By James Hibberd
July 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT

The director of some of Game of Thrones‘ biggest episodes recently met President Obama. 

And the leader of the free world had one question for him: Is Jon Snow really dead?

“Three weeks ago, I was the in the company of the President of the United States,” acclaimed director David Nutter told EW at Comic-Con on Friday (video of the interview below). “He turned to me, put his hand on my shoulder, and said, ‘You didn’t kill Jon Snow did you?'”

It’s the question every fan wants to know, and apparently Obama is quite the fan, telling Nutter that season 3’s notorious Red Wedding episode is his favorite.

So what did Nutter say?

“I said, ‘Jon Snow is deader than dead,'” the director recalls. “I thought I was going to be sent to Guantanamo or something, but fortunately I’m here — but he’s dead.” 

Nutter added that Obama also complained, “You keep killing off my favorite characters.” 

Kit Harington, who plays Snow, has also proclaimed the character died in the season 5 finale, but many fans are doubtful that he’s really gone. Harington is skipping Comic-Con this year — and so are the Game of Thrones showrunners. 

More from the Game of Thrones team at Comic-Con:

— Game of Thrones cast questioned about female violence at Comic-Con

— Nutter confirmed to us (somewhat more convincingly) that Stannis Baratheon is also dead.

— Awesome Game of Thrones audition reel released online

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