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Jon Snow alive? New Game of Thrones toy line suggests he's not among the dead

Valar morghulis (TBC)

Christopher Hooton
Monday 27 July 2015 15:50 BST
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(HBO)

A Game of Thrones director might have declared Jon Snow "deader than dead", but goddamnit, the world will grasp at whatever straws you've got by this point.

Rumours of the bastard/possible Targaryen seeing a resurrection in season 6 were refreshed this week with the launch of HBO's official 'Honour The Fallen: The Memoriam Collection ' doll series.

Paying tribute to the many who have fallen so far in Game of Thrones, the collection includes Joffrey, The Hound and Oberyn Martell.

Jon Snow is conspicuous in his absence, especially given that The Hound made the cut even though he was given a similarly potentially open-ended death scene.

This, coupled with the 'BUT KIT HARRINGTON HAD LONG HAIR AT WIMBLEDON!' tidbit don't amount to a hugely convincing argument for Jon's return, especially given his repeated insistence that he has left that show and George R R Martin's fondness for killing beloved characters dead, but if he is brought back from the beyond by Melisandre by or another then there are some exciting prospects for season 6.

The widely discussed fan theory R+L=J puts forward the idea that Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen are Snow’s real mother and father, thus making him Daenerys Targaryen and Ned Stark's nephew and Robb's cousin.

In the books, Ned Stark found Lyanna lying in a bed of blood in the Tower of Joy, which is thought to be a result of childbirth.

Knowing that any child of a Targaryen would be slaughtered by Robert Baratheon, the theory goes that Ned promised Lyanna he would raise the boy as his own, giving Jon the "Snow" surname and protecting his identity by passing him off as his bastard.

Filming for season 6 will be taking place at the Castillo de Zafra in Guadalajara, Spain, a 12th century castle build on top of rocks on a hillside that looks suspiciously Tower of Joy-esque.

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