He worst-kept secret in television finally leaked on Monday as HBO and Sky Atlantic released the first promo art for the sixth season of Game of Thrones: a picture of Jon Snow looking suitably haggard, with blood pouring from one eye down his cheek , with the simple caption "APRIL. #GoTSeason6."
The Emmy-winning television show, based on George RR Martin's ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ books, is a sweeping fantasy epic of the battle across seven kingdoms for the Iron Throne.
It is HBO's most-watched series, averaging 20 million viewers per episode this year.
Fan speculation on Jon Snow's fate has ranged from sightings of Harington on set in Ireland to the actor's decision not to cut his shoulder-length brown locks, which have become a trademark of his character.
It is the first time the TV series has officially acknowledged the future of the character, played by British actor Kit Harington, and the poster sent fans on social media into an overdrive.
The ten-episode sixth season will air on HBO in April 2016. HBO confirmed this summer plans for the series to run for at least eight seasons.
..... Devashree Goenka