1. So, Jon Snow appears to have died at the end of the fifth season of Game of Thrones, stabbed by his fellow sworn brothers.
But is he really dead?
2. There are some interesting theories that suggest he’s not – perhaps he warged into Ghost, perhaps his (alleged) Targaryen side will come out, or perhaps he’ll even come back as a White Walker.
3. There are just too many loose ends to tie up.
And sure, Kit Harington might have said he’s done with the show, but if he isn’t… wouldn’t he have to say that anyway?
4. So, how can his apparent death not be the end? One leading theory is that Melisandre’s return to the Wall is incredibly important.
Her sudden departure from Stannis’s camp is odd, at best. Having convinced him to sacrifice Shireen, to flee so shortly after when there even appears to be a thaw in the weather suggests that either she’s realising her visions may have been wrong, or that she was playing a very different game.
5. As a priestess of the Lord of Light, she is a practioner of a religion known to be able to raise the dead. Earlier in the series, she met the Red Priest, Thoros of Myr, who was at the time leading the Brothers Without Banners.
One of his bannermen was Beric Dondarrion, who had been dispatched by Ned Stark back in Season 1 to hunt down The Mountain. But who had also died. Repeatedly. But he was brought back each time by the prayers of Thoros.
6. So, resurrection can occur in the world of Game of Thrones, at the behest of followers of the Lord of Light. But why would Melisandre bring Jon back?
7. One of the major reasons Jon might not be done is that it’s possible that Jon is Azor Ahai reborn.
Milllennia before the series begins, there was a period when the White Walkers attacked the Seven Kingdoms, before being driven back by a single hero, known as Azor Ahai, after which the Wall was built as a defence. Now the White Walkers are moving again and winter is coming, Westeros is due a new hero.
8. Previously, it was possible that Stannis Baratheon was the saviour, but after the sacrifice of Shireen, Melisandre seems to have changed her mind.
Or was playing Stannis all along.
9. There have been suggestions all along that Jon is Azor Ahai.
The primary one is the paralells between their stories. Both have a legendary sword used to kill White Walkers, and both chose duty over love. Jon caused Ygritte’s death by warning the Night’s Watch of their attack, and Azor Ahai forged his sword by stabbing Nissa Nissa, his love, in the heart.
10. The books contain many more hints.
In her fires, Melisandre has seen things involving Jon or snow, which he dismisses, but could represent Jon’s claim. He also has a dream very similiar to stories of Azor Ahai where he fights the White Walkers with a burning sword.
Jon’s wounds also smoke as Bowen Marsh cries – and since Azor Ahai is said to have been born in salt and smoke, this would imply the moment he becomes the promised hero.
11. Most interestingly, the reincarnation of Azor Ahai is presumed to be the descendant of the Mad King Aerys and Rhaella.
Well, if R+L=J is indeed true, and Jon is the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targeryan, Aerys and Rhaella would be his grandparents.
A central mystery of the show has been who Jon’s mother, and possibly father, are. If Jon is indeed now dead, that mystery has become irrelevant. Which begs the question of why it was set up in the first place.
13. Additionally, Daenerys has three dragons and Jon’s death makes it unclear who, alongside her, could also ride the dragons.
The prophecies suggest that “the dragon has three heads.” Assuming Daenerys and Jon are both involved made sense. The third head could then be Tyrion. If Jon is dead, it becomes a lot harder to tell who in the series will end up being a dragon rider.
14. So either George R.R. Martin has been toying with us to an utterly ludicrous extent, or there is a very complicated double bluff being played with the media, and Kit Harington is just lying.
Oh, Many-Faced God, please let it be the latter.
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