Now that, you know, his watch has ended.
*SPOILERS FOR GAME OF THRONES SEASON 5 AND POSSIBLY SEASON 6*
The question on everyone’s minds since Game of Thrones season 5 ended with the camera pulling away from Jon Snow bleeding out on the snow. Sure, Snow got turned into modern day Julius Ceaser-esque pin cushion courtesy of his traitorous Night’s Watch brethren… but does that really mean he’s dead?
After all, Kit Harrington hasn’t cut his hair, thus leaving his Jon Snow look intact. Furthermore, the actor has been spotted near the sets during filming. There’s also photos of him on set and in costume, not to mention the official teaser poster for season 6 that was recently released.
So… it’s pretty obvious that Jon Snow is coming back. The question is… how and why?
First of all, how could Jon Snow come back?
We don’t know for sure, but we’re going to assume it has to do with Melisandre using her Lord of Light powers to bring him back. After all, she showed a lot of interest in him last season and she was at Castle Black when he was stabbed to death.
Fair enough, so what about those set photos you mentioned?
Well, here’s the big one going around:
That’s undeniably Kit Harrington as Jon Snow, alive and well.
What’s he wearing? That doesn’t look like Night’s Watch attire.
That’s because it’s the get up of House Stark:
Oh snap. What does that mean?
Well, he’s definitely no longer part of the Night’s Watch, on account of them all betraying him and stabbing him to death.
But what about the oath Jon took so seriously?
You mean the oath that says his watch “shall not end until my death?” If Melisandre has to bring him back from death… we’d say his oath is pretty fulfilled there.
So, what will Jon do now?
Well, aside from being a member of the Night’s Watch Jon always wanted to be a true Stark. Given how Sansa heard people saying “The North remembers” in Bolton territory, it’s safe to say there’s plenty of hate for the Boltons who currently control the North. In fact, the whole reason Sansa is important is her blood ties to the Stark family, so whoever holds Sansa (and her hand in marriage and/or child) is the legitimate ruler of the North in the eyes of its people.
However, we’re betting that people will be willing to overlook Jon’s status as a bastard if he works to lead them in a revolt against the usurpers of the North. In fact, Jon wearing Stark colors means that he’s already grasping at a new identity as a true member of House Stark. If the rumors of Snow’s parentage being Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen are true, then he’ll have a very legitimate claim to not only the North but also the Iron Throne itself.
You think Jon will make a push for the Iron Throne?
We think he’ll want to retake the North and he’ll be successful in doing so. Once that’s accomplished, we’re sure there will be many who will want him to march on King’s Landing… but both the audience and Jon know there are a few problems with that.
Sure, but if Jon really is the son of Daenerys’ brother we think she wouldn’t mind sharing the throne with him. In fact, we can very easily see them joining forces against the Lannisters.
So, what’s the problem?
Well, there are these zombies up North…
Oh, the White Walkers…
What are they going to do about that?
Well, Jon is one of the only people who knows how big of a threat they are. Daenerys is the only person with the dragons who can make dragonglass and kill white walkers with their fire breath. Jon is also a much better logistical ruler than Daenerys, which means she needs him very badly.
So, yes, we think we’re gonna see those two leading the smackdown on the white walkers. As for which one of them gets the Iron Throne in the end… we’ll have to wait and see.