*WARNING: Spoilers ahead if you haven't watched Season 6, Episode 2, 'Home.' If you still haven't watched this episode, then what the heck have you been doing?*
Just two episodes in and Season 6 is already proving to be one of Game of Thrones' best. This past Sunday, HBO's hit series shocked audiences by pulling off an elaborate stunt months — or maybe even years — in the making. Although plenty of fans saw Jon Snow's revival looming on the horizon, that didn't make it any less satisfying to finally see him brought back.
Jon Snow coming back might have solved one giant mystery, but it poses a multitude of other questions. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jeremy Podeswa, who directed the first two episodes of this current season, discussed the secrecy leading up to Jon Snow's resurrection, the events of "Home," and how the show will progress over the next eight weeks.
Maintaining The Secrecy
Even though all shows on television try to keep their big secrets under wraps, something as big as Jon Snow coming back to life was itching to be spoiled early on. For that reason, those behind Game of Thrones went to unparalleled lengths to keep this information from the public until the episode aired. Podeswa explains:
"Everybody was very concerned about retaining the mystery for the audience and giving people the opportunity to discover it for themselves, rather than having it leaked. I think that's ultimately what people want. As much as people were asking me and everybody else on the show constantly if Jon Snow is alive or dead, I think really in their heart of hearts they didn't actually want to know. For us, it felt very important to maintain that secrecy for the fans, and we worked very hard to make sure that worked out."
For the first time in the show's history, the show's creators refused to release early screenings to the press — which are meant to ease the reviewing process. The only person we know of to screen the season early, outside of the Game of Thrones cast and crew, was President Obama, who specifically requested episodes. If it takes some commander-in-chief power to get episodes early, you know they're not kidding around.
Jon Snow's Future
For the first time in Game of Thrones history, the show has surpassed Jon Snow's storyline in George R.R. Martin's original works. Now that the bastard is back, almost anything can happen. So how is the show planning on moving on with his character?
"There's a world of options. There are so many theories already about what this will mean. What's Jon Snow going to be like after this experience? What's his role going to be in the larger story? I think people need to discover that for themselves, but I love that there's been so much speculation and that people are thinking about it. There really are many, many ways this could go. I'm sure people will be very satisfied with the way it does go."
No matter what happens, we know that George R.R. Martin has given the showrunners a rundown on how he wants everything to play out, so we can trust that it's in good hands.
Even before the episode aired, there was a sea of fan theories floating around the internet, outlining how Jon Snow would come back, what he would do once he got there and what that meant for his character overall.
In the interview, Podeswa addressed one fan theory that suggests Jon Snow warged into Ghost's body moments before his death:
"I cannot answer this question. [Laughs.] I would say if you keep watching, all will be revealed. Better to leave it to the fans to discover."
Unfortunately, it looks like we'll have to keep tuning in to find out. Luckily, we were going to do that anyway!
HBO's 'Game of Thrones' airs on Sunday nights.
What's your best Jon Snow fan theory? Let us know in the comments section!
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)