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MASSIVE, MASSIVE SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEK’S EPISODE OF GAME OF THRONES. If you haven’t seen it yet, turn away now. Do not watch this video. Okay? Okay.
So. Jon Snow. What the fuck.
Now, this is another one of those things that has been known by book readers for many years. This is the ending of A Dance with Dragons, the fifth book in A Song of Ice and Fire, which came out in 2011. So that’s four years we’ve known this was coming.
I can hear you, right now, on the other side of that computer screen, screaming about how unfair it is, and screaming that you’re so done with Game of Thrones, because the show just hurts you over and over again.
And I can sympathize. Trust me. I can totally, totally sympathize with that. But let me toss a few factoids your way, as well as some fan conspiracy theories that might make you feel just a little bit better.
The very first piece of information is, I think, the most important, and that is that Kit Harrington, the actor who plays Jon Snow, has already renegotiated his contract and is signed on to continue playing Jon Snow through Game of Thrones Season 7, at a significant pay raise.
So. It’s hard for me to imagine that he’s been hired for two more years, and at a pay increase, no doubt, if he’s…you know…not going to be in the show. Or just going to be a corpse.
Maybe HBO wants to pay him MORE to lay around episode after episode as a dead body than they wanted to pay him to be, you know, alive, but I don’t think so.
Okay, so let’s go on the assumption that he is, in fact, going to survive being Caesar’ed by his brothers in the Night’s Watch. Let’s take a look at the story and see how this might come about.
In the book A Dance with Dragons, the book literally ends with Jon being stabbed and falling into the snow. That’s it. His world goes black.
So for many years, readers, myself included, thought that maybe he just…survived. That he woke up with multiple stab wounds, but under the care of his brothers, who fought and defeated the Night’s Watchmen who stabbed Jon.
In this scenario, Jon simply has to undergo a long healing process and then resumes his normal duties with everything kind of back to normal.
However, the show put paid to that option. The last shot is very clearly a dead Jon Snow. Not breathing. Not moving. Eyes open and staring sightlessly up into the sky.
So if he’s not fine, and he’s not going to wake up and heal, what are our other options?
The second option is that he’ll rise again as a Wight, or ice zombie, the way all the Wildlings did at Hardhome two episodes ago.
I think this one’s pretty unlikely. Most people agree that only the White Walkers themselves can raise new Wights, and I don’t see one of the White Walkers getting his hands on Jon Snow inside of Castle Black.
Besides that, there’s the whole R+L=J theory that I talked about a few weeks ago after Episode Six.
It seems pretty clear that Jon is eventually going to come into his own as a half-Stark, half-Targaryen, and it’s hard to do that when you’re an ice zombie.
The third and final option, and the one that’s currently favored, based on what’s happened in both the show AND the books, is that Melisandre raises Jon from the dead.
Do you remember Beric Dondarrion? The guy in that fire cave that the Hound killed way back in Season 3? This guy right here?
You might also remember that that wasn’t the first time Beric Dondarrion died, and it wasn’t the last, either. The Lord of Light resurrected him multiple times, acting through his servant, Thoros of Myr.
Thoros of Myr is a servant of the Lord of Light, just like Melisandre. In fact when Melisandre met him in Season 3 and found out he’d resurrected Beric Dondarrion six times, she was shocked because Thoros shouldn’t have had that kind of power.
But you know who SHOULD have that kind of power? Melisandre. Who just happened to arrive at Castle Black, right before the Night’s Watch made a Jon Snow kebab.
Hee hee hee.
Regardless, Fans of Thrones, it’s all but completely certain that we’re going to be seeing Jon Snow again in Season Six of the show. I know that last scene was incredibly painful, but…you know. Have faith. The show’s done SO much to deserve it.
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