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SNOW RESOLUTION: Jon Snow still dead in "Game of Thrones" debut

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 25/04/2016 Nancy Dillon

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It's finally back — in all its gory grandeur.

Sunday's eagerly awaited "Game of Thrones" season-six premiere picked up right where the Machiavellian mayhem left off last year, starting with an overhead shot of Jon Snow's body lying face up in a pool of blood.

The savagely stabbed fan favorite (Kit Harrington) doesn't gasp or become an undead warrior — as characters have in the past on “GoT” — so there's no immediate resolution to the central question plaguing mankind.

Will he or won’t he come back to fight another day?

But we also get a tantalizing twist in what doesn't happen: no one burns or buries the corpse.

Ser Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) hustles the body indoors with a ragtag band of friends. It looks frozen, almost cryogenically preserved, behind a locked door at Castle Black. Snow's trusted direwolf Ghost is standing guard as his armed pals hatch a plan to recruit the rogue Wildings for a fight.

This image released by HBO shows Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in a scene from Game of Thrones. © AP This image released by HBO shows Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in a scene from Game of Thrones. When mystical Melisandre (Carice van Houten) comes knocking, the suspense spikes. She has dark magical powers - surely she can do something here.

But it’s the episode's final scene that is the most gasp-worthy and we won’t ruin it here.

But it’s fair to say that a Snow resurrection sure seems like fair game now.

Elsewhere in the kingdom beloved character Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) is thrust into chaos when he finds the river city entrusted to his care engulfed in flames. Dragons most likely. We don't see nearly enough Tyrion in this first hour, but he clearly has a hot mess on his hands, so it's all very promising.

Elsewhere up north, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) flee across an icy river to escape her sadistic husband Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon). Just as his hounds close in, a sword-swinging hero drops in culminating in the kind of blood-soaked battle “GoT” is famous for.

Back in King's Landing, we’re reacquainted with conniving quieen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey)wjp mourns her dead daughter Myrcella and delivers a somber speech about rotting cadavers that turns into a romantic, inscestuous opening for twin brother Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).

Yuck.

We also get to check in with dragon mom Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) last seen captured by an army of horse-riding warriors.

The episode is devoid of dragons, White Walkers or any dangerous and magical creatures. But it scores some sizeable laughs along with its action and suspense - and we have nine more hours to savor through late June.

Winter may be setting in but the coveted Iron Throne is hot as ever.


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