Game of Thrones season 6 teaser poster shows Jon Snow

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Expect some Snow this winter: Game of Thrones season 6 poster out.

It’s been rumoured for months that Game of Thrones fan favourite Jon Snow – who was apparently killed off at the end of season five – would be making a comeback in the show’s forthcoming sixth season. Actor Kit Harington has been spotted out and about near the show’s Belfast set, and the internet (or at least the Game of Thrones-obsessed part of the internet) has been flooded with stories about the star reportedly filming battle scenes, and leading an army of Northerners to war. HBO’s hit fantasy drama is known for serving up graphic deaths of its lead characters, but when fan favorite Jon Snow was killed off in season 5 finale earlier this year, avid followers speculated every theory and sighting that would bring him back from the dead. Or that Snow’s name has been inexplicably changed to April.) And while those sceptical about Harington’s acting skills might express some doubt, it’s clear the character is meant to be alive in the picture, if not exactly well: he appears to be standing, with his head downcast and blood pouring from his eye.

Gimple also released a statement that was read on Talking Dead after Glenn’s initial fall off that dumpster, and it went a little something like “You will see Glenn again, or parts of Glenn, or maybe all of Glenn, or who knows, nanny nanny boo boo.” (Actual statement: “In some way, we will see Glenn, some version of Glenn, or parts of Glenn again, either in flashback, or in the current story, to help complete the story.”) Another, possibly less likely fan theory suggests that Jon could have learnt to “warg” like his brother Bran, and that he may have transferred his consciousness into his Direwolf, Ghost, in the moments before he died. When he joined the Night’s Watch, Jon’s vow – “I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children; I shall wear no crowns and win no glory; I shall live and die at my post” – meant that he was bound to serve the brotherhood for the rest of his life. 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. The implication is that through his death, Jon may have been freed from his contract, allowing him to leave The Wall, take arms against his family’s enemies and fulfill his true destiny, whatever it may be.

Little slips from fellow cast members in interviews have also fuelled the fire, but HBO and the show’s creators have enjoyed toying with fans, always avoiding the question and keeping Harington out of fan-events. His tragic demise was lamented, but readers of Martin’s books immediately suggested the character could be returning, albeit through otherworldly means.

The Obama administration is expected to formally notify the US Congress of its intention to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan in December as efforts to stop it gather momentum. The notification, many believe, will set into motion a process that guarantees the sale, unless its opponents are able to muster enough votes, and interest in the issue, in Congress.

Earlier reports about the notification, in the run-up to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s US visit in October, were categorically and strenuously rejected by the White House. But the state department, which clears the sale of US military hardware to foreign nations and notifies Congress, said Monday, “We have no specific announcement to make at this time.” Besides, the spokesperson added, “as a matter of policy, we do not comment on foreign military sales until they are formally notified to Congress.” Operative words: “formally notified”. If the answer is no, the sale would stand blocked. “The executive branch has rarely ever gone against congress in such situations,” a congressional source said, adding, “the alternative is a messy showdown no one wants now.” The administration sent Congress something called the Letter Of Offer (LOA), which has been variously described also as “informal notification” or “pre-notification”, in October.

Reports also then suggested, now discounted, that the US was prepared to offer Pakistan a nuclear deal like the one it has with India in return for capping its fast growing nuclear arsenal. The American Jewish Committee, a powerful advocacy group that is known to have supported India and related causes before, has also thrown its substantial weight behind the effort. “Pakistan has too many detractors on the Hill now for the sale to go through, not without a showdown,” one of the congressional aides said.

But Michael Kugelman, a south Asia expert with think tank Woodrow Wilson Center, said the sale will indeed be opposed because of “increasing impatience” with Pakistan. In the end, he argued, the deal will go through because there is growing appreciation of Pakistan’s counter-terrorism efforts in northern Waziristan, under operation Zarb-i-Azb.

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