HBO has finally confirmed that fan-favorite Jon Snow of “Game of Thrones” is really dead.

In a recent interview, HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo has confirmed that the character who died in the season 5 finale will remain dead in season 6.

“Dead is dead. He is dead…Yes, everything I’ve seen, heard and read, Jon Snow is indeed dead,” Lombardo said, quotes USA Today.

Snow, played by Kit Harington, was killed by his comrades at the Night’s Watch at the end of Season 5. However, there were speculations that he may still appear in Season 6.

Lombardo, speaking at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, also revealed that they are looking for at least eight seasons for “GoT,” USA Today noted.

Lombardo told the television critics, “Seven and out was never in the conversation. The question is how much beyond the seventh season we’re going to do. I think the creators feel like there are maybe two more seasons after 6. I’d love to change their minds, but that’s what they’re thinking right now.”

The fantasy-drama hit concluded its fifth season this year and is set to kick off season 6 late March or early April next year.

“GoT” Executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have said they were only interested in making seven seasons.

When asked about a possible prequel, Lombardo said he is open to anything the production want to do and HBO would certainly consider a prequel, LA Times reported.

“I would be open to anything Dan and David want to do. It really would depend fully on what they want to do…. There’s enormous storytelling to be mined in a prequel. We haven’t had any conversations,” he said.

He also defended the level of violence, including sexual violence, in the last season, saying “Violence has been one of its threads from the beginning…I don’t think any showrunners are more conscious of not stepping over the line, where they feel the line is. I fully support them creatively.”

“Game of Thrones” has garnered 20 million viewers per episode including DVR and various other digital replays, says New York Daily News.