Game of Thrones: When Will It End? Is Jon Snow Dead?

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Well... is he or isn't he?!?

This was the main question thrown at Michael Lombardo - President of HBO Programming - on Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.

It is a reference, of course, to Jon Snow and the final scene of Game of Thrones Season 5.

Dead Jon Snow? - Game of Thrones

Has the hero really taken his final breath?

"He be dead. Yes," Lombardo replied. "From everything I’ve seen, heard and read, Jon Snow is dead."

Of course, with most fans believing Snow will be resurrected (by Melisandre?) in some form, a better question might be this:

Will he remain dead?

Lombardo also touched upon a potential Game of Thrones end date.

It has been assumed for awhile, mainly because showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss has openly stated it as their intention, that the series would wrap up after Season 7.

HOWEVER...

“[The producers are] feeling like there’s probably two more years after six,” Lombardo said. “I would love for them to change their minds, but that’s what we’re looking at right now.”

In conclusion, Lombardo also teased a potential follow-up series.

"I would be open to anything [the producers] want to do. There’s enormous storytelling to be mined in a prequel."

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Tyrion: Let me give you some advice bastard. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.
Jon: What the hell do you know about being a bastard?
Tyrion: All dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes.

I will hurt you for this. A day will come when you think you are safe and happy, and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth. And you will know the debt is paid.

Tyrion Lannister