5 Reasons Jon Snow will return in Game of Thrones Season 6
The Death of Jon Snow on Game of Thrones’ Season 5 finale “Mother’s Mercy” has touched off memorials, angry hash tags and fan theories on how he could return to the show. I don’t necessarily want or need him to come back, but the path to Jon Snow’s resurrection is clear and foreshadowed throughout the show.
Now is this likely Jon is coming back? I dunno. If Game of Thrones is anything, it’s unpredictable. Kit Harington (the actor that plays the one who knows nothing) gave an interview to EW that at least creates some doubt in one’s mind in either direction:
I was talking to Dan Weiss and he said Jon is really dead. But George R.R. Martin left open the possibility the character might not be dead in the books. And then that cast salary contract story came out last year and it had your name among those receiving raises for season six and an option on a seventh. So let me ask you: Is Jon really dead?
This is my understanding of it. I had a sit-down with Dan and David, we did the Tony Soprano walk [letting an actor know they’re being whacked]. And they said, “Look, you’re gone, it’s done.” And as far as the salary thing goes, that angered me when that story came out. I don’t know where it came from, but it was inaccurate in many ways. It’s going to put questions into your head and into fans’ heads that things are not what they are. Quite honestly, I have never been told the future of things in this show, but this is the one time I have. They sat me down and said, “This is how it is.” If anything in the future is not like that, then I don’t know about it – it’s only in David and Dan and George’s heads. But I’ve been told I’m dead. I’m dead. I’m not coming back next season. So that’s all I can tell you, really.
What was your last day on set like?
I got a big wrap and, like any of the actors who die on Thrones, I just wanted to f–k off out of there— I got a tear in my eye. I was more moved and emotional than I thought I’d be.
Any parting gifts like Rose got with her bow and arrow?
No! Rose got a f–king bow and arrow and I didn’t get shit! So yeah, I’m definitely less popular than Rose.
You could argue that the actor has said the words “I’m not coming back next season.” Of course, by his own admission, the show runners don’t exactly go out of their way to make sure the cast knows exactly what’s coming up in the future. You could also argue that he didn’t get a wrap gift because he’s not truly wrapped from the show, but that’s about as far-fetched as it gets.
And, I do believe Harington could be telling the truth while misrepresenting future seasons of the show. I do believe Jon Snow is dead right now – and since resurrection is a thing on the show, he can be brought back to life. It also wouldn’t shock me if Season 6 included no scenes at The Wall as things are heating up in Westeros (especially at King’s Landing) and Across the Narrow Sea, so there’s plenty to keep them busy across ten episodes. Obviously, Bran Stark was completely omitted from Season 5, so they could easily do that in Season 6 and then start Season 7 with a flashback of his resurrection and catch us up on events in the far north.
But how do they get there? Here are the five plot points that will deliver Jon Snow from death:
1. We’ve already seen the Lord of Light bring people back from the dead
In Season 3, Melisandre met Thoros of Myr, a fellow red priest who had resurrected Beric Dondarrion no less than 6 times. So, not only is resurrection a thing in this universe, but Melisandre, who is at The Wall at the time of Jon’s death (more on that later), is capable of performing said task.
2. Why would Melisandre do that? Because she’s taken an interest in Jon.
As Eddard Stark does not strike me as the sort of man who’d be unfaithful to his wife, I never thought Jon Snow was his son. The theory goes thusly:
Many readers believe that Jon is not the son of Eddard Stark. Instead, he is the son of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen and Eddard’s sister Lyanna Stark. Rhaegar and Lyanna disappeared together to the Tower of Joy early in Robert’s Rebellion. There, it’s believed, Rhaegar leaves a pregnant Lyanna to defend his family’s dynasty.
At the end of Robert’s Rebellion, about one year later, Eddard and his companions find three of the Kingsguard at the Tower of Joy: Lord Commander Ser Gerold Hightower, Ser Oswell Whent, and Ser Arthur Dayne. The reasons for their presence and the ensuing fight are unknown, but defending the unborn son of the Heir Apparent would be a good reason to have been posted. The only known survivors of the fight were Eddard himself and Howland Reed. Eddard recalls his sister dying “in a bed of blood,” where he made her an unknown promise just before she died.
It stands to reason that Eddard promised to keep Jon safe and lied about his parentage to do so. Perhaps Melisandre knows he’s king’s blood because of her weird Lord of Light powers, which is why she’s so interested in him – because she clearly was interested in him during their time together.
3. Jon is the reincarnation/descendant/whatever of the mythical hero Azor Ahai
You need an A Song of Fire and Ice scholar to explain this Azor Ahai stuff, but what you need to know is he was a badass a long time ago and he saved Westeros from the White Walkers and if there’s anyone on this show that’s Ahai’s heir (or whatever), it’s Jon. For example, he didn’t luck into killing a White Walker, he did it in a proper sword fight. This seems like the sort of thing Melisandre would be into.
4. After the sacrifice of Shireen, Melisandre is at full power and hasn’t done anything since
I’m just saying… didn’t Melisandre pop out a demon smoke baby out of her vagina after one of these sacrifices? I presume these sacrifices not only make things go their way but also up her magic meter…
5. Why else would Melisandre be at Castle Black?
Following the battle, Melisandre appears at Castle Black; she seems stunned that she could have been so wrong and doesn’t say anything to anyone. You could argue that she had no where else to go, but writers don’t put characters in scenes and at locations for no reason; she’s there for a purpose. Given everything I’ve covered in this post…