now, we have yet another person in the know debunking the possibility of Snow still being alive.

Deadline reports that during a presentation at a convention center in Edinburgh, Scotland earlier this week, HBO Executive Vice President of Programming Michael Ellenberg drove yet another nail into the coffin of Jon Snow when he declared once again that the character “is absolutely dead”. This comment was met with audible gasps before the executive went on to discuss the show’s critical acclaim and international success.

Before you completely freak out, consider this: Ellenberg, the showrunners, and Harington never said that Jon Snow wasn’t coming back to life. As all the theories mention, the Red Woman Melisandre is present at Castle Black. We’ve seen that the priestess has mysterious powers already, so could resurrection be among them? Time will definitely tell, but Jon Snow fans certainly hope so.

Do you think that Jon Snow is really and truly dead after the events of the ‘Game of Thrones’ season five finale? If he is, do you think that there’s a chance that he could return from the dead and play a part in the upcoming season? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section.