*Obligatory SPOILER ALERT, Game of Thrones Season 5 finale will be discussed below... don't read any further if you aren't caught up yet*
So, last night's episode was pretty damn Game of Thrones-y am I right? Not only did they kill off arguably the most honorable and iconic character on the entire show in Jon Snow, but they also depicted one of the most bold scenes in television history. I can still hear that damn bell and the repeated utterance of "shame, shame, shame" in my head and it's honestly making me reevaluate my entire life and what I stand for - am I a sinner?
But back to the final scene... Jon Snow, bold, brave, fair, knower-of-nothing bastard was betrayed by his brothers of the Night's Watch.
How much more brutal does it get? They killed him in mafioso style where everyone gets their own stab in to "do their part" so to speak in the killing. This all happened at the very end of the show, though! They stuck a lot in this thing.
So, what is next for Season 6? Here are four theories about what could happen to Jon Snow.
1.) Jon is definitely dead and this EW interview is proof
Here's how an Entertainment Weekly interview went down with Kit Harington, who plays (played?) Jon Snow:
EW: 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 6 and an option on a seventh. So let me ask you: Is Jon really dead?
Kit Harington: 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.
I don't know... when he commented on the salary stuff, I wasn't super convinced. He's basically saying that it was incorrect, but it seems he could very easily just be dismissing it to maintain mysteriousness around whether Jon Snow will return for either of the next two seasons. But yes, if we take Harington for his word, he is done for good.
2.) Jon Snow is dead, but Jon Targaryen is about to be born
If you don't burn bodies at Castle Black, they become wights. This is common knowledge amongst members of the Night's Watch so they will probably have a ceremony and do the whole "burn Jon Snow" thing.
There's a theory that Jon Snow is Ned Stark's sister, Lyana's son with Rhaegar Targaryen as the father. Apparently, the two conceived Jon at the aptly named Tower of Joy. Of course, if Jon has Targaryen blood, he could experience a Daenerys-esque rebirth of sorts that keeps him alive.
There's been a lot of magical burning stuff happening recently and it would only make sense. Melisandre needs a new man to operate her insane magical master plan, too - in case you somehow forgot about her. So, the theory suggests that Kit Harington might be right. Jon Snow could die, but Jon Targaryen could be born...
3.) Jon wargs into Ghost
There's another theory that the reason Jon Snow didn't feel the last knife going into him is because he had already passed on and warged into Ghost, the Dire Wolf that grew up to be a crucial help at Castle Black.
Here's an excerpt from the books that lead some to believe this is a distinct possibility:
"Jon fell to his knees. He found the dagger’s hilt and wrenched it free. In the cold night air the wound was smoking. 'Ghost,' he whispered. Pain washed over him. Stick them with the pointy end. When the third dagger took him between the shoulder blades, he gave a grunt and fell face-first into the snow. He never felt the fourth knife. Only the cold …"
4.) Jon will become a White Walker
This seems unlikely to me, but you truly never know.
Regardless of whether you believe any of these fairly simple and seemingly possible fan theories, there's one thing I think we can all agree upon.
No, it's not that All Men Must Die. It's that All Men (And Women) Must Wait... until April. It's not going to be easy, but we have done it before. Godspeed, GoT fans!