WARNING: Spoilers ahead for the Game of Thrones TV series and A Song of Ice and Fire books. Do not read on unless you have seen Season 6, Episode 3, "Oathbreaker."
As was fully revealed in last Sunday's episode, the bastard is BACK and he's got a sassy new haircut to boot. There was a lot of speculation regarding just how similar he would be to his old self, and the episode seemed to establish that while the core of him is there, his time spent cold could certainly have affected his ability to feel. Would the fair and honorable son of Ned Stark really have let Olly swing before his transformation?
Kit Harington told Entertainment Weekly:
"Jon’s never been afraid of death, and that’s made him a strong and honorable person. He realizes something about his life now: He has to live it, because that’s all there is. He’s been over the line and there’s nothing there. And that changes him. It literally puts the fear of god into him. He’s seen oblivion and that’s got to change somebody in the most fundamental way there is. He doesn’t want to die ever again. But if he does, he doesn’t want to be brought back."
In the books, we actually see Catelyn Stark resurrected as Lady Stoneheart, left cold for three days and revived with, quite literally, a stone heart, leaving her consumed with a desire for vengeance on anyone she thinks betrayed her. Now that it appears Jon Snow has suffered a similar fate, and he has declared his watch as OVER, the real question remains: What happens next?
1. He Proves His Targaryen Blood
If R + L = J does conspire to be true like so many have predicted, it won't be long before Jon himself has to face up to the reality of his heritage and the responsibilities that come with it. Aside from checking off an important requirement for Jon to be a reincarnation of the Lord of Light's savior and prophet, Azor Ahai, the revelation could also spark a quest to find Daenerys, a lusting for dragons or even pursuit of the Iron Throne (see No. 7).
2. He Takes Ownership Of The Lightbringer
To be in with any chance of defeating the White Walkers, Jon really needs to get his hands on a certain mythical sword called the Lightbringer, famed for its ability to fight darkness. We last saw the sword with Stannis Baratheon, but when it failed to really radiate heat in his grasp, it became clear that he wasn't the chosen one. Perhaps Jon will be the one to bring the sword to life and tap into its supernatural powers.
3. He Reunites With Bran
It's likely that the truth about Jon's parentage will be revealed via one of Bran's visions, and it would be surprising if Bran didn't want to let his brother (or cousin) know what he had seen. Keeping with the theme of the prophecy, the books detail that the chosen one — whoever that might be — unites with the Children of the Forest in the war against the White Walkers, so it makes sense that Bran will act as the mediator.
4. He Fulfills The Prophecy
This to me seems like the most natural progression, climax and probable finale of the whole series. While it's highly unlikely to actually happen in Season 6, I do think the eventual outcome will start to become clear. If all of the individual pieces listed above begin to fall into place, we could be setting up to see a mighty victory over the White Walkers at the hands of Jon Snow. The real mystery is the role Daenerys has to play in all of this, which so far remains unclear.
5. He Seeks Revenge
As exciting as the prophecy is, there is still a fair chance that Melisandre is wrong for a second time. The newly cold Jon could turn his attention to a somewhat darker pursuit: revenge. With Alliser Thorne and Olly out of the way, first in the firing line would undoubtedly be Walder Frey for the unforgivable events of the Red Wedding, but the Lannisters and Theon Greyjoy could also become targets. If Jon's transformation is anything like the one of Lady Stoneheart, an unforgiving rampage of vengeance is actually pretty plausible.
6. He Returns To Winterfell And Leads The North
Wouldn't it be wonderful if all of the remaining Starks were reunited in Winterfell? The siblings may be scattered at this stage, but stranger things have happened on Game of Thrones, and Jon's impending prophecy plus his new zero-fucks-given attitude makes it all the more conceivable. He'd have to go head to head with Ramsay, but I totally think he's up to the challenge. Rickon's already there (just got to keep him alive) and Sansa and Bran aren't far away; it's just a case of getting Arya back from Braavos. But whether the family reconvenes or not, Jon could honor his brother Robb's unfinished business by becoming the King in the North.
7. He Takes The Iron Throne
Jon is obviously an important character, indispensable in fact, as has been proven by his resurrection. Could all of the anticipation building around him be leading to his crowning as the King of Westeros, First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm? If he turns out to be the son of Rhaegar Targaryen, he definitely has a claim, and leading the inhabitants of Westeros to a victory over the White Walkers can only work in his favor. Perhaps Jon really will win the "game of thrones" — and what a ruler he would be.
Game of Thrones will return next Sunday, May 15 on HBO with Season 6, Episode 4, 'Book of the Stranger.' Watch the preview clip below.