[ SPOILERS AHEAD ]
OK, that’s it. It’s over.
Game of Thrones finally went too far and killed your favorite character.
We mean, what’s the point of even tuning in if you can’t see your crush of crushes Jon Snow?
But hope remains!
We mean, there is a precedent for that kind of thing. *cough*Scandal*cough*
But since the most recent book A Dance With Dragons ended for Jon the same way, fans have had quite a long time to theorize how the North’s best-looking bastard might have survived his attack.
So here it is, the prevailing theory on why Jon Snow isn’t done:
When Bran was injured, his warg powers kicked in. A warg, or skinchanger, is someone who can sort of astral project into the body of another creature. Remember this guy and his bird?
Well in the books, his name is Varamyr Sixskins, and he actually gets his own POV chapter.
The books always begin with prologues from the perspectives of secondary characters right before they’re killed in order to show the reader something important.
At the beginning of Dance, he is dying from wounds he suffered after the battle with the Night’s Watch, and he cheats death by sending himself one last time into the body of a one-eyed wolf.
But as he’s dying he thinks about Jon Snow and his dire wolf Ghost.
Easy. Jon is a warg also. And his dire wolf would make a great second life. From Dance:
“He had known what Snow was the moment he saw that great white direwolf stalking silent at his side. One skinchanger can always sense another. The gift was strong in Snow, but the youth was untaught, still fighting his nature when he should have gloried in it.”
Could Jon have escaped death by jumping into his Ghost?
Still, he couldn’t exactly be the Jon Snow we know and love if he’s just being all wolf-y. We mean, no one would have been Team Jacob if he couldn’t turn back into this.
That’s where it gets interesting.
See, the Lord of Light works in mysterious ways. Not only can the magic birth out killer shadow babies; it also has been shown to resurrect someone who recently died.
Beric Dondarrion got cleaved nearly in half by The Hound and his Red Priest brought him back. In fact, he said he’d brought him back several times.
Now if only Jon Snow knew someone who was into that fiery hocus pocus.
Yup. Melisandre thought her man Stannis was the Azor Ahai, a prophesied champion who is brought back to life among smoke and salt.
In the book, Jon’s wounds smoke (probably steam from the hot blood on the snow) and one of the Night’s Watch cries salty tears as he stabs Jon.
Will Jon Snow actually be this resurrected hero Azor Ahai? In the book, Melisandre actually thinks to herself at one point:
“I pray for a glimpse of Azor Ahai, and R’hllor shows me only Snow.”
And author George R.R. Martin himself, when he was asked about Jon Snow’s death back in 2011 when the book came out said:
“Oh, you think he’s dead, do you? My readers should know better than to take anything as gospel.”
Seeing as the truth about his mother was never revealed, and George clearly thinks that’s one of the most important questions (it’s the only thing he asked show runners Dan Weiss and David Benioff before signing off on the HBO series), he must be planning on continuing that story!
Of course, TV isn’t the same as movies, and actors do move on.
As readers and watchers of The Walking Dead know, sometimes a character survives in the books and dies on TV. And vice versa.
But we hope he’s coming back! We mean, that hair…