– by Mark MacDonald, Staff Writer –
Warning: Numerous Game Of Thrones Book And Show Spoilers Ahead!
Last season on Game of Thrones we witnessed, in horror, as Jon Snow was betrayed, stabbed multiple times and left for dead by his brothers in the Night’s Watch. Most of us didn’t want to believe it, especially after Ned Stark’s beheading, the Red Wedding and what happened to Oberyn Martell. But there he was, lying motionless on the snow, covered in blood. Since then, there has been plenty of speculation about what will happen next, and hypotheses have been derived from events in the show, from the books, and from cast and crew responses. Here are some prominent theories as to how Jon Snow will return in Season 6 of Game of Thrones.
Jon the Wight
It’s highly unlikely, and most of us don’t even want to consider it, but there is a slight chance that Jon Snow will rise from the dead-as a wight. Some have posited that the ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ is not a song of love, but that of war. If we are to believe that Daenerys is the fire and Jon the ice, perhaps instead of falling in love, the two will fight; Jon on the side of the White Walkers (potentially with an ice dragon awoken from within the Wall) and Daenerys on the side of the living. In the novels, Daenerys, while in the House of the Undying and having visions/prophesies of the future, sees a “dead man with the head of a wolf” on a throne. In the books, there is also mention of the ‘Night’s King’, who was a former Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch and possibly a Stark. There’s also a whole theory as to who is the Prince That Was Promised, and what happened to the other two dragon eggs, and who the True Dragon is, and what Bloodraven is really all about, but let’s just say this: it’s unlikely, but it’s possible. If you really want to dig deep into this theory, check out this link:
Though the television series showcases warging primarily through Bran and the wildlings, in the novels, Arya Stark dreams through the eyes of her dire wolf and enters the minds of cats, and Jon Snow wargs into Ghost to scout wildlings with Qhorin Halfhand. It just so happens that Jon’s last spoken word in the books is “Ghost”. Coincidence? I think not. Nor do I believe it is mere chance that, in the trailers, Ghost is standing beside the corpse of Jon Snow-guarding it if you will. In the novels, the idea of a second life (i.e. living after death inside an animal) is further represented when Jon kills the wildling raider Orell and has to deal with the eagle Orell warged into before death. Jon recalls this after seeing Bran’s dire wolf at Queenscrown, even contemplating that, if Bran was dead, (that’s what he’s been told) he could have lived on in his wolf like Orell lived within his eagle. Given all this (and the chapter concerning Varamyr) I would say it’s highly likely that Jon Snow has warged into Ghost, and this will be the key to his rebirth.
Saying The Words
In Season 3 of the HBO series, we are introduced to The Brotherhood Without Banners and two very interesting characters, Lord Beric Dondarrion and Thoros, a red priest. After being killed by the Hound, Beric is resurrected by Thoros, who ‘speaks the words’-basically saying a prayer to the Lord of Light. It just so happens that Melisandre is privy to this and takes a keen interest in Thoros’ methods. In the novels, Catelyn Stark is resurrected by Beric after the Red Wedding (Beric sacrifices his life) and becomes Lady Stoneheart-clearly indicating it is possible to bring someone back from death other than Dondarrion (given R’hllor’s consent, that is). Though it is unlikely the show will feature an undead Catelyn Stark, it is clear there was a purpose to including Beric and Thoros in the series, and having Melisandre there to experience Beric’s revival. It also appears more than coincidental that the Red Woman arrives at Castle Black right before Jon is killed. The more you think about it, the more likely this scenario seems.
The Ice Cells
Though never presented in the show (not yet anyway), the ice cells, built into The Wall, are mentioned in the novels and even visited by Jon Snow right before he is killed. Though it is certainly no way to revive someone, putting a corpse in the ice cells is definitely a good way to preserve the body of a dead man in case you were looking to, I don’t know, get someone’s spirit out of an animal or learn how exactly to do that (maybe even find the right red priest?) Incidentally, in one of Daenerys’ visions, she sees “a blue flower growing from a chink in a wall of ice.” (Rhaegar Targaryen gave Lyanna Stark a crown blue winter roses, her favorite, at the Tourney at Harrenhal-R+L=J). In Bran’s dream, he sees Jon “sleeping alone in a cold bed, his skin growing pale and hard as the memory of all warmth fled from him.” Could these all mean Jon is destined for some time in the freezer? There are a few clips in the trailers that might, perchance, be related to an ice cell…
Whatever the case may be, many fans have their hopes up that Jon Snow will return, and with smuggled out photos of Kit Harrington on set and freeze-frame shots from the trailers resembling him, it’s more than likely. As for my prediction: I’d say Jon has warged into Ghost, his body will be preserved in the ice cells, and eventually Melisandre will resurrect him. I’ll add this too: she will sacrifice a willing Theon Greyjoy in order to do it. Am I right? Have I spoiled it all? Have I seen something in the flames? We’ll just have to wait and see…
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