‘The Walking Dead’ Throws Shade at ‘Game of Thrones’ Over Trolling Teaser Poster

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Back from the dead? Game Of Thrones’ season six poster teases the return of Kit Harington’s Jon Snow.

After months and months of speculations, doubts and theories on Jon Snow’s death, Game of Thrones finally put all confusion to rest when it released the first poster for season 6 on Monday night.

And though many have denied such claims – including co-star Maisie Williams and HBO president Michael Lombardo – the latest poster for the upcoming sixth season seems to tease Snow’s return. 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. Jon, who was last seen sprawled on the ground, bleeding, after his men had turned on him, stabbing him to death in the season five finale, appears to be standing in the poster. The question of how Jon Snow could still be alive has been a major one since the June 14 episode, Mother’s Mercy, in which members of the Night’s Watch betrayed Jon and stabbed him. 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.

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.”) Everything I’ve seen, heard and read, Snow is dead.’ And while chatting on Absolute Radio breakfast show, co-star Maisie said: ‘All the time people are asking me if Jon Snow is alive and the answer is no! 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. The release of the Snow-centric promotional poster comes barely 12 hours after “The Walking Dead,” AMC’s No.1 cable series, revealed the fate of one of its main characters.

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. Spotted nearby as he filmed was a woman who could have been Carice van Houten, who plays The Red Witch Lady Melisandre – who many fans have theorized will bring Jon Snow back to life following his brutal stabbing. 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. Of course it is also possible the star was on set to film flashback scenes, but this new poster from HBO seems to hint that he will be returning in the new season.

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. Many were comparing his character’s situation to that of Jon Snow, as he seemingly suffered a brutal death – by zombies in season six, episode three, Thank You – though the cagey nature in which it was discussed and handled on the after show The Talking Dead as well as by producers and creators had fans not quite convinced. Photographs of Steven on set also spurred questions as to whether Glenn had actually died in the zombie attack, while co-stars and showrunners refused to explicitly answer questions regarding the loss.

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”. However, Sunday’s episode Heads Up confirmed what many had thought – and hoped – which was that the former pizza delivery man had in fact escaped the treacherous situation and made it to safety. 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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