'Game of Thrones' Season Six Full Trailer Answers the Jon Snow Question

Game of Thrones Heros 9 - H 2016
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Game of Thrones Heros 9 - H 2016

Fans itching to know whether Jon Snow is dead or alive, look no further than the full trailer for Game of Thrones season six for the answer. 

HBO on Tuesday released the best look yet at the new season of Thrones, in a trailer that starts off with the bad news right up front: Jon Snow is indeed very, very dead.

"He's gone," Davos Seaworth says as the camera swoops down upon Castle Black, landing on Jon's bloody body still lying exactly where we last saw him in season five. There's no bait-and-switch, either, as his lifeless corpse is glimpsed a few more times throughout the trailer, his dire wolf Ghost right at his side.

"I've never been much of a fighter," Davos says at the end of the trailer, as he pulls Jon's Valyrian steel sword, Longclaw, from its sheath, standing beside the fallen Lord Commander's body. "Apologies for what you're about to see."

No apologies necessary, given the bountiful amount of information contained throughout the trailer, if only on a visual level: Bran Stark and the Night's King, ruler of the White Walkers, are seen side by side at one point, for example, in a moment that's sure to stoke the fires of fan speculation over the next several weeks.

In another scene, Jorah Mormont and Daario Naharis ride out to the countryside outside of Meereen, discovering Daenerys Targaryen's abandoned ring in the great grass sea. Dany herself is seen walking among impoverished individuals; has the Breaker of Chains been enslaved by the Dothraki, or worse?

Meanwhile, in King's Landing, the High Sparrow's Faith Militant army makes their move against Cersei Lannister and her brutish companion, Ser Robert Strong — the new alias of Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane. 

"Order your man to step aside," says Lancel Lannister, "or there will be violence."

Cersei, her hair shorn but her smirk sharp as ever, replies: "I choose violence."

The violence of the Seven Kingdoms invades the real world on April 24 when Game of Thrones returns — and even though Jon Snow will be a cold corpse in that moment, it's not too late to hope for the Lord Commander's eventual return.