LOS ANGELES • Fans desperate to know the fate of Game Of Thrones hero Jon Snow seem to have their answer in a new trailer released on Tuesday - and it is not looking good for the felled warrior.
Snow, played by British actor Kit Harington, was stabbed by mutinous followers at the end of Season 5, sparking months of debate on social media about whether he had really met his end.
HBO's first full Season 6 trailer opens and closes with what appears to be a lifeless Snow where he was left, his body lying prone in a puddle of his own blood.
"He's gone," says knight Davos Seaworth, as a plaintive cover of Chris Isaak's Wicked Game plays. The 100-second whistle-stop tour through the fictional continent of Westeros offers a smorgasbord of violence, gore, semi-nudity, glimpses of several future storylines and more violence.
The action swoops down to King's Landing, where an army is moving against ousted royal Cersei Lannister and her companion Gregor Clegane - the brutal warrior otherwise known as The Mountain.
"Order your man to step aside, or there will be violence," commands Cersei's cousin Lancel Lannister. "I choose violence," Cersei replies, smirking from beneath newly shorn hair.
As the trailer ends, Davos says: "I've never been much of a fighter. Apologies for what you're about to see", unsheathing Snow's sword as he stands over the warlord's body.
Reports that Harington was spotted on the set of Season 6, to premiere next month April, fuelled speculation of Snow's return.The new footage will do little to end speculation among the Emmy- winning show's legion of fans that he will somehow pull through.