WARNING: Spoilers! Do not read any further if you haven't seen Sunday night's episode of 'Game of Thrones' or want to avoid speculation for future episodes.
While I think most audiences can agree that the Season 6 premiere of Game of Thrones was a great episode — especially considering that shocker of an ending — there was one slight disappointment: Jon Snow is still very much dead.
Despite the cast, crew and Kit Harington himself insisting for months that Jon Snow had died on the ground at Castle Black, Game of Thrones fans (myself included) had been hoping that the Bastard of Winterfell would find a way to come back. Sadly, his fate seems to have been sealed after being slain a the hands of his own men.
With his blue skin and bloodied garb, last night's episode “The Red Woman” made it blatantly clear that Jon Snow is super dead and any hopes that he would have simply walked off all those stab wounds were quickly dashed. But just because Jon Snow is dead right now, optimistic loyalists would argue that it doesn't mean he will stay dead.
This morning, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) visited The View and gave us a tiny glimmer of hope that we could see Jon Snow alive again. When one of the hosts lamented Jon's murder and asked if there was any way he could return, Coster-Waldau replied:
“It’s a good question. You would hope that next [week] — next week’s episode will kind of give some kind of answer to that question.”
Alright, it's not much, but it's enough to keep me thinking that we'll either see Jon Snow resurrected or at least some resolution to the nagging question. For those of you still clinging to the idea of a now not-so-swift return, let's examine a few of the more popular theories that point to how Jon Snow could come back to life.
The Lord Of Light
Even though Melisandre's apparent devastation over Jon Snow's passing would suggest that things aren't panning out for the Red Priestess, perhaps the Lord of Light will offer her a bit of inspiration and give her the confidence she needs to bring back Jon. Probably the biggest piece of evidence that this is the case is that Harington was spotted filming in Belfast months ago alongside Melisandre actress Carice van Houten.
Another way the Lord of Light could bring Snow back could be with the help of a friend familiar with the right prayer, à la Beric Dondarrion. The scene took place way back in Season 3, but the character was killed by the Hound and brought back to life immediately after for the sixth time, thanks to Thoros and the Lord of Light. Either way, my money's on the idea that this mysterious God won't let Jon Snow slip away without a fight.
This one also seems like a long shot, but given his brother Bran's ability to warg, it's not totally out of the question. Maybe moments before dying, Jon realized he shared his brother's talents and warged into Ghost.
The loyal direwolf was very protective of Jon Snow's dead body, but perhaps he's really protecting his own body. Again, a long shot, but this is Game of Thrones we're talking about.
Burn, Baby! Burn!
If you're a diehard Game of Thrones fan, you've probably read about the R+L=J theory that suggests Jon Snow's parentage includes a bit of dragon's blood. For the sake of brevity I won't outline the theory here, but you can learn more about it in this article.
If Jon Snow is the result of the illicit affair between Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, then the funeral pyres that burned the bodies of the Night's Watch, Khal Drogo or poor little Shireen Baratheon wouldn't have the intended effect. Imagine burning Jon Snow's body, only to find him reborn from the flames like a phoenix (or dragon, in this case). Although I don't think fire rebirth is necessarily a Targaryen trait, it would be incredibly epic.
Of course, this is all just fan speculation, and if I'm wrong I'll loudly admit my wrongness from the rooftops (or my Twitter page). But until I see Jon Snow's body burned and/or dead in the ground, I'm standing by the thought that he'll find a way back to us.
Even if Coster-Waldau's statement doesn't allude to Jon Snow's return, at least it means that we won't have to sit through weeks of torment before the show offers something to help put our minds at ease (*cough* The Walking Dead *cough*). I guess we'll just have to tune in next week to see what will become of Jon Snow's body.
'Game of Thrones' airs Sunday nights on HBO.
Do you still think Jon Snow will come back or is he dead and gone? Let us know in the comments section!
(Source: The View via The Wrap)