Okay guys, this goes without saying, but MAJOR SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT WATCHED THE SEASON 5 FINALE OF GAME OF THRONES! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! Good, now that's out of the way. Let's move on to the actual theory, shall we?
So a lot happened in the most recent finale of Game of Thrones. Our favorite characters all had some major trials to go through, but the most heartbreaking for me, and I'm sure for a lot of you as well, was when Jon Snow was stabbed to death and left to die in the snow.
The episode ended with quite a cliffhanger. Did Jon die? Did he somehow survive? Hid he warg into Ghost just before dying so as to preserve his consciousness? Well, if Kit Harrington, the actor who plays Jon Snow, is to be believed, that episode was his very last:
This is my understanding of it. I had a sit-down with [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss]… And they said, “Look, you’re gone, it’s done.”… 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.
So Harrington himself seemingly confirms the finality of his character's demise, but should we really take his words seriously? Could he just be covering up a major plot twist that is set to happen in the 6th or 7th season? I certainly hope so.
Why He Needs To Stay Alive
A major theory that has been circulating the Internet for a long time now has been the 'R + L = J' theory. The basic idea is that Jon is not truly the bastard son of Lord Eddard Stark, but in fact a product of the forbidden love between Lyanna Stark (Ned's sister) and Rhaegar Targaryen (Dany's brother). If this is true, that means that Daenerys Targaryen is not the last dragon, as she always thought. She in fact has a nephew, a very important nephew if theories are to be believed.
You see, before he was killed, Rhaegar was the true heir to the honest throne. Once he did die, the right should have been passed on to Viserys, the silver-haired snake of a brother from season 1. But wait, he's dead as well. So, I guess it's Dany's turn to call dibs on the throne, right?
Not if Rhaegar has an heir. If Jon Snow is really the son of Rhaegar Targaryen, that makes him the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, and Westeros itself! Not to mention he is one of the few with the knowledge of the White Walker invasion, and he even has experience with killing them! Why on earth would the developers or George R. R. Martin want to kill him off?
It's easy: they don't want him to die. They just want to confuse us. You see, if we all are convinced that Snow is dead, then we'll stop looking too far into Martin's plots for his next books. He doesn't want us to anticipate the plot twists before they happen.
So How Could He Still Be Alive?
Well honestly, I don't believe that Jon is still alive. I believe that he is still very much dead, but that does not mean that Jon has to stay dead.
There is one very important character that we were introduced to back in season 3 that had a habit of dying and then coming right back to life. That would be the one-eyed swashbuckler Beric Dondarrion. That's right, the guy with the flaming sword that the Hound managed to beat down in a duel to the death. After Beric's good buddy Thoros of Myr ran to his side and mumbled a quick prayer, Beric was back, good as new.
Now this isn't just because Beric is somebody incredibly special that George R. R. Martin needed to keep alive for some reason. In fact, Thoros is the special one here. He worships the Lord of Light, and through his devotion, he was able to use his sacred power to revive Beric.
Now the term 'Lord of Light' may sound familiar to you. Good, it definitely should. Melisandre, commonly referred to as the red woman, has been the Lord of Light's biggest cheerleader for a while now, so it seem prudent that she would also posses the same special power that Thoros does. And, hang on, I forget. Where is Melisandre now in the show?
Oh yes, the Wall. The very place that Jon Snow was just stabbed to death. After leaving Stannis behind and trudging north, she arrived at the very place she needed to be in order to bring Jon back to the world of the living so that he can fulfil his destiny. Because let's be honest here, Jon Snow has a destiny here. I'm pretty sure Martin killed him off to throw us off the scent of the whole R + L = J secret, and that was a good plan. But you can't kill Jon. You just can't.