What on Earth are we to do? Game of Thrones Season 6 won't grace us with its presence in at least another year, and all that time, Jon Snow is in a state of both dead and not dead. How do we feel comfortable with our regular lives when a beloved fictional character might have been killed off?
Okay I'll stop with the snark now. I'm not here to tell people to suck it up and accept the cruel nature that Game of Thrones has exhibited right from the beginning. I'm as upset as anyone about the very Jon Snow shaped hole that's set to be there in Season 6, and I was even expecting it! My sympathies go out to anyone in denial of the death of their favorite character, yet the general reaction to the end of Game of Thrones Season 5 has pushed the "fingers in the fandom's ears" dynamic to new levels! Thank god I'm here to put all our worries for Jon Snow to rest!
Not trusting show runners
Game of Thrones has been at the forefront of the new strange relationship between fans and the those who create the shows they love. Remember when there was a very basic interfacing between creators and the people who consumed their creations? People would say "give us more!" and the author would say "okay". There were even cases like with Arthur Conan Doyle begrudgingly bringing back Sherlock Holmes from the dead where the demands of fans would change the course of the story.
That's all changed now. Weaker shows are seen as the ones that change to meet what fans want, while the good ones are those that beat the viewer into submission until they accept cruel narrative turns. Game of Thrones is by far the best at this, and it's created a TV landscape where an author's intent can never be changed, only distrusted. Didn't like it when Jon Snow was killed off? Martin, Benioff and Weiss must be messing with us! It must be a ruse! It must be! Where's the evidence? Quick!
Fandom as Detective
With the debacle surrounding Jon Snow's death, we've found that some fans are not only willing to deny the death of a main character, but are also determined to set out and find proof that their favorite is still okay. When someone claims that they saw Jon Snow's head move slightly as he lay there, are we really to assume that the writers inserted the stage direction "Jon's head twitches just so fans will suspect he's still alive".
Some fans have gone so far as to declare that proof of Jon Snow's return lies in the clearance action figure toys before Game of Thrones Season 6. The logic goes that the manufacturers of Game of Thrones toys have a clear out of any characters who died that previous season, since they won't be in demand when we get to the next season. Jon wasn't on this list, and many fans took this as a confirmation of his survival in Season 6. For one, I'm pretty sure Jon Snow toys will still be popular after the character's death. What kind of fandom are we where we suddenly become little detectives just to prove the show played out how we wanted?
What if Game of Thrones just gave up?
Yeah, I just spent half an article explaining how we just don't live in this kind of world anymore, but there's always the possibility that, well into the future, fan pining will pay off when lagging ratings become an issue. Benioff and Weiss have already stated that they're willing to depart from the A Song of Ice and Fire novels in future, and push bravely on into unknown territory. This could be a good thing, but it could also mean that HBO is suddenly okay with going off the wall, bringing back characters like Jon Snow like it's bloody Supernatural! Is that really what the fandom wants; a state where their desires are met if they just don't stop speculating?
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