As the summer draws to a close so too does one of its biggest, most torturous back-and-forth debates, it would seem. Since the June season five finale closed with Jon Snow left for dead, everyone from book fans who've known about the twist for years to Barack Obama has weighed in on whether Game of Thrones would actually be so insane as to kill off one of its most crucial characters halfway through its story. Everyone involved with HBO and the series has more or less stuck to the same story: Jon's dead. But eagle-eyed fans keep catching Kit Harrington blatantly close to Thrones filming locations, even using his still intact Snow-locks as proof that the long-haired hero will live to fight another ice zombie. Well, Kit's latest interview seems to close the book on the debate: Jon's alive. Read his exchange with Belgian magazine Humo below:

“…I had to pass on amazing parts because I was attached to Game of Thrones. So the show is like a double-edged sword to me: I owe a lot to it, but at the same time it has almost completely drained me. Oh well, I try not to think about it too much. The important thing is that I now know exactly how long I am still under contract, and in the meantime –”

How many more seasons would that be?
“Nice try [laughs]. I can’t talk about that. Let’s just say that Game of Thrones will remain a part of my life for a while, I’ll probably be in my 30s when it’s over. One thing’s for sure: the day I’m no longer on Thrones is the day I’ll bury myself in movie projects [laughs].”

For the record, Kit Harrington is currently 28, going on 29. But, perhaps both he and his HBO watch commanders are telling the truth. Maybe Kit's continued involvement doesn't necessarily mean Jon isn't dead, per se. Anyone who's seen the last season of LOST will catch my drift, word to John Locke. But I haven't even read the book series, so what do I know?